“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
1 John 1:5-10 KJV
Have you been suffering from depression, isolating yourself from others? Matthew shares today the struggles that he has been going through. God says are trials are only for a season, just a little while. When you are going through depression or any chronic disease, it may seem forever. God is patiently waiting for you to take your eyes off yourself and focus on Him. Please share Matthew’s story with someone that you want to help today! Thank you
Recently I have been in a rut with depression and haven’t been able to shake it. The loneliness that you feel inside is debilitating and hinders us from any productive walk with God and family and friends. I remember back in the day, when I was addicted to all kinds of drugs and alcohol, I would yell at God. That was how I prayed because I didn’t have a relationship with him. I would say things like, ” Why am I here, God”? Is this all that I am Good for?” I would constantly say that other people had all these material things and that their life was going great, but I was dealt a crappy hand!!!! Do you notice anything wrong with what was just written? Did you see all of the “I’s” that were there? Not once did I say, “God, what can I do for you? How can I help someone else today by showing your love? The biggest problem with depression is only looking at ourselves ALL the time.
First, we need to unlock our heart’s doors so God can come in and set up a table for His Holy Spirit. We need to place all of our problems, worries, struggles, and fears at His feet, cleaning our plate, so to speak, then ask God how we can help others. When we go out and help others, we are doing what Jesus did and what God is asking us all to do, and that is to LOVE THY NEIGHBOR! After we have done this and gone out to help others, we can literally feel the Holy Spirit lifting us up. We have broken the devil’s chain that binds us to our dungeon at home. This gets us out of ourselves to have that great walk with God. I challenge you today to get off the couch and or bed and set out to do one single solitary act today. Pray and ask God for the strength to rise up and leave that place of darkness. That one good thing is the perfect first step toward a better life, and if it’s anything like what I’ve been experiencing, God will stack your day with more and more good things to keep you going. God bless you all, and have a wonderful first day out!
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;”
Psalms 121:1-3 NIV
Suppose you need forgiveness today or want to walk close by the side of God. Step out in faith and let Jesus know how much you miss Him. The barricade of sin you have surrounded yourself with has separated you from Jesus. He patiently waits for you to call out to Him and come home. Nothing can separate you from the LOVE of God. Jesus loves you. Please pray and ask for forgiveness.
Dear Heavenly Father,
“I miss you”. The way you encourage me to be better and happier. When we walk together and have conversations on what needs to be done for you that day. I miss being held in your arms when I feel heartbroken or confused about life in general—relying on your help up when I’ve fallen and asking you for direction on the path I should take. I know that you answer all my prayers and hold my hand like a child leading me to greener pastures. I’m sorry Lord that I have wandered away from you and the peace that you place in my heart. I cannot and will not live without you anymore. Please forgive me for my sins and trespasses, help me to exchange my yolk for your yolk today. Relieve me off these worldly burdens. I give you my all today and step out in faith and hope that my life will change for the better with you as my guide. Thank you Heavenly Father, in Jesus name amen
Someone once said that God gives His best to those who leave the choice up to Him. Yet, God always entrusts us with the power to choose. We can choose to be grateful or grumpy, hopeful, or hopeless. We can choose instant gratification today or God’s best for us tomorrow. We decide whether to walk by faith or by sight, to embrace an eternal perspective or an earthbound one. When you look up to the night sky and consider the One who put the stars in their place, may you remember how for you God is. May His love, His power, and His good intentions toward you seep down into your bones, so much so, that you’re willing to offer your whole self to Him; to trust Him with your life, your heart, your hurts, and your dreams. He works for those who wait for Him. He’s up to something good, and He’s eternally kind to those who choose to trust Him. Susielarson.com
Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT) ~ Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
“keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 CSB
“If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat. “I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy. But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Isaiah 54:15-17 NLT
Whatever the enemy tries to use against you for evil, I will use for good. I am your Redeemer who sits in heaven and laughs at the enemy! Never fear, for I will open a new path of victory for you.
Beloved, because you operate in my love, your roots have reached deep into the earth. Your fruit will be abundant like the grapes of the promised land, for I am giving you the faith of Joshua and Caleb. You are an overcomer, and everyone will see and hear of your fruit and will come to taste it. For I have said that by your fruit you will be known. You will also be known by the fragrance you carry. For you walk in my aroma and leave my fragrance wherever you go. The trials you suffer will only serve to increase the fragrance and bring you out into an even greater expanse! So, say goodbye to the past. It has no future for you! You are lovers of my presence. Troubles, pressures, and problems will not keep you away from heaven’s love.
Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. You are established in the faith; you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him! Colossians 2:7
As you survey the parts of your life that break your heart or that don’t make sense right now, may you dare to stand strong, look up, and consider afresh what God’s resurrection POWER can do in, through, and around you! Only those who’ve walked through the valley of the shadow will truly grasp the power of redemption on the other side. Jesus withholds NO good thing from those who walk intimately with Him. He’s not the reason you suffer; He’s with you in the storm. He is your Shelter, Deliverer, and Strong Tower. He’s Your Redeemer, Savior, and Friend. He’s your Prince of Peace and Sure Defender. Find your footing again. Engage your faith. Embrace a right perspective. Trust Jesus with your whole heart and see what Love will do.
Psalm 84:11 (NLT) ~ For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.