• Julie Busler

Withstanding the Enemy

“Greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world” was my desperate whisper as I clutched the sides of my broken brain 2 years ago. I was in bed while my family slept soundly, yet my mind was anything but sound.

I was cooperating with a psychiatrist and I talking to a therapist, but even after utilizing those good gifts, darkness continued to linger.

Irrational thinking at the time seemed rational in my mind. Death’s allure attracted me like a moth to the light. “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭11:14‬).

But part of me knew that wasn’t right. In that moment of panic at the intersection of life and death, the Spirit brought to mind a verse I had read in the past.

“The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John‬ ‭4:4‬).

I held onto that verse as if my life depended on it. With eyes clamped closed and my hands clutching the sides of my head, I whispered the truth from that verse on repeat. With each repetition, that seed of truth grew, eventually breaking through the hard ground and reaching for the light.

As I proclaimed the greatness of the Spirit in me compared to the enemy in this world, panic subsided. I still felt the sadness, but the fear of myself was gone and by depending on God, I won the victory over another moment. Moments add up into days. Days become months...and then years...and before long, thriving in spite of depression becomes possible

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