Think Like a Soldier

In a war, the two most sought after and most vulnerable targets are the heart and the head. When a soldier is wounded in either of these places, he will likely die. For this reason, a helmet has always been one of the most critical pieces of the soldier’s equipment. The same is true for the Christian. In Ephesians six and verse seventeen, we are commanded to “take the helmet of salvation.”

The Roman soldier had a bronze helmet with a leather strap on it. He carried this helmet over his shoulder or on his girdle until he needed to put it on for the battle. The helmet never left the soldier’s side, and he never entered the conflict without first putting his helmet on.

The purpose of the helmet of salvation is to protect your mind from the attacks of the enemy. Salvation involves your mind. Paul states that we have become a new creation by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12: 2). Our Christian life begins with a changed mind. Our thoughts move from seeing ourselves as the center of existence to seeing Christ as that center. It is an entirely new world view. We must, therefore, prepare our minds before we enter the battle, or Satan will deceive us and defeat us.

The helmet of salvation helps to prevent a divided mind. A divided mind leads to divided loyalties. A soldier whose mind is divided will never win a battle because, as James says, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1: 8).

The helmet of salvation also helps prevent a deceived mind. Satan is the great deceiver. Paul writes in 2Corintheins 11: 3, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” How did the serpent deceive Eve? First, he questioned God’s word. He then denied God’s word, and finally, he substituted his lie in place of God’s word. (Gen. 3: 1-5).

The helmet of salvation prevents a doubtful mind. In Luke 12:29, Jesus warns us against being anxious. The root cause of anxiety is doubtfulness. The Greek word transliterated “Doubtful” gives us our English word Meteor. The word means “to be raised on high, to be in midair, to live in suspense, to hover.”(Robertson, A.T., Word Pictures in the New Testament, pg.177). Many Christians have minds that are living in suspense or are hovering. They never settle down on anything. They worry about yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Their mind is full of doubt.

Finally, the helmet of salvation prevents a discouraged mind. Satan tries to fill our minds with discouragement. Paul describes the helmet’s power over discouragement in 1Thessilonians 5: 8, “But let us who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.”

The helmet of salvation is the hope of salvation. When a soldier loses hope, he has lost the battle. Defeat comes from within not from without. I know God is sovereign and will see me through! How about you? Are you settled on the sovereignty of God!

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