Colossians 1:27 (NKJV) 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
As we have studied the helmet of salvation, we have learned a number of things. We have come to understand that helmet protects our vital relationship with the head of the church, Jesus Christ. We learned that the helmet protects many important functions that are particularly important if we are going to be successful in spiritual warfare. Finally, we learned that the helmet of salvation helps keep us focused on the battle in front of us so that peripheral issues that are of little or no consequence do not defeat us.
We then looked at how to put on the helmet of salvation. We do so by cultivating an awareness of our identity as people who are saved. We may be many things, but above all of them, we are saved. When that becomes my preeminent identity, I will have victory in life.
Yesterday we focused on the need to evaluate life through this identity. We need to look at every circumstance and challenge of life through the reality of the fact that we are saved. The New Birth touches every area of life. If I am saved then God is involved in my life. Paul said it this way.
Romans 8:31 (NKJV) 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
If I am saved, God is for me. If God is for me then who can prosper against me. The more I meditate in the Word of God concerning my salvation identity the more I will wear the helmet. The more I confess my identity the more I will believe it. The more time I spend in the presence of the Lord of my identity, the more real it will become to me and the more I will walk in the conscious awareness of my salvation.
In our study of the Roman helmet we realized that our senses were also protected by the helmet. The seat of the senses is the brain. You cannot fight what you cannot see. If you cannot hear, you will be vulnerable to deception and you will not be able to communicate in battle. We need our senses functioning properly to win spiritual battles as well.
Today’s scripture says that God wants to “make known to us” certain things. This implies that he wants us to see and hear through the reality of our salvation relationship. I need to see through my salvation. There is an Old Testament story that illustrates this very well.
2 Kings 6:15-17 (NKJV) 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
The Israelites were at war with the Syrians. The King of Syria could not understand how the Israelites always knew his battle plans. His servants told him that there was a prophet in Israel named Elisha who told all of his plans to the Israelite king. In response, the Syrian sent a detachment from his army to kill Elisha.
When Elisha’s servant went out that morning, he was greeted by a hillside full of enemy soldiers. He saw only through the eyes of his experience. He was a servant. That was his identity. He ran back in the house to let Elisha know what dire straits they were in. Elisha comes out and looks at the same hillside full of the same enemy soldiers but makes this startling statement. “Why are you worried? There are more with us than with them.”
Elisha did not see through a servant’s identity. Elisha was a prophet of God. He saw through his covenant relationship. He knew that God would not allow him to be killed or captured. I do not know if Elisha actually saw the angelic army with his physical eyes or simply with the eyes of faith. Either way, he knew that there were forces with him that the servant could not see.
When we learn to see through salvation, we will know that what we see in the natural is subject to the reality of our salvation. God is with me. If there is an army against me, I am not alone. I have an overwhelming force behind me. It does not matter if the enemy brings an actual army as in Elisha’s day or an army of sickness, debt or circumstances. When I see through “I am saved”, there is more power with me than against me.
We also need to hear with the ears of salvation. Elisha’s mentor, Elijah, gives us an example of this.
1 Kings 18:41 (NKJV) 41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.”
We know the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. It had not rained in Israel for 7 years because of a judgment of God spoken by the prophet to the wicked king, Ahab. The Lord revealed to Elijah that it was time for it to rain again. However, Elijah first had to cleanse the land of the false prophets and their false gods.
Having done so through a mighty battle, Elijah sets himself to pray for the promised rain. He prays seven times and each time sends his servant to see if there is any rain on the horizon. Six times the servant comes back and tells Elijah that he sees nothing. The seventh time the servant returns to tell the prophet that he sees a small cloud the size of a man’s hand.
Elijah goes to the king and tells him to hurry and get back to the city. There is going to be a tremendous storm. If the king does not hurry, he will not be able to get home. How does Elijah know it is going to rain so much? There is just a small cloud far off. Elijah knows because he hears through his prophetic anointing and his covenant relationship with the Lord. Despite contrary evidence, Elijah hears the sound of an abundance of rain.
We need to hear through our “saved” identity. When bad news comes, we need to hear it through our salvation helmet. That helmet says the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) God is with us because of salvation and we need to hear through that reality. Criticism does not sound the same when you know that you are in right relationship with God. Accusation carries little weight when the judge is your Father.
I am reminded of the extraordinary communication and information capabilities built in to the equipment given to our modern day warriors. Each helmet has communications built into it. Soldiers can hear from headquarters right through their helmet. They can speak through communication devices much like civilian “Bluetooth” headsets used with cell phones. There are even small “displays that can give the soldier a picture of the battlefield from a Birdseye view. This keeps them in constant communication with the information they need to be successful.
We have communications built into our helmet as well. We can hear what God hears. We can see as the Lord sees. We can hear his instruction and encouragement as we face the fight. Our helmet of salvation is a powerful piece of military hardware that the Lord expects us to wear so we will be protected and directed in the battle.
Do not neglect to put this helmet on. Think about your salvation identity. Believe that it is real. Walk in that reality until wearing and using the helmet becomes second nature. You will find that you will walk in more victory than ever before.