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Depression is actually anger turned inward. This connection is not usually well understood.
When we refuse to abide in Christ, we’re tempted to go our own way. The farther away we move from God, the more Satan fills our mind with his thoughts. Taken to an extreme his thoughts are focused on impending doom, death, suicide, perversion, eating disorders, cutting, etc. With his negative thoughts and emotions, darkness soon settles over us. Our heart grows cold. We become morose, moody, withdrawn, and inclined in one way or another to harm ourselves or others.
Many fail to understand that some forms of depression have demonic roots. Since many physicians aren’t Christian, they don’t move beyond human education and solutions. Psychology is man’s wisdom, based on human reasoning and learning. Its man’s best attempt to understand the human condition, but it isn’t God’s methodology. We weren’t created to be in a continuous state of anger, worry, or discontent. When we turn from our empty human philosophies to receive Christ, the answer to our flawed condition, we receive joy, rest, and a sound mind.
Taken from my soon to be released book: A WOMAN OF GRACE AND STRENGTH. Sold at Amazon.com/Kindle
Some benefits of having the Holy Spirit within you.
1. The Holy Spirit will positively affect your communication with others (Acts 1:8).
2. He will give evidence of His presence in your life by changing your patterns of conversation. For example, if you’ve been shy or weak, He can make you strong and bold (Acts 4:8, 10, 12–13).
3. He will teach you what you need to know to function effectively as God’s representative in the world (John 14:26).
4. He will counsel you about the sin in your life (Isaiah 1:18).
5. He will communicate with you about your future. He’ll instill within you comfort and strength to face the days to come (John 16:13).
6. He will forewarn you about the ulterior motives of others around you (Acts 11:12).
7. He will help you differentiate things of importance from things of non-importance (Acts 15:28).
8. He will tell you about the place of provision and supply (1 Kings 17: 3–4).
9. He will tell you that if you want to hear from Him, you’ll need to move away from the distraction and interference of other voices. Solitude is necessary for intimacy, impartation, and transformation (1 Peter 5:8).
10. He will prepare your heart for coming into God’s presence (Isaiah 2:3).
11. His words to you will impart life and energy (John 6:63).
12 . He will talk to (intercede with) the Father on your behalf (Romans 8:26–27).
13. He will both reveal and confirm to you that you belong to God (Romans 8:16).
Lust, like anger, takes many men and women down the wrong path because they fail to understand how Satan operates. Look to the area of life in which you’re most tempted; almost without exception, you’ll find that it’s the very area in which you’re already the weakest.
We can overcome our weaknesses by handing them over to God and asking Him to help us overcome them. The Christian’s life is about growing into spiritual maturity. Ask God to help you restrain and discipline your natural nature, to reflect more accurately Christ’s nature. This is asking in agreement with what the Lord wants for you. It’s the mark of a true Christian.
People who accomplish a great deal have learned to focus and discipline themselves. A telltale sign of someone who remains immature or ineffective is that they’re unfocused, unrestrained, and unable to check their natural impulses.
When we strongly desire to mature, we become aware of behaviors that are keeping us from making forward progress. We’ll manage to modify our behavior only after, with the Spirit’s help, we see and acknowledge that Satan is trying to keep us from our preordained destiny.
At some time everyone gives in to seduction and wrong thinking. When this happens, we’re failing to cast down our wrong thoughts and imaginations by harnessing the power of God’s Word, as Jesus did.
When we cast down and trample on vain imaginations and high thinking, we’re refusing to allow Satan an inroad into our mind and heart. Let’s not forget that Satan has a purpose for us too. But if we won’t permit him to enter, he can’t steal from us or derail our ultimate purpose.
It’s urgent that we both anticipate and identify Satan’s attacks and acknowledge our vulnerable points, the chinks in our armor. Ask God to strengthen you. Meditate on God’s Word slowly, chewing and digesting it into your very being. Continually remember His promises to care for you. Repeat scripture often to stay on track. Do a study on spiritual warfare to acquaint yourself with Satan’s practices. When you learn to identify demonic attacks for what they are, they’ll no longer take you by surprise.
We have a tendency to believe that oppression and addiction are “issues” of life with which we must inevitably struggle. But they aren’t “issues” at all. They’re the works of Satan. We must call them what they are if we’re to recognize them as Satan’s work to destroy us.
Christians are the prime target for Satan’s attacks. He wants nothing more than for us to abandon our promised destiny. Satan first strikes our emotions, then our thinking and will. When he manages to confuse us, he gains control over our thoughts, followed by our emotions and eventually our behavior. We must stop his advancements.
The Bible holds all the secrets to genuine success.
Since all of us have experienced failure in some area of our life, one of the most important life skills we can master is how to respond to it. Successful people know how to turn every failure into a learning experience. The failure becomes their stepping stone to future success.
Setting goals is our first step toward turning around any failure. It may be necessary for us to write down what it is that brought about our failure, and then to identify from God’s Word and write down the wisdom step needed to correct the problem. This is coupling intention with appropriate action.
“Then the LORD replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.’” (Habakkuk 2:2)
Success requires diligence, and planning for it requires that we know and understand God’s methods for achieving that success.
There are laws or principles of success that successful people follow. By earnestly looking at what these laws entail and planning ahead for success, you can be assured of living a productive, contented, and victorious life. If, on the other hand, you do not avail yourself of the learning necessary for successful living, you have by default “prepared” for an unsuccessful life.
For more on the topic of success God’s way, see my book: THE SECRET POWER OF GODLY WISDOM TO COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, by Lilliet Garrison. Sold on Amazon.com.
These things reveal what’s in our heart and our true motivation. Moses was not content with God’s second best. Neither was David, they both desired God Himself and enjoyed intimacy with Him. Accepting God’s blessings is accepting second best. Nothing compares to the love of God. By choosing to be in His presence… He may choose to reveal the “secret things of God” to you. He reserves that special blessings to those who aren’t looking for anything in return. Being with Him and enjoying His presence is blessing enough for those pure in heart.
You aren’t fooling God, even if you are able to fool friends and family, letting them believe your heart is pure, when God knows otherwise. If he seems far away, check the motive of your heart. It’s not our doctrine or creed, laws or lifestyle that set us apart…it is ONLY belonging to the “One and Only” that makes us distinct in His presence. A singleness of desire after God’s own heart is the hallmark of the true child of God.