Helmet of Salvation
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,"
We all know the value of a helmet to physically protect a person’s head. Our current culture has us wearing helmets for most activities such as football, hockey, motor cycling, bicycling, auto racing and military action. The helmet of salvation is not a material helmet to protect our head, but is “the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8) to protect our thinking.
Certain circumstances we find ourselves in can look hopeless. Satan will speak into our mind that the situation is hopeless and we might as well give up. When we don’t have hope, we get depressed. A depressed person gives up. Satan wants us to give up.
Has this happened to you?
The helmet of salvation is the hope of our salvation. The hope of our salvation keeps us enduring through all trials in order to be a good parent, a profitable employer, a godly friend, a faithful witness of Jesus Christ and to complete whatever assignment we have been given.
What is this hope?
True hope is in the one and only God who will always keep His promises. True hope claims we have an eternal existence with the Lord even if our body dies. The reliability of this hope is found in the fact Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day just as He said He would (John 2:18-22).
Abraham is an example of the power of hope in our trustworthy Creator God. Read the following text and gain hope.
Romans 4:18-21, "In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, "So shall your offspring be." 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised."
Are you placing your hope in Jesus Christ who is able to fulfill His promises?
Or are you placing your hope in man who is not always able to keep his promises?
If your hope is in God, then Satan cannot defeat you with hopelessness no matter what the situation. No situation is beyond hope when the Lord Jesus Christ is involved. He overcame death.
Jesus can help us overcome whatever is threatening us. Hope in the Lord Jesus Christ is never futile. Put on the helmet of salvation, never take it off, and complete the work God has given you.
May you have true hope.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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