Romans 14:17 ~ For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Paul said the above while correcting people, rebuking them from judging others based on what they ate or did not eat. He then brought them to the understanding of what resembles the kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Meaning that, whatever is not the kingdom of God, will breathe to one the opposite of these things:
- righteousness – sin
- peace – unrest
- joy – sorrow
For the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on the opposite of joy, which is sorrow. Sorrow is defined as a feeling of great sadness, mental suffering or deep distress. This feeling is triggered either by loss, affliction, disappointment even regret. In my understanding, sorrow is an energy that is released by the body, with its power originating from the mind. We then have a spirit which we call a spirit of sorrow. This is a demonic spirit that feeds on this energy secreted by one’s body. In the class of sorrow, there is misery (unhappiness); pain (affliction); desolation (isolation) or even despondency (hopelessness). The spirit of sorrow feeds on any of these conditions. The more there is energy released from these conditions, the more the spirit becomes stronger and stronger in controlling an individual, to bind them in this state.
Misery, the state of great physical or mental distress or discomfort is what we are discussing in this class of sorrow. To deal with misery one has to first identify the root cause of their sorrow. For different people there are different reasons. The saddest part of it is when one is not able to understand what they are going through. To start dealing with the problem, one first has to accept that they actually have a problem.
but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. ~ Genesis 2:17
The Bible also tells us that the wages of sin is death (rom 6:23), while righteousness is the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus (rom 5:17). Therefore, our first problem as humanity, which we also translate to death is loss, loss of connection to God our Creator. He created us in a way that fulfillment and life be in us through our connection to Him, who is the source of life. When we are not connected to Him our souls are literally wanderers on earth, as with Cain. We then fall in the state of survival, which leads to labouring or toiling. Through this toiling or labouring, we are subjected to many things that raise up conditions of affliction; unhappiness; isolation, hopelessness even regret. It is from these conditions that many suffer from depression to even committing suicide. Not only is labouring for survival is the source of these, but also the desire and need for unconditional love. This is the void that many of us carry with when we are not joined together with God, the Creator. It is a broken tie that can only be re established by Christ.
Misery then, as it is said, loves company. Whoever is subject to this condition somehow leans towards the direction of others who are in the same space, or the power of the energy ensures that even those that are not subject to it, the one who is corrupts the energy, such that all feel it’s power. The spirit that draws from this energy attracts itself and connects people in order to strengthen it’s hold. Anything or person who is a possible danger to take the person out of that space is a threat that needs to be removed at all costs. This spirit is even able to strengthen its hold using sex which translates to soul ties. For as long as the one that is trying to relieve themselves of such a bargage, continues to sleep outside of a God ordained marriage, with one who is firmly gripped by this spirit, their chance of deliverance becomes a mere wish. This is the same reason why those who are in abusive relationships also struggle to get out. However, sanctification inside a God ordained marriage is a given covering through the one who is connected to Christ. In other words, in a God ordained marriage, the one connected to Christ continuously delivers the one who is not through intimacy [1 Cor 7: 12-14].
Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitter of heart. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. ~ Proverbs 31:6-7
In this space of misery, substance abuse is prevalent, just as attracting more damaging spirits is. Substance abuse for example, attracts poverty. Somehow, alcohol or drugs have a way of shrinking one’s problems, while they don’t take them away. In that space of drunkenness or intoxication, one believes to be in a happy space because they have no understanding of what truly being happy is like. So they continuously search for that space because, in sober mindedness there is a turmoil of distress and very little solutions. This eventually puts together the whole class of conditions under sorrow. If one doesn’t get out of this space, depression, destruction or even suicide is inevitable. Unless an awakening happens that directs one to Christ, and they are willing to allow the Holy Spirit of God to work through them, to bring them to a tranquil place.
Ambassadors of Christ, we all have a responsibility towards each other. We are each brother and sister’s keeper. We have to get to a space where we spot these works of the devil in others, and be willing to assist. Assisting from the point of understanding that while we may be free, others are still in bondage. That allows us not to judge them but to help them anyway we can. Yes, there will be those that you will continuously stretch a hand to assist and they will reject your help, pray for them, they need God’s intervention more than they need someone’s assistance. God will eventually help them His own way. It might even mean hitting rock bottom, but when they hit rock bottom in the presence of God, they are safe. We have to understand that ministry is not just standing on the pulpit to preach the gospel, a major part of ministry is administering Jesus as a remedy to each person’s individual problem. This at times we have to do through our actions.
May we all be strengthened with power in the inner man!