June 5, 2021
June 5, 2021
Helmet of Salvation
How do we “Take Up the Helmet of Salvation” as Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:17?
The first thing to understand is that we “put on” the helmet of salvation by choosing to give salvation control and dominance of our minds.
Salvation provides us with forgiveness and deliverance from sin. Once we have asked Jesus into our hearts, we are forgiven.
This fact should make us extremely grateful. Remember, forgiveness is not something we deserve or are entitled to receive. Quite the contrary, there’s absolutely no way you could ever earn a gift this tremendous. Because of this, every Christian should be intensely grateful to God and want to live every part of their lives for Jesus.
This knowledge of what it means to be forgiven and made right with God should cover our heads like a helmet. Every thought, every action, every emotion, and every behavior should pass through the filter of “Because I have received salvation through Christ, I will think or do….”
If we truly applied this vital piece of equipment to our lives, we would no longer be dabbling with the sin or doubts that leave us open to the enemy's spiritual attacks. Instead, the knowledge of our salvation would protect us.
Salvation also gives us deliverance from sin. Because of the victory that Jesus won at the cross, Christians do not have to live their lives controlled by any demonic powers or strongholds, generational iniquities, or demonic oppression from the sins we’ve committed. Salvation provides us freedom!
This is how the Helmet of Salvation acts as a piece of protective equipment. When we choose to pass every thought, every attitude, every word, and every action through the barrier of knowing that we are forgiven and delivered from our sins and that we have the hope of eternal life in Heaven, we cannot live as we did before. The purpose of our lives shifts from pleasing ourselves or other people toward focusing on pleasing God.
When the hope of our salvation is continuously at the forefront of our minds, we can stand against any attack of doubt, fear, or temptation that the enemy throws at us. When we are tempted or attacked by the enemy, we will be able to answer, “Because Jesus provided my Salvation, I will not be defeated, but I will choose to ‘put on the helmet of salvation’ and overcome.”
Memory Verse: But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (1 Thes 5:8, NIV)
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