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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 15, 2012 - Defeating Depression

By Gary Rogers

Depression is like a cancer that eats away at life. A number of sources bring the onslaught of this emotional and physical attack. Sources include a trauma in life such as the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of employment, major sickness, physical injury, and almost any other major life disruption. Depression usually enters when you are physically and emotionally fatigued. When you are so tired physically, so worn out emotionally, you don't feel like fighting. Depression makes you want to retreat into your pain and loss. Living in this condition robs you of joy, anticipation, drive and motivation. Before long, life becomes mere survival.

The joy of the Lord is a supernaturally powerful and effective counterattack against depression. That said, it isn't about you just deciding you will feel better. Rather, the joy of the Lord is His intervention in your dire need. He may point you to a trusted pastor, a compassionate doctor, or a Christian counselor to partner with you in discovering truths about your depression. But whatever resources He uses, remember that depression and His joy are opposites. Depression destroys joy. Joy defeats depression.

Nehemiah 8:10 says, "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (NKJV). In John 15:11 Jesus promised, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." In John 16:24, we discover another clear connection between our Savior and our ability to live in joy. There, Jesus gave us a process to discover renewed joy: "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."

Depression is real, but victory can be received through Jesus Christ. Don't give up! Hold on, seek godly help, and await the deliverance God promises.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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