Night Whispers Devotional

January 8th

Dream word – DELIVERANCE

Luke 2:10-12

“Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.’” NKJV

“Arise, let us go from here.”

The most prescribed drugs in the Western world are anti-depressants. The most widely taken drugs in the Christian world are anti-depressants. The basic conclusion from this is that there appears to be no apparent connection or correlation between the words and works of Jesus and the practice of His followers. When the “so called” sons of His love are sustained by pills there has to be a problem here, doesn’t there?

Now tonight before I go any farther, let me say I am not condemning in any way whatsoever, anyone who is using anti-depressants. I am very simply pointing out the massive mismatch that exists between the proclamations of the Gospel and the practices of its recipients. Why is this?

I believe Henry Noweun was correct when he says that, “Our culture has become most sophisticated in the avoidance of pain, not only our physical pain but our emotional and mental pain as well.” Now friends, in no way can this meditation of a few minutes at the end of this day answer the problem of our depression. Nevertheless may I make a suggestion to us all this evening, that somewhere we need to find a space and a place where our pain can arise, be remembered, be seen, be dealt with and then be healed? I wonder if our Christian problem with this oh so common and cosmic depression is indeed the avoidance of our pain? If this is the case then, not only must our pain not be dismissed but also in a very positive way, it must be allowed to both live and express itself to death! Indeed, I wonder if God’s light, loves pain to death?

This kind of healing, like epileptic demons take both the time and attention of even the believing and fighting disciple? That being the case, maybe we can use our pills as an emotional bridging loan whilst the raw materials of our spiritual healing and health are gathered within ourselves, so that in this coming year, we might build a home in which we might dwell at peace with both God and ourselves.

Maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow is the time when some of us should earnestly begin this work within us, with friends, with God, with true spiritual shepherds, that we might be delivered from all our manufactured bottles of branded hope and solace once and for all?

Listen: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. ‘And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.’” - John 14:27-31 NKJV

Pray: Lord, I come to You, let my heart be changed, renewed, flowing from the grace, that I found in You. Lord, I've come to know, the weaknesses I see in me, will be stripped away, by the power of Your love. Hold me close, let Your love surround me, bring me near, draw me to Your side and as I wait, I'll rise up like the eagle and I will soar with You, Your Spirit leads me on in the power of Your Love. Lord, unveil my eyes let me see You face to face, the knowledge of Your love, as You live in me. Lord renew my mind, as Your will unfolds in my life in living every day, in the power of Your Love. (Lyrics by Lincoln Brewster)

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