If you don't happen to have a Bible with you you will find that same scripture listed I couldn't help myself. On the back of your worship guide. Paul writes but we have this treasure in earthen vessels so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.
Listen to what he says, we are afflicted in every way but not crushed. We're perplexed but not despairing; we're persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed, there's actually a modern translation that says whacked but not killed. Verse 10 says always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
And what the scripture makes very clear is that sometimes we conveniently overlook is that in this world we will have tribulation. And Paul speaks to that about how it affects us that it causes us to be perplexed, we don't understand it but we don't despair, we don't go without hope.
That it knocks us down but it doesn't knock us out. See that's the difference between going through a trial and being affected long term by it. We're down but we're not out. There's one guy who loses his job and he goes home and he's very sad about it appropriately so, he may even cry he doesn't tell anybody he cried but he cries, and he gets up the next morning and he shaves and he gets dressed and he goes out to look for another job doing whatever he can do to remedy the problem.
Another guy loses the same kind of job and he cries but he can't stop crying. And he can't stop sleeping. And he doesn't get dressed and he doesn't shave, he is down and out. And what Paul is saying is that Paul is affirming that we can survive our losses. Paul is affirming that we can overcome our depression, now let me very quickly say that depression is not a sin but rather it's a symptom.
It's like if you break your arm if you could do something wrong and break your arm in the process you'll be climbing a wall where you are not supposed to go and break your arm. The broken arm is not the problem the problem is you crawled over the wrong wall and you were where you are not supposed to be.
You can be doing the right thing and break your arm. The broken arm is the symptom that is not the cause. In the same way you do not need to feel guilty about being depressed, depression follow this, is to our emotions what pain is to our body. Pain is really a gift from God, if I back into a stove the pain tells me that my rear end is in the wrong place.
And while is not very pleasant at the time to experience pain, pain is very helpful at the moment it tells me to move it or lose it, all right. And the same thing is true in depression, depression tells us that we've had a loss in our life. And many times what we need to do is we need to understand why that loss is there.
And so we don't wanna feel guilty about having depression, depression is the symptom is like a check engine light in our car. If you are driving down the street and there's check engine light that comes on what you don't wanna do is put some duct tape over it, that's not gonna solve what's causing the problem.
You also don't wanna go in the garage and say hey I have got a problem and so what's the problem with your car? So I need some one to turn off this check engine light. When the check engine light come on it tells us that something else has happened that we need to allow God to address or give us courage for in our life.