I recall a particular season of isolation where I was, honestly, feeding on wrong thoughts from the enemy. I couldn’t sense or feel God’s Presence in my life. Everything seemed dark and empty. And I remember how real the thoughts that bombarded my mind appeared to be–thoughts of being helpless, hopeless, even feeling completely separated from God.
But when I finally cried out to God in desperation, He told me something I will never forget. He said, “You have allowed the presence of the devil into your life. You are experiencing all the realms in which he operates in and is enslaved to–darkness, emptiness, helplessness, hopelessness, separation, depression and oppression. You are only sensing his presence by sensing these feelings. BUT YOU ARE MY SON AND YOU ARE NO LONGER UNDER SATAN’S DOMINION. I HAVE DELIVERED YOU!”
Suddenly, light was shed on my current situation. I realized I wasn’t alone, empty, in darkness, cold, defeated, or separated from God’s Presence. I was merely feeling what Satan is feeling now and for eternity!
I want to encourage you to avoid feeding on or yielding your thoughts on anything other than the Word of God. It can open up the door to experiencing the presence of Satan, which can end up making you think the things you are feeling are actually a reality.
But those feelings are actually Satan’s reality– not yours.
This is why I believe demonic activity is involved when a person is feeling entrapped with thoughts of negativity and depression. The devil can only counterfeit, distort, and oppose. He is the master of distraction. His goal is to get us to believe, or be distracted with the opposite of God’s Word. You and I have already been delivered and translated from anything that the enemy would try to operate against us. Therefore, we have to refuse to believe anything less than what God has said about us in His Word.
But remember, when the devil tries to oppress you, get you to feel sorry for yourself, or make you believe there’s no way out… There is always a way out because He is the Way out!
God’s Word says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NLT).
And Jesus Himself said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b, NLT).
God has set it up for us to never be without Him…EVER! So during those times when the enemy tries to make it seem that God is nowhere to be found, the truth is, God is right there with us… ALWAYS!
Jesus went to The Cross and laid His precious Life down for all of us as a sacrifice. Through this sacrifice He redeemed us, restored us, and healed us. This ultimate sacrifice took us from darkness to light, sickness to divine health, and from death to Eternal Life. Through His shed Blood, we have been delivered and set free from all the power of darkness.
During that grueling and agonizing time when our Savior was hanging on the cross, He said something very interesting. Near the end of His final and labored breaths, he cried out, “My God, My God! Why have You forsaken ME?” (Mark 15:34). The word “forsaken” means to be deserted, abandoned, or separated. In other words, at one point, Jesus felt absolute abandonment and separation from His Father. We could say Jesus experienced the fullest negativity of isolation ever known. He was for the first time… without God.
But there was a purpose.
Jesus had to become alone and separated from God so we could have the opportunity to be with Him forever.
“For He has said, I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
What an amazing promise! God Himself said He would never leave us or make us to feel deserted, abandoned, or separated. So turn the tables on the devil and use times of isolation to be separated unto God rather than separated from God.
“I am convinced nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love” (Romans 8:38, NLT). He’s always with us!