But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
Put on salvation as your helmet...
When in battle, warriors wear helmets. They are life-protecting necessities. Because a hard blow to a tender head can cause disastrous damage to the brain. Of course, we are speaking physically.
But what about spiritual battles? Mental health experts call them disorders. Like depression or schizophrenia. They, too, can render disastrous damage: harming or ending a productive life.
Could hope be an invisible helmet keeping destructive thoughts away from us? Protecting us from negativity?
From God-doubt, self-doubt and hopeless anguish?
From confusion and double-mindedness?
From anger and destructive emotions?
From every hurtful, critical outburst?
Even from the insults thrown upon us?
Stepping out on a faith-limb from the Branch, I dare say hope is a great protector. But when we forget the helmet of hope, and don't speak it on in heartfelt prayer, we become vulnerable to attack.*
## Hope: Covers Our Heads (Part 31)
* At my best, I 'speak on' the armor of God (piece by piece) over me and my house, which includes those I love and those I feel called to include in my prayers. But ugg! Too often, I forget. Lord, help me remember this vital aspect of prayer.
* The Whole Armor of God
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Ephesians 6:10-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.