Tools you can use to dig out of depression…
Tools you can use to dig out of depression…
“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” Mark 8:35
This is one of those powerful lessons in the Scriptures that we often fly over and miss. “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.” Life is not something that we hang onto, Life is something that we live and in the living of life, we experience life. Life with all of it’s ups and downs is living and living is much more than just existing.
The key to really living is not trying to live life, but trying to give life, because when we give our life away to love others as we have been loved, then we really begin to live. The good news is that God loves each of us and has an amazing plan for our lives.
Don’t miss life, because you have gotten distracted by trying to make a living. Live life by giving your life to your Creator by serving and making life better for others. You will find that life is a whole lot more fun, when you focus on more than just existing…
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
Jesus was speaking and this is what he had to say about himself. He said that the reason he came to earth was not to be served, but to serve by giving his life as a ransom for many.
It is very easy to forget that our life here on earth is about something and the something is not ourselves. The something is other people. Take some time today to intentionally reach out to make life better for others and you will discover that it actually makes life better for you!
Live blessed, because it is what you were created for!
“If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead.” I John 3:14
I have talked about this before, in a several different places. There are many different definitions and ideas about what love is. Most people in our world now a days, seem to have made themselves very comfortable with the idea that love is something that we fall into and can fall out of. This idea believes that love is some magical feeling we get when we meet the right person. If this is what you think of when you think of love, then you are probably right about it being something that we can fall into and out of.
A better word for that magical feeling that we get when we meet that person that makes us feel really special is probably attraction. Love, real love is appreciating the goodness in another person. When the Bible speaks of God’s love for us, it is God appreciating the goodness is us. You may think, but there is nothing good in me compared to God, and you would be right, but we can’t forget that God created us and we are made in His image. God sees what we can’t see and His attraction to that good in us allows him to appreciate the good that he can see and that is love.
Love is active and we can create it, just by appreciating the goodness that is in another person. This is why love really is a choice. A choice that each of us make many times and in many different ways every day.
There are in existence, what I like to think of as different flavors of love. There is “eros”, where we get our word erotic. When we accept and appreciate the beauty of the physical in another person, we experience this “eros” love. Eros love is often the next step after attraction, but it does not have to be. “Eros” love is about physical passion, gratification and fulfillment.
There is a love called “storge”. This is the love that parents share with children and children share with parents. It is only natural to look at your blood and appreciate the goodness, often of yourself that is in them. This is a love that flows almost naturally and without effort.
There is also “phileo” love. Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love. This is a love of affections, a love that takes delight in being in the presence of another. This is often that warm feeling that seems to come and go. This is a love that cares about another as if they were blood.
And then there is “agape” love. This is the love that our Creator loves us with. This is love that seeks the welfare and blessing of the other person. This is a love that flows regardless of the feelings or emotions that we often get tangled up in. This truest of loves is a choice that we make, regardless of how we feel and that is why this love is so powerful.
When we love others, it is proof that the love of God has found its way into our lives. Proof that we are not dead, but alive to Him and His power that flows into and through our lives. We should seek this love and share this love, because it means that we are alive and being alive, really alive is a good thing!
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Our heart is the center of who we are. Our creator placed a heart inside each one of us to give us physical life and a center for our spiritual being. Without a heart, life would not be possible.
All of the sacred literature teaches that we are to guard our heart because it is the very source of life, both physical and spiritual. With our heart we determine our actions and with our actions we make a life. The living of our life reflects what is inside of our hearts and it does not tell a lie.
This is why we must continually ask our Creator to renew our spirit and create a clean heart within us. Take a moment today to think about your heart. What is going on inside of it? It is where it needs to be? Do you need your Creator to help clean your heart and renew your spirit?
He will, if you will simply ask Him and then yield to His work in and through you. With your Creator at the center of your heart, you are sure to head in the direction that will take you into blessing and fulfillment!
If we are in a relationship with God through Christ Jesus, then we are a new creation. The old sinful person we used to be has gone and is no more. The words “new creation” indicate that we have been changed into something new, different and special. Being renewed in Christ is to be made into something better.
It is sometimes a struggle to remove the old sinful self and totally enjoy the renovation of our new and better lives. In fact, you may find that it is still a struggle today, but know this: if you will stay faithful in your relationship with God, He will stay faithful to work in and through your life to renew you and rid you of the sins that seek to keep you from the better life that you were created for.Colossians 3:1-3 says: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of Heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:10 says: “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.”
There is a better life for each of us to live. We cannot live it in our own limited power, but we can live it to the fullest in the strength of our Creator, Who loves us and has an amazing plan for our lives. Take some time on this first day of the New Year to think about how you can enjoy living as His new and improved creation. God bless and lived blessed!
There are small things that you and I can do that will have a big impact on our lives and in the lives of others. These things do not have to cost you any money and will only take just a moment of time.
It really is not that hard to be kind to others and when we are kind to others, it opens up tremendous opportunity to grow, share and be blessed. I want to encourage each of us to think about EXPRESSING KINDNESS and then do it. If we ever start to think right, then we can begin to put into practice this amazing gift of our Creator that allows ordinary to become extraordinary.
