The Helmet of Salvation

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Ephesians 6:10-20, Psalm 140:1-7, Isaiah 59:12-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Titus 2:11-14

Helmets were made from metal and leather and protected not only a soldier’s head, but also their neck and shoulders from attack. The top of the helmet showcased a crest made from dyed horse hair to signify the rank of each soldier. Confidence in our salvation given through Christ allows believers to combat doubt with the assurance of our position in God.

Have you ever left the house wearing the completely wrong outfit for the day ahead? Maybe you wore your favorite sandals on the day of an epic rain downpour. Maybe you wore a cute summer dress without realizing a cold front was coming in. Wardrobe snafus will happen. But over the years, I’ve learned how important it is to check the weather first.That’s because when I know what’s ahead, I can be dressed for what’s coming. 

The same thing is true when it comes to preparing and protecting our minds.

LORD, my Lord, my strong Savior, you shield my head on the day of battle. —Psalm 140:7

Now I don’t know about you, but one of the biggest battles I regularly face is fighting what goes into my head. I go back and forth between the promises of God and the lies of the enemy. I struggle with fear and negative thoughts, and I need reminders of what I know to be true about God’s nature and His faithfulness. Some of the greatest battles we’ll fight as believers aren’t necessarily on display for all to see. But it is what we allow into our heads that affects every other aspect of our life. In our mind begins the seed of every action we take. 

It’s also where we know and are assured of exactly who God is. The helmet of salvation can help us keep our heads on straight. We need this helmet because our mind is where we hold on to what we know is true, and that truth is Jesus Christ. As believers, we are in a spiritual battle. We’re called to be self controlled, dressed with faith, love, and the helmet of salvation at all times (1Thessalonians 5:8).

Satan will attack our minds and thoughts. But God has given us armor to shield our heads. Scripture tells us that the Lord has the ultimate strength and the final Word. If we’ve armed ourselves with the truth of Scripture, we already know who wins this battle! You are fighting, living, and breathing from a place of assured victory.

When we draw close to God, when we dress in the helmet of salvation, He will equip us for whatever we’ll face. No matter what else you decide to wear today, don’t forget your helmet.

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  1. denise flores says:

    As someone who’s been struggling with my mental health, this is a great reminder that I fight with the assurance of victory.

  2. Maggie Clinton says:

    The passage from Titus is a great memory verse

  3. Brooke Freauff says:

    ‘Hold fast in what is good and abstain from every form of evil”
    This is so important in todays society and all the evil!

  4. Brooke Freauff says:

    ‘Hold fast in what is good and abstain from every form of evil”

  5. Gracie Plant says:

    This is so true especially in todays society. So many things online, in social media etc are trying to infiltrate our mind. It isn’t about winning us over physically but winning the mind over to the evils of Satan and the world. Only God can protect us (our minds) and save us from these evils by giving us the tools to resist and hold strong to the truth of the salvation.

  6. Karissa Wampler says:

    I tried to comment this but it wasn’t working. The second part I was trying to say was that the closer we draw to god, the more likely we are to be attacked! Draw close to god, but have his armor go protect you from the attacks of the enemy.

  7. Karissa Wampler says:

    “6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 15 Truth is lacking,
    and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.”

    It is important to depart from evil, but have the armor of god to protect you and allow you to live in blessing and righteousness under gods protection from attack.

  8. Karissa Wampler says:

    “6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 15 Truth is lacking,
    and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.”

  9. Marilyn Spikes says:

    Don’t forget your helmet of salvation!

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  16. Dawne Holmes says:

    Amen! I so needed this today.

  17. Laurie Crary says:

    This is excellent!!!

  18. Sarah Paxton says:

    I love this. Thank you.

  19. Stormi Messmer says:


  20. Mudrock Mama says:

    I’ve come to learn that crowding out bad thoughts with good ones is a daily commitment powered by the holy spirit. You’ve got to plant the word of God inside you and keep it well watered. Then you are best prepared to identify the enemy’s arrows that come shooting through your mind’s feed… recognizing that as long as we’re part of this world, it’s part of our burden to be subject to the enemy’s attacks BUT since the battle is already won, we are equipped with everything we need to win the battlefield in our mind.

  21. Catherine Falconer says:

    I loved today’s devotion. The passages too! I shall write them up sometime.

  22. Mercy says:

    Sheila, praying for your mother and your family. May your family experience victories in the mighty name of Jesus over the enemy/wicked cancer.

