I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.” Revelation 21:3-5 The Message (MSG)
This is a post I found on Google Plus. It is by Christian Support. I know many of us here have battled with this spirit. May it bless you, encourage you, and lift the blanket of Depression from your life, in Jesus Name.
DEPRESSION & DISCOURAGEMENT
Recognizing the Problem
Depression is a prolonged feeling of sadness, discouragement and an inability to get on top of things. It is probably the most common emotional problem that people have today. The following symptoms may be present when a person is depressed:
Insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of weight, loss of interest in sex, complaints about the body, lack of energy.
Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, trouble making decisions, excessive self-criticism, thoughts of death or suicide.
Despair, guilt, irritability, crying, fear, gloomy outlook (sometimes masked by such opposite behavior as giddiness, inappropriate laughter, or pronounced quietness and sweetness.)
Slowing of most activity, withdrawal from social contact, or the desire to withdraw, deterioration of work and personal appearance. Risk of suicide is strong for the extremely depressed person, as is the risk of mental or emotional breakdown.
Discouragement can be caused by circumstances beyond a person’s control: dead-end job, marital difficulties, criticism from friends, and family, etc. It can also arise from the sense of failure or inadequacy, which could be caused even by seemingly insignificant factors in a person’s life. These factors can gradually multiply into a grave problem in the person’s life.
Often discouragement and depression is rooted in sin, as seen in Psalm 38:3-8; 32:1-5. With a prolonged feeling of sadness can come a growing distrust of God. There may be guilt from blaming God for the events, circumstances, and people with whom we have to do, and with whom we may be bitter as well. Often this is further seen in resentments and self-pity.
All of these factors can lead to guilt, inactivity, doubting, complaining, and worrying, so that the person may feel as though he’s in an inescapable pit. Many admirable biblical characters experienced discouragement but the Bible gives
evidence that hope in God’s mercy and steadfast love provides deliverance from depression.
What are Further Causes of Depression?
Lack of Adequate Rest. I Kings 19:3-4
Lack of proper diet.
I King 19: 6-7
Frustration and anger at God or others.
Gen. 4:6; Num. 11:11; I King 19:10, 14
Excessive stress. Matt. 26:37-38
• a person fails to delegate: Num. 11:14
• a person fails to trust God: I King 19:1-4
Feeling sorry for oneself because of circumstances.
Num. 11:11-14; Psa. 77:3; Jonah 4:1-4
Disobedience to God’s revealed will.
Gen. 4:6; II Sam 12:1-18; Psa. 51:1-12; Jonah 4:1-4
Personal expectations of others or God that are not realized.
• Jonah didn’t want Nineveh to repent.
• Elijah wanted people to turn to God.
I Kings 19: 10-14
• Moses wanted Israelites to turn to God.
8. Fear of what might happen. I King 19:3
9. Loneliness. I King 19:4
What Are The Examples of Depression in Scripture?
Cain’s depression was caused by disobedience to God’s revealed will.
Moses’ depression was caused by excessive stress. Num. 11:11-15
Elijah’s depression was caused by personal high expectations, fatigue, lack of food, a fear of Jezebel and loneliness. I King 19
David’s depression was caused by his adultery. II Sam. 12:1-17;
Jonah’s depression was caused by circumstances that did not go as he desired, and disobedience to God’s will for his life. Jon. 4:3
Christ’s depression was caused by excessive stress prior to the crucifixion. Matt. 26:37-38
What Are the Characteristics of a Depressed Person?
Complaining about his circumstances.
Num. 11:14; Psa. 38:4; 77:3
Desire to be alone.
I King 19:3-4
Seeing no meaning or purpose in his life.
I King. 19:4
Loss of joy. Psa. 51:8, 12
Sense of problems being overwhelming.
Continual focus on one’s problems even into the night with loss of sleep.
Questioning of God’s goodness.
Anger and jealousy.
I Kings 19:10, 14; Jonah 4:1-4
Facial expression of despondency.
Psa. 38:6; Matt. 26:37-38
Imagined exaggerated calamities that may come upon him.
I Kings 19:10, 14, 18; Psa. 38:11-12
What Is the Biblical Solution of Depression?
Proper eating habits. I Kings 19:5-7
Proper rest. I Kings 19:4-7
Sharing your inner feelings with another concerned person or God.
I Kings 19:9-10, 21; Matt. 26:37-38
Resolve unnecessary stress by delegating position or work to others.
