Many Christians live in defeat and in a shallow relationship with God.
The people I am referring to here are those Jesus speaks about in Luke 8: 13 who receive the word with joy, but eventually fall away during trials and temptation. They do not mature because they have not been anchored in the word and in prayer.
Jesus also faced situations on earth that troubled Him greatly. He dealt with anxiety through prayer and acknowledged that God must be glorified through His life. The very reason you and I are here on this earth is to glorify God through our lives – Romans 12: 1.
There is more for us
Jesus prayed to the Father and confessed that He felt distressed about what He had to face on the cross. He was a human being and felt all that you and I feel when confronted with trials and tribulations. Jesus took the focus from Himself by glorifying God. John 12: 27-28 “Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour? Instead, for this reason, I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your Name.”
Living with fear, anxiety, and depression is NOT ok. Admitting that you suffer with it is the first step. Believing for healing through Jesus is the power of knowledge. The process of healing is through the transformation of the mind through the word and guidance by the Holy Spirit.
In Luke 10: 41-42 Jesus tells Martha not to allow anxiety and worry to overcome her. Mary had chosen the one good thing and that is to seek Him and live in the beauty of the Lord – Psalm 27:4.
Anxiety and depression is not our lot
I was the last family member to say goodbye to my dad before he committed suicide when I was 6 years old. His suicide affected me as I tried to end my life at the age of 16 and then over the years would bring suicide to mind if I felt I could not handle a situation. It was as if I was keeping suicide tucked away as a way out if things got too heavy to handle – until I started praying for help.
I earnestly asked God to help me get rid of the thought of suicide, the anxiety, and the depression. It was fear, anxiety and depression which would lead me to want to commit suicide. I did not read the Bible much throughout my Christian walk, but was lead to read the Bible regarding worship.
I am healed
I asked the Holy Spirit to guide me as I was reading which brought me to scriptures on renewing my mind – Romans 12:2. I was now forming a relationship with the Holy Spirit who would counsel and guide me in the areas I asked for help.
When the suicidal thought came, I would be reminded to cast it out in Jesus name. Through the process of checking my thoughts and keeping my mind fixed in the word, I am healed from fear, anxiety, and depression.
I do not conform to the old pattern of thoughts but am fully transformed in my mind – the producer and director of thought. 2 Timothy 1: 7 “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control.” (MEV).