Sep 27, 2011

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The Initiative Against Depression

The Initiative Against Depression

This devotion is taken from “My Utmost for His Highest” and really speaks to the need of a friend of mine who is facing some giants in his life.  One thought I took away this morning is to remember how God can use each and every one of us.  I sometimes feel that the little things don’t really matter and that I need to do something huge to be actually in God’s will.  Not so.  I need to be willing to do “whatever is asked” without thinking about the perceived significance.   Depression is a real problem in this life.  It’s effects can be seen on the faces of people all around us.  My prayer is that we will listen for God’s direction today and do something “little” for Him to impact another’s life in a Huge way.  And if life has you by the tail – Strain to hear God’s voice.  He just may be asking you to do something so small that it just might erase any depression/stress/concern you are carrying.

(As always, I recommend reading the entire chapter highlighted below to broaden our perspective of the highlighted verse.)


Taking the Initiative Against Depression
Feb 17 2011
Arise and eat—1 Kings 19:5

The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be alive—only material things don’t suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation. There are things in life that are designed to depress us; for example, things that are associated with death. Whenever you examine yourself, always take into account your capacity for depression.

When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable. Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God’s creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things-things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there. The inspiration that comes to us in this way is an initiative against depression. But we must take the first step and do it in the inspiration of God. If, however, we do something simply to overcome our depression, we will only deepen it. But when the Spirit of God leads us instinctively to do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we arise and obey, we enter a higher plane of life.

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