God’s Answer To Depression II  0

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Major depression is a clinical syndrome of at least five symptoms that cluster together, last for at least 2 weeks, and cause impairment in functioning. Mood symptoms include depressed, sad or irritable mood, loss of interest in usual activities, inability to experience pleasure, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide. Cognitive symptoms include inability to concentrate and difficulty making decisions. Physical symptoms include fatigue, lack of energy, feeling either restless or slowed down, and changes in sleep, appetite, and activity levels (2).

There are many reasons people with depression do not receive treatment. Some do not realize they have an illness that can be treated. Others do not believe treatment works. Other barriers to treatment include the stigma surrounding mental illness and mental health treatment and lack of insurance coverage for mental health care. (Pratt Laura A, Ph.D., Brody Debra J., M.P.H. Feb. “Depression in the United States Household Population, 2005-200623.” 2009. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db07.htm. 11 Nov. 2009)


Depression is medically classified as a mental disease – of the mind which affects the body. But we discover the truth in the Word of God – it is a spiritual condition that affects both the mind and the body.

Medical science is aware of only 2 parts to Man; mind and body; the mind is divided into 2; conscious and subconscious.

From the Word of God we discover that Man is made up to 3 parts – spirit, soul and body. You are a spirit made in the image of God; you have a soul and you live in a body. The soul comprises of the mind, will, emotions and intellect (the ability to learn and understand or to deal with problems) and the body is the physical part of our being.

Now may God himself, the God of peace, make you pure, belonging only to him. May your whole self—spirit, soul, and body—be kept safe and without fault when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NCV)

The spirit and soul are so intertwined that it is only the Word of God that can reveal the difference.

The word of God is living and active. It is sharper than any sword that has two edges. It cuts deep enough to separate soul from spirit. It can separate joints from bones. It judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIRV)

to be continued . . .

God’s Answer To Depression  0

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Depression is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. These problems can become chronic or recurrent and lead to substantial impairments in an individual’s ability to take care of his or her everyday responsibilities. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide, a tragic fatality associated with the loss of about 850 000 thousand lives every year. (“Depression”, World Health Organization 2009 http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/definition/en/ 11 Nov. 2009)

The signs and symptoms of depression include loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including sex; loss of appetite (anorexia) with weight loss or overeating with weight gain; loss of emotional expression (flat affect); a persistently sad, anxious or empty mood; feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness; social withdrawal; unusual fatigue, low energy level, a feeling of being slowed down; sleep disturbance with insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping; trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions; unusual restlessness or irritability; persistent physical problems such as headaches, digestive disorders, or chronic pain that do not respond to treatment; thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts. Alcohol or drug abuse may be signs of depression.
(“Depression” Dryden-Edwards Roxanne, MD , Lee Dennis, MD 2009. http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2947 11 Nov. 2009)

Can we be real with one another? How many of us have ever been depressed? Notice my use of the pronoun “we.”

Have we ever experienced a depressed, sad or irritable mood, loss of interest in usual activities, inability to experience pleasure, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide; inability to concentrate and difficulty making decisions; fatigue, lack of energy, feeling either restless or slowed down, and changes in sleep, appetite, and activity levels?

The definition of the word depress includes; to press down, to cause to sink to a lower position, to lessen the strength or activity of, to sadden or to discourage.

Depression is of death not of life, it takes away, it does not bring increase. It is of the enemy who comes to steal, to kill and to destroy, but thanks be to God, for Jesus came that we might have and enjoy life to the full until it overflows.

to be continued . . .

What Exactly Did Mary Know?  2


Do we need to know all the details before we trust?

Below is an earlier post (revised) that is currently resonating within me.

We sing the song Mary did you know? But I wonder exactly what she knew.

Did she know only what the Angel Gabriel told her? And what the Torah had said about the Messiah?


Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid,Mary; you have found favor with God.
31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Luke 1: 29- 33


As a devout Jew, Mary would have heard the scriptures about the Messiah, but remember she did not have a personal copy of the Torah to study and meditate on at home. She couldn’t share this visitation with the teachers of the Law, asking for clarification.

Notice practically all Angel Gabriel told her had to do with Jesus and His ministry. The only personal thing He told her was about conception.

How was she to convince her fiancé Joseph? Yes we know from reading the scriptures that Gabriel went to him later, but at the time she agreed did she know he would?

What if Joseph did not believe her? Could she end up being a single mum? Could she be stoned for fornication according to the Law?