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  24. Kristie Paradis says:

    I have to agree with the writer, that my mind is in constant battle of the promises of God and the lies of the enemy! I pray every morning that I will make decisions based on God’s truths, but in the midst of a trial or difficult situation, I don’t always handle myself the way God wants me to. The enemy weasels his way into my mind, twisting my thoughts. Afterwards, I’m ashamed at how I may have handled a situation and pray for forgiveness. I want to walk in God’s light DURING the trial or situation, not always ask forgiveness for not.

  25. Sheila says:

    Just found out my mom who has been such a faithful believer her entire life has very aggressive cancer. This is such a tough battle for her. I’m trying to keep my shield of faith lifted to protect her when I know she struggles to lift her own. I’m thankful God gives us a helmet of salvation. May he remind her and all that are struggling if His loving provision and presence.

  26. Anna Lee says:

    Jesus is big enough to carry your burdens. Lord, give Jennifer peace, help her remember she is yours and her sins are forgiven! Amen

  27. Terri Baldwin says:

    As Believers, we are in spiritual battle. We’re called to be self controlled, dressed with faith, love, and the helmet of Salvation at all times. —-1Thessalonians 5:8

  28. Shaena Elizabeth says:

    ANDRAYA BITSCHY glad you brought that book back to mind. Get Out of Your Head by Jenny Allen is a great next read after this study! Take every thought captive…..such a great reminder in today’s devotional that so much of the battle is in our own minds. If we can take every thought captive and examine it through the helmet of salvation that shows us the truth we can take a stand against the devil and his evil schemes. HEIDI thank you for the wonderful update on your niece!!! Praise God for all the wonderful progress that has been made, continued prayers ❤️ praying over this beautiful community

  29. Lorna Davis says:


  30. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I am very aware of the thoughts that go on in my mind. I feel like I am continually fighting my thoughts and surrendering them to Christ. But even in all of these habits, I don’t always wear the helmet of salvation. Meaning, I don’t always walk around as a daughter of God who has already been justified and saved. I act like I still need to save myself. I pray that I would operate as a daughter of God who is already forgiven, no matter what I may do or think.

  31. Andraya Bitschy says:

    I just started reading get out of your head by Jennie Allen. And this devotional has really affirmed everything I’ve been reading and made me super aware of where my thoughts are at and how to refocus them back on Jesus.

  32. Jendi says:

    Hi, I have never posted before, but have loved becoming part of the She Reads Truth community in the last six months, and seeing people’s comments and insights. This morning’s reading just highlighted to me again how God so often brings up the same message to us, in so many ways through our days and through different means. One day, as I read the weekly truth (on a Sunday morning here as in Australia we are always a day behind) and then I walked into church and the exact same verse was on the screen for people to read as they entered. So many people would call this coincidence, but I am reminded of part of a quote we used on our wedding invitations 20 years ago, that read “Fate is simply a secular term for the will of God, and coincidence, His grace”. This morning, I was struck by how much this reading and devotion echoes the book I was reading yesterday and the YouTube message I watched by Louie Giglio, “Don’t give the enemy a seat at your table”, and how easily the enemy can slip into our minds, control our thoughts and lead us away from God and his goodness.
    Thank you all for being a blessing in my life!

  33. Mercy says:

    @Kimn, thank you for such wisdom in the application you shared. Amen to turning our mundane daily tasks to purpose-filled Christ-centered tasks to glorify HIM in all we do. As we wait.

  34. Mercy says:

    The verse that jumped out to me is let us not sleep, like others do, but let us watch and be sober/clear-headed. Is it possible for Christiand to not be sober, to be cluttered minded, to be indifferent and unmindful? Yes totally. The Lord was clear that His coming will be delayed (Matthew 25:5) and all slumber and sleep. But He knew this, therefore He warns us, wake up from your slumber and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:11-12), put on the Lord Jesus. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Let us think correctly. Blessed are the servants who are clear headed at the dead of the night waiting for the master to return, he is delayed in returning, may it be the second or third watch of the night (9pm to 3am), let us be vigilant and keep watch with our lamp and oil ready. Our efforts are NOT in vain. Praise GOD for these warnings.

  35. LydiaV says:

    @Leigh Gorham: beautiful encouraging words. I also was married at 39. I got my son when I was about to turn 40. After that, I miscarried and could not have more children. I am incredibly thankful to our Father for my marriage and for my son and yet… I always wanted to be a wife and mother. So to see my son now as an only child to older parents, so differently than I had hoped for ever since I was a young girl, is a sadness for which I mourn. Despite the thankfulness

  36. Alisyn Blosser says:

    This reading and God’s truth on the Helmet of Salvation is really hitting home. I do like the mental picture that maybe our helmets do match our daily outfits. And then sometimes I see the Armor of God as something invisible, in a sense that others might not see it, but God and I know it’s there, almost like undercover work for Him as I enter into a known battle ground/place of work.

