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Depression, Is It Sin?

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Depression, Is It Sin?
Is depression sin? Are there reasons for depression that we aren’t aware of and yet we believe it’s sin? Can we detour the unfortunate situations in our lives that cause depression or are theyout of our control? Job suffered circumstances that overwhelmed him and physically impaired him. Was he in sin?  If someone suffers from a health issue that is debilitating and becomes depressed due to medication, are they in sin? Do we try to understand what a person is going through and with love and compassion walk with them in their path of depression and pain?
If a person that is suffering from depression is a Christian, we may find Gal 6:2 an important  Scripture to read and obey. “Bear one another's burdens . . .” The death of a loved one or illnesses that are irreversible can cause depression. Accidents leaving a person disabled can cause a person to become depressed. Some people don’t recognize their depression because they’ve blocked it out of their mind. Why? P…

A Heart of Bitterness

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A Heart of Bitterness Ruth 1:19-20 So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”
As Naomi enters Bethlehem, with Ruth by Naomi’s side, the people of the city begin to move about asking, “Is this Naomi?” Ten years have gone by since Naomi lived there, and they didn’t know the overwhelming effect that bitterness had produced in her heart. To those standing near, Naomi bitterly replied, “Don’t call me Naomi, which means, pleasant, but call me Mara, meaning, bitter, for the LORD has brought me home to Bethlehem empty.”
Satan wanted Naomi to focus on the negative, those areas of weakness where unforgiveness, anger, feelings of bitterness lived and would breed discouragement. She couldn’t think clearly when she focused on the lies of Satan. His lies divided her mind and cau…

"Thy Will Be Done"

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"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:9-10 KJV
Our Lord instructed His disciples on prayer and gave them an example to follow not as a magical formula, but to commune with God. This prayer is short and to the point never mentioning the time of day in which to pray, how long to pray, or the position in which one is to pray. But, we are instructed to, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer usually comes from a heart which is truly committed to Christ generating thankfulness for all He has done. 
Prayer demonstrates our faith and trust in God in discerning His will for our lives. There are some who are fearful of God’s plan. The thought of surrendering to His will is overwhelming and at times even terrifying. These dear people are sure that if they were to yield to God, they would suffer painful, uncertain times in some distant and dange…

I'm Troubled, but Not in Despair

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I’m Troubled, but Not in Despair Psalm 143:4,8,10  Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart is appalled (greatly dismayed) within me... Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You... Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul; Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God;
David was seeking God for deliverance in a time of a great trial. For us to know that through God’s faithfulness we are guarded on every side and that He will guide us through our times of trouble is a refuge to us. Sometimes, our “feelings” get in the way and we are “overwhelmed” within. David wrote; “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? (Psalm 42:11). Our feelings can sometimes govern our ability to think right and we lose sight of what God is doing in and through us. 
David asked for forgiveness and was seeking God’s mercy and deliverance from his many enemies. With troubled feelings, he pleaded for the light of God’s co…