The word HOPE has been made so insignificant in our vocabulary. We have made it more like wishing. “Well, I hope it works out” or “I’m hoping and praying it will be ok”.
The definition of HOPE is
to cherish a desire with anticipation; to trust. So, to hope is to trust.
There is no worse feeling than hopelessness. I lived in hopelessness for so long. It makes you numb. Ecclesiastes 9:4 says, “Anyone who is among the living has hope -even a live dog is better than a dead lion.” When I read Ecclesiastes when I was going through my depression, it made me laugh. A depressed person knows another depressed person wrote this book. For some reason God used this book of the bible to show me that even King Solomon struggled with depression. I’m not alone and there is hope. Romans 5:5 says, “Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
The way you believe will either keep you bound or set you free. If you are a superstitious person and you believe that you will have 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror, then bad things will probably start happening in your life if you break a mirror. There is no such thing as ‘luck’. We are blessed. We are not lucky.
When Jesus healed the blind men in Matthew 9:28, Jesus asked them, “Do youbelieve that I am able to do this?” and they replied, “yes, Lord.” And they were healed.
I have struggled with why some people get healed and some don’t. I believe that Jesus is our healer and that He can heal us. I guess my question is ‘will He’? This is something that I have been dealing with most of my life. God showed me this verse in Matthew 8:2-3, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, “I am willing,” He said, “Be clean.” “Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.” I believe that Jesus is willing and He is able.
As I was researching and
studying, God showed me several things that I was doing that was keeping me
bound to my depression. One
way I was sabotaging myself was the way I was thinking.
always had a problem with worrying and thinking negatively. I have to fight to
be positive. I realized when I was researching my depression that, IT IS A FIGHT. I had to fight for my
mind. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally brothers, 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.”
One thing that really hit my spirit was when I read that King David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:6 says, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” I really started thinking about that. He didn’t need other people to build him up and encourage him. He didn’t need other’s advice or comments of affirmation. He built himself up in the Lord. It couldn’t have been easy for him and It’s not easy for me to do, but it is possible. I know because I have done it. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us, “We demolish arguments and every pretention that sets its-self up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Think about your blessings not your problems or flaws. Everybody has them and it does no good to dwell on them. Has anything ever gotten better by letting the bad stuff control us? No! We must control our minds!
Just to clarify, Depression is not just feelings that you have for a while and they leave. We can have different moods. Depression is not being moody. This is something that affects your life, your family, and your health—it affects every area. That’s why so many people are on medication to try to control their depression. It’s a lucrative business for the drug companies and pharmacies. I’ve seen commercials where you have to take medication to help boost or treat the side effects of another medication. I think, in most cases, medication just masks the problem and people never overcome their depression by medicating themselves. You are not going to overcome Satan with a pill. And that’s a bitter pill to swallow!
DEPRESSION is defined in Webster’s dictionary as a state of feeling sad; a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping; feelings of dejection and hopelessness; and sometimes suicidal tendencies.
God instructed me to write a book while I studied and researched about my depression. He told me to seek out my deliverance. And that’s exactly what I did. Matthew 7:7 (NIV)says, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”
When you are struggling in an area, you need to research
it. Read scriptures about it and books about it. Listen to sermons about it.
Pray about it. God is faithful to give you the answers if you look for them and
seek them out.
In December 2015, I was asked to give my testimony at a women’s meetings. Fear almost overwhelmed me. I didn’t know if I could do it. I believe that was my test! I had been praying and asking God to use me to help others and to give me words for people and asking Him to lead and direct my path. I was telling God that I trusted Him, but if I said no, then that would be a lie. But, if I said yes, then I would be committing myself to do something that I didn’t know if I could do. I did say yes, and I did get through it. I am not a public speaker, but I gave my testimony out of obedience to God. I believe if God called me to do it, He will get me through it. Revelation 12:11 tells us that we are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
God gave me two scriptures that I have been speaking over myself. One is 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV), “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” The (NIV) says it like this, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love, and self-discipline.” That tells me that I am a woman of power. I am not timid. I am not fearful. I have self-discipline and a sound mind!
The other scripture is Philippians 4:13, (NLT) “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Speak these powerful verses over your life as well and you will soon see changes in your mindset.
Everything in life is a choice. Choose to seek out freedom from your depression. I found my freedom by seeking out my deliverance and I know you can too. It’s not easy and it will take time, but you will see changes in yourself and your attitude towards life if you don’t give up. Count your blessings and enjoy your life. What will you choose?
This week we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day – February 14th, 2019. This is the day of love. I thought I would write my weekly blog about love since it is the subject everybody is thinking about this week. I have been noticing these little signs that say ‘Love is Why’ in peoples yards around Chattanooga and wondered who was behind this movement. I finally found this link and wanted to share it for this season of “love”. Please watch and find out what this is all about. https://www.loveiswhy.org/
What is love? 1 John 4:8 “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” This verse of the Bible tells us that God is love. So, love is God. It’s pretty simple. We don’t have love if we don’t have God. He is the measure and the definition of love. You might have feelings or lust, but you don’t have love without God. This is how the enemy steals our lives. He distorts love and convinces us to believe a lie. The enemy puts a twist on scripture so that it sounds nice and appealing to our sinful natures. The truth can hurt sometimes, but the truth will set you free. A lie will leave you in bondage and kill you.
A definition of spring that I found on the Merriam Webster website is a time or season of growth or development. Think of this groundhog prediction as a chance to grow or develop your joy. “The joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Living without joy is a very miserable life.
Take control of your mindset in this new season that’s just around the corner. Look up different scriptures about joy in the Bible and speak them over yourself. Write them down on post-it notes and stick them in different places around your house to remind you of the promises of God. This will help you to keep your focus on Him and not on yourself and your problems.