What of her parents? If Joseph rejected her, would they do the same? Where would she go? How would she cope, raising a baby alone?

They were in the process of getting married, this was speeding up the process, could it have financial repercussions? Maybe their home wasn’t ready and now they would be moving in with her in-laws (changing the family dynamics)?

How would society view her? There’s no hiding the fact her baby was conceived out of wedlock. Would some people shun her? How would this reflect on Jesus?

She and Joseph had been eagerly anticipating their wedding night, now this? She would go through 9 months of pregnancy plus 40 days of uncleanness, almost a year!

How was she to train Jesus? Was she permitted to correct and discipline Him? Would He fully be her son, or would she have to relate with Him as God?

Whatever she did or did not know, her answer was “be it unto me according to thy word.” We see that same heart, decades later at the Wedding in Cana, where she told the servants “Whatever He says to you do it.”

Can you imagine how overwhelmed Mary would have been if her focus was on getting answers to all these questions before she said yes to the plan of God? She would have experienced “analysis paralysis” and missed her time of visitation.

As 2016 winds down and we look ahead to 2017, may we neither major on the minor, nor minor on the major.

Yes we need to know what God wants us to do, but as soon as we discover that; and He reveals to us it is time, as well as the first step to take, we must move in faith.

Each step taken in obedience, qualifies us to receive direction and provision for the next.

Faithful is He Who promised, He will do it!

Soar Like The Eagle  0

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Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up.

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31(TLB)


Natural vigor and effort will only take you so far. We need the strength of the Lord to go the distance.

Waiting on Him, enables us to exchange our weakness and inadequacy for His ability and strength.

Like the eagle, we mount up on the wind of His Spirit, and soar far above all the problems and negative circumstances.

By our God we run through a troop, and by Him we leap over a wall.



Lord I thank You for Your faithfulness to Your covenant with me. You are the unchanging Changer, the One called Faithful and True.

You are El Gibor – Almighty, God Almighty. The Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent One.

By strength shall no one prevail, it is in You we live and move and have our being. I come this day acknowledging my entire dependence on You. It is neither of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of Your mercies that we are not consumed.

I come to exchange my weakness for Your strength, strengthen me with might by your Spirit in my inner man, cause me to soar above all circumstances, cause me to ride upon my high places.

I will earnestly pay attention to Your Word and prayer and obey Your slightest prompt.

I thank You for watching over Your Word to ensure it comes to pass in my life.

Lead Me To The Rock  0


Don’t you yet understand? Don’t you know by now
that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest
parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary?
No one can fathom the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the tired and worn out, and
strength to the weak.

Isaiah 40:28-29 (TLB)


The One Who watches over you neither slumbers
briefly, nor sleeps soundly. He doesn’t get
frustrated by the complexity of your
circumstances. He is the God before Whom all
things are bare.

No matter how worn out or overwhelmed you might be,
He will uphold and energize you. He will take you
to the very end, to victory and glory.



Hear my cry o Lord, attend unto my prayer. I feel
like I am at the end of my rope, with nowhere else
to go. I am overwhelmed, exhausted, discouraged and
utterly worn out.

I run to You, as a chick runs back to the mother hen
at the first sign of danger. Lead me to the rock that
is higher than I, restore, refresh, renew, and revive
me. You are my Help in ages past, my Hope for years
to come, my Shelter from every stormy blast and my
eternal Home.

Holy Spirit, You are my Helper (Comforter, Advocate,
Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby).
I take my focus off the circumstances and place it
on You. You know the mind of the Father concerning
this matter, as well as the path I need to navigate
to get from my present situation to glory.

I yield to Your leading, I will do as You say.

Thank You Lord for times of refreshing in Your
presence. I receive Your strength and power.
You never give up, neither will I

Are You Paying Attention? II  2


The [a]Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing flame of fire from the midst
of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was on fire, yet it was not consumed.
3 So Moses said, “I must turn away [from the flock] and see this great
sight—why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned away
[from the flock] to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said,
“Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Exodus 3:2-4 AMP


Moses was tending the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, he was busy, he was not idling away his time. He led the sheep to the back side of the desert and then he saw this wondrous thing – a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire.

Notice Moses turned away from what he was doing to look, his attention shifted from the sheep to the burning bush, it was after this that God spoke to him. Wonder what would have happened if Moses had been too preoccupied with his job and either ignored the burning bush, or was too busy to go over? Would God still have spoken to him?

