Helmet of Salvation – Sexual Integrity

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WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS CONTENT FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

By Brittney Perez

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

– Ephesians 6:10

For most Christians, this is a verse I’m sure we can say we know or have heard, along with the following verses regarding putting on the full armor of God. It’s a powerful and encouraging section of Scripture that reminds us that, with the FULL armor of God, we can take our stand against the devil and his schemes.

In verses 13-17, we see that there are different parts to the armor of God. We are to put on the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness; we need to have our feet fitted with the readiness to share the gospel of peace, we need to take up the shield of faith, and take the helmet of salvation. All these pieces of the armor of God are essential to guarding ourselves against the devil and his craftiness.

One of the pieces of armor I wanted to discuss more thoroughly is the helmet of salvation and how it pertains to sexual integrity.

One of the greatest gifts we have received as believers in Christ is salvation. It’s crazy because we’ve done absolutely nothing to earn it or deserve it, yet it’s a free gift from God through Jesus Christ for those who believe in Him (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:9-10).

We see that, in Ephesians 6, the helmet is a part of the armor and is linked with salvation. Why is it that? It could have been the breastplate of salvation or the belt of salvation, but it isn’t. A helmet serves a big purpose. People wear helmets when playing sports, riding bikes, in war, etc. The helmet plays a vital role in these activities because it helps protect your head – your brain. If you damage your head, that affects your whole body and can even cause permanent damage. When we received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, we can know we have eternal life through Him. It’s been given to us. But even though we have been saved and we wait in expectation for Christ to come back again, we still need to put on the helmet of salvation, along with the other pieces of God’s armor, to help us navigate through this world.

As young adults one of the biggest struggles we can face is living a life of sexual integrity. Let’s face it, we were made by a God that created us to be sexual beings. God said it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18) so He gave Adam a helpmate, Eve, to be with him in the garden and it was commanded by God that they INCREASE in number. God DID give us sexual desire, but God designed it to be a sacred thing between man and woman in the covenant of marriage. Now you might be thinking, well I believe that God created sex to be between a man and woman in the covenant of marriage, and I know God’s commands are good, but I’m not married and I have all these sexual desires that I don’t know what to do with or how to control! How can I live out a life of sexual integrity before marriage?

Now I know that living a life of sexual integrity can be really hard, and for some it might be harder than others. Maybe it is hard for you because you have awakened love before it was ready and so you have had those sexual experiences. Maybe you haven’t, but you desire to and you struggle with impure thoughts. Wherever you are at, know that we serve a mighty God who not only calls us to live a life of integrity, but also equips us with the tools necessary to accomplish what He calls us to. Our God isn’t a God that expects something from us and doesn’t give us the resources to accomplish it. Our God is just. He provides for us and He tells us to call on Him when we are in trouble or need help.

Let’s go back to the helmet of salvation. Again, if you believe in Christ and have placed your hope in Him, He will provide for your needs. He’s given us the helmet of salvation to protect our minds against the lies and schemes of the enemy. Just as a helmet is used to protect our head from damage, our salvation in Christ; His very Spirit, will help us to combat the lies of the enemy. Lies that say we can never live a life of sexual integrity because we’ve made too many mistakes in this area in the past, or lies saying that we will never be able to fight this fight of the flesh. Those are all lies of the enemy, used as an attempt to keep us in bondage! Sure, we may struggle and it may not be easy, but we need to continue to fight these lies head on with the help of God.  You CAN live a life of sexual integrity.

In Nehemiah 4, I encourage you to read the whole chapter; God called His people to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, but they met opposition. Their opponents ridiculed and mocked them saying things like, “’What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore the wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day?’…” (Nehemiah 4:2). That’s what the enemy does. He tries to fill our minds with lies to bring us down and doubt God’s working in our lives. Yet, as you read on in the chapter that didn’t stop God’s people from accomplishing what God intended. It says in Nehemiah 4:16-17 that they continued to do the work. They worked with one hand and held a weapon in the other! They were determined to finish the wall of Jerusalem. That’s what we need to do as well. This is a battle and we need to be prepared to fight. If you are struggling in the area of living a life of sexual integrity, don’t give up fighting. Continue to fight. Seek God’s Word, pray without ceasing, utilize the body of Christ by fellowshipping with other believers, confiding in brothers/sisters in Christ, and confessing your sins to one another so that you may be healed (James 5:16). Put on the helmet of salvation to protect yourself against the enemy and his evil schemes. Continue to press on just like God’s people did to complete the wall. Living a life of sexual integrity IS possible. We know that because God said that, with Him, ALL things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Trust in God to help you and….

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

– Ephesians 6:10