“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV
“And take the helmet of salvation,”
We have seen a lot of riots these days, as our country is devolving into a morass, a sloppy mess of vague and corrupt political ideals, at odds and having little to do with the betterment of humanity. I have noticed that all the combatants are wearing helmets, both rioter and cop alike. Even the journalists/instigators are protecting themselves. I look at all of this and I am reminded of the daily war that I face as a born again believer in Jesus Christ.
Walking in the world as a believer is often a battle. That battleground most often is the mind. Everything that we do starts there, and all the actions that we entertain, begin in the mind, as thoughts and temptations. Over time, I have learned to analyze what is going on in my mind, and recognize the potential for bad things to happen, when those thoughts are mere germs of ideas formulating.
The mind is also the target of the evil one, as he knows our frailty, and our malleability, or willingness to be impressed into actions and reactions, by our emotions, or appetites. The devil is not omniscient, but he is a deep study of the affairs of humans. He and his minions are watching, looking for openings to get in there and create influences and situations where we can sincompromise.
Sometimes, he places people into our lives who can tempt us into sinful behavior, whether it be lust, wrath, or envy. He knows what buttons to push because he has watched us. He is especially persistent in upsetting the affairs of believers.
I have noticed that many of the people I am praying for are going through much emotional turmoil these days. Still others have children who are leaving the faith, or are observing disruptive behaviors, out of charactor for each individual. I think the evil one knows his time is short. All that, coupled with the increasing strife in our nation and the world points to an increase in demonic activity in the form of spiritual warfare in the battlefield of the mind.
I am not immune. I have noticed that my mind is undera attack from all sides, as the evil one is seeking to stop me from praying, to stop me from writing, to destroy my testimony. He is using the ugly and the beautiful, to draw me, to appeal to my more base thoughts, to explore the deep recesses of my darkness.
I am strapping on my helmet everyday. The helmet of salvation is the constant reminder that I am a new creation, saved by the blood of the Lamb, being transformed by the Holy Spirit, and destined to eternity in heaven. I dwell on those things when the darkness threatens.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 NKJV
The good things, the godly things, combat the dissonace and disturbance that the evil one seeks to bring to my mind. I start my morning with God’s holy word, I share a little of what my reading has revealed to my mind and heart, and I pray. All of that is bathed in wonderful worship music. I have a cocoon of holiness, a protection for my mind.
Believers, recognize that you are in a battle and that the crosshairs of the evil one are on your mind. Put on the the helmet of salvation. If you do not know the Lord, you are unprotected. Make today the day that you come to Jesus. Pray and ask Jesus to forgive your sins.