I Want to, But I Can’t 

Depression is something that has plagued many people. Even the prophets in Scripture had moments of depression. A pastor who does not struggle with depression once explained to me that he felt that many condemned Elijah after the Mount Carmel experience in I Kings 18 for his depression when this pastor saw it as his adrenaline bottoming out after the exhilarating emotional experience on the mount. That makes sense to me. I pour my heart and soul into preaching on Sundays, and my energy bottoms out afterward.

Many have a major struggle. They desire to do things, but they cannot muster up the emotional strength to complete the task. It is not that they are lazy, but something in their body is not functioning correctly and they need help.

Before you criticize someone who struggles with depression, please do your best to be understanding. The cause can be a physical, emotional, or spiritual trigger. You may not understand it, but I encourage you to do your best to encourage and pray for the one who is struggling. You cannot fix that person. Sometimes they may even drain you. If it is to that point, the individual needs a professional counselor who can help him or her with this.

Do not ever think that you are immune from depression. I have known people who never struggled until one day it hit them like a ton of bricks. It could happen to any of us, so let’s be careful to refrain from condemnation.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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