Discouraged? READ THIS!

feel-discouragedJames Emory White has an encouraging word for the discouraged:

“This is a simple post. When you are discouraged, remember these seven words:

There is a God on the loose.

If you’re in ministry, remember it when you don’t have
…enough money
…enough volunteers
…enough space
…enough freedom
…enough staff.

If you’re trying to raise kids, remember it when you don’t have
…enough patience
…enough time
…enough sleep
…enough wisdom
…enough hands.

If you’re trying to follow Christ, remember it when you don’t have
…enough trust
…enough strength
…enough hope
…enough faith
…enough love.

Remember.

There is a God on the loose.

Remember that you have,

…a God who knows all that you don’t have;

…a God who loves your church and ministry more than you do;

…a God who loves your child(ren), and your spouse, more than you do;

…a God who knows what you need more than you do;

…a God who wants to see His kingdom come, and His glory radiate out from your life, more than you do.

This is the God who is roaming wild and free. He knows your situation. He knows…

…you.

And He adores you. He is on your side. He wants nothing but the best for you.

Don’t trivialize this with worldly ideas of “success.” God is about more than that for your life. He’s about all that is right, all that is best, all that is true, all that is beautiful. Despite your current circumstances, His larger, perfect plan is unfolding. Every perfect gift comes from His hand, and He is a gift-giving God.

So if you are discouraged, take heart. You are His prized son, His precious daughter. So pray. Trust. Particularly when you are discouraged.

Why?

There is a God on the loose.

And He knows your name.”

Martyn! What Meanest Thou?

I enjoy and learn from the writings of Martyn Lloyd-Jones (even though I am somewhat adverse to people with hyphenated names). He died in 1981, so I can’t ask him what he mean. t in this quote…

A bit of research revjones depressioneals this is from his book Spiritual Depression. I recall reading the book years ago…before I was diagnosed with what appears to be seasonal depression.

I unashamedly take a medication for the issue; and even bought a “sun lamp” to help…and it seems to help during late fall and winter.

There may be those professing believers who are against medicine of any type and would counsel me to “claim the victory,” “plead the blood,” or whatever.  Well…

But please don’t, however unintentionally, beat up Christians who deal with depression. You’ve not walked in those shoes, so my counsel is zip thy lip and pray.

Oh, and if you don’t suffer from depression, and somehow think it is a mark of immaturity or lack of faith, perhaps you should quit shaking your head and read the Psalms? There is some pretty depressing stuff there…

It’s called being human.

Loving Jesus, saved by Jesus (by the way, that’s what “by His stripes we are healed” refers to – that passage has zero to do with physical healing), trusting Jesus…

But trapped in an earthsuit that is susceptible to all kinds of junk…

Looking forward to ultimate healing…

 

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