Pull yourself together!
This phrase can have a devastating effect on a person who is fighting with anxiety, different forms of depression or fatigue. They don’t want to be down hearted and feel useless. But a spirit has tricked them into believing that there is no hope, no solution and no getting out of the hole they are in.
Isaiah brings hope when he says in chapter 30:18
But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.
Waiting can feel like the last thing you want to do when all seems lost. However that is exactly what is needed. Time, healing and a listening ear. When a mind is fighting with all its might to find its way back, sprinting is not the answer. If we streak ahead we may end up where we were but in a worse state.
When the disciples were in the boat and a great storm was raging all around them Jesus slept. Why? Because He knew there was no danger, however it seemed completely the opposite to the disciples. They panicked and woke Jesus up.
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
The disciples had their master physically with them and they were afraid. They felt fear, were anxious and panicked. Who of us have never felt those feelings? Jesus calmed the seas for his friends. What would have happened if they had trusted and left Him sleeping? I imagine He would have awoken in time whatever happened as He was in charge.
Jesus does not leave us in our darkness; He is there throughout the storm. However, there might be a spirit that wants you to listen to it. All the time you feed on its interpretation of the truth you will remain in the pit. But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. Jesus is the ladder out of the pit. By taking time to read about the Truth, seeking out healing and listening to the right conversations in your mind you will begin to climb that ladder. A spirit that diseases the mind hates true thinking, its home will become unbearable and in time will want to hit the road.
If you hear the words “I am useless” it comes from an accusing spirit. You must counteract it with a verse like Psalm 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
If you hear the words “I am helpless” it comes from a bad spirit. You must counteract it with a verse like Psalm 18 I love you God – you make me strong.
If you hear the words “What’s the use” it comes from an accusing spirit. You must counteract it with a verse like Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
If you hear the words “I am afraid” it comes from a bad spirit. You must counteract it with a verse like Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.
For every malignant thought there is a counteraction, a truth to dispel the lie.
Can the devil look you in the eye of truth – no?
Can Jesus – yes.
Picture Jesus looking you in the eyes and saying,
I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (Matt 28:20)
I love you.
These are truths. These bring healing of the mind.
Isaiah 41:13 For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is only one Spirit that gives us Peace, and only that Spirit should inhabit our minds. If we do not have peace then it is possible that another spirit is calling the shots and this needs to be cast out by the authority of Jesus Christ.
And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!”
Jesus is the answer and the only answer to the mind of confusion that we suffer in today’s world. Let Him be your Truth and free you from all ills. With God’s help you can have freedom from the lies and begin again.
The LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.
It is his invitation. He wants you to be wholly filled with His love, His strength and His mercy. There is no room for any other spirit.
Father God, help us to seek healing from unclean spirits so that we may have peace of mind, body, soul and spirit. Amen.