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I’m Not Okay, But Jesus Is

10.13.2019

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As the church, it can feel like we have to have it all together all of the time to avoid talking about where we are, where we’ve been, or what we’ve walked through. Our prayer is that this message is just the starting place for us to let go of those expectations and to be a church where we open up and ask Jesus to use our stories in order to shine His light into the darkness.

Key Takeaway

Mental Health and suicide have become an issue for our society and within the walls of the church. The response of the Church can be one that recognizes the reality of a circumstance and all the pain associated with it in one hand and boldly proclaims that God is greater in the other. We don't have to be okay all the time; Jesus is.

We are addicted to technology and in a lot of ways it's causing a mass amount of harm. Anxiety, comparison, and bullying are just a few of the ways. Young people are battling depression at unprecedented rates. Mental health happens for a lot of different reasons, but you can't see or touch it, which increases the frustration for those who are dealing with it. The Church will become more effective when it wakes up to the power of the grip of darkness that people are struggling with in their lives.

Jesus is the light in the darkness. The darkest ideas, thoughts, and actions usually always happen at night when you are isolated. There is an opportunity to step into the light and be with others who can walk with you, speak truth to you, and help you believe for the victory you have in Jesus.

You don't need someone to give you a shout out, you need someone to show up that have lived through it to tell you you're not alone and not the only one. It's going to be ok. It'll be bumpy, but you'll make it to the other side by God's grace. He is bigger than what you are facing. Depression is real and it is a killer, but it is not bigger than Jesus.

You are not crazy. There may be crazy in the story, but you are not crazy. You are God's handiwork and Jesus is greater.

The Church is here for you.

1) We used to avoid all of it. Those days are over.

We can't hide what's going on in our lives. Suicide is the fastest growing cause of death among young people. It's not uncommon for adults over 70. White males are the most successful in their attempts. In 2017, a total of 47,173 people took their own life. That's 129 people per day or about 1 every 10 minutes. The Church cannot be silent anymore. The pressure to be ok is a heavy weight and sometimes it's heaviest within the Church.

2) We need authenticity.

Jesus is not fake or veneer. He came to heal the sick. We can never forget where we've been and what we've come through. When you are on the road to healing, it's easy to want to shut the door to the past season, but God has given you a story to steward. We all have defeat in our story, the worst thing we can do it make it through it all and then act like we didn't go through it.

3) The message isn't just "it's ok to not be ok". The total message is "it's ok to not be ok, but Jesus is."

You have to finish the sentence. He is the victor with scars and has overcome on your behalf.

The enemy tempted Jesus to take him own life and jump off the temple wall. Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights and the enemy purposely picked a weak moment to attack. Yet Jesus, no matter what He knew He was going to face, knew He's come out on the other side victorious. When He was dying on the Cross one of his closest friends was committing suicide, so don't think Jesus doesn't understand our pain. Since He came through the darkness, we can say that we are not ok, but Jesus is.

Confessing and bringing Jesus into the darkness brings a glimmer of light into the blackout of depression. That one ray of light can give you another of life. You can be broken down and still confess Jesus is the healer at the same time.

Circumstances cannot fully corroborate the faithfulness of God. Sometimes circumstances are the exact opposite of everything we believe about God, but the Cross does corroborate the faithfulness of God. It stands in history as proof that God is good even in the darkest night. So use the power of your mouth to confess the power of the Cross. Confess Psalm 118:17: "I will not die, but I will live and declare what the Lord has done."

4) God may not take all the pain away on this earth, but we can trust that He can use the pain to bring eternal good and eternal change. 

There was purpose in Jesus pain and it was for our healing. He can carry you and your pain one more day so He can use you and your pain to unlock doors for prisoners and set captives free. At the end of the day, it's all about Jesus.

You have more power than the enemy wants you to know that you have. You have power to praise God in the darkest night. In all things, God works. Start in Romans 8 and read all the way through. There's no condemnation or separation from the love of God, not even life or death. See Romans 8:1, 38-39.

God loves you. He's with you. He will carry you. He will triumph over it all.

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"You are not alone, and you are going to make it through this by the grace of God. He is bigger than what you are facing. Depression is real and it is a killer, but it is not bigger than Jesus."

Louie Giglio

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Louie Giglio

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Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.