My brother used to ride motorcycles and he referred to his helmet, as his brain bucket. The other night, I was drifting off to sleep when I was hit with nasty negative thoughts about myself. The thoughts attacked my basic personality, my core values and started to really discourage me as a human being. Suddenly I heard myself boldly speak out loud, “devil, you cannot penetrate my mind, my head is covered with the helmet of salvation”! Whoa! Wow! I turned the light on and wrote that down! Lord, what are you revealing to me right now?
We are familiar with Ephesians 6:10-18, the whole armor of God. I’m even ashamed to say, I am pretty sure there’s nothing new in this, we have heard sermon after sermon on the topic. And yet, here I am, looking at it again with fresh revelation pouring out. I am properly chastised and ready to look again! We know the Apostle Paul is teaching us to take up the armor of God lest we leave ourselves exposed to attack. It’s interesting to me that the NKJV says “take up”, not put on. Paul is saying, grab it, take it, make it yours, speak it out and march. Verse 17 reads, “and take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” I usually just casually read that and assumed I have the helmet of salvation because I am saved. I moved on the part about the sword of the spirit. So, today I realized I need to back up and evaluate the sentence in its entirety. Here’s how I broke it down.
According to the Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible, 1986, Thomas Nelson pub., the helmet was put on first because the head is the most vulnerable part of the body. Paul, the author of Ephesians, was a Roman citizen, and I believe he used Roman military imagery to enhance his lesson for us. It works beautifully and is just as relatable now as it was when he wrote the epistle. The Strong’s Concordance applies the number 4030 to the word helmet. Interestingly, I can only find that Greek word used twice in the new testament; Ephesians 6: 17 and in I Thessalonians 5:8. “… and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.” 4030, Pereklphaiaia, literally means to encircle the head. Salvation, 4992, literally means gift of God. To apply the helmet of salvation means to encircle the head with the gift of God. It’s a short rabbit trail, but hope of salvation means the anticipation with pleasure, expectation or confidence in the gift of God.
Look further with me into verse 17. The sword of the spirit is defined as this: Sword, 3162 is literally a knife, or figuratively, a war or battle. (This is where I got excited.) Spirit, 4151, is pneuma, to breathe, air, or God, Christ’s spirit, Holy Spirit. Word, 4487, Rhema, is to speak, to pour forth, to command, to speak out. God gave Jesus to the world as His word, 3056 logos, the divine expression of God and the direct communication of God. Jesus is God, sent to earth in human form, to tell of the good news, that God is love, He desperately cares about all His children, and wants us to know Him. Christ’s act of death upon the cross opened Heaven to us and paid the price of our sin for us, brought us freedom from sickness and disease, poverty, delivered us from bondage to all kinds of sin, addiction, and ignorance, and set us free from future attacks giving us peace and hope. We are protected and cherished and all we need to do is believe Him. We will not suffer judgment or need for atonement, it has been freely paid for us, once and for all. God is excited and waits with joyful anticipation of spending eternity with us. God does not change; His word does not change. Once decreed, spoken or communicated, it is yea and amen, eternally relevant and the issue is finished.
All this research into the Greek language was to magnify my own understanding of the truth Paul so eloquently conveyed. It is my contention that God was revealing to me something new in this very familiar scripture. To activate protection from attack, all we need do is respond with all the vitality and confidence given to us in the name of Jesus. Just the fact that we possess eternal life and cannot be killed, defeats the value of any attack. The more we study the word of God and know His heart for us, His plans, and His intentions, the more certain we become. The Bible says we are equipped, we have everything we need for life and godliness. We need only receive it, activate it, give it priority in our lives. How? Renew your mind by reading the word of God. Pray over the scripture, ask for wisdom, ask for change in your heart. Ask the Lord to right the places of wrong thinking and fill empty spots with revelation. Look for reasons to worship His majesty. Forget not His benefits. Rejoice in His holiness. We can’t expect to be effective if we are not willing to invest in what He has given us. It’s not all about us, it’s all about Him and His unending love, mercy and grace.
So, when the battle comes, I will grab onto the full armor of God with all the vast implications of the privilege the uniform carries. I will encircle my mind with the gift of God and I will seize the sword that belongs to Christ’s Spirit, to God, and to Holy Spirit, knowing He goes before me and is my rear guard. The battle is mine says the Lord, and therefore, I am not overtaken because the very word of God defends me, promises truth and protection to me, guarantees victory, and most importantly, brings glory to God the father who is the creator and lover of my soul. So, I will engage, because the full weight of the name of Jesus has made me a warrior, confident only in Him, convinced of His unchangeable faithfulness. Thank you, Lord, for supplying me with a very effective brain bucket and the grace to employ it. Blessings loved ones!