Monday, December 18, 2017

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? ~ The Apostle Paul via Romans 8:31

It was Christmas time. Was all alone. 
Are you kinda feeling depressed or lonely inside? 
There is a well-established link between the holidays and depression. 
You and I can have hope cuz of Jesus and the promises of God. Not that a believer's life is always peachy keen as the Brits say. It’s not always been victorious or challenge-free for the believers I know. Nope, not even for me, but it’s a lot better. 
Had lots of struggles too (please never forget David's and even Paul's confessions of despair in the Bible).... but there is a living hope there for us, a real human who went to the cross due to His love for you.. and then came out of the grave for us.
“For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.“ ~ Paul via 2 Cor. 1:8
Listen, Christ can help anyone who feels lonely, confused, rejected and down. Call upon Him today.. humbly. 
Don’t need to strive (like religion demands), simply opt to abide.. in Him. Doin’ our best, we commit the rest.. by faith we enter His rest.  
We don't hurt ourselves, that's selfish and never glorifies God. Perhaps you’ll want to sign up with the YouVersion Bible app’s study about Depression to help you be better equipped.  
Help is always available for you.. for anyone dealing with substance abuse, economic worries, a breakup.. you know, relationship and family problems, sexual confusion and disorientation, illness, getting over all kinds of abuses, or depression, or mental and physical illness, and yes.. even for those with the pain of loneliness. Dear God, I turn to you for my friend who feels horrible -- please minister to their mind and human spirit even now. In Jesus’ Name.  
Chat is available. Phone Lifeline (24/7) -1-800-273-8255

Jesus said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”

Pretty plain and simple – right to the point huh. No matter how you feel, no matter where you are, no matter your circumstances -- follow Christ. He loves you and has a good plan. To take up your cross is to put selfishness aside, and put God’s will above your own. Yeah, it is to die if ya will.. to selfish-ambitions, and to your own independent plans, and to your choices. You know the Lord's are better. To take up your cross so to speak.. is to love God more than anyone or anything else and seek to please Him. @Kurtwvs

“We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” Colossians 1:28
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