Satan wants to attack the mind, the way he defeated Eve. (Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 11:1-3) It's referred to as "the fall". It changes history. It takes place in the midst of a perfect paradise among sinless people. It all begins with Satan and his disguise. He was clever, shrewd, and cunning. The Bible never tells us why he approached Eve but we can all agree it is probably because God never told her of the prohibition directly, do not eat the fruit. She had taken it at Adam's word and not God's direct word. The Devil began the entire conversation by questioning God in Genesis 3:3..."but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" Eve exaggerated God's command. Funny how those last two sentences are something we tend to do from time to time. We question God. We exaggerate His commands or just the opposite and ignore them completely. Usually exaggeration is used to make our God Father seem so unjust that we just can't possibly live out what He expects of us. Or the exaggeration is simply because it was not conveyed correctly to us by another. Either way, that is why it's important to read His Word for ourselves.
Genesis 3:5 is just a straight up lie in that we cannot be like God. The entire temptation was tied up at the end with a perfect little lie. "...you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Being like God has nothing to do with knowing good and evil. God is good all the time because He is good. The temptation to be disobedient simply involved gaining knowledge without first being obedient. Proverbs 14:12 says that our ways may seem right but our ways end in death. Every temptation is to go your own way and not God's way.
Genesis 3:6, the tree is attractive to the eye, appealing to the appetite, and enticing to ambition. Simply by listening to another creature rather than God means that they sinned. They believed his lie. In Genesis, it goes on that Adam denies responsibility (Gen 3:12), then Eve copied his response (v13) and God judges the serpent (v14). Later in Rev 12:9 the serpent is identified as having the intelligence of Satan. He is charming and deadly and represents opposition to God. Before passing judgement on Eve, we see the first prophesy of the Messiah (v15), notice God does not "curse" her like he does the serpent and Adam.
Satan does want to attack the mind. Christ defeated Evil. The Helmet of Salvation that we are about to discuss is a God given weapon. It refers to a mind controlled by God and His Truth.
The Helmet of Salvation (Is 59:17, Eph 6:17, 1 Th 5:8) protects our minds from the world. As women and wives it is important that we receive the responsibility of acquiring knowledge through His Word. Too many Christians have this idea that intellect is not important, when in reality it is a vital weapon against evil. It's essential to our Christian growth, service, and victory. When we dig into God's Truth and learn what God has to say in His Word, then He is able to control the mind, and if He controls our mind, Satan cannot lead His children astray. When Paul taught new Christians the truths of the Word of God, it was the helmet of their salvation that protected them from Satan's lies.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sort of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. -Ephesians 6:17
If we haven't been fitted with our helmet of salvation then we are subject to be a casualty in battle.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood (what you can see), but against the rulers, agains the powers, against the world forces of the darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (what you can't see) -Ephesians 6:12 with additional comments)
Our salvation is our eternal security with Christ and the full inheritance promised to us that we have been given because of our relationship with Him. It includes all our blessings, all of our status, and all of our identity. Everything from Him we have received enables us to live in victory for Him. When you choose to use this divine weapon of power you cut our enemy off before he has a chance to enter.
Put on your helmet of salvation.
You're salvation is a gift. There is no exact formula or fancy prayer that needs to be said in order to receive it. If you belief Christ, as the Son of God, died for you because of your sin, you only need ask Him for salvation. Ask Him for your helmet. He has it ready, it fits you perfectly and He's just waiting to place it on your head. You are always welcome to contact me or you may be more comfortable seeking out a friend if you have questions but the prayer is yours to say, the asking comes from your heart and your lips.
Ladies, your God given helmet is there. If you ever have questions about what thoughts might be going through your head, ask God to capture them and let no others enter. Your helmet might just need to be set back on straight. Remember always that you are an intelligent woman and your salvation is secure. No lies the Devil tries to tell you are to enter your thoughts.
While this devotional is about your personal armor, your armor is intended to be used in all areas of your life that need protecting. Our marriage is vital to the Kingdom of God. As we discussed previously, it was designed. It has a purpose in His Kingdom work and when you start putting on your armor, piece by God given piece, you will find that you are ready for battle. All you need do is protect your husband and your marriage. The Lord will guard you and fight for you. Remember the war has already been won, it's the battles that need conquering in our lives. It's the little battles the Devil wants to win. Don't let him. Don't let him have your marriage! Fight for it. Set your helmet on straight and lift your Sword!
The next few devotionals coming up will help you become fully equipped and ready for all battles if you don't already feel equipped. Know, that you have everything you need now.
Father, I come to you today and ask you to set my helmet of salvation on straight. Capture all thoughts that are not of You; lead me daily to Your truths and promises for me and for my marriage. Lord, protect my husband, help him to put on his armor every morning. Cover us in your grace and protection. Send out angel armies to stand guard against the evil one who seeks to destroy my marriage and relationship with my husband. Lord, reveal to me any aspect of my marriage that needs prayer and put a halt to all things within that are putting a block on our blessings. Holy Spirit, I ask that You intercede in my prayer and open my eyes. Unveil before me the things I cannot yet see so that I know where the attacks come from. Lord, expose the enemy and bring him into full view. Help me to see only what you need me to see. Keep my focus on Jesus. Blind me to the human drama, places, events, and people that can be seen because my battle is not with them. Lord, within my salvation is the power to defeat the evil. The won who is an imposter, whose wings you clipped on Calvary. The imposter does not stand a chance against me, my husband, or my marriage as I am clothing myself in Your armor.
I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 5 beautiful children; 3 by my own body and 2 through foster to adopt. I wrote this Bible study in 2009, years ago, for myself and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and edited many times and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.