Link to free download in my previous post. Reading this book farther has really helped me with my stuggles in depression, which is what im going to show you today from my notes. Anyone fighting the darkness I hope this pulls at your heart, even if you dont agree on everything, and brings you closer to God in your sufferings. God bless. ♡
In this pit of mud and distruction, see yourself there with the King.
We can grow in the midst of hardship, I know because God is growing my faith and taking me out of this darkness. And its really been evident the last few days. Even though my troubles were not very long, I am a much happpier person today then I was a week ago. Genuinely happier. Imputed righteousness of Christ will swallow up any depression as you rest in him. Anti-depressants are not the decisive saviour, Christ is. If we do not succeed we are not lost or alone. The experience of David in the Psalms is a good example of this, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of distruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” -Psalm 40:1-3 , also, “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.” -Psalm 69:1&2. God loved David so much because he cried so much, and it is a beautiful thing when you genuinely cry out to God. “I am weary with my moaning; everynight I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.” -Pslam 6:6 , “You have kept my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”-Psalm 56:8 . Matthew 5:4 also goes along with this. So wait patiently for the Lord after you cry out to him, only he knows how long we must wait. His timing is all loving towards his children. His will will be done.
Learn to be patient in darkness and fight for joy. Fight as one who is saved by grace and held by Christ. Never forget your security rests on Christ faithfulness first. In our darkness we must afferm the wise hand of God to hold us even when we have no strength to hold him. “Not the I have already obtained or already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” -Philippians 3:12. Our faith rises and falls, but our secuirty does not rise or fall. We must persevere in faith.
The darkest experience for a child of God is when his faith sinks out of his own sight, not Gods. “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” -John 3:8 God is at the bottom of my faith, and if it disappears, God is still there sustaining its roof and protecting the seed from distruction. Even in our lost sight of our own sincerity, we can be safe in Jesus. “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and of children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”-Romans 8:16, also 2 Timothy 2:19, 1 Corinthians 1:9, and Philippians 1:6. The night will come for every Christian, we must wait for the Lord, cry to him, and know that our self-indictment, rendered in the darkness, is not as sure as Gods word spoken in light.
How do you know your faith is real? I ask myself this all the time and it is a big struggle in a Christians life.
- Stop looking at your faith and put your attention on Christ.
- Faith is sustained by looking at Christ crucified and risen, not by turning from Christ to analyze your faith. Luke 22-24
- Focus on the greatness of our saviour.
- There is a certainty that we live by and it is enough.
- Dont let wrong feelings govern you, act against them and dont lose sight of the Gospel.
Defeating these feelings are enables by the Spirit, and is becoming what you are in Christ.