KEY SCRIPTIRE: Ephesians 6:17 KJV “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
Our reason for going through these studies is to raise strong and healthy Christians. A strong Christian would stand for God in all His dealings. He does not give in to the dictates of the flesh, to walk in sin. Such a person lives daily to obey what the word says. He also lives out various Christian disciplines like, daily quiet time, prayer, fellowship with other Christians, fasting, giving and a sincere love for the brethren. He is an ardent soul winner. A strong Christian, lives with heaven on his mind. He is cautious of the fact that He must act rightly all the times, so that he would be ready to meet the Lord whenever he comes for the saints. This is a picture of a man who is strong in the Lord.
The next part of the Armour to put on, is the helmet of salvation. Let’s look at what the following verse says about it. 1Thessalonians 5:8 KJV “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation”. This explanation by apostle Paul shows us what the helmet of salvation is, and is supposed to do. The phrase ‘Hope of salvation’ refers to the believer’s hope of the coming of our Lord to finally end all human pain and sorrows. Revelations 21:4 KJV “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”. This is our hope
Hope is something one anticipates or expects to happen. As an helmet, it is meant to protect the head. In times of trials and grave difficulties that the believer may be going through, the hope for a glorious end keeps him strong to go through the trials. He has an assurance that everything would be over. Hope is very important for a child of God against all distresses due to persecutions and wickedness of men. Put on the helmet of salvation all the time. The Lord is indeed coming back again, and every child of God must live in anticipation of His glorious return, to receive us unto himself. Any Christian without this hope has no helmet on his head and would be an easy prey for the devil.
Dear heavenly father, I put on the helmet of salvation, which is a hope for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ My life is full of joy because I know that I have a glorious end, no matter the persecutions that the enemy may raise against me.
Romans 8:23 KJV” And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”.
Romans 8:24 KJV” For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”