TODAY’S PROPHETIC WORD
I declare in the name of Jesus all inner vows broken. Redeem the times I said, “I will never,” “I will not,” “I refuse,” “I cannot,” and “That will never happen.” When I said those things I took the future out of your hands. Your will be done, not mine!
“THINGS WILL NEVER GET BETTER”
Depression is real and the devil loves to exploit it. Though some of us are more prone to depression, what’s real is every one of us has to make a stand against that mental malfunction.
The truth about the devil is this: he’s extremely evil, but that does not make him big or extremely powerful. If you fight him on his turf, he’ll eat you for lunch. So fight him on the turf that Jesus gives you. That’s where you see the devil for the cosmic punk he is.
You see, the devil likes to work in darkness to bring doubt and depression into your life. In the dark, you can’t see how pathetic he really is. You envision him, and your problems, as horrible, undefeatable and unending. You believe the lie that “things will never get better.”
However, shine the spotlight of truth on him and you have the same revelation as Isaiah:
Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: “Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, the man who made the world a desert, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?” – Isaiah 14:16-17
The fact is, we give the devil a lot more credit than he deserves. If you’ve seen “Star Wars” you know what I’m talking about.
Remember how scary Darth Vader was? Evil with a capital “E.” Big, strong, ruthless, destructive. However, Luke Skywalker stood up to fear. He went on the offensive and defeated him. As Vader was gasping for his final breath, Luke took off the menacing helmet and unmasked a scrawny, ugly, pathetic creature. Vader loomed large only because he played on the fear of others.
Satan is like that. He is a schoolyard bully – a child molester who preys on weak people, in their weakest areas, at the weakest time of their lives. That doesn’t have to be you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, roams the earth like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. –1 Peter 5:8
He can only devour you with darkness and doubt if you let him. It says in James 4:7 “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” That’s the best advice for those dealing with depression. Resist it. Focus on God and all things good, and depression will flee.
From my book: Soul Invasion