Philip James de Loutherbourg [FAL], via Wikimedia Commons
Update May 16, 2016:
It occurred to me as I reread this that it might be important that the helmet covers more than just our brains but also our facial parts – nose, mouth, eyes, ears. That thought leads me to search for verses about these parts and at first remembrance I come to a verse about guarding my words in James so I google search and find these verses:
as well as James 1:26
This post stems from on the leviathan in Job, one of a series on hope found here: https://offbeatonpurpose.wordpress.com/?s=leviathan as there seems to be more information about fighting spiritual battles than what I gave in that post and I want to explore this in order to learn.
My thoughts jumped immediately to Ephesians 6:16-18 where Paul described “the armor of God,” verse 11. Armor protects or defends and weapons form the offensive tools for our battle. Let’s take a look at what needs defending first.
The helmet of salvation covers our faces and heads including our eyes, ears, nose, mouth and brain. The brain holds the mind and that makes me think of our thoughts:
- take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5
- rejoice always, Philippians 4:4
- instead of being anxious pray with thankfulness about everything, Philippians 4:6
- let the peace of God guard your heart & mind, Philippians 4:7
- think on these things, whatever is:
- true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy – Philippians 4:8
- remember the promises we have been given:
- we have been sealed for the day of redemption, Ephesians 4:30
- God said He will never leave us or forsake us, Hebrews 13:4-6
- Immanuel, God with us – now in the form of the Holy Spirit, Isaiah 7:14 & John 14:16
I am also reminded that Joyce Meyer wrote a book called The Battlefield of the Mind and that Priscilla Shirer has done some work on spiritual battle. I do not know how closely either of them follow the Bible so this is NOT an endorsement.