One of the pieces of Armor of God is the helmet. If you are a Christian, you must know by now that we are involved in a battle (whether you realize it or not) with a clever opponent. Even though we are Christians, the war is still against us. So long as we are in the world, we will be involved in this fight which is known as spiritual warfare. Not until we die, or until Jesus Returns will this be over. Until we see Him we have to be on guard and be ready with the armor of God.
Weakness gets us nothing. We must be strong in the Lord (not us) and put on not our own armor, but Gods armor. This is something that God provides for us so that we can take a stand against the devils schemes (wiles).
So we see here the devil has strategies (wiles) against us. He knows us, how were made, our weak spots, and he makes a plan to tempt us and bring us down. So we stand strong so we won’t fall. Fall where?
How do people fall?
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
We cannot attack and kill him. We have to stand. God takes care of Satan in the end. Our job is to stand strong. The word stand is mentioned 3 times because the devils goal for us is to fall into sin.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
We have desires that are lies (deceitful) because they say you will be happy but you’re not.
A police officer learns to shoot for mass (to stop a suspect), but if you are on a swat team or are in war or a sniper, you don’t shoot for mass, you shoot for the head. If you hit the head, you kill them. Police officers can shoot off a limb or anywhere else on the body and you can still survive.
Roman soldiers wore helmets because you can lost a limb or a finger and survive, but you cannot lose a head and survive. You have to cover your head. When you go to a construction site they have hard hat areas because if something falls on your head, you can die. (1 Thessalonians 5:8 ) For a helmet put on the hope of salvation. The helmet covers the head. Spiritually this means that God is very interested in what is going on in our head. Thinking does not seem important because somehow heart and spirit or anointing take precedence. While these are very vital terms, the bible says that as a man thinks so is he. You cannot be different than your thoughts.
The bible has a lot to say about thinking. One of the ways to be strong in the Lord is meditating on the Word of God. Chewing on the Word has a power in your life because what you think about has an effect on you. Starting with your emotions, people with bad emotions have bad thinking. You can’t have bad emotions while having great thoughts and vice versa. One of Satan’s main targets is the mind because if it gets in the mind, it can get in the heart. Everyone is ALWAYS thinking thoughts. The mind is always moving to some subject. Its always dwelling on something.
People develop ways of thinking because simply of what they are meditating on. Some can get offended by not getting a handshake from a pastor at church and not come to church for months.
How is this an attack on their mind?
The atmosphere of our minds not only determines our personalities, but our spiritual victories in life. God wants us to know about our identity, and Satan wants to twist identity. Who are you? Who am I?
God wants us to think one way (heavenly, spiritually) and Satan wants us to think another was (earthly, ethnic, racial, earth, carnal). He is the Prince of the Power of the Air. He is the god of this world. He wants to pull us down to the earth. He wants is to think earthly thoughts. The bible says our citizenship is in heaven, our conversation is in heaven. We are children of the most high. The world does not know us, they didn’t know Jesus when he was on the earth. They attack and mock Christians. The next thing you know the mind gest the wrong atmosphere and you identify yourself wrongly, and that thinking colors the way you react to things. Instead of thinking with your identity in Christ, you get another identity that is not real. It’s not real or eternal, it has no significance.
We are not Mexican Americans, Black, White, etc. we are not Republicans or Democrats, we simply SONS OF GOD. We are Christians. That’s it! Our identity is Jesus. We need to get a new attitude in our mind. Many are attached and identify to what they were born into, whether its family, or race. You think in eternity that’s going to matter? What’s going to matter is that you are a child of God that your sins have been forgiven, washed in the blood. We are just passing through this earth. Don’t be a Mexican, or a Democrat, or a Republican, it’s a dead end. We don’t identify with anything other than Christ.
Do know you know of any other examples of how people identify or yourself used to identify yourself?
If Satan can convince you that earthly things will make you happy, he will get your attention. The only peace and joy that will be everlasting will be in living in serving our Lord Jesus.
Since you have become Christian, have you sinned? Was it as fun as it was before you were saved?
Satan wants to show you the here and now, feel it, but God wants to fill your mind with good things. TO please God and walk in his grace. Righteousness love peace joy. This takes renewal because of our minds.
Have you seen people who have not been transformed and have been going to church for years?
If we don’t think about heaven, the real secret of peace and joy, and we have an earthly identity, we have not been renewed. We want to stand for Christ, not ourselves, our race, our talents, or social groups.
Satan wants you to remember certain (bad) things that God wants you to forget, and on the other hand, Satan wants you to forget (good) things that God wants you to remember. The secret of successful living is remembering the right thoughts in your life and forgetting the bad thoughts.
You cannot be different than your thoughts. You can change your personality by simply changing your thoughts.