[b]THE INITIATIVE AGAINST DEPRESSION[/b]"Arise and eat." 1 Kings 19:5The angel did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable; he told Elijah to do the most ordinary thing, viz., to get up and eat. If we were never depressed we should not be alive; it is the nature of a crystal never to be depressed. A human being is capable of depression, otherwise there would be no capacity for exaltation. There are things that are calculated to depress, things that are of the nature of death; and in taking an estimate of yourself, always take into account the capacity for depression.When the Spirit of God comes He does not give us visions, He tells us to do the most ordinary things conceivable. Depression is apt to turn us away from the ordinary commonplace things of God's creation, but whenever God comes, the inspiration is to do the most natural simple thing - the things we would never have imagined God was in, and as we do them we find He is there. The inspiration which comes to us in this way is an initiative against depression; we have to do the next thing and do it in the inspiration of God. If we do a thing in order to overcome depression, we deepen the depression; but if the Spirit of God makes us feel intuitively that we must do the thing, and we do it, the depression is gone. Immediately we arise and obey, we enter on a higher plane of life.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Amen! This is a time tested Truth.To love HIM, more than ourselves & do for others out of HIS love for them. Putting other's above our own feelings, keeps our focus where HIS is. The "mind of Christ" will not keep up in depression for self for very long.'Servants' are the least depressed people. Even if the depression clouds HIS Voice to us - HIS Word will tell us what the "next thing" is, to be done.These haven't the time to think of self - and HE heals us while we're in that mode. Praise GOD! Besides our Lord's example and HIS disciples from the first Church since - Elisabth Elliot and others have spoken the same, and have pulled so many out of the pit of despair by these truths. Amen,Praise GOD for our great cloud of witnesses!Thank you.
Hi Greg,Is it possible to create a new feature here on SI to link to Oswald Chamber's "My Utmost for His Highest" http://www.rbc.org/utmost/index.phporhttp://www.myutmost.org/calendars/02.html