Monday, June 6, 2011

Helmet of Salvation

Ephesians 6:17

When I think of a helmet as a piece of armor, I think of the kind of armor used in movies such as the Lord of the Rings, where the helmet was a heavy metal covering placed on the soldier's head.  Today, while soldiers still use helmets (which look quite different), we also use the term "helmet" for other head coverings.  When my children are roller blading or riding their bikes, I make them wear a bicycle helmet to protect them from head injuries.  Many states have laws that require anyone riding a motorcycle to wear a helmet to protect them in case they are in an accident.  Construction workers wear construction hats to protect them from getting a serious head injury if something were to fall on them.  Humans have learned over the years to value the head as an important part of the body to protect.  The idea of this vital piece of armor is used in Ephesians 6:17.

This week, I am focusing on the armor of the helmet of salvation and I want to learn more about how salvation becomes a piece of spiritual armor that we are to wear daily.  The Greek word used for helmet is perikephalaia which is a combination of peri and kephalaia and literally means around the head.  It just makes me think of how important our thought processes are when we are in spiritual battle.  When we protect our thoughts and keep them captive because we are saved through God's gift of grace we are putting on a great piece of armor.  There are many references to the importance of our thoughts, and the metaphor of the helmet makes me think of how our thoughts should change as a reflection of the hope we have in Christ.  This week, I also want to look at other references in the Bible to salvation being a helmet.

Philippians 4:8 says, "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."  Let us fix our thoughts on things that honor God and praise Him for He is the one who has given us our salvation.  It is not easy when we are looking at our situations with our human eyes; however, God wants us to change our thoughts to reflect the fact that we are His children.  Protect your mind with the hope of your salvation!

What are you focusing on?

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