Mr. Depression’s Closest Friends (Part 2)
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 Your Best Friend Addiction
Mr. Depression’s Close Friend Your Best Friend Addiction (BFA) is a very clever and sly person. He works with New Acquaintance Experimentation (NAE) in order to gain followers so that they can worship him. He has been reported saying the following statement “(NAE) may get them to bite but I’m the one that get’s them hooked so that they can’t break free.” This is why (BFA) causes the most pain, peril and persecution to all those that are trapped in his mercy waters. The things that makes (BFA) so dangerous are his abilities to make you believe that you don’t have a problem and that you can break free at anytime. How does he have so much power over people to believe that they are in control when he really has the control? We have been given the report by our favorite hero Officer Mercy Grace (MG). Here’s his report:
I Am Chasing The High
When a person flirts with (NAE) the receive an intense sensation that they only get once. What makes addiction so bad is that people are chasing that first high! To make it easier to understand imagine hardboiled eggs. At Easter time people will usually color hard boiled eggs by placing them in a food coloring solution that makes the white shell of the egg change colors. How is this compared to addiction? The question that you should ponder is how are they similar. Once the virgin surface of the egg is colored, it cannot be uncolored! One will have to use stronger & heavier colors to out-do the previous color. What you end up with is a very dark egg shell that you can’t un-color. However, the most pronounced and effective change is that first coloring. When a person experiences that first high, nothing else will compare to that first experience. The user will spend a lifetime chasing that first high. As they begin to become accustomed the subsequent, lesser highs they will use heavier and stronger items to chase that first experience. All the while (BFA) laughs at their futile attempts to gain control.
I Use To Cope With Humanity
Obviously people have to work and interact with society in order to make a living and maintain a semblance or being normal. However, as they begin to become impatient with humanity they will begin to crave and desire a restored connection to their god. That drug is both their best friend and god. No one will understand me like this drug. That drug will celebrate with them, it will cry with them and will connect with them when no one else will. When humanity doesn’t understand what this person is going through, their best friend will understand which makes them feel connected and validated. This in turn makes them pledge their allegiance to the drug, their god. Officer (MG) tells us that this makes them seek personal & private time with their god away from humanity. Most addicts like to be alone and away from groups of people when they consume drugs. Humanity is usually a bother to them but (BFA) knows that this personal connection will keep them using and connected to him without the interference of humanity. Solitude and addition make a terrible recipe for destruction and annihilation.
I Can Quit With Humanistic Reasoning
People with active addictions truly believe that they aren’t hooked and that they can stop whenever they want. The further indicate that they don’t want to but if they did, then they would stop an not look back. This is simply not true! Those statements are like a Largemouth Bass telling the angler that he can get off of the hook anytime that he feels like it. Obviously, fish have no ability to free themselves once they have taken a bite. Addicts will try multiple things in order to quit but from day one they realize that they hopelessly and helplessly ensnared in a yoke of which they cannot rid themselves. SO they seek other ways to free themselves much like fish. Fishes will attempt to run away but the angler has planned for this and actually enjoys the fight. The more the fish fights, the better bragging rights the angler has when we brings in the fish. (BFA) does the same thing! He will fight and give it his all to reel you in so that he can talk about your efforts to escape than brag about you being caught. Trying to fight a battle without the appropriate weapons will cause you to become a casualty or worse.
(BFA) wants to have people look to him as their god as they struggle with terrible addictions to their substance of choice. He seeks to be an angel of light to have people look to him as a supreme being. What you must remember is that he has no more power than those ensnared by his evil devices. He cannot even free you from this terrible addiction but there is one who can set you free. In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about the next close friend of Mr. Depression “Distant Friend Discouragement. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.