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Testimony Time

posted Feb 22, 2016, 5:49 AM by Debbie Butler
A couple of years ago, something happened at church that knocked me for a loop.  I felt like the enemy had sucker punched me right in the gut.  I had been fight depression for about 4 years and it seemed that every time I got my head up the enemy would come along and knock me back down.  I left church that morning, defeated, discouraged, hurt and I had made up my mind I would not be coming back to church, and if I did I would never preach or say anything again.  It was just too hard.  I called the Pastor, who is also my husband,  as I drove off and I told him I was not quitting God but I would never ever go back to church.  He didn’t chastise me, he just listened, and he began to pray.  The next morning as I was sitting at my computer, crying and thinking about what had happened, I felt something rise up inside me.  I stood up and declared that the devil is a liar, that he will NOT defeat me, that he will not keep my mouth shut, and that he is in for a lot of trouble now!!  That something that rose up inside me was the Holy Spirit.  The Bible tell us that “greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world”.    From that day I began to rely totally on the Holy Spirit for healing and deliverance.  A healing began that day, healing from hurt but also a healing and deliverance from depression.  The depression didn’t leave immediately, but as I began to seek  God it began to lift.  As I continued to pray over the next few months I began to recognize when the enemy would come with the depression and I would resist.  Now, today, I am free.  I have established myself in righteousness, as the Bible says, and oppression is far from me.  Praise the Lord!

If you are fighting a battle today, let the Holy Spirit rise up strong within you.   Don’t give the enemy access to your thoughts, or your actions.  Stand up, come on, stand to your feet right now and say, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise, when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”  Began to declare that he, the devil,  is a liar.  Declare that you are a child of the Living God and you will not be defeated.  Let him know that the greater one lives in you and that he, the devil,  is under your feet. Now began to pray and seek the Lord with all your heart.  Get in the Word!  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things!  When you do, you too will get the victory over what you are going through.   Lean on, rely on, and confidently trust in God, He will bring you out of the oppression and depression you are in!!