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Are you confident that Jesus will deliver you from whatever trial you are currently facing? If so, you are wearing the helmet of hope! This week we talk about how essential hope is to winning our battles. The expectation of God’s goodness frames and protects our thought life. Be strengthened and encouraged as you listen here:
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Are you expecting Jesus to save you from your current troubles? Do you have a sense of confident expectation that you will see His goodness at work in your behalf? No matter what hard thing is happening right now, do you believe that He will ultimately deliver you from it?
If you answered yes to these questions, whether or not you realize it, you are wearing the helmet of salvation. This is the next piece of armor we find as we continue down our Ephesians 6 list: “Put on salvation as your helmet…” (Eph. 6:17, NLT). Holy Spirit also mentions this amazing component of our armor in 1 Thessalonians 5:8, explaining, “The hope of salvation should be our helmet” (NCV). This lets us know that it’s not just salvation you are wearing on your head. More specifically, it’s the hope of salvation. What is hope? It’s the confident anticipation of God’s goodness. Therefore, wearing the helmet of salvation means you are confidently expecting His saving power to work on your behalf.
To put on the helmet of salvation is to choose to be expectant of God’s redeeming work in our lives. It’s embracing the hope of salvation. Hope is not just a wistful desire. It’s not a tentative wish escaping from our souls, not a mere murmur of “I hope it all works out.” Hope is so much more powerful than that. Hope is the confident expectation that you are going to see God’s hand at work, coming to your aid. Hope anchors you into the loving nature of God. It is that which rises up within you and declares, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps. 27:13, NIV).
The helmet of salvation is the helmet of hope. It is yet another critical component of the armor of light; of the revelation that God has provided for our protection. Where does the helmet go? Over your mind. Over your thoughts. The hope of God’s goodness is the protection that you need for your thought life.
To understand this vital piece of armor better, let’s take a closer look at this word, salvation. Of course, first and foremost, when we hear this word, we think of becoming a Christian. We think of “getting saved.” What a priceless word this is to us indeed! Jesus has saved us from our sins and given us eternal life. The hope of heaven is indeed a vital part of the helmet of salvation.
However, we can’t miss the rest of the meaning. Biblically, the word salvation also carries the general sense of the meaning “rescue,” just as it does in English. The hope of salvation is also the specific hope that God will rescue you from whatever peril or trial you are currently facing. The Greek word for salvation, soterion, a noun, is directly related to the verb sozo, to save. Sozo is a rich term that means “to save, to heal, to deliver, to protect, to preserve, to keep safe and sound, to rescue, to restore, to make whole.”
All of this goes into our hope! Dear one, you can confidently expect that God will save you, rescue you, heal you, and restore you. I will add, though, this kind of confident expectation takes practice. You and I need to practice choosing to expect His goodness. As we do, we will find our thoughts protected from the hopelessness the enemy tries to bring against us. The helmet of hope will secure that space between your ears as an atmosphere of life and peace.
Now, don’t get me wrong here. I am not saying that God will Continue reading Helmet of Hope