What if he said “Hmmm, interesting, I’ll come back after hours to investigate further.” Would the bush have continued burning or would God have called him back?

God commissioned Moses at the burning bush. Could Moses have delayed or even missed out on that by neglecting to turn aside?

When last did we turn away from our busy schedule to seek the face of God? When last did we pay attention?

Are we delaying or missing out on some things?

Are You Paying Attention?  1


Are you paying attention?

Pay attention: to listen to, watch, or consider something or someone very carefully, to direct your attention, thoughts, etc. toward someone or something, to focus and to concentrate.

Listen: to hear something with thoughtful attention, to pay attention to what someone tells you and do what they suggest

Concentrate: to give all your attention to the thing you are doing, to cause (attention, efforts, strength, etc.) to be used or directed for a single purpose

When was the last time you took stock of your life?
Are you aware of what time or season you’re in?
Do you have an inkling of the state of affairs of your life viz your relationships, business, career, children, finances, and health?
Who speaks into your life, whom do you follow?
Are you ever fully vested in anything? Do you ever give your all?

God is extremely interested in us paying attention, He expects us to set our face as a flint, for our eye to be single. To not only hear but listen thoughtfully and carry out His instructions to the “T.”

In Proverbs 4:20-22, He states

My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn;
Open your ears to my sayings.
21 Do not let them escape from your sight;
Keep them in the center of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And healing and health to all their flesh.

We must give rapt attention to God’s Word, it must become our primary focus – the first thing we look to and our last resort. We must re-direct our thoughts to the Word whenever they stray into unbelief and fear, we must listen with the intent to do. The results include life, healing and sustained health.

Don’t Lose Your Reward  0

Grace is enablement to overcome, to obey, and to fulfill the call. It is not license to sin, or an excuse for continued flagrant disobedience or rebellion.

If I walk away from an assignment God gave me, and you carry it out instead, it will be unjust for God to give me the reward no matter how repentant I might be after the fact.

We must rightly divide the Word of God and we do this by comparing scripture with scripture.

In Romans 11:29, the Word states
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].”

Yet the same Word states in Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven.

Is this a contradiction? No, God has predetermined our individual call or purpose, yet to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

There are specific assignments some of which have definite timelines. If we refuse or drag our feet on fulfilling these time-sensitive tasks, God will tap someone else to meet the deadline.

This neither means He’s changed our call or purpose, nor that He’s taken back our giftings or graces

We can repent, and God will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness but He will not take the reward from the one who carried out the assignment, and give it to the one who was initially assigned the task but disobeyed.

May we be quick to hear and prompt to obey.

May we never lose our reward.

Declaration of Faith  1

Make this your confession, take this stance. Draw a line in the sand and refuse to back down. Push back against every encroachment of evil and serve the devil notice- “THIS MEANS WAR!!”

Make these declarations:

“I stand in my place as a watchman over my entire family- everyone connected to me by birth, by marriage, by adoption, by love and by association.

Though war rise up against us, I WILL NOT fear, though a host encamp around us, in this will I be confident.

God is our refuge and our strength, He’s a very present help in time of trouble. No matter what the enemy might cook up or launch against us, it won’t work, it shall not achieve its intended purpose.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord DELIVERS US from them ALL.

It is and shall continue to be well with us, yea though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we WILL fear NO EVIL. Why? Because Jehovah- the Self-existent, Covenant Keeper, the One Who delivers to the uttermost, the Dependable God, is in, with and for us!!

I call all these afflictions against me and mine- light (ephemeral, insubstantial, unsustainable) and declare it is only for a moment (better enjoy your 5 mins of fame devil, it’s all you get) BUT it is working for us a more excellent WEIGHT of GLORY!!

WHY?! Because our focus/meditation/confession/expectation is not what we are going through (which by the way is subject to change), but the Word/the promises/ the Covenant and nature of our Lord and Savior and Master.

Thanks be to God Who always gives us the VICTORY through our LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!!!”

God’s Tattoo  0

O Jacob, O Israel, how can you say that the Lord doesn’t see your troubles and isn’t being fair?
Isaiah 40:27(TLB)

God cannot lie, neither does He deceive. He is faithful to His covenant with you.

He says in Isaiah 49:15-16 (AMPC)

“[And the Lord answered] Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
16 Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me.”

God is always mindful of you, He guards all that belongs to you. What has He said concerning your case? He will neither break His covenant with you, nor alter the words He has spoken.

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