Depression is a problem that has been running rampant in the western world. However, it is intriguing, that depression is rarely a significant problem in some of the most difficult parts of the world. There are places where starvation and disaster constantly bombard the people, yet an exceptionally low number of cases of depression are found when compared with places like The United States and Europe. Why is this? Could it be that most of these places still recognize the devil and spirits as being a possible cause of affliction and direct their prayers to Jesus for liberation? If we were to ask our African or Malagasy friends, they would answer in the affirmative. One African pastor remarked, “How can you fight a war if you forget that your enemies are hiding outside your camp in the brush? As soon as you walked outside you would be slaughtered.” Yet, for far too many Christians this is how they proceed, they walk around without noticing the activities of the evil one in their midst and, as a result, fall prey to his affliction and death. Martin Luther has helpful advice for a Christian who faces depression. You can read more about this in the book ,”I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare:

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