Ephesians 6:17 “Take the helmet of salvation . . . ”
Tonight, I watched my nine-year old niece, Rachel, play softball. She plays first base for the Pink Panthers, and she is quite the athlete. Although she is the smallest girl on the team, she is a formidable opponent. Each time she went up to bat, she wore a helmet that was nearly as big as she is. She hit that ball every time, and made it to base without being tagged out. She even hit a couple of doubles! Although her helmet was heavy and awkward, it provided the necessary protection for her head, and kept her from being seriously injured by a wayward ball.
A Roman soldier wore a helmet made of brass. It was one of his most important pieces of equipment, for an injury to the head would prevent him from fighting well, and would quite possibly end his life. In the same way, we Christians must wear our helmets. We must guard our minds, and protect them from being injured by Satan’s weapons.
Satan uses many tactics to attack our minds. He plants seeds of doubt. He causes us to be confused. He deceives us, he tries to divide our loyalties, and he discourages us. He knows that if he can get to our minds, he can win our hearts. Therefore, we must wear our helmets of salvation, and guard our minds.
We receive our helmets when we make the decision to follow Christ. It is a decision that involves both our hearts and our minds. We give Christ our hearts, but we must also change our minds by repenting of our sins, by turning from our former ways of life and following Him. We must continue to guard our minds by studying God’s Word, and growing in our knowledge of God. When we fill our minds with the things of God, we thicken our helmets, so to speak. We prevent Satan’s arrows of deception and doubt and division from breaking through.
When we forget to wear our helmets, or we fail to keep them in top condition, we put ourselves in great danger. Satan will bombard from every angle – television, radio, billboards, magazines, even our peers – and will try to divide our minds. But James 1:8 tell us a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. And an unstable warrior is a weak warrior. So by all means, keep those helmets on, keep them strong, and keep your minds protected!
Dear Father, Thank You for the helmet of salvation. Please help me to guard my mind by filling it with Your Word and Your ways.