Are you ready?? As prepared as you can be for whatever is coming in these days? My part here is not to tell you what is coming, but rather to encourage you to be ready, especially spiritually, for whatever may come. Unless you have been living under a rock, or on the moon, you can clearly tell that we are living in a season that is different from any we’ve lived through before. Darkness and evil abound, and God’s messengers are sounding the alarm. Here at untilthedaybreak.com we are discussing how to be ready when Jesus comes again.
We’ve talked about making sure we have an abundance of oil. (the Holy Spirit) Enough to last should He tarry. We’ve seen how important it is to wake up. To rise and shine! We’ve learned how to worship in spirit and in truth. And we’ve learned some of the Biblical patterns of praise. and now we are embarking on a building project! To build a habitation for the Lord in our lives.
So we are gearing up! Clothing ourselves with the things God has provided for us, and commanded us to put on! Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith…beginning to sound like a super hero costume, isn’t it? Yet, this outfit is very real. And now…ta-dah… The Helmet of Salvation! “and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6: 17
A helmet, of course, is used to protect the head from injury. As the breastplate protects the heart, so the helmet protects the brain, or the mind. The mind is the place of our greatest battles. I find it worth noting that the Greek word used here for salvation: “soterion,” also can be translated “defence.” Paul is telling us here that we must take care to defend our minds. We have to put on our “hard hat” every day because there are dangers about.
Salvation, of course, means that we have received the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as payment for our sins and misdeeds. It means we can look forward to eternity without fear. It means heaven in the afterlife. It is a free gift of the grace of God, which comes through faith in Christ. And it means that we have invited Him to come live in us, to be Lord of our lives and of who we are. But, there is much left for us to “work out” in our salvation as we walk on this earth. (Phil. 2:12) And one of those things is to be aware that our minds can be defiled if we don’t take care by keeping Jesus in the forefront. The best defence is to remember, moment by moment, who you are in Christ and Who He is in you! That is the Salvation Helmet!
Phil.2:5-7 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus …who made himself of no reputation.
I Cor.2:16 But we have the mind of Christ
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
2 Cor.10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
The mind is where we can be assailed with doubts, fears, anger, disappointments, offenses, confusions, & irritations.
We do battle against the world, our own flesh, and the enemy of our souls. We need to be able to recognize the source of our temptations. Preparing ourselves daily in the Word and in prayer helps us to grow in discernment, and to be on guard when temptations come. When Paul talks about the Mind of Christ in Philippians 2, he stresses the mindset of humility that is in Jesus. Keeping our minds humble, teachable, and ready to obey is essential as we prepare our habitations for His presence.
Let’s pray: Holy Father, help us to be so conformed to Christ Jesus, that we think like Him, act like Him, and love like Him. How we need the Mind of Christ as we walk this earth. Help us to bring our imaginations under the control of the Holy Spirit. Help us to steer away from thoughts, teachings, and entertainments that are contrary to the knowledge and holiness of Jesus. Sanctify and wash us in your Word. In Jesus’ name.