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The Cure for Depression

The Cure for Depression Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? —Psalm 43: 5 In modern terms, we could translate this verse, “Why are you so depressed? Why are you so filled with anxieties?” Society places us under many difficult pressures. We find ourselves struggling financially, struggling with our relationships, struggling with work. The future feels uncertain. When we are unable to cope with those pressures, the result is depression or anxiety. Those feelings of dissatisfaction or hopelessness are magnified when we fail to see a way out of our circumstances—when we…

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Don’t Worry

Don’t Worry Do not fret… —Psalm 37: 1 In this life, we are prone to worry about many things. But David gives us the cure for worry in verses 5-7 of this psalm: “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.… Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” If we focus on a problem, it grows. It grows so big it overwhelms us, and we lose sight of the Lord. But when we focus on the Lord—on His love, grace, power, glory, and might—our problems grow so small we…

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The Heavy Hand of the Lord

The Heavy Hand of the Lord When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. —Psalm 32: 3-4 David was guilty of an adulterous relationship, which eventually led to murder. Though he tried to hide his guilt, his secret was eating him away. He couldn’t clear his mind of what he had done. When the heavy hand of God is upon your life, you will find no rest. Day and night, your conscience will plague…

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The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord Is My Shepherd The Lord is my shepherd… —Psalm 23: 1 David understands the depth of these words in a way few of us do. Because he was a shepherd, he knew the relationship of the shepherd to the sheep. He knew it was the shepherd’s job to protect the defenseless sheep from predators, and guide them to food and water. He knew that unless the shepherd kept the sheep from roaming, they could easily get themselves lost. In verse 4 of this psalm, David says, “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” The rod was the…

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The Cross – Must read

The Cross My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? —Psalm 22: 1 Psalm 22 is a demonstration of God’s foreknowledge of events. In this passage, God gives us advance notice of His plan for man’s redemption by allowing His Son to die the ignominious death of crucifixion. The Gospels tell us that after Jesus had been hanging on the cross for about three hours—at around noontime—the sky went dark. And out of the darkness a cry was heard from the Man on the middle cross, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Jesus’ cry brings us…

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Count the Cost

Count the Cost In Luke 14, Jesus lays out the terms of discipleship. There were great crowds following Him. Everyone loved the miracles, healing, and free food. Jesus was cool, the talk of the town, and the latest fad. But He knew their hearts. He knew they desired the benefits of what He did rather than an understanding of who He was. They loved His gifts, not the life He was calling them to. So He explained what it takes to be one of His followers: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother…

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Encountering God

Encountering God I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. —Job 42: 5-6 To this point in Job’s story, he has defended himself to his friends. When they hinted that perhaps there was something shady in his background, Job denied it. “I have been honest and fair. I have contributed to my community and maintained my integrity.” When he looked at himself in the light of others, Job came out looking pretty good. We like comparing ourselves with others. When we…

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The Quest for God

The Quest for God Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat! —Job 23: 3 Eliphaz told Job that if he could just find God, things would be okay. But Job doesn’t know where to find God. Some people assert that because they cannot see God, they cannot believe in Him. But can you see the wind? Can you see electricity? You don’t have to see something to feel its effects. Stick your finger in an outlet and the jolt you feel will make a believer out of you in a hurry….

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Triumph of Faith

Triumph of Faith For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! —Job 19: 25-27 There were many things that Job did not know: he didn’t know why he had lost everything, or why he was in this miserable condition, or why he had to suffer such pain. But Job knew one thing: “My Redeemer lives.”…

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