I am realizing how easy it is to fall into a state of depression and let me tell you, it is NO FUN.
Sometimes pride can get in the way of reaching out to anyone about how you are truly feeling. Believe me, I know because I was there and am there. You feel like you have to put a brave face on and act like your life is nothing but dandy.
Truth is, we struggle. We ALL struggle. But that is okay. What is NOT okay is when we let it take over our mind and thoughts.
We must not let our stresses come between us and God. Believe it or not, we must repent when we worry and fret. Who would have thought???
God does not want us to worry because it means we aren’t putting our full trust in Jesus.
There is a special place for us in God’s glory. We will one day never stress again. Letting God take over our lives is so tough. Especially when we feel like we must do it all by ourselves.
It’s so easy to become disappointed because we don’t see life going the way we want it to and we do not see the big picture that God is working through everything to produce in us a character like Jesus Christ.
We lose confidence in trusting God and begin to trust in ourselves and what we can accomplish. Pride and arrogance takes over quick and we find ourselves forgetting the goodness and grace of God.
Then before we know it, something happens or goes wrong that we cannot control and we blame God. The truth is that nothing apart from God can save us or make us whole.
Jesus is the answer and without Him at the center of our lives, we will continue to struggle with having confidence. God’s Word is filled with promises of strength and courage if we place our confidence in Jesus Christ.
He is the One who knows all truth, and He wants us to build our lives on His truth. Jesus said…
- “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”7
- “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”8
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”9
Let’s find our peace and comfort in Jesus alone. Let’s all remember that if anyone knows the burdens and suffering in life it’s Jesus.
The most important part of following Christ is to learn from Him. By relying on Christ as our Teacher, He guides us into living a new life that is according to His will and His truth. He shows us how to live, and will even guide us in how to pray. When we learn what He wants from us, then we rely on His strength and power (the Holy Spirit) to do those things.