Note: This is the fourth posting in my on-going series (which I didn’t imagine would turn into a series when I began!) about depression as it relates to physical, on-going pain. You will gain more from reading this post, if you have read the three preceding it.
Does depression mean that something evil
i..e. an evil force, demonic in nature)has gotten hold of you?
First of all, if you are still trying to “do” life on your own without Christ, the answer is simple. Evil can have its way with you, unless God chooses to prevent it. Each of us must make a choice about who we will serve--either God or other things that we make into gods (such as altruism, romance, success, power, etc.) Christ creates the way into deep relationship with God, and being a Christ-follower assures our protection from evil’s power.
However, even among people who say they are Christ-followers, there are some who think they must watch out for evil around every corner, rebuking it on a regular basis, and telling others they need to do the same. I’ve been told that my illness, and particularly my depression, are the result of evil spirits that must be “prayed out”, or “called out” of me “in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
But, I don’t believe it for a second.
|A photo of clouds--reminds me of the presence of God|
Instead, what I know is that nothing evil can come into my spirit. I am Christ’s and he is mine, and because of that, I am also given “the Helper”, or “The Holy Spirit” who came to Earth after Jesus completed his work here. The Holy Spirit, lives in and around me, ensuring my protection from evil. Only God the Father can approve of anything evil can do to me, and only then, because He will use it for some ultimate better purpose. God outsmarts evil that way.
I also believe I receive warnings from the Holy Spirit about the presence of evil. For example, once I was sitting in the airport, waiting for a plane, when a woman beside me tried to engage me in conversation. As soon as I looked into her face, I had a strong sense of warning--like a bright light flashing inside of me that quickened my heart rate and put me on alert. Although I didn’t know why, I knew I was to get away from her as quickly as possible, and I did.
I don’t fear what this woman could have done to me; simply that she could have aroused a doubt or anxiety had I talked with her. (Evil likes to plant such things if we let our guard down.) However, even if I had missed the warning, it still would have been okay. I will never be apart from the love of God.
Romans 8 speaks directly to this:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or danger or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Next time: final depression post: tips