Walking With Mr. Depression (Part 1)
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Depression is a serious and debilitating disorder that 1 in every 8 Americans succumb to during their daily lives. Depression is a disorder that plagues people but it also walks with them just as a shadow follows them on a summer day. Depression is as much a part of people’s lives as a friend that walks with them to an appointment. Today we will discover the individual that walks with them and his role in their lives. Join us as we Walk With Mr. Depression.
Mr. Depression is a person that brings every individual to a self realization that things are not fair, negative and potentially harmful. Those that are sensitive or as the scripture says “careful” tend to listen to Mr. Depression. As he begins to warn about potential dangers, hazards and offenses those aforementioned begin to invite him to provide guidance for every situation in their lives. As he begins to communicate, we tend to block the voice of reason and logic but swallow his wisdom without question. During this consumption process we seek the follow:
Mr. Depression’s primary function, in the minds & hearts of people, is to keep them safe from things that can harm them or those that they care about most. So how does Mr. Depression keep people safe?
A. Being Careful
Mr. Depression consistently makes recommendations to those that have invited him to walk with them about safety. How? In order to learn about Mr. Depression we should look at the book and the today’s text. Notice what the bible says: “Be careful for nothing”. This means that we should not become overly burdened down with things of this world. Mr. Depression’s primary goal is to show us an obstacle and then tell us how we are going to fail about conquering it. We should realize that obstacles are an opportunity to see the power of God in our lives as we yield to Him. All too often, Mr. Depression warns us about trying to do things that are out of our comfort zone. Mr. Depression does not want us to finish this scripture “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” If our requests are made unto God, don’t you think that God will answer it and then give us the power to endure the obstacles?
B. Being Cautious
Mr. Depression wants us to also, spend time in prayer and bible reading but never spend time applying what we have learned. Simply put, he wants us to pray and study because this is safe but going out to apply what we have learned is too risky. Why? I might be rejected and get mocked. This is too tough for me because I am very sensitive and Mr. Depression understands. He wants us to be so cautious that we succumb to paralysis by analysis. Being overly cautious is wise but to being paralyzed by being cautiousness is simply put a lack of faith.
Mr. Depression is a person that gives most people comfort by validating what they already have in their minds. However, Mr. Depression, a very persuasive man, can be silenced by submission to God. Mr. Faith is the only man outside of Jesus Christ to give sure victory. In tomorrow’s devotional, we will cover the security that Mr. Depression gives to believers. Join us again as address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.