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10 Scriptures for Gloomy Days of Depression


Depression is an issue that impacts everyone. Christians and unbelievers alike suffer from fear, anxiety, and overwhelming stress. If you are not depressed than you know somebody who is or has been. In any event, depression is not fun. In time past the Church have in many ways sidestepped the issue and was dismissive of it.
For most Christians, even admitting that they suffer from depression is something you just don’t do because others see you as a defeated, demon possessed Christian. But no matter where you are in your struggle, you can always find solace in Jesus, Hope and courage from scripture and practical advice and counseling to lift you out of your gloomy days of depression. Or at least help you walk through it. Allow me to share a few:

He’s got gold in mind

Job 23:1; 9, 10
My hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that
I might come even to his seat! on the left hand
when he is working, I do not behold him; he
turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has
tried me, I shall come out as gold. 

The first thing you need to understand is that God understands

You may not see him, find him, understand what you are going through or how to come out of it. You may not even know of what good or use you will be, after all is said and done. But:

  1. He knows what You are going through
  2. He know where You are
  3. He has a plan, a purpose for you in this thing
  4. He’s bringing out GOLD in you

He’s there in the every day and the mundane 

Ecclesiastes 2:24
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy 
food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. 
Then I realized that these pleasures are from the 
hand of God. For who can eat  or enjoy anything 
apart from him? God gives wisdom,  knowledge, 
and joy to those who please him. 

Depression says all is vanity  Depression says there is no purpose in life. Depression says everything is meaningless.
The second thing you need to understand is that he is with you every day and in everything. Even and in the menial mundane things.
  1. God says, not everything is vanity
  2. God says, there is purpose for your life
  3. God says you can find satisfaction, purpose, and meaning in your work. No matter how menial you might think it is. He says, you can actually find enjoyment in the things that are important: work, family, friends
  4. He has given us everything for our enjoyment – 1 Timothy 6:17

Out of the mouths of infants

Psalm 8:2
Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants
You have established strength because of Your foes, 
that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.
[Matt. 21:15, 16.] 
The third thing you need to understand is that no matter how small you feel, He has chosen the weak things to nullify the strong.
Sometimes on your gloomy days you feel:
  1. Small
  2. Like nothing
  3. Powerless
  4. Fearful 
In these times God reminds us about the power of small things. How big things come in small packages. Hence, the illustration of infants. If God can silence the might and power of the enemy and the avenger, by mere infants, how much more can he do through you? It doesn’t matter how strong you are, it matters how strong He is. For his power is made perfect in your weakness. 

Paradigm Shift

Psalm 77:8, 9
Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises
at an end for all time?  Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” 
 When I focus on my troubles
  • My soul refuses to be comforted
  • my spirit faints
  • I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

The fourth thing you need to understand is when you focus on Him – possibilities are endless. You gain heavenly perspective in your earthly dilemmas.The Psalmist says, “I will bring to remembrance your great deeds. I will remember the deeds of the Lord . I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work and meditate on your mighty deeds.” What he’s saying is – I’ve seen you do this before, so I will remain confident that you who brought me in will be faithful to bring me out:

  • When the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled
  • Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters
  • yet your footprints were unseen… I may not see you, but I know you are at work
  • You led your people like a flock – I am confident you will do the same for me!

Find the answer in the sanctuary

Psalm 73:16, 17
But when I thought how to understand this,  
it seemed to me a wearisome task,  until I 
went into the sanctuary of God.

The fifth thing you need to understand is the power of coming into his house for:

  • inspiration/ instruction/ revelation/ Meditation/ Prayer/ worship/ fellowship

To carry a weight of inner conflict and depression is painful and burdensome. Walking around with a cloud of gloom and doom is not the will of the father for anyone. When God’s people gather for worship and an opportunity to pray for one another and listen to God’s word, He usually shows up. In his house we can find the power to break free from depression.

