The Lord showed me this morning that, for many of you, things feel dark and hopeless. You have been going through a hard time, and you feel like you have had to claw your way through every day.
The thing is, this is not normal for you. It's very unlike you, and you recognize it and don't like it. But, things have been so difficult that it seems like even basic things–things like showering, eating, and getting out of bed–are a real accomplishment when they happen …
… and sometimes they don't happen at all.
If this describes you, then this is the word the Lord gave me for you today:
“You have been going through the hardest time of your life–at least, the hardest time you can remember. The enemy has been telling you that you are depressed, and you've been severely tempted to believe it.
The thing is, you are not depressed–and you recognize that too. You are only stressed, but you've been confused because the enemy has been telling you that you are hopeless and depressed.
Here's the key to getting out of it:
You have a sound mind.
Both this truth AND this confession are the key to overcoming what the enemy is trying to do to you in this hour.
Here's what's going on:
You have been working on realigning some things because you are currently in one of the most difficult times you've ever known. Circumstances look bleak, but YOU KNOW on the inside that this is only a passing season and that you're surviving okay.
Sure, you would like for things to get better. But, if you look at things objectively, the reality is that you have been doing much better than many people ever could.
You're making it. One breath at a time, one day at a time, you're making it.
The stress on you is intense.
Because of this stress, the enemy has been telling you that you're depressed. He's been telling you that you're discouraged. In fact, just yesterday, some of you finally spoke out of your mouth for the first time that you're discouraged and/or depressed.
But the whole time, you knew it wasn't true.
Yes, things are hard. But your feelings don't actually match depression. What you actually feel is simply stalwart. You don't even feel like you want to be stalwart. You would rather curl up in your bed to cry. However, it's like your body won't let you. It's like your body is on autopilot, and you're getting through each day more or less successfully, even though you don't feel like it–or feel like you want to.
To you, I say this:
There is a little bubble of light around you. You sense the darkness of stress and the enemy's attack pressing you down, but there is the teensiest bubble of light around you and above your head between you and the darkness.
That bubble is My protection.
It's only small because you haven't been aware of it. It will get bigger as your awareness grows. However, even in its small size, it is more powerful than anything the enemy could EVER launch at you.
I am with you always. That includes right now. I am protecting you, and you are winning this thing, even though it doesn't feel like it.
Here is your key to victory:
You DO have a sound mind, whether you believe it or not. Notice as you remember the last few months, how you DID stop being depressed. There was a moment in which you even got your joy back. You may have forgotten that you had your joy back, but I gifted you with that joy and I did not take it back. You still have it. You never gave it up. The enemy has simply been trying to trick you into thinking you don't have it anymore.
All this time, you have felt the pressure to be depressed, and to succumb to depression. However, you've also noticed THIS ENTIRE TIME that you don't have the symptoms of depression. What you have is stress, and you've been in the realignment process to make changes that will get rid of most of your stress.
The enemy has been trying to cripple you.
You are about to enter the most fruitful season of life that you've ever seen. The changes you are making will set you up for everything I am going to do for you in the future. Literally, everything.
But the enemy does not want you to know this, and the enemy wants you to give in to his wicked devices. But you know what? You can overcome him by confessing:
“The Lord has not given me a spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND.”
This is the truth (2 Timothy 1:7), and you know it is. And even though the enemy has been telling you that you're depressed, you have actually had a sound mind for months. You kicked depression out months ago, and you've been walking in the sound mind I gave you.
So confess it. “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” Confessing and believing this truth will put the enemy on the run.
You DO have a sound mind.
Don't give in to the enemy's lies that you are depressed. You know you're not. You've been surviving, and the stress you've been under has been unreal.
But you still have a sound mind, because I gave it to you. And as you confess this truth about your sound mind, you will see that little bubble of light around you get brighter and brighter. The darkness that has been pushing down on you above your head will be pushed away, and you will see the yellow light bubble of My protection grow bigger and bigger as your awareness increases.
Walk in the sound mind that I have given you.
Things ARE hard right now, but you have overcome much greater. You overcame then by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of your testimony, and you will do so again. This attack is meant to confuse you and cripple you, but it WILL NOT WORK if you will use this tool I have given you.”
Wow! Thank you, Lord! I receive that.
What about you, dear reader? Is this word for you as well? If it is, please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear how the Lord ministered to your heart through this word!