Friday, June 24, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse of the Day: And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee , and became sad and very troubled. – Matthew 26:37 (BBE).
LISTEN: Prior to Jesus Christ’ arrest and crucifixion, he (Jesus) felt a deep sense of sadness and apprehension because of the imminent horrible death he was going to encounter. Because Jesus Christ was equally one hundred percent man, he got very depressed in the face of death like every other human. What does it mean to be depressed in this context? It means feeling sad. It means to be low in spirit. At this point in his life, it became obvious that his earthly ministry was coming to an end and he was to offer up his life as a ransom for the world, that he became very sad and took with him three of His disciples – Peter, James and John to a place called Gethsemane; to pray with him.
Jesus Christ didn’t keep this sad moment of his life all to himself, instead he did something that strategically helped him to fight discouragement, sadness and hopelessness. What did he do? He selected some trusted friends to be with him.
The bible said, ” And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became sad and very troubled” (Matt. 26:37). He was with his close friends because he understood the value of friendship and well nurtured relationship. Beloved, every reasonable person must need a friend, trustworthy friend (s): for two is better than one ( Eccl. 4:9-10 ). In a moment of depression, we tend to be lonely, and loneliness is always an enemy of good relationship and fellowship. Depression if not timely addressed will damage your life and keep you from fulfilling purpose.
Although life is full of circumstances that could cause us depression, let’s like Jesus endeavour to overcome it by seeking the company of trusted friend(s) to help in such hours of trouble. Yes, you need someone you can turn to in moments of depression. Beloved, it is a rewarding project, invest in it.
Any time you’re depressed, use Jesus Christ’ approach.
1. Share the burden with a trusted friend or friends as the case may be.
2. Don’t tell your problems to everyone, select who should hear it.
3. Leave the crowd and go to God in prayer
4. Know the root cause of your depression and deal with it.
Wisely chose your friends or christian partners for your time of difficulties.
Daily Reflection : Don’t fight depression all by yourself, seek the help of others.
Heavenly Father, help me to locate my real and faithful friends. Among the christian brethren, help me to know who should be my inner circle partners and to sustain a lasting relationship with them, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I rebuke the spirit of depression in your life. I terminate the mission of the devil exhibited through depression. By the authority of the name of Jesus Christ, I declare you free, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.