“The Helmet of Salvation” Sunday, 03 July 2022 10:00 a.m.
We are continuing with our series entitled: “The Armour of God”. We have spoken about the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace; and the all-important shield of faith. This Sunday we are talking about the “helmet of salvation.”
Ephesians 6: 1 And take the helmet of salvation….
The armor that protects our head is important, it's there to protect us in our relationship with God. Ultimately the devil wants to get inside your head and make you doubt you are saved or if you even have a relationship with God. He does that through guilt, shame and condemnation. So, it's important to have this helmet of salvation on our head; to know that we are saved and that there's no doubt about it, we belong to Christ.
David was a great king of Israel; he had a profound relationship with God. But there was a time and a season in his life where he failed to keep the armor in place. That season was when all of his military went off to fight. 2 Samuel 11:1 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings went out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him…But David remained in Jerusalem.
But David stayed back. He figured that his military was strong now without his leadership, he had other commanders in place like Joab; he didn't need to go out and be involved in the conflict. So, he stayed behind. And he wandered around his castle; he didn't have his armor on, and the inactivity and idleness led to slothfulness, apathy, sluggishness, weariness. He neglected his spiritual armor as well which led to spiritual indifference and disobedience. He gave into temptation and did what he knew to be wrong but all the while pretending everything was good.
David knew it wasn't but, with his helmet of salvation removed; his unprotected mind and heart was now filled with guilt, shame and condemnation. And the joy was gone. How can there be joy when there is un-confessed sin? He wrote about it in Psalm 32.
Psalm 32:3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
What a blessing it is to experience the forgiveness of God, and to once again be restored in the joy of His salvation.
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