The armor of God is described by Paul in Ephesians 6 as the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet of peace, shield of faith, sword of the Spirit and the helmet of salvation. Salvation is described in terms of a helmet because knowing who has saved us, how He preserved and keeps us is crucial to protect the mind of the battle ready warrior that each of us is. The helmet of salvation is the protective gear and mind set, that defeats death and brings life to any situation that stands lifeless. Our salvation has been sealed and guaranteed by God, through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). When the enemy attacks our minds with his barrage of blows such as fear, lies, disappointment, discouragement, anxiety and deceit, the revelation of this great salvation will sustain us.

In 2 Kings 4:18-37, we find the story of the once barren Shunamite woman whose kindness to Elisha the prophet helped her find favour with God and be blessed with a son. As the child grew, he went out to the field to harvest with his father. But the story turns sordid as the child shouts “my head, my head” and soon dies in his mother’s lap. Even as her son’s corpse lay on Prophet Elisah’s bed in the upper room, she prepared for him, the woman holds herself together and says “it is well”. When you wear the helmet of salvation, even as  your heart breaks and all the hope you had for tomorrow lies cold and dead, your mind will not get dragged under the current. Her response to death was to seek out Elisah and pour out her complaint and insist on the seemingly impossible outcome – resurrection.

Elisha goes to the dead lad, spreads himself over the child, eyes over eyes, mouth over mouth, hands over hands and God brings the child to life. Elisha is the shadow of what Christ did for us. He stretched himself on the cross, covering us completely in Him, taking on each blow, beating and nail in our stead and breathed resurrection power into our dead selves. The bible says as He is, so are we (1 John 4:17). We, the saved, carry Christ in us and carry out the works He began in this world. So go out there to those dead bodies, the dead areas, the dead ends and breathe the resurrection life over it. Breathe the promise of salvation over the dire diagnosis, the empty accounts, the corrupt nation, the unfruitful marriages, the heavy losses, the unbearably shattered minds, the rotting dregs of society that none but Christ can save. Love never fails, hope does not disappoint and His word is forever.

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