Overcoming Depression Scriptures
Overcoming Depression Scriptures
This message is about the subject of pride. Pride is at the root of all the reasons why love is often not demonstrated to the degree that it should be.
As an example, a common scenario is arguments and strife in relationships. Proverbs 13:10a says, “Pride only breeds quarrels …”
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, love is defined as:
Pride is at the root of impatience. Impatience says, “Unless everything is done in my time table then “I get upset and show my agitation” … “I am the most important person around here and get irritated with delays or if I have to listen to what someone says longer than I wish to” … “However, when I have something to say, I expect others to give me their undivided attention.”
Pride is at the root of self-centeredness and demanding one’s own way. Self-absorption says, “My needs and wants are more important than everyone else’s needs and wants” … “My time is more valuable than other people’s time.”
Pride is at the root of being easily provoked and displaying temper tantrums. Anger says, “I am the most important person and I have rights to react, yell, scream or tell someone off if they irritate me for any reason or do not do what I want them to do. I can treat someone any way I wish.”
Anger is all about control and control is backed by pride. Control says, “I want it my own way and I will do whatever it takes to get my own way” … “I’m going to call the shots.”
Everyone experiences anger, but the Bible says to be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26). In many situations, a person who is easily angered will often be abusive verbally, mentally, emotionally and even physically. Abusers are very wounded, insecure individuals and they hurt other people. Abusers are very self-centered and usually blame others around them for their problems. When they are confronted, they are often even more explosive. They may apologize and say that it will never happen again, but the abuse usually continues until the victim stands up to him/her. Deliverance for the abuser comes when they humble themselves before God and before man, take responsibility for their life and actions, and seek for professional help.
Pride is at the root of keeping a record of offenses, holding grudges and being unforgiving. Pride refuses to let go of the wrongs committed against them. To forgive is an act of humility. To forgive is to grant grace, mercy and pardon even when you feel like the person who offended you does not deserve it. Sometimes it is hard to forgive because we feel like the other person is being let off the hook and getting by with what they did. Yet God has forgiven us of sin after sin, and has shown us abundant grace and mercy when we did not deserve it. To the extent we show mercy is the extent we will receive mercy.
Pride is believing that you are better than others, and others are lower than you.
Pride is more concerned about appearances (How will I look?) than in what is the right thing to do.
Pride causes barriers between denominations, races, and economic status.
First Corinthians 13:4-5, in the Amplified Version, says that agape love is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily, it is not conceited and it is not inflated.
Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the lowly is wisdom. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 29:23 says, “A man’s pride shall bring him low; but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
To love others is to have a spirit of humility. First Peter 5:5-6 says, “Yes, all of you clothe yourselves with humility, to serve one another. For God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
Humility is defined in the Greek as: “having a humble opinion of oneself, modest, lowliness of mind.” (Low self-esteem is not humility.)
Philippians 2:3-4 instructs us to let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
In Verses 5-11 of Philippians 2, we are reminded of Christ’s example of humility:
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
6 Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.
7 But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
9 Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.
10 That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus says, “I want to, be thou healed”
2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped Him (Jesus), saying, “Lord, if Thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”
3 And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, “I will; be thou clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
In the Living Bible, it words it this way: “Lord, if You want to, You can heal me.”
Jesus touched the man.
“I want to”, He said. “Be healed”.
And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
Jesus wants to heal us. He takes great delight in healing us. His desire is to see us whole in every part of our lives. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and to give us abundant life.
A few verses down in this passage (Matthew 8:5-7), a Centurion came to Jesus, beseeching Him to heal his servant who was sick of palsy and grievously tormented.
Jesus’ reply was:
“I will come and heal him.”
Jesus was ready and willing to heal the Centurion’s servant. (The Centurion did not feel it was necessary for Jesus to make the trip to his home, but asked the Lord to just “speak the word”, and his servant would be healed. So Jesus did just that, and the Centurion’s servant was healed.) Jesus would have gone to the Centurion’s home though.
The point of this passage is that Jesus is more than willing to heal us. Healing is His perfect will, because it’s God’s nature to heal. Healing is in His Word, and His Word is His will.
God feels that healing is so important that He made provision for it in the Blood Atonement on the Cross, along with salvation. It’s a package deal (the Blood of Jesus was shed for our salvation, healing and finances).
