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Armor of God (pt.6 salvation)




I love words. I love using them, manipulating them, and twisting them into anything I want. I like to think about all the possible inferences and associations that come with a word.
Some words are so expansive and open that lots of explanation is required every time it is used. Take the word Love, for example. It can mean something different for every single person on the planet.
Then there is a word like salvation, whose vernacular has been honed down to a tiny section of religious folks. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I think you get me. When most people hear the word salvation, they probably think of Christians. And there is nothing wrong with any of that. I just think it’s interesting.



By the way, in case you just joined us, we are knee-deep in a series which examines each piece of the Armor of God.
So far…

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17 Take the helmet of salvation… (Ephesians 6)



For our purposes today, I’d like to pull this word out of its box and give it a little stretch.
For salvation, Dictionary.com gave me:


“the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, or destruction”




(Christianity) deliverance by redemption from the power of sin and from the penalties ensuing from it



As for me, I have been saved. I don’t mean in the traditional, Christian sense, exactly.  I’m not talking about speaking a few words and signing an iron-clad contract for admittance into heaven, (although that seems like a pretty awesome deal).
I’m talking about being saved. I’ve been rescued. My life has been spared. I would quite literally not be alive today if not for some crazy, mystical, grace that stepped in and saved me.
I was lost, blind, confused, angry, depressed, and down right pitiful.  I hated myself and everyone around me. I hated the world for giving me this painful life and if I had believed in a god, I would have hated him too.


Somehow, this thing, this power, this force of Love wrapped me up and saved me. I suddenly understood that I am loved and cherished. I came to believe that anything is possible and I can do all things with the right support and guidance.



Okay, so back to the armor thing. Why would the writer of the passage above make salvation a helmet?
Here is my theory:
A helmet surrounds my head. Head=brain=mind=thoughts
No matter what I find myself at odds with, no matter what comes against me, I have one solid, rescue plan:

Just remember.

No matter how bad things get, I can remember where I’ve been. No matter what comes against me or gets in my way, I am armored. My head/mind/thoughts/sanity are protected with this notion of salvation.

I have been rescued from darkness and despair.

I am saved. I am okay. I am healed. I am protected.

I will never go back there.

It’s not even possible.


If feel like that was a bit fast. Let me just say it again. Let these words sink into you.


I am saved. I am okay. I am healed. I am protected.

I will never go back there.

It’s not even possible.


Have a beautiful week, my darlings!

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