Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
October 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Ephesians 6:17

Football players used to play with leather helmets that had no padding or mouth protection which subjected them to concussions. A concussion is a damaging or shattering blow to the head causing a traumatic brain injury that affects brain function. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Let me talk about a concussion preventer.

I’m reminded of Paul who was once called Saul. He was a Pharisees in the Roman government. Though he was a lover of God, he persecuted Christians and slaughtered them because he did not believe in Jesus as the Son of God. However, one day on the road to Damascus, Paul had an encounter with Jesus. A blinding light knocked Paul off his mule and led to his conversion to love Jesus. Paul, was protected with the helmet of Salvation. Salvation is a right-now, pleasant experience of believers. The helmet can save an attack to the head that could cause death.

The helmet of the Roman soldiers had a band of plates to protect the head. One protected the forehead; like Elvis Presley sideburns, one protected the cheeks; one extended down the back of the neck; and the helmet was padded for added protection. When the helmet was strapped in place, it exposed little. The only weapon that could penetrate a metal helmet was the hammer or ax. Satan only needs a crack or opening, and he’ll come in. But he cannot enter if you you are wearing your helmet.

When we look at warfare, to harm the head would gain in combat. This is what Satan does in Spiritual warfare. He attacks the believer’s assurance of salvation. When I think of Eve in the Garden, Satan came in the form of a snake to convince her that she and Adam should not believe God but should listen to him instead. So, Adam and Eve listened to him thinking it would be to their benefit. Satan’s use of assurance is two-fold:

(1) He seeks to “assure” professed believers (who are not truly saved) that they are, in fact, safe!
(2) He plants “seeds of doubt” in the minds of those who are truly saved, thus leading to discouragement and depression.

So often Christians who walk faithfully with God struggle the most with assurance. On the other hand, those who are not walking faithfully with God are not very concerned with their salvation at all. They live in this life. When you get entangled with whether you’re saved or not, you are not much use to the kingdom of God. Don’t get entangled with things of this world where you stop coming to worship, growing with Jesus, and stop calling His name. You become unprofitable, unfocused, and vulnerable.

You need a concussion preventer. Salvation is a concussion preventer. We need sound doctrine. We need the gospel, the good news, the Word of God. The Word saves us. It heals us. It lifts and encourages us because it is the power of salvation (Romans 1:16).