Summary: Discouragement, depression and condemnation are some of the best tools, the devil has in his bag of tricks. Statistics show, that everyone will at some time in their life be affected by depression, either their own or someone elses
Only you get to decide?
1st Sam 30:3,4,6,8 NKJ
3. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.
4. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
6. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
8. So David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?
And He answered him, Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.
We all know what it means to have your feet kicked out from under us, to have the wind knocked out of our sail, to be down to nothing and facing everything.
If you havent, you aint lived much, thats when your faith is stretched the most.
Its in those trust moments, the Lord really gets a chance to shine meet your need at just the right time in just the right way?
But did you know, that there are people who never have had that happen for them,
Oh they have been down alright, i remember the lyrics from a song i heard one time, they've been to ledge so many times, they know the pigeons by name,
they are continually discouraged and in depression over issues the devil has thrown at them
They are disarmed and disengaged from Gods presence, with no idea or solution as to what they are facing,
Christians and non believers alike who over certain circumstances,
have been beat down by the devil and the world, to the point of exhaustion.
and just like David and his men, spiritually they have been disarmed as well,
They have been discouraged almost to the point of no return.
The cure for this kind of ill, cannot be found at the doctors office,
doctors dispense medicine that only treats the symptom and only masks whats going on,
the treatment and real cure can only be found in the presence and strength of the Lord God Almighty
You see, the devil never cares, how or what it takes to get to you,
Discouragement and depression and condemnation are some of the best tools, the devil has in his bag of tricks.
Statistics show, that everyone will at some time in their life be affected by depression, either their own or someone elses
Ill. I was reading, that Pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants.
Statistics show that at least four percent of preschoolers -- over a million children -- are said to be clinically depressed
Can you imagine, a parent telling someone, we cant come over tonight because our 4 yr old is depressed
The devil has no respect for age or innocence, only one objective, to take all he can with him to his demise!
Ill. I read a story about a man who tried to sell soap to a certain customer.
He started going to the customer in the morning and continued until the customer got fed up and said,
Ah! This is the tenth soap seller that has come here. What is it with you people?
Okay how much is the soap? I will buy the soap so that you will stop bothering me.
And he bought the soap. The man then said, proudly Point of correction sir, I am the only one that has been coming.
In the morning, I wore a suit and you turned me away, in the afternoon I wore a sweater, I went and changed each time and came back. I have been here ten times. Thank you for buying.
The devil doesnt care how many times it takes to get you were he wants you, he has the time or so he thinks
and if there is one thing hes consistent at, is doing what he does best, repeatedly knocking, on your door.
But let me tell you now and for future reference, you dont have to answer the door, Ignore it!
Put out a no vacancy sign up and leave it there!
Discouraged people will always snatch defeat from certain victory.
They see victory coming down the road, with their name on it in neon lights
and somehow get turned around and walk away, in the other direction and it never does find them.
They don't know it, but they have been walking two steps away from success their whole entire life!
You know their the ones that claim If it werent for bad luck, Id have no luck at all.
Did you know, that Luck is the root word, for the word lucifer