He’s done it

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I have come to the realisation this morning that I am different, that I am changed.  When I was in my deepest darkest days, I would cry out to God and beg Him to do something, to fix whatever wrong with me, to lift off the awfulness I was feeling.  But I realised this morning that that is exactly what He has been doing.  It didn’t happen with a bang as I thought (or hoped!) it would, but a truth here, a revelation there (and not necessarily a big one), building me on a sure foundation, brick by brick.

I had been looking at all that needs to be still fixed in me, and despairing, instead of looking at what He has already done and how far I have come.  And for that Lord, I truly thank You, from the bottom of my changed heart.

The Lord your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little. You will not clear them away all at once, otherwise the wild animals would multiply too quickly for you.  Deuteronomy 7:22  NLT

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I was recently talking to  a lovely lady who was suffering from severe depression.  There is some teaching out there that says that we are to praise God for all things, and she was desperately trying to thank God for her depression.Praise 1

…….giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:20

This verse tells us to thank God for all things, but the word ‘for’ here is actually the Greek word hyper meaning over, beyond or more than.

John 10:10 clearly tell us that it is the devil that comes to steal, kill and destroy, and that Jesus came that we might have life, and have it in abundance.

Praising God for all things would mean that we would praise Him for murder, war, poverty, rape, death and destruction.

What about Psalm 106:1, and a myriad of other verses that say that:

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (emphasis mine)

I personally don’t believe that a good God, a God of love, Who only wants the best for us, would expect us to thank Him for the bad things that happen to us.

…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Conversely, God encourages us to give Him thanks in all things, or in the midst of all things, and that is a big difference.

I would be really interested to hear what your opinion is on this.

Thank you to everyone who have been praying for me since my last post.  My prayer ministers and myself are finally getting some answers.  Instead of me trying to ‘work it all out’, I have just been praising, and just like that, my prayer ministers ‘knew’ what has been causing the depression.  All I can say is “Praise God!”

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I have just recently been through another few weeks of depression / anxiety.  Haven’t had one of these for a while, so it was a bit unnerving.

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Praising even in the darkness. Photo Flickr.

But my gracious Father gave me the strength to do something that I had not been able to do before when I was like this.  I was able to praise!  On the really difficult days this was incredibly hard, but I found that I was able to bounce back more quickly.  Sometimes I would even get a little bubble of joy while still anxious.  Like the eye of the storm.

Did I praise Him for the depression?  Absolutely not!  But more on that in the next post.  🙂

Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God.   Psalm 42:11  AMP