Walking With Mr. Depression (Part 5)
“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 is a very influential individual with irresistible speech. When people hear the words of Mr. Depression they instantly disregard their faith, logic and rational thought for a “worse case” mode of thinking. However, there are those that seem to NOT be affected by Mr. Depression’s words. How can they resist this irresistible force without long lasting thoughts or effects? These people adopt a few real-time mind sets and modes of thinking:
A. “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That”
Those that Mr. Depression attempts to control with his persuasive words recite this phrase to him. This phrase basically says “I hear you talking, but there are more important things to think about right now. Like God and my heart and mind remaining pure for God. DUH.” When Mr. Depression hears this phrase and is confronted with the idea of someone not having time to listen to him, I believe that becomes discouraged and moves on to the next person. This is consistent with James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” When we make time to listen to Mr. Depression, he will make sure that our time is spent for his benefit and not ours.
B. “Talk To The Hand”
The phrase, “Talk to the hand” basically means, you have permission to speak your issues to my hand but they will NOT reach my ears because of the distance that I have put between you and me. When Mr. Depression comes and tries to bring up issues to make us fear and second guess our position in Christ, we should tell him to talk to the hand. Keeping Mr. Depression far away from our mind and Not allowing his voice to penetrate our mind will allow us the ability to remain free from stress. This is why the bible says in 1 Peter 1:13 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”. When we allow rogue thoughts in our minds, we are inadvertently hoisting the white flag of surrender. It’s easier to keep the enemy out of your camp than it is to push them out once they have infiltrated it.
C. “Do I Hear Something?”
This particular phrase “Do I Hear Something” means that one person is informing the other person that they are being actively ignored. The one ignoring, hears sounds but will not allow their mind to interpret what these sounds as speech but instead they are being understood as noise. The one being ignored, will recognize this action and understand this silent message loud and clear as “they aren’t interested in what I have to say”. When Mr. Depression begins to speak, we should all instantly verbalize, “I hear you saying something, but I can’t understand it and I furthermore don’t want to!” The bible gives us this instruction in 2 Timothy 2:16 “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” When we give place to profane or useless information/words, we are voluntarily allowing ourselves to be attacked from the inside out. You have enough problems and worries without internalizing someone else’s issues. AMEN!
D. “EXCUSE ME!!! What Did You Just Say To Me!!???”
This phrase is used mostly in situations where the listener has heard something offensive or flat out disrespectful and they are actually about to rebuke or tell off the speaker. AMEN? We have all heard this before, some of us have probably used this phrase a few times as well. When Mr. Depression says something to you about something that doesn’t sit well with you, this action should happen. Most of the time we sit there and except what Mr. Depression is saying like a soldier receiving orders from a Captain. The bible re-enforces this truth in 1 Timothy 5:20 “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” Also the bible tells us this truth in Proverbs 18:6 “A fool’s lips enter into contention,
and his mouth calleth for strokes.” When someone says something evil, wrong, disrespectful or they are being froward/fresh they should get slapped or punched. This is the type of action that we should put upon Mr. Depression. When he has the audacity to mention negative news when we have positive news from Jesus Christ, The Living Word of God, we should rebuke him and smite him upon the mouth and praise God. You don’t have to take being disrespected by Mr. Depression anymore.
Mr. Depression is very persuasive and his speech is oftentimes irresistible but it is not impossible to ignore him. The silent treatment works very well but the best way to permanently silence Mr. Depression is by aggressively rebuking him so that he will not want to return to our presence. Once we have a pattern of rebuking him openly, he will NOT have the desire to whisper to us privately. Today as you walk with the Lord, Remember that Mr. Depression is a person and he is susceptible to the same things that burden us emotionally. If we stop being seduced by him and strive against him we will be on the road to seeing True Victory. That is how you stop walking with Mr. Depression. In our next Series we will talk about Mr. Depression’s closest friend “Mrs. Misery”. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.