Remember, Jesus wants to heal you. Just call out to Him and receive in faith.
(Print out these healing Scriptures to read everyday for your healing, as well as health maintenance)
Healing Scriptures – Old Testament
Exodus 15:26 I am the LORD that healeth thee [Jehovah Rapha]. This is the verse where God reveals Himself as Jehovah Rapha (the Lord who heals you). The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Chaldea. In the original Hebrew text, the Jewish National Name of God “Yahweh or Jehovah” is translated into the English as “LORD” (all caps). The Hebrew word “rapha” means: “healing, cure, mending, stitching up, medicine, physician, repair, to be made whole, to invigorate.”
Exodus 23:25-26 Worship the LORD your God, and His blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
Deuteronomy 7:15 And the LORD will remove from you all sickness.
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Psalms 30:2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
Psalms 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalms 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalms 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalms 69:32b Your heart shall live (be rejuvenated) that seek God.
Psalms 91:9-11 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation, there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Psalms 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation.
Psalms 92:12-15 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Psalms 103:2-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalms 105:37 He brought them forth [Children of Israel delivered out of Egypt) also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
Psalms 107:20 He sent his Word, and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.
Psalms 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
Psalms 147:2-3 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Proverbs 3:7-8 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 12:18b The tongue of the wise is health.
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:17b A faithful ambassador is health.
Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh.
Proverbs 15:4a The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life.
Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and Life is in the power of the tongue.
Isaiah 38:16 You restored me to health and let me live.
Isaiah 53:5 But He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes [from the scourging and beatings] we are healed.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 57:18-19 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners, creating the praise of the lips. Peace, Peace to him who is far and to him who is near, says the LORD, and I will heal him.
Isaiah 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.
Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your soul in drought. And strengthen your bones. You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 61:1-3 (xref Luke 4:18-19) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees [oaks] of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.
Isaiah 61:7-8a Instead of your shame you will have a double portion; and instead of humiliation you will shout for joy over your portion. Therefore, you shall possess a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. For I, the LORD, love justice.
Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Isaiah 66:14 You shall see it, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like new grass.
Jeremiah 1:12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Jeremiah 31:3-4 I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt … again you will take up your tambourines, and go forth to the dances of the merrymakers.
Jeremiah 33:6 Behold, I will bring you health and cure, and I will cure you, and will reveal unto you the abundance of peace and truth.
Ezekiel 34:16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.
Ezekiel 37:3-10 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the Word of the LORD!’ Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.” Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these smitten, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet. (The breath of God refers to the Holy Spirit who quickens our mortal bodies—Romans 8:11.)
Ezekiel 47:12 (xref Rev 22:1-2) All kinds of fruit trees will grow along the riverbanks. The leaves will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit. There will be a new crop every month—without fail! For they are watered by the river flowing from the Sanctuary. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for medicine.
Joel 3:10 Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’
Nahum 1:9 Affliction will not rise up a second time.
Zechariah 4:6-7 This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a [level] plain. xref Mark 11:23
Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings.
The word “wings” in Malachi 4:2 is, according to the Hebrew definition, referring to the hem, border, edge of the garment, such as of the priestly robe or the fringes of a prayer shawl.
In the New Testament, Matthew tells of the account in Matthew 9:20-22 of a woman who had an issue of blood (hemorrhaging) for 12 years and had spent all she had on doctors and was not any better. She heard that Jesus was in town. She said to herself: “If I might just touch the hem of His garment, I shall be made whole.” She spoke in faith, then took action and pressed through the crowds. When she made it to Jesus, she touched the hem of His robe or the prayer shawl He was wearing, and when she did, she was instantly healed of her affliction. Jesus felt virtue (healing power) go out of him and asked who touched him. Then the woman told her whole story to Him and all those around her … about how she had suffered with this affliction for 12 years and was only growing worse, she had spent every dime on doctors but was not any better, but that now she was healed and whole through the power of Jesus Christ.
Other passages mention that more people were healed when they touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. See Matthew 14:35-36 and Mark 6:56.
Jesus’ robe signified His Priestly authority. The priestly garment symbolizes a mantle of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. He is our Great High Priest from the Tribe of Judah in the order of Melchizedek (which is a Heavenly and eternal Priesthood).
