Walking With Mr. Depression (Part 3)
“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 does his best work in the area of salvation and assurance. Many people will live in the area of uncertainty because of their journey with Mr. Depression. So how does Mr. Depression make us uncertain in the area of salvation?
A. Good Happens To Good, Bad Happens To Bad
Most people think that once you become a Christian that everything will be good and nothing will go wrong. As one of my friends would say, everything is a pie in the sky filled with loads of “hocus pocus” loveliness all the time. Well if you have been a Christian for any length of time, you know that things are definitely NOT positive and go good all the time. In fact the bible reminds us in II Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” However most people believe that once they except Jesus as their Lord that they will not go through bad times again. So when they go through bad times and trials in their new Christian life, they will listen to Mr. Depression and start to doubt whether or not they are Christians. The bible reminds us that God makes the rain fall upon the just and the unjust. Matthew 5:45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Good things happen to the bad and the good just like bad things happen to the bad and the good.
Mr. Depression makes people doubt their salvation by bringing situations in the life of Christians. This overwhelms their ability to see God clearly. It is like a very dark rain cloud blocking out the sunlight or should I say the Son Light. This gloominess makes all people feel depressed and hopeless. Mr. Depression’s influence on salvation is that of doubt and oppression but we can have assurance and freedom through Christ. David asked God to restore the joy of his salvation. If David asked for his joy to be restored, then logically something was done to steal it away. In tomorrow’s devotional we will speak about the shelter from the storm clouds of depression. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical on Worship With Willie.