I can still smile…I know God is on the throne and He is in control…I know how very deeply I am loved…I am blessed by much and I am thankful…I have nothing to fear for God is with me…I am surrounded by family and friends…my family and I are enjoying good health and God provides for our every need…
Where does this feeling of depression come from? I am serving the LORD…I am in His presence and seeking His will…Where have I opened the door to this darkness?
The LORD is near to the heartbroken
And He saves those who are crushed
in spirit (contrite in heart, truly
sorry for their sin).
Many hardships and perplexing
circumstances confront the righteous,
But the LORD rescues him from them all.
-Psalm 34:18-19 AMP
Christians are not immune to mental illness. I am not immune to depression! But I can put on the full armor of God (Eph. 6:14-16), and meet this day ready to wage against the hardships and perplexing circumstances that are already confronting me before I rise. I am protected by THE ONE who is above all else.
I am not the same person I was before Jesus called me, the heartbroken and crushed…I believe and I repent of my sins and accept His gift of salvation and cleansing of my soul. I am redeemed. There are days when I have to wake myself from the nightmares and shout, “I AM REDEEMED!” at my spiritual enemies, but I am still new and filled with God’s Spirit.
I know the TRUTH and wear it like a belt around my waist. (vs.14)
I wear God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS like armor on my chest. (vs.14)
My feet are sandaled with readiness for the gospel of PEACE. (vs.15)
I raise up the shield of FAITH and extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one that are flying about my head. (vs. 16)
I have taken the helmet of SALVATION and wear it proudly. (vs. 16)
And I wield the sword of the Spirit, which is GOD’S WORD. (vs. 16)
I am redeemed. I am loved. I am beautifully made in the image of the one true GOD. I am daughter to the Almighty and living through His son Jesus Christ. His Spirit lives within me. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, and because I know this, I am ready for today.
Dear sisters, be strengthened by the Lord, draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him and in the power of His boundless might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. (vs.10-11)
Father God, You are the victorious one. Please empower us in your strength and might for the days ahead this new year. Help us to walk carefully, as the wise do, and make the most of our time on earth. May we recognize and take advantage of each opportunity to use with wisdom and diligence. Please help each one of us to understand and firmly grasp Your will and be constantly guided by your Holy Spirit. May we speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise by singing and making melody with our hearts to You LORD; always giving thanks for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:15-21) Amen.