A Multitude of Counselors
Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, 
but in
an 
abundance of counselors there is safety. 
The sixth thing you need to understand is that it is okay to seek help.  Because depression causes and cures can be very mysterious. 
It is okay to seek counseling from your pastor or from a profession Christian counselor. It is also good to find support in closed friends and loved ones. I would counsel you to see a doctor and get some extra help in addition to everything said in this post. For some, seeing a Christian counselor, meeting in support groups and relying on friends and loved ones is just not enough. Finding the courage to seek help will speak out and find help is very critical. 

Nothing else and no one else can help the way Jesus can

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, 
and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is 
easy, 
and my burden is light."
The seventh thing you need to understand is that Jesus bring something to the table that no one else can. 
In your search to overcome depression and find fulfillment and meaning, the greatest remedy you will ever find is in Jesus and pursuing a relationship with him. The things of this world will not do. Money, cars, fame, fortune, self effort and self-help will not do. Even with the best counselors and the greatest medical cure, Jesus bring not only temporal, but also eternal healing and satisfaction. 

To medicate or not to medicate

Luke 5:31
And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have 
no 
need of a physician, but those who are sick. 
The Lord's play 
on words here speaks of Himself 
as a healer and his 
acknowledgment of medicine and doctors. 
The eighth thing you need to understand is that depression has the power to create another world on which you will be tempted to rely on. 
According to Ed Welch, depression is always a spiritual matter. It is something we must always go to The Lord for power, mercy, and grace.” Therefore, it is okay to medicate depression, but we should never allow antidepressants to take the place of God’s power and grace. We must never lose sight of his constant grace. But always use wisdom to balance the two. 

A Journey, not a quick fix

Romans 8:15
"For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall 
back 
into fear, but you have received the Spirit of 
adoption as 
sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"
Psalm 61:2
"From the end of the earth I call to you when my 
heart 
is overwhelmed with anxiety, Lead me to the
 
rock that 
is higher than I."
Philippians 4:6, 7
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything 
by 
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your 
requests 
be made known to God. And the peace of God, 
which 
surpasses all understanding, will guard your 
hearts 
and your
 minds in Christ Jesus."
The ninth thing we need to understand is that prayer and meditation work, but they are not quick fixes, they are part of the healing process. 
We must never wait for our lives to be perfect before we think about living it to its fullest. There are thousands of godly men and women of God who struggled with depression all their lives yet went on to do great things for God. So seek God, spend time in prayer and his word. Learn how to overcome and find joy every day even in the midst of depression. 
The following are habits that just don’t help. Seek God’s help and power to stop doing them:
  • Stop “Walking with the Dead” before you go to sleep. Yes, I talking about TV shows and movies like that
  • Stop getting wasted just to numb your pain – Yes I am talking about drugs and alcohol
  • Stop going to la la land to escape your sorrows – Yes, I am talking about day dreaming and fantasy
  • Stop doing nothing – Yes, I am talking about just sitting around doing nothing. Try some exercise

These things just don’t help. Invest your time in prayer, worship, meditation and community.

Momentary struggles vs. Eternal Glory

2 Corinthians 4:17, 18

"For this light momentary affliction is preparing

 for us an 
eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 

as we look 
not to the things that are seen but to the 
things 
that are 
unseen. For the things that are seen are
 transient, 
but the 
things that are unseen are eternal."
The tenth thing you need to understand is that one of these days, you are going to look back on all you afflictions and say, “wow, that was nothing.” 
Every pain, depression and dark suffering you’ve ever been through, you are going to look back  and they will all be dim in the light of His glory. In the main time fix your eyes on him, put your trust in Him and walk with Him. 
 

10 Quotes from Max Lucado’s ‘Before Amen’


When Prayer Flows

If you want to take you prayer life to another level of simplicity and ease, “Before Amen” is for you. It is inviting and inspiring. The focus remains on the Father all through the book. In essence, that is exactly what prayer is all about.

Enjoy a few quotes that jumped off the pages:

“Before you face your world, face you Father.”

“Prayer is conversation with God while driving to work or awaiting an appointment or before interacting with a client. Prayer can be the internal voice that directs the external action.”

“Guilt leaves a tattooed heart.”

Just as a happy child cannot mis-hug, the sincere heart cannot mis-pray”

“Prayer is the hand of faith on the door handle of your heart; the willing pull; the happy welcome to Jesus.”