  37. Molly R says:

    KIMN – yes! I love that idea! What if?! Our car is in the shop today and I am literally trapped at home (I am a homebody, so it’s not even like I would have big plans today -haha), but I already had to catch myself giving myself permission to slack in doing just what you said. There is so much around my home, in my daily tasks that I can apply that Salvation to, and should! How effective I can be in teaching my kids simply by flipping the narrative to one of “life, and life abundantly.” How easy it is to believe that God doesn’t have time for the small and the mundane. He is in the details – He feeds the birds of the air everyday, how much more important am I? I can’t thank you enough for that reminder, seriously!

  38. Molly Rohrer says:

    Whoo, I don’t know about you, but this study has really fired up the Enemy in my mind, in my household. Today was such a timely reminder to check my thoughts, get out of my head, and start battling back the battle and claim the Victory. I am not wrestling against myself, my husband, my children, or my circumstances…..I am wrestling against an Enemy who knows just how to present his lies to cause the doubts, the fear, the anxiety – it has been all consuming this week. But today, it stops! A friend shared a quote with me yesterday that helped her, AND ME, nip the vicious mental battle in the backside: “Every lie we buy into about ourselves is rooted in what we believe about God.” Yikes. Here I am studying about the armor HE provides, the power HE instills in each peace to help me battle back the real battles, and I am spending too much time putting Him in this little box, devoid of all I know Him to be. Enough! Time to cover my mind with HIS helmet, HIS salvation. I am constantly telling my kids that their heads are “a one chance” body part, so put on your helmet when you ride your bike or scooter, but totally miss the importance of putting on my own spiritual helmet! Thank you all for sharing in your struggles, too. It is always a good reminder that when Satan makes me think I need to be ashamed of my unique struggles, that he is using the same playbook on all of us. Be protected today, Sisters!

  39. KIMN says:

    Since the helmet covers the whole head, shouldn’t ALL our thoughts be subject to the lens of salvation? Definitely the thoughts that contradict what God says about each of us but what about the more mundane things? What should I make for dinner? Should I do laundry first? Do I have time to fill up the car on the way to work?
    What do those things look like in our minds under the helmet of salvation?
    Maybe dinner becomes Thank you for the food for our family or Maybe I should make extra for my struggling neighbour. Maybe the laundry is prayed over in the recognition that because of salvation we are robed in Christ’s righteousness. Maybe fuelling the car offers opportunities to share love &light with someone not normally in your day. Or maybe the Spirit sends you straight to work to minister to a coworker at just the right time.
    Because of the helmet of salvation, what if every thought under it’s covering became Christ focussed which lead to purposeful action for the kingdom?!!

  40. Rebecca says:

    Loved the devotional today! Help me to hide your word in my heart Jesus, to use as a mighty weapon when lies attack my mind. I am held safely in your love and the complete armor you have provided. Help me remember to put it on daily!!

  41. Tonya Ackerman says:

    My mind is definitely where my struggle is! Thanks for the reminder to put on our battle ⛑️hert

  42. Meagan Warlick says:

    so good!! often times I do my devotional in the morning and then throughout the day my thoughts become more and more negative. the helmet of salvation is such a good reminder to let what God has said about me to fight off and protect me from the negative thoughts and feelings the devil attacks me with!!

  43. Allison Bentley says:

    “Arm yourself with the truth of scripture”. Isn’t that exactly what Jesus did- during His time in the wilderness when tempted by the devil- He just spit scripture back at the devil and it worked!!! Lord my prayer today is that I too “arm myself with the truth of scripture”

  44. Mari V says:

    How often do I forget about this? About the helmet of salvation? About protecting my mind. Truthfully? All the time. Thank you so much for this reminder about protecting what I allow to go through my head which mainly consist of negative thoughts about myself.

  45. Dana Cook says:

    So grateful for this helmet of salvation with which i can protect myself daily!❤️

  46. Kristin Sparkman says:

    ADRIENNE, I thought the same thing. 59:14-17 is our world right now. Where speaking THE TRUTH is not popular or the thing. I’m with you. Setting my helmet on firm.

