The Whole Armor of God – Part 6
“And take the helmet of salvation . . . ” Ephesians 6:17
Our Creator, the Heavenly Father, designed the brain so marvelously that we are still in the process of figuring out all the functions of the various portions of this amazing organ. We do know that the basic function of the brain is to process various stimuli and give an appropriate response. According to some scientists, an average human brain has 100 billion neurons in order to do this! The various parts of the brain are joined through complex interconnections.
The brain is a marvelous and precious organ. Brain injury leading to permanent damage is a major handicap. Those who have suffered such an injury are always under the care of somebody. Thus, it is paramount to protect the brain. It is especially important to wear a helmet when we go into accident prone situations like working in a construction area or in the mines. In many countries wearing a helmet while riding a bike is the law -the idea is to protect the brain in the event of an accident. Similarly, God commands that every believer “put on the helmet of salvation” ( Eph. 6:7).
Our thought process has a lot to do with the integrity of our brain. Our thinking becomes futile if we are not glorifying God and are remaining unthankful. The signs of a healthy mind are these two things: always praising God and being always thankful. Romans 1:21 reads, “For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.” We are called to glorify Him in every situation and to be thankful in every situation. Some of the Roman believers refused to glorify God in everything or to give Him thanks. As a result of this, their minds became corrupt -“dark and senseless minds.” Worldly people are like this all the time. Ephesians 4:17-18 describes “futile thoughts and darkened understanding.”
Salvation has three stages: saved, being saved and will be saved. Being saved is called the process of sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 records that the whole body, mind and spirit need to be kept blameless. As we start glorifying Him and showing gratitude for what He has already done in our lives, we are putting on the helmet of salvation. How do we glorify the Lord? We do so by being obedient, honoring Him with everything, and giving Him the first place in every situation. We wait on Him and run to Him in every situation. We cannot take off this piece of armor, even for a minute.
May God bless you and keep you.
Pastor Dr. AK George
Ozark Christian Tabernacle