In my last post I shared with you my battle with depression. Today I would like to share with you a few valuable lessons that can help you too if you are going through this or know someone who is. God bless and deliver all who are battling with depression. This is not God’s desire for anyone and would like all the victims to be set free.
1.TAKE CAPTIVE OF EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF JESUS CHRIST
2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
The biggest mistake we do as Christians is entertain the lies of the enemy that he puts in our heads constantly. You know those times he says “what makes you think you can do that? you are not pretty enough, there are so many better than you, our works will save us, are you sure God will really do that? Does God even care for you? Why do you even try?”
Other times the lies come in the form of very intelligent arguments that make so much sense to your logical mind. We forget God’s ways don’t make sense because He is God and is not supposed to make sense. Miracles don’t make sense yet that’s how God operates.
When you play with fire you will get burned. Once you allow the devil to speak death into you, he will definitely go in for the kill.
Be vigilant very vigilant, each time you hear these thoughts cast them down bringing them down to obedience of Jesus Christ.
I remember last year when I finally got my strength back by the grace of God I shouted out “ENOUGH” in great authority as a child of God. My mind became quiet.
For one who is reading this and not a Christian, there is a name above any other name be it depression, poverty, suicidal thoughts. Call on Jesus Christ right now and let Him set you free.
2.DO NOT DESPISE YOUR CURRENT POSITION || FAITHFULNESS IN LITTLE THINGS
Do not despise your current position, God doesn’t! Every small thing matters to God and He takes note of it. You are where you are for a reason.
As a job seeker, I have hated being jobless and despised all that pertains to it. My everyday thoughts have been, when will I get a job? So much so that I did not stop to question God what I was meant to be doing with HIS time at the moment.
The thought that came to mind was ‘laziness is of satan, organization of God.’ I looked around and saw a house in a mess. I had stopped caring even for the most basic things. I was busy asking God for something else when where I was presently was a dump!
The Parable of the Shrewd Manager sat heavily in my heart Luke 16:10 “…Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
Instead of taking care of the little given to me I despised it. I was very sorry for this and resorted to change.
I decided before God blesses me with the job, I was going to be the most faithful in my current position. I even call myself a house manager (My twin laughs a lot when I say this).I ensure the house is clean, do chores and attend to my daily goals promptly each day seeking to run my present position as I would one in an office. Demanding excellence from myself even in the smallest things.
Please don’t despise where God has you. Take care of it .One of our friend’s says if he was a toilet cleaner He would be the best one people would have ever seen, as he welcomes them to his office.
This verse even gave me more courage ‘God Rewards What You Do In Private, Publicly.’(Matthew 6:4).
3.WE WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE ON JUDGEMENT DAY HOW WE SPENT OUR TIME
Proverbs 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
As the year came to a close one thing that stood out for me was how much time had been wasted. I was ashamed that if I would have died in that moment I would have had nothing to show for this time that God had so graciously made me a custodian of.
This regret tagged at my heart and knew I did not want to stand before God and have nothing to show for the beautiful time He had granted me. Just as my current office I decided I would be faithful to God with my time in doing what He wanted me to.
4.HAVE A DAILY PLAN
Proverbs 2:11 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) “Planning ahead will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”
The devil is always after us and when He finds an idle mind that has no plan or direction, that person becomes an easy target,as can easily be distracted and toyed with. We need to keep busy pursuing God’s agenda and our goals at all time.
Yearly goals are great and awesome but if you have no follow up plan in the daily life then attaining them will be hard. God is organized and always works with systems. We should emulate Him always.
One of the ways I have attained organization is by making a daily plan in form of a to-do-list for my daily goals. This honestly has really kept me in focus and leaves no room for idleness.
If you know what you are supposed to be doing, keep doing what you are supposed to be doing, you defeat the devil’s plan to toy with you as you are too busy to notice him.
5.TAKE HEART, GOD TAKES NOTE OF ALL YOU DO AND WILL REWARD YOU IN DUE TIME
Frustrations that lead to depression stem from different life issues. It could be a mother who works so hard and yet no one takes note. A housewife deemed a joke as seen to do nothing.
It could be from being a faithful employee who gets passed over each time. It could be all the hard work you do behind closed doors that no one ever sees. It can be the many ways as a job seeker that you try to find jobs and even work to improve yourself yet no one seems to care.
It really can feel as if you really don’t add any value to people around you or place you work in.
I went to a career clinic a while back and the words of the consultant really got my heart. Looking at my experience she looked up at me and said “the experience in your cv counts for nothing as it is not solid enough.” My heart was deeply grieved. I thought of the many days I woke up early to go to work, all I did to put my best foot forward, all days I got home tired and exhausted, all days I went to work sick just to do my work and all that I am doing to prepare and improve myself as I wait. Could all my efforts in my career life really count for nothing?
All these details are only known by God and I. God made me know in my heart that day ‘HE HAD TAKEN NOTE OF EVERY LITTLE DETAIL AND EFFORT I HAD DONE IN THOSE DAYS EVEN IF NOONE ELSE HAD’.
Take heart dear friend, the one who needs to see all you do, has seen and taken note. Your efforts are truly not in vain.
God bless you all. Please share to a soul that needs this.