The prayer shawl represents being wrapped in all the promises of God that are legally ours through the Covenant we have with God. One of those promises is healing and health.
Zerubbabel – Out of Babylon (Part 1)
This message is about the subject of deliverance from any kind of captivity—whether it be physical sickness, addictions of any kind including sexual addictions, sin, sorrow and grief, emotional issues, financial problems, depression, demonic oppression, or whatever it is that has been keeping you in captivity. God wants us to be free from bondages and loosed from every infirmity.
The Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) breaks every chain and sets the prisoners free!
He whom the Son sets free, is free indeed! (John 8:36). Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).
The true story of Zerubbabel and the return from exile, shows us God’s faithfulness and sovereignty in our lives.
Zerubbabel was the first leader to lead the Jewish exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem. The date is approximately around 538-536 B.C. Seventy years had passed following the first siege of Jerusalem, where captives were taken to Babylon.
Zerubbabel was governor of Judah, and he is mentioned primarily in Haggai, Ezra and Zechariah. He is also referred to by the name Shezbazzar, and is the son of Shealtiel (or the son of Pedaiah). One school of thought is that Shealtiel died, leaving a widow, and his brother Pedaiah married her (Levirate marriage) to raise up a seed for Shealtiel. Zerubbabel is in the royal lineage of Jesus Christ.
Zerubbabel was born in captivity. He was born after the kingdom of Judah was taken into exile. Zerubbabel’s name means: “seed of Babylon” or “born in Babylon”. He was appointed as prince of Judah. Zerubbabel was probably in the king’s service, as he was given the name Shezbazzar, and granted favor by King Cyrus to lead the first group of exiles back to Jerusalem and begin to restore the temple.
God had moved upon the heart of Cyrus, king of Persia, to allow the Jews to return to their homeland. He gave them back the gold and silver articles that had been stolen from the temple, and furnished them with everything they needed to begin rebuilding the temple. This was prophesied by Isaiah. Isaiah was so precise in this prophecy that even Cyrus’ name was mentioned centuries before he was even born. Isaiah 44:28 says, Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.’”
Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years, and then the Jews would return to Jerusalem (Jeremiah 25:11-12 and Jeremiah 29:10-14).
Zerubbabel led out approximately 50,000 people (mostly of who were Levites, musicians, and singers). Jeshua, the high priest, assisted Zerubbabel in the mission of leading the exiles back to Jerusalem and rebuilding the temple. The first thing they set out to do was to rebuild the Altar to the Lord and restore the daily sacrifices. The feasts were re-instituted as well. Worship was restored.
Work on rebuilding the foundation of the temple began. They got only so far, and then were faced with opposition from enemies. Their enemies hired counselors against them, and even sent false accusatory letters to King Ahasuerus and King Artaxerxes, saying that the Jews had formed a rebellion and needed to be stopped. The king ordered that all work on the temple be halted.
Approximately 16-17 years elapsed with the work on the foundation of the temple unfinished and being delayed. In the meantime, the people were busy building costly homes for themselves. It wasn’t that God didn’t want His people having nice homes, it’s just that their priorities were out of order.
The people had gone through so much fierce opposition and intimidation from the enemy, and through such long years of delays and unfulfilled promises, that they had fallen into a spiritual slumber. They were convinced in their minds that the promise of them restoring the temple was “miles or years out there in the distant future”. So therefore, they focused their task on building their own homes.
In Haggai, the prophet Haggai confronted Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest, saying in Haggai 1:1-8: “This people says, ‘The time has not yet come, the time that the Lord’s House should be rebuilt.’ But is it time for you to dwell in your paneled houses while My House lies in ruins? Now therefore, thus says the LORD of Hosts: Consider your ways!
You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough. You drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Thus says the LORD of Hosts: Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified, says the LORD.”
Because the people’s priorities were out of proper order, and their focus had been on building their own homes while God’s House was in ruins, the Lord had allowed a drought to come on the land—a famine of food, wine, oil and fruit.
Zerubbabel and Jeshua’s spirits were refreshed and re-activated to action after hearing the prophetic word of the Lord. They immediately obeyed God’s Voice, and resumed rebuilding the temple.
