Spiritual oppression can be a very serious thing. Sometimes life can get us down and push in upon us to the point where we almost feel alone and deserted. In the book of Job, chapter 11, we see Job reminded that hope is fully in God. Even in the toughest times God is there to help us along the way.
Depression and oppression are very similar and both affect the other. When we are depressed it opens us up for spiritual attack, and the opposite as well. However, if we learn to turn it around, by seeking Christ we will overcome.
I am not saying there are not times of sadness, even Solomon notes the seasons of life in Ecclesiastes 3 and some of those seasons are mourning. We just can not let ourselves become locked in this destructive place of loneliness.
A good friend recently shared the reminder that “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” This means instead of sulking in destructive depression, we should find ways to celebrate and break the depressive hold on our hearts. I think he is really onto something there.
So, remember that if life has you down today you are never alone, because God is with you. God loves each of us very much, and our strength is in the joy He has for us every moment of every day.
– Keep on your journey with Jesus today.