God didn't give you that! In His Word 6-21-2021

 God didn’t give you that! In His Word  6-21-2021

God did not give you that fear, He did not give you that feeling of loneliness, and He did not give you the depression. He gave you power in the name of Jesus. He gave you love, in the name of Jesus! He gave you self-control in the name of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit. We have the power to change.

We can change what we think about; even when we are feeling or overwhelmingly depressed or full of sorrow, we can choose to not be over-obsessed with our depression. I am not saying that we can always break away from a physical reason for the depression but sometimes we can help ourselves to get out of it by solving other issues in our lives.

Many young people today have been depressed as of this last year. It was really hard for those starting out in life from graduation from high school or college to suddenly have to come to a full stop because the internships and jobs they were applying for were suddenly put on hold. Many people felt like giving up and not even trying to move forward. Do you know what though? There are countless young people who have forged forward and started their own home-based businesses and managed to move ahead. They chose not to let the pandemic stuck at to stop them at get go.

Why do some people have that push or drive still and get through depression and stumbling blocks or hurdles to move ahead in life and others not. Many people deal with clinical depression and continue on moving forward because they choose to. They follow doctors orders and seek counsel that can encourage them in the Word what to do each day.

I believe if we start the day focused on the Word many things can be overcome. Some people I know are plagued with constant pain. Not the temporary pain of an injury or weakness aftermath but real pain that does not go away; they live with this as part of their lifestyle. Yet, they continue to bless others through written word, preaching, and encouraging people as they take their morning walks each day. Though life is a struggle they can find the strength they need in the Bible as they read it each day.

Many people have stayed strong during captivity by reading and meditating on the Word throughout history so why should today’s struggle be any different?

I may have stepped on a few toes today, I do not mean to, I know sometimes you just cannot get the thought process to process the way you want. I truly believe if you get in the word of God you will find hope for tomorrow and strength for today. Even if you are in the middle of depression the name of Jesus will give you power to overcome issues if not completely today but for the moment!

Paul wrote to Timothy, who was like a son to him, to give him encouragement while he was in the middle of a jail sentence. This was reason to be depressed and give up, he was no doubt pretty much starved and chained in jail. He could not get out to wander the streets or visit with people also he had a scribe who would write when he could not. This was common. He had every reason to throw in the towel, but he did not. He encouraged Timothy to be faithful to God!

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace. Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again. I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. Timothy we can find a lot of hope and encouragement today. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.  For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News. That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. 2 Timothy 1:1-12

Paul encouraged Timothy to accept His calling to share the Good News of Jesus and reminded him of when he was commissioned as an Evangelist by the laying on of hands in prayer. He reminded Timothy of the good things, good encouraging things that God has done and would be doing through both of them. These things helped Timothy to teach to others, to encourage others in hope and even today they can encourage us.

Do not let the depression, or sorrow, or loneliness get you down, trust in God! When I remember these things, whatsoever things are good…

I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.  Why are you [a]cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. Psalm 42:4-5

God did not give you the depression, sorrow and loneliness, He may have allowed it for a time but He gives us a way out of it. Look for the door and walk through to encouragement!

…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:7-9

Continue the encouragement and read some more! Psalm 42:1-11 , Philippians 4:1-23, and of course the full chapter of 2 Timothy 1:1-18.  Be encouraged in the Word and let the spirit of heaviness be gone from you as you put on what God gave you… the spirit of a sound mind in Jesus’ name.