Well, we are coming up on the holiday season and this is can be a difficult time of the year for many people. Lost jobs, loved ones, economic hardships, devastation such as the people on the East Coast are dealing with, etc. Depression is a spirit of heaviness that settles down on you like a weight….light at first, very subtle, but then getting heavier and heavier until you cannot move, think, speak. Last week on Tuesday, we looked in particular at the ‘spirit of heaviness’ and its manifestations. Pat has been very successful in seeing people set free from this oppressive spirit and today he will share with you, in Pt. 1 of this series, the steps that the Holy Spirit has shown him in overcoming it. Have your paper and pencil ready today…..these notes will help you and others. Pat & I send out a monthly newsletter with ministry update information on new video/audio teachingds, etc. If you would like to sign up for it, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREEDOM IS BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST!
God HAS PROVIDED YOUR freedom from depression at the time that He provided forgiveness for your sins: when Jesus was sacrificed on the Cross.
Steps to Freedom:
1) Spiritual Understanding: Colossians 1:9
Paul prayed, “I pray for you that you would be filled with knowledge….”, meaning spiritual insight.
You must understand that your problem is more than just physical, mental or emotional. It is a spiritual problem.
Christians don’t understand that these problems are caused by spiritual forces.
Having a spiritual understanding of the situation brings hope of deliverance and continuing in this understanding, GUARANTEES VICTORY!
If you do not understand that the problem you are having here is a spiritual problem, you are not going to have success.
Proverbs 10:28: “The hope of the righteousness shall be gladness”
If you will believe what I am telling you, you will have gladness, not depression.
Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.”
Your CURRENT UNDERSTANDING of the problem, is part of the problem. Leaning to your own understanding, a counselor, or a doctor’s understanding….is not looking at the problem from the standpoint of the FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS.
Colossians 1:13: God has ‘delivered us from the power of darkness’.
SET FREE by the FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS.
Heaven has finished the work that GUARANTEES your deliverance.
When you realize that God’s work in your life is based on the fact Jesus has already set you free, and now what you need to learn to do is fight, and you will walk in freedom.
1 Corinthians 2:5: “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Depend on the supernatural, not the wisdom or knowledge of man regarding depression, etc.
We are going to Jesus….we’re not going to ask Him to do something, we are going to understand that He has ALREADY DONE IT, and through His Word showing you the truth of where you are at in Him, we are going to come against the lies that you are dealing with and the Truth will set you free.
Romans 1:16: The GOSPEL is the POWER OF GOD! The power is in the Word, in the Gospel. The power of the Gospel will set the person free supernaturally.
John 8:32: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
What truth will set you free?
The Truth is the WORD OF GOD!
What is a lie?
Anything that is opposite of the Word of God is a lie!
John 8:4: “the devil is a liar and the father of them.”
Lies will keep you in bondage. Truth will set you free.
The Word of God is absolute. Jesus came to set the captives free. Are you a captive? Then He came to set YOU free.
2) Acknowledge the issues in your life.
James 5:16: “Confess your faults one to another and you shall be healed”.
You must acknowledge that you are having a problem with depression, and that it is a ‘spiritual’ problem, before you can be set free.
Proverbs 23:7: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” You are a product of your thoughts.
2 Corinthians 10:4: “casting down reasonings, imaginations, and every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”.
Think about what you are thinking about. Is it from hell or heaven?
Become an examiner of your thoughts. Spirits gain influence over you by receiving the thoughts they are giving you.
Are your thoughts in line with the FINISHED WORK?
3) The Word will change your reality
Romans 12:2: “be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.
You will start to change the way you think.
You are a product of what you have thought about yourself. Think about the thoughts you have been having for the last couple or years, even a dominant thought since you were a child. Those words become a kind of curse…you can put that curse away because JESUS BORE OUR CURSES ON THE CROSS!
I am not talking about generational curses….I am talking about words that create thoughts, and thoughts that become demonic strongholds over our lives.
Knowing the Word of God, especially the New Testament, enables you to examine thought to discern if they are from HEAVEN OR HELL!
FREEDOM FROM DEPRESSION IS GUARANTEED….THROUGH THE WORK OF THE CROSS!
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