If we take small steps to conquer our depression, we will see changes in our moods. Even non-Christians believe that speaking positive things about yourself can be beneficial.
In going over the final edits in my book, Depression: State of Mind, I have been striving to get everything perfect. That’s very stressful! Then, the Holy Spirit reminded me that nothing is perfect and I need to strive for excellence instead. Jesus was perfect, but I have flaws… and that’s OK. My imperfections make me who I am.
It’s getting to the point where I am just stalling and nothing is getting done. If I want to get my book out and start helping others, I need to just do the best I can and let God help me. I will never get it perfect.
“But while I was busy doing something else, the prisoner disappeared!” “Well, it’s your own fault,” the king replied. “You have brought the judgment on yourself.”” 1 Kings 20:40 NLT http://bible.com/116/1ki.20.40.nlt
The enemy will always try to hinder your progress if God has you doing something for His kingdom. Darkness does not like the light. The devil doesn’t want God’s people free from their bondage, so he will cause distractions to keep you busy doing other things. I believe that being a perfectionist is distracting us from our calling and destiny. Don’t be pulled into hat trap! I wrote my book in 2015 and it’s still not published. That’s distraction at its finest!
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT http://bible.com/116/php.4.8.nlt
As Christians, we are called to go and preach the good news to all the world. Can we honestly say that we are fulfilling our calling? The Bible tells us that many are called but few are chosen. Is it possible that the few that are chosen by God are the ones that actually walk out their calling? Jesus said for his disciples to go and do even greater works than He did. How many of us have done anything in the name of Jesus? We do all kinds of things that please us or make us happy, but do we take up our cross and follow Jesus…ever? We are invisible as Christians. We stand in the crowd and try to fit in and go unnoticed. God set us apart as Christians! When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became a new creation. That means we were set apart from the world.
We are invincible! Jesus came to this fallen earth as a man to give us a chance to make a difference. Are we making a difference? It looks like the only difference Christians are making is turning people away from the Gospel instead of the other way around. Our lives are supposed to be a living sacrifice, but instead we cower down like we are defeated and won’t fight for the cause of Christ. Paul said in Philippians 1:21, ” For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We should be ready to die for what we believe in. How many Christians in other countries are persecuted to the death for their belief? There are many. We are coddled and weak Christians in this country. We have taken for granted the blessings and freedoms that we have received because we are a nation, under God, and we became a useless and powerless Church. If a satanic church can be founded in this Christian country, then we have failed! There is now an alter to Baal in New York City and very few people seem to care. It looks like we have failed miserably!
Invincible is my word for 2018. Merriam-Webster defines Invincible as too powerful to be defeated or overcome. That is what I am claiming for me and for the Christian Church. Psalms 24:18 says, ” Who is the king of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, invincible in battle.” We have Jesus on our side, so we are invincible. He fights our battles. Romans 8:37 says, “No despite all those things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us.” We are invincible because, as Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Who is willing to stand up and stand out for Jesus? Are you going to remain invisible and be like the zombies that are only interested in pleasing themselves? Or, are you going to be invincible and fight the good fight of faith! This is a war. It has been waged against us from before we were ever born. The enemy tried to kill us before we took our first breath of oxygen. The devil is after souls, so we should be after souls too. Jesus loves ALL of us. Yes, even sinners. Jesus even loved the ones that drove the nails into his hands and feet. He loved the ones that mocked Him and the ones that cried out “crucify him!”. Jesus understood that they didn’t know what they were doing. He understood that it was the evil one that had deceived them. Let us stop being the powerless, invisible church and step up to be the invincible, mighty Church that Jesus instructed us to be.
I wrote this blog just a few days before Rev. Billy Graham went to be with the Lord at the age of 99. He was an invincible man! He walked the walk and talked the talk. We can’t rely on just one or two to do what needs to be done. Now that he’s gone home, we as the Church need to step out and fulfill our calling.
When I spoke in front of a women’s group for the first time, someone told me afterwards that obedience is greater than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). I hate to speak in public and I am very uncomfortable when all eyes are on me. I did horrible, but I did it! God doesn’t really care about how good we are at something, He just cares about us doing what He has called us to do. He will work everything out. It’s not about us anyway. We can’t change hearts or minds, that is done by the power of the Holy Spirit. We just need to be the vessels of change. I believe that even though I muttered my way through that message, someone needed to hear it and was helped by it. Sometimes people just need to see that you will get up and step out even though it hurts.
I guess God asked me to do something that I know for a fact I couldn’t do without Him. Like I said in my message that day, ‘If God called me to do it, He will get me through it’. He did. I trust Him. I have history with Him and He has NEVER let me down. I look at my kids and know in my heart that God loves me. He actually let me have the opportunity to raise them up. What a privilege and an honor! He let me see a small part of what true love is. We need to also remember that God even loves the unlovable. We generally love people that love us. Jesus loved the people that murdered Him. If you have ever wondered what love is, there’s your sign! 1 John 4:10 NLT, “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
My prayer has always been that God would help me to help others, even if that means speaking in front of a crowd or writing a book. I want others to know that they don’t have to feel depressed or hopeless. John 10:10 KJV,“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus didn’t come for us after we die. He came to help us now, through our life on this fallen earth. He came to give us power and strength to overcome the enemy and his plans.
Will you obey God’s calling even if He asks you to do something hard? You know that street preachers don’t really want to stand out there and be mocked and made fun of. They are answering the call of Jesus even though it’s not fun or easy. Mark 16:15 NLT, “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” To God be all the Glory! It’s all worth it for just one soul to be saved from hell. Jesus came for the 1. He left the 99 for the one that needed Him. Matthew 18:12 NLT,“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?” That is beautiful! That’s my God!
Freedom from depression, fear, anxiety, and helplessness