The Helmet of Salvation
When a person begins to deal with their sexual brokenness there are a series of battles they need to win and boundaries they need to set. All our journeys begin at different places. However, for each and every one of us, it will ultimately become a battle for our mind. Someone once said the largest sex organ anyone has is their brain because what happens to you sexually is tied directly to your brain.
Developing the self-control to keep our thoughts pure is a discipline many of us do not have. We have allowed our minds to feast on the garbage our flesh craves. Then when we try to starve it, we are cutting off the drugs that our brains have learned to crave. Our sexual addiction is truly a drug addiction to the chemicals sex releases into our brains.
Isn’t it interesting how the more we become sexually aroused we do not feel tired, bored, angry and lacking in purpose? The brain on sex is alert and focused. You may have ADHD for 16 hours a day but sit down to watch porn and you have the ability to focus like a brain surgeon in the middle of surgery.
One of the pieces of armor that we MUST put on daily is the helmet of our Salvation. The idea of a helmet is first used in 900 BC by the Assyrian army, who used leather and bronze. However, remember the helmet is simply a metaphor for what that helmet really is. We are told that our helmet, to protect our brains is Salvation. How does our salvation protect our minds?
What you believe about your salvation will determine a lot about how you will or will not try and live the Christian life. The bottom line issue is;
“Do you believe that you are saved by the Grace of God or by your Works?”
Almost every Christian who knows some of the Bible should be able to answer that we are all saved by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone. However, if you believe that, then a problem develops if we begin to believe that God’s love for us is based on our ability to obey Him and His commandments.
Does God hate sin? Yes! Does God hate sexual sin? Yes!! Does God hate Us when we fall into Sexual Sin? No, absolutely not!!! Is He grieved when we sin? Yes, any sin we commit grieves the Spirit. However, it does not end our relationship with God as if our relationship with him is up for grabs on a day to day basis depending on how good we can be.
Putting on the helmet of salvation is having the mindset that I am eternally and unconditionally loved by God regardless of how holy or how sinful my life is. Agape love is unconditional love meaning it does not rest or based on anything we do. It is not earned but it is a gift. It is not by works we are loved but by God’s Grace.
So, guarding our minds daily with the reality that we are children of God, chosen by Him and adopted into His family … forever helps us to stand strong against demonic powers. They want to keep us off balance. They want us to worry about out sin and question whether God still loves us. They want us to abandon hope in our unconditional loving Father and believe that He has cast us out so we might as well abandon Him because it feels like He has abandoned us.
Meditate on this passage over the weekend;
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39