Determine areas of responsibility that have been neglected and begin to focus on them. I Kings 19:15-18
Confess all known sin, if sin is the cause.
Gen. 4:5-7; Ps. 51:1-4; 8-12
Focus and meditate on God’s goodness and greatness and share it with others. Psa. 42:5; 77:2, 11-15
A typical believer will face difficult situations as Paul faced, but will not allow them to destroy his outlook on life or his effectiveness. See II Cor. 4:8-9.
Paul was: Troubled……… but ……… not crushed
Perplexed……. but ……… not despairing
Persecuted….. but ……… not forsaken
Struck down….but ……… not destroyed
Brief, But Positive Answers!
God cares and is concerned for YOU. Isa. 41:10
Biblical confession of sin and failure will relieve a lot of depression.
Psa. 32:1-5; 103:1-5
Total trust in the Lord’s providential will and plan for the life is so important. Phil. 2:13; 4:13; II Tim. 1:7; Rom. 12:3; 8:28-29, 37;
Christ’s YOKE for our lives is not only easy, but HE CARRIES it with us. Matt. 11:28-30
We must in everything give thanks, for this is HIS will and the way of rest and peace. I Thess. 5:18; Eph. 5:20; Phil. 4:6-8
The little old lady walked me to the door. While she walked me through the beautiful home she kept talking about travel. We reached the door and I walked down a very narrow ramp. As we reached the bottom large animals that looked much like rhinoceroses…
Overwhelmed? Stressed out? Lost? Yeah, I’m having a day like that too. Sometimes trials, troubles, or just plain life wants to drag us down into the pit of despair. So what do you do?
How do you not follow your feelings down into the pit? Or perhaps like Joseph, someone or something threw you in. Despite your best efforts, your still find yourself sitting in a dark well.
I know when I feel like this I have two choices. I have been here before. And maybe you have too. We can:
1. look at the dark
2. look up at the light
I don’t want to sit and ‘lick my wounds’ in this place. That never helped me. I have found that the more I fed my bad feelings the worse they got. And thedeeper I went. Wallowing in the pool of self-pity never helped anyone. Even that beggar guy that Peter and Paul ran into. Hey there were Angels in that water just waiting to heal him! See the story here at John 5:1-15.
Yeah, it may be dark. Yeah it may be lonely. Yeah, it’s not where I thought I would be today. But look up there. Lift your head oh ye gates. Is that a light? Do you see it? We are getting out of here today. Help is on the way! Here comes the King of Glory!
God’s Word for You: (food)
Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah
(Psalm 61:1-4 NKJV)
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1 NKJV)
I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
Look on my right hand and see,
For there is no one who acknowledges me;
Refuge has failed me;
No one cares for my soul.
I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
Attend to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than I.
Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.” (Psalm 142:1-7 NKJV)
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah (Psalm 46:1-7 NKJV)
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory. Selah (Psalm 24:7-10 NKJV)
I have battled the Spirit of Depression and Anxiety for a long time. I came across this video today. Today I will put on the Garment of Praise and defeat these deceiving and vexing spirits! Heaviness be gone in Jesus Name!
Learn the signs of Depression, the spiritual reason behind self injury, and the signs of Demonic Oppression. The Blood of Jesus is the answer.
Break free from this subtle destroyer and reclaim a life of passion and purpose.
Pythons have an interesting way of killing their prey. They constrict it until it can no longer breathe, literally suffocating the life out of it. In the spirit realm Satan often works in the same way, slowly slithering his way into our lives, attempting to choke the very life out of us.
The python spirit can squeeze the joy out of your worship and prayers. It can pressure you to keep quiet when God wants you to speak up. And it can steal the peace of knowing that you belong to God. But there is a way to defeat him. You don’t have to become his prey.
The Spirit of Python helps you understand the strategies of this subtle destroyer, how he works, how to detect him, and how to break his hold from your life. You can learn to:
· Recognize the early warning signs that you are under attack
· Find the ways you may have unknowingly given him access into your home
· Bring God’s deliverance and restoration into every area of your life
We are in the middle of an unseen spiritual war. God wants to break the coils of the serpent off of your life. He wants to help you breathe again.
ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing) with Restoration. Let me share a story. Once upon a time there was a girl who married a boy thinking life would be grand. But she was deceived. She used her name and her credit to buy him a van for his job. But he didn’t want to go. He didn’t “feel” like it. She followed him around for years as they lost house after house and car after car. After awhile the tow truck came and towed the van away – repossessed. They divorced after his unfaithfulness, yet the repossessed mark was still on her credit report…
Fast forward 13 years later for the Restoration:
The girl is remarried to a Prince. He goes to work. They buy a house in the country. She is so happy. They play music together all the time. They lead the worship team Janesville Apostolic Ministries. They needed a new car after meeting a deer. (See below)
The girl applied for a loan for a new used car. Her credit report sparkles. God gives her a car with no money down. Yes God can restore all things – even credit!
Now for the funny part:
Just as the salesman drives up to give the girl the new car her ex pulls into the car lot. He was dropping off the girl’s son. The salesman (who has no idea) pulls around the truck and parks the girls new car right in front of the ex. The salesman gives the girl the keys to her new car. The girls son gets out of the ex’s rusty truck and climbs into the new car. The ex glares at the girl with anger and then drives off. He gets lost in the parking lot figuring a way to turn around. The ex figures it out and drives by the girl and her son in a new car. If eyes were knives she would be dead. But no…
“Again, God’s Message: “‘I’ll turn things around for Jacob. I’ll compassionately come in and rebuild homes. The town will be rebuilt on its old foundations; the mansions will be splendid again. Thanksgivings will pour out of the windows…
Can I get a testimony? Does God really still deliver people? I mean I remember Noah and Abraham, and even Daniel and those lions. But does He really still do that kind of thing? My testimony is yes and amen!
So, how did I get here you ask?
Diana’s testimony of the goodness of God and his people:
I have lived in abuse, years upon years, relationship upon relationship. I have been married – (more than once), and I have been divorced – (more than once) to abusive men. I have been to the shelters, time and again. I have had restraining orders, had them broken, and called the police again. I have been to court more times that I can count. I have fought for my children and their rights for child support. I have had suicide attempts and thank you Lord, I did not succeed. I have been to the Mental Health Ward – more than once. I have gone to the counselors, taken the “happy pills” and lived in ‘la-la land” for months at a time. I have been treated for depression and at one time in my life , I did not get out of bed for 6 months. I have lived through 10 years of “meetings” and I’m still here!
I didn’t grow up in church. I knew there was a God, but I really didn’t think he wanted anything to do with me – not after what I had done. I viewed God like any other man I had met – a control freak who was out to hurt me. Until that last time at the shelter. My kids had drawn some pictures with the children’s counselor that rocked my world. They made me cry, and finally see the truth of abuse that we had been living in.
It was there in the Domestic Violence shelter that I said, “OK maybe I don’t know you God – can you just show me who you really are?” And things started changing. Our 30 day stay at the YWCA was lengthened to 40 days. And I was accepted to a new program at our local Salvation Army called Project Breakthru. It was a year and a half program and if I completed the classes they would help me with rent. I only paid 30% of my income. At the time I was waitressing – part time. I was afraid I wouldn’t make it. But God made a way – we had our own 3 bedroom apartment within a week.
Over the course of the next 18 months I had taken classes on budgeting, nutrition, Life Changing Courses, and more. Also went through another divorce another restraining order, and umpteen times to court to fight for child support. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.
I have laughed, I have cried, I have believed, and I have doubted. But through it all, God has been faithful. He has made a way for me and my children where there was no way. He has protected me and my children supernaturally, more than once. He has provided for us faithfully – oh the stories I could tell. He has restored my peace of mind. I am no longer taking any ‘happy pills’. I do not hear “the voices” in my head that used to scream things at me, or whisper and laugh at me. I do not live in the land of shame and guilt anymore. And most importantly, my children and I are safe. No more fear, no more hurt, no more abuse. We have changed addresses!
I am not that same person I used to be. But I had to learn what healthy relationships were. And I had to learn to establish boundaries in my life. Today, I do not live in fear. Today I am not a victim of abuse, I am a beloved daughter of the King. I am life that God has touched, rescued, and changed. I know that God exists, He saved my soul from the pit. He protected me and my children, He rescued and delivered us, and I know He will do it for you too!
Blessings and peace to you,
Here is my new Gravatar, just so you know it’s me. It’s from Genesis. Remember when Noah sent the dove and it brought back an olive branch? Proof that the new land was ready for habitation and that the flood was over!
