Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.—Psalms 42:11 (KJV)
Depressed, despondent, dejected, discouraged, full of worry, and fear…these words describe the emotional state of many Believers in the world today…but there is hope!!
Hope? Yes, hope! But! No buts! (Arguments are useless)
God’s word is clear that Jesus came to clear the way to God and to give hope when we are hopeless! Regardless of our personal experiences, the Word is true and effective! Please do not try to minimize the reality of God’s word to the existence of your reality!
Okay, enough fussing, here is what I mean…
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”—John 3:16 (KJV)
This verse tells us that God’s love for us prompted His plan and purpose for us. If we simply relegate it to going to heaven, we rob ourselves of its power! God gave Jesus so we will not be defeated by the devil. Adam gave up his place as ruler here on earth, (yes, I said it), thereby giving control to Satan.
God sent Jesus as Savior to redeem us back (Galatians 3:13), and give us an opportunity to live on this earth as He intended before the fall. However it is our responsibility to BELIEVE! Look at that verse again, I think we get the giving of His Son but do we get the “whosoever believeth”? There is no limit to God’s love and forgiveness but there can be a limit to our experience of it…we have to believe.
My friend this is important! When we are going through the circumstances of life, we have to believe the scriptures as truth. We cannot afford the luxury of mental accent and simply mouthing the words “I believe.” Our belief in ‘God means what He says,’ will take us a long way towards changing our current reality. We often feel like, “if it is in my life, God intended it to be there.” That is like saying, “if God wanted me saved, he would save me!” What? No real Christian believes that!! We know we have to believe and receive, to be saved!
Therefore, if we recognize the necessity of our believing the Gospel to experience the gift of salvation, we should also recognize that it takes the same belief to see the undesirable conditions of our lives changed to the glory of God. Please hear me!
Depression or hopelessness is a symbol of defeat and Believers are not defeated!!!
Jesus said John 10:10, “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.”
If it steals, kills or destroys…it is not from God. If it gives life, especially abundant life, embrace it as part of the blessing of God! Do you have?
- A good marriage,
- Income to meet your needs,
- Peace of mind,
- Love in your home,
- Good friends,
- Food, clothing and shelter,
- Good health…then praise God for it!
If any of those things are lacking in your life, then find scriptures that promise them and claim them as your own. It is not God’s will for us to be lacking in any area of our lives (2 Peter 1:3). Please do not give up or give in; we absolutely can have abundant life! I believe that is what He was saying in John 3:16; “…have everlasting life.” Surely, we will have eternal life, but we are spirit…we will live forever anyway, heaven or hell. I believe He was talking about the Believer’s quality of life here.
Although, sickness, disease, poverty, bondage of all types and fear, is not the will of God for us…we are responsible to secure those things He has provided for our lives. If you need to go to court, legal help is available but you have to get an attorney or you will be unrepresented. When sick, if you don’t go to a doctor, you will remain ignorant of your condition and possibly miss an opportunity for healing (more on this later). If you have money available to you and do not use it for the things you need or want, you will go lacking.
God wants us to use those things He has provided for us to live the life He intended. When we do, we remove the elements that breed the hopelessness that the devil wants us to have…tell the devil NO! Have faith and hope in God…and stop the crying!
Read my post on The Believer’s Benefits for more!
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