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A Cure for Depression


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 8; Psalm 42; 1 Corinthians 15

Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 42

Today’s key passage is Psalm 42, which is written by the sons of Korah.  As a refresher, Korah was a Levite who led a mutiny against Moses because he was jealous of Moses and wanted the power that came from the priesthood.  Because God was with Moses, He opened up the earth beneath Korah’s feet and he was buried alive.  (For the complete story, read Numbers 16).  The sons of Korah (his descendants) remained faithful to God and served in the temple, and eventually they were appointed by David to serve as leaders of the choir.  In Psalm 42, the psalmist was feeling depressed.  He was a long way from Jerusalem and was unable to worship at the temple.  He explains his feelings best by saying that his “tears have been my food day and night“.  (42:3)  Though he was feeling depressed and alone, he knew that his only hope to feel better was in God.  He says, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (42:11)

Depression affects millions of people in the world every day, and it is a very serious ailment.  It can be caused by a variety of things, including a person’s present circumstances.  Sometimes when people feel depressed, they turn to things they think will help but that actually only serve to harm them – things like drugs, alcohol, or sex.  Even if we are not clinically depressed, we all still face ailments and hard times that will make our present conditions seem bleak at best.  Like the psalmist, our hope in these times of depression is in God.  God alone can give us the strength to keep going.  God alone can help us move forward even when our current circumstances seem overwhelming.  God alone can bring us peace and joy.  We can find this help from God through prayer, and we can find it in His Word.  As I was preparing to write about this Psalm today, I thought about some of the passages in the Bible I can turn to during the darkest of hours.  I thought about the passages that I can read regardless of the situation that can help lift my spirit.  Of course, these can be found in many places in the Bible, and different people will find different things to be uplifting, but I decided to make a brief list of some places to turn when feeling depressed:

Psalm 23

Psalm 27

Psalm 56

Psalm 91

Psalm 121

Isaiah 41:10

John 3:16

Romans 8:38-39

Galatians 2:20

Hebrews 13:5-6

In our times of greatest sorrow and depression, we can choose to turn to things that might dull the pain briefly, or we can choose to turn to God.  We can seek Him in His Word and cry out for Him to save us from our ailments.  We can find solace in the countless illustrations He has provided for us in the Bible, and we can find joy in knowing that our present conditions will be a distant memory when we are in Paradise with Him.  When you are feeling down, turn to God.  Turn to His promises for you, and let His power and His grace bring you strength.

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Victory Takes Time


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 9-11; 1 Corinthians 6

Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 11:16-23

Today we read Joshua chapters 9, 10, and 11.  For the last couple of weeks, it seems that all of our readings have been leading up to these three chapters.  In these chapters, Joshua outlines all the rest of the battles that the Israelites won to take over the Promised Land.  We knew this was coming.  Moses talked about it.  Joshua talked about it.  While we read Deuteronomy, we knew that the entire time the Israelites were perched right on the edge of the Promised Land.  Then we got into Joshua, and in the last couple of days, we have seen key victories in Jericho and Ai.  Now, in these three chapters, the pace really picks up.  In a single reading, we get to see the Israelites take over the rest of Canaan.  Our key passage today provides us with a nice summary of the battles, and throughout the reading we are constantly reminded of one important point – every victory that the Israelites experienced was because God was on their side.  In addition, there is another important point that is not really spelled out in the text.  While it seems like the battles were won quickly and that the Israelites conquered the entire land over the course of a couple of days, a little research reveals that this is not the case.  Even though it only takes a couple of pages for Joshua to tell us about all of the victories the Israelites were given in the Promised Land, these victories that seem to come so quickly actually took about seven years or so.  You see, sometimes victory takes time.

