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"We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God's own power, when we learned that he had invited us to share in his wonderful goodness." 2 Peter 1:3 CEV
Thoughts for Today
Millions of people around the world suffer from clinical depression. If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, it is important for you to know that God cares about the pain that depression causes and that he brings hope.
It is common for people with depression to feel that God's promises of hope are for others but not for them. They may feel left out of life by God, but his promises are true for everyone who has received Jesus.
Today's scripture tells us that we have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. The Greek word used here does not mean just staying alive as a biological creature, but rather a fulfilled spiritual life that changes our thoughts and actions in the direction of contentment and godliness. This includes a life filled with faith. This includes a life brimming with hope.
God has provided everything we need to live a life that pleases him, to grow in contentment and godliness. You might not feel the truth of that promisebut God's promises are true, no matter what we feel. Ask him to help you step beyond your feelings and believe that his promises are true for you.
Father, I thank you for providing everything I need to live a life that pleases you. Actually, I am feeling pretty worthless right now and don't really see the truth of this promise in my life. Help me to stop trusting my feelings, and to begin trusting you and your promises. In Jesus' name
These thoughts were drawn from
Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ by Donald G. Miles, Ed.D. This study deals with depression, a condition common throughout the world, and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
Understanding what depression is and how it affects relationships
Understanding the relationship between depression and spiritual warfare
Ways to fight depression with scripture, prayer and mutual support
Understanding the special prayer needs of depressed persons
How to pray for healing and what to expect
Serves as a powerful evangelistic tool by providing a way to minister to people's felt needs and then lead them to Christ
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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