Armor of God – the Helmet of Salvation

“Take the helmet of salvation…” (Ephesians 6:17)

The sequencing of the armor of God appears in Ephesians differently than the way I will be presenting it. The reason for the different order is to help us remember the full Armor of God. As we go through these verses, think of yourself putting on the different pieces of the armor starting from your head to toe.

This day, we start with the helmet of salvation.

As I open my day, I pray aloud the putting on of the armor of God as I get dressed.

Here is what I say:

  • I put on the helmet of salvation to protect my mind
  • I put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect my heart
  • I put on the belt of truth to protect my character
  • I shod my feet with the preparation of the gospel so that I am ready in season and out to proclaim God’s good news
  • I take up the shield of faith to extinguish the fiery arrows of temptation
  • I take up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, to destroy the devils works

Just as we would not go out naked, we should be mindful to put on the full armor of God as we start our days so that we can stand firm in God’s power and strength.

The helmet of salvation.

Put on the helmet of salvation to protect your mind and thoughts. The beginning and the foundation of everything we do is on the firm foundation of God’s promise of salvation for those who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Once God saves us, our very being and standing before God is changed. We move from sinners to saints. From enemies to children and heirs of God’s kingdom.

From the moment God changes us, no one can undo what God has done. We can rebel. We can disobey. We can be bad children. But we will never cease being God’s children. And should we choose to live in rebellion and disobedience, it would be a crying shame because we would miss out on so much of what God wants to do in and through us. We lose out in our rebellion and disobedience. What’s at stake is our partnership and share in God’s mission and purposes. What’s not at stake is our standing before God as his children.

This is the starting ground for our faith. This is the foundation. This protects our thoughts and minds from the enemy’s schemes and methods to have us doubt our standing and position before God.

Know that you are a child of God. Jesus has finished it. Put on the helmet of salvation. Everything you do is a child of God. So, “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Do it. Put it on. Put on your helmet of salvation.

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