Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
I have almost never worn a hat but both my sons love wearing hats. I have never had the desire to wear a hat especially a helmet, they are too heavy for my taste, but boy, they sure were useful during a battle in Roman times! Helmets were usually made of leather, with plates of metal sometimes strategically placed at the temples and forehead. It was used as a softening device against blows to the head during hand-to-hand combat. They were also practical if you fell from your horse! A bit like the hockey helmets we use today.
Protecting one's head is of extreme importance. One blow against the head can not only paralyze an individual or cause extreme brain injury, but may kill him as well! Our minds are also extremely important to protect, for it is here that you find the battle ground between good and evil.
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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 Cor 10:3-6 NIV)
Many of us have no idea what is happening in our heads. Many times we are ashamed by sudden thoughts that flood our minds. While at times these can initiate from our own thoughts, they can also be planted there, by demons straight from hell!
If we don't consciously decide to stand up for the truth, we will end up like burned toast, if you know what I mean. We need to constantly remember (Just like we parents remind our kids to wear helmets even though they will grunt and complaint) who our deliverer is, and firmly believe in His promises, for unlike us, He keeps them! He is the only One who can assure us a God-pleasing life. "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor 15:57 NIV)
Only by claiming His promises and being 100% convinced that He will come through for us, will we be filled with anticipation: There is something better just ahead. God is in control, even though our senses may tell us otherwise!
"Don't be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today." (Ex 14:13)
Anticipate His deliverance and watch His power unfold for you.
Dear Lord, may we protect our minds with the promises You have given to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.