Saturday, October 24, 2015

Glossing Over The Hidden Strongholds (re meds)

Having tasted of the Spirit . . . I can see that the goal is to be so indwelt, so full of Him . . . that I couldn't care less for comforts, for entertainments . . . diversions--food and water even pale in comparison. . . . I want to be in such a state that any deprivations or persecutions for His Name's sake are counted as blessings, laughed and sung away with for being so fulfilled by Him and Him alone.  I want anything that comes in between us . . . such as some personal (self-fulfilling) dream or desire or some crutch or addiction or idol of any kind--that it be gone and that my whole focus, purpose, yearning, sustenance . . . is trained on Him alone and above all, with my eye, "my mind singly in pursuit of You."  (see Psalm 119:10)

So, with any addiction . . . or obsession . . . or daily medication . . . or hobby/interest . . . idol . . . fear, love . . . where it is the FIRST thing I enjoy or pursue or need . . . before I get around to pursuing and needing God--this, ultimately I want done away with so that God is the FIRST thing I look to and enjoy and need and love.

Meanwhile, though saved (assuming such) we are yet in a fallen state and our present circumstances in this space and time trail far behind where are already "seated . . . with Him in the heavenly places". (Eph. 2:6)

I look at drugs/medications as useful in a kind of triage situation.  Stop the bleeding, so-to-speak. . . .

With SSRI's or other psychoactive drugs . . . which may be used as a sort of emergency measure to just help get someone to be able to function on a basic level . . . the ultimate goal is to be able to get on without them.  But if you simply can't, as I said, and though they do prevent a finer level of spiritual communication/relationship . . . it doesn't mean you aren't saved or don't love and want God above the medication.  We are all in the situation that Paul describes of himself  "I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate."  (Rom. 7:15)

We all have various habits, addictions, obsessions, pursuits, feelings, thoughts etc., which are idolatrous and stand in the way of our God-given purpose of being in and maintaining a pure, undefiled, undivided communion with the Lord God.  As believers, we ought be inching our way ever closer to that divine state (to be granted finally in Heaven) . . . but we're mostly a jumbled mess in comparison while still here on battlefield fallen Earth . . . in the flesh.

Now, supposedly 1 in 10 people are on anti-depressants but I suspect the number is higher.  Whatever, it's a lot.  And while it is reported that 2/3rds of those taking the drugs are really not depressed . . . I personally believe that perhaps only 1 in 100, if not fewer . . . ought to be using the medication.  

I believe that the primary cause of so-called "depression" and anxiety . . . is sin.  More specifically, I believe that usually (not always) the problem has to do with a person not having dealt with some hidden, suppressed idolatry or demonic stronghold within.  It is a SPIRITUAL problem, not a "chemical" one.  

Somewhere inside, for instance . . . you have not let go of some resentment or blame against someone or some situation in the past.  "King Me" is still holding court, angry that God has not given what was once desired, dreamed of, longed for. . . . Circumstances--LIFE--has moved on and made some earlier deeply held desire or dream now unfeasible or impossible and there is resentment against God.  Somewhere . . . within . . . you are still living by and for your self and have not relinquished whole-heartedly to God's will.  You don't accept how God has done things and are still in rebellion mode, holding out.  Yet on the surface, you claim to love and serve and submit to God . . . and this internal conflict . . . leads to anxiety, "depression", dysfunction. . . .  

It is also a matter of pride and idolatry.  Despite what is professed and even consciously intended, UNconsciously . . . suppressed is yet the feeling and belief that God owes you something--that you deserve better.  There is a lack of appreciation for just how wicked and unGodly we truly our in our natural selves.  This creates a subliminal anger and resistance . . . which opens to the door to demonic influence in subtle, hidden, internal "stronghold" ways. . . . To run away from or mask the un-ease and conflict this creates . . . one goes to medication or drugs to help gloss it over. . . .

I know thems fightin' words! in most quarters. . . . But I have good experience with this, helping others to either get off or avoid taking medication used to alleviate what is actually a hidden stronghold of the great enemy self idolatry in some form or another.  And I am not saying this is the case with anyone commenting here--but just addressing now the issue at large. . . .

At the same time I do think that when you are in such a state that you can hardly get through the day or deal with social situations or even work or do the daily grind necessities, that as a form of immediate triage . . . it is legitimate and necessary to . . . in fact, yes . . . gloss over the deeper issues, to get some footing and momentum . . . so that other more basic and resultant problems don't start accruing to a crisis.  Ie., you can't even work or take care of yourself in the most fundamental ways because of "depression" or anxiety so you lose your job or some important relationship. 

If you are on these meds . . . which make it difficult or impossible to feel or "hear" the Spirit . . . it is then important to rely on the law and on doctrine to carry you along.  A dangerous development (spiritually) that can happen is that these meds put you in a mode of just going along and you start forgetting or neglecting the things of God and essentially start to lead a solely materialistic existence.  Then the further you drift and the more materialistically you become entrenched it gets harder and harder to get back on track--on The Way.  Reverting at least intellectually (feeling aside) to studying and learning and following correct doctrine and the law (the commandments) keeps you close to the righteous Path . . . so that . . . if and when you able to wean yourself away from the meds, you find you have not drifted too far at all and in fact have nevertheless made progress (in your knowledge and following) the things of God. . . . When on these drugs . . . you must continue to make an effort toward God, whether you're feeling Him or not.  He always reciprocates, if one is earnest, in one way or another. . . . 

1 comment:

Mark said...

Consider the "mind" the "house"

es out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44"Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came'; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45"Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation."

Thought this expressed the urgency and inportance of getting the doors to the mind(house) shut and keeping them shut.

May God bless and shut these doors.

Brother Thomas ©2015

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