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Hope in Depression

Is there no hope for me?

No Hope?
Many people suffer from depression and for most people, this comes as a feeling of hopelessness and that there's no light at the end of the tunnel.   Feeling down is something everybody has experienced at some time, and whether your depression is due to biological or external causes, there is a remedy!

The cure for depression is hope, because no problem is too large that God can't turn it around.  If you are suffering with depressing emotions, know that tears don't go on forever, and in time they will eventually dry up just as every storm gives way to sunlight.  And darkness always gives way to light, but in order to see this you must have hope!

The Cure:
Hope is the ability to believe in change.  When God is present, hope abounds for our God is able to do all things and nothing is impossible for our God (Luke 1:37).  Where humans struggle or fail, the Lord offers His perfect abilities to those who dare to take a step of faith towards Him.

The compassionate hand of the Lord is reaching out to you now, and God is ready to calm your fears and ease your pain!  Do not suffer alone, but have hope that God will dispel the darkness of depression with the light of His truth and love.  

God's Word:
The Bible was written for us and contains the instructions on how to live our lives.  And best of all, it was written especially for you!   2 Timothy 3:16-17, tells us that:

"Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word.  All of it is useful for teaching
and for helping people and correcting them and showing them how to live,
so that the person who serves God may be thoroughly equipped
to do every kind of good deed."

Finding Peace:
God will give you peace in your heart to face and overcome your depression.  With His help you can face situations in your life that could be totally overwhelming if you didn't have the supernatural peace that God gives.  In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul instructs us to:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer, and petition,
and with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

No matter what your circumstances or illness may be, God will show you how to claim this promise in every stressful and difficult situation you face in your life.  The verse promises that God's peace will guard your hearts and minds.  God knows that your mind needs to be at peace, and He provides a way for you to get that peace!

Why Me?
Sometimes we can't find answers to all the "whys" in our lives.  God doesn't explain everything to us and there are some things that we won't understand about God in our lifetime.  It is comforting to know that we will understand everything one day when we are with God in Heaven.  In 1 Corinthian's 13:12; Paul reassures us that:

"Now all we can see of God is like a dim reflection in a mirror.
Then we shall see Him face to face.  Now I know in part,
but then we will know everything, just as God completely understands us."

Unfounded Guilt:
Unfounded guilt is one of the symptoms of depression so don't add more guilt onto yourself by wondering if a lack of faith is the cause of your illness.  And don't burden yourself with needless shame for fear of what others might think of you.  We need to stop hiding our illness.  In chapter 1:8, God comforted Jeremiah in his seemingly hopeless situation:

"Don't be afraid of people.  I am with you, and I will rescue you, declares the Lord.

There is Hope!
In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, the Apostle Paul tells of how God helped him and his co-workers in their daily situations and persecution they faced:

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."

Be honest about your situation and tell God how you feel, knowing that He not only understands, but that He is ready and willing to be with you, and to help and comfort you.  In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Paul wrote:

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion
and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all of our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."

The Solution:
Open yourself up to God and ask Him to fill your heart with His presence and love.  Jesus promised to always be with us and to never leave us nor forsake us.  Draw near to God as the Bible tells us to do, and He will draw near to you.  And remember, underneath you are the everlasting arms!

God Bless.

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