Living Free - May 17, 2007

Today's Scripture
The LORD is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope. Psalm 34:18 CEV

Thoughts for Today
Have you ever stood in the middle of a crowded room and yet felt alone?

We've all experienced loneliness. People with chronic depression feel as though they are alone most of the time. They often feel that no one cares or understands ... as though even God is distant and unavailable.

If you are feeling alone, try looking in the Bible for the truth. You may feel alone, but the truth is that God is always with you. Here are just a few of his promises: I am with you (Genesis 28:15) ... I walk with you (Leviticus 26:12) ... I am near you (Psalm 34:18) ... I hold your right hand (Isaiah 41:13) ... I carry you even into old age (Isaiah 46:4).

You can be encouraged by reading these scriptures and others like them. Write your favorites down and put them where you see them all the time. Speak them out loud. Substitute your name for the word you. God says I am with (your name) ... I walk with (your name) ... I am near (your name).

Consider this ...
God is speaking these promises to you personally. Remember ... you are never alone. Jesus is with you. He's with you this moment. He'll be with you tonight ... and tomorrow. He'll be with you through the good times and bad. He will never leave you.

Prayer ...
Father, thank you for your many promises to be with me—always. Help me believe your promises more than I believe my feelings. In Jesus' name ...

These thoughts adapted from ...

Understanding Depression deals with depression, a condition common throughout the world, and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling. Topics covered include ... Understanding what depression is and how it affects relationships ... Understanding the relationship between depression and spiritual warfare ... Ways to fight depression with scripture, prayer and mutual support ... Understanding the special prayer needs of depressed persons ... Bible-based coping skills ... How to pray for healing and what to expect. It also serves as a powerful evangelistic tool by providing a way to minister to people's felt needs and then lead them to Christ. 


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