Ephesians 6:17 …put on the helmet of salvation
When it comes to your life there is nothing quite as powerful as a changed mind. You can change your hair, your clothes, your address, your spouse, your church and even your job… but if you do not change your mind, the same experiences will continue to perpetuate in your life.
Why? Because everything on the outside has changed, but nothing on the inside has changed.
The Bible has always understood this…
Proverbs 23:7 For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
Your mind is the “gateway” to your heart and whatever fills your mind will fill your heart. All the issues of life flow out of your heart (Proverbs 4:23). That’s why, if you are having people-related problems at work, or at home, then changing your job or changing your spouse will not change the situation, because the real issue is in your heart. When you begin to deal with your heart issues, that’s when things begin to change in your relational world.
The way to deal with the heart is by diagnosing what’s on your mind.
In Ephesians 6:17, the Apostle Paul is telling you to put something on your mind – he calls it the helmet of salvation. Now I’m going to explain what this metaphor actually means, but first let me explain why you need to put this “helmet” on.
It’s because the enemy, the devil, comes to attack the mind. Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation – all these are attacks on the mind.
Joyce Meyer’s best-seller is called “Battlefield Of The Mind” because that’s where the devil attacks you. In her book, she teaches you how to deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day by focusing your mind to think the way God thinks.
And this is what Paul is saying when he says “put on the helmet of salvation”.
Salvation represents what God has already done for you through His Son. Jesus has redeemed you and provided for you through “Salvation”. In the Greek it means “Sozo” and it carries two broad meanings:
- Deliverance from sickness; fear; poverty; enemies; oppression; sin and death
- Provision of health; life; righteousness and abundance
This is the knowledge of God the devil comes to attack.
And putting on the helmet of salvation means you are “mindful” of what Jesus has done for you and your position in Him. When you keep this knowledge of God in the forefront of your mind, you possess the arsenal to defend and defeat the attacks of the devil through the knowledge of Christ.
So what’s on your mind? Put on the helmet of salvation!