Helmet Of Salvation – March 17, 2016

John 20:25,  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Mark 9:24, Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Ephesians 6:14, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

This week, we’ve been taking a look at the full armor of God that we can put on daily to withstand the daily battles. We’ve already looked at belt of truth and breastplate of righteousness. If you missed either of those you can find them on my daily blog,www.johnmarkcaton.com. Today, I want to talk about the helmet of salvation. Over the years, I have met many people who grew up in church or in the faith but have struggled with doubt of their faith. The simple truth is that doubt is an experience that is common to all of us. Even good Christians have struggled with doubt at some point or another. In Mark 9:24, one man was honest enough to simply say to Jesus, “…I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Probably the most famous doubter in the Bible was the disciple we refer to as “doubting Thomas.” Even though he had been with Jesus for 3 years and watched Him perform many miracles, Thomas still had doubts. But, Jesus didn’t chastise Thomas for admitting he had doubts. Instead Jesus loved him and demonstrated the truth of the resurrection to him. If you are struggling with doubts today, welcome to the club, but don’t forget to put on your helmet of salvation. After all, that’s where real confidence comes from to overcome those difficult doubts.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D