The Helmet of Salvation
“And take the helmet of salvation…” Ephesians 6:17 (a)
In the late Sixties, I enjoyed playing Jr. High football under Coach “Puny Jolley” in Albertville, Alabama. Coach Jolley was a great coach! He played football for the University of Alabama, and he brought a love for the sport and for his players to the Jr. High football field! I will never forget the fuss he made over our football uniforms; always checking to see if our helmets for example, were fitted tightly and in place as we prepared to step onto the field.
Paul, using the heavy and impenetrable bronze helmet of the Roman soldier of his day, calls us “to encircle our heads (minds)” with God’s helmet of salvation. What does Paul mean by this command?
Any Roman soldier knew he was taking his life (or head) into his own hands as he entered the battlefield. A Roman soldier’s head was at its highest risk to the short-handled battle-axe of his opponent. If he wasn’t wearing his helmet, he would most likely lose his head in battle! Likewise, the devil doesn’t want us to: (1) “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…” (Ephesians 6:10), (2) “Take (literally means “Receive”), the helmet of salvation each day, and (3) Study what God’s word has to say about our “salvation.” Satan wants you to live in fear, failure, and defeat as a Christian rather than the freedom in knowing and living with the understanding of Who Jesus is and what He did for you on the cross, therefore, he seeks to chop-chop away at God’s promises found in his word, when we are not wearing our helmets!
Receive the following Scriptures and use them by the power of the Holy Spirit given you of God, to defeat any stronghold “lie” the enemy has baited you into believing via of your mind or emotions: Acts 4:12, Romans 15:13, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, 2 Timothy 1:7 (“sound mind” or “discipline” in this verse means a saved or delivered mind; one that is self-controlled, has been set free, and is thinking correctly), Colossians 1:13-14, and Romans 12:1-2. The original word translated “salvation” in Ephesians 6:17 means, delivered, to be brought to a safe place, and to be well. In Christ’s power! Pastor Louie