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Depressed? Remember God’s Faithfulness!

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“When the world says, ‘GIVE UP,’ Hope whispers, ‘TRY IT ONE MORE TIME.’” ~Unknown

Many strong and inspiring figures of the Bible suffered from depression: David, Jonah, and Job are just a few. David had Saul breathing down his back and looking for ways to kill him. (1 Sam. 19:1-2) God commanded Jonah to warn his Ninevite enemies to repent. Instead, he turned tail and ran away. God then sent a whale to swallow Jonah, but only after sailors tossed him overboard hoping to calm a raging sea. (Jonah 1:4, 11-12, 15). God tested Job’s faithfulness by permitting Satan’s request to afflict and torment him (Job 1:8-12). Each man had a strong relationship with God and a deep faith, yet they suffered from depression. Why?

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”   Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)                              

One reason for their depression is they all faced very painful or challenging circumstances. When we are asked to do something incredibly DIFFICULT, or when we face persecution, injury, or loss… our faith is tested. Everyone is susceptible to depression, which springs forth from roots of hopelessness. Even the mightiest of believers can tumble into this debilitating trap. The enemy is adept at spreading lies that feed our fear, doubt, and despondency. He continually schemes up ways to infiltrate our heart, which is the seat of our emotions. He persistently harasses and taunts the children of God.

Remember, he is that “prowling lion” who always watches for opportunities to devour his prey! As his intended prey, we need to remain with the flock and not isolate. Depression often causes a believer to step out of fellowship. This is an unwise and dangerous move. The times when we least FEEL like going to church are the occasions when we most need friendly interaction and support. By choosing isolation, we give the enemy a big opportunity to drag us down into the pit of despair.

Our God is a God of HOPE. Depression contradicts the promises of God, which are intended to encourage. There is always a new beginning to look forward to, thanks to the promise of a new day. Trials might not end or improve tomorrow, but there are new blessings in every day, including the hope that the next sunrise will bring relief.

If you find yourself down and out of sorts, believing your situation is too much for you to bear, why not bend a knee? Ask God to send His ministering angels your way to lift you up. Petition God and ask that He send cheerful advocates your way. Friends who speak words of hope and encouragement are always comforting.

When emotions get the best of us, a fellow believer can offer biblical insights and shed light on difficult circumstances. If there are no answers to be found, a warm embrace and reassuring smile will help to calm our nerves and lift our spirits. Fellowship and compassion are provisions of God’s grace.

A perspective change can also be very helpful during times of adversity. I have found difficult moments bearable when I attempt to see things from God’s perspective. Through the eyes of God, love enters a scene. With love coloring the circumstances around me, trust in my Creator is once again restored. Additionally, compassion towards the one who wounded me is awakened and anxiety retreats, allowing problems to take on realistic proportions.

Philippians 4:8 is a wonderful verse to memorize for when we meditate on things that are praiseworthy, we are also reminded of God’s love and faithfulness.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”   Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

I also encourage the recitation of God’s promises. Because our heavenly Father knew we would walk through difficult times and face painful adversities, He made sure to include countless words of encouragement in His Word. We can stand on each one of His faithful promises.

May the peace of Christ lead you through this day and provide the rest and comfort you desire.

MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURE VERSES AND ENCOURAGING QUOTES:

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”   Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV)

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.”          ~Charles Spurgeon

“God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.”   ~Catherine Marshall

Go Out Into The Wilderness & Face The Dark

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Sometimes, if you want to see the stars in all their glory… you have to go out into the wilderness and face the dark. The stars remain during the day but we can’t see them. Only when darkness falls do we see their magnificent splendor. 

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“And the Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him.” Exodus 4:27 (NKJV)

“I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.” Ezekiel 34:25-27 (NKJV)

Overcoming Depression

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“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.They are new every morning; 
great is Your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Many strong and inspiring figures of the Bible suffered from depression: David, Jonah, and Job are just a few. David had Saul breathing down his back and trying to kill him. (1 Sam. 19:1-2) God commanded Jonah to warn his Ninevite enemies to repent. Instead, he turned tail and ran away. God then sent a whale to swallow Jonah, but only after sailors tossed him overboard hoping to calm a raging sea. (Jonah 1:4,11-12, 15). God tested Job’s faithfulness by permitting Satan’s request to afflict and torment him (Job 1:8-12). Each man had a strong relationship with God and a deep faith, yet they suffered from depression. Why?

One reason for their depression is because they all faced very painful or challenging circumstances. When you are asked to do something incredibly hard, or when you face persecution, injury, or loss…. you too will find your faith tested. You may also fall prey to depression, which springs forth from roots of hopelessness. Even the mightiest of believers can tumble into this debilitating trap. The enemy is adept at spreading lies of hopelessness and fear. He schemes of ways to infiltrate our heart, which is the seat of our emotions. He persistently harasses and taunts the children of God.

