The rain hasn’t stopped for two weeks now. Winter is officially in Shenzhen.
I felt happy this morning, but as the hours went by, the lack of sunshine, together with the physical and mental exhaustion just affected my mood.
I feel sad 😦 . Satan has somehow found a way to whisper into my brain sadness, despair, depression and discouragement. I rebuked it’s lies. and I felt better after that. After work, I watched a Korean Romantic Drama just to unwind and the show made me more sad and now I’m hearing lies about God’s character again.
I knew that I needed to ask God what’s wrong, to have a quiet time with Him, but I didn’t want to hear it. So to beat around the bush, I started to transfer old podcasts to an external hd, I saw the title “Overcoming Discouragement and Depression“. (Someone must be praying for me! Thank you!). I played the podcast. The message was last year, but the message is what I needed to hear at this time. Praise God!
To Overcome Depression by Pastor Peter Tanchi:
(the study is in Numbers 11, when the Israelites grumbled and Moses felt alone)
1. We must first identify the root of the problem. (This could be physical, geographical or the people around us)
2. Align ourselves with God.
23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” -Numbers 11-
a. We need to align to the truth/ the Word of God, because our feelings are unreliable.
b. Surrender our expectations to God.
c. It is God’s work not ours.
I personally liked when Pastor Tanchi’s wife shared her experience about depression because it is very possible that while we’re serving the Lord, we’ll feel depressed. The battle is in our mind. It is in indeed a spiritual battle.