Daily Devotional for Friday January 21, 2022
The homeless, “feral people,” real life zombies, and mental health!
DAILY DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY JANUARY 21, 2022
(John 17:31; Romans 14:17; Nehemiah 8:10)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to focus on the fact that while as a nation and people we operate in a political infrastructure, the answers for our nation are not political but spiritual! Only through the Gospel transforming lives can this nation once again rise up and be the GOD BLESSED land we once were. Help us Lord to not be distracted by the “noise” of the political world, but stay focused on the one and only answer for our land, turning back to Almighty God and HIS Truth!!! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: The real life “walking dead” of today! Despite there being no such thing as a “zombie,” we have something very close that exists today. These are the millions of people living today in an alternative lifestyle few can understand. I hate to use the analogy of humans to feral animals, but sadly it is a quite accurate word to describe many living in our nation today. Feral is a term used to describe a domestic animal turned wild. I am sorry if using this term to refer to a human is offensive, but that is what we have been watching happen to millions of people over the last 40 years, primarily as a result of the breakdown of marriage and the family. Children are literally growing up on the streets, with their “family” being adults who exploit them to commit crimes of all kinds. Earlier this year, a 13-year-old in Chicago was killed by the police when he was running from a crime scene with a gun in his hand. As he turned to face the police he was shot and killed. In that moment and the dark of night, the police had no way of knowing he had just tossed his gun and was turning to give-up. It turns out Adam Toledo had been in a street gang for several years and had been used by the gang to commit a whole series of crimes. A gang of 12 and 13 year olds in Chicago have been responsible for dozens of armed carjackings throughout Chicagoland. In cities across America teens are used by gangs to sell drugs on the streets since if they are arrested, they are rarely given any sort of punishment due to their age. “Feral” children grow up to become “feral” adults if they live that long. Just last weekend a homeless man walked into a furniture store in LA and knifed to death a young lady working there. In New York City, an Asian woman was waiting for the subway at the Times Square station. As the train approached, a homeless man pushed her onto the tracks in front of the speeding train and she was killed instantly. I could go on and on!!! Tonight, tens of thousands of feral adults will not be sleeping in a warm bed but on the cold streets of states all over our nation. They literally live from day-to-day eating on the streets, using the streets as their bathroom, having sex on the streets, and committing crimes before taking a few hours to sleep...on the streets! A few weeks ago a young woman walked into a LA-area Rite Aid pharmacy pulling a crate on wheels. She proceeded to go throughout the store, filling her crate with alcohol and other items. She then walked out of the store, pulling her crate, without paying for the items. Oh, I forgot to tell you that she was also carrying a pick-axe over her shoulder. Her only words were to a clerk were to “shut the F up, I’m not playing.” Sadly, we are watching scenes like this play out in cities all over the nation as gangs of feral humans descend on retailers and in minutes run out with hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise. So while there is no such thing as a “zombie,” there sadly are “feral humans,” a population that is growing rapidly all over our nation!!!
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Why is there an epidemic of homelessness and feral behavior in virtually every big city and many smaller ones across the nation!!! One of the most startling issues facing our nation today is the ever growing population of homeless people in our cities and towns. In places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, New Orleans, Chicago, and New York, homelessness and feral type behavior is a MAJOR PROBLEM!!!
The growing homeless issue is causing tremendous crime problems, open drug use, and animalistic-type behavior. Mountains of garbage, used needles, human waste, and incredible health problems can be found around these homeless enclaves. Attempts to deal with this growing problem are failing as a large percentage of these people don’t even want help!
What is happening that is causing these 3rd world type conditions in one of the richest nations in human history? MENTAL ILLNESS!!! Currently over 60%, by some estimates 75%, of the population in our jails and prisons are people with mental health issues. As our mental health infrastructure has totally collapsed in the past 4 decades, primarily due to privacy laws, there is very little help for people who battle with mental health issues.
It is estimated by mental health professionals that if you are standing in line at the grocery with 9 other people, TWO of the ten literally should not be out in public without supervision. TWO OUT OF TEN!!! The homeless issues we are currently dealing with as a nation is primarily a direct result of there not being any real mental health infrastructure and it is only going to get worse!!!
