Depression runs rampant in our society. I have known it and it is a dark hole, an evil abyss of darkness that I never want to return to.
There is a better life. There is hope, there is peace and there is true Love! So many wander this earth with no purpose and my heart breaks for them. My words seem so insufficient. How can I reach them? How can I show them the Light which I have come to know?
I myself cannot, but He who is in me can! When I submit my life to He who is greater than he who is in the world, Light shines.
When He lives in me His peace becomes real, His hope manifests and His love reaches out and overcomes darkness.
Oh Lord may I be your hands and feet. May I speak boldly the truth when it is your will for me to do so.
I break off every lie of the enemy in Jesus name! I break off every discouraging whisper of lies saying you are not good enough, that God cannot work through you. He can, He does and He will!
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NKJV)
“I can’t afford to have a thought in my head that He doesn’t have in His head about me. We adjust our thinking to His.” -Bill Johnson
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
I believe a huge part of having a renewed mind is surrender. A mind transformed has been washed by the water of the word (Eph 5:26) and submits our thoughts to the thoughts God has about us! A transformed mind is a new creation in Christ whose mind is aware of the new identity we have in Him. A transformed mind knows what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us and that we are now sons of God who received the Spirit of adoption, not of bondage and fear (1 John 3:1, Rom 8:15).
I want what He wants for me. What all that entails I do not know. But I do know it is exceedingly and abundantly more than I could ever ask or think.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (Romans 8:5 NIV)
Thy will be done Father, on earth as it is in heaven. Show us Your will and enable us through your Spirit to accomplish the plans you have for us. May our thinking all be aligned with the mind of Christ rebuking every lie of the enemy in Jesus name.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. (Isaiah 43:18-21 NIV)
The past is the past, and though God was in it, He is no longer. He is present, as are we. Do not forget the great things He has done, but also do not dwell on the trials and tribulations of the past.
He is doing a new thing! His presence is now. Be present with Him, and eagerly expectant of the next great thing He will do.
He always delivers. He always loves. He is always faithful. He is always present. If it feels like He’s far away, He’s not! He makes a way in the wilderness and makes rivers in the desert. He gives His people drink from the waters of everlasting life! Drink up beloved! Behold He is doing a new thing.
Make way for the new! Now it shall spring forth; shall you know it?
His people will know it. His people (you and I) He formed for Himself and we shall declare His praise!
I received a word from the Lord that I believe is a message for a lot of us. He said Hebrews 12:1 says, “run the race with endurance, not speed.”
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)
Endurance: the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially : the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity
It is endurance that wins the race and we get endurance by finding rest in the Lord. If we do not rest in Him we will tire ourselves out and give up. Find your endurance from resting in the presence of the Lord!
Lord may you bless us all with your rest that we enter through faith so we may run the race with endurance looking unto Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2 NKJV)
Thank you Lord that I am free! That freedom comes through faith in believing that what you have already said is true. For God cannot lie and He is faithful to His promises!
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:11-14 NKJV)
Often our chastening is the result of entertaining sin in our lives. When we sin it is contrary to who we are and gives way to lies of the enemy. No sin is without consequence, but thankfully we have a Lord who picks us up when we are weak. He strengthens our hands and makes our path straight so we can yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalms 27:13-14 NKJV)
This one is awesome! So true for me. I would have lost heart unless I believed in God’s goodness and that it would manifest in my life. It’s only the beginning for us but we are growing from glory to glory! Like the angles that repeatedly fall down before the glory of God we are constantly amazed at how knowing Him gets better and better. He will complete the good work He has begun in us (Phil 1:6).