Ephesians 4:32 says: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Below is a short video that gives you some ideas about this small thing that can make a big impact!
In the Bible we find that King David was a somebody even when everyone else thought he was a nobody. As I read through his life, both the failures and the successes, I cannot help but notice that he has a huge passion – a passion for things of this world and at the same time a passion for God. Often these are in conflict with one another and this gets David into trouble. The good news is that this trouble ultimately always ends up bringing David back to where he needs to be.
David is described in Acts 13:22 in this way: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after Mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.” This is God talking about David. Only God knows the inside of a man’s heart, but know this for sure: God knows and it matters!
David chased after the heart of God. I can relate! I don’t always feel like I’ve got God’s heart, but I know that I am I chasing after it. I sometimes head in the wrong direction, but I ultimately turn and head back, because there is nothing in this world that can be compared to the heart of God. David so wanted the heart of God that he would often run off half cocked and do something totally crazy, that would get him in a big ol mess, but the big mess eventually took him even closer to God and the things of God.
I think I might be beginning to understand what Paul was saying, when he said: “The things I want to do, I don’t and the things I don’t want to do, I do!” I don’t always do what is right, but I want to! I sometimes do wrong and I don’t want to! This is why I am thankful that God loves me and gives me His amazing grace.
Another thing Paul said that I think I am just beginning to understand is: “Not that I have already obtained all of this, but this one thing I do, forgetting what is behind, I press toward the mark for the prize of the High Calling of Christ Jesus.” I have not got there yet, I still have a long way to go, but I love God and I am chasing His heart and I am thankful that He let’s me catch up every now and then. G3!
Do you ever have something the Spirit is teaching you and you get it, but you just can’t seem to communicate it? It’s in your heart and in your head, but you just can’t seem to find the words?
The Lord has been teaching me something pretty incredible lately. It’s one of those things that I have known what the Bible has to say for a long time. I could even quote the verse and I may have even gotten the gist of it, but now God is taking me deeper and I still don’t totally have it, but I am beginning to get it after a lot of lessons.
We often work so hard to try to make something obvious in the physical and the harder we work, the more hard work we have to do. It’s almost as if it is a never-ending battle. But in the spiritual, you don’t have to make anything obvious, because the Spirit does all the hard work for you. In the Spirit, the obvious is obvious to those in the Spirit!
When you are working hard in the physical to try to make something obvious, you often can’t see and have no understanding of the spiritual, because you are so focused on the physical. You don’t want to see and don’t want to understand the spiritual, because it would reveal how wrong and what a waste of time and energy your life has been in the physical.
I know this is all a little complex, but I believe it is a big part of what the Spirit has been trying to teach me over the past several months and what the Spirit was talking about when He said in 1 Corinthians 2:14 “14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”
Sometimes, I find myself trying to explain spiritual things to people and I think to myself, “this should be obvious to them”, but I am assuming they are spiritual, because they say they are spiritual, but if they are really as spiritual as they say they are, then I would not have to explain it, because the Spirit would and is making it clear and obvious. Many times in my own life, I have missed the spiritually obvious, because I was stuck in the physical.
So many of our conversations and discussions are a total waste of time and energy because we are wasting physical energy, while we should be living powerful spiritual lives or we are wasting spiritual energy on people who are stuck and not budging in the physical. Jesus said in Matthew 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
Now does this mean that we become so heavenly minded that we don’t do any earthly good? Of course not. We will do earthly/physical good, if we are heavenly/spiritual minded, because it just comes natural in a spiritual kinda way. Galatians 5:16 puts it simply: “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
I do not totally have all of this, but the Spirit is giving me new insight almost everyday and this is a very cool thing, because I have found that physically my arms and hands have come down by my side and I am experiencing a peace that words cannot explain, because I am finally beginning to understand what Jesus was saying when He told His disciples in Matthew 10:14 “Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.” It’s not your job to convince, but if you are convinced then you will find that living in the Spirit is so much better than anything physical!
What do you want for yourself, for your life? What does God want for yourself, for your life? I am discovering that what God wants for me and my life is much better than what I want for myself and my life. As I look back on my life, I can see where I actually kept getting in the way of what is best.
Look at this amazing passage of Scripture, it says it so beautifully: “2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4
God wants grace and peace to be multiplied into and through our lives. It is multiplied as we step out of our own knowledge and into our knowledge of Him and His Son, our Savior. This allows us to yield to His Spirit and experience His purpose and plan.
His divine power has given us everything we need to live the life of Godliness that He has called us to and created us for, a life of virtue and glory. When I depend on my power, I rob myself of the opportunity to participate in the divine.
He has given us His exceeding great and precious promises, so that we might be partakers of the divine nature and escape the corruption that comes from the lust of the world. We have a choice to make and our choice determines where and how we will live. Notice, God does not just give us promises, He gives us His exceeding great and precious promises.
God has and wants what is best for us and our lives, lets step out of our selfishness and into His promises – we will be glad we did!