“Prayers are not graded according to style.”

“You are never more like Jesus than when you pray for others.”

“An un-prayed for problem is an embedded thorn.”

“Life is a gift, albeit unassembled. It comes in pieces, and sometimes it falls into pieces.”

“God’s goal for you is wholeness.”

An Illustration that will preach

This was a gentle, smooth read. Max’s illustration of the prayers of a 10 year old girl in Helen Roseveare’s orphanage is a powerful testament of what it really means that the “Father knows what you need even before you ask” (Matthew 6:8). How would you like to receive a timely gift, the same day you prayed, only to find out that the gift was mailed 5 months earlier?. I highly recommend Max Lucado’s ‘Before Amen.’

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Ignite my Soul: Consume these idle sticks


“God consume these idle sticks in my life that may burn for thee.” Jim Elliot

What does the word idle mean?

It means – not active or in use.
synonyms: inactive, unused, unoccupied, unemployed, disused. It speaks of a person – not working; unemployed. Synonyms: unemployed, jobless, out-of-work, redundant, between jobs, work less, unwaged, unoccupied. It also speaks of a person avoiding work; lazy. Synonyms: lazy, indolent, slothful, work-shy, shiftless, inactive, sluggish, lethargic, listless

It means to lack or be without purpose or effect; pointless.
Synonyms: frivolous, trivial, trifling, vain, minor, petty, lightweight, shallow, superficial, insignificant, unimportant, worthless, paltry, niggling, peripheral, inane, fatuous

It defines a person who spends their time doing nothing; be idle.
Synonyms: do nothing, be inactive, vegetate, take it easy, mark time, twiddle one’s thumbs, kill time, languish, laze, lounge, loll, loaf, loiter.

The Scripture warns about it

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. Proverbs 10:4

And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace. Matthew 20:3

But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Matthew 25:26

For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. Titus 1:10

And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful. Titus 3:14

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Romans 12:11

I understand that some times, depending on where you are in life, a lack of clarity or opportunity can easily turn you into a couch potato. But that is a very dangerous place to park. If you didn’t already know, you are in big trouble if you find yourself sitting around doing nothing. Your life has become the devil’s workshop.

A slothful life can easily become a life of Spiritual Apathy. You soon find yourself slipping into a subtle love for worldly things. All of a sudden you, your life, your vision becomes dull – nothing moves you.

At this point, life is reduced to easy choices, and mediocrity. You begin to make the bed with false comforts. You are easily carried away by worldly distractions and fleshly attractions. And the things of the world are now more important than God’s mission.

What you need at this time is a dose of purpose; a watershed of passion and an explosion of persistence.

Mary O’Connor said, “It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.” What’s your purpose in life?

Shannon O’Dell said, “God has so made man, that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.” What are you passionate about?

The Apostle Paul said, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward toward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” How persistent are you?

Before I close, I urge you to find those idle sticks that are slowing you down from living life persistently and passionately on purpose. My idle sticks are different from yours and yours from mine. What’s important is that we can find them and ask God – the God who answers by fire – to consume them and set us on fire.

These prayers I will pray:

Lord, consume my longing and lack of discipline for:
Too much Entertainment

Lord, consume my:
Laissez Allez Mentality

Lord, consume my:
Indifferent & Care free Attitude

Lord, consume my:
Propensity to Settle for second best

Lord consume my
Spiritual Apathy

Lord consume my
Passivity

Light a passionate fire in my soul and make me “the fuel oh flame of God.”

Recourse: Online Etymology Dictionary for idle

Learn the unforced rhythm of grace


If you are not familiar with who Brian Doerksen is, I urge you to look him up. Brian is a Christian singer/songwriter, recording artist, author, conference speaker and pastor. Born and raised on the west coast of Canada in Abbotsford B.C., he now lives with his family (wife of 25 years Joyce and their 4 youngest children) in the same home that he spent his childhood in. He has notable songs like: “Refiner’s Fire” (1990), “Faithful One”, “Hope of the Nations,” (2003), “Holy God”, “Today (As For Me and My House)” and “Come Now is the Time to Worship” (1998).

