Look Up

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In scripture we read of a woman who was bowed down with a physical infirmity for eighteen years that was caused by an evil spirit (Luke 13:10-13)—she literally looked down for those eighteen years until Jesus loosed her from the infirmity that so cruelly bound her. Hers was a physical infirmity, but did you know that people can be bound with an emotional infirmity? This infirmity causes people to emotionally look down wherever they go. They look down on themselves, thinking they are a worthless piece of garbage. They look down on other people, finding fault with others and bringing them down. They look down on the world around them, thinking the entire world is against them. There are people who live their entire lives looking down because of a spirit of emotional infirmity that has attacked them.

In this teaching, Dr. Mark Lantz outlines three principles from the Word of God that detail how you no longer have to be bowed over with depression and defeat. Today you can begin to see straight by not viewing life through the skewed vision of depression. Today you can begin to look other people in the eye with confidence. Today you can begin to do the things you haven’t done for years. Indeed, today you can begin to walk upright in joy and victory!

(Life on Purpose is a teaching series from Dr. Mark Lantz designed to take practical and relevant truths from the Word of God and empower us to live a full life in Christ. Dr. Lantz covers many topics using scriptural principles and encouragement to give us a firm foundation to face the trials and obstacles that can so easily hinder and divert us from the path of blessing that God has for each of us.)

(Dr. Lantz and his wife, Crystal, are lead pastors of Christian Center Church in South Bend, Indiana.)