"Take the helmet of salvation …" (Ephesians 6:17)
Whenever Mike visits developing nations, he sometimes finds himself having to ride on the back of a motorbike without a crash helmet. Back home, that’s something he wouldn’t dream of doing (not only because it’s illegal, but also because it’s dangerous!); but in countries where helmets aren’t compulsory, and indeed where their cost is prohibitive, he simply has to "grin and bear it."
When it comes to protection in our Christian life, however, we certainly don’t have to grin and bear it; for God has provided us with all the protection we need, as Paul lists in the believer’s spiritual armor in Ephesians 6. One piece of that armor is "the helmet of salvation." Like any soldier, a Roman soldier’s head needed special protection, and so he wore a sturdy helmet when going into battle. Without that, a blow to the head would be quickly fatal.
We, too, need protection for our "heads" – that is, our minds – Paul tells us. It is here that we remember and recall the greatness of our salvation and the certainty of God’s promises to us, so that we "will not grow weary and lose heart" (Hebrews 12:3). Little wonder, then, that Satan does all he can to attack our minds and what goes on there! That is why Paul tells us to get our helmets on, and to "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). Don’t let your thinking go down well-worn paths; stop your thoughts right there, Paul says! Ask God’s Spirit to come and renew and strengthen your thinking. Remind yourself of the promise that that you are now saved and that nothing can "separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39), no matter what our failings or our circumstances.
Remembering and declaring the promise of our salvation is a powerful weapon. Use it today and be strengthened in all you face.
"Since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9)
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