  47. Michelle Patire says:

    finisher** lol auto correct

  48. Michelle Patire says:

    Taylor, I relate to this. I think the enemy uses my own mind against me more than outside people. Yesterday, I was praying about my bad habit of assuming I know what people think of me. I work mostly alone now that the Lord has me doing Instacart in this season, so I try to keep my mind focused on godly things. Podcasts, worship or uplifting music, prayer as I drive or wait for an order. I pray we continue to hide the Word in our hearts in preparation for these attacks of the mind!! Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and FINISHED of this race. How soon we will see His finish line (the day He returns)!

  49. Taylor says:

    I definitely feel the attacks on my mind lately. I am being reminded in this season to draw close to God, hold fast to His promises, His love, His grace, His faithfulness, to claim my victory in Jesus name and walk in that victory instead of walking around in defeat that I will never overcome this battle. I also feel like I have not been living the most sober, self-controlled life lately so that is something I am laying at the feet of Jesus for strength to live in a way that honors Him in every area of my life

  50. Ally M says:

    This really impacted me today. My mind is where I feel the weakest- I struggle with doubts and anxieties. I am so grateful that God gives me the helmet of salvation so that I can protect myself from these things! He has already defeated them! Hallelujah!

  51. Kate Wells says:

    Wow! Great devotional today. Great scripture selections and great teaching. I sometimes take for granted how deeply the word of God has penetrated my heart. It is a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet. It is the unmatched armor of God, given to his beloved to aid and guard us in this battle. Hallelujah! Our God is so good. He is so faithful. He has equipped us properly, if only we would take up the weapons of our warfare. Can you imagine a world where every believer took up the sword of the spirit and wielded it with precision each day! Wow, Lord, may it be. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you for the inspiration for my prayers today!

  52. Sydney Smith says:

    Amen Heidi!! Thank you so much for your thoughts- completely correct! We must claim our victories as children of the most high king!

  53. Donnica Holmes says:

    Hallelujah thank you for my helmet on my head today and your protection!!!

  54. Heidi says:

    One statement we use with our 10 and 7 yr olds when they are claiming their ability to do/not do something is- you’re right! If you say you can or you say you can’t- you’re already deciding how much effort and importance you’re placing on the task in front of you. Our minds will believe what we tell them to and often we clothe our thoughts and beliefs in so much fear and self-protection that we render ourselves “incapable” of battles-victories that our God has said are already ours. We have such a belief problem in the Church today. If we could wrap our minds around the truth and power of our God, and really BELIEVE Him for who He says He is, what He says He will do, and what is REALLY at stake in this world, it would change the way we do battle. It would change the confidence we have in our Savior. Too often we rest in our own strength and just hand the battle over to our enemy without so much as a fight. I pray as women of God for us to truly believe what He has for us, what he’s already done for us, and what He’s empowered in us to accomplish in His name today ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  55. Diana Davis says:

    God sure knows what I need to hear. Yesterday was a day for me and so much of it was the battle in my head! I found out my kidney levels were slightly elevated….which at the surface is just something that my dr wants to check again next month, there are many things that could cause that. Well, my brain starts panicking, I google and pretty soon I’m dying of kidney failure. How fast I spiral. Work added some different emotional stress and later I found out I forgot my gym bag when meeting a friend. Bless her heart, she convinced me to do it anyway in our socks and we ended up having one of the best workout. Praise God for putting friends in our lives. His mercies are new today and I won’t forget to put on my helmet. But please some prayers for normal labs next month!

  56. Elaine Morgan says:

    Yes! Thank you Jesus for giving us all we need to protect us from the enemy!

  57. AG says:

    When Abby said “The same thing is true when it comes to preparing and protecting our minds.” It made sense to me – we keep our knowledge of God and trust in Him in our heads and need to remember this whenever things happen. Whether it be hard situations or my mind wandering, turn my thoughts to what I know about the Lord and his love for me

  58. Lonette Belizaire says:


  59. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Reminds me to take every thought captive!

    Have a great day sisters ❤

  60. Kristen says:

    Good Morning, I recently listened to a teaching by Voddie Bachman called: Modern Spirituality and Your Mind. If you haven’t listened to him before, he is a good one. This left me thinking. Here is a link;

  61. Arina says:

    I’ve never before realized how interconnected the different parts of the armor of God are. How can I wear the belth of truth but not have the helmet of salvation or the breastplate of righteousness? If we miss one part, we are in danger because it also weakens the other parts, leaving us even more exposed to the enemy. To be safe, we need the full armor of God.