change your garments, silly….

Another key to God’s power is PRAISE.  

In Isaiah 61: 3, we can glimpse into the scope of Jesus’ power.  It says that the promised Messiah will be sent 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; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Did you know that “Depression is increasingly common in the US and internationally.  Approx. 17.5 million American adults, or about 9.2 percent of the US population age 18 and older in a given year, has a depressive disorder.” (thank you, Google)

I think the term, spirit of heaviness, is an accurate term.  And I also believe that the enemy is pushing people down and trying to keep them down, so he is de-pressing them….How?  Through our words.

You know, people can talk themselves into a full-blown state of depression.  And most of us can admit that it has happened before.  What is in our minds and hearts is what comes out through the words of our mouths.  So if we have troubled minds, we will not live a peaceful life.

Satan is a liar.  And if we believe his lies, he has successfully deceived us in one or more areas.  Joyce Meyers says to “think about what you think about”.  If you start to feel depressed, or feel that spirit of heaviness come upon you…STOP.  Examine your thoughts!  You are going to find that you have been thinking thoughts that are producing the negative emotions you are experiencing.  You can actually make yourself miserable or happy by what you choose to think about.

So next time you are confronted with a negative thought, you need to remember that you have the option of either ignoring it or inviting it in and analyzing it, meditating on it and allowing it to take up a lot of room in your mind.  Choose to renew your mind.  Think according to His Word to be in obedience to Him.

Remember….God is stronger than the enemy….and HE will deliver you!