Preparing for Battle Part 4 (Helmet and Sword)
Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit.
What is the purpose of the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit? We know that traditional armor is meant to protect the body, but what does spiritual armor protect? The answer is the soul.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;”
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Like most teens in the 90’s, I enjoyed riding my bike from place to place. Though we lived in a small desert town with few paved roads and practically no sidewalks, my family often took trips out of town and my bike always went along. On one such trip, I took a ride with my family down a steep trail that ended just off the ocean shore. As I said before, I loved riding. What I didn’t love so much, was my helmet. I’ve always been rather a petite girl and as a teenager I was often mistaken for elementary age, thus, my helmet was child sized and decorated in the bright colors and characters that were popular at the time, not at all my idea of teenage fashion. *sigh*
On this particular day, I chose not to wear it and smiled happily at my cover-free head and the breeze blowing in my hair, that is until the moment I went flying over my handlebars and hit my head on a rock. One blackout, a bunch of antiseptic and a trip I don’t remember back to the camper later, I can tell you I never went biking without a helmet again after that day. As a teenager my focus was on fashion not functionality. Had I been wearing a helmet that day, I would not have been so badly hurt and would not bare the scar I still have on my forehead twenty year later. Why did I tell you this? The point is, just as wearing a helmet protects your head from injury during activity, the helmet of salvation protects you from eternal suffering and attacks from the enemy.
Am I saved?
One of the enemies favorite attacks is doubt. Doubting you are saved does not mean you are not. Have confidence in God’s word and know that when you accept His grace, you ARE saved.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
When we receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, we put on the helmet of salvation. We are not only saved and set apart, but we were chosen by God from the beginning. When we put in our helmet, we have that hope of salvation and confidence in the truth of the word of God.
“But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,”
“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 short sword
So, what do I need a sword for?
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Holy Spirit, living in the hearts of the believers, is the sword that cuts down even the strongest enemy. The short sword used in those days was designed for short range battles. This weapon was perfect for up close defense and swift defeat of the enemy. Mark 13 tells us that the Holy Spirit will one day speak on our behalf, when the battles come in the enemy rises up against us.
Just as any good soldier knows, before battle one must sharpen their sword. We as believers must do the same. We can sharpen our swords and prepare for battle by knowing the word of God and applying it in our lives. Only then can we ward off the enemies attacks and recognize them for what they are.
“But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”
Have a blessed day little sparrows.