The Christmas season for many, rather than a time of love, joy and peace, is one where “their” depression is manifest in a powerful way.
Demonic spirits have names and in Isa 61:3 the Lord promises to give His people a garment of praise to replace a spirit of heaviness (NIV) or despair (NKJV). We have ministered to hundreds, if not thousands of people, over the years that battle depression.
The best “answer” in the medical profession is to prescribe medications but these are temporary Band-Aids at best. A tiny percentage of people that we see are satisfied with this option and tell stories of frequent medication and dosage changes to try to find the “right” mix.
The vast majority (and the majority of our clients profess Christ) recognize the futility of the medications, believe that it is a spiritual problem and desparately want to be off them!
The reason that medications are not effective is that the problem is a spiritual one. In the best case, we believe, the Christian believer needs help to learn how to win the battle of the mind, to proclaim the promises of God and also warfare against the demonic realm that would seek to destroy them .
However, many have struggled and fought the good fight in this area with repeated prayer and counsel and still cannot get the victory. Being told that all they need is the joy of the Lord is really not helpful to those who are struggling and bound up in chronic or “clinical” depression. What they need is deliverance from that spirit!
Depression is often a generational curse on the bloodline and people clinically diagnosed with this word curse and who believe it can provide a legal right for that spirit to stay. We have ministered to people and seen them set free from these spirits… see testimonials on the website:
>What are evidences of the presence of a demonic stronghold of heaviness or depression? Chronic, nearly constant depression with few or limited bouts of relief and the failure of repeated prayer, ministry and counsel to gain the victory are telltale signs.
There is a difference between feeling depressed for a season or reason and being depressed as almost an ongoing lifestyle. The affected person cannot typically pinpoint any specific cause for the depression and has often been part of their life for many years or has a specific starting point.
Freedom from a spirit of depression means no more medications (and we are very careful about telling people that they should consult with their doctor after deliverance on the best way to wean off them) and the fullness of the joy of the Lord operating in their lives.