December 23, 2011
The Gift of Weaponry, the Helmet of Salvation
This Advent Daily Devotional is focusing on the gifts God gives us, as uncovered in the book of Ephesians.
The next piece of armor covers your head. We’ve covered our feet with peace, surrounded our waist with truth, and have protected our heart with the grace of Jesus. We have lifted high the shield of faith and have been reminded that God is always closer to us than the enemy.
Next: Ephesians 6:17 “the Helmet of Salvation.” You are saved from your head to your toes. Be wise, wear a helmet! Protect your mind.
In the past 20 years or so, helmets have become a standard part our daily routine. When I learned to ride a bicycle, I never wore a helmet. And I had an accident or two… maybe that’s why I’m the way I am? But now, you wouldn’t think of teaching your child to ride a bike without first wearing a helmet. Why even cowboys and bull riders are wearing helmets instead of cowboy hats. Why? Because they work! They protect your head. They keep you safe. Have you read recently of all the research and technology put into the new NFL football helmets? There are molded shells and something called TPU padding. There is a lot of science going into protecting players’ heads. They’ve come a long way from the leather-heads of the early days of football.
Construction workers, athletes of all types, soldiers, firefighters… all wear helmets. Whether they look cool or not, they protect your head.
So, Paul says here, make sure you know everyday that your salvation saves you, protects you, keeps you in the game… keeps you mentally alert.
And how do you get your salvation? That’s the same question the Roman jailer asked Paul and Silas. Their answer? “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Acts 16:31 (NCV)
And think about Paul’s words in Romans as it relates to transforming our mind, which is the key central point in all our decision making. How do you know what God’s will is? “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) How do you renew your mind? By transforming your thinking. And how do you transform your thinking? By meditating on God and His word and His promises for you.
The infant Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread.” Fascinating that the One who said in John 6:35 “I am the bread of life” was born in the House of Bread! Feed on His words. Transform your mind. Defeat the enemy.
Keep your head and your thoughts protected. Keep it safe. Wear a helmet! His helmet of salvation.
Father God, thank you for the gift of protection for my mind. Thank you for your word which renews my thinking. May I dwell on you and your thoughts today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2011. Rich Ronald