Christian Depression is a spiritual battle. Fear, PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts, bi-polar conditions, not having peace and joy, are all spiritual issues.
What does the word spiritual mean:
Relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things
In the Book of Colossians, Chapter 1 is a prayer that would be good for you to begin praying for yourself. Verse 9 reads: “We do not cease to pray for you and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”. Paul was telling the Colossians that he prayed this prayer for them, but you can also pray it for yourself. It would go like this: “Father, I ask you to fill me with the knowledge (insight) that You have about my life as Your child. That I would be able to see and understand what Jesus did for me on the Cross and what that means to my life today. I pray that You will also give me Your wisdom and spiritual understanding of the issue that I am dealing with so that I might see it through that Finished Work, in Jesus’ Name.”
God loves to answer prayers that we pray from His Word, Spirit-inspired prayers.
As He answers your prayer and gives you a spiritual understanding of your situation, it will bring the hope of total deliverance from any oppression. As you continue to develop your spiritual understanding from the Bible, your victory is guaranteed based on the Finished Work of the Cross.
If you have been oppressed for a long time, these words may be hard for you to believe, but the words of Jesus are clear:
“I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
“I have come to set the captives free.” (Luke 4:19)
“Who the Son sets free is free indeed.” (John 8:36)
“If you continue in my words, then you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
“And they overcame him (the devil) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” (Rev. 12:11)
When you understand from your spirit that these words were meant for you, you will be on your way to freedom. Truth will bring your deliverance, but you have to accept that His words are true for you personally. The world can give some help to the oppressed, but only the supernatural Word of God can bring about in your life the freedom gained at the Cross for you. The Word of God coming into your mind and acted upon, will set you completely free from oppression. Oppression comes from the spiritual realm and only the Truth in the supernatural Word of God has the Power to produce your freedom from the spiritual oppressors.
Have You Lost Hope of Being Free?
If you have lost hope that you can be free from oppression, we want to encourage you and help you get your hope back. The Bible says that losing hope makes the heart sick. (Proverbs 13:12)
When you have had hopes for a long time of getting the oppression under control, or being rid of it, and your hopes have not materialized, you get “heart sick.” You lose hope of ever being free.
God will cause your hope to come back to life, as you receive the encouragement of the Scriptures.
Proverbs 10:28: “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness,” or “The hopes of the godly result in happiness.”
Hope Based on A Guarantee….
The New Testament tells you about your guarantee of freedom. Jesus is the Author and Completer of that guarantee through His Finished Work on the Cross. The only way you are not going to have victory, is if you give up. If you don’t give up and you persevere, you will overcome any oppression.
If you are a Christian, you have a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), so faith is not necessarily the problem in dealing with oppression. Your faith will develop as you go along and study the scriptures and act on these scriptures. The real problem is losing hope in the middle of the push toward freedom.
We have seen many people, come out of and overcome different oppression’s. Just hang in there when things are not looking too good, and depend on the Words of Jesus. Put your trust in Him and freedom will come!
Author: Pastor Pat Buckley
Published on: Jan 1, 2016 @ 17:31