Words from the Heart for Sunday August 2nd, 2020
Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 (NLT)
Helmet and Sword
In June last year, Canada’s Department of National Defense issued a contract with Canadian armour technology manufacturer, NP Aerospace. The contract is for supply and delivery of the CM735 lightweight ballistic helmet over a seven-year period. NP Aerospace has supplied combat helmets to the Canadian DND since 2015. The CM735 uses advanced composite technology that gives greater ballistic and fragment protection in spite of it having a weight reduction of 25% over the helmet formerly used by Canadian Forces.
Motorcycle helmet laws have saved countless lives over the years. The brain plays such a vital role. It isn’t surprising that when the Lord created us, He covered our brain with the hardest bones in the body. But even that bone isn’t enough to protect against traumatic injury. Helmets are used when damage to the brain is likely. In his description of the spiritual life Paul uses the picture of a Roman soldier and writes this in Ephesians 6:17: “Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” When we come into relationship with Jesus Christ through faith, we are saved from sin. What Paul is saying is that when we come into relationship with the Lord, our entire thinking changes. We begin to see life through the lens of Biblical truth. It changes how we see all of life. Our worldview is shaped by what God has revealed through His word, the Bible. Paul here calls it the sword of the Spirit. This is the only part of the armour analogy that is used on the offensive in battle. As you read your Bible, God will shape your mind and you will stand victorious.
These have been words from the heart.