17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The Roman helmet is called the galea. The helmet of salvation. The healing and wholeness that I now experience is my salvation too,because I have come to a living faith in a loving God now and forever. Salvation is not just for the afterlife.
Notice the helmet protects the head. Satan attacks our thinking more than any other place. But we already belong to the family of the risen Jesus and are already rescued from Satan. Because of this we can resist any other lies Satan sends our way. Satan is too late. The devil’s time is up. Now we are just in a mop up period.
All of these parts of the armor of the Roman soldier are defensive by function. Belt, breastplate, shield, shoes, and helmet make it possible to stand firm without being moved. But there is one offensive weapon Paul speaks of. The Roman sword, called the gladius. This is where we get the word, “gladiator.”
When the devil speaks false words against me, I go to the true words of God and I slash them Satan’s way. Isaiah the prophet knows who these words refer to. The Messiah. Jesus is the Word of God and here is what Isaiah says about this.
The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. (11:5)
He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword. (49:2)
Here is an important way of thinking I use to fight Satan with the Word of God. Whenever I think I am being attacked by Satan in the words I am speaking negatively to myself in my mind, or whenever the attack seems like is coming from someone else who is being influenced by Satan, I have a simple test.
Are the words I am am saying to myself words I can imagine coming out of Jesus’ mouth?
Are the words this person is saying to me words that Jesus would say?
This works every time. The sword of God’s word strikes clean.
Why is it good to keep going back to God’s promises in the Bible? How can you make progress in your self-talk?