Jesus is born. That is joy to the world! So why is depression and despair so predominant and prevalent the closer we get to Christmas? Stress, loneliness, anxiety, grief, family dysfucntion, hopelessness and suicide have crept into Christmas. It is now apart and accepted as “Christmas culture”. There is a new normalcy to this negativity.
Depression is not a theme connected to Halloween. Suicides don’t peak during Thanksgiving. Why Christmas?
This is Christmas. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:13-14).
Christmas was first celebrated in the heavenlies. Christmas started with a heavenly host praising God. Christmas began with the declaration of God’s glory. Christmas originated with the blessing of peace being spoken over the earth. Christmas introduced the best of God’s good will toward man.
I am convinced that there is a battle that rages in the heavenlies over the celebration of the birth and life of Christ. The devil and every demon hates the day Jesus was born. They will work in the world and in your mind to keep you from the joy that Jesus brings.
I now command in the name of Jesus that the oppression of your spirit, the depression of your soul and the affliction of your body be healed. Agree with me! We pull down every dark thought. We master every debilitating emotion. We cancel every suicide. We declare the glory of God. We declare peace on earth. We declare God’s will be done. We declare Jesus is joy to the world!