Brain Bucket: The Helmet of Salvation

The Armor of God

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Ephesians 6:17 (NIV) And take the helmet of salvation…

Would you drive a race car without a helmet? A helmet’s job is to protect the command center of the human body, the brain. Our brains ensure our bodies function optimally. If the head sustains a major blow, the brain may swell or bleed causing serious injuries like memory loss, reduced or loss of motor skills, or even death. While a helmet will not prevent all head trauma, if worn properly, it will likely diminish the severity. This is why hockey and football players, motorcyclists, race car drivers, and bicyclists wear helmets. Many blue-collar workers are required to wear a hard hat for protection. It isn’t as substantial as a helmet, but a hard hat will take a hit first.

God knows we need to protect not only our heads but our ears and necks too. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states: a helmet may have flaps to protect the ears and neck. In battle, one swift stroke of a sword has the potential of severing the jugular or beheading the soldier. Anyone ever had a parent drag you by your ear when you disobeyed? Just the pressure of the ear being tugged is unpleasant. The flaps offer protection which provides damage control and gives the soldier time to react, and, hopefully, gain victory.

According to The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary: salvation is the crowning act of God. God’s redefining moment occurred when Jesus conquered death and secured our salvation through His resurrection. Jesus delivers us from harm and our enemies. Life is restored.

Hebrews 2:10-11 (ESV) For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.

Just as God is the Protector and Rescuer of life, a helmet acts as an important life defender. Through salvation, God adopts us as His children, which puts us under His shielding wing. He covers our lives with His Light, repelling the forces of darkness. 

During some of the darkest times of my life, I have had a supernatural calm and peace that could only be from God. His safeguarding of my brain kept me centered on the tasks needed to get through each situation. Oh, I still cried and wondered what was next. However, shalom (peace) in my heart and mind gave me the strength to move ahead instead of being stuck in overwhelming emotions. Regardless of the outcome, I knew without a doubt it would be fine. Notice I didn’t say fun. Nothing is a surprise to God. With Him as our Protector, we cannot lose!

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Wind in the Trees

Life. This journey. Like a tree.

Roots run deep, hold fast in hurricane winds. 

Only broken when dead, diseased, struck by lightning.

Or tremendous winds pull out shallow roots.

Or by man’s hand.

Currents of air cause leaves to fall in autumn;

Or pollen to spread, propagating new trees in spring.

Tumultuous airwaves tickle boughs and leaves.

Mesmerizing those watching nature’s dance.

Branches swaying, bending, even twisting at the whim of the wind. 

The sun glistens on the leaves as they wave “hello” to any who stops long enough to take in the beauty.

Is this how life is for us? When we are grounded by deep roots into God and His Word, the world’s turmoil won’t uproot us. We can bend, even creaking and moaning, but we will withstand life’s storms with the strong foundation found in Him and grow in the dawn of a new day.

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Luke 7:46-49 (TPT)“What good does it do for you to say I am your Lord and Master if you don’t put into practice what I teach you? Let me describe the one who truly follows me and does what I say: He is like a man who chooses the right place to build a house and then lays a deep and secure foundation. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it continues to stand strong and unshaken through the tempest, for he built it wisely on the right foundation. But the one who has heard my teaching and does not obey it is like a man who builds a house without laying any foundation at all. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it will immediately collapse and become a total loss. Which of these two builders will you be?

Wholly Surrounded by Holy Protection

The Armor of God: Shield of Faith

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Ephesians 6:16 (NIV) in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 

As children of God, we are covered in His righteousness and shielded by faith in Him. 

If we already have the breastplate of righteousness, why do we need a shield of faith? The breastplate covers the shoulders, chest, abdomen, pelvic region, and thighs. It provides a great deal of protection for battle. In addition to the breastplate, the Hebrews had two types of shields available. One type of shield was small, light, and easy to move to block blows, arrows, and other projectiles. The second type soldier’s shield or coat of arms was large enough for the complete protection of the soldier. He could crouch behind it to be protected from the enemy’s arrows and missiles. Some arrows were tipped with poison, while other arrows were tipped with a combustible material to cause fire where they landed. I won’t speak for you, but I wouldn’t want either type of arrow to touch me!

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Although we may be unaware of it, faith is often a routine part of our day. When you step up to the sink to wash your hands, you turn the faucet handle or wave your hands for the sensor, and water begins to flow. When you flip the light switch, you expect the light will turn on or off. When you start your vehicle by turning the key or pushing a button, you believe the internal combustion engine will roar to life or an electric motor will hum. (We like to joke that our hybrid vehicles should play the song “It’s a Small World,” written by the Sherman brothers, when in all-electric mode. Then people would hear us coming!) While we have been conditioned to believe these results will occur, it is still our faith in practice. I cannot see how the electricity gets to the light but that doesn’t prevent it from occurring.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary defines Christian Faith as “the rich inheritance which the Holy Spirit has given to that one supreme faculty of their souls, the faith which is the evidence of things not seen.” The Holy Spirit gifts us faith as a divine revelation of God’s character. When we envelop ourselves with God’s character, we are wholly surrounded by His holy presence and protection. Each one of us has been given a measure of faith. It is our job to develop this faith by reading the Bible, learning more about God’s character, and memorizing Scripture. The more in tune we are with God, the more we can sense His head-to-toe protection.

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Romans 12:3b (NASB)…as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

The Protective Sole for the Soul

(The Armor of God: Shoes of Peace)

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Eph. 6:15 (NIV) …and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Think of the gospel as the protective sole for the soul. With soles of peace on our feet, we walk softly and gently, carrying the calm soul protection of Jesus which gives us His view of the world. John 3:17 (TPT) “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!”

Our footsteps express our mood or intention. If our baby is sleeping, we tiptoe, trying not to wake the sleeping angel. When angry, we tend to huff and stomp around, posturing, and conveying displeasure. When we are elated and happy, we jump up and down and maybe even spin around.

So, how do shoes relate to armor? The right shoes help us run faster. Soft shoes allow us to sneak around silently. Without the protection of shoes, we could step on rocks or other debris, become injured and unable to walk.

Recently, I have been working on an attitude adjustment, trying to see each person as a creation in the image of God. This perspective allows me to see a human who is loved by God, who is just as imperfect as I am, and who may need extra grace as I do. With the gospel of peace on my feet, I have more peace, patience and understanding. I am better equipped to share about Jesus and to be His hands and feet on this earth.

What is your sole protection for your soul?

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