Don't Lose Your Head

© E. E. Perry 2001

As a young recruit in Basic Training, I did not know much about the Army or what to expect. One day during a long road march, we stopped for a break. I unsnapped the chin strap on my helmet and let it dangle. One of the drill instructors walked up to me and said, "Hey, who do you think you are? John Wayne? Snap up that helmet strap!"

My drill instructor knew something that I did not. In combat situations, soldiers need to have their helmets strapped on. A soldier who receives a wound to the head becomes disoriented and unable to fight. A wound to the head may not kill, but it will incapacitate.

The helmet protects the head, and when we think of the head, we think of the mind. In the spiritual battle, God gives us a spiritual helmet to protect our minds. The Apostle Paul refers to it as the hope of salvation.

When we become Christians, salvation is ours, but we have to put on the helmet of salvation, by relying on the promises of God. If we believe they are true, they give us hope. The greatest of all hopes comes from the promise that through faith in Jesus Christ our salvation is secure. Jesus said, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no-one can snatch them out of my hand" (John 10:28).

As I mentioned in the article Battlefield of the Mind, Satan wages war against God in the hearts and minds of people. If he can control the thought processes of people, he can keep them from obeying God and doing good. Satan knows that if he can take away a person's hope, they will be ineffective in all other spiritual matters. The helmet protects us from Satan's attacks of doubt, discouragement, self-pity and mistrust.

Faith and hope stand hand-in-hand. Because of our faith, we have hope. Without faith, we have no hope, because "without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6). Therefore, faith and hope are inseparably linked.

We put on the helmet of salvation by putting our faith into action and resting in the hope we have in the promises of God. Things will not always be easy, and there will be times when we wonder whether our hope is in vain. At times like these, we need to put on the helmet of salvation and remember, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.

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