Head Games: Night 3 Recap
Series: Head Games
Title: Sin Pit
By: Kimmi Poleshuk
“let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”
Jesus endured a sin pit that none of us could imagine, and he did it for us. Before addressing the topic of depression, which Josh covered tonight at Village Youth, Josh drew on Hebrews 12:1-2, reminding us of our race in faith and how we had the best example of how to endure issues such as depression. Depression then becomes but one of the bumps that makes the race hard, and leads us into a pit of darkness. If we try and conquer the race alone, that is when the lies of the devil whispers in our ear that we may not be good enough, strong enough, and sometimes we listen.
So, what is the truth? You are a beautiful child of God, He breathed life into you when He meant to, and there is a plan for you, but because these things are true you have to learn to lean on God. Hebrews 12:1-2 works to remind us that Jesus has already been in the pit and now sits “down at the right hand of the throne of God”. What is even more powerful about the Gospel is that Jesus did it alone. Alone, feeling betrayed and mocked. Maybe that is how you feel right now, “despising the shame”, just like Jesus did on the cross.
The function of our darkness is that God will always give us more than we can handle, so we can lean on him. In the process of leaning on God with our depression or anxiety, we lessen the “weight” sin bares and God begins to allow us to run with endurance.
Depression is all around us, yet it is something that is hard to understand and hard to approach in other people because it comes in so many different forms. As Josh spoke, the lights dimmed in the room demonstrating the action of falling into a dark pit; just as quickly as it went dark, the lights came back but glaring and white. Josh used the physical lights in the room to demonstrate how easily it can seem to fall further into darkness when we are already there. However, the overwhelming white light represents Jesus, and how coming to lean on Him – the light of our lives, feels like a flash, powerful, overpowering, and it may be painful until you readjust.
As believers, we are promised that when we call out the name of Jesus that he will come to us. When is the last time you called him out?
If you are experiencing depression in any way, you also need help from people in your community, don’t hesitate to contact your leaders, or Village, or don’t hesitate to help someone who you know that might be hurting, in seeking Jesus out, he will give us the words to speak life to others.