“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). Faith is a battle. Faith is what we should be fighting for every day. Fighting to keep the faith and to keep going. All the battles have already been won by our Lord Jesus and now it is our turn to do our part of the fight. God gives us what we need to stay strong and to keep going. We also have free will and we can decide not to put on the armor of the Lord or we can decide to keep fighting and to stay in faith. Sometimes it is very hard to hold on to faith. I think no one will argue and say that faith is easy. However, we can do it. God gives us the strength to do it. If we lean on Him, rely on Him and trust Him, our faith will be strong and it will stand the test of time. We are tested all the time but this amazing blessing called faith is not impossible. Faith should be comfortably sitting in our hearts and it should be located in our minds as well. It is interesting that the Lord gives the helmet of salvation. A helmet is worn on the head. It is close to our minds and to our thinking. There is a need for us to trust with our hearts and to know in our minds that we are saved. The helmet of salvation is only effective when we wear it and we understand its functionality. It protects our heads from the attacks. It protects our heads from the lies of the enemy. Friend, today I want to remind you that the helmet of salvation is rightfully yours. Wear it, trust that you are saved, know what it means and use it in every battle.
What is salvation? Jesus bought salvation when He died and rose again. He paid the high price for our salvation. Now, anyone who believes in Jesus and in His resurrection is saved. Everyone who accepts Him as his or her Lord and Savior has abundant life. What is part of that abundant life? There are many blessings in the life the Lord has bestowed upon us and one of them is that we are children of God. We are heirs to the Kingdom of God and we can expect His love and His faithfulness all the time. God is faithful and He will never let us down. That is part of the salvation package if you will. You are a child of God and He loves you. That love is the most powerful force in the universe and it is directed to you and living in you. Your helmet of salvation is a reminder that you are loved, that the Son of God died for your sins and for your infirmities and that you belong with the Lord. You are part of the family. You are not an outsider and you are not crashing the party. You are in the party and you have a right to be celebrating and rejoicing over the Lord. It is written in your salvation and no one can change that.
With the helmet of salvation there is a sword. The helmet protects your head and the sword saves your life. It is there in case of an attack of the enemy. The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God and we can use it when the lies of the enemy are assailing us. We can cut right through the lies and get to the truth. The truth is that God has us in the palm of His hand. He goes before us and He makes our path clear. He won on the cross. He did what was necessary for you and me to be triumphant today. Use the sword of truth. Use the Word of God all the time. Brandish it and the enemy will flee. Keep it by your side and don’t get tired of using it. Remember that it is important to be familiar with the Word. How good is the Word if you don’t know it? Daily study is very helpful. If you can’t study the Word every day, make flashcards with some of the scriptures you know will come handy. That great sword is only good if you have easy access to it. Flashcards are a good way to do that. The sword of the Spirit also makes the helmet strong because it provides the protection. Your salvation is outlined in the Word of God. When you take the Word and add that layer of protection to the helmet of salvation, your mind is filled with power, with the power of the Word of God. Take your helmet, friend. Polish it and make it shine with the oil of the Word of God. Hold on to the sword of the Spirit and your faith will remain strong and your battles will be easier to win. Keep fighting the good fight of faith!
Suggested reading: Romans 1:16; Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:10-18