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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Does Depression Mean that Something Evil Has You? Part 4


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


Until then, live without fear, friends--

   Judi


8 comments:

  1. Judi-
    Your "Depression Posts" have been amazing-I keep learning from each one of them-so bless you for diving head first into this tough Topic-and covering it from head to Toe-with God guiding each word you shared with us.

    It amazes me as to how people can walk up to a person, not pausing to "think before they open their mouths" and come out with words of Hurt-telling you the Nightmare Pain in your Face is because Evil is inside you!

    OMG-how we can reach too quickly and judge a person....

    Judi-one thing I will share with you is that without doubt-all the times I have been "hit" with hurtful words as people look at me and think"Nothing wrong here, you can walk!"

    Lord help us all to be better Christians, and look toward Love-uniting ourselves more with HIM so "nothing can ever pull us away!"

    Beautiful words Judi-I had to do some deep reflection-and take a serious look into my own heart. God bless you for sharing with us.

    Martha

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  2. Whenever I start to think about how others have been careless or judgmental of me, it isn't long before Christ shines a light on my own critical and condemning spirit. I find that I have an ongoing conversation with myself when I am out in public, and it often involves being judgmental of others--even strangers, Like, "That dad needs to watch his child more closely before he gets hurt--He doesn't seem to care at all! Or, Wow...she looks like she got off the fashion train in 1992!"

    So, I don't want to be hard on others when they misjudge my pain and depression; often they do so from a desire to help even!

    Which points all the more to making sure we find our value outside of ourself, so we can see ourselves as the loved people of God who have nothing to fear...or to prove.

    Thank you for always giving new insight into my postings...and my life!

    Judi

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  3. Judi-
    The Thanks go back your way! Its too easy for us to fall into that "Judging Spot" and yes, the thoughts will fly so fast in our minds.

    I can almost "imagine" the conversation going on with YOU-and I love the one "She looks like she got off the Fashion Train" as it made me think there are times when People must glance my way, thinking "Wow, that gal looks like she Slept In her Clothes!"

    A part of me would love to be open and say "Yep, I did, you are right, I slept in my clothes! Welcome to the World of Chronic Pain-it can bring many surprises!"

    So I keep learning-from amazing teachers-like YOU-helping to remember to Think before I act!

    God has blessed us all with your words Judi. I will be forever grateful!! Bless you. Martha

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    1. ...as I learn from you! We can do this thing together!

      Judi

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  4. Great posts Judi on the faces of depression. Sometimes I am not sure which comes first, depression or critical spirit that drives me to being depressed. I know health issue make me depressed...sometimes I just want to feel good...not a bad desire, an understandable one. Seems it all goes back to the mind...do I even have His mind instead of mine on my health. I know it was not evil on my part that brought my health issues. Life is a few days of trouble a wise man once said.

    Reading a great book by Joni Eareckson Tada, A Place of Healing...(wrestling with the mysteries of suffering, pain, and God's sovereignty) Great book. Been huge help during this time of life.

    Have had through the years several encounters with just plain "evil" wrapped around different people, places even. People tend to sometime think that kind of evil is restricted to third world countries, so not true. The devil and his demons are alive and well....FOR NOW... Thank God for the blood that covers us believer, like a shield, a helment we can protect ourselves.

    Again great post...something so many do not want to touch on...blessings

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    1. Sure appreciate your comments about critical spirit driving you to depression...hmmm...food for thought there. Always, always goes back to the battle for the mind!

      Where would we be without the writings of Joni?? She has a unique message for this time, doesn't she? Yes, I know that book and it's a great ministry to those of us in pain.

      Evil is alive and well...and here among us. Another reason we must let others know of the love of God that is greater than anything evil, found in Christ Jesus.

      Thank you, always, for your encouragement and your thoughtful comments to enlarge my spirit!

      Judi

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  5. You woman of God are inspiring! Thanks for giving voice to a voicless subject!

    I do know depression can even be a result of the foods we are eating. If we are not giving the brain quality nutrition, the emotions and thought processes can breakdown. God created us in His Image - as triune beings. Our physical must be in balance with our spiritual, and our souls. I learned - via painful experience - this truth.

    God bless you, Judi!

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    1. You are so right...would like to know more about this link!
      Judi

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