Ephesians 6:17a “And take the helmet of salvation”.
Why do we need a helmet anyway, don’t most people have hard heads? Turns out being hard headed or stubborn doesn’t count. We need extra protection. And for a bunch of real good reasons.
The meaning of that word salvation is not the salvation of your soul. If that were the case you could be saved and/or lost whenever you felt like it, like putting a hat on or taking it off. No, the meaning he is defender or by implication defense. That we can freely use or discard.
The enemy loves to swing away at our heads. Because there is where four of our senses are located and quite frankly since skin is involved touch is too.
The eyes see the temptation
The ears hear things
We can smell fragrances that attract our attention
Our sense of taste can betray us
And even the touch of another about our head can trigger sensations best left alone.
God knows we need help here in this area so He has provided it for us.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
That means of escape is our helmet of salvation or defense. It could be a reminder to run away or avoid it altogether. Occasionally it might even be us suddenly becoming ignorant and not realizing what happened until afterward, that has happened to me a time or two.
Also such “weight” sitting on our head should act as a reminder to be on guard for trouble and to be careful when we know it is around. Of course that leads back to the part about us being able to remove the helmet. Laying it aside and deliberately exposing ourselves to a world of hurt. Most of the time the battle begins in the mind, it needs protection. God has supplied that defense. It may not be stylish in man’s eyes but such a need should always come first.
Reference: Strong’s Dictionary