Self-Pity is Destructive in a Christian’s Life
Christians must avoid self-pity! Self-pity can lead to destructive behavior and possibly ruin your testimony for Jesus. To be an effective Christian, we must have a solid and overcoming testimony. When we walk in self-pity, we obviously are not walking victoriously. Yes, I must say that even a Christian can and will have days that are not as good as others, however, self-pity can cause a person to get in a “rut” of self-pity which can lead to depression and anxiety. These are issues that a Christian wants to avoid.
Let’s look at the nature of these words, such as self-pity, depression, anxiety, etc. The Bible says that Jesus is the name above every name. Obviously, these are names, correct? Names are also associated with evil spirits in the Bible. The Bible shows that “fever” was rebuked by Jesus, and “it left.” When we identify these names with spirits, we can have more of a possibility of fighting and ultimately getting rid of these issues.
Roots of Self-Pity
Some Christians’ self-pity roots go very deep. For example, if a person has been abused, whether mentally, physically, sexually, etc., the person’s mind and thoughts can wander back to those things and cause the person to fall into this state of feeling sorry for themselves. The main culprit is the spirits that are connected to these feelings. Yes, human beings can have feelings. However, the person must examine these as directed by the Holy Spirit. For example, if a family member dies, a period of grief can be normal. However, if the person dwells on the grief, an evil spirit may come and capitalize on this and cause an open door for other spirits, such as depression, suicide, etc.
Taking authority over what goes on in the mind is an important technique and should be a daily activity of every born-again Christian. The Deliverance ministry operates to set the captive free! People that have been victims of abuse are captives, and most feel extremely helpless when faced with these thoughts and feelings. This type of root behavior can only be effectively ministered to through the deliverance ministry. When ministered through deliverance, the results will be lasting. This lasting effect is particularly true when the person receiving deliverance applies spiritual warfare techniques. This spiritual “aftercare” is mandatory in maintaining the results of the ministry received. Many Christians will resort to other methods to “cure” themselves of their problem. However, a spiritual problem must be met with a spiritual remedy.
Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Remember, the name of Jesus is above every name in Heaven and in earth. The Bible was not just talking about humans and animals in this scripture. The scripture also talks about principalities, powers, rulers, and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.
Philippians 2:9: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Ephesians 6:10-12Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.