May is Mental Health Awareness month and I recently took a mental first aid class and it was amazing! I learned so much and it just really opened my eyes to the things that many people struggle with. Many things talked about I could totally identify with, like struggling with depression, anger and wanting to kill myself. Yes this is a reality for many people. In fact, Save.org reports that a suicide happens every 12 minutes in the U.S.A. That is serious!
One thing stood out to me in that class room. We were talking about something called audible hallucinations! There are different kinds but this one in particular was talking about how people would hear voices speak to them with no people around. Wow!
And of course in a class room setting like that, people usually stick to the books and teach what most people would agree with! But while sitting there, all I can think was,
” I KNOW WHERE THOSE VOICES COME FROM, I KNOW I KNOW!!”
What you may not learn in science books, I am going to tell you right here and right now.
There is 1 God in heaven who created the world and every person and thing in it. God has an enemy named Lucifer or the devil. He is the chief fallen angel and the other fallen angels who also rejected God are now called demons. The devil has one goal and one goal only, to kill, steal and destroy Gods creation, us! Every good thing that God does, the devil does the opposite. And just like God speaks good things to build us up, the devil will speak the very opposite to destroy us.
During the class we watched a video of how this man attempted suicide and how the voices was telling him to kill himself and jump of the bridge, telling him that he was not worth anything and nobody cared. I want to let you know that these voices have a source, they don’t just come out of thin air, but from the devil. I too have had the devil in my ear telling me lies and to kill myself many times. But becasue I knew who it was ( KEY POINT) and I knew the voice of God, I did not act on what the devil was telling me to do. Understand this, the devil is a coward. He hides behind other people, other names and misidentifications so he wont be found out so that he can continue to keep doing what he does, kill and destroy.
God says in Ephesians 6:10-18
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
God makes it very clear that there is a spiritual world that we don’t see but you better believe that the enemy sees us and is working diligently to keep us blinded of his doings. If we are not aware of this spiritual fight then we are losing the battle. There were many situations in the bible where people were harassed and tormented by evil spirits.