Every preacher seems to have a base message they preach no matter how many subjects they cover. I believe my main base message is in the area of the emotions, and the thought life. From the time I encountered the infilling with the Holy Spirit, I knew I was called to preach. I also knew I was called to deliver and help people in their emotions. God has a sense of humor; He called someone who herself had plenty of problems in the emotions and thought life, to teach and deliver others in this area, when I myself needed the same help. God knew what He was doing, even if I didn't. When I was 18, I began to have dreams I was dealing with demons and casting them out of people. Granted, dreams are usually more extreme than the real thing, but God uses dreams to prepare me before I start actually doing something He has called me to do.
At almost 20 years old, I encountered my first extreme depression case. I was attending a New Year's eve party at my church, when I sensed something not right in this young woman. I kept watching her, and asking God what it was I was sensing. I was only beginning to hear God's voice. That's another story. I had a strong urging I was supposed to pray for her, but I wasn't sure what I was to pray. In this church, and maybe because of the age we were in with women still being held in bondage, I had to have the male elders permission to pray in a meeting they were in. I tried to get permission, but the elder I asked didnít think the girl needed help. So, I said, God, if You open a door, I will walk through it.
During the meeting, this same elder asked for some of the women to gather around this same woman I had asked about to pray for. That was my open door. God had dealt with this elder on this girl's behalf. I had no idea, still, what I was going to pray. I went up to her and began to quietly pray in my unknown prayer language. I waited for the English to come to me, and then I began to pray out loud. I prayed she be delivered from depression, and for the devils in her to leave. Oh my, my, I hadn't planned on praying that. But, that's what I prayed.
Later, she told me how she hears voices telling her to commit suicide, and how very depressed she is, to the point she had to stay in a mental hospital. She was out for the holidays visiting with her sister.
A few months later, her sister came to me and told me her sister was no longer hearing voices. The depression, and wanting to kill herself had lifted, and her sister had been released from the hospital. She thanked me for obeying God, and helping her sister.
That was the beginning of my ministry to depressed folk. Now, I myself dealt with depression at this time, and I myself had witchcraft spirits in me, though I didn't know until I was 24. I was delivered at that time, and shocked it was even there. I grew as a result from this Pastor reaching out to me.
I have since, been delivered totally from depression and fears. Jesus says, freely you received, so you should freely give. If we are freed from a bondage, then we should in like mind manner care about the body of Christ Jesus, and go and set others free. I shouldn't hoard all of the freedom to myself but give to others, setting them free.
Eph 1:17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
God wants us to be close to Him, and have an intimate relationship with Him. He will reveal mysteries and the secrets, which are stored in the Word of God, when we give ourselves totally to Him.
Eph 1:18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
When our eyes are flooded with LIGHT, our minds are opened up to understand, and receive the Word of God engrafted into our thoughts. When our thoughts are changed to think like the Word of God, which is the way God thinks, then depression and fear will flee from that light of God. I have found there is a higher way of dealing with depression and fear, other than casting them out. When light comes in, darkness automatically flees.
What happens if you turn on the light switch in your living room? Does the darkness stand there and refuses to move? No! The darkness FLEES! At once, all the darkness leaves, and the light floods the room depending on how bright you want your light to be.
Eph 1:19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,
God's power is not limited; He has unlimited power to meet your need. We tend to think our problems are huge, and not even God has enough power to help us. But, that is a lie from the enemy. There is nothing, no problem too big for God. Not one sickness, not one disease, not one pain, not a huge storm cloud of depression is big enough to defeat God's power. The Word of His Power is big enough to blast your problem right out of the darkness. Your God! Your God! My God! My God has unlimited power at His fingertips, and He is waiting for you to give him the thumbs up, so He can send His angels, your angels with His Power - to your rescue. Jesus is your Knight in white armor. Trust Him with your life. Trust Him!
Eph 1:20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
Eph 1:21 Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
See what that says? That verse says, that Jesus has been set ABOVE ALL RULE. ABOVE ALL AUTHORITIY. ABOVE EVERY NAME. His POWER is above the name of depression. His Power is ABOVE the name of fear. His Power is ABOVE the name of disease. No matter what the NAME of your problem is, His POWER is ABOVE that name.
Eph 1:22 And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], [Ps. 8:6.]
Eph 1:23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]
All things are under His/Jesus feet. Where are the feet on Jesus? The same place they are on you. If Jesus is the Head, where is His body? We are the body of Christ. We are the body of Jesus, the Christ, the Anointed One. Our feet are His feet. His feet are our feet. I realize for some of you, this may seem mind blowing. But, your spirit will understand it, and your spirit will teach your mind, causing your mind to be renewed, and changed, and made to think like the new creation you are. You are no longer of this world; you are no longer of the kingdom of darkness, and their defeatism way of thinking. You are a citizen of the Kingdom of Light now, of which Jesus is our Head, or President, or Ruler, or Dictator, (Good Dictator, not overbearing)
Col 2:10And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
You are IN Him, you are made full of Him; we have the fullness of life. This is the year of fullness. Fullness of life would be never getting sick another day in your life. Fullness of life would be being free from every trace of depression, and never having to deal with depression again. Fullness of life would be to be freed from every addiction, every fear, every disease, and never have to be afraid again. Can you imagine never having to be afraid? Can you imagine never having to be sick again? Can you imagine getting out of that wheelchair, and walking and saying good by to that wheel chair forever?? Can you?
I realize not a lot of religions teach such GOOD NEWS. This is not religion, I am teaching. This is God Almighty's word of the fullness of Life. It's real. It's for you, and you, and you. Just say yes to fullness of Life, and go for it!
Father, in Jesus name, I receive the engrafted word of Almighty God which is able to change my life, and give me the fullness of Life that Jesus died to give to me. I accept Your life into my life. I expect my life to change, as I renew my mind with the word of God. I expect light to chase away all of my depression and fears, and sickness. Thank You Jesus for loving me, and for coming into me, and making my life brand new. Thank You Holy Spirit, for coming in and being my Guide and my Counselor, and even my Buddy, my Friend. I never have to be lonely again, because the Holy Spirit will be living at my house and talking to me through the word of God, daily. Thank You, in Jesus name. Amen.