Thoughts -> Actions
If you have asked and believed God for healing from mental illness, and yet still wake up today with it present, then one can conclude that perseverance trough the trial is today’s calling.
Early this morning, I read familiar words with fresh hope and application. In a letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote:
“My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all courage, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death”
(Philippians 1:20 CSB)
“No matter what, I will continue to hope and passionately cling to Christ, so that he will be openly revealed through me before everyone’s eyes. So I will not be ashamed! In my life or in my death, Christ will be magnified in me”
(Philippians 1:20 TPT).
For me, the word “death” triggers flashbacks of my parents’ deaths, and brings with it vivid memories of old shameful thoughts and desires to escape the pain. As I stopped and thought over this verse, the Spirit illuminated “that Paul hopes to honor Christ even in the way he eventually dies” (ESV study Bible).
While Paul wrote this letter from prison most likely in Rome, mental illness can offer a different form of imprisonment. And passionately hoping and clinging to Christ in the midst of feeling trapped in a fallen body with a mind that gravitates toward bondage, is a beautiful opportunity to magnify Jesus for all to see.....both in life and death.
It takes great courage to stay connected to God in prayer
and Scripture in spite of the pain your body feels.
It takes boldness to share openly with others how Jesus has saved you and sustains your even when you feel the chains of mental illness counteracting your calling.
It takes supernatural power from the Spirit to live unashamed in this life you’ve been given, and to choose to endure so your natural death, in God’s timing, may be not only to your honor, but to His as well.
We can choose life. We can have courage. We can proclaim Him in how we live, and we can preach him even in our death.....all the while submitting to His wisdom should He not remove the thorn of mental illness from our flesh today.
Paul’s declaration shows us that right actions (endurance, hope, proclaiming Jesus, belief) are not a result of the right circumstances, for he was in prison.
𝐑𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠.
𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘸𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺. 𝘏𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘶𝘴 𝘧𝘪𝘹 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘢𝘻𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘠𝘰𝘶. 𝘔𝘢𝘺 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘦. 𝘎𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘶𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘠𝘰𝘶, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘠𝘰𝘶.