Brian is a phenomenal song writer. Even in some of his simplest lyrics, he hits you with something when you least expect it. I bought a few songs from his album “Level Ground” when it came out a few months ago but never really took the time to listen to all the songs. But I was listening to “Enter the rest of God” the other day and boom – it hit me like a drone. A simple phrase tucked away in the song – “Learn the unforced rhythms of grace… Live the unforced rhythms of grace.”

How do you live the unforced rhythms of grace? How do you lay aside all your striving to find rest through his precious grace? First, let’s look at the Bible verse and then the lyrics of the song. He bases the lyrics of the song on Matthew 11:28, 29, 30. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” To this he writes:

Are you tired Worn out and empty Is your soul weary Have you tried Releasing your burdens Do you feel the weight Of worry? I am the rest you need I am the Prince of Peace Enter the rest of God. Come to Me Burdens will fly away Walk with Me Learn the unforced rhythms of grace… Live the unforced rhythms of grace…

When training a new animal (such as an ox) to plow, ancient farmers would often yoke it to an older, stronger, more experienced animal who would bear the burden and guide the young animal through his learning process. The point here is we are the new, younger, not strong, and inexperienced. He is wiser, stronger, and more experienced. It is in our coming, taking, learning, finding, and yoking ourselves to Him that we can begin to “live the unforced rhythms of grace. That is when we cease striving, that’s when we find rest. Rest for our souls.

If your yoke is hard and your burden is heavy, then it isn’t His yoke or burden, and you aren’t letting Him bear it with you. Jesus said it plainly: My yoke is easy and My burden is light. This is how we discover the rhythm of grace.

There are three areas in which God wants you to find rest:

Rest is Harmony in your relationship with the Father.

“For we who have believed enter that rest. For whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works” Hebrews 4:3

This is what Jesus calls rest for your soul. When we cease being enemies of God, when we come into fellowship with Him, when we repent of our sins and disobedience – we enter into a profound relationship with our Father – that is when our joy is complete.

Rest is Happiness with ourselves

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28,29

Sometimes life can be burdensome. We can carry around a load of care. At these times we worry about things and stress over setbacks disappointments and tribulations. But He invites us to lay our burdens at His feet. When we do, a certain kind of peace and contentment comes over our soul and we are able to live and breathe again.

Rest is Holiday Everyday

Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed. Exodus 23:12

Holiday is a period of cessation from work or one of recreation; vacation. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be at the end of the year. It doesn’t have to be at the end of the week. It can be everyday. If we would just divert daily from work, withdraw week and abandon yearly – we can find rest. If we would just turn off the TV and go to bed early so you can get your eight hours of sleep we will find rest.

The Black Dot!


“One day our headmaster walked into the classroom and put up a broad white sheet of paper with a small black dot in the corner. ‘Boys,’ he asked, ‘what do you see?’ All of us shouted in unison, ‘A black dot!’ Then he said, ‘So not a single one of you saw the broad white sheet of paper? Don’t go through life with that attitude.” -Kofi Annan Kofi Annan au OYW

A Black Dot!

Sometimes as Christians all we do is focus on what disagree on and not sufficiently on all the other things we agree on. Let us not go through life with that attitude. Talk more about the thinks you agree on.

Sometimes in relationships, all a husband or wife thinks about is that character flaw or that thing that your partner does that so irritates you. Don’t go through life with that attitude. Think  about and celebrate the good things about your spouse.

Sometimes in churches all we seem to think about is that one black dot. The music is too loud, the pastor’s sermon is too long, there are no paper towels in the ladies rest room, there is no parking. Don’t go through life like that. Find something to like about your church. Talk about them every time you are tempted to focus on the black dot.

Sometimes life can be difficult, if that’s all you focus on, you are missing out on some of the  other awesome stuff the Lord may be doing in your life. Don’t go through life like that, give thanks, and develop an attitude of thanksgiving and a spirit of contentment.

It has been said that in every family there is a black sheep. One that is bad and different than the rest. I don’t necessarily agree with that kind of stigmatization, but those parents have managed to Zoom in on a bad thing in a child and label him/her for the rest of their life a black sheep.

