God Speaks to You
Our theme this week is from 2 Cor. 4: 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Do not think for a second that God is silent when His people are suffering. We may not see, hear or feel His presence but I can assure you, He's there and working! This is my third post on this subject. Yesterday we talked about coming to God with your sufferings. This morning I want to show you how God speaks to you.
God speaks to you in the Bible. Keep your heart open to the fact that the Bible has much to say to you when you are depressed. Here are a few suggestions of Bible passages you can read. Read one each day and let it fill your mind as you go about your life. These are some powerful Scriptures so please don't skip over them especially if you are going through a suffering period. Put these Scriptures in your files and use them.
1. Read about Jesus' suffering in Isaiah 53 and Mark 14. These verses tell us that Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. After you read the above chapters, answer this question, how does it help you to know that Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief?
2. Use the Psalms to help you find words to talk to God about your heart. Do me a favor and try making Psalm 88 and Psalm 86 your personal prayers to God.
3. Be alert to spiritual warfare. Depressed people are very vulnerable to Satan's claim that God is not good. Jesus' death on the cross proves God's love for you. It's the only weapon powerful enough to stand against Satan's lies. (Romans 5:6-8, 1 John 4:9-10)
4. Don't think your case is unique. Read Hebrews 11 and 12. Many have walked this path before you and they will tell you that God did not fail them.
5. Remember your purpose for living. (Matthew 22:37-39, 1 Corinthians 6:20, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Galatians 5:6)
6. Learn about persevering and enduring. (Romans 5:3, Hebrews 12:1, James 1:2-4)
Monday, the Lord willing, I am going to talk about some things that come with depression. Stay focused and God Bless!