Do you ever feel like you are not progressing in Christ fast enough?  Do you ever wonder why you are not further along?  Do you ever wonder why you still struggle with certain things?  When we first give our lives to Christ, sometimes we think “the change” will happen for us instantaneously.  We wrongly believe that we will wake up the next day and we will never sin again.  We think that we will never have another evil thought or desire.  Then when we stumble – when we do have an evil thought or desire or when we do sin – we feel discouraged.  We wonder why we are not past all of this.  We want a complete victory over sin.  We want a complete victory over temptation.  We want to find ourselves living in the spirit 100% of the time and never slipping back into living in the flesh.  Basically, we want the quick fix.  We want the immediate victory.  We must realize, however, that victory is a process, and it takes time.  Never underestimate the changes God has made in you, and never discount those changes just because you are not perfect.  Sometimes we think of our walk with Christ as a journey with a finish line.  We believe that at some point, we will finally “get there” and we will no longer have to struggle with anything.  The fact is, though, there is no finish line – at least not here on earth.  While we are living here in our temporary home, we will constantly be evolving.  God will continually make changes in us and make us better.  Do not rush God and do not allow yourself to get discouraged.  Instead, praise God for the victories He has given you, pray expectantly for the victories He will hand you in the future, and always remember that complete victory takes time.

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The People God Uses


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 1,2; Psalm 37; 1 Corinthians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 2:1-24

I heard a story the other day about two Christians who were talking about sharing their faith with others.  The first man asked the second about the last time he shared his faith with another person.  With a sigh and a slight chuckle, the second man said, “I don’t really know enough to share my faith with others.  I might say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing.  I leave all of that to the “professional believers” (meaning pastors, ministers, missionaries, etc.).”  When I heard this story, it really got me thinking – I believe there are many Christians that feel this way.  They feel they do not know enough.  They feel they are not strong enough.  They believe God is only looking to use “professional believers” to advance His Kingdom.  Of course, countless times in the Bible we find out that is simply not true.  For example, none of the twelve disciples Jesus chose was a “professional believer”.  Moses was not a “professional believer”.  In fact, many times in the Bible we find that God uses the people we might least expect to advance His kingdom.  Today’s key passage is a good example of God using an “amateur” to do His work.

Joshua had just taken over leading the Israelites following Moses death, and he decided to send two spies into Canaan to get some intelligence on what he would be facing when they entered the Promised Land.  When the two spies arrived, they stayed at the home of a prostitute named Rahab.  Is it just me, or does this seem like an unlikely choice?  Why would two Israelite spies, themselves children of God, choose to stay with a prostitute?  Knowing what we know about the Israelites at this time, you would think they would have avoided prostitutes, which leads us to the logical conclusion that God must have led them to Rahab’s house.  God knew that Rahab was willing to help and could fill a role that God needed, because she had faith in Him.  She was certainly not a “professional believer”, but instead of focusing on her past, God knew that her faith would make her useful.  In addition, she really did not know a lot about God.  She had heard stories about Him and knew about His almighty power, but that was about it.  Even given her limited knowledge of God, she still stepped out in faith, hid the spies, and protected them from the soldiers who were looking for them.  She later told the spies that she helped them because she knew that their God was the one true God.  Because of her faith, we will find out later in Joshua 6:22-23 that she was spared when the Israelites took the city.

Have you ever shied away from sharing your faith because you are not a “professional believer”?  Have you ever wondered if you “know enough” about God to really witness to others?  Have you ever thought that if you did step out in faith that it might not go well?  If so, I pray that you will read and meditate on the story of Rahab.  God does not just want to use pastors, ministers, and missionaries to do His work on Earth.  He does not want the “amateurs” to just sit on the sidelines cheering on the “professionals”.  He wants you to get in the game!  He wants you to share your faith.  He wants you to share His Word.  He wants you to reach other people for Him.  He wants to use you to advance His Kingdom.  It does not matter what you have done in your past.  It does not matter if you are an “unlikely” candidate.  It does not matter how much you know, or how much you have studied.  If you have faith in God, he can use you.  All you have to do is take a step.

