Ephesians 6: 12-18 Outlines the Armor of God. It is a list of battle tools we as Christians must wear to defeat the enemy in a war that is not physical but spiritual. I was asked to teach this Sunday’s Sunday School. I have decided to share it here with all of you.
The topic: The Helmet of Salvation.
To begin, the helmet is a piece of armor placed on the head of a soldier. It is meant to be protective. It is intended to shield against blows from the enemy’s sword. Salvation is the deliverance from sin and its consequences brought about by faith in Jesus Christ. As a sinner, you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, believe that God raised him from the dead and you are then saved, saved from hell or the eternal separation from God. This is also known as justification. Once done, it is done. Past tense. But if salvation is past tense, why must we wear the Helmet of Salvation daily?
Salvation is part justification (past) and sanctification (present). Sanctification is that daily renewing of our mind to conform to the mind of Christ. How, you may ask? By reading the word of God and allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us. Consider the following scriptures:
Romans 12: 2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
We know that our sword is the word of God but what is the enemy’s sword? What pointed, sharp weapon does he use to try to penetrate our helmets?
Words, thoughts and ideas are used in an effort to deceive us.
Yes, every day the enemy is plotting, planning and executing an attack against your mind. The goal is to get you to stop believing the word of God and believe his lie. His only weapon – deception.
1. Every sin begins as a thought and the thought morphs into sin – James 1: 13-15.
According to Adweek,
“Studies have shown that your typical social media user consumes 285 pieces of content daily, which equates to an eye-opening 54,000 words, and, for the truly active, as many as 1,000 clickable links.”
This is just social media. Think about all of the thoughts aimed at you. The careless gossip shot in your direction. The email link with questionable jokes or photo. Arrow after arrow, dart after dart – the enemy is relentless.
You would be remiss to walk out with your head uncovered, exposed. Daily we must carve out time for prayer and devotion. It is, essentially, placing the Helmet of Salvation on err’day.
So, what should we think about? .
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Actively think good thoughts and actively reject evil ones. You do this daily with the help of the Holy Spirit with your Helmet securely in place.