How many helmets can you name? Motorcycle helmets, football helmets, welding helmets… there are so many! Danger and helmets go together. The first concern of defense is to ‘protect your head’. Why is this the case?
Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor? The Helmet of Salvation…
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”Ephesians 6:11-13
“Stand firm then…Ephesians 6:17a
Take the helmet of salvation…”
Have you heard the saying “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? Well, if your head ain’t right, ain’t nothin’ right. Your brain is central command for your heart, lungs, and every function upon which you rely for life. It is no coincidence that God equates your salvation to a helmet in His dress code of full armor.
Helmets protect our brains. They encapsulate our ability to think, which is absolutely vital when chaos erupts. When the enemy mounts a surprise attack, we need to be able to process the situation and plan a wise response.
Helmets also guard our faces. Think of how vital our ears, eyes, noses and mouths are! They determine what we hear, how we see, the formation of our words and our intake of oxygen.
Consider this simple, but poignant definition of salvation:
Salvation: nounMerriam Webster
the saving from danger or evil; deliverance, rescue
The truth of the Gospel is that we are separated, cast away from God by our sin. The death and resurrection of Jesus made it possible for us to be rescued, reconciled to God, but we have to make a choice. Salvation is something we must choose to accept. “Take the helmet of salvation…”
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”Titus 2:11
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”Romans 1:16a
Salvation as a helmet is a beautiful picture, is it not? God provides it as a covering and we choose to stand firmly under it. It covers our minds and our ability to live and converse in Godly manner.
Our enemy has a weapon of choice, falsehood. He hurls deceit, misinformation, half-truths, fake news, and lies. The helmet of salvation keeps our minds stayed on what God says is true. It protects our ability to communicate, which – spoiler alert – is necessary for us to be effective with the one piece of offensive armor we are commanded to wear. We will talk about that next week.
How is your battle-preparedness right now? Is your Belt of Truth securely buckled? Is your Breastplate of Righteousness in place? Are your Feet Fitted with Readiness to share the Gospel? Have you taken up your Shield of Faith? Have you accepted your Helmet of Salvation? Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor?
Next up: The Sword of the Spirit!