We couldn’t initially identify the strange creature feeding at the bottom of the harbour at Anse d’Arlet in Martinique; but upon closer observation, we realized it was a marine turtle, more than likely a Green Sea Turtle. The reason we didn’t immediately recognize it was that from a distance it appeared distorted. It was only when we came in a bit closer with the glass-bottomed boat that we realized the “distortion” was in fact a large Sharksucker (Remora) that was stuck to the marine turtle’s shell.
The poor turtle didn’t appear to like this “hitchhiker”, and he tried several different water manoeuvers to try and dislodge it; but to no avail. That Sharksucker would not be thrown off.
So many in this day and age suffer from anxiety and depression. It’s like these conditions have a suction-cup mouth, just like the Sharksucker, and they are clamped on tightly. We try everything to dislodge it, but it is to no avail. The anxiety and depression have far too strong a hold on us to be able to throw them off.
We initially thought the Sharksucker was feeding from algae that clung to the turtle’s shell; however, apparently this sucker fish actually feeds primarily on the dung of its host*….
Could it be that anxiety and depression that cling to so many of us are also feeding upon some kind of “dung” in our lives?
Sure, we aren’t Green Sea Turtles, but many of us carry around a bit of “dung”–things like insecurity, fear, low self-esteem and unforgiveness. We also carry around doubt, and we cling tenaciously to control and become completely disillusioned when things don’t go the way we think they should. But in allowing these things in our lives, are we inadvertently providing “food” for the anxiety and the depression?
The Bible teaches, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12 NASB). Could it be that the way to discourage the anxiety and depression is to rid ourselves of what it feeds upon?
But wait a minute. I don’t want to relinquish control! And why shouldn’t I doubt? I mean, it is an impossible situation, isn’t it? And don’t I have a right to be insecure? After all, I was created too ____(tall, short, fat, thin, boring, light-skinned, whatever). Besides, _____ certainly doesn’t deserve my forgiveness. What he did wasn’t fair, it wasn’t just and right, and therefore, he doesn’t have the right to be forgiven!
And so it is that we continue to allow all that “dung” of insecurity, doubt, fear, unforgiveness, jealousy, control, etc., to provide ample food for the demons of depression and anxiety….
Now I’m not saying that all depression and anxiety are demonic. What I’m saying is that in addition to a true medical problem, there are parts of the depression and anxiety that are rooted in other things, and when we feel so ambushed by depression and anxiety, many times there is something we can do about it. We can begin search our lives for anything that might cause any evil spirits of depression and anxiety to cling to us. We can give those things to God. We can relinquish control. We can recognize our feelings of inadequacy and insecurity and renounce them as lies from the pit of hell. We can forgive. We can grow in our faith. And once what the depression and anxiety feed upon are gone, then we can rise up in the name of Jesus, with the power of His blood shed at Calvary, and renounce the demons of depression and anxiety. We can accept Jesus’ joy, His peace as our own. We can break free.
As we continued to watch that marine turtle with its “hitchhiker”, we noticed that the turtle eventually stopped fighting with the Sharksucker. In fact, before our glass-bottomed boat moved on, it appeared that the turtle had simply accept the Sharksucker as part of his life….
I am only speaking from personal experience; but I feel that other depression and anxiety sufferers out there will be able to relate when I say that sometimes, I just don’t “want” to be rid of the depression! It’s like it’s “comfortable”! Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I mean, who would want to stay depressed? However ask any depressed person in the midst of their depression, and they are simply too depressed to even try. We become used to these “sucker fish”, and we stop fighting them!
Don’t stop fighting them. Any demonic component to any anxiety or depression you might be suffering does not have the right to be there! It must flee at the name above every other name, it must flee at the name of Jesus!
Suffering from depression or anxiety? It may be a true medical condition, and if so, you must see a doctor. However, it may be, at least in part, of a demonic nature, and this portion is something that is 100% curable. I urge you to search your life for the things your depression may be clinging to. Is there someone you need to forgive? Are you depressed because you are not in control? Are you disappointed that things didn’t happen the way you had hoped? Are you feeling insecure? Inadequate? Or any of the other lies formed in the pit of hell? If so, your depression and anxiety will feed off of these other emotions. Ask God to help you through these triggers. You’ll be amazed at how much easier the battle will become.
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, andScriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, withAnswers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.