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the helmet of salvation will help you win in lifeBut 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–I Thessalonians 5:8.

Do you wear the Helmet of Salvation? Do you know what it is? The Helmet of Salvation is a spiritual weapon that will help you win in life by protecting your thoughts.

The word “salvation” means deliverance. You can wear the Helmet of Salvation or Deliverance by exercising the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16).

But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

The thoughts and purposes of God’s heart are love, mercy, humility and all the attributes of God. These were the characteristics Jesus displayed while He was here on earth. Also, Colossians 3:2 tells you to pursue and savor spiritual things; to see things from God’s perspective. That’s the Helmet of Salvation at work.

If your thoughts had a face, Philippians 4:8 shows you exactly what they should look like:

True
Honest
Right
Pure
Lovely
Admirable
Excellent
Worthy of Praise

These are the kinds of thoughts that should dominate your mind. When you put on the Helmet of Salvation, you will cast down every thought that is contrary to the characteristics listed above.

Now, you should know that the enemy’s greatest battlefield is in your mind. His strategy is to plant wrong thoughts in your mind and get you to rehearse them so that you will eventually act on them. That is the reason for the massacre at the Aurora Theatre in Colorado. The enemy was at work inside the mind of James Holmes for a very long time. Continually fed a diet of hate, he ended up carrying out the devil’s evil thoughts. If only James Holmes had known about the Helmet of Salvation.

The enemy might not tell you to go out and kill someone, but he will try to make you act ugly towards others. He will tell you how stupid other people are and cause you to become impatient and irritated. That is opposite from what a Christian should act.

The enemy will also try to convince you that you are no good, unlikable and a failure. Remember, his strategy is to keep you from winning in life. He does not want you to emerge as the conqueror God made you. But I am saying to you today that you are destined to triumph.

Many of your thoughts are the result of your belief system. If you’ve been hammered with criticism all your life, you probably accept it as truth. God wants to change those wrong thought patterns. In His eyes, you are a person of value. After all, He gave His life to make you His.

Putting on the Helmet of Salvation and keeping it on will take work. You will have to fight those wicked thoughts that crop up in your thoughts. Sometimes it might feel that you can’t stop thinking about them but you have control over your mind. Enlist the Holy Spirit’s help. He is your Strengthener. Aim to drive out wrong thinking by focusing on scripture. Zero in on a verse and keep your thoughts trained on it by speaking the Word out loud. That’s what Jesus did in the wilderness when the devil came with his lies. He SPOKE the Word to the devil and after a time the enemy left him. The enemy will leave you too as you wear the Helmet of Salvation.

 

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