Every time I come into the presence of the Lord, Holy Spirit reminds me to pray the armor of God over my family and not just pray this over them but to personalize with our names. When I get to verse 17 I am always struck by the helmet of salvation. The above translation is from NASB and as you can see this translation ‘shouts’ at us to take the helmet of salvation.
At verse 17 I am always led to stop and thank God not only for the protection of his helmet but for the healing it provides for those who believe in Jesus Christ and therefore have the mind of Christ.
I decided to do a little digging into the luxuriously rich soil in the garden of God’s word and found some interesting insights. In it’s original context the word salvation means salvation by God through Jesus Christ. The word salvation is derived from a word that means Jesus saves believers from their sins and delivers them into his safety and this word is derived from the word sozo, which means to make well, heal, restore to health.
The helmet of salvation protects the continuing work of Holy Spirit in us drawing us closer and closer to Christ and his characteristics and thoughts; protecting our minds from the temptations of the enemy AND the helmet of salvation offers restoration to our health, whether that be spiritual, mental, physical or emotional health.
While the helmet of salvation and its properties are the inheritance of each believer in Christ, we do have a responsibility of staying connected to God through reading and studying his word so our minds will be continuously saturated in His truth.
Precious One, remember your helmet today and everyday, you will need it.