Where’s Your Helmet?

Why is it that I never even heard of the helmet of salvation found in Ephesians 6:13-17 until I was 48 years old?  Did you know about this passage?  Did you understand it’s significance growing up?  I have a theory but I won’t give it to you yet. Instead, I’d like to see if you can come to your own conclusion…(if you do, please comment below) and we can talk about it. =)

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The helmet of salvation in verse 17 is protection for the head, keeping viable a critical part of the body. We could say that our way of thinking needs preservation. The head is the seat of the mind, which, when it has laid hold of the sure gospel hope of eternal life, will not receive false doctrine or give way to Satan’s temptations. The unsaved person has no hope of warding off the blows of false doctrine because he is without the helmet of salvation and his mind is incapable of discerning between spiritual truth and spiritual deception.

(excerpt from http://www.gotquestions.com)
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There used to be a commercial about the mind being a terrible thing to waste. There was a guy who cracked a couple of eggs in a hot frying pan and said something about that being your brain on drugs…then he (or someone) said something about your mind being a terrible thing to waste. It was clever.  I (sort of) remember it.

Your mind IS a terrible thing to waste.  But you don’t just waste it if you’re a drug user. You waste it when you blatantly choose not to study the word of God.  Look at the next 2 verses VERY carefully:

James 1:5 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

And what exactly IS faith?

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen.

And how is it that we GET faith?  Come on, you remember this one…

Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

So then, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

In James 1:5 God promises us wisdom if we ask Him for it…but it also says in Hebrews 11:6 that you can’t expect to receive anything from God if you don’t first believe that He exists…and I’ll take it just a step further: You must believe that He is who He says He is and did what He said He’d do.  Your salvation depends on it! And once you get that truth don’t forget to put on your helmet to protect your mind from being deceived because the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy…(John 10:10)…but Christ came to give you life and more abundantly.  You’ll want to protect that knowledge!

There are people who blindly follow a religious practice (like I did as a Catholic) because that’s what their parents did and their grandparents; maybe their whole family.  But guess what?  When you come to the end of your earthly life you will stand before the just Judge all alone.  Your family won’t be there.  It will be you and Jesus.  At that time, you’ll either hear “Well done, good and faithful servant” as in Matthew 25:23 or “Depart from me, I never knew you!” As in Matthew 7:21-23.

Have you thought about that?  What will He say to you?  Will He ask you why you didn’t act on what you heard when others tried to share the gospel with you?  Why you didn’t try to learn more about what you’re reading?

The moment you die it’s too late…His patience is what’s keeping you right now.

This is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).  So if you’re hearing His voice right now, don’t harden your heart!  Instead just ask Him to show you the truth!  You don’t have to take my word for it, but I am telling you the truth.  He has given me that inner peace, and knowledge of the truth of my salvation.  I’m not afraid to die.  It’s not because I’m a good person either, because I’m NOT a good person.  I’ve done some really terrible, horrible things.  But I’ve got a good God and He has saved me from my sin.  He has washed me clean by the blood of Jesus.  In God’s eyes, I am righteous because I have trusted in the One who was sent to give me righteousness.  All I did was say, “Yes!” to Jesus.  I trust in His promises and He promised to save me.

Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

I’m begging you right now…

You don’t know if you have tomorrow.  Once you take your last breath it will be too late.  At that time, when you come before Jesus it will be you, all alone…explaining why you either did or didn’t believe.  And if you believed in Jesus, you’ll have to explain why you just blindly continued practicing a religion you didn’t fully understand and why you didn’t at least try to search out the truth.  Why you didn’t just ASK HIM!

John 16:24 (NKJV)  Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

God help them who read this to ask!

God please give them eyes to see the truth and ears to hear the truth!

I ask all of this in the mighty name of Jesus the Christ…the only one who can save you.


12 thoughts on “Where’s Your Helmet?

    1. Thanks Tim. I’m glad you stopped by and I appreciate your comment. I believe the Word of God (Also Jesus John 1:1) is giving each individual believer instructions here for how to protect their thoughts that the enemy tries to tell them that they aren’t really saved…or that they can’t avoid a sinful thought or temptation. The helmet is for us personally. Christ already defeated Satan. When we put on the full armor of God, we can stand…protected, believing in the finished work of Christ on the cross! Praise God!!! And when you go on reading in Ephesians the breastplate of righteousness protects my own personal body (and yours)…we have no righteousness on our own but we “put on” the righteousness of Christ our Savior! God sees born again believers through the blood of His precious Son…we are “clothed” in His righteousness. 😇
      As a Catholic I was never taught about the full armor of God. Could that be because of what you say? As the head, Christ wears the helmet? I can tell you this, He has taught me now! Praise God for how the Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom and the armor to stand…especially against unbelief. I believe Ephesians 6 is a beautiful illustration of what God tells US to do. He defeated Satan but we are still in a battle…our victory is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone and He tells us how to be victorious. Amen! *Praying for each beautiful soul who reads this. God loves you and wants you to be victorious…where’s your helmet?

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      1. Absolutely agree with you Jackie. I say Christ wears the helmet not because he needs protection, but because it is the helmet of salvation and Christ is our savior. He wears the helmet to protect US, not HIM. Salvation comes through him, not on our own (as you say).
        Great stuff! I appreciate your writing and love reading your blog.

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  1. We have to put on the whole armor of God daily. And the helmet of SALVATION is where it all begins. Each day we recognize that Jesus has saved us through faith and all of our choices/decisions for that day should be with the thoughts of His sacrifice for us forefront in our minds.

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  2. Ooh, I wasn’t meant to read this until AFTER my devotions this morning 🙂
    Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.” Yochanan 8:12 CJB
    In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it. Yochanan 1:4-5
    So we don’t get that light unless we follow Jesus, and put on our helmet to keep us safe. Unless we study His Word our helmet is very flimsy. Oh, and putting on that helmet is not an option…it’s a command along with wearing the whole armor of God!
    God and I had a whole discussion this morning about the perils, and the benefits He’s shown me over the years, of that strict Roman Catholic indoctrination….I keep forgetting that you and I have a similar background. So much we weren’t taught.
    And I digress…
    I am thankful for your blog; for being willing to step out and teach!

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    1. Oh wow Sandra! I didn’t remember that you were also raised Catholic! Isn’t God amazing how He works? You weren’t supposed to read this until after your devotions…that’s why you couldn’t get to it on Facebook! Lol! I love it!
      Thank you so much for sharing here.

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