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Depression 1 by John Fichtner
Isaiah 53:4 - "Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted."
The synonyms of Depression are Discouragement, Weariness, Sadness, Overwhelmed, Clinically Depressed, Exhausted, Overwhelmed, Helpless, Powerless, Suicidal.
Half of all people have felt hopeless/helpless at times.
Romans 12:15 - "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."
If a person has ever said, “I wish that didn’t bother me; I wish it didn’t hurt when I see things like this; I wish I didn’t feel things so deeply”…then that person has no hope for permanent victory.
Romans 9:20 - "But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”
You have renounced a gift of Davidic Anointing.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."
Embrace the fragile nature of my gifts.
Sledge hammer type people have very productive lives and are not hurt by things. They are created to be tough.
Some with “Davidic Anointing” are created to be Violins.
Man cannot live without hope.
One with a Davidic Anointing can guard the gift. They can know the areas that wear them down and learn ways to guard their heart. They can enlist friends and family to help.
By guarding the gift, one can minimize pain, never be cold or dry, have new rivers of compassion, have powerful intercession, and have great joy in life.
People with Davidic Anointing have great worship, great joy and experience deep feelings of love.
Every gift carries a weakness.
Romans 12:6 - list of gifts…"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
Mercy gifted people do not become depressed because of the most recent events, but because of the many buried points of pain.
Depression part 2 by John Fichtner
Matthew 12:15-21 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory."
Jesus does not break a battered reed and He does not smother a smoldering wick.
Feather analogy…To help a person who is depressed, one can find strategies to fit his/her soul.
To help a person who is depressed, give him/her two options and then listen.
To help a person who is depressed, look for the light to come on in his/her eyes. The eyes are windows to a person’s soul.
There are many different gifts and many different applications of those gifts and many different styles in which to apply a gift, so the ways to guard and embrace the Davidic Anointing are endless.
Depression part 3 by John Fichtner
To be a real help to people, the church should be treated as a family, not just as a resource.
2. A church family spends time in each others’ homes outside of church; they grow up together and they really know and love each other.
Sin part 1 by John Fichtner
Those who backslide do so because they believe that there is something of self that satisfies.
Those believing Jesus is satisfiying and yet thinking sin satisfies or that they in control is good guarantee that they will backslide
Sin takes away your ability to think – II Corinthians 13:4 and Ephesians 4:18-19
Every person that follows Christ – there are times they cannot see the Goodness of God (it’s called faith).
Stubborn people believe being stubborn makes their life more stubborn.
Negative people think by being negative they’ll make the world more positive
Angry people believe anger makes them stronger and makes people respect them more
James 1:15 – SIN will sucker you and takes years to reach its full effect .
When you love someone, you do what is best for them – not what pleases them.
Sin is addictive – and the only thing more addictive than sin is being used by Christ …PURPOSE.
When your passion is for Jesus to bless you, you’re guaranteed that Jesus will never bless you because your focus is on “Me” – and Jesus’s passion is where you serve someone else and all you get is pain or they get blessed.
You cannot love or do what God wants in your own power – it takes Jesus working through you.
Sin Part 2 by John Fichtner
Team is the secret to do something well.
God will speak to you when you ask God “Show me how I can encourage them.”
2 questions God likes to answer: “God show me how I’m wrong in the situation” and “God show me how to encourage.”
Getting my life together is meant to be a BYPRODUCT
Parenting grows us up more than anything.
Ministry is meant to hurt because Pain teaches us
If I give to someone and it costs me/it hurts and God requires it, give it gladly.
If you try to reach the hurting rather than the hungry, I Peter 2 says that suffering for doing wrong is stupid.
It’s not that God doesn’t speak, but rather that we try to control conversation
You grow in Christ when you serve/ask God to move through you.
The concept of Speaking with Authority (Isaiah 53:7)
Speaking with Authority is
Spoken out loud
Engaged in my life
Changing my life
The only thing we can deposit in our spirits is God’s Word.
Memorizing passages of God’s Word
80% of why we memorize scripture is so that when we pray, we know that our prayers are filled with power.
20% of why we memorize scripture is that we may live to see a day when just touching a Bible, much less reading one, is impossible.
We are never supposed to have boring prayer.
Every minute of prayer is guided by the challenge of Romans 8:5-6.
“End Times” brains have become weak muscles.
Beware of “End Times” specialists.
Begin to consider the possibility that “End Times” is not a hard subject.
Israel becoming a nation in 1948.
Rebuilding of the Jewish temple.
What are the clearest signs of the last generation?
The Time of the Gentiles has been fulfilled. (Luke 21)
God’s track record is: when societal norms have become killing babies, sex outside of marriage, and homosexuality, time’s up.
Be faithful TODAY.