Take the helmet of salvation...
I love the helmet of salvation.
I picture myself wearing it, like a military helmet. In my mind's eye, it shines like gold, is hard like a diamond, and straps on my head for a perfect fit.
Before I became a committed Christian, I didn't know a helmet like this existed. Consequently, my mind was an emotional war zone (as Joyce Meyer describes in 'Battlefield of the Mind').
I tend to be an exuberant person. Such extremes characterized my personal war, too, as I was chased by depressing thoughts and negative words. I was angry with others, mad at myself, and full of forebodings. I was swinging and receiving hard emotional punches, all the while running a well-known business and appearing respectable to the world. I wanted to be righteous. Ah...the double life.
I was destined to break and surrender--but thankfully to God, rather than the enemy. 'And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:7).
It was at this point I learned about the helmet and what lies beneath it. 'But we have the mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16). With the mind of Christ and the helmet of salvation, we not only recognize the enemy but leave him powerless to enter our ears or manipulate our minds.
'We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ' (2 Corinthians 10:5). God made the helmet. Jesus tested it and put it in mass production. He even paid its price for each of us in advance. All we have to do is put it on. Put Him on. We are saved.
End of story? No. Now we are called to help others--to fight for them. 'Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ' (1 Peter 1:13).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Armor Of God series.