05. May 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T GET STUCK WHERE YOU ARE · Categories: Action, Choices, Courage, Decision making, Depression, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David ENCOURAGED AND STRENGTHENED HIMSELF in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6 AMPC).

Beloved, I remember listening to someone say that to encourage yourself in the Lord is a very good thing until you get stuck. Of course, we all need encouragement from time to time. There are times in life when bad things happen and we do need God’s encouragement, but the danger is when we can’t move on from there. It’s just like when people get addicted to painkillers after taking them for a while. The pain is no longer there, but they can’t stop taking them.

“Stop listening to the same encouraging message over and over again”, they said. Well, I totally got what they were trying to say because I’ve found that I’ve gone off some of the preachers I used to listen to when I was at a very low point in my life. For instance, I remember the very first email devotional I received when my brother died said something along the lines of “there are some things that happen to you that you just have to file in the ‘I cannot understand it folder of your head’”. I don’t need to tell you that I started listening to every sermon they preached and God used their message of hope to minister to me greatly. The Lord is great like that, but I believe a time comes when He wants you to move on and not stay low.

We are told that after encouraging himself… David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? The Lord answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all. SO DAVID WENT… (1 Samuel 30:8-9 AMPC)

Beloved, the Lord gave the go ahead and SO DAVID WENT… He moved on. He took action and as a result… David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken and rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing, small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken; David recovered all (1 Samuel 30:18-19 AMP).

Can you imagine if David remained stuck at the stage in his life when he needed encouragement? Everybody had turned on him so who knows; probably he would have started to play the victim and before you know it, depression would have set in. Only God knows what would have happened to his wife and children then.

Beloved, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV). DON’T GET STUCK WHERE YOU ARE. People’s lives and future may depend on your next move.

I say to you, get up, pick up your mat and go… (Mark 2:11 AMP)

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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05. August 2016 · Comments Off on OVERCOMING THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS · Categories: Deliverance, Depression, Jesus Christ, Joy, Praise, Restoration

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS… (Isaiah 61:1-3 NKJV)

Beloved, have you ever been in a situation where one minute you’re happy but the next minute you’re down? It’s almost like all of a sudden, you can feel a heavy weight of despair come over you and you really can’t understand how or why you got there.

Yesterday, I received a message from someone saying they woke up with a heavy heart wondering what exactly was going on in their life. Interestingly, their countenance was different when we spoke a few days before but that’s the spirit of heaviness our feature text is talking about. The NIV says it’s… a spirit of despair while the Expanded Bible says its… the spirit of sadness [discouragement; heavy heart].

The first thing to notice here is that this is not a ‘feeling’ but a spirit sent by the enemy to cause sadness, discouragement, despair, depression etc. How else can a man like the great prophet Elijah be full of great accomplishments one minute and then the next minute you hear him saying… “I have had enough, Lord,” … “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (1 Kings 19:4 NIV). The enemy had sent fear and intimidation his way that he immediately became so depressed.

How do you overcome it? It’s there in the text… putting on the garment of praise… You need to create an atmosphere of praise and be deliberate about your thinking… whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [FIX YOUR MINDS ON THEM] (Philippians 4:8 AMP).

Also… we use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NLT).

This involves breaking every stronghold of human reasoning that’s not in line with Gods word. You do this by meditating on what the Lord says to be true about you and not what the enemy is feeding your mind with. Why not begin to cast out any spirit of heaviness? The Spirit of the Lord God is upon you and He brings good news.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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