Depression, a state of mind that effects every aspect of life, physical, social, financial, spiritual. For years, I struggled with depression. There are so many elements that can be the makeup for depression. Often, people try to combat depression with expending too much time trying to find the source. When people get depressed, they have a tendency to look at their lives and the people and things around them, assuming they will find the root cause within their search. The truth is, depression is caused by something much deeper and constantly overlooked. Depression, always starts with a lie. Always. Satan, being the author of confusion, starts the process with a thought in the mind or uses someone to say or do something to you that kicks off the downward spiral. This is why the Bible says:
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We can clearly see from this passage, that our enemy is not people, or circumstances. That's exactly what the devil wants you to think. He wants to convince you that your depression stems from mistreatment, or your environment. On the surface, this makes perfect sense to the natural train of thought. To blame others or circumstances for depression, makes sense, in the natural. The reality is, every bad thought, every bad circumstance, every word that has been fired at you with hate.. These things ONLY HAVE POWER WHEN YOU ALLOW THEM TO EFFECT YOU. If your reading this right now, you have to understand that YOU are in control of your thoughts and emotions. YOU have the choice to let what happens in life effect you. This is why the Word of God says:
1 Peter 5:7 KJV
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Regardless of what people say, or what they do to you, YOU have a choice. When you allow what others say or do to drive you into depression, YOUR GIVING THEM POWER THAT THEY DO NOT DESERVE. It's as if your truly surrendering the one thing that no one should ever be able to take from you, YOUR WILL TO CHOOSE. God graciously gave us the free will as men and woman to make decisions to; fight or flight, so to speak. When you feel like the cares of this world are too much to handle.. When you feel like there is no hope.. When you feel like nothing could ever bring a smile to your face again... REMEMBER THIS... You have a God in Heaven who loves you more than anyone else could ever dream of. He wants to be your sounding board. That's why He says to CAST ALL your cares (troubles, anxiety, fears,) on HIM! Even if all your "friends" or family has abandoned you, God still cares. His love for you is unmatched and truly a marvelous thing. He has watched you since you took your first breath here on earth. He watched your first steps, your first words, everything. He has been watching you grow from a seed in your mothers womb until this very second.
He pays attention to the details that you think no one else cares about. When you accomplish something, and it seems like no one cares, HE IS PROUD OF YOU. When you lay down at night, wondering why your still breathing, He is watching you, with tears in His eyes. He loves you and it's excruciating to Him to watch you suffer mentally. He gave you the free will to do whatever you desire, so start looking at your options. One thing is certain, You will ALWAYS have options. regardless of finances, you always have options in life. God made you creative. You have a incredible gift inside of you that allows you to make the best out of everything, regardless of situations. The devil will push thoughts in your head, telling you that your worthless, that you have no friends or family, telling you that no one cares. He will do anything he can to keep your focus and mind off of Jesus Christ. What you have to understand is; Satan knows that if you realized how much God truly loves and adores you, YOU WOULD REALIZE that the only one who is actually alone and miserable, is Satan.
Satan is jealous of you. He can never again find favor or forgiveness with God. He has been eternally separated from fellowship with God. This is why he does everything he can to convince you that your all alone with no hope. YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE DEDICATED DECISION that satan is WRONG. You have potential! You are capable of becoming anything you want, if you want it bad enough! You are so important, that Jesus laid down His own life for you. He took every hit, every thorn, every nail, and suffered a brutal death for you. Jesus came to give us a life that is MORE THAN abundant! He desires nothing but the best for you. No matter what you've done in the past, no matter what... YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN and find freedom and smile once again. All you have to do is surrender to Him. Cry out to Him in your time of need. He will never leave you or forsake you. The whole world can turn their backs on you, But HE WILL BE WITH YOU AS LONG AS YOU ALLOW HIM.
People with depression are convinced that God is looking for people who don't make the mistakes you do. This of course is yet, another lie from satan. Jesus said he came to seek and save the LOST. He's not looking for people who are perfect. He's looking for people who are WILLING to try their absolute best to serve Him and be obedient to His Word. This surely doesn't happen overnight. This takes a lifetime to understand and complete. This is why a relationship with God is a lifetime commitment. Each year, no matter how great last year was or wasn't, presents a new opportunity, a new start. Each day, in the same respect, offers a new start. Depression will do it's best to remind you of the past. What Satan, and depression don't ever see is.. the future. Believe it or not, when you finally stop thinking and dwelling on the past, the only thing you will see IS THE FUTURE!
