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Friday, October 4, 2013

The Helmet of Salvation and Fighting Depression





Every Christian should be acquainted with the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6. Part of the armor is the helmet of salvation – but if Paul was speaking to saved Christ followers, and he was, it stands to reason that he meant something more than the act of salvation at the time that these Christians became ‘saved’.  It has been impressed on me that what Paul was referring to was the protection of our minds – and that he says we are to ‘take’ the helmet, implying that getting the helmet of salvation is not something that happens automatically at the time of ‘salvation’ - If it were he would have said ‘receive the helmet’.  The difference between receiving and taking states that this helmet is not ‘given’ but something that we must seek. Further, if we have to seek the helmet than that means that we are responsible for the action of seeking and taking it, in order to have it at all…wow!

If we read 1 Thessalonians 5:8, it says “But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.” The hope of salvation. This means that the protection that the helmet of salvation brings to us is hope.  The opposite of hope is pessimism, which yields depression, so obviously hope, or optimism by faith, is our protection against depression… double secret wow!

If we read Hebrews 6:18-20 it says “so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hope is an anchor of the soul. An anchor of a ship goes through water to reach the solid bottom in order to grab hold of something firm, like a rock, in order to secure it. If we keep reading in Hebrews 11:1, we read that “faith is the substance of things hoped for”. So then, hope, as an anchor in our life, has to have a strong foundation of faith.

Here my mind immediately goes to Jesus as the rock, the water His blood and faith based on His word. So then, Through the blood of Jesus we are anchored in salvation so that hope secures us by faith in God’s word…Wow, wow, wow!

If we take the helmet of hope (salvation) and use it to filter or distinguish thoughts of our own versus those implanted by the demonic influence of pessimism we will be protected from depression. We further combat depression by way of faith in God’s promises contained in His word – like Jeremiah 29:11, “ For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  When the demonic even attempts to inject thoughts that things aren’t going well, we can counter with Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Answer the demonic by declaring your love for God and that you have been called to His purpose – and that ALL things are working together for your good! If the demonic implants “I can’t” in your head, counter it with Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” 

If we practice what we preach and really stand on His word, quoting an opposite, positive scripture to every negative thought demonically implanted, we will become true warriors! After awhile, the demons of negative thought won’t even bother attacking us. Instead, word will get out that we are not to be messed with.

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!
~Mark 



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