Defying depression with God

Defying depression with God

Friday, October 29, 2010

Passing Through

We may be in the valley, but we do not live there, we are only passing through.

We may be in the fire, but we do not live there, we are only passing through.

God reaches down from on high. He comes alongside us, takes our hand, and leads us through.

In the valley or in the fire, we are only passing through.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Prescription for Healing

Heal - to mend, cure, make whole; return to original state of health

I pray for healing...I beg for healing, yet it does not come.
I am prescribed medication...I take medication, and my health improves.

My health improves but I do not feel that I am healed.

God, I believe that You are a supernatural God who can perform instantaneous miracles of healing, if you choose. I wonder why you have not chosen to heal me, to set me free.

Could it be that God might use prescription medication to heal?

There is an example in the Bible of Jesus giving a prescription for healing:

"As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. ... (Jesus) spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go", He told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam". So the man went and washed, and came home seeing." John 9:1-7

God can use any means that He sees fit to heal. The healing process will not look the same for everyone. We should prayerfully consider treatment options, and it may be that God's will is to use medication to heal.

The Battlefield

Christ was crucified at Golgotha - the place of the skull, the mind. So often the mind is Satan's battlefield of choice. Satan's strategy is revealed and the battle lines have been drawn.

Depression is such a mental, emotional and spiritual battle. It is a battle of the mind, but we have already won. We have victory because the work of Christ has been done at Golgotha. Satan's lies are crucified. We live with the power of the resurrection and the mind of Christ.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Remove This Cup

When I am really suffering, when the darkness overwhelms, I cry out to the LORD;
"Father, I would rather have any other form of pain."
I plead with God;
"If I have to suffer, please let it be in any other way. "
I implore;
"Remove this cup from me."

The familiar words of Jesus ring in my ears. In the face of tremendous suffering, He pleaded with the Father in the garden;
"Remove this cup from me..." But then Jesus continued; "...not my will but yours be done."

Can I follow the example that our LORD gave in the face of indescribable pain?
Can I take the next step of faith?
Can I surrender to the Father's will?

Can I surrender to the suffering?

Monday, October 11, 2010

How Long?

A prayer when you feel that the sorrow will never end:

Psalm 90:13 - 15
Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.

Prayer is essential.
Cry out to God for he hears you.

He loves you and he hears you.

The Battle is Not Ours

Depression - a fight for your life, a daily struggle, a source of fear and discouragement

2 Chron 20 tells of a king facing an insurmountable challenge.
King Jehoshaphat admits to the LORD that he has no power to face the enemy before him.

God responds; "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army for the battle is not yours, but God's." God goes on to say; "Stand firm and see the deliverance I will give not be afraid or discouraged...go out and face them tomorrow and I will be with you."

Depression - an insurmountable challenge, an enemy of the soul, a vast army lying in wait

Do not be afraid or discouraged...stand firm...face the enemy

God promises to be with you and to deliver you.