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Leaving Behind a Legacy


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 32-34; 1 Corinthians 2

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 34:1-12

In today’s key passage, we read about the death of Moses and the end of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible).  Moses only spent 120 years on this earth thousands of years ago, yet he is still widely known today and will forever be listed as the greatest prophet Israel had ever known.  Moses led the nation of Israel out of the slavery in Egypt.  He led them through the desert for 40 years.  He led them to the very edge of the Promised Land.  Even though he was not permitted to enter the land God had promised to the Israelites, he was able to prepare them for the battles that would come upon their entry.  Moses left behind a legacy.  Moses was not born of greatness.  He was not born a leader.  By his own admission, he was just a simple shepherd who was “slow of speech”, but he still left behind a legacy that transcends time.  He built that legacy not through his own power or his own works, but through the power of God.

As most of us get older, we begin to wonder what our legacy will be.  Will we even leave one?  Will we be remembered on this earth?  Many times, people try to build their legacy by taking all the wrong steps.  Some people think that if they work hard enough at their jobs they will build a lasting legacy.  Others believe that if they make enough money or own enough “stuff” they will leave a lasting legacy.  The sad truth for these people is that all of those things are temporary.  The only way to leave a lasting legacy is through the power of God.  It is by God working through us that we are able to build a legacy that truly transcends time.  It is by the power of God that we are able to touch other people’s hearts so deeply that we will forever be remembered.  That, my friends, is a true legacy.  At the end of your life, you will not be remembered for the job you did, the money you made, or the things you owned.  You will be remembered for how you touched other people’s lives.  When you lead someone to Christ, you build a lasting legacy.  When you serve others, you build a lasting legacy.  When you truly love others more than you love yourself, you build a lasting legacy.  Most importantly, when you love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind, you build a lasting legacy.  God gives us the power and the ability to love others unconditionally, and He is the only true source for building a legacy that will last in the hearts and minds of others forever.  Press into Him daily.  Strive to put Him first in everything you do.  Pray for the power to reflect the perfect love He has for you onto others.  Then, like Moses, you can be sure that you will leave behind a true legacy.

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Principles of Discipline


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 25-27; Galatians 5

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 25:1-3

Today’s key passage may appear at first to be a bit controversial.  In it, Moses tells the Israelites that when two men have a dispute they should go to the court to have the judges decide the dispute.  If one of the men is found guilty and deserves to be beaten, the judge should flog him in his presence, but it should not exceed forty lashes.  Now for most of us, the idea of flogging someone seems detestable.  When I think of flogging, my immediate reaction is to think of Christ on the day of His crucifixion, and it places an image in my mind that makes my stomach turn.  For that reason, when I first read this passage today I immediately dismissed it as a topic to write about.  However, as is often the case, this passage kept coming back to me.  I kept thinking about it and the imagery of the words would not leave my mind, so I decided to really study the passage again.  As I did, I kept three things in mind.  First, I remembered that this was written for a civilization that was much different then ours.  At the time, public floggings were commonplace and were the accepted method of punishment for a crime.  Secondly, I remembered that God never changes.  The God who told Moses to write these words in the Bible is the same God that we still worship today.  He has never changed and will never change.  Finally, I remembered that everything in the Bible has a purpose and everything teaches us a lesson.  What lesson could I find in these words that would apply to us today? Applying those three criteria to the reading, I found that the passage took on a new meaning for me.  Instead of focusing on the brutality of the method, I instead saw that the underlying principles of discipline in these words is absolutely sound.

Before you think I am condoning flogging another person, let me explain what I am talking about.  Most of us at one time or another are in a position to discipline another person.  Whether it involves disciplining our children, an employee, or another believer we may be called to provide a level of discipline at some point in our lives.  In today’s key passage, I believe we can learn three important principles of discipline that we can apply to all of these situations that may arise.  First, we learn that before any discipline takes place, we must first determine whether a person is guilty.  Did the person really do what we think he did, or is there a misunderstanding?  Everyone deserves a fair “trial” before any type of discipline is enforced.

