Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fighting the Demon of Despair

Demons are real.  If they were not real the Bible wouldn't speak of them.  We wouldn't be tempted by them. We wouldn't despair because of them.  Without them there would be no spiritual warfare against the powers of this dark world (Ephesians 6:12).  But there is spiritual warfare.  There is despair.  Demons are real.

How do you wage war against the demon of despair when he comes knocking at your door, distracting you from your mission of carrying God's light and love to those who so desperately need them?  What can you do to turn your stinkin' thinkin' into an attitude of gratitude and pull yourself up emotionally so that you can simply get through the day?

There are times when we despair over things which we cannot control, when our faith is weak and our emotions are vulnerable.  Is this an indication that we lack faith or simply that we are being human?  If our faith is strong and our walk with God is intimate, then why would we ever be vulnerable to feelings of despondency, anger, or anxiety?

The Bible tells us that as believers we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).  What does that mean and how can we know? Only by spending time in God's Word and in the presence of Christ himself.  Christ, who was fully God and fully man, who understands us because he created and lived as one of us.

If you are battling despair or anxiety and feel your faith has been trampled by the enemy, please pick up and read God's Word.  Chances are you have a copy of it somewhere around the house.  If you have a smart phone, download the Bible app from so that the "sword of the spirit," God's Word, is always at your fingertips.  God's Word is full of promises, hope, and stories of frail men and women just like us, whose weak faith triumphed when they gave God control of their lives. As you read it you will come to know Christ, understand his mind, and learn of his love for you.

The Bible tells us that "the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).  It is part of the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17), which we are instructed to put on in order to stand firm against our enemy, the devil himself.  What better way to fight the demon of despair and his cohorts -- doubt, distraction, depression, and fear -- than by arming yourself with the very words of God, who has already won the victory?

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