helmet, the hope of salvation
“But since we belong to the day, we must stay alert and clearheaded by placing the breastplate of faith and love over our hearts, and a helmet of the hope of salvation over our thoughts.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 TPT
“And so this helmet, the hope of salvation fends off some of Satan’s most fierce and powerful blows directed at the believer’s eternal security. Therefore Paul encourages believers to have confidence in the salvation they already possess. Paul knew that doubting their security in Christ would render them ineffective in spiritual warfare, just as a blow to the soldier's head would render his physical body incapable of defending itself. Discouragement and doubt are deflected when you know you’re secure in Christ.” (preceptaustin.org)
We have an enemy who can easily see that because of a bent toward sadness, anxiety, and despair, mental illness can be used to tempt you into a life of unbelief, insecurity, and possibly even the decision to give up entirely. Your emotions may be big this morning, but God is so much bigger.
It is possible to live in a fallen body that struggles with illness and still choose to believe, hope, and flee from temptation. Transformed by the Word, saved through the Son, and empowered by the Spirit, you can battle toxic thoughts, walk securely in your salvation, look forward with hope, and yet still struggle with depression. We are human, don’t forget that. Someday our bodies will be perfect, but until that day, the tension between a willing spirit and weak flesh will be there. Praise God that through Jesus, we are set free from the power of sin. Let’s walk victoriously in that identity!
Today, remember that nothing can separate you from the love of God, and nothing can snatch you from God’s hand...not even mental illness.