Updated: Feb 29
Yesterday we spoke on the theme of anxiety. To be honest, I didn't realise how much I wanted to say about it.
So I have decided to do a week on it!
So, yesterday we focused on when we hit the top of the peaks.
If we look at the graph (left), we can see that yesterday we looked at the top left. Today we will look at the bottom left.
Ok, so we all have times when we feel low. But what happens when this lasts? When this stays?
Let me share a testimony from Testimony share
I then was healed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and set free. I was back to my normal self again. God is doing wonderful things, and if you are struggling with depression, talk to someone. A pastor, a parent, a best friend. Because they will pray for you and help you through this.
Let us break this down. I am going to look at the parts that I have put in bold
You can be set free
You need to talk to someone
Let people help you
You can be set free
When you feel depressed (or low for that matter), you may feel like nothing can get you out of the ditch you feel like you are in. You feel hopeless, faithless and almost like a zombie going through life.
Life feels like a tunnel, you have got mud on the ground (the type that you seem to sink in), it is pitch black and a massive mountain is blocking the source of light. You feel like you are crawling, hands and knees, unable to move much further. Your arms and legs ache, almost like someone is crushing your limbs with a heavy boulder.
That sounds awful! But what does the bible say?
It very clearly says that God will give you rest. Jesus knows how tiring it can feel to be so low. Returning to the graph, we can see that in that state you will feel 'tired out'.
God can, and will set you free. Even if it takes every morsel of your strength, lift your arms to heaven and say 'I know you are for me, I give my burdens to you'. The process of being set free may take time, it may not be an instant fix, you may still feel that it is dark. But my prayer is that you will see a glimmer of light, of hope, of the love of Jesus.
2) We are not told to go through things alone, God put us in a community for a reason, a purpose. 'Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.'- 1 Thessalonians 5:11. We are to build each other up. Don't hide your light under a bushel, but let others see it. I don't know if you have ever read or watched 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, but let me show you that we need to be like the Ghost of Christmas Past
That from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light, by which all this was visible; and which was doubtless the occasion of its using, in its duller moments, a great extinguisher for a cap, which it now held under its arm
Let your light shine, let others see your light, take off the cap that hides the light. I'm sure that you will probably know that Scrooge was a miserable character, he may even have had depression. Shine your God-given light so that the depressed can see it.
It is so easy when you feel low to hide under your duvet, only coming out to use the loo or get a drink. Let me encourage you, at the times you feel low, get people around you. Please come to church, even if you sit on the back row, even if you don't look at anyone. We need to be a church where the masks are dropped.
And if you see someone in the church who feels low, please speak to them, get them a drink, smile at them. Most importantly, don't be afraid of them or try to keep them at arm's length.
Please, you need to know God loves you and is the light in the darkness, but you need to let him be that light.