Where does God live?

READ 1 JOHN 4

Verses 9-10:

God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins.

What is my capacity for depression?

Is it in the gnawing physical pain from my physical disease?

Is it in the growing anguish from my sinful decisions?

Is it in the abandonment of my faith?

My capacity for depression is great. If I was not capable of depression, then I would not have the capacity for happiness. The things of life that depress me are associated with death. When I examine these things that depress me, I take in the capacity of my depression.

Depression tends to turn me away from everyone. When I call on God to step into my life, His inspiration does the most natural, simple thing. He shows me where love lives. It lives in the hearts of those who love God.

Am I in the company of believers in Christ?

Jesus Christ suffered on my behalf so I might become part of God’s family. The magnitude of His selfless gift inspires me to love others. This is my initiative to turn away from depression and back into the company of His perfect love.

Perfect love is not quick to condemn or criticize. Perfect love does not jump to conclusions or give in to quick tempers and arguments. Perfect love lives in harmony with other people. Fear does not exist where perfect love lives.

When I keep Christ’s commandment to love others then my capacity for happiness crowds out my capacity for depression.

Dear Lord, I give you all the power and glory in Christ’s name who loved me first. Forgive me for allowing the world and the pains of my body to depress me when your Son who suffered much more pain than I can ever imagine saved me from my sin. Help me to remember that my fear does not exist where perfect love resides. Thank you for the people in my life. I love you! In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen

Prayer Journal tips (2)Whenever I become depressed, I start listing in my prayer journal everything and particularly everyone in my life to whom I am grateful. The power of this exercise is God taking a hold of my heart to show me where He lives.

 

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The Value of Love

READ MARK 14

Verses 6-9:

Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing for me. You will always have the poor with you and can help them whenever you want. But you will not always have me with you. She did what she could. She came to pour perfume on my body before it is placed in a tomb. I can guarantee this truth: Wherever the Good News is spoken in the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Love is not cautious, wise, sensible, or shrewd. Affection brings warm feelings, but love goes to the extremes.

Have I ever been driven to do something for God not because I felt like it or it was my duty, or that there was something in it for me, but simply because I love Him?

What value am I to God?

Am I just sitting around daydreaming or am I working at doing the ordinary, simple, human things that show my genuine love for Him? I am no use to God if I wish of doing only important things but neglect to focus my eyes on something other than my personal holiness. When I become overly concerned about the way I talk, the way I walk and look toward others, I miss being of value to God.

I accept that I am not much use to anyone but God Himself. My value is surrendering all that I have and do in the name of Jesus Christ. When I rise to go to work each day, I do the ‘beautiful thing’ as though it were for Christ and in those ordinary, simple, human works, God works through me. I give it all to God – the mundane and the magnificent.

Dear Lord, I give you all the praise and glory for the work of my hands. Forgive me for all my complaints in doing the work however mundane, my feelings of being unappreciated, and self-centeredness in my response. Lord, I pray that my work creates the same value that Mary of Bethany created in the heart of Jesus Christ. Lord, I also pray for those who are the recipients of my work and that they may be blessed by it. I love you! In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen

Prayer Journal tips (2)

I supplement my prayer journal writing and reading God’s Word with reading and meditating on the Christian testimonies of others. God speaks to us not only in our individual circumstances but through the lives of others.

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