Again, enemy opposition came. This time Zerubbabel and Jeshua did not shrink back. When their opponents questioned their authority to rebuild the temple, Zerubbabel told them that they had been given authority by King Cyrus, and would not stop rebuilding until the work was finished.
Their opponents wrote a letter to King Darius of Babylon to request that a search be made in the archives for the original scroll written and signed by King Cyrus, granting authority for Zerubbabel and the Jews to rebuild the temple. The scroll was found. Darius issued a decree that no one was to hinder the work of the temple. And if anyone did interfere, they should die. Furthermore, King Darius ordered that the Jews be furnished with whatever supplies they needed.
The temple foundation was finished in the 6th year of King Darius, and was rededicated unto the Lord. The rededication was accompanied by great celebration, and concluded with the Passover Feast.
About 80 years later, Ezra led the second group of exiles to Jerusalem, with Nehemiah leading out the third group shortly after that. Ezra and Nehemiah’s task focused on rebuilding the walls and gates, finishing the rebuilding of the temple, and re-establishing Moses’ law to the people.
Within the literal events that happened during this period of approximately 20 years (from the first exodus out of Babylon led by Zerubbabel to the finishing of the temple foundation), there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives.
Babylon is still a literal place. Babylon, in the figurative and spiritual sense, is a prophetic picture of places of confusion in our lives. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. And also figurative of areas of our lives where we have been held in captivity.
Babylon also speaks of idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery, immorality, perversion, and anti-Christ spirits and agendas seeking to slowly infiltrate our society and lives—slowly desensitizing us to the sin and corruption around us.
Spiritual Zerubbabel’s are those who have lived in captivity and confusion, but God has delivered them out, and anointed them to lead others out to freedom too.
The temple represents our life (we are the temple of the Holy Ghost according to 1 Corinthians 6:19). The temple also speaks of the House of the Lord (the church and kingdom of God).
The opponents represents the enemy of our souls—Satan and his demons—who are continually seeking to hinder, intimidate, destroy and stop God’s plans from coming to fruition. The enemy also uses people to oppose us.
Jerusalem signifies the work and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jerusalem is:
Jerusalem always speaks of God’s Throne headquarters and of worshipping the Lord. It’s the place of the Shekinah glory.
In Part 2 of this message, I will discuss the spiritual and prophetic application to our lives based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered in leaving Babylon and rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.
Also, the prophetic words spoken by Haggai and Zechariah, addressed to Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest, applies to our lives today. “He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says” through those prophecies.
May you be blessed and encouraged today.
Psalm 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, “The Lord hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.” Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. KJV
Zerubbabel – Set Free From Bondage & Captivity (Part 2)
Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away (Isaiah 51:11, xref Isaiah 35:10).
The first siege of Jerusalem occurred under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. His successors after him also attacked Jerusalem, carrying away captives to Babylon, and finally destroying the temple.
Seventy years had passed since the first siege of Jerusalem. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years and then the Jews would return to their homeland.
God moved upon the heart of King Cyrus of Persia to grant favor to Zerubbabel, Prince of Judah, to lead the exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Approximately 50,000 people left Babylon on the first exodus out of captivity under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the high priest.
Zerubbabel’s task was the rebuild the foundations of the temple, restoring the Altar and the daily sacrifices and worship.
Based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered, there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives today.
SPIRITUAL AND PROPHETIC APPLICATION
Kingdoms of This World
Babylon is not only a literal geographical place, but it represents the kingdoms of this world. We live in a Babylonian society, with anti-Christ spirits and agendas that war against righteousness.
Jerusalem represents the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, the world was taken into captivity by Satan. Ever since that time, everyone has been born into captivity (sin). We live in a world filled with ungodliness and evil all around us.
Sin brought captivity—such as disease and sickness, poverty, oppression, etc.
The ultimate captivity, which sin leads to, is eternal captivity in hell.
The great news is that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to become the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the whole world. Animal sacrifices temporarily covered sins, but sacrifices had to be repeated over and over again. Jesus shed His blood in order to redeem us back from the devil and sin. He saved us from everlasting imprisonment and torment in hell, and He is the door to Heaven. He is everlasting life to all who will receive Him.
Even though we live in a Babylonian society, we have been redeemed out of darkness and into light. We live in a different kingdom than that of the world. The principles of God’s kingdom is based on the precepts in His Word. God’s kingdom is at constant war with the kingdom of Babylon.
