Avoiding a Spiritual Concussion

2 Aug

ImageAnd take the helmet of salvation… (Ephesians 6:17) 

 

But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)

The Armor of God prepares us for battle with the Enemy of our souls. The Bible describes Satan as crafty, deceitful, and violent. He wants to “seek, kill, and destroy” believers, shooting us with reminders of our trials, disappointments, and doubts. He wants to distract us from the Truth so that we take our eyes off of Jesus. He wants to inflict us with a spiritual concussion.

According to the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com), the symptoms of a concussion include

            Concentration and memory complaints

            Irritability and other personality changes

            Sensitivity to light and noise

            Sleep disturbances

            Psychological adjustment problems and depression

On a spiritual level, the Enemy uses the symptoms of concussion to keep us from fellowship with our Lord, who encourages and guides us.

So Paul instructs us to put on the Helmet of Salvation, the piece of armor that keeps Satan from messing with our heads. Intentionally and consciously placing the helmet on our heads reminds us that we are secure in Christ. Being aware throughout the day that the helmet is there deflects the barrage of negative, damaging thoughts that the devil wants us to believe. He doesn’t stop hitting us, but we can avoid severe damage and gain strength to withstand his schemes.

Put on the full armor, and wear proudly the helmet of salvation, holding your head high as you fight in the Lord’s army.

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