Put on the helmet of salvation. (Ephesians 6:17 TEV)
In Ephesians, the apostle Paul says the fifth thing necessary in spiritual warfare is to put on the helmet of salvation. So, the full armor of God includes integrity, purity, serenity, certainty and sanity.
No soldier in biblical times would have gone to war without a helmet to protect his head against mortal wounds. When the apostle Paul says we’re to put on the helmet of salvation, he means we need to protect our minds. God wants us to protect our sanity in a world that has gone insane.
If you don’t believe the world is going insane, just pick up the paper. People are doing all sorts of crazy — insane — things. People are mixed up about right and wrong, good and evil. They’re flipping everything around and saying just the opposite.
What’s God’s advice to you? You need to protect your mind from evil by putting on the helmet of salvation. Evil tries to get into our minds from all sorts of avenues. Television, for example, is like a drug with a plug. It’ll drag your mind down the gutter.
What you allow to go through your “eye gate” and “ear gate” impacts you immensely. To protect yourself, focus on God and His ways. In Colossians 3:2, the Bible says, "Set your mind on things above, not on worldly things" (NIV).
Focus on Jesus and what He wants to do in your life. The truth is, the more you let Jesus Christ live through you, the more you’ll find sanity in a world that’s going insane.
Saddleback Resources offers a small group Bible study related to these devotionals: The Invisible War-Winning the Battle of Temptation.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and best-known churches. Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life, and also The Purpose Driven Church, which was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for ministers. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.