Babylon Represents Areas of Captivity in the Life of the Believer
I wish that I could say that as soon as a person accepts Christ as their Savior, then everything in their life is perfect from that day forward. However, that is not how it is. For one thing, now we have a ruthless adversary (the devil), and we continually have to be on guard to resist his attacks.
Second, our spirits were saved at the point of salvation, but our bodies and souls are in the process of being sanctified and redeemed. Most attacks against Christians are in the areas of the soul (mind, will, emotions), the physical body and finances.
Opponents came against Zerubbabel and the Jews when they began to make progress in rebuilding the Temple. That’s a picture of how the enemy tries to make attempts to sabotage, hinder and stop our progress in what God has called us to do. However, the positive news is that we have the Greater One (the Holy Ghost) living on the inside of us, and He is greater than he that is of the world. We have been given power and authority over all the wiles of the enemy, and given armor to wear, faith as a shield, and the Word of God has an offensive sword.
Many Christians are in captivity, suffering with physical sickness and disease. God wants you completely well. By His stripes (scourging of 39 lashes), you WERE healed (according to 1 Peter 2:24). Our healing is already paid for in full. We just have to receive it by faith.
Many Christians are in chains of captivity in the area of unhealed memories and damaged emotions. Many suffer from oppression and depression. Many battle with a spirit of rejection and ongoing mourning. Many believers are bound to their past, or to guilt and shame. Jesus came to set us free from all these bondages.
Many believers are in bondage to various addictions and vice, ranging from alcohol to pornography to compulsive gambling. An addiction has control over a person. It drives a person to the point where the person cannot live without it.
A believer could be held in captivity to rage and anger, being abusive, filled with jealousy, envy, hatred, bitterness and strife.
Fear is a debilitating bondage that God wants to set us free from. He wants to fill us with His perfect love. Faith cannot operate properly when fear is present. Fear causes doubt and unbelief, and faith and unbelief are two opposites.
Many Christian men and women are bound in sexual immorality (lust, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography) and have a struggle getting free. Christ does not condemn, but He does convict because He wants people free and He is a holy God and is looking for holiness. The Bible says that no immoral person can enter into Heaven or inherit the Kingdom of God (Galations 5:19-21, Jude 7, Revelation 21:8), unless one repents with God’s help and grace.
Sometimes believers are not in bondage to sin issues necessarily, but their experience of captivity could be in the form of enduring very difficult situations, or remaining in unhappy, troubled relationships in which they feel entrapment.
In some situations (such as marriage when there are no Biblical grounds for divorce except for adultery and abuse), the Biblical thing is to stay and not leave. Other situations (such as unhealthy friendships) may call for the Lord leading you to cut off unhealthy soul ties. In situations where there is no way out, God can free you on the inside and give you grace to endure, filling you with His peace.
Being in the midst of confusion and chaos is a form of captivity. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. Sometimes there is chaos all around us—at home, at work, etc. But God can step in and bring peace and clarity to the situation. God has given us authority to speak to the winds of confusion and chaos, and say “Peace, Be still!”
Jesus Christ wants us free from every bondage in our life. The Blood Atonement of Jesus is not only for our salvation (which is the greatest gift), but the Atonement is also for the here and now on this earth. There is healing in the Blood Atonement (healing for the body, mind and emotions). There is provision in the area of finances, for Jesus’ blood redeemed us from the curse of poverty and lack. Christ’s blood paid for freedom from any kind of addiction, sin or bondage. His Blood breaks all generational curses. The Blood of Jesus contains power to heal, restore and deliver. Satan is afraid of the Name and Blood of Jesus, because of the power in that Name and Blood.
Jesus, our Mighty Deliverer, wants to set us free and lead us out of our exile. He wants to set people free from the tormentors (demons that harass, oppress and afflict). He wants to restore the foundations of our lives. He wants to give us freedom in areas of our lives where we have been bound in chains.
Psalms 146:7-8 says of the Lord, “Who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord looses the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises them that are bowed down. The Lord loves the righteous.”
The anointing of the Spirit of God lifts burdens and removes yokes. Isaiah 10:27 says, “In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because of the Anointing.”
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”