I'm going to be very transparent with you today. I have lived a life of sin. I have been depressed and suicidal. I spent years filled with sorrow, loneliness, and fake smiles when I could muster up the strength to pretend. The truth is, I never started truly recovering from and defeating depression until I refused to allow my past, to have any relevancy in my present. I had to realize that, for so long, I was giving over my power to choose for myself. I would let what other people said or thought dictate my opinion of myself. I came to the realization that, regardless if I have friends or not, I have value! I am capable of anything, I can achieve whatever I desire if I work as hard as possible with faith in cohesive , respectably.
I realized that, no matter what, I have a friend in Heaven, and His name is Jesus. The whole world can turn their backs on me, and yet I will never again be alone. All because I made the decision to make Jesus the Lord and Savior of my life. I accepted Him as my best friend. The only reason I am free today, is because of my relationship with Jesus Christ. NOT church, NOT religion, Only Jesus and His Word. I encourage you today, when you go throughout your day, to remember, your never alone. If you need help, Jesus is just a prayer away. He is with you always, even till the end of the age. Keep your head up, this battle won't be a easy one to win.. BUT.. when you do win, you will find more joy than you have ever experienced. Never forget who you are. You are awesome. You are capable. You are a blessing to this planet. Regardless of that others might say or think, you are victorious! Depression sucks, so kick it to the curb and allow the Word of God to shape your life and decisions. With God, You CANNOT LOSE!
Until Next Time...
~ Pastor Ian
Matthew 28:20 (KJV) 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Hey everyone! I want to take a minute and tell you whats been going on in my life. I have been taking a break from the website for a couple weeks for personal reflection. My wife and I are getting ready to move and make some possible career changes. It's been a crazy few weeks. I have been flying a lot and progressing in my flight training. I also have been spending some much needed time in prayer with the Lord about direction. My life has changed so drastically over the last 3-5 years. So much has happened and changed. Without getting into explicit detail, I have learned a lot in the prior years. Ministry has been so hit and miss at times. For those of you who feel a deep calling into the ministry, be prepared for anything. I say that with true sincerity. At one point in my life, I thought I had my position and place in Ministry figured out. I was under the impression that I would be Pastoring Creation Church until I died or Jesus returned. I never thought we would have closed that church, but sadly, we did.
One thing is certain, life can change at a seconds notice, but Gods Word never changes. Regardless of the struggles or curveballs we encounter, it's up to us to remain steadfast through the changes and stand on the Word of God. Like anyone, I have done everything I can possibly think of to remain in Ministry and remain faithful to Gods Word. But, like everyone, I also have made mistakes over the years and have gained knowledge each and every time. I have worked so hard to keep myself plugged into Ministry. I have inquired help from other Churches and Ministers, yet they are silent. They remain silent, because they don't see me as a Minister of Jesus Christ. They see a tattooed man who doesn't think or act like they do. They see a man who doesn't eat at the same restaurants or shop at the same stores at they do. They see unique. This is a threat and apparently a direct violation to their thinking and logic. The preconceived notion of a Minister is far from who I am, or who I will ever be.
I have no desire to be like other ministers. God didn't call me to one like them, he made me unique and a person who lives for individualism. God made me, well.. me. That's about the best way I can describe it. Without being entirely transparent, I will tell you that at times, it hurts. It hurts knowing that Churches and Ministers who claim to serve the same Jesus I do, don't act like Him at all. It hurts me to watch them reject me and gossip about me when they get together in their idiotic Ministers meetings and groups. Yet, regardless of feelings, I care not. My goal in life isn't to win the approval of so called minsters. My goal in life is to be used by God almighty for His purpose and to help people see who Jesus Christ really is. My passion, my heart, is to see people saved from death, hell, and the eternal grave.
Well, I think that's all I will share this week. My heart is heavy. Just remember, no matter what someone says about you.. NO matter what they think.. Pay them no attention. God created you and He loves you more than you could ever comprehend. Regardless if your perfect or not. Regardless of what you look like, Jesus loves each and every one of you. He loves you so much that He died for you. Never stop being, You. Make a effort every day to show people the Christ that's in you. Make an effort every day to grow in His Word. But most importantly, make an effort every day to make Jesus Christ, your number one priority. Until we talk again..
~ Another Believer trying to make it in this world..
Reverend Ian Potter is a Spirit Filled Evangelist who preaches the Raw , Uncompromised , Gospel of Jesus Christ.