Summary: This is the the 6th sermon in the series on Spiritual Warfare. This morning we look at the Helmet of Salvation which is the 5th piece of defensive armor mentioned by Paul in Ephesians chapter 6.
Sermon Notes: June 28, 2007
Sermon # 06: The Helmet of Salvation
Scripture Ref: Ephesians 6:10-18
Ephesians 6:10-18 ‘Therefore my beloved brethern, be ye strong in the LORD & in the power of HIS might. Put on the whole armor of GOD that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh & blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of GOD that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, & having done all to stand, Stand therefore, with your loins girt about with truth, & having on the breastplate of righteousness, & your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. & take the helmet of salvation & the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of GOD, Praying always with all supplication in the Spirit, & perserverance & supplication for all saints.’
V17 ‘Take the helmet of salvation.’
Thus far we have looked at these pieces of spiritual armor.
The Belt of Truth
The Breastplate of Righteousness
The Shoes of Peace
The Shield of the Faith
This morning, The Helmet of Salvation
If we were to take the SIMPLIEST APPLICATION to what the HELMET of SALVATION means it would be that we had better BE SAVED if are going to BATTLE against the DEVIL ----- because EVERYBODY & ANYBODY who doesn’t KNOW JESUS CHRIST as their SAVOUR & LORD ----- LOSES EVERY DAY & will LOSE ULTIMATELY to the DEVIL. Our VICTORY over the DEVIL comes ONLY through a SAVING RELATIONSHIP with JESUS CHRIST, the SON of the LIVING GOD.
So the HELMET of SALVATION means to BE SAVED if we are going to be VICTORIOUS. There is a SPIRITUAL POWER that comes from being SAVED.
HELMETS are used for PROTECTION by people riding down the road on MOTOR CYCLES. CHILDREN riding BYCYCLES wear HELMETS. CONSTRUCTION WORKERS wear HELMETS at work. FIREFIGHTERS wear HELMETS. SOLDIERS in combat wear HELMETS.
& the PURPOSE for the HELMET is UNDERSTANDABLE --- it is there to PROTECT a very IMPORTANT PART of the BODY --- the HEAD.
& WHAT is so IMPORTANT about trying to PROTECT the HEAD?
One may survive a broken arm while in battle or a few broken ribs but a head injury could easily become fatal. An INJURY to the HEAD is a SERIOUS INJURY. INCASED within the HEAD is the BRAIN. & the BRAIN is the CENTER of our THINKING & of our EMOTIONS. So if we are going to PROTECT ANYTHING it needs to be our MINDS & our THINKING because many times the BATTLE ---- BEFORE it takes place anywhere else it takes place ----- 1st in the MIND
The MIND is the prime target in all of our battles against Satan. One good BLOW to our MINDS is often times ALL the DEVIL needs to ACCOMPLISH his tasks. Many times ALL the DEVIL has to do to CREATE DEVASTATION & DESTRUCTION is to PLACE HIS THOUGHTS into someone’s MIND. & then BOOM! Sparks & Fireworks can fly as if it were the 4th of July; splinters scatter.
How many of us will ADMIT there are TIMES when you KNOW the DEVIL is ATTACKING your MIND. He is TRYING to get into your THOUGHTS & your THINKING PROCESS & he is trying to PULL YOU in a DIRECTION you don’t need to go? He is trying to get you to do things or say things you know you shouldn’t?
So what PAUL is telling us to do here is to PROTECT our MINDS from the DEVIL. No soldier would go to battle without putting on his HELMET. & we should not enter into SPIRITUAL BATTLE without our HELMET of SALVATION.
& if we are going to be WHO we NEED to BE as CHRISTIANS ----- then we NEED to GUARD our MINDS & to FILL our MINDS with the RIGHT THINGS & KEEP our MINDS on the RIGHT THINGS.
We get SAVED when we give our lives to the LORD JESUS CHRIST but we need to take our SALVATION FURTHER than just GIVING our HEARTS to CHRIST. We NEED to DEVELOP a SPIRITUAL LIFE.
How many would AGREE that as CHRISTIANS we need to be GROWING in the LORD? We need to DEVELOP our MINDS SPIRITUALLY.
Make sure our MINDS are SAVED & SANCTIFIED.
As we CONSIDER the HELMET of SALVATION we want to LOOK at these 3 things:
1} The POWER of the MIND.
2} The POLLUTION of the MIND.
3} The POTENTIAL of the MIND.