Having faith in the midst of your depression

Posted: December 12, 2011 in God
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And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” ~ Heb. 11:6

Have you ever thought about “having faith in the midst of your depression?”  That’s what I’m sharing in this video.

While  meditating on this video I started thinking about God walking us through vs. removing us from a situation.

When going through trials be it depression or otherwise, our faith has to kick in and become real for us.  Because sometimes when we examine our circumstances through the natural eye, it is hard to understand why a good and loving God would choose to allow us,someone who He has made in His likeness, and proclaims His love for would allow us to go through horrific experiences.

Then I remember . . .

God is love.  And because God is love, all that He gives comes through His hands of love.

What does that mean?

Essentially it means that a good and loving God, finds good in letting us go low during certain seasons of our lives, if that is what will bring us closer to Him.

Remember the Garden?  I would say Jesus was pretty, scared and depressed—He was pretty low in posture and spirit, yet God didn’t “take Him out of the garden.”  Instead God gave Him what He needed to go through—strength.  For a moment, I want you to think about all of the good and the love that came from God’s hands because He allowed Jesus to suffer?  Ah.  Isn’t that amazing.  Now that’s love.

What about when Jesus told Simon, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat: but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Satan wanted to crush Simon (and the other disciples like grains of wheat).

What were Jesus’ words to His disciple?  Jesus assured Peter that though his faith would falter, it wouldn’t be destroyed.

Our faith will falter in many ways and many times.  We will become depressed by various situations that arise in our lives.  We will rise and we will fall, and our only comfort will be in knowing that the comforter is with is guiding us, carrying us through— walking beside us as we travel down our perilous road.  He may never remove the source that we feel is our pain but we will never be alone.

Those times are our wilderness moments.  It was because God loved the children of Israel that He took them through the wilderness.  Remember God didn’t want His beloved people being afraid if they took the shorter route because they would have seen war?

If you are a child of God’s you can be sure that He is working in your life and He is working things out.  Sometimes the pain that we experience is for a good reason, though it doesn’t feel good.

Please grab hold of learning to embrace your life and its situational truths.  Learn to embrace your reality friend because in acceptance lies peace.  And once we have peace we can begin to have a clear mind, and a clear mind can start us to look at our situation differently and better, giving light to things that just seemed bleak and dim a day or so ago.

Once you’ve taken hold of the truth begin to move forward, even if you must move at a snails pace—keep moving.

Once again, here are the symptoms that I gave  in the video:

1.  aggressiveness

2.  irritability

3.  blaming others

4.  falling into a comfortable sin

5.  sadness {we don’t want to accept reality}

6.  emptiness

Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you next time!

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