• Julie Busler

Do Not Copy Darkness

Depression can be an excruciating night terror that seems impossible to wake up from. The mental illness itself is not a sin, but it handicaps the mind making it easier to be lured away by pain into a space where we have started mingling with not only the world, but the enemy. When illness depresses the mood, leading to loss of interest in activities, sometimes faith becomes stagnant and satan rejoices. Small steps away from staying engaged in a relationship with Jesus, can eventually lead to a life of steady unfaithfulness. These small steps, this mingling with the enemy, doesn’t often stop at mingling...

“But they mingled themselves with their enemies and learned to copy their works of darkness. They began to serve their gods and bow before their idols. All of this led them away from you and brought about their downfall. They even sacrificed their little children to the demon spirits” Psalms‬ ‭106:34-39‬ ‭TPT‬‬

They mingled, learned, and copied. There was contact and then there was contamination. Neglecting the Word as a way of renewing the mind creates a soft target for intrusive thoughts to be fired secretly and with burning intensity. Intrusive thoughts, when dwelled upon, become an abusive tyrant that we begin to serve out of habit. These life threatening thoughts can be all consuming, eventually becoming an idol that has captured our affection and gained control of our minds. We find ourselves enslaved to, serving, and bowing down to all that opposes Christ because we allowed ourselves to mingle. This can become our downfall.

Depression hurts, but it is not a death sentence. We must remain fixed on scripture, allowing God’s words to transform our thinking. “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” ‭James‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭

PSALM 106:

“This historical psalm recites a series of events from Israel’s history to illustrate God’s steadfast love in the face of Israel’s rebellion and unfaithfulness,” and is also “suited for a variety of recurring situations in which the people of God (including some Christians even today) are in a crisis that results from their persistent unfaithfulness” (ESV Study Bible).

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