Saying No to the Wolf

   I met my first wolf as a preteen visiting the city zoo in Paris, France. He was black, and I think he liked me. As I walked back and forth in front of his fenced habitat taking pictures of the wolves, he followed me. Head down. I got a kick out of this and started walking faster back and forth in front of him, hoping he would keep following me. He did. My mom called out for me to stop. I think she was wiser than I.

   Not too long after that, I encountered a different wolf. As a teenager, I began having tormenting, negative thoughts. After a while, my mom realized they were coming from a spiritual enemy. They hounded me until I understood they were based on lies and I could say no to them. It worked, and that wolf left.

   About fifteen years later, another wolf hounded me. In my late twenties, I experienced a spiritual battle that topped all of the others. Negative thoughts, fear, frustration, oppression, and depression. The battle (which I had brought on myself) became so severe, that it was hard to sleep, pray, or even sing praise songs. I stopped my blogging and buried myself in Scripture. I found hope there. I read about real men and women who battled darkness—whether it was Satan or their own fears or struggles. I saw what they needed to do to win the victory, and I saw what God did for them. The notes I wrote down about their stories turned into a blog series, then a Bible study to teach at church, and then a book. Faith, Courage, and Victory is the result of God turning my hardest spiritual battle into a whole lot of good. I’m forever grateful.

   Jesus taught about a certain wolf that likes to mess with God’s sheep (John 10:10, 12). Satan and his forces enjoy hounding us with whatever they can use to make us afraid, lonely, distracted, frustrated, or depressed. But the spiritual forces that come against us are nothing compared to the great and mighty power of the God of the universe (Ephesians 3:20, 6:10-13; Psalm 18:17, 27:1, 29:11, 91:14-16; Mark 1:34). Jesus, our Good Shepherd, protects and empowers His sheep. When we stay close to the Shepherd, we can count on His help to say no to the wolf that wants to make us afraid. We can refuse the spiritual depression and negative thoughts he sends our way.

   If you’re going through a season of spiritual depression right now, or a difficult spiritual battle, be convinced of the mighty power of God to rescue you. Your deliverance will require both God’s work in your life and your cooperation. But it’s possible. No wolf is bigger than God. No demon is stronger than the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember how God has helped you in the past, and trust Him to be with you now. Do what you need to do, to stop walking in front of the wolf’s cage. Come away and bury yourself in Scripture, draw close to the Shepherd, and revel in the strength and joy that come with knowing our great God. Say no to the wolf, and flourish in the victory that God provides.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord
and in the power of His might.

Ephesians 6:10 NKJV

 

© Copyright 2016 by Katy Kauffman

 

This is the 15th post in our Breaking the Chains series and the 2nd post on overcoming spiritual depression. Check out the 1st  post here: Breaking the Chains: One Way to Overcome Depression

 

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Comments (16)

  • anon

    Katy, Well, this post was confirmation from God about the power of thoughts! I have a story much like yours. I too have struggled with tormenting negative thoughts and depression. I praise God for His word, and the people He has brought in my life. I pray that your message is used by the Lord to help others. It helped me :) 
    Blessings!
    Beckie from Spotlight, beckielindsey16.com

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Spiritual battles in the mind can be especially tormenting because we can't run from ourselves! That's why we need God's power to say no to negative thoughts. Thank you for sharing some of your own story, and I am grateful for His Word too. Thank you for praying, and may God use your ministry to bless many hearts, Beckie!
     

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    it all starts with what we think....and with God.... :)

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    What we focus on is so important, and I'm so glad God helps us with the battle in the mind. Thanks for commenting, Andrea!
     

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Thank for sharing your story, Katy. Breaking the chains of the enemy's grip on us is what Jesus came for. When we are living free, free in Christ, there is fullness of joy. I too have entertained deceptive thoughts. But I've also learned how to combat them with the Word. Wolves must flee when we speak the words of the Shepherd. 

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing, Melanie. I really love that last line - "Wolves must flee when we speak the words of the Shepherd." And freedom does bring joy. Much joy! I know that for a fact. 

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    so many people don't want to acknowledge spiritual warfare but I honestly believe that it is so much larger than many christians want to admit! 
     
    Thanks for sharing your story! 

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Marie. Spiritual warfare is a topic I like to write about. It's necessary to identify the source of troubles. Some depression is health-related (caused), but other kinds are spiritual. When I realized that, it helped so much. I knew what to do. 
     

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Amen! What a beautiful testimony of God's working in your life and congratulations on being able to write a book! That's also one of my dreams. :)

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Nance! I hope your dream comes true!
     

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Thanks for sharing your story so openly, Katy. It's powerful. I'm grateful for the power of God that helps bring us to victory in all our battles.
     

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Yes, He's able! Thank you, Leigh, for your comment. 
     

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Katy, I love your transparency and authenticity. We do have an enemy that never rests, but it's comforting to know we have an Advocate by our side at all times. Thanks for this post!

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    What you said is true. Thank you for your comments, Crickett! I am grateful for our Advocate and Hero.
     

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Katy, this is very well written. Thank you for allowing God to speak through you in this way. 
    Heather Bock
    www.glimpsesofjesus.com
     

    Jul 19, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you, Heather!
     

    Jul 19, 2016

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