Like any good athlete, the
Christian cannot expect to step out on the field of battle without the
protection of headgear!
Have you ever recorded a football game or the big finale to a
television show that you love, and then tried to get through the day without
anyone giving away the ending before you can watch it? The instant someone
starts talking about it, you might cover your ears with both hands and shout
over them. “La-la-la-la-la.”
In a similar way, God’s helmet
of salvation acts as a protector of our minds, a grace-infused barrier to
outside voices – voices of the enemy that tell us we aren’t good enough, strong
enough, redeemed enough.
The helmet is an integral part
of any athlete’s armor. The quarterback is never going out on that field
without it; a skateboarder or cyclist protects against skull fractures in case
of unforeseen circumstances.
When Paul wrote to the Ephesians
about putting on their spiritual armor, the helmet was a familiar concept for
them; something they could easily understand. The helmets worn in those times
protected the head, face, and neck without obstructing the view of the battle.
Placing that helmet over our spiritual heads is an action of reaching out for
the pool of grace and drenching our minds with its cool and healing balm so
that the reality of our salvation in Christ is once again renewed and
In simple terms, salvation is
all-encompassing. It is our past (before we committed our lives to Jesus
Christ), our present (our current walk with Him), and our future (when we meet
So putting on the helmet of
salvation doesn’t mean that we are blindly transported away from the
battlefield; instead, the helmet protects our most treasured gift without our
losing sight of the battle that rages on.
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Sandra D. Bricker is a best-selling and award-winning author of laugh-out-loud romantic comedy for the Christian market. Her most recent book, Always the Designer Never the Bride, is the third of a series of four novels in the Another Emma Rae Creation series from Abingdon Press Fiction. Check out her BLOG and sign up to receive her weekly posts by e-mail.
Sandie leads a team of writers in creating the Living It Out daily Bible study for CedarCreek Church. Today's devotion is borrowed from her Living It Out study on the gifts of the spirit. If you enjoyed it, feel free to check out the daily studies by e-mail or audio podcast by clicking HERE.