Ephesians 6:10-20 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” NASU
We have considered the GIRDLE or BELT OF TRUTH, the BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, the GOSPEL SHOES, and the SHIELD of FAITH. Now we come to the next and final defensive piece of armor, the HELMET of SALVATION. In the armor of a soldier, the helmet protects the head or the brain and in the spiritual, it protects the MIND. We are told in Philippians 2:5 to “Let this mind be in your which was also in Christ…” We know that we are TRANSFORMED by the “Renewing” of our minds. We know that the Mind of Christ is conveyed by the Holy Spirit as He teaches us all things. As we have our heads or minds covered by the HELMET of SALVATION we can bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and think thoughts of heaven, not earth. We need to be Saved or Sozoed in our Minds so that we can embrace the Full Salvation of Christ and Stand on His Promises with confidence.
The Bible says in Proverbs 23:7 that, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. We are not to think of ourselves more than we ought but to think soberly, as God as given to each of us a measure of faith. As our minds are under the covering of God, the Blood of Jesus, the Grace of God, and protected with the Armor of God we can apply the principles of Christ, utilize the Armor and Weapons, which are spiritual, pulling down strongholds. We can direct our thoughts which formulate our actions in the direction God has designed and desired. Our minds will not be filled with scattered and unrestrained thoughts which lead to confusion and destruction. With the HELMET of SALVATION covering us, we are able to walk in Peace, prepare for our Purpose, and pursue His Purposes for our lives.
Ephesians 1:13-14 – “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” In light of that passage, the HELMET of SALVATION is not only protection but a seal so that when the enemy sees us he sees Christ and knows that we belong to God. He knows that when we speak, we speak with the Power and Authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. In that light, the HELMET of SALVATION is not only defensive but offensive and becomes a weapon of warfare to use against the enemy and facilitates our ability to STAND after having done all to stand.
We will pause here and consider the next item tomorrow, the SWORD of the SPIRIT as we complete our Battle Clothing. We are engaged in a Spiritual War and must not only have the biblically afforded protection but the spiritual weapons and know how to use them.
May the Lord be with you and bless you as you enjoy this day in Jesus!