I see her clearly.
She’s not very tall. Her Laura Ingall’s braids are tucked behind her ears, and it is evident that one day she will need braces. Freckles kiss her face as she lifts her head toward the sky. She’s dressed in a pink tutu, white tights, and worn toe-shoes. And on top of her head is a camouflaged kevlar, a helmet, that slips over one eye.
All of the armor she wears is too big, but it doesn’t stop the dance. She lights up the room wherever she twirls and waves her sword. She is a tiny warrior princess for the King.
She is me.
This is who I envision when I read about putting on the armor of God. I see a much younger me, sometimes teenage me wearing my ballerina outfit and these:
- The belt of truth
- The breastplate of righteousness
- Shoes of peace.
- The shield of faith
- The helmet of salvation
- The sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God)
I’ve often wondered about the “helmet of salvation.” What is that? What did Paul mean? In my quest to explain these words I’ve always understood them as a reminder of the battle for our thoughts–the danger of doubting our salvation and our warrior status. My heart aches when I hear a person doubt God’s love and the security of heaven.[bctt tweet=”There is a huge battle going on for our thoughts.” username=”wordsbyandylee”]
That’s why I think this definition I found for the Greek word we’ve translated as “salvation” is so powerful. The word is Soterion, and it means defender. Salvation is implied according to the definition, but the word means . . . defender or defense.
Put of the helmet of defense!
We need our helmet of defense when we pray. The enemy knows that if he can make us doubt the goodness of God, ourselves, or our calling, or cause us to be fearful, anxious, or worried, prideful or greedy, he has wounded the warrior. If he can make us doubt prayer, he won’t have to worry about our effectiveness. If he can throw thoughts of what to cook for dinner in there too . . . well, you know how that goes. We lose track of what we were praying for in the first place.
The war has been won. Christ defeated death, but battles continue. We need all of our battle gear, but please, don’t forget to put on your helmet of defense.
Put it on and dance.
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