Remember, he is that “prowling lion” who always watches for opportunities to devour his prey! As his intended prey, we need to remain with the flock and not isolate. Depression often causes a believer to step out of fellowship. This is an unwise and dangerous move. The times when you least FEEL like going to church are the occasions when you most need friendly interaction and support. By choosing isolation, you give the enemy a big opportunity to drag you down into a pit of despair.

Our God is a God of HOPE. Depression contradicts the promises of God, which are intended to encourage. There is always a new beginning to look forward to with each new day. Your trial might not end or improve tomorrow, but there are new blessings in every day, including the hope that the next sunrise will bring relief.

If you find yourself down and out of sorts, believing your situation is too much for you to bear….bend a knee. Ask God to send His ministering angels your way to lift you up. Humble yourself and ask others to pray for you. Offer up a petition and ask God to send cheerful advocates your way who will speak words of comfort and encouragement.

Why not ask your heavenly Father for insight and understanding? Try to change your perspective by asking God to give you His eyes and insight. Consider what His point of view might be regarding your struggle. Then, follow the directions given in Philippians 4:8. When you meditate on things that are praiseworthy, you will discover that your trust and hope in the provisions of God are reinstated. Your strength will also be restored.

Finally, consider God’s promises and how faithful He has been over the course of your entire lifetime. Because our heavenly Father knew we would walk through dark times and painful adversities, He made sure to include countless words of encouragement in His Word. Go ahead and stand on each promise you read today. Let your faith shine bright. I pray it is bright enough to guide you out of any dark pit that has robbed your joy. May His peace lead you to greener pastures of hope so that you find rest and comfort in your day.

MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURE VERSES AND BE ENCOURAGED

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, 
but a kind word cheers it up.”   Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth;Shall you not know it?I will even make a road in the wildernessand rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)

Let Go Of All Bitterness & Unforgiveness

Prayer:Let Go Bitterness

Depression Isn’t A Sign Of Weakness

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I suffered from clinical depression for ten years. I know that black pit and I want to lift up any who are suffering from depression right now. You are not alone and God will help you. 

My brain tumor was on my frontal lobe for 10 years. It caused my depression. When the tumor was removed my darkness lifted. I wish it was so easy for all of you… cutting out some growth and then your depression is gone.

I want to say, hang in there. God sees your struggle. You’ll find your way out of the pit, but only with God’s help. He will lead you to the right doctors. God gave some of His children scientific minds. These talented and gifted minds have the knowledge to design medicines. God WILL heal you, but sometimes He works through others to accomplish the healing.

Don’t forget to ask your elders to lay hands on you and to pray over you. Prayer is powerful.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15 (NKJV)

Escaping Depression

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Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, or His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; 
great is Your faithfulness.”   Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Dear One,

Many bible leaders suffered from depression:  David, Jonah, and Job are just a few.  David had Saul breathing down his back, trying to kill him out of jealousy (1 Sam. 19:1-2). God requested that Jonah warn his enemies, the Ninevites, to repent. He turned tail and ran away. God sent a whale to swallow him, but only after Jonah was tossed overboard to calm the ocean storm, which threatened the passenger ship (Jonah 1:4,11-12, 15).  God tested Job’s faithfulness by permitting *satan’s request to afflict and torment him (Job 1:8-12).  Each man had a strong relationship with God and a deep faith, yet they suffered from depression.  Why?

One reason for their depression is that they all faced very painful or challenging circumstances. We you are asked to do something incredibly hard, or when you face persecution, injury, or loss…. you too will find your faith tested.  You too may fall prey to depression, which springs forth from hopelessness.  Even the mightiest of believers can tumble into the trap the enemy skillfully sets.  He is adept in spreading hopelessness and fear. 

The devil schemes to infiltrate your heart, the seat of your emotions. He will attempt to impregnate your mind with lies, relentless in his harassment and taunts.  Remember, he is a “prowling lion” waiting to devour his prey! As his intended prey, we need to remain with the flock and not isolate. 

Depression will often cause a believer to step out of fellowship.  This is an unwise and dangerous move.  The times when you least FEEL like going to church are the occasions when you most need friendly interaction and support.  By choosing isolation, you give the enemy more opportunities to drag you down into the pit of despair. 

Our God is a God of HOPE.  Depression contradicts the promises of God, which are intended to encourage. There is always a new beginning to look forward to with each new dawning day.  Your trial might not end or improve tomorrow, but there will be new blessings with each dawn. 

