2008-04-01 - What Do I Need with the Armor of God?
Part 6 - Helmet of Salvation
The day started normally enough. I fed the pets, and was onto making lunch, when a memory left a bad taste in my mouth. I shook my head, as to change the thought, similarly to changing a television channel. Where did that thought come from, I wondered-and then it hit me: I forgot to put on my armor this morning. Without the helmet to protect my mind and thoughts, I left myself open to images and memories that God has already forgiven. (Ephesians 6:17)
Not only does our helmet protect us from the doubts that wish to creep in; it also guards us against unpleasant and harmful ideas.
I tend to enjoy watching romantic comedies. Ones with non-predictable storylines, plot twists-and a happy ending doesn't hurt. In the past I'd base my choice on the movie's rating, but now the process has become more detailed and advanced, since a majority of today's movies include content that contradict my personal beliefs and values. As a result, I view fewer and fewer modern movies. At first glance, a movie may not appear to have the potential to ruin our brains. Movies are entertaining, and in no way am I in a position to cast stones, but I want to keep my mind as pure as possible. I need to rely and use my armor's helmet at all times. I could turn away quickly, if something unquestionable flashes upon the screen-but isn't the damage already done? Why would we want to put something unpleasant in our memory bank on purpose, no matter how intriguing the plot is?
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things." (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
Lord, You are my strong deliverer. You shield my head in the day of battle. (Psalm 140:7)