Summary: Our goal as Christians is to live a life always with the confidence in our minds that we are citizens of heaven!
We have noted that soon and very soon, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will return to earth! While we wait, while God allows the devil loose for a little while, we must be strong in God’s mighty power! Every Christian has the power of God available with the full armor of God.
But we must always be on the alert; most of the time the devil will attack with his schemes. Schemes are planned, tricky, subtle actions which can result in big damages! And so, our loving God provides for us and gives us instructions. Are we listening?
Please open your Bibles to Ephesians 6…..
Before reading, let us pray together our commitment to God’s Word….. Ephesians 6:10-18……
We are living in evil days. Let us make sure we understand the full armor of God and most importantly to put it on always. Remember that no one else can put on this armor for you; each one of us is personally responsible for putting on the armor of God for protection against evil.
Do we understand the pieces? B B S S S H F
The first B is the Belt of Truth. Are we daily putting it on?
What’s the next thing we are to put on?? - The Belt of Righteousness. And, are we ready to tell our personal Gospel story? Put on the Shoes of the Gospel of peace!
How big is our Shield of Faith and are we alert?
What is the “S” we are to take up??
And along with the Sword of the Spirit, we are to take the Helmet of Salvation! What is it? And again more importantly, what does it mean to us in a practical way?
You see, you can take a helmet and even put it on and still not be protected; like this woman riding a motorcycle (picture) who wore her helmet backwards!
Let’s first of all know what a helmet does.
In general, what does a helmet do??
A helmet protects the head from being injured when hit by something. And why must one protect the head??
Your brain is in your head! The head must be protected because it holds the brain which is crucial for all thinking and actions! Our brains are so important that our heads must be protected if there is a chance of injury. You can go to the Internet and read stories after stories of people protected from major head injuries because they wore a helmet. And of course, those who go to battle, where there is a chance of something hitting the head, soldiers wear helmets. According to a report by the United States Army, over half of the American Soldiers who fought in World War II, would have been killed if they didn’t wear their helmets!
A helmet is to protect the head because the head holds the brain which is crucial for all thinking and actions!
Now, the full armor of God is spiritual.
What good is a spiritual helmet for the Christian?
What does a spiritual helmet protect for the Christian?
A helmet mainly protects the brain from injuries.
In the same way, a spiritual helmet will protect our spiritual brains which are crucial for spiritual thinking and actions.
Now, what’s in the brain that actually does the thinking which leads to action??
The mind is what’s in the brain that does the thinking which leads to actions. A spiritual helmet for the Christian protects the spiritual mind! If the Christian’s spiritual mind is injured, improper thoughts and actions will follow. How often does this happen to us? The devil loves to see Christians think ungodly, because he knows it will lead to ungodly actions and testimony.
God warns Christians of the devil’s schemes!
Let us all listen very carefully to what God is saying!
Please turn briefly to 2 Corinthians 11:3-4..
We can note a couple of things from this passage:
Christians are to be sincere and pure with their devotion to Jesus Christ. How devoted are we to Jesus Christ? Or, are we following someone else or something else?
Christians are to be careful of false gods. If you’re spending more time on something else besides reading the Bible and praying, you have false gods!
Christians are to be careful of wrong spirits (something supernatural doesn’t automatically mean it’s from God).
Christians are not to accept other means to salvation. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to God the Father in heaven except through Me!”
And so, God through the apostle Paul tells Christians to protect themselves from the schemes of the devil by putting on the full armor of God. And it is crucial that Christians protect their minds from the influence of the devil. Put on the Helmet of Salvation!