Hello everybody! Happy Wednesday! Hope that you have had a productive week thus far. Listen, I was set to continue the leadership series that I started last week, but, I need to take a detour. Something has been on my heart lately and I want to share it with you all. This past Sunday, The Holy Spirit led one of our staff Pastors (Pastor John) at the church to call out and pray for those who needed emotional healing. That stuck with me and I’ve been praying about that since then. Let me go a bit further…
It’s November. The holidays are quickly approaching. As the song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” All of the food. The fun. the laughter with friends and family. Everybody’s happy, right? Well, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. As I’m on social media, I’ve been noticing within the past week or so, that some people are sad and downtrodden in spirit. And for some, it seems to happen around the same time every year.
We are told that Christmas, for Christians, should be the happiest time of year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues. Yet, according to the National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that people experience a high incidence of depression. Hospitals and police forces report high incidences of suicide and attempted suicide. Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression. One North American survey reported that 45% of respondents dreaded the festive season.
Wow!!! The number of Christians that deal with depression is alarming. And according to that survey, it typically happens most around holiday time. Depression is a real issue. It’s a serious issue. Now, medical doctors have the ability to diagnose and treat depression (and other mental illnesses). They prescribe medication that helps one to MANAGE that illness. There’s even a pastor that I know of that wrote a book about how to DEAL with depression. Yes, God put doctors here to help us with physical and mental capacities, however, I want you to know that you don’t have to MANAGE or DEAL with depression (or any other issue), He wants to DELIVER you from it! You can be free!
As for this getting sad and depressed around the same time every year, you need to understand that this is a demonic spirit that has been sent from hell to torment your mind! But, deliverance is available! Don’t deal with it. Don’t manage it. GET DELIVERED FROM IT! I really want to encourage you today! There’s absolutely NOTHING to hard for God to do! You CAN live a happy life! If you’re Christian, help is available to you by way of the Word of God! Many of us have suffered the loss of a loved one, including myself. I lost my brother Tony 4 years ago. God took him 3 days after my mom’s birthday and his birthday was November 24th, which always falls during the week of Thanksgiving. Sometimes it actually falls on Thanksgiving day. Man…I mean I would get super depressed around each of those times, in addition to the “regular” grieving of losing him. It began to affect me in many areas of my life. It affected my work. It affected my relationships with family and friends. I WAS DEPRESSED! I had to get free from it. I had to pray and pray HARD! I was determined not to live a sad, miserable and depressed life. And you have too have to have that same determination! It’s human nature to grieve loss. Don’t let anyone tell you different! Just don’t get stuck there. It’s a pit that you’ve GOT to come out of. It takes time. Take all the time you need. But don’t keep rehearsing it. Ask God to help you.
Don’t allow this spirit to cripple you. The spirit of depression has the ability to paralyze you, if you don’t get free from it. And, nobody wants to be around someone that is ALWAYS sad. (Oh yes, it’s true.) I know someone that every single time I speak to him, he’s down; sad; troubled; something is always wrong. Who wants to be around that all the time? Not me. And I believe that you wouldn’t want to be around that either. Grieve, but live. Be sad, but live. There is yet life in you! GO GET YOUR LIFE BACK!
God is able to free you. To touch you. He’s able to deliver you from depression. He can heal your emotions. He can rebuke the enemy that comes to bind and torment your mind. ONLY GOD CAN DO THIS! It’s not the will of God for us to live a life of sadness. His will is that we live a life of abundance. A life of joy. And today, I decree, declare and proclaim that you SHALL be free! You SHALL be healed and whole! YOU SHALL LIVE AND NOT DIE!!! In the name of JESUS!!!
So, this was in my spirit and I’m glad that I was able to share it with you all. And if you’re not one of the persons that deal with this, you know someone that is. Share this with them. Share it on your social media. We’re in the business of spreading the love and power of Jesus Christ; the power of the Gospel; the power of the Word of God! Don’t be selfish. Share this blog. You don’t know how many people you can help get free. We that are strong ought to help those that are weak. So before this holiday season kicks off, help me get this word out! GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER AND TO HEAL YOUR EMOTIONS!
I also want to leave a few scriptures with you that can be used to combat the tricks of the devil:
Isaiah 61:3 – To all who mourn in Israel he will give beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. (TLB)
Psalms 34:17 – The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalms 3:3 – But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the ONE who lifts my head.
Psalms 42:11 – Why, my soul, are you cast down? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will YET praise Him, my Savior and my God.
1st Peter 5:7 – Give all your anxiety and cares to HIM because HE cares for you!
God bless each of you, my friends. I pray that you were blessed and encouraged by this blog today. Next week, we will return to the leadership series that I began. Love ya!!!
Until next week…..
(Next week’s blog: “The power of the mic”)