If you find yourself down and out of sorts, or hopeless in believing your situation is too much for you to bear, bend a knee.  Pray and ask God to send His angels to minister to you and lift you up.  Petition for others to reach out and encourage you.  You need an advocate to cheer you up and reassure you that things will improve.  Ask God to reveal Himself to you through His word, even send you some instruction. 

Ask your heavenly Father for insight, and an understanding of His perspective regarding your struggle. Then follow the directions given in Philippians 4:8.  When you meditate on things that are praiseworthy, your trust and hope in the provisions of God will return.  You will find your strength restored. Consider His promises and love, and how He has shown you His faithfulness over the course of your entire lifetime. His promises were made to help you, so go ahead and stand on them in faith.

Anxiety weighs down the heart, 
but a kind word cheers it up. “              Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut. 31:8 (NIV)

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”   Is. 43:19 (ESV)                

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Fall Upon His Grace

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And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”   1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

 “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.”  -Author Unknown

Dear One,

This weekend, I will be singing the “songs of my mother’s heart” to her.  My parents are coming to my house to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday.  Unfortunately, my mom’s memory is slipping away and her health is leaving her frail and distressed.  I want to hold every moment with her close to my heart, as I know such times are a precious gift.  God may give me many more years with her…. But I doubt it greatly.  Good-byes are hard, especially if the body remains but the memories of intimate moments are forgotten.  Grace will be in great demand this weekend!

Grace is unmerited divine assistance given to the human race for the purpose of sanctification.  It is a virtue that comes from God.  It is given to us in order to glorify Him by how we respond to our circumstances. Difficult times will bring out the best and worst in each individual.  Hopefully, as I age and grow in my maturity with Christ, I will accept His grace and apply it in a way that is honoring to Him. 

I do hope that God provides YOU with His divine assistance, thus enabling you to journey through your own personal struggle. I trust that His heavenly grace will comfort your heart, as I am sure this same grace will comfort mine.  God told Paul that His grace is sufficient, so upon this truthful promise I will cling. 

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.                                                 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

“God’s grace is not given to make us feel better, but to glorify Him… Good feelings may come, or they may not, but that is not the issue.  The issue is whether or not we honor God by the way we respond to our circumstances.”  

Jerry Bridges

Transforming Grace

How To Comfort The Broken Heart

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“The biggest thing you can do for those who are suffering is not to talk platitudes, not to ask questions, but to get into contact with God, and the “greater works” will be done by prayer.       Oswald Chambers   

Proverbs 25:11 (ESV)                                                                                                                      “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”

Dear Reader,                 

Comforting someone in need requires a sensitive spirit as well-intentioned words can often end up wounding a hurting soul.  The Word of God warns us not to be quick with our words.  Wisdom comes in many forms and from all directions.  Expressions of compassion should not always be spoken out loud. Great healing can come from the privacy of a prayer closet.

Certainly reckless words will pierce like a sword. Therefore, if you do not know what to say in a sensitive situation, it is best to be silent.  Compassion and love can be expressed through your eyes and through gestures of love.  Great help and healing will come as well if you offer up a person to the Great Physician.

A note card with just the words, “I love you and I care” is always a welcomed gift.  Make your words of comfort few but full of love. With God’s grace, your simple gesture might open up another door for you.  It could even lead to acts of service and an opportunity to share your faith. 

A depressed person will not have the energy or concentration to listen to a long and involved conversation about God. Share simple truths and offer to write down a few scriptures of encouragement for them.  Pray that God leads you to the perfect verses so that they bring healing and not further wounding.

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)     “The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)    “Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”  

“Remind Me Who I Am To You” by Jason Gray

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When I lose my way, and I forget my name,                                                                       Remind me who I am,                                                                                                       In the mirror all I see is who I don’t wanna be,                                                                       Remind me who I am,                                                                                                         In the loneliest places, When I can’t remember what grace is… 

*Tell me once again who I am to You, who I am to You                                                         Tell me lest I forget, who I am to You                                                                                              That I belong to You, to YOU! 

When my heart is like a stone, and I’m running far from home,                        Remind me who I am.                                                                                        When I can’t receive your love, afraid I’ll never be enough,                                   Remind me who I am.                                                                                                If I’m Your beloved, can You help me believe it?                                                  *Refrain      I’m the one You love, I’m the one You love.                                                               That will be enough; I’m the one YOU love!!

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John 3:16 (NIV)      “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Is there is any question in your mind as to who you are to God?  If so, reflect on John 3:16 and ask yourself this question:  “Can I offer up my own child and permit others to torture him, resulting in a cruel and very painful death?”  God did this for all of us so that we may become His adopted children.  Try to fathom that love.

