FEELING DESTROYED BY DEPRESSION?
To those that suffer depression, it is a horrible affliction that sucks both hope and vision from the mind and soul of the sufferer. It drains the facilities of reasoning to the point where all seems helpless without generally a glimmer that there are workable solutions.
Those that find themselves in this kind of dilemma are those that become really confused, worried or don’t have a clue what to do. When that happens, try not to allow panic or worry guide your decisions. Relax for a minute and let God work. You’ll be amazed at the insight you get from waiting on God instead of striving to find answers on your own.
But before you make any decision read Philippians 4:11-13. It’s a great Scripture. “For I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”
Don’t always react on your first impulse – instead, meditate on what God would want from you and realize that He is in control. You’ll be able to see His hand working in just about any situation when you take a step back and realize it’s not your plan, but His.
God is a God of provision
There will always be a means He provides you with, or a way out that once you look back was either more than obvious – or nothing short of a miracle. Either way, it was He that gave you the means of a way through and the ability to overcome once you saw your way clear. How you deal with things once the door has been open is just as vital as when it was opened in the first place.
Throughout the history of the Christian world, so many of those who were used of God in so many ways were also the ones who seemed to struggle the most, and frequently asked where God was, why He didn’t answer prayer, and so on. They often felt betrayed, violated and abandoned. In other words, there were people just like you and me, yet they had deep routed conviction that God would bring them through no matter what their problems may be.
So often we live with the knowledge that the deeper we allow our faith in God to grow, the more we seem to struggle against powerful forces that often may seem more real than God in the struggles we go through to overcome them. Not only do we need to become aware of this one fact, but also realize we should expect a similar battle the deeper we pursue the presence of God, and surrender our hearts to Him.
Your Depression and what God has Overcome for you
No matter what has been taken away from you, no matter what losses you’ve experienced, if you give it over to God, He will return to you more than you could ask or imagine. He’ll make things right and give you more than what was lost or stolen. When you put your hope in God, He blesses you and God wants to multiply your joy, peace, wisdom, health and finances with a double portion in every area of your life!
The first step in moving forward into this fresh future is forgetting the disappointments of yesterday. It’s time to forget about those disappointments and reach out in faith to God’s abundant future. Jesus never reprimanded His disciples in public or made them feel stupid. He made them feel loved and appreciated. In fact, Jesus let his disciples know that He thought so highly of them that He planned to give them the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16:19). He never embarrassed them or belittled anyone who served Him. He overlooked their faults and limitations and celebrated their strengths.
As ambassadors of Christ, we should speak words of hope and encouragement and build others up – focussing on their strengths. When we do this will begin to see God’s favour over our own life. Then we will experience each and every victory that He has in store for us.
Assurance of God
God wants to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others. God wants you to experience tremendous blessing because He knows that when you taste of His love and goodness you will want to share it with someone else. We all need wisdom to deal with life. God gives wisdom, and blesses the upright. If you’ve made Jesus Lord of your life, and have allowed Him to wash away your past, then you are upright in God’s sight and this promise is for you! No matter what has happened in the past, yesterday, or even this morning.
Through the sacrifice of Jesus, you have access to all the Lord’s amazing promises. Just begin to thank Him daily for His promises of wisdom and victory, and you will experience His glorious blessing in every area of life! Time is the most valuable assets God has given us.
There are only 24 hours in a day, and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Are you spending time with God daily and investing in relationships with family and friends? God wants you to live a focused, disciplined life, full of purpose and hope. Start each day asking the Lord what He would have you to do there is no limit to what you can accomplish. God promises to take you places you’ve never dreamed possible and you will experience a more abundant life than you ever imagined.
Agree With God and Gain Peace
21″Stop quarrelling with God! If you agree with him, you will have peace at last, and things will go well for you. 22Listen to his instructions, and store them in your heart. 23If you return to the Almighty and clean up your life, you will be restored. 24Give up your lust for money, and throw your precious gold into the river. 25Then the Almighty himself will be your treasure. He will be your precious silver! 26″Then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and look up to God. 27You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows to him. 28Whatever you decide to do will be accomplished, and light will shine on the road ahead of you. Job 22:21-28 – NLT
Remember, our God is a good God who wants the best for those who are his children. In Jeremiah 29:11 we are assured of this: “For I Know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”.
When you are full of joy and have a good attitude, you will find it easy to keep yourself strong. That attitude of faith paves the way for God to work miracles – and it paves the way for God to turn your situation around! No matter what that situation may be.
God can show you a way through no matter what you are facing
No Matter what situation you are confronted by in today’s busy world, the Word of God has either a solution, and uplifting word, the guidance you need or the encouragement to keep going at a time when all around you seems hopeless or inadequate. The fact is, your thoughts determine your destiny. You can’t make the smallest decision without thinking about it and you can’t dwell on negative thoughts and expect a positive result. Proverbs 23:7 says: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” If you dwell on God’s Word, “You are an overcomer,” because, “You can do all things through Chris.” Once these scriptures get down in your spirit, you can become what the scripture says. The following word should help you regain your focus
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This Article is by Peter Collins – In a sales career spanning more than 53 years, Peter Collins has focused on helping and bringing out the best in others – whether it involves training or mentoring salespeople, managers, business consulting to SME’s. Since the 1970’s Peter has built a reputation as a Nationally and Internationally Published author, and has 68 business books to his credit, but he is mainly known for one book based on the Audio Tape series of the same name, Over 50 Ways of Closing the Sale. Peter had his first book published in 1969 and now has over 133 books in all, including Business, Marketing, Sales, Free Publicity, Body Language, Music and over 30 Christian books to date. Peters books have sold over 2.5 Million copies of his books over 49 years. In his personal life, Peter has been sought after as an encourager and motivator that has given of his time and talents freely despite his busy schedule. Subsequently, he has assisted churches, pastors, community and charity groups, as well as individuals through his teaching, training, development and on-going mentoring.
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