Walking With Mr. Depression (Part 2)
“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 secure from things that can harm them or those that they care about most. So how does Mr. Depression provide security?
A. By Mixing Truth With Emotion
Notice what our text tells us about security: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Did you notice what that verse said? One word in there that talks about security which is “Peace”. Peace brings security. Mr. Depression will try to sell people on the security of God with the peace of God. Having security without peace is like having a mighty fortress without the doors. Mr. Depression will allow a person to see security in bible verses but at the same time doubt whether or not God is going to protect them because of how they feel in a particular situation. For instance, I remember one time a person a person I know had a bill that was due. Once they seen the bill, their spirit within failed and they instantly began to worry. They heard a song on the radio and it motivated them to read the bible. They came across this verse: Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” They believed in that instant that God was going to answer their prayer way before the bill was due. When God didn’t answer their request in the time that they thought that He should the disappointment came, then the doubt became to take root this was followed by despair and finally there came distress or worry. The same day that the bill was due, they heard the preacher preach a message using the same text. Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” As they travelled home, almost in tears about the situation, they same an envelope in their mailbox. It was a check for a medical bill that they had overpaid years back for that amount plus some extra to spare. Mr. Depression can make us see past the supply closet of God and notice the empty room of Mr. Depression.
B. By Masking The Blessing Under A Shroud Of Uncertainty
Mr. Depression has such a smooth game at his disposal that we willingly volunteer to be his pawns and enjoy doing this so much that we come back for repeat business. How? Well, let’s begin by asking everyone reading this devotional, to honestly answer the following questions:
- When was the last time that you were evicted from your home?
- When was the last time that you and your family starved?
- Do you and your family have a selection of clothing to wear in your closets?
- Do you and your family have food in your cupboards & refrigerator?
- Are any members of your immediate family deathly ill?
- Are your utilities still on?
- Do you have a job that allows you to make money?
- Do you have a car?
- Does your car operate well enough to get your from point A to point B?
- At this very moment, are you in a life or death situation?
If you are like me, or most people for that matter, you would agree that we probably aren’t in desperate or dire situations. However, Mr. Depression’s game is suited to making others see the worst possible outcome while neglecting reality and the best possible outcome. He likes making people take security in knowing that negative will happen and there is nothing that you can do to change it. Mr. Depression is responsible for more time in lost prayer than illness or death!!! God will make your trial a blessing if you see Him in the situation! In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about our salvation and Mr. Depression’s effect on it. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.