This podcast covers Lesson Six of The Whole Armor of God Bible study on the helmet of salvation. Discover the importance of the helmet of salvation as you learn to guard your mind. Let the assurance of your salvation in Christ be the filter for how you feed your mind on good things so your thoughts will honor God.
We need to guard our minds because our thoughts lead to actions which form our identities. The things we feed our minds on become the truths we use as the foundation for our beliefs. If we aren't careful to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, we can fall prey to the lies of Satan. When we consume junk food, our bodies ache; when we buy lies, we feel miserable. Instead, we must intentionally think good things so our lives bring light and not darkness.
As Christians, we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. His death that took the wrath of God for our sins, burial, and resurrection, is what saves us. We are not saved by any righteous acts we have done, only by the blood of Jesus. When as believers we rest in Christ to save us, we can be secure enough to not fear the future. We are complete in Christ. His salvation is enough for us to have an abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven with Him.
The helmets on the firemen protect their heads as they fight to save people caught in fires. Isaiah 59:17 indicates that God Himself put on a helmet of salvation when setting out to save His people. He went knowing He could save us. We too can wear the helmet of salvation with confidence.
A few ways to intentionally feed your mind on truth are by memorizing Scripture, reading God's Word, writing lists of things we are thankful for, and singing praise music. These keep our minds set on things above that are praiseworthy instead of sinking into complaining and gossiping. I pray we use the helmet of salvation to guard our minds and live from the foundation of our salvation in Christ.
2/26/2019 11:32:18 am
This statement in your blog really struck me--"We need to guard our minds because our thoughts lead to actions which form our identities". It's so true, yet we don't seem to believe how powerful our thoughts are in shaping our actions. Thank you for your inspiring and hopeful message.
2/26/2019 08:06:16 pm
I'm amazed by how one little thought can grow so big that it becomes who we are. I must fight to take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, but the battles are worth it.
2/26/2019 08:15:30 pm
I like to keep a Christian music radio station playing in the house, while I"m working in the kitchen or on the computer or just going about my day. I'm amazed at how I can all of a sudden realize I'm singing - in my head - a song I've heard that day. And, I don't do it intentionally most times, which shows me that the things I'm hearing are getting into my brain, whether I deliberate capture those thoughts or sounds or not. Thus, it sure seems more powerful to be putting those words of truth in my head than other garbage I could be filling my thoughts with! Thanks for the lesson on the helmet of salvation!
2/26/2019 08:27:20 pm
My friend got really sick about ten years ago, and I quit listening to secular music on the radio. I couldn't have anything that wasn't fully uplifting filling my mind at that time. Now I listen in extremely rare small doses, but honestly prefer to listen to Christian music because it makes me feel and act better. What we feed our thoughts is so important.
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Joanna Eccles has led Bible studies for over ten years and completed the year-long C. S. Lewis Fellows Program. She is passionate about discipleship and helping people know God better. Joanna enjoys coffee, traveling, and reading, and currently lives in Florida.