Week 20: Helmet of Salvation
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation…Ephesians 6:14-17
To understand what Paul means when he says to “take the helmet of salvation,” we must first understand what salvation is. Romans 10:9 says “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
And you may ask, “saved from what?” The answer, we are saved from sin. Salvation means that we have been saved, we are being saved and that we will be saved. We have been saved from the penalty of sin. We are being saved from the present power of sin. And one day, in Heaven, we will be saved from the very presence of sin.
Not only are we saved from something, namely sin and death, but we are also saved to something. We are saved to a relationship with God. The Bible also tells us how we are saved. In Ephesians 2:8-9 the Word tells us “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
That means that we did nothing to earn or deserve our salvation. The reason I bring this up about salvation, is because it is vital to understand that we are saved by grace when it comes to spiritual warfare. One of the ways that the enemy attacks so many believers is to get you to doubt your salvation.
The enemy will often infuse doubt into your mind by trying to focus your thoughts on your past actions and activity. The enemy whispers lies into your mind that can cause you to question God’s goodness and question your identity in Him. Paul says that in order to battle against that, you should take up your helmet of salvation. The helmet guards the mind against this attack.
Guard your understanding of salvation. Guard your understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Guard your understanding of God’s grace. And understand that you cannot lose your salvation by something that you do, because you didn’t do anything to earn it to begin with. We have been saved by grace and NOT by works. You can’t lose your salvation because God saved you and God doesn’t lose.
By faith we are in Christ and NOTHING, that is NO THING can separate us from the love of God. Paul asks in Romans 8 if there is anything that can separate us from God’s love through Jesus? And his conclusion is this…
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So when the enemy speaks lies into your mind, then guard your mind by reminding yourself of your salvation. Remind yourself of the gospel that IS the power of your salvation. Remind yourself that your identity in Christ and NOT your activities is what saves you. And as you preach the gospel to yourself over and over and over and as you take up the helmet of salvation, the message of God’s grace once again will be the avenue by which you continue to DEEPEN your relationship with Jesus Christ.