The question is – is that all they see?

You get the drift…

There is a world of unlimited possibilities…Don’t let just one little dot steal your joy, stop you from seeing the big picture. Don’t let the little black dot rob you of the importance of understanding context, seeing cultures, people, possibilities, and problem solving. Notice the big white space!

Living a visionary life


Take a look at Proverb 29:18 in three different translation

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the
law, happy is he.”

“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

Introduction

Where there is no vision, no prophet to proclaim the Word, no pastor to teach the good news, the people perish, no revelation of what God is doing or what He intends to do:

  • The people are made naked.
  • They are stripped and exposed to shame and exposed to danger.
  • They rebel, not only against God but also against leadership, and authority,
  • They are idle and lose their commitment and devotion to the Lord.
  • They are scattered as wondering sheep with no shepherd to guard them.
  • They are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

What is the meaning of vision?

Vision is a captivating and compelling picture or dream of the future. It is a revelation of God’s perfect will concerning particular aspects of one’s destiny. It is usually followed by a strong desire or passion that pulls one forward and drives them to pursue that vision with everything in the fiber of their being.

There is nothing more dangerous than a dreamless believer – nothing more dangerous than a dreamless church. Paul says:

“Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.”  1 Corinthians 9:26

7 things that can steal your dream and kill your vision

Out of control but temporary circumstances

Out of control circumstances often cause us to cast a cloud of doubt and fear over our future. There are two things about out of control circumstances that we need to understand:

  • They are temporary. We ‘go through,’ not dwell in the valley of the shadow of death. We’re never meant to stay there. This too, (whatever the valley) shall pass.
  • They are under God’s control. Out of control circumstances may be out of our control, but they are not out of God’s authority. This is where we need to apply the wisdom of ‘letting go to let God.’

Unwanted and sometimes divine delays 

Abraham’s story is a classic example of unwanted delays. In his story, we learn about the temptation that usually ensues when God seems to be late in fulfilling His promises. We are often tempted to revert to taking matters into our own hands. The lesson to learn from this story is that the arm of the ‘flesh’ will always fail us and we end up birthing ‘Ishmaels’ that plunge us deeper into unnecessary chaos.

Fear

Somebody once described fear as “false evidence appearing real.” Makes a lot of sense. It is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Job said, “the thing I feard the most has come upon me.”  It is meant to rob you or make you miserable on your way to the beautiful future God has for you. If you allow it, it can stop you dead in your track. That’s why God always commands His people to ‘fear not.’

Self-doubt

If fear is being ruled by a constant obsession that ‘the other shoe is about to drop’ syndrome than self-doubt is loaded with an incorrect notion of who we really are. It’s a feeling of

  • I’m not good enough
  • I don’t measure up
  • I don’t belong
  • I don’t have what it takes
  • I am not worthy

The tricky thing with self-doubt is that it can manifest as humility, but in reality, it is false humility.  We must intentionally reclaim who God says we are through acceptance and obedience for us to indeed break free from this mindset.

Distractions

We live in a day and age where everything is screaming for our attention. Even good things can become a distraction from living an ideal life. This kind of life must bring the most important things to get us to achieving our goals and reaching our destiny into a razor-sharp focus. Bouncing here and there, dabbing into this and that, experiencing such and such, easily get us offbeat. That is why planning, setting goals and establishing priorities are paramount to staying focused.

Spiritual Opposition

The enemy will fight everything worth living for in your life. If God spoke it over you, he would come after it like a dog chasing a bone. Let me remind you, for we often dwell in the land of forgetfulness, the devil hits your guts and everything good and godly you stand for. But our God has equipped us with everything we need to defeat him. So after you have done everything, hold steadfast!

Bad habits

Habits are easily created. Once they are formed, they can prove hard to change, but not entirely impossible. Habits, good or bad,  have the power of optimizing our vision or potentially rendering it useless. For example:

  • Discipline or the lack thereof
  • Decisiveness or a procrastinating nature
  • Desire but no drive

These and many more can either make or break you on your road to destiny.

