MENTAL TURF WARS
There is a glass case at Ft. Stewart where artifacts from Desert Storm are on display. One of the most interesting is a Kevlar helmet.
This U.S. Army issued helmet weighs only three pounds and cost around $90, but it bears the scars of a 7.62 AK-47 bullet. It took a direct hit and the young man wearing it survived the attack. Had he not been property dressed for battle at that exact moment, he would have been a casualty of war.
It’s the same way with you and me.
Why do you need to have a tough spiritual helmet? Because a blow to the head disorients you. It causes you to be confused.
That’s why you need the “Helmet of Salvation” issued to you by the Lord.
Every battle you fight should be with a perspective of who you are in Christ and who Jesus has called you to be. The devil will try to disorient you by telling you that you are who people have always said you are. He will shame you into thinking you are impotent. That’s called a head blow.
The devil will also try to confuse you with the recollection of past failures and bad choices – another head blow.
The devil will try to overwhelm you with the memory of terrible things that have happened to you, and will tell you that God will not help you. Head blow!
If you fight the devil on any of those three turfs, you will lose every single time. So how does the Helmet of Salvation work? It gives you the perspective of salvation.
When the devil says, “I know who you really are, loser,” you can say, “I am saved. That makes me the righteousness of God through Christ.” When the devil says, “I know what you’ve done,” you can deflect the attack by saying, “I am a new creature in Christ.”
When the devil reminds you of past pains, hurts and abuse, you can put on your helmet and say, “Devil, what you meant for evil, God has turned to good. I’m saved and my life is getting better and better.”
Fight your battles on the turf of the truth from the perspective of salvation. The devil can only have your mind if you let him. You will not be a casualty of war!
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints… – Ephesians 6:17-18
From my book: Soul Invasion