“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:11-12
Salvation comes to us by the grace of God. This salvation not only promises us eternal life in heaven, but it also gives us strength and courage to live in this world. The grace of God “teaches us to say, ‘No’ ” to the devil. While living in this world we can always keep our focus on the life which is to come through Jesus.
If grace teaches us how to live we must use our minds to learn those teachings. That’s where THE HELMET OF SALVATION comes into play. We need to soak in all the instruction from God we can. The HELMET helps us do just that. We crave to have the meaning of salvation etched into our minds. However, being focused on the grace and salvation given by God makes our heads/minds a target for Satan.
The devil doesn’t want us concentrating on the hereafter. He would prefer we set our focus on me, myself, and I in the present. Self-gratification is a big drawing card for Satan. I know this is the way I should go, but the other way looks a lot more fun. How many times has Satan put thoughts like that in our heads? How many times have we given in to those thoughts? The evil one loves it when we struggle between right and wrong.
THE HELMET OF SALVATION helps us to keep the Lord’s grace and promise of eternal life in the forefront. It allows our minds to take in the teachings of how we are to live. It gives us the courage to say, “No” to Satan. The HELMET assists in eliminating those mental struggles regarding what we should and shouldn’t do. We know which way is right. We can stay on the right path by using THE HELMET OF SALVATION. It will filter out the conflicts Satan wants to impose on us.
Jesus wants us to be “a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:14) THE HELMET OF SALVATION will help us to do that.
APPLICATION: Start each day by mentally putting on THE HELMET OF SALVATION and asking God to keep your thoughts that day focused on how He wants you to live.