We can sometimes be insensitive or unaware of the fact that depression is real and that it can have major negative effects on a person’s life. Our indifference and belittlement can contribute to a sufferer’s silence. What are some of the things that might cause depression? Can Christians become depressed? Does being depressed mean we don’t have enough faith in God?
We love food. This can make fasting difficult for us, especially if we’re not used to it. However, it’s worth the sacrifice because spending time in prayer and fasting can be very rewarding.
There were many instances in the Bible when fasting brought about deliverance. During a period of prayer and abstaining from food (or another type of sacrifice), doors can be opened, healing can rain down from every corner of Heaven, and spiritual breakthroughs can come forth from their hiding places.
We don’t “have” time for anything, we cannot “make” time for something, neither do we need to “find” time because it’s not hidden. It’s right here. We exist in it. Sure, these are just sayings we use, but bear with me here as I try to make a point. Time is not something that belongs to us, and it’s not something we have the power to manufacture whenever we feel like we need a little more of it.
When I think about who I am in comparison to who He is, it overwhelms me. I’m so undeserving of His love and kindness, yet He pours them onto me freely. He will withhold no good thing from me. At times I haven’t had much, yet I’ve never been in lack.
Leaving God to go back to the pleasures of this world would be the same as leaving a table spread with a warm feast for a cold turkey sandwich. Doing so would leave us feeling unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and downright foolish. Still, sometimes when we see the “beautiful” and “successful” people of the world, we can be tempted to envy them and feel as if we’ve gotten the shorter-end of the stick.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to God three times to make sure there was no way to save us other than with His death on the cross. Just like any of us, He didn’t really want to suffer. Still, His prayers all ended with a confirmation that He was ready and willing to […]