 Conclusion

What you don’t know can hinder you or even kill you. Equally, what you do know but lack clarity can deliver fatal blows. Therefore it is essential to do life with urgency and vigilance.

Those who do are able to run, focus, persevere, overcome, and trust God to take them beyond hindrances into their destiny.

Deep Deeper: 1 Sam. 4:18-22; Judges 6:14-16; Job 3:25; 1 Kings 13; 1 Thess. 2:18; Ephesians 5:16; Habakkuk. 2:2; Judges 16:19-21

 

 

 

Victory in the face of Opposition


One of the fundamental truths about the kingdom of God, the church or believers is that that kingdom, church, the believer always seems to thrive or triumph or win even in the midst of intense opposition.

Jesus left us these promises – He said:

“I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” “The Kingdom of God shall advance and the voilent shall take it by force.” “If God is for us who can be against us?”

Nehemiah reminds us in chapter 4 about a few things we need to do when faced with opposition. 

And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work. From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me. And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out. I also said to the people at that time, “Let every man and his servant pass the night within Jerusalem, that they may be a guard for us by night and may labor by day.” So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us took off our clothes; each kept his weapon at his right hand.

4 essentials for victory /Nehemiah 4:14-23 

1. Remember God and what he can do v.14

“Do not be afraid, but remember the Lord.” There must come a time in every believer’s life where he/she trusts in the ability of God.

2. Remember the power of prayer v. 9

“And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.” Prayer is the supernaturally ordained means by which Almighty God blesses His children. 

3. Remember the potential of two or three v. 15-21

“So we labored at the work.” One of us can put a thousand to flight. Two of us can send legions fleeing. The cord of three is not easily broken. 

4. Remember to stay focus and determined v.23

“None of us took off our clothes; each kept his weapon at his right hand.” The quickest way to defeat is a distraction. 

Conclusion:

These four essentials can help you win in the face of any opposition. If they worked for Nehemiah, they’d indeed work for you. I pray that you win today in front of any situation.
In Jesus! Amen

Soothing Consolation


When the cares of my heart, are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalm 94:19

This passage has been on my mind since yesterday morning. It not only blessed me richly through the day, but it also was a timely word for a friend with whom I had lunch. So I wanted to take a few minutes to share a few thoughts about it.

The cares of life/my heart

We all have it from time to time. The concerns of this life is a life choker. It chokes, squeezes and suffocates the life out of you. If there is an ounce of “Word of God” in you, well, it goes after it with a vengeance, leaving you full of busy, anxious, perplexing, worrying, fearful, distracting and doubtful thoughts. How do you handle vexing and contrary ideas?

Your Consolation

I am so thankful that we (believers/followers of Jesus) have Him – the One who “comforts us in all our troubles.” I am happy that we have the promises contained in His word that bring sweet consolation to the soul in our times of need. We are so blessed to have the presence of His Holy Spirit, who by the way, is called the Comforter, and who brings immense joy and peace to our soul. And I have to mention – His faithfulness in times past. The remembrance of His goodness brings the assurance we need to break free from current worries.

Cheer my soul

Through all these things, God strokes and soothes the troubled heart. The word cheer in this text means to stroke or to comfort. It is the same word used in Isaiah 66:11 of a mother quieting her infant child through breastfeeding. It is the same word in Jeremiah 16:7 where it speaks of the consolation given to mourners at funerals. In the same way, the Lord soothes and strokes us when bombarded with vexing and anxious thoughts.

Conclusion

Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know He holds my hand.

  • Jesus promised to walk with you through every testing time in your life.
  • He sends His Holy Spirit to come alongside you in trying times.
  • His word is “perfect and able to revive and refresh your soul.”
  • His track record is evidence that He will never forsake you or leave you.

Let us open our hearts and minds and allow these truths to penetrate the ” divided soul and Spirit, of joints and marrow, and discern the thoughts and intentions our hearts” so He can bring soothing consolations to our lives.

He desires significantly to do!

Question:

Have you ever been overwhelmed with the cares of life? How did you break free? What Bible verse/s soothes you in times of worry and fear?

