October 13, 2017
I recently wrote about what to do when spiritual warfare gets real. Today I want to specifically talk to you about the war against troubling thoughts of suicide or self destruction. Many years ago I was under a suicidal spirit for about 5 months, and every time the spirit talked to me it injected a desire to follow through on the thought to end my life. It would have been easy to think I was going crazy, but realizing that those thoughts were not my own helped me to differentiate between true reality and the false reality the enemy was trying to convince me of. Check out this week’s Flashback Friday video from a Facebook Live I did a while back for more on my story of overcoming suicidal thoughts:
- Not all of your thoughts are your own. One of the ways the enemy attacks is through giving you thoughts. You can tell when a thought is a spirit because it gives you an unction or desire to follow through on the thought.
- When you’re in a battle the worst thing you can do is start asking yourself what’s wrong with yourself.
- Remember that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy and even tried to get Jesus to commit suicide in the wilderness.
- Self-preservation is built into every creature God created. It is not your nature to want to destroy yourself.
- In spiritual warfare it’s important to separate what’s you and what’s the devil.
- The battle is fought in the mind. 2 Corinthians 10:3 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
- Evil fortresses are:
- Speculations – Reasoning and “what ifs?” For example, “What if my wife cheats on me?” or “What if I lose my job?”
- Lofty Things – Things are exalted or raised up and seem more powerful than God. For example, when you encounter a trial and immediately panic and go to worst-case-scenario.
- Thoughts – when the enemy gives you his thoughts as if they’re your own. For example, “I should crash my car and kill myself.”
- Evil fortresses are:
Proclamations Against Speculations
If a suicidal spirit is talking to you I want to encourage you to remind yourself of who GOD says you are, and the condition He says you’re in now. You’re safe in Him. Use proclamations against speculations! Get your prophetic words and favorite Bible verses out and speak them out loud. Remind yourself of the testimonies of what God has done in your life against every lofty thing that raises up against you.
What God Did In My Life, He Can Do In Yours
In the same way that I’ve had breakthrough in warfare against suicidal spirits, I want to encourage you that you can have the same! I speak life and promise over you today! I declare that God has come to give you not just life, but abundant life (John 10:10) and all of His promises over your life are “yes and amen!” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
The last thing I want to say is that a suicidal spirit often brings its friend, shame, along with it. If this is something you’re dealing with please do me a favor today, resist the feelings of shame, and tell someone close to you about your struggle. If the the devil tempted Jesus with suicide then there’s definitely no shame for you in the temptation either! You are not your temptation. You are who God says you are! I’d love to hear your thoughts and proclamations of freedom in the comments!
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