“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” Ephesians 6:17.
Satan wants us to doubt God, Jesus, and our salvation. The helmet protects our minds from doubting God’s saving work for us through His Son, Jesus.
My boys often think they are invincible. With only a skiff of snow and being near their school, they think gym shorts are suitable for watching basketball games. “All the kids do it, Mom. Besides, the gym’s hot.”
“It’s below freezing. And if you get stuck outside you’re asking for frostbite!” My reasoning settles in their minds like snow flurries in the wind. Time to switch tactics. This time I put on my Commander hat.
“You will wear your jeans and your coat. NO shorts.” My battle ready stance tells them I’m not backing down. After a few grunts and rolling eyes, they comply.
God often uses my children to drive home a point. How many times do I react like my kids to God’s instruction? How often do I skim over a Bible passage while my mind is distracted with daily tasks? Or I’ll read, ponder it, but then fail to apply it throughout the day. Like my boys, do I wave it off by reasoning: I’ll be fine … everyone else does it (or isn’t doing it)?
Ephesians 6:10-18 commands us to put on God’s armor. Like a parent who knows what’s best, Paul illustrates how we can be strong in the Lord so we won’t get knocked over by the devil’s schemes. Four times, he writes “stand firm.” Why? God shows us our struggle is not against people, but against the spiritual forces of evil, (vs. 12).
Don’t neglect wearing your helmet of belief, for “whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son,” John 3:18b.
Do you have any additional thoughts about God’s armor, (Ephesians 6:13-17)?