In Ephesians 6:11-13 the apostle Paul gives us this exhortation:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Because the battle that we are in is a spiritual one, our armor and our weapons are also spiritual. In the next several verses, Paul goes on to name several pieces of our spiritual weaponry. The fact that we are told to put on the armor indicates that we do not automatically have the armor on. We have to make the choice to walk in the armor that God has provided for us.
In verse 17, Paul says to “take the helmet of salvation.” The helmet is the piece of armor that covers the head. I believe that this indicates that the helmet of salvation is meant to cover and protect our minds from the assault of the enemy and his lies.
It is critical that we be convinced of our salvation. The helmet of salvation protects our minds from condemnation, guilt, and fear of being lost. When we place our faith is Jesus and what He has done for us, we stand in the fact that our sins are washed away and that we belong to Him. We have been reconciled to God and are a part of His family.
It is interesting to note that before coming to Christ, the devil will try to convince you that you are okay, and don’t need to be saved. But once you are saved, he will try to convince you that you are not good enough or that God doesn’t really love you. Remember, the devil is a liar and the father of lies! It is not about being good enough, but about standing in the righteousness of Christ.
So, cover your mind with the helmet of salvation. Put on “the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8). Do not allow the enemy to steal your joy or your hope. Stand in the salvation that Christ has brought to you and dismiss any doubts that the enemy tries to bring!