(The helmet Pt. 2 of 2)
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness; a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”
Just as the neck supports the head; so our hope of eternal life supports our faith and knowledge in Christ Jesus. The helmet of salvation protects our understanding of God’s great and precious promises. Without this piece of the armor, the enemy along with life itself, can diminish or rob us of our knowledge of them.
In order to guard against this, we must protect what we allow to penetrate our minds. The presence of the helmet in Paul’s list of armor tells us that our minds should not be open to anything and everything. The helmet protects us from being drawn away and misguided by the various teachings and ideologies of deceitful men:
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and the craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.”-Ephesians 4:14.
James, an early church father, called this being double-minded and declared in James 1:8 that a double-minded man is unstable in all he does. So it is imperative that we protect our mind and thought life from the enemy’s attacks.
Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:16 that we are to have the mind of Christ. However, because of our fallen nature, we must have our old sinful mind renewed:
“Do not conform any longer to the patter 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 12:2.
This transformation process is two-fold. First we must take captive those thoughts that do not conform to the new mind we have in Christ:
“We demolish arguments and every pretention that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”-2 Corinthians 10:5.
If it is contradictory to the Word of God or communicates something contrary to the will of God; that thought must be taken captive and brought under the obedience of Christ.
Secondly, we must then fill our minds with what is good, righteous, and edifying:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable; if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”-Philippians 4:8.
Satan understands that if he can control what you think about; he can control you. Knowing this, we must keep ourselves firmly seated in Christ and guard what comes into our minds if we hope to stand against the Devil’s schemes.
Pastor Scott Burr
Dayspring Community Church