This Sunday, during Big City Clubhouse, we are continuing our study on the full armor of God. Here is what we have learned so far:
This week’s piece of armor is the helmet of salvation, a crucial part of the full armor of God. As I have been studying the passage from Ephesians to learn about the full armor of God, I was thinking about the fact that Paul must have been inspired by God to write about the full armor of God while being escorted by Roman soldiers to Rome. I was not aware of the fact that Paul was actually drawing these ideas from the Word of God in the Old Testament.
16 And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him. 17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle. (Isaiah 59)
Paul was very familiar with the teachings of the Old Testament. God probably brought this passage to mind as Paul wrote what He did in Ephesians while looking at a Roman soldier decked out in full armor. God has all of these pieces of armor and He gives them to us when we become His children. We are able to become His children because of salvation. God has saved us from the penalty of our sins and He has saved us from our enslavement to sin. He has given us all of these weapons to help us overcome sin’s death grip on us. Now that we have been set free, the battlefield is our mind. How are our minds protected because of the salvation that we have been given?
I. The helmet guards your mind
How do we see this played out in the spiritual realm? God tells us in the book of wisdom, Proverbs.
20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body. 23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4)
It begins with taking advice from the Word of God. As you walk through your daily activities, keep your focus on the things that you learn from the Word of God. In fact, we are to study and meditate on the Word so much that we memorize it, hiding it into our hearts. Guard your mind. In other words, be careful what you let in because what you let in your mind with set the course of your life. If you put garbage in then you should expect to get garbage out. What kinds of things to you watch on t.v.? What kind of movies do you watch? What kind of music do you listen to? What kind of stuff are you feeding your brain?
II. The helmet is a filter
Filters are popular today. People filter their water daily. We have filters on our computers to keep the junk out. We have filters everywhere. What about our minds, should we set a filter on our minds through which we should separate the good from the bad or should we just let everything in and see what happens?
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4)
It begins with truth. The Truth, the Word of God, will reveal what things are good to accept and good to reject.
- Good repute
- Worthy of praise
Every thought that comes through your mind must be brought through this filter. If it passes the test, let it take root in your mind. The movies that you watch, the music that you listen to, the books that you read, the conversations that you have, all of these things must be passed through the filter. If they pass the filter test, they are good for you. If they do not pass the filter test, like in Proverbs 4, they must be kicked out.
III. Keep your mind occupied
You know the old saying, “idle hands are the devil’s playground”. There is a lot of truth to that. An idle mind is also a place where the enemy likes to attack. King David made his life changing mistake with Bathsheba when he was not working like he was supposed to be doing and his mind got him in trouble. God has the solution for this problem in His Word.
27 And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” (Luke 10)
The greatest commandment in the Bible is to love and serve God with all of your mind. If you keep your mind busy serving the Lord then you will be less likely to fall into temptation when the enemy attacks and tries to entice you. Also, as you seek to love and to serve God with all of your mind, you will seek to love and to serve your neighbor as yourself. When you are selfishly focused on yourself, then the enemy attacks and you get down and defeated. When you are busily focused on serving and the enemy attacks, you are using your weapons to fight off the enemy. Are you keeping your mind occupied by serving the Lord? If you are struggling with depression, evaluate your thoughts and motives. Are you living to serve the Lord and others or yourself? May the Lord help us guard our minds, use the filter of the Word of God, and keep our minds occupied in service.