Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Depression (Part 5)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.
Psalm 55:2 (NIV)
Life and death are in the power of the tongue.
Proverbs 18:21 (HCSB)
If a poisoned dart can enter the bloodstream, go to the heart and kill us, then poisoned words can enter the head, go to the heart and kill us, too. They can knock us flat, blacken our hope, strangle our joy and deaden our witness. The result? Depression.
But poisoned words begin as poisoned thoughts. If the brain is a factory, then bad thoughts turn it into a weapons plant; attached to the facility is a launching pad called the mouth. Regrettably, I have fired missiles. Surely, we've all been hit.
As Joyce Meyer puts it, every person on earth is engaged in a personal war: a Battlefield of the Mind.*
Concerning depression, consider an unusual practice God's heroes had in common: They didn't hide their misery, nor did they speak it to the world. Instead, they shot their complaints straight to the Top.** Unfailingly, God answered. Soon enough, their circumstances changed.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Do not be conformed to this world of unremedied depression. Instead, 'Be transformed by the renewing of your mind' (Romans 12:2).
Even more, destroy the enemy's fire power: 'Demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and... take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ' (2 Corinthians 10:5). Here's how:
Any thoughts about you or your future that disagree with God's Word are liars and thieves.*** So call them out, chain them up and cast them to God. He will return malicious thoughts to their sender (Satan). At the same time, He will re-new your mind:
'He Who sits on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.' And He said, 'Write, for these Words are faithful and true' ' (Revelation 21:5), because 'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17), including your mind.
'Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things' (Philippians 4:8).
Therein, 'We have the Mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16).
To Be Continued...
* Joyce Meyer Ministries: https://www.joycemeyer.org; https://www.joycemeyer.org/productfamily.aspx?category=battlefieldofthemind
** David, Elijah, Job, Jeremiah & Jonah are highlighted in Depression, Part 3.
*** In order to identify thoughts that disagree with God;s Word, you must know God's Word. I urge, plead and shamelessly beg you to daily Bible reading. It's more important than this devotion, more important than small groups, and I dare say more important than any sermon on Sunday. Gifted teachers are good. God's Word is better. Not just better, It is perfectly suited to your personal needs.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Depression series.