Read Philippians 4:1-13
We must remember: Failure is often the back door to success, because success only comes to those who have imperfections.
II. SEEMING FAILURES ON THE JOB OR FAMILY PROBLEMS!
We are working with imperfect people and as a result we suffer with disappointments and disillusionments, which lead to discouragements and depression
Don’t just try once and quit. Don’t let failure stop you, because you only fail if you quit. You may get knocked down but you need not be knocked out.
Always blame yourself and not others. “The Buck stops here.” Even if you fail, learn from it and don’t make the same mistake over and over.
God put you in a place where you can succeed.
By the way if you want to live for others, you cannot fail.
III. UNFAIR COMPARISONS OF AND WITH OTHERS.
We compare ourselves with others, and… then we are too hard on ourselves.
Be the man, woman or young person God wants you to be.
Don’t try not to be like someone else, be what God wants for you; and listen to me….if another person has what you need, don’t copy him, but learn from him.
Here is a good practical lesson: don’t always try to ‘measure up’ to others expectations; just be what God wants for you.
Besides, there is really only one way to be successful: BE IN THE CENTER OF GOD’S WILL! In other words, be everything God wants you to be.
If you use God’s will as a measuring rod in your life then you cannot fail.
Special note: I hope you will stay with me for several days on this important subject of Depression. I will make these ten points as short as possible.
One of the greatest downfalls of Christians and full time workers is the matter of depression.
Webster’s Dictionary says depression is: a failure of the spirit, low in spirit, melancholy or a lowering of vital powers.
Many say that the biggest reason for depression is money; others say that it is because of family problems.
What are the causes of depression, and how can we overcome not so much the depression itself, but the cause of it?
Here are some of what I believe to be reasons that people are constantly being depressed:
I. DISSAPOINTMENTS OR DISSALUSIAMENTS WITH OTHER PEOPLE OR IN EVERYDAY LIFE!
Here is a good rule: Don’t expect more of yourself than you are able to deliver. AND, don’t promise what you cannot deliver.
On the other side of the coin sometimes we expect too much from others and are too lenient with ourselves. Our expectations of others are more than they are able to produce, and God uses man because of sincerity and willingness not so much ability.
WE MUST LEARN THIS TRUTH: There are natural results of self-deception.
I. YOU WILL FLATTER YOURSELF
Psalms 36:2, “For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.”
II. YOU WILL BE IN SPIRITUAL BONDAGE
Isaiah 44:20, “He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, [Is there] not a lie in my right hand?”
III. YOU WILL BECOME CONCEDED
Galatians 6:3, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”
IV. YOU WILL BECOME CARELESS IN YOUR HEARING
James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”