Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, November 29th, 2019
Depression: The Battlefield
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.
Psalm 55:2 (NIV)
What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.
Proverbs 18:21 (GNT)
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.

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, NKJV).

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, NIV). 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 renew 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, NASB), 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, NKJV), 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, NIV).

Therein, 'We have the Mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16, NKJV).

## Depression: The Battlefield (Part 5)

* 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 Sunday sermon. Gifted teachers are good. God's Word is better. Not just better, It is perfectly suited to your personal needs

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2014 devotion series called, 'Depression.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Depression series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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