Fear & Depression
You can have a person pray for you, if you have fear and the spirit of fear will go. However, when this spirit comes back to ‘check you out’, and you were never taught how to fight the fight of faith and resist the spirit of fear, oftentimes the fear will come back. This happens because you will think, “the prayer did not work, I must be doing something wrong. God did not answer my prayer, etc. etc.”
To prevent this, it is better for you to overcome oppression by relying on the Word of God and the Finished Work of Jesus for yourself. When you overcome, you will know that it was Jesus Who accomplished the victory for you. He is your intercessor and the finisher of your faith. Relying on Him and doing your part, resisting and fighting the good fight of faith James 4:7. Your relationship with Jesus will be on fire when you overcome the oppression, and you do not have to rely on another person to get you set free. Until you deal with a spirit of fear yourself, it’s difficult to get complete freedom from fear and it will try to come back. This applies also to any other issues you may be dealing with: bitterness, jealousy, unforgiveness, and a sense of abandonment or rejection.
Fear and torment: Fear can be real or imagined. The imagined kind of fear has spiritual roots.
As you understand that fear, PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts, bi-polar conditions, not having peace and joy, are all spiritual issues, and you bring the Scriptures (individually and as a group) to bear on these spiritual forces arrayed against you, you ARE going to have success in your pursuit of wholeness.
We want you to begin understanding that there are usually two voices causing your thoughts, some people say three: God, yourself and the devil. The point here again, is that there is a force/source behind your thoughts: faith or fear, heaven or hell Ephesiians 6:12. Sometimes the enemy is so subtle in your thoughts, you have a tough time figuring out which is which.
First of all, discover they are lies by finding what God’s Word says about you and what Jesus made available through the Work He did on the Cross for you. Then use that Truth to ‘pull down the thoughts’ that do not line up with that Truth: Capture and pull down thoughts and lies. (2 Corinthians 10:4). “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” Read this verse in some other translations.
You will see that this is very, very simple, however, the fight of faith can be difficult, but we are guaranteed victory through the finished work of Jesus. You just have to be careful of your thought life. You have to make sure that any thought that comes into your mind lines up with Scripture. This verse is very clear, that is we don’t pull down these thoughts that are contrary to the Truth, that they become a stronghold over our lives. As Christians, we usually know this Scripture and most of us can quote it, but for some reason we have difficulty applying it in our own lives!
Looking at these lying thoughts a little more, they can become absolute reality to you as you begin to believe them. You can think of them all the time and as you do you give them more and more credibility. This means any thought you have about yourself that brings bondage, fear, oppression, darkness, our past sins, guilt and shame, etc. This is very serious because it bring to light again the scripture that says, “as a man thinks in his heart so is he.” This can work to bring bondage as opposed to what God intended: freedom, peace and joy in your life.
Remind yourself about “capturing and pulling down” any lies and make sure your thought life, especially where it concerns any bondage you might be in, is lining up with the Word of God and the Finished Work of the Cross.
One helpful thing to do is make a “Freedom Statement.” Write out on a piece of paper a version of 2 Corinthians 10:4 that especially speaks to you and then make a statement out of it, such as: I know of only one way to getting rid of fear. There is one certain way. Crying to God to get rid of it for you doesn’t work, this is not faith, He has not given you a spirit of Fear 2 Tim 1:7. You have to face it down. As the Bible says, you have to Resist the fear that comes from the demonic spiritual realm James 4:7.
Author: Pastor Pat Buckley