Walking With Mr. Depression (Part 4)
“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:
Shelter material security is a huge area that Mr. Depression will focus on, after salvation, when it comes to dealing with people. Why? Because people tend to focus more on material things instead of spiritual things. Once of which is shelter, clothing, food and money. It has been said that 90% of all people that are laid off from careers or jobs are MOST concerned about their living arrangement before anything else. So to keep it simple we will include food, water, money and shelter all into the same category. Having said this, we are still interested in how Mr. Depression attacks this area and how he makes us walk with him.
A. Training Yourself To Not Listen
Mr. Depression loves to make us second guess our security. His favorite job is to make us doubt the protecting and providing power of God. He makes sure that when there is a financial issues that we instantly doubt our security. He makes us worry oftentimes when this is no logical reason for worry. He makes us believe that our home sweet home will be gone if our job doesn’t “feel” secure.
I know a couple that had a very strong believer and an anemic believer. One of them spoke about an issue at work that we all have from time to time. Well, the anemic believer, that we will call Julie, instantly began to listen for Mr. Depression’s voice! Why? Because sometimes Mr. Depression’s voice is louder than the voice of The Blessed Holy Spirit. The strong believer, which we will call Frank, informed Julie that there was no reason that she should worry. Well, in Julie’s mind, she began to think “Is he telling me thins because he doesn’t want me to freak out or is it really nothing to worry about?” In Frank’s mind, it wasn’t an issue because he saw no danger of loosing anything that God gave him. Besides, Frank had trained his ears, mind and heart to hear the Holy Spirit so Mr. Depression didn’t have the ability to whisper seductive thoughts into his ears. Frank had to spend more time assuring Julie that she was hearing another voice that made no logical sense but in Julie’s mind it made perfect sense. All she could see storm clouds forming with heavy winds that caused a funnel cloud to form. She saw the imminent storm while Frank couldn’t even see clouds in the sky. Because shelter is important people tend to imagine the worse in a potentially harmful situation. All one needs to do is listen to the right voice. If you have difficulty hearing this voice. Meet with someone that can train you how to hear it and listen for it in time of adversity. Frank told Julie this profound statement:
“MR. DEPRESSION’S VOICE IS USUALLY THE FIRST VOICE THAT ONE HEARS IN THE TIMES OF TRIAL; THE HOLY SPIRIT’S VOICE IS OFTEN THE ONE THAT MANY REFUSE TO HEAR BECAUSE IT DOES NOT CALL ATTENTION TO ISELF. IT SHOWS YOU HOW THANKFUL YOU SHOULD BE INSTEAD OF HOW ANGRY YOU CURRENTLY ARE!”
B. Teaching Yourself To Follow God No Matter What
I have to say that this isn’t taught too much in many home and schools. Teaching the youth today to follow God even if the world around them fails is not a popular decision. In our minds, I don’t even believe that many pastor and Christians believe that they ONLY have ONE OPTION. Jesus or death! We should spend time reading the book of Job and about the trials he endured. How does one teach themselves to follow God no matter what?
- Commit To Him – People will never follow anyone to the end unless they commit to them and trusts them. People have trusted Jesus for their salvation but need to trust Him for their situation.
- Communicate With Him – I find that people will usually trust people that they have a relationship with and communicate to frequently. If one does not communicate frequently with Jesus then how in the world can they blindly trust Him. That’s like speaking to an imaginary friend.
Today, as you walk with The Lord, be careful to watch out for Mr. Depression and his voice that’ louder than the Spirit’s Voice. Just because you can’t hear the Spirit’s voice, doesn’t mean that you can’t learn how to hear Him today. In tomorrow’s devotional we will close this series and learn about how to silence Mr. Depression. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.