Assuming we find that the person is indeed guilty, the second principle we learn is that the discipline needs to be immediate.  Once we have determined that a punishment is necessary, we cannot put it off – we must act now.  Imagine the following scenario: Imagine that you explicitly tell your son that he cannot eat a cookie right now because he will spoil his dinner, but your son goes behind your back and eats a cookie anyway.  When you find out about this, you decide to discipline him by not letting him watch TV for the night.  Now imagine that instead of imposing this punishment immediately, you do not say anything now, but two weeks later, you tell your son that he cannot watch TV because of the cookie he ate two weeks ago.  That would not make a lot of sense would it?  Discipline needs to take place immediately.

The third principle of discipline is that the punishment should fit the crime.  Using our illustration above, while taking away TV privileges for a night might seem like a reasonable punishment, taking away TV privileges for two years might be a little bit of overkill.  If we over-discipline, we run the risk of degrading the other person, which should never be our intention.  Discipline should be used to correct another person, not to destroy them emotionally.  Even though we have the power to discipline, we should never go overboard or become unrestrained, as that type of discipline does more harm than good.  When we react in a reasonable way and punish accordingly, we can provide the necessary correction without causing long-term damage to the relationship.

Whether you are a parent, a boss, or another type of leader, disciplining others is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.  In most cases, the act of disciplining others will not exactly be pleasant, but if we adhere to the three principles of discipline we learn in today’s key passage, we can achieve the intended results without causing any undue damage.

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Going Into Battle


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 19-21; Galatians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 20:1-4

As the Israelites stood at the edge of the Promised Land, everyone knew what was coming.  They knew that soon they would cross the Jordan to claim the land that God had promised them.  They also reasoned that most of the land was not going to just be handed over to them – they were going to have to go to war.  Forty years earlier, the Israelites were too afraid to fight for the land.  They were on the edge of the Promised Land then as well, but the fear of battle was too much for them to overcome.  Because of that decision, they spent the next forty years wandering around the desert, and Moses did not want to see this repeated with this generation.  Our key passage today starts with the words, “When you go to war”.  Notice that Moses did not say “if” you go to war, he said “when”.  It was a foregone conclusion that the Israelites were going to have to fight, but Moses tells the Israelites that even though they would see horses, chariots and an army far greater than theirs, they should not be afraid because God was fighting with them and for them.  Moses tells the Israelites that when they go to war, the priest should address the army and say, “Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

All of us must go into battle at some point.  For a lot of us, the battle might not be physical as it was for the Israelites or as it is for the men and women in our armed forces.  Instead, the battles that we fight might be emotional or spiritual in nature.  We might find ourselves in a situation where we need to stand up for what is right.  We might need to correct another Christian.  We might be fighting a temptation or an addiction.  Whatever the case may be, our natural tendency might be to feel fear.  Even if it is not the “shaking in our boots” type of fear we see in the movies, we might still feel a sense of dread knowing what we will ultimately need to do.  When we start to feel those feelings, we should remind ourselves of this passage.  We should remember the Israelites as they stood at the brink of battle for the Promised Land.  We should not be fainthearted.  We should not be afraid.  We should not be terrified or give way to panic.  For the Lord OUR God is the one who goes with us.  He will fight for us against our enemies.  He will give us victory.  Even if we do not achieve immediate victory in our “battle”, we can rest in the knowledge that God has promised each of us an eternal victory in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Knowing that, what is left to fear?


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The Importance of Scripture


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 16-18; Psalm 38; Galatians 2

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 17:14-20

Before entering the Promised Land, Moses took some time to speak to the Israelites and his addresses are chronicled in the book of Deuteronomy.  In today’s reading, Moses spoke to his people about the Passover, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Tabernacles, appointing judges, and worshiping other gods.  In addition, in our key passage today he spoke to them about appointing a king.  God did not really want the Israelites to appoint a king because they already had a king – God.  However, God knew that eventually the Israelites were going to want to have a king because all of the other nations had one, so He decided to provide them with some guidelines they should follow in appointing that king.  In His list of guidelines, he tells the Israelites to make sure the king was a person chosen by God.  The king should be another Israelite (as opposed to someone from a foreign land).  Moreover, the king should not be allowed to build up a large army, should not amass great wealth, and should not take many wives as these things would lead him away from God.  (We will find out later in the book of 1 Kings that Israel did not exactly follow this advice and it ultimately led to massive problems, but that is a topic for another day).  Then God gives the Israelites one more command regarding their king.  He says that the king should, “write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life”.

