Dear One, I know you are in pain…
You feel as if you can’t sink any lower, and that no-one understands.
But I do. I’ve been there…you know I have.
On the other side of depression’s valley, I encourage you to persevere.
You won’t always feel this way (Psalm 103:9),
there are brighter days ahead! (Proverbs 4:18, Job 11:17)
What a strong team you and God are together…
He is such a faithful provider! (Philippians 4:19)
You cannot see clearly through your searing tears right now, but…
God has been with you every second of every minute of your despair (Psalm 121)
and you are not alone! (Hebrews 3:5)
You just want your pain to end, but…
Good really can come from your pain. (Romans 8:28)
You will see the day when…
You will know God deeply and intimately,
appreciate joy (Acts 13:52, Galatians 5:22-26, James 1:2-4), savor peace (Philippians 4:6-7),
and relate to others with a knowing compassion (2 Corinthians 1:4).
God has divinely purposed good work for you to do…
You are a partaker with Christ in a heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1, 14).
You have an enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy, but…
You will be victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)
because God is greater than any foe who rises against you (1 John 4:4).
Your enemy doesn’t want you to celebrate your ultimate destiny, but…
You are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6),
a citizen of heaven (Ephesians 2:6, 19, Philippians 3:20, and Colossians 1:12),
and a joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17, Galatians 4:6-7)!
Your enemy seeks to demean you and devalue you, but God’s truth is…
You are a loved child of God (John 1:12, Romans 8:14-15, 16-17),
a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20),
and a worthy friend of Jesus (John 15:15, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)!
You may feel like God is distant and angry with you, but that is another lie…
God is for you (Romans 8:31),
He loves you completely and wants to lavish His love on you (1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:16)!
We are all failures, but Jesus took our imperfections on Himself on the cross…
You are redeemed and forgiven (Ephesians 1:7, 4:24, Colossians 1:13-14, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
and God considers you a saint (1 Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1)!
When you feel weak and are tempted to believe the lie that you aren’t good enough…
The truth is that with God’s help, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)!
Striving to meet all your needs and earn the love of others is a load too heavy for you…
Give your burdens to God who has promised
to provide everything you need (Matthew 6:31-33).
The enemy has deferred your hope and your heart is sick, but…
You can re-engage your hope that the Lord will restore
what the enemy has taken (Joel 2:25)!
You will rise up out of this pit, proclaiming His word over yourself and your life!
You will share the good news, trade ashes for beauty, mourning for joy (Isaiah 61:1-3)!
No weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17)!
My desire is that you will know how much God loves you!
You are His treasured possession (Exodus 19:5)
and He loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)!
It is my prayer that “the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace” and that…
You will abound in hope (Romans 15:13)
and believe that God’s plans for your future are bright (Jeremiah 29:11)!
God is going to bring you out of this desperate place, and when He does…
You will have such hope to share with others (Psalm 81:10)!
You are Loved,
Me (& God)
If you are struggling, or know someone who is, I’d love to hear in the comments below what helps you. I’d also encourage you to check out some of my other popular posts about depression.
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Because I treated patients for 20 years, and then went through a terrible bout of depression myself, I felt compelled to write my award-winning book “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” and the companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study” to help others be victorious and overcome.
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!