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Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me”
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I used to love watching the television show <a href=”http://www.heehaw.com/”><em>Hee Haw</em></a>.  Yes, I know, this really dates me, but that’s all right.  One of my favorite scenes was the singing of the song whose lyrics are, “<a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ5ob9B9yD4″>Gloom, despair and agony on me.  Deep, dark depression, excessive misery</a>.” &nbsp; Though the song on<em> Hee Haw</em> was sung for comic effect, real life isn’t quite as funny.  It seems that wherever I go, I bump into people with great despair and depression on them:  people who feel like failures and have resigned themselves to depression and hopelessness.  Recently, I have witnessed increasing meanness and ingratitude from those who are depressed — and these are Christians, not unbelievers who know little about God! What is the answer to all of this pain, gloom, and agony?  The apostle Paul has a strong opinion as to how to deal head-on with this misery of despair and depression. In <a href=”http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%201:7-14&amp;version=MSG”>II Corinthians 1</a>, Paul teaches us that if we try to solve this agony of gloom and spiritual stagnation in our own humanity and strength, we will soon be broken and crushed.  But if we decide to take our eyes off of ourselves, our motive becomes driven by the love of God, and nothing can then hinder us from serving people with a pure and joyful heart even at times when we ourselves are trampled by the enemy.  As Paul states in <a href=”http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%201:12-14&amp;version=MSG”>verses 12-14 (The Message), “It was God who kept us focused on Him, uncompromised.”</a> Having his eyes fixed on Jesus is what enabled Paul to come out of the “certain doom” of a trial “<a href=”http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%201:12-14&amp;version=MSG”>with conscience and faith intact</a>,” ready to serve the Corinthian church. When we come to full awareness that Jesus serves us even in our unkindness and self-seeking, nothing can then terminate our will to serve others with a heart of compassion for even the vilest sinner or the most religious hypocrite.  Jesus expands His own Kingdom by using us to pull out people in despair and breaking the chains of bondage. <a href=”http://www.brushedbygod.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/IMG_3111.jpg”><img src=”http://www.brushedbygod.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/IMG_3111-291×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”291″ height=”300″ /></a> Above is a picture of the hand of Jesus given the keys of freedom to a person who is in the chains of discouragement, suicide, and despair.  My dear friend, that is what He wants to do for you.  Let Him!  For you who are in a state of despair, let Jesus climb into your burning pit and come down to your level of depression, despair, and even wanting to end it all or quitting. <strong>He wants to set you free</strong> from the chains of bondage, addiction, and suffering.  I hear the Lord saying, “I have broken your chains so you can walk with dignity.” For believers, God has commissioned us to pull people out of the pit of despair and free them even although we ourselves may still be in some darkness and depression.  When we carry His freedom to others, He will free us by refreshing our lives and lifting us out of our loss of hope and despondency.  But, I hear you say, “How am I going to do such a thing?”  God replies, “Give what you have, be it the smallest thing.  I will multiply that smallest act of love into a river flowing out of you.”
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Above is a picture of the hand of Jesus given the keys of freedom to a person who is in the chains of discouragement, suicide, and despair.  My dear friend, that is what He wants to do for you.  Let Him!  For you who are in a state of despair, let Jesus climb into your burning pit and come down to your level of depression, despair, and even wanting to end it all or quitting. He wants to set you free from the chains of bondage, addiction, and suffering.  I hear the Lord saying, “I have broken your chains so you can walk with dignity.”

For believers, God has commissioned us to pull people out of the pit of despair and free them even although we ourselves may still be in some darkness and depression.  When we carry His freedom to others, He will free us by refreshing our lives and lifting us out of our loss of hope and despondency.  But, I hear you say, “How am I going to do such a thing?”  God replies, “Give what you have, be it the smallest thing.  I will multiply that smallest act of love into a river flowing out of you.”