Turn from lies to truth
Turn from hate to love
Turn from guilt to hope
Turn from sins to mercy
Turn from rage to peace
Turn from curse to grace
Turn from lusting to purity
Turn from despair to Jesus
-Depression doesn’t discriminate
-Depression doesn’t mean you aren’t saved
-Depression doesn’t mean you don’t know Jesus
-Depression doesn’t mean you don’t pray
Depression means that you are weak and you need to have one outlet and that is Jesus. THROUGH Jesus you need to find a sound therapist that works through the wisdom of God. In addition to that you need to have a deliverance session. Sometimes it may take a day and other times it could take years. Don’t think you aren’t saved because you are depressed. Be thankful you have a way out.
Are you in a deep dark hole of depression, and the more you try to dig yourself out, the deeper you go? Do things look dark. Bleak. Black. Do you feel Hopeless. Helpless? When the entire world is a raw catastrophe hovering over you in the depths of despair, it’s easy for faith to falter and stumble.
Depression turns the brain into a swirling mass of half-truths and distorts perceptions. If you’re depressed, it can be dangerous to evaluate anything in your life. Don’t scrutinize your circumstances or friendships or prospects for marriage, you will misinterpret reality.
Instead, simply say, “I’m leaving that to God for now. I’ll think about it later and trust Him to handle it.” God is good. He is faithful. He loves you even though you don’t feel it. He can handle your life even when you can’t.
Remember, faith is not a feeling. Faith is simply believing that God will do what He said, even when it doesn’t feel like it. When you’re depressed, it won’t feel like God is faithful. But that feeling simply is not true. Don’t believe it.
One pastor acutely sensitive to the imperfect feeling of faith, said that true faith “clings so fast to the inmost parts that, however it seems to be shaken or to bend this way or that, its light is never so extinguished or snuffed out that it does not at least lurk as it were beneath the ashes”
Like David prays in Psalm 139:11–12, our faith may often slip away from our sight, but it does not slip away from God who gave it in the first place.
If you’re depressed, one of your greatest temptations is to shut people out. But you need someone to gently remind you of what’s real; a faithful, godly friend to walk through the valley of depression with you. When your friend speaks the truth to you, it gives you something to grab onto. In the moments of darkness, don’t believe what your mind is telling you. Believe the words of your faithful friend.
Depression pulls your soul downward, like a weight tied around the ankle. One of the most effective methods for increasing your faith begins with the body. When you exercise or go for a walk or sit in the sunshine, your body feels better. Blood and oxygen pump through the body, refreshing and nurturing it. When you feel better, you think more clearly and see things more accurately.
When you think more clearly, you can more easily process and embrace God’s promises. When you embrace God’s promises, faith surges.
Charles Spurgeon, who often fought depression, said,
“A day’s breathing of fresh air upon the hills, or a few hours’ ramble in the beech woods’ umbrageous calm, would sweep the cobwebs out of the brain of scores of our toiling ministers who are now but half alive. A mouthful of sea air, or a stiff walk in the wind’s face, would not give grace to the soul, but it would yield oxygen to the body, which is the next best”.
If you’re depressed, embrace the sunshine. Go for a walk or a jog. Sit on your porch and feel the warmth on your face. Drink your coffee and watch the sun rise. You won’t feel like it. You’ll want to hole up in the darkness of your room or stay in bed. But just twenty minutes in the sun can do wonders for the darkened brain and the sunken soul.
Ultimately, your hope in depression hinges on Jesus. He’s holding onto you even when it feels like you’re free falling. You may be in the darkness of the pit, but your Shepherd is walking right beside you. He knows what it’s like to be overwhelmed by grief and swallowed by bleakness.
Your grip on life may falter, but God grip on you won’t.
PRAY ……. Like Nehemiah OBEY ……. Like Daniel
LEAD …….. Like Moses BUILD ……. Like Noah
FIGHT ……. Like David SERVE ……. Like Martha
BELIEVE ….. Like Mary EDUCATE … Like Paul
PROTECT … Like Peter LOVE ………. Like JESUS
DEALING WITH OPPOSITION.
Not everyone will celebrate and support you. Some will oppose you and try to stop your progress. The intention is to frustrate you, cause you to doubt and lose confidence, intimidate, scare, and distract you from your destiny and place of assignment.
They are influenced by the evil one against you because the posturing of their hearts is not toward Me. They spend sleepless nights plotting evil on their beds. They cannot rest until they do evil, and are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
These are people who are tools in the enemy’s hand; they don’t even need a real reason to oppose you. As long it is you doing it, they will trip over themselves to oppose it.
Nevertheless, do not be afraid of or obsessed with them. As long as you are united with Me, and the thing you are doing is ordained by Me, they will not be able to stop you.
In fact, they will eventually realise they are fighting against Me and not you. And those who fight against Me will be shattered; I will thunder against them from heaven.
Meanwhile, I will give you power and increase your strength, My anointed one. They and their strategies against you will grow weaker and weaker while you grow stronger and stronger.
Not a hair on your head will be lost. They will stumble and fall who seek your life and destiny, but you will rise and stand firm because your trust is in Me. By standing firm, you will save your soul.
Do not be afraid, because I bless you whenever people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are following Me and My will for your life.
Be happy about it! Be very glad! A great reward awaits you in heaven.
Remember, I am familiar with what you are experiencing and I am filled with sympathy and compassion toward you, being no stranger to age old opposition Myself from satan.
It hurts even more when it is those closest to you, sometimes even your own family members hating, betraying, opposing, mocking and conspiring against you.
Be comforted; the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
I only charge you to be wise and an example among them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect integrity and seriousness. Live in My truth and they will be ashamed, having nothing evil to say about you.
Stand firm! Remain focused! Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by I Myself.
Increase the fervency of your prayer life during this season of war, for this battle will be won on your knees. And whenever you pray, pray for them and bless them.
I who called you, I am faithful. I will be with you to the very end and complete the good work I have began in you with EXCELLENCE and to PERFECTION.
Psalm 7:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 I come to You for protection, O Lord my God.
Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!
2 If You don’t, they will maul me like a lion,
tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
Nehemiah 4:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)
4 [a]Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, 2 saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing?
Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices?[b] Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?”
3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!”
Esther 6:13 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 When Haman told his wife, Zeresh, and all his friends what had happened, his wise advisers and his wife said, “Since Mordecai—this man who has humiliated you—is of Jewish birth, you will never succeed in your plans against him. It will be fatal to continue opposing him.”