P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Depression: Healing & Wholeness

Oct 20, 2013   //   by Tina McCrea   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on P-90X #Prayerfor90Days Depression: Healing & Wholeness

 

Sit & Die or Go & Try

 

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Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? 4If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” 5And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. 6For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” 7Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives. 8And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it (2 Kings 7:3-8).

The four lepers were diseased, in despair, and felt ostracized from their entire city.  They were on the outside longing to be on the inside.  We have all been there when issues in our lives seem to keep us from fitting in and going to the next level or place.  The lepers were in a serious dead zone, but they counted the cost.  They had either strength to lie there and die or strength enough to get up and try.  They decided to go despite what they were going through and what they had already been through in life.

 

The lepers were clueless to a degree, but they were careful and not careless about the next move in their lives.  The Bible says, “He who is careless of his ways will die” (Proverbs 19:16). There has to be consistency and diligence in all of your ways.  They all asked the paramount question, “Why are we just sitting here?”  Today, I pose that question to you, “Why are you just sitting there?”  Sitting on your dreams, talents, breakthrough, life, and family, when so much more awaits you, but you are just sitting there.  Do not be afraid to move and make a decision.  You could be wrong -yes, the odds are against you – but you still owe it to yourself at least to try.

 

The lepers had three choices: (1) Go back to the city in the famine and die, (2) Sit and die, or (3) Go to the enemy, surrender, and possibly die.  Now to the naked or untrained eye, you would say all the choices equaled death.  However, the third choice, the most unpopular choice, and the least traveled road, only had the possibility of death.  The other two choices had the assurance of death.

 

Choices #1 and #2 gave them the options to sit and do nothing or turn and go back to where they came from.  Sit, do nothing, and turn back are never the choices that God calls for you to choose or do.  He never wants you to sit and be stagnant, nor does He want you to go back to a place from which you have already been delivered, especially when the people there do not respect you, value you, or want you.

 

In verses 5-6, when they decided to make a move, God made one as well. Their little footsteps walking to the enemy’s camp were undetectable, but God amplified the sound to such a degree that their enemies heard chariots, horses, and a great army coming.  I know you feel like what is it really going to help (or do) if you try, but if you can take the first step, God will amplify and magnify your little step and make it great.  You getting up out of the pit will cause God to move on your behalf.  Not doing something is still disobedience, even more so than doing the wrong thing.

 

Because they decided not to die and got up out of the depression that they were in, they were able to go to the enemy’s camp empty-handed, but left with an overflow of everything they needed and more.  When you trust God, you will not be left empty-handed.  The lepers even went back to the same place and people who put them out and left them for dead, in order to tell them all of what they had found and to share it with a dying city.  We, too, have to go back and save those who are dying once God has healed and delivered us from our issues, and given us overflow.

 

We are in a dying world today, but how many of us actually go into it and save others by sharing Christ?  You don’t have power until you have empowered someone else.  If you feel powerless, then empower someone else.  How?  By helping them to become enlightened to a better way of life in Christ.  It is only through enlightenment that Power can be activated (Ephesians 1:17-18).


Small Changes=Big Transformations! The little things lead to Great Things!



Be Whole and Not a Hole:


“Dealing with Depression”

 

The opposite of happiness and joy is depression. When someone is depressed, they feel devalued, they feel sad, and they are oppressed by life.  This way of thinking and feeling brings you down and lowers your self-esteem.  For something to be put or pressed down, then it had to be at one point at a place of elevation, joy, acceptance, and happiness.  You can’t depress or lower something that is already low; depression only attacks an aspect of life or the mind that is at a pinnacle place.  You do not have to live in depression; there is more for you. If you can remember, there was a time when you were not depressed.  You have to get back to that place again.

 

Depression is a hole and no one sows into a hole.  You feel like you have been thrown into a hole and left there to die.  So goes the state of your emotions. If you remain in that hole, then you will not survive.  To stay in a place where you will die is insane, and the enemy is trying to make you stay there so he can destroy your life and destiny.  It is hard to fill something with a hole in it.  Whether it be the hole from your past experiences holding you back or some other misfortune of life, decide not to let the hole swallow you up, but rather let it drive you to destiny.

 

On a news report before his death, Senator Ted Kennedy said, “Even the most profound losses are Survivable.”  This was a man who could speak about losses and hardships in life despite his politically powerful last name.  The main point is that through it all, he maintained a can-do attitude and was a survivor.  My dear brother (sister), you have losses, but you are not one of them. Outlive your losses!

 

“You are not Crazy; You just had a Bad Day, or a Couple of Bad Days!”

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