HOW THE DOWN CAN GET OUT
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. For the LORD is good; His loving kindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness
to all generations." Psalm 100:4-5
Down and out. Feeling the blues. Lonely. Depressed. Discouraged. Disillusioned. A case of the blahs.
What do you do if these words seem to characterize your life right now? How can you get out of the dark pit you are in when you feel down and defeated?
God has the answer in His word, and it is a sure fire way to change your outlook on life. What is this silver bullet of an answer? Well, it is very simple, but very profound. The answer is ... thanksgiving and praise. There is great power in a thankful, praising heart.
I have found that when people get down and discouraged, thanksgiving and praise tend to be the last things on their list. To the natural mind, it seems ludicrous to thank and praise God when everything is going wrong. But the truth is, God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3), and the giving of thanks, regardless of the adverse circumstances, is a great declaration of faith. And faith pleases God!
You see, thanksgiving and praise say to God, "Father, I know You are the King and in complete control of all things. I know You are good and merciful. I know that You love me. So as an act of faith, I thank You and praise You, even in this great trial that I am experiencing, for I believe You are going to work all of this together for my good, just like You promised."
TRY IT AND SEE
I encourage you to take the challenge and put God's Word into practice in your life. Every morning,noon, and night, "enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise." As you do, you will experience a change within, a significant attitude adjustment regarding your circumstances. For God will help you get your eyes off your pitiful situation and onto your powerful Savior who can move mountains and part seas. There is nothing too difficult for Him. So praise Him, thank Him, and bless His name. You'll be so glad that you did!
P.S. For more on the negative emotion of depression, I hope you'll get a copy of my new book, Runaway Emotions. There is a whole chapter about depression and I believe it can be a real blessing to you if you are dealing with depression or know someone who is.
Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.
Anger. Depression. Loneliness. Guilt. Inferiority, Frustration, Worry, Discontentment … These are the 8 most common negative emotions that powerfully affect our lives. We find them hopelessly undesirable – but God wants to use them for good. In his book Runaway Emotions: Why You Feel the Way You Do and What God Wants You to Do About It, Pastor Jeff writes about the power of negative human emotions and God’s desire to use those feelings for joyous, abundant living. He helps readers identify and understand the source of each. With Bible-based insight, readers learn how to trust God’s plan in using each emotion for spiritual growth.
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