An issue the church and most people refuse to deal with, is the reality of mental illness and depression that so many suffer from. Let me say right up front. Mental illness is just as real as a broken leg. Just because it is not a visible illness, does not mean it is not as real as someone with a broken bone, a bad heart, or any other illness. MENTAL ILLNESS AND DEPRESSION ARE REAL!
I have shared with you in the past that God's number one instrument of healing is called a DOCTOR. One of God's chief methods of healing is called MEDICINE. Where do you think the incredible intelligence and the special gift to be a doctor comes from? It comes from God! Where do you think the incredible intelligence, and the inspiration to create medicine comes from? It comes from God!
I want to encourage anyone today that is suffering from any form of mental illness or depression to seek out the best professional help possible. God has raised up mental health professionals and given men the wisdom to create drugs to treat mental illness, so that you can live a normal and productive life. Just like there is no reason to be ashamed to see a doctor if you break your arm, just like there is no reason to be ashamed if you have to take medicine to treat a kidney problem, there is no reason to be ashamed to see a doctor or take the proper medication if you suffer from mental illness or depression!
For many people that are suffering from depression, I want to help you find the joy in life again. Many who suffer from depression have simply allowed the events and circumstances of their life to overwhelm and paralyze them. We learn at an early age how to deal with the day to day issues of life, how to deal with problems. What happens to many who are depressed, is they have simply been unable to cope with the things that have happened to them and can't seem to get past certain problems in their life.
Feelings change all the time. Our feelings are based on our perception of an issue or problem. For example, if you have $20,000 of debt and you are only making $30,000 a year with nothing left over after the basic living needs are met, you might perceive that $20,000 of debt to be a mountain that is impossible to move. If you continue to focus on that mountain, it starts to get bigger, and bigger, and soon your perception is that it is impossible to ever be free from your debt. The longer you focus on the problem, the bigger it becomes and that is when depression can set in. Depression is the result of being hopeless.
However, even though you may have $20,000 of debt and are only making $30,000 a year with nothing left over after your basic living needs are met, you might look at that $20,000 of debt, not as a mountain impossible to move, but simply an obstacle that has to be dealt with. In other words, you don't focus on the mountain, but you focus on a way to move the mountain.
You come up with a plan to retire the debt over a period of time, and instead of letting depression set in due to looking at the situation as hopeless, you maintain a positive outlook since that debt is simply an issue that has to be taken care of. Depression can't set in where there is hope. Let me say that one more time. DEPRESSION CAN'T SET IN WHERE THERE IS HOPE!
The other part of the answer to depression is serving others. The Bible teaches us that if we will be about our Father's business, our Father will be about our business. If we will serve others, it is amazing how our own problems become more manageable. If you are suffering from depression, let me encourage you today to get out and start finding ways to serve others. You see, when we serve others, we are serving God. Our God-given purpose in this life is to serve and glorify God with our lives. Depression can't set in when you are serving others. Let me say that one more time.
DEPRESSION CAN'T SET IN WHEN YOU ARE SERVING OTHERS!
I love you and care about you so much. I realize many people suffer from some form of mental illness that is just as real as any other type of illness. I will be praying today that those who are suffering from some form of mental illness, will seek out the best professional help possible and take advantage of whatever medication that is prescribed to treat you. God is still in the healing business, and GOD CAN BRING HEALING TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS.
I will also be praying for those of you today who are suffering from depression. The two-fold answer for overcoming your depression and finding the joy of the Lord again in your life, is hope and service. Seeking the Lord to give you wisdom and direction in finding a solution to whatever problems or issues you are facing in your life. If you stay focused on Christ, He will give you the hope to get victory over whatever you are facing today.
The other part of the answer is finding ways to serve others. I pray that you will get serious about finding ways to serve others. God has called us to serve others, and when we are doing that, fulfilling our purpose in life, our own problems simply don't seem as great. When you are busy serving others, you don't have time to get depressed.
I pray that this word today will be a breakthrough in your life if you are battling with mental illness or depression. God loves you very much. He wants you to have joy in your life, despite whatever trials and tribulations you may be experiencing. That joy comes from knowing Christ as our Savior. When we know Christ, there is no such thing as being hopeless. When we know Christ, we have a desire to serve Him by serving others. It is through Christ that you can have victory over mental illness and depression!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,