The Flaming Arrows of Depression

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1 Kings 19:1-5

Ahab told Jezebel everything that Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “May the gods punish me and do so severely if I don’t make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow!” 3 Then Elijah became afraid and immediately ran for his life. When he came to Beer-sheba that belonged to Judah, he left his servant there, 4 but he went on a day’s journey into the wilderness. He sat down under a broom tree and prayed that he might die. He said, “I have had enough! Lord, take my life, for I’m no better than my fathers.” 5 Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree.

Depression to a Christian is like Kryptonite to Superman. It makes one weak as what we see happened to Elijah. Elijah was a man of faith. He prayed that it wouldn’t rain for 3 ½ years (James 5:17-18) and it happened. He fought with the prophets of Baal and won victoriously, but what happened to Elijah happens to all of us. Satan uses “depression” as one of his greatest weapons of spiritual warfare for believers. Depression completely disables your faith, trust, and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ and makes one lose all hope.

Depression works by redirecting our focus away from Jesus and putting it on the mountain of troubles which seem dire and impossible to overcome. What is the solution to depression? The solution is the promises found in the Bible. We know 100% that Jesus’ promises come to pass and the more we read the Word of God, the stronger our faith becomes since we are filling our minds with His promises which gives hope no matter how unconquerable our troubles might seem, resolve not to worry and go to Jesus in prayer and seek His face (Philippians 4:6-7) and you will see God’s deliverance. When Jesus gives you rest from your troubles and comforts you, remember to comfort those who are going through the same thing just like you did and were comforted. There is always hope in Jesus Christ.

Below are some of God’s promises that will encourage you not to give up.

Psalms 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Joshua 1:9

Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

John 10:28

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.

Matthew 11:28

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


The World hates The One Who Belongs To Christ


John 15:18-19

18“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.

Even though you might think that you are unloved by some people or even those that are close to you. Remember that no matter your stands with people in this world, Jesus will always love you and will never leave you nor forsake you, now and forever (Deuteronomy 31:6). As Christians, Jesus said that we will be hated by the world but that’s okay because that means that you are living a life that pleases the Lord. When the world loves you then you should worry because the world is hostile toward Christ since the world is under the influence of the devil. You must prepare your mind for battle, for the flesh desires the pleasures that the world offers which wages war with your inner man. Remember this, the Lord overcame the world so by His strength you will overcome the world too.

1 John 5:4

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Jesus Described The Coming Of The Antichrist

The Antichrist, his image and the false prophet (Revelation 13; 16:13; 19:20)

Mark 13:14-20

14 “When you see the abomination that causes desolation standing where it should not” (let the reader understand), “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! 15 A man on the housetop must not come down or go in to get anything out of his house. 16 And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes. 17 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! 18 Pray it won’t happen in winter. 19 For those will be days of tribulation, the kind that hasn’t been from the beginning of the world, which God created, until now and never will be again! 20 Unless the Lord limited those days, no one would survive. But He limited those days because of the elect, whom He chose.

Here Jesus was describing the Antichrist, a time that’s unmatched by any other since the world began. Before the man of lawlessness can display himself in the world stage, there must be a third temple. I say that because he will put his image on the wing or corner of the temple and that cannot happen if there isn’t one (Revelation 13:14-15).

Right now as I write this, the Jewish people who belong to The Temple Institute and the Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement, are the ones who want the third temple built. They already have all the articles described in the Books of the Pentateuch (Torah) and the red heifer (Numbers 19:1-22). I believe that the Antichrist will be the one to give the Israelis the green light to construct the temple through the seven-year treaty which he will break after 3 1/2 years so that he can take control of it and proclaim to be God himself (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This is how close we are to the return of Jesus Christ.

As Christians, we can rejoice even in this because we know that the outcome of Satan, the Antichrist and the demonic forces, all of them will be thrown into the Lake of Fire that burns forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). All the Christians who truly were faithful to God’s Word and who have the Holy Spirit will be with Him in paradise always with joy that’s indescribable.