Of course, in today’s terms God is telling the king to get a Bible and read it every day.  Why is this important?  Why did God want the king to read the Bible every day?  God answers this question by saying that he should read the Bible daily, “so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left.”  It was important to God that the king of His people read the Bible daily.  He wanted the king to learn about Him and to follow Him.  He wanted the king to humble himself before his God.  He wanted to build a relationship with the king.  Does it not stand to reason that if we asked God, he would tell us the very same thing today?

The fact is that God wants us to read the Bible daily.  His Word is the absolute best way to get to know Him.  It is the best way to learn to follow Him.  In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul tells us that, “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  Sadly, so many Christians have trouble getting into God’s Word on a daily basis.  When I was first saved, I knew that I should read the Bible every day, but I hardly ever did anything about it.  I made excuses not to read the Bible – I would think, “I am too busy”, “I have too much going on at work today”, or “I am traveling this week” and I would justify my choices to myself.  Fortunately, God made me realize that my thinking was flawed.  I was trying to give Him whatever time I had left over from all of my other activities, instead of putting Him first.  When I finally made a conscious effort to start reading the Bible on a daily basis, a new world opened up to me.  I felt myself getting closer and closer to God.  I began to feel His presence with me and I started to “hear” his voice guiding me in my life.  It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I hope it is one you will make too.  If you are already reading the Bible daily, keep going.  Keep pressing closer and closer to God.  If you are having trouble reading His Word on a daily basis, make it a priority even if that means you need to wake up earlier or go to bed later.  If you are waiting until you can find the time to read the Bible, it will never happen.  You have to make the time.  Whether you follow along with our daily reading plan or you find a different one that will work better for you, get into God’s word daily.  I promise you will love the results.

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Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

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The Beginning of Our History


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 1:1-8

When I was a young boy, my parents brought home a video game system for my brother and I to play.  I remember logging hours and hours playing games on that old system – games that would seem pretty silly by today’s video game standards.  It may sound strange, but one of my favorite parts of that video game system was the reset button.  When I would start a game and did not like the direction the game was going, I could simply reach down and press that reset button and I would immediately get to start over and try again.  While playing a game, if I made a mistake and went off the beaten path, I always knew that the reset button was there to give me a fresh start.  When I read today’s key passage, I thought about that reset button.

At the beginning of the Book of Deuteronomy, the Israelites were poised on the border of the Promised Land.  After 40 years of wandering around the desert, they were finally getting ready to enter the land God had promised to give them.  Before they entered though, Moses wanted to give the Israelites some advice.  He began his first address to the people by recalling the history of the Israelites.  Where would this story begin?  Moses could have started the story of their history with the exodus from Egypt.  Perhaps he could have gone further back and begun the story with how they came to be in Egypt in the first place.  In reality, he could have gone back and started the story with the life of Jacob or even Abraham.  Instead, Moses began the story at Mount Sinai (also called Mount Horeb).  When given the opportunity to recap the history of the Israelites, Moses chose to begin at Mount Sinai.  Why?  Because it was there at Mount Sinai where God’s covenant with the Israelites began.  It was there that God gave them the laws in which they should abide.  It was there that God promised to bless the holy nation of Israel, and it was there where the people of Israel promised to obey God’s commands.  In that place and at that time, God pressed the reset button on the nation of Israel.  In Moses mind, that made it the perfect place to begin his story of the history of Israel.