When you are walking through a storm, you might have moments when you want to shake your fist at God and ask, “How is this pain and horrible experience a reflection of Your love for me?”  In the middle of your personal tempest, when you are trying to steady your course or right your boat, it can feel like God has abandoned you but He hasn’t. 

He is in the boat right alongside of you.

The testing of our faith is what matures us, according to James 1:2-4.  By learning perseverance, we grow in our faith so that we will be well equipped for the next lesson God sends our way.  Our life on earth is a classroom and God is our teacher.  He is fair but expects a classroom full of life-long learners. 

Every instructor works to prepare his or her students for the next grade level.  Equipping them to meet the harder challenges ahead is a loving thing. Teachers want to see their student fly to success and God is no different.

It would be wonderful to learn all the lessons God has for us, without the misery of painful trials and struggles.  Sadly, it seems as though the rebellious nature of humans responds to pain better than to a pain free life.  God’s children become complacent when everything is going their way.  If we could remain as passionate about our devotion to God in good times, maybe the storms would not be necessary. 

However, like a lamb who sees greener pastures out of the sight of the Shepherd, we wander to what we think is best for us.  We are shortsighted and don’t see the dangers around us.  The devil is called a roaring lion and we are told he is looking for opportunities to consume us.  We want what we want and usually don’t think beyond that desire, just think of Adam and Eve. 

To follow the desires of our hearts, without consulting God, will most certainly mean we have brought trouble upon our own heads. When we try to live a life of self-sufficiency, we distance ourselves from God.  He is the one in control, whether you want Him to be or not.  It is a done deal. 

If you can get to a place where you see how much God loves you, then huge storms will not cause you to capsize.  Yes, your boat will get rocked, but you will not drown in fear and sorrow.  He will walk on water to get to you because He loves you.  You are the one He loves.  That is who you are to Him.

James 1:2-4 (NIV)     “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

“Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it was my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was anything in it at all beyond the fact that I love Him?”  -Oswald Chambers 

From Cynthia Heald’s book:  Becoming A Woman of  Purpose (p.59)

Prayer Requests: Are Delays Really Denials From God?

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Daniel 10:12-13 (NIV)      “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.  But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Dear Reader,

Jesus taught us the importance of prayer while He walked the earth. In Matthew 6:9-13 we can read what is now called “The Lord’s Prayer.”  It is a wonderful example for all believers on HOW to pray. 

When we approach the throne of God, we need to include praise and recognition of God’s position and authority. Then present we can confidently present our requests, including one for forgiveness.  Protection from the evil one should be a daily part of our prayers, as the devil likes to harass and oppress the children of God.  It is always a good idea to pray a hedge of protection around yourself and the ones you love.

In Hebrews and Ephesians we are told that we can approach the throne of God with freedom and confidence.  We are commanded to pray without ceasing.  This means we should be in constant communication with God throughout our day, by intercession for others, ourselves, and by giving God praise and thanks.

James 1:6 tells the believer that when he petitions God through prayer, he needs to do so without doubt.  The prayer offered up in the spirit must be offered with a confidence that God will answer it.  The important thing to remember is that the prayer request may not be answered in the time or way the petitioner imagined.  God hears all prayers and all prayers are answered. He listens to the cries of His children. 

Finally, we come to the topic of timing.  First, as I said before, prayers are answered in God’s time.  His timing is perfect and we need to rest in that knowledge.  He has a purpose for every trial, lesson, and joyful experience we face.  Each one of these serves to prod us along, into the fulfillment of His plan.

As His adopted children, Jesus instructed us to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as lambs.  This advice needs to include our awareness of spiritual warfare.  We do not fight a battle of just flesh and blood, but rather one that includes powers and principalities of darkness. 

By reading Daniel 10, we learn that Daniel’s prayer was heard by God immediately.  However, there was a delay in the “answer” to his plea.  This time, it was not because of God’s decision to hold off and wait on things.  The angel that finally appears tells Daniel that he had been in a spiritual battle for twenty-one days.  The prince of the Persian kingdom resisted his advancement to help Daniel.  It was not until the angel Michael came to his assistance that the detained angel was able to move forward with his mission to help Daniel.

You need to realize that all prayers are heard by God and answered.  You also need to understand the importance of daily dressing yourself in the Spiritual armor of Christ.  It will help you to resist the enemy.  God sends His legion of angels, or messengers, to fulfill your prayer requests. 

Remember, there can be delays to your prayer requests due to God’s perfect timing, will, or because of a spiritual battle. A delay could be for your safety, or it could be that the angel armies are busy fighting on your behalf.

James 1:6 (NIV)     “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)    “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)      “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)  “This, then, is how you should pray…

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

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