I was out for a walk the other morning and IT. WAS. FREEZING! As soon as I took a step out the door, the thought flashed in my mind to grab my second pair of gloves to put over the pair of thin layered ones I already had on. But I was in a hurry to get out the door, so I didn’t.
Halfway through my walk my fingers were numb. No matter what I did, I could not get the sting to go away.
I should have worn those gloves!
But unfortunately, because I chose to not put them on, I was left to battle the cold without them.
I’ve been doing a study of the Armor of God by Pricilla Shirer. This past week we have been looking at the helmet of salvation. Considering the picture of the Roman soldier Paul had in mind as he described our spiritual armor, we see that the helmet was a key component in protecting a soldier’s head from enemy blows.
Likewise, the helmet of salvation is the piece of our spiritual armor that protects our minds from the attacks of our enemy.
The Lord has been convicting me that I often misuse this vital piece of armor in the same way that I did on that morning with my gloves.
God has given me a powerful, protective instrument to use in my battle against the enemy. This helmet is in my possession and available to me to use every single day. But I cannot, and will not, experience its benefits if I choose to not put it on.
The Lord revealed to me many years ago the way He wants me to wear the helmet of salvation. But to be completely honest, I fail far too often to put this knowledge to practice.
Far too often I allow God’s truth to be known theoretically, but not experientially.
Thank you Lord that You faithfully and frequently convict me and remind me of Your promises.
“prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:13-15
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
We put on the helmet of salvation by fixing our hope on our eternal inheritance; by setting our minds on the spiritual blessings in Christ; by meditating on Truth about who we are as His adopted sons and daughters.
With the helmet on, the enemy is unable to penetrate our minds with his lies.
Lies that whisper “you are unworthy; you are unloved; you are undesirable; you are unknown; your life is insignificant.”
“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us…” (Ephesians 1:4-8)
When we think the thought – I am unworthy
Replace it with – I am holy and blameless
Instead of – I am unloved
I am adopted
Instead of – I am undesirable
I am chosen
Instead of – my life is insignificant
My life is for the praise of His glory
“The brain is to the body what the mind is to the soul.” – Pricilla Shirer
Our minds are the central hub of determining the health and function of our spiritual life. Let’s resolve to not allow wrong thinking and lies to govern our minds any longer.
Megan is a wife and mother, a chocolate lover, a guitar player, and a daughter of our heavenly Father. One of her greatest passions is growing in her knowledge of our Lord and inspiring other to do the same. Come check out some of her other posts on her blog, As For My House.