One of our Pastor’s favorite sayings at church is, “Jesus is in the house!” And yes, He is. But I have to be honest, I think we have locked him in the basement! Yep. Ok, so we turn to Christ and He gives us the Gift of the Holy Spirit, a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. We have it. The Holy Spirit inside of us. So why do we keep looking for Him? He is already there, sitting on the couch waiting for us to let him flow OUT!
See “How to Pray For the Release of the Holy Spirit” by Dennis Bennett
We have to wait for the Spirit to “come down”. Waiting for the presence of God to come out of the Heavens and into us or onto us. But we already have the Holy Spirit-inside of us. We received it when we believed in Christ. It already came down when Jesus was baptized. There are two parts to this one baptism – being born of the water AND the Spirit. In the first part we repent and turn to God, believe on Jesus, and then the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. In the second part we release the Holy Spirit to move in and through us – to flood, to overwhelm, to drench our bodies and our souls we allow Him to flow OUT!
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-8 NKJV)
“for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:5 NKJV)
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. ” (John 1:12-13 NKJV)
We have to ‘get clean’ enough for the Holy Spirit to come live inside of us. That’s like saying only clean people can take a bath. If we could clean ourselves then we would not need the Holy Spirit!
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18 NKJV)
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6b NKJV)
We use our will and emotions to get holy enough for God. God is holy and no amount of self effort will make us holy. It’s not about the clothes or our own self-righteousness. He is the only thing Holy that is in us!
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:27-28 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit only flows IN. Yes, the Spirit flows in, but once the Holy Spirit is inside of us, we need to open the doors to our own will, health, emotions and let the Spirit flow OUT into those areas. His Spirit will change us as we let Him flow OUT.
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14 NKJV)
We only get a part of the Spirit. You cannot divide the Holy Spirit into pieces. Imagine the Holy Spirit sitting in your living room. Do you let Him in the kitchen even though the dishes aren’t done? Do you let him in the bedroom where the bed isn’t made? He is still in the house, but where will you allow Him to go?
God will bless other people first. Abraham got a promise from God, first God blessed him, and then He blessed his descendants. The Holy Spirit will flow OUT and through us, and then out to others. Like the Cup Overflowing…
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV)
I Had a Dream
I had a dream last night about the Holy Spirit. We have this old farmhouse, I think it was built in like the ’40’s. I was standing in the kitchen and I looked up. Water began flowing from the top of the walls and through the ceiling. It was like a waterfall on the INSIDE of the house. Then because of the running water, the ceiling and the walls just fell down. And the water kept running!
I believe that God was teaching me something this morning. That water represents the Holy Spirit and what God is doing with his Body, the Church. He is flooding us on the inside and the box that we have kept God in is falling down. The ceiling and the walls are coming down! The Holy Spirit is drenching us on the INSIDE!
So, back to the Blood of Jesus.
Why pray or plead the Blood of Jesus?
Because there is Power in the Blood.
The Blood of Jesus provides health, healing, and salvation.
The Blood of Jesus brings LIFE
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’ (Leviticus 17:11 NKJV)
“For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14 NKJV)
For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying,“This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:16-22 NKJV)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 NKJV)
PLEADING THE BLOOD OF JESUS:
1. Gives protection before adversity strikes. It serves as prevention.
2. Gives physical healing in the body. No matter what name is given to any problem, it will be solved, when the Blood of Jesus is brought in.
3. Gives emotional healing.
4. Gives mental healing.
5. Helps in battling dark powers.
6. Helps in battling the adversary.
7. Gives financial healing
8. Cleanses from all sins. Jesus came to die for the sins of the world and His Blood was shed for us. You can claim the cleansing power in His Blood and God will open a new chapter in your life.
It wasn’t over at Calvary. Jesus died and shed His blood for our salvation. Yes, he was the sacrifice for our sins. But His blood still flows. What does this mean? Over the next few days I will share what I have learned in my walk about the never ending Power of the Blood of Jesus.
This is the devotion that started it. This Devotion is from Joseph Prince:
“…And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13
For 400 years, the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. Life for them was one of hard labor, pain, loss and even death. When Moses their deliverer came, what soon followed was one plague after another on the Egyptians. But none of the plagues caused Pharaoh to release the Israelites until they put the blood on their doorposts. What nine plagues could not do, the blood did! The Israelites were finally set free because of the blood.
Are you under any kind of bondage? Are your loved ones held captive by the destroyer who is bent on destroying them? Plead the blood of the Lamb of God over all that is yours and your family’s. When nothing else seems to work, His blood always works!”
