Can you imagine playing an NFL game without a helmet? You wouldn’t survive! What about going off to war? Imagine how vulnerable you would be! The helmet is crucial. The Roman soldier’s helmet was made out of bronze, and was so strong that nothing could penetrate it. It covered their head, face and neck to protect against all forms of attack.
The helmet was also a beautiful piece of armor. Not only a protection for the soldier’s head, oftentimes it was shaped in the form of an animal (like an elephant) or had etchings of fruit or extravagant engravings all over it. There were usually tall feathers or horse hairs coming out of the top of it to make the soldier even more noticeable. The helmet was a symbol! People would catch a glimpse of the helmet and immediately know that it was a Roman soldier. When we walk with our helmet of salvation, we should stand out so much that it is obvious that we are children of God. But what is salvation? Is it simply a ticket into heaven? Oh dear, friends it is so much more than that!!
When Jesus began His ministry, he quoted this Scripture from Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
The good news is that we are saved from everything that can injure us. The Greek word sozo means saved, and it is used in a lot of ways in the Bible. This salvation is for your spirit, soul and body. Your heart and your mind are saved…for now, and forever! This word sozo is used other places in the Bible to explain that we are saved from our sins, from storms, from sickness, blindness, bleeding, fever, lameness and from attacks, from demons and from death. God loves you, and He knows that you need Him to protect and heal every part of you. And He does!
This salvation is truly beautiful! It will set us apart from the world, and it will make them want what we have. But do you believe that you can be free from anything that Satan tries to attack you with?
Satan really has only one trick up his sleeve. His only ammunition is lies. If he can get into your brain and get you to believe a lie then he has a chance to take you out. But if you are able to keep your helmet of salvation firmly in place, you will be able to ward off those blows and keep your mind intact.
In Ephesians 6:11 it states we are to stand against the “wiles” (NKJV) of the devil. Wiles in Greek is methodos, which means with a road. He is on a road that leads straight to your head. In 2 Corinthians 2:11 it says that Satan uses devices (NKJV) against us. Devices is defined as a scheming of the mind or playing mind games. In John 8:44 we learn that Satan is a liar. So Satan has one mission, to play mind games with you and to get straight into your mind and get you to believe lies.
This is why it is so important for us to know the truth about our salvation. We need to know that we know that once we are saved, once we ask Jesus to be Lord of our lives, it can never be taken away from us. We need to know that we are not perfect, nor will we ever be perfect. We will make mistakes, but when we repent and ask for forgiveness, God is full of grace and mercy and will forgive us each and every time. He is also so loving that He will never hold that sin against us again. Praise God for this amazing blessing!
Guard Your Thoughts
We also need to believe that God loves us and is only capable of giving us good and perfect gifts. One that give us a hope and a future. He has plans for our lives that will prosper us and give us a purpose. He wants our hearts healed of hurts, our body healed of sickness and our mind to only think thoughts that are pure and holy.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 (NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
Protection from Strongholds
We are not in a battle against humans but against Satan. He is trying desperately to get us to be bound by strongholds. To weaken us to the point where we doubt our ability to be of any use. There are two different types of strongholds: a fortress and a prison.
A fortress is designed to keep others out, to isolate you and separate you from others. These are typically unrealistic fears. Will I be rejected? I should not be her friend because I might disappoint her? Will my husband one day reject me? These fears will prevent us from allowing people to get close to us for fear of getting hurt.
A prison keeps me from becoming all that God has called me to be. “I shouldn’t try for that job, I won’t be good enough.” “I can’t do that, I am not as good as Susie.” “If only I knew this, then I would be able to be used of God. But until then, I will just sit here and wait.”
When we allow strongholds into our lives we are walking around without our helmets firmly in place. We have to remember that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Nothing is impossible for us when we have God on our side. God has given us everything we need to live a godly life. God has never, nor will He ever leave us nor forsake us. He will give us strength to carry on and do all that He has required of us.
Protect Your Mind
Putting on our helmet of salvation takes us renewing our minds to the things of God. We are to take those lies captive and make them obey what the Word of God says. Look at these scriptures and what they say about our minds:
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (Sound mind here is a saved mind, self-discipline and delivered mind, one that has been set free and is thinking correctly.)
1 Peter 1:13 (NKJV) Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (Gird up the loins of your mind is talking about tying up the loose ends. Not allowing it to unravel and fall apart.)
Romans 12: 2 (NIV) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:20-25 (NLT) 20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
It is so important that we keep a close watch on our thoughts. Godly thoughts bring us peace, joy and hope. Satan’s thoughts bring us pain, hurt, fear, and anxiety. Check each thought that comes into your mind and make sure that it lines up with the Word. As you practice this habit your helmet of salvation will be more securely in place and pretty soon your mind will be covered. And that is beautiful!
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