“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”Ephesians 6:12 – 13
- …take the helmet of salvation…
A helmet protects the soldier’s head. If an arrow pierces the soldier’s head, he has no chance of winning the fight. An injury to the head brings malfunction to the rest of the body and even death; this happens because the brain tells the rest of the body what to do. The head is usually the first target of the enemies. Also, the helmet signifies the kingdom or nation which one belongs to. Christians are followers of the LORD Jesus Christ; and belong to the Kingdom of God.
The Helmet of Salvation protects a Christian from being battered and overwhelmed by the devil’s lies and deception. The real battle is always in our minds. Satan attacks the mind of man relentlessly and ruthlessly with subtle and clever lies. Peter said to Ananias, “How is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit” (Act 5:3). Satan seems to have the power to project his thoughts into our minds so that we think they are our thoughts. When Satan captures the mind with lies then he begins to control and destroy the whole person. We must learn to reject the wrong thoughts in the name of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16 tells us that believers “have the mind of Christ.” Even more interesting, 2 Corinthians 10:5 explains that those who are in Christ have divine power to “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.” (NIV) The Helmet of Salvation is a crucial piece of armor to protect our thoughts and minds. A Christian cannot survive without it.
The way to remain steadfast in combat with Satan is by continuously keeping Satan’s thoughts out and in place have the truth of God flowing in our minds. Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:8 – “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely; whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things”. It is one’s responsibility to maintain a receptive heart to God by remembering who one is in Christ and by filling one’s mind with the good things of God…things found in God’s Word.
Jesus Christ said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32, NIV) The truth of salvation through Christ does indeed set us free. We are free from vain searching, free from the meaningless temptations of this world, and free from the condemnation of sin. Those who reject salvation engage in a battle with Satan unprotected and suffer the fatal blow of hell.
“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation” 1 Thessalonian 5:8 NKJV
A Prayer – Putting on the Helmet of Salvation
God, I take by faith the helmet of salvation. I recognize that I receive my salvation through the person of your son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I cover my mind with the blood of Jesus Christ. I reject every projected thought of Satan and his demons and instead request for the mind of the Lord Jesus Christ. God, grant me the wisdom to discern thoughts that are from the world, my old sin nature and Satan’s kingdom; and an enablement to reject them immediately. As I hide your word within my heart and mind, I pray that I may have the mind of Christ. I pray this In Jesus Christ’s name…Amen.