I have been studying in my Soul Winning class that we are responsible for the blood of others. That is pretty scary to me. If we know that someone is sinning, it is our responsibility to confront them about it. ~Ezekiel 33:6 (NIV) says, “ But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.”~ We are the watchmen and that means that we need to spend time loving others enough to tell them the truth. Also, ~2 Timothy 2:25 (NIV) says,” Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.”~
That is my goal in this book. I know that God is greater than depression and that I can overcome it with His help. We all can overcome our ungodly strongholds and build Godly strongholds in their place. ~Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”~ That verse tells me that I am healed and I only need to receive it and meditate on it and stop letting the devil deceive me. Just like Pastor Andrew Towe at the Power Plant Ministry Center in Chattanooga, TN always says, “The devil is a liar”. This is the truth! We all need to keep telling ourselves over and over- the devil is a liar, the devil is a liar, the devil is a liar -until we believe it.
I know, for me, that I don’t spend enough time in God’s word. ~Joshua 1:8-9 (MSG) says, “And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take. ‘The Taking of the Land’.” ~ That’s a very powerful scripture. I AM taking the Land!
The definition of a CHRISTIAN on the merrian-webster.com website is one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ; b: disciple
A Christian is listed as a noun in the dictionary, but I think it is more a verb. We are disciples, and this means that we should be doing the work of Jesus. That means we are not just being like Christ; we are acting and doing like Christ. Jesus also told us, as His disciples, to go out to all the nations and preach the good news to the poor. ~Mark 16: 15 (NIV) says “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”~ I declare that I will not be a ‘hearer’ only of God’s word, but a ‘doer’. ~Deuteronomy 30:16 says, “For I command you today to Love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways…”~ We must walk the walk and talk the talk. Others are watching us so we must lead by example.
Here is my testimony. I fight depression. I have for as long as I can remember. I have come a long, long way with the help of Jesus. The definition of depression found on the merriam-webster.com website is a state of feeling sad: dejection: 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 this book while I am studying and researching my own life long struggle. I have recently learned that when you have an area that you need help in, you spend time reading all you can about it and researching it. I have always had to fight for a sound mind. I finally came to the conclusion that the main cause of my depression was that I was being selfish and only thinking of myself, my situation, and my problems. So, I purposely began focusing on other things besides myself, but I still had episodes of severe depression that I could not seem to control. I really tried to fight it, but after a time, things would begin to feel hopeless again and I would be right back down to where I was before.
~2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (NIV) puts it like this, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-control.”~ Hmmm. How about that? So, I now know from the Word of God that I am a woman of power! I am not timid! I am not fearful! I do have self-control and I do have a sound mind! That’s a good scripture to start praying and declaring every day.
Your testimony is something that you should share with others so that they will know where you have been and how far you have come. ~Joshua 4:21 (NIV) says, “Don’t forget what God brought me out of… Remember, testimony… “~
Merriam-webster’s.com defines TESTIMONY as: the tablets inscribed with the Mosaic Law: the ark containing the tablets; a divine decree attested in the Scriptures; firsthand authentication of a fact: evidence; an outward sign; a solemn declaration usually made orally by a witness under oath in response to interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public official; an open acknowledgment; a public profession of religious experience.
~Deuteronomy 28:7 says, “The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you: They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.”~ This depression will flee! In seven different directions!
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus; I also pray that you will set a fire deep in the souls of over comers to write down or speak their personal testimonies. ~Revelation 12:11 (NIV) says, “They overcome him (the accuser) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.”~ As a Christian, I feel that I need to give my testimony in obedience to God.
I am currently overcoming depression. Some of you may have overcome (or are overcoming) physical, sexual, or drug abuse. What a mighty testimony to others who are going through what you went (or are going) through, and conquered (or are conquering). God expects us to bless others and our testimony is one way to do that. ~Ecclesiastes 11:2 (MSG) says,” Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night.”~
My prayer for this book:
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus; I pray that people who read this book will be set free from the enemy’s chains of depression by my testimony. Let the scriptures that ‘You’ have provided for me to share and the words that I write be freeing to their souls and minds. I pray that the devil will regret ever messing with our lives. Help this to be a wakeup call to others with depression so that they will not let the devil steal another day of their life. ~Isaiah 61:7 (NIV) says, “Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”~
~Psalm 16:11(NIV) says, “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”~ The joy of the Lord is our strength. ~Psalm 94:19 (NIV) says, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”~ Happiness is temporal, but joy is from the Lord. It is one of the fruits of the spirit.