In Quotation Marks

Psalm 19:7; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Corinthians 1:4

10 thoughts from Passion Week & Easter Sunday


I know, you might say, “too late for a post on Easter, it was two weeks ago.” Well, you might want to read till the last two points in this post to see what I have to say about that. But first, let’s get started with the first thing I learned about Easter during the passion week and Easter Sunday.

Everything I’ll ever need is already provided

“And he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets shall be accomplished unto the Son of man.” Luke‬ ‭18:31‬ ‭

Martyrdom – no!/ Reckless devotion – yes!

The call tho lay down one’s life is not a call to martyrdom- it’s a call reckless abandon of self… “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭

True friends are those who are around when life a hard.

We are called to be that kind of friend and hope to find one in our time of hardship. “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials,” Luke‬ ‭22:28‬ ‭

Something got to give. Sin or God.

If sin rules, the life of God dies. If God rules, sin dies. For this reason Jesus came to kill sin and deal with death. “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8

I believe God believes in prayer.

“Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”” Matthew‬ ‭26:38‬

God always finishes what He starts

He who started this good work in you is faithful. He will make everything perfect in His own time “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” John‬ ‭17:4‬

There is as much grace for healing as there is for salvation

The sacrifice of Christ isn’t cheap. It doesn’t just cover a few things that are wrong. It covers everything sufficiently. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter‬ ‭2:24‬

There is no crown without having to carry a cross

“Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”” Luke‬ ‭24:26‬

Easter is for every day

Because He lives I can face each day with absolute determination, conquer every mountain with supernatural courage, live effortlessly the resurrection life as I remain in Him and await He glorious return. “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans‬ ‭6:4

Easter is not an calendar event – it’s not a holiday we celebrate once a year. Easter is about the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He said speaking about the resurrection, His Words: “I am the resurrection and the life.” Resurrection is not a day or event we celebrate – it’s a person, and He calls us into a relationship with Himself.

It is my hope that some of you reading this post had the opportunity to renew that relationship two weeks ago. And still for others, my prayer is that you continue to grow in your relationship with Him

That is what Easter is all about.

Thanks for reading!

God, Time, and Promotion


The proper time for promotion

  • It is not my time
  • It is not a chanced time
  • It is not premature time
  • It is not an expired time
  • It is God’s time!

The key to finding God’s time is twofold:

  • Humility

Humble yourself under His mighty power… in due time He will lift you up!

  • Trust

Casting all anxieties on Him

We are either prideful or fearful in general when it comes to finding success, achieving our goals or reaching our destiny.

We often get in the way of the Lord by enthroning ourselves. We are impatient. So we take matters into our own hands. And instead of seeking Him for wisdom we operate on a human level instead of on God’s supernatural grace. The result is fear and frustration. The longer we stay in that state, the harder it becomes for us to step into God’s proper time.

When fear begins to rule, we fall further away from seeing God at work in our lives. Fear unleashes in us all forms of anxieties. We shut down, throw in the towel, and sometimes we hide. We doubt out ourselves and God. We worry about everything. In many unfortunate cases, we turn to false comforts to help us cope with the fear. The result, God seems farther away from us.

Our pride says I can do this. But God says make no mistake, my hand is mightier than yours.

Our fear says look at the giants, they’re going to crush you. God says, make no mistake, I can move mountains, I can slay giants, I can cause waters to spring up in desert places, and I most certainly can raise the dead.

Our pride says I got this… been there done that. God says, “trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thy own understanding- acknowledge me in all your ways, and I will make things happen for you.”

Our fear says be God and worry about it… throw a pity party… hire professional criers to help you party. God says, “cast all your cares on me – I care for you.” I will make you walk through the valley of the shadow of death fearing no evil… I’ll take away the bread of anxious care and give you rest and cause you to sleep like a baby without care.

All you have to do is humble yourself and trust me.

I can almost hear the Lord say to us, I lay before you today the opportunity to step into my proper timing to lift you to where you belong – what are you going to do about it?

Stay Blessed!

Scriptures to ponder:

  • 1 Peter 5:6-7
  • Jeremiah 33:3
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Ephesians 2:10
  • Jeremiah 17:5-8