Monday, December 29th, 2014
Depression (Part 13)
Solutions: The Good Book
My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your Word.
Psalm 119:25 (NASB)
I am exceedingly afflicted; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your Word.
Psalm 119:107 (NASB)
I am so sold on God's Word. Jumping up with my hands in the air, I agree: His Words are more precious than gold or jewels.*
In a previous devotion, I wrote:
'If I had to choose one life Verse, it would be John 8:31-32: 'If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'
If I had to choose one Psalm, it would be Psalm 119: the long One. The NKJV calls it 'Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God.'
If I was allowed to choose my own epitaph, it would be this one: The Bible is true: every Word. By It, by Him, we live. **
Here's the thing about this confusing world: If we don't know God's Word personally, then how can we know the Truth, straight from Him to us? How can we have the wisdom to walk a narrow path, when much of the church has broadened it? How can we fight depression, when much of the church has ignored deliverance?
It's not enough. I repeat, it's not enough to listen to a preacher on Sunday, to meet again on Wednesday, to read a devotion daily, to follow your favorite televangelist, or to rely on Jesus Calling... through any book but His.
They may be helpful as secondary resources, but for Heaven's sake and your own, don't ignore your Primary Resource: The Good Book. Because the Good Book is Jesus Himself. We did not see Him on the Cross, but we can see Him in His Word.
In terms of oppression, depression and spiritual warfare in general, consider Psalm 23, Ephesians 6 and Romans 8. These Words are golden Promises among God's pick-me-ups from the King of liftings, large and small.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You have a Great Commission and you face a great enemy. One must be followed and the other must be fought. You are actors. You know how to memorize scripts and songs. But you are also warriors. You need to memorize Scripture and Psalms.
Don't confuse a justified rebellion from religion to an unjustified ignorance of God's Word. If you don't learn the Lines, you cannot be prepared to fight the good fight effectively. Babies aren't warriors, and warriors are needed... so eat the solid Food of The Good Book.****
To Be Continued...
* Psalm 19:7-11: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+19%3A7-11&version=NASB
** Previous AMTC Devotion Series on God's Word:
** The Straight Up Word: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-straight-up-word-part-1-the-wordbucks-cafe
** Immeasurable Power: http://amtcdevotions.org/immeasurable-power-part-1-the-word-of-god
** The Winning Word: http://amtcdevotions.org/the-chain-of-command-part-7-the-winning-word
*** Psalm 23: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+23&version=NASB
*** Ephesians 6: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+6&version=NASB
*** Romans 8: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+8&version=NASB
**** 'In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's Word all over again.... Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the Teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil' (Hebrews 5:12-14).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Depression series.