And take the helmet of salvation. Ephesians 6:17
Football players wear helmets. Ice hockey players wear helmets. Baseball and softball players wear helmets when they bat. Jockeys wear helmets when they ride. Cyclists wear helmets when they race their mountain or road bikes. Those and other athletes put a premium on protecting their brains from injury.
And soldiers protect their heads as well. No surprise, then, that Paul included the “helmet of salvation” in his list of the Christian’s spiritual armor. Paul draws much of his armor imagery from Isaiah where God is pictured as wearing spiritual “armor” (Isaiah 59:17) as well as the coming Messiah (Isaiah 11:5). Why the helmet of salvation? In short, because of the emphasis in Scripture on the mind. We have “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). We are to renew our mind (Romans 12:2). The main battleground of spiritual warfare is the mind, the thought life (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). If Satan can cause us to have thoughts of doubt concerning our salvation, the battle tilts in his favor. We protect our mind with God’s promises concerning salvation.
When you have doubts or insecurities, go to the Word! Renew your mind; protect your thought life. Meditate on what is true (Philippians 4:8).
Salvation is a helmet, not a nightcap! Vance Havner