When I was a teenager doing a stint as a relief teacher in a primary school, one of the girls in my class was absent from school one day. I didn’t think too much about her absence until I returned home that afternoon. As I was praying, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray for her protection and to cover her with the precious blood of Jesus.
It was revealed later on that she had been abducted by a notorious serial killer who had murdered a number of young children. My pupil recounted how she had been tied up and offered to the “deities” the killer had in his flat. Miraculously, he released her when the evil spirits found her to be an unsuitable offering.
Why was this pupil released unharmed? I believe that she was presented to the deities on the same afternoon that I pleaded the blood of Jesus over her. Of course, the evil spirits did not want her because the Most High God would not allow them to have her. God was protecting her. She was set free because of the blood of Jesus!
You see, when you plead the blood of Jesus, the destroyer cannot come near. When he sees the blood, he must respect the blood. He cannot touch what is covered by the blood. The blood of Jesus truly protects and sets you free!
Thought For The Day
When you plead the blood of Jesus,
Every now and then you run across a post that just opens up a new revelation for you, right? Well last night I read this and it immediately spoke to me. You may or may not agree with me on this post – and that is ok. I am sharing my experiences and my thoughts here.
You see, in my past I have attended about 10+ years of 12 Step Meetings. I went to everything from Al-Anon, CODA, ACOA, AA, NA, and more looking for answers. I did not know GOD then. And I bought into the lie – that I could just make one up. That the “God of my understanding” was it. There were even those who prayed to doorknobs and squirrels. Really. A room full of people looking for answers, and using a Blue Book instead of the Bible. Yeah, I made up my own image of God ( my very own idol) and I refused the God of the Bible. At that time in my life I memorized that Blue Book. After all we read those 12 steps and 12 traditions at every meeting. And we share old war stories. And we measure ourselves by what we do or don’t do – drink or don’t drink, drug or don’t drug, etc. Wow, talk about deceived. Talk about a form of Godliness and denying it’s power.
Anyway, let’s just take the 1st Step:
1. We admitted we were POWERLESS OVER _____, and that our lives had become unmanageable.
Ok, what does the Word of God say about this?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
(2 TIMOTHY 1:7 NKJV)
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11 NKJV)
So, here is my dilemma:
In 12 step groups you are powerless and will never recover. You have no power. The drink or the drug is your GOD. You measure yourself by that. You believe you are sick forever. And the thing that you want relief from has now become your GOD. I worshiped my recovery. I thought about it day and night, I went to multiple meetings, and I even defined myself with a ‘label’ when I attended. I became my ‘disease’. My name is _____ and I am a __________. What a lie. Talk about being deceived.
In the Body of Christ – you have the power of God in you, the same power that rose Jesus Christ from the dead, and you can be healed and made whole and well. The power of the Holy Spirit resides in you. Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord. God gets to be God, and deliver you, and free you – from whatever. It is not based on our works, what we do or don’t do, but on the Grace of God. Our worth is not based on what we drink or eat or do. And we are not a disease. We are children of the King. And we have POWER! We are not POWERLESS!
I have even read that these groups are cults. Really. Wow, talk about a revelation. Exploring more, I came across these two blogs.
Now I get it. These meetings are court ordered for many criminals including sex offenders and pedophiles I have been 13th stepped. I have met some very, very sick people in 12 step groups. Like JM, who thought he was an expert in Al-Anon, was the leader in many groups, but was a Predator in disguise. Had all the toys – the corvette, the plane, the house, made lots of money, yet drank himself to oblivion every night after a meeting. He later was fired from his cushy job for keeping inappropriate photos at work. He had guns in his closet and wasn’t afraid to use them. He had photo album upon album of his S&M ‘hobby’ of demeaning and beating women – I saw them. He thought he was fine and recovered. And this is the person who led the meetings. Yeah. And I’m sure he is not the only sicko in charge. And no, I do not go to meetings anymore – too many psychos! Thank you Jesus, for truth and light.
A Documentary about sexual predatory behavior in AA and it’s culture. This is about changing laws at a Federal level around criminals being plea bargained into 12 step meetings. This film is about changing policy in AA and making AA safer with Workshops, Literature, Posters, Sexual harassment training at every level within its structure and warning the public of its current polices and who is really sitting in a meeting with the public at large and current AA members.