Roughly 1400 years later, God would once again hit the reset button.  He would send His only Son to take away the sins of the world, and he would begin a new covenant with us.  He would allow His Son to take the punishment that all men rightly deserve for sin – the punishment of death.  Three days later, He would raise His Son from the grave, and His Son would be seated at the right hand of the Father.  At the right hand of God, Jesus Christ sits and acts as our High Priest, interceding for us with the Father.  When each of us makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God once again presses the reset button on our history.  At that moment, all of the things we have done in the past no longer matter.  Our sinfulness, our wickedness, our guilt, and our shame are all washed away in the blood of Christ.  At that moment – that moment of salvation – we receive the promise of eternal life.  If each of us were to retell the story of our own history, the moment of salvation would be the starting point.

Have you ever wished there could be a reset button on your life?  Maybe you have never known Jesus Christ.  Maybe you have never started a personal relationship with Him.  Maybe you have tried and tried to “live a good life” on your own, but have never truly experienced the life-changing peace that comes in knowing that your eternal salvation is secure, or maybe you have fallen away from God.  Maybe you have gotten so far away from Him and so wrapped up in empty things that you do not know how to ever get back.  Perhaps you have been trying to “fake it until you make it”, sitting in church every week but never really accepting Christ into your heart.  Here is the simple truth – God offers everyone a reset moment.  It does not matter where you have been or what you have done.  It does not matter what condition you are currently in or how much of the Bible you have read.  It does not matter if you were baptized as a child or as an adult.  A common misconception is that we need to clean ourselves up first and get our lives in order before we approach Christ, but in reality, He will meet us right where we are.  God offers each of us a reset in which we can be seen as perfect in His sight regardless of our pasts.  God offers each of us a new beginning of our history.

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A Cure for Depression


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 8; Psalm 42; 1 Corinthians 15

Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 42

Today’s key passage is Psalm 42, which is written by the sons of Korah.  As a refresher, Korah was a Levite who led a mutiny against Moses because he was jealous of Moses and wanted the power that came from the priesthood.  Because God was with Moses, He opened up the earth beneath Korah’s feet and he was buried alive.  (For the complete story, read Numbers 16).  The sons of Korah (his descendants) remained faithful to God and served in the temple, and eventually they were appointed by David to serve as leaders of the choir.  In Psalm 42, the psalmist was feeling depressed.  He was a long way from Jerusalem and was unable to worship at the temple.  He explains his feelings best by saying that his “tears have been my food day and night“.  (42:3)  Though he was feeling depressed and alone, he knew that his only hope to feel better was in God.  He says, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (42:11)

Depression affects millions of people in the world every day, and it is a very serious ailment.  It can be caused by a variety of things, including a person’s present circumstances.  Sometimes when people feel depressed, they turn to things they think will help but that actually only serve to harm them – things like drugs, alcohol, or sex.  Even if we are not clinically depressed, we all still face ailments and hard times that will make our present conditions seem bleak at best.  Like the psalmist, our hope in these times of depression is in God.  God alone can give us the strength to keep going.  God alone can help us move forward even when our current circumstances seem overwhelming.  God alone can bring us peace and joy.  We can find this help from God through prayer, and we can find it in His Word.  As I was preparing to write about this Psalm today, I thought about some of the passages in the Bible I can turn to during the darkest of hours.  I thought about the passages that I can read regardless of the situation that can help lift my spirit.  Of course, these can be found in many places in the Bible, and different people will find different things to be uplifting, but I decided to make a brief list of some places to turn when feeling depressed:

Psalm 23

Psalm 27

Psalm 56

Psalm 91

Psalm 121

Isaiah 41:10

John 3:16

Romans 8:38-39

Galatians 2:20

Hebrews 13:5-6

In our times of greatest sorrow and depression, we can choose to turn to things that might dull the pain briefly, or we can choose to turn to God.  We can seek Him in His Word and cry out for Him to save us from our ailments.  We can find solace in the countless illustrations He has provided for us in the Bible, and we can find joy in knowing that our present conditions will be a distant memory when we are in Paradise with Him.  When you are feeling down, turn to God.  Turn to His promises for you, and let His power and His grace bring you strength.

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