Mr. Depression’s Closest Friends (Part 1)
II Corinthians 11:12-15
“But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
Mr. Depression’s reach includes his immediate family but also extends to his closest friends that have equally devastating powers. They have a specific method of attacking the believer in a very specific way. This week we will take time to expose their methods and share tactics to counter these attacks. Join us as we meet Mr. Depression’s Closest Friends.
Meet New Acquaintance Experimentation
Mr. Depression’s Close Friend New Acquaintance Experimentation (NAE) is the MOST friendly and appealing to all that get to her. She is flirty, fun and friendly to all that get to meet her. She will go out of her way to make you think about her even when she isn’t in sight. We have been told that she snares over 95% of all people that befriend her and 100% of those that befriend her never want to leave her. How does she have so much power over people to convince them to stay near when she does or says nothing to persuade them? We have been given the report by our favorite hero Officer Mercy Grace (MG). Here’s his report:
I. Gradual Grind
When one begins to come into contact with (NAE) they begin to notice her sweet appeal and desire her because everyone else speaks so well about their first experience with her. These same people talk her up so well along with her sweet appeal one feels as if their defenses are being ground away bit by bit. This is why strong people seemingly fight for years and all of a sudden fall. Their active resistance has been eroded away year by year.
When one is confronted with experimentation with new drugs, they will fight and resist because they know it is wrong. However, as they hear the testimony of how others have not been taken over by these drugs they consider and think “If they can handle it, so can I because I’m stronger than they.” This “gradual grind” will wear down the victim and cause a breakdown of discipline and lead to a possible downfall.
II. Gratification Galore
So, if (NAE) gets into the mind of the victim, she will push and push for a “trial run” of the substance that she has solicited to the victim. As (NAE) gently nudges you to try the substance of choice she assures you that all will be okay even though your mind and body sends you strong warning that it is not! You will have a reservation, a rapid pulse and a response physically to the thought of consuming this drug. (NAE) reassures you that this is normal and is all part of the thrill of consuming this drug. You then buy into consuming the drug and then you experience it! The intense sensation of self gratification galore. Unknown to you, (NAE) has been given unrestricted access to your body and is on her voyage to control you from the inside out. For this brief moment of self-gratification, there will be a lifetime of sorrow and grieving.
“If you consume a substance, that drastically changes your mental state in a very short period of time, you are opening yourself up to be a prisoner to it’s effects. Whatever substance draws that type of reaction out of will ALWAYS come with strings attached OR will come with a 100% chance of addiction and bondage.”
III. Give & Take
(NAE) is very intelligent and has been in this business for many years. She knows what buttons to push in order to trap a person. Her absolute goal is for every person that she comes into contact with to “Worship Her”. According to our scripture we read that (NAE) or the devil wants to this title. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” She portrays an image of friendliness but in actuality she is actually your foe. She makes substantial investments in people by faith in the hopes that they will join her and ultimately worship her in body and soul. She will give what she has in order to take all that you have. You will take from her but will end up giving all that you have while she gives you a little then takes all from you.
(NAE) is flirty, fun and friendly but she is dangerous, deceptive and deadly. Her lures have taken many men and women down a road of destruction from which few recover. All that do happen to recover, will warn you to stay far away from her and draw close to Jesus Christ. Ladies and gentlemen, if you are reading this devotional and have had the unfortunate opportunity to meet (NAE) know that only Jesus can set you free. (NAE) is the only friend of Mr. Depression that seeks to make people worship her. She by far is THE MOST DANGEROUS. Today in your walk with the Lord, please remember that she may seem friendly, flirty or even fun but there have been many men and women slain by her and taken down a dark road. Stay far away and remember that there is power in numbers. (NAE) does her best work when you are alone and she seldom attacks you when you are in large groups. In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about the next close friend of Mr. Depression Best Friend Addiction. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.