Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Walk Through The Forest ( in stages )

I awoke in a fog this morning.

I prayed for  some hope and clarity.
God's Word Shone through!
I could see where He was leading me.
As I entered within I could see...
His Glory Shine all around me!

*Only the photos of the little chapel in the woods were taken by me




~The following compilation of scriptures is taken from this website:
http://hopefaithprayer.com/scriptures/against-depression/


Proverbs 12:25

25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,

But a good word makes it glad.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.

Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 27:14 - Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.



Anyone who is among the living has hope. Ecclesiastes 9:4


Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18


No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame. (Psalm 25:3)

You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:5)

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you. (Psalm 33:22)

Those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. (Psalm 37:9)

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. (Psalm 42:5)

In your name I will hope, for your name is good. (Psalm 52:9)

Find rest, o my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5)

You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. (Psalm 65:5)

For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. (Psalm 71:5)

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. (Psalm 71:14)

I have put my hope in your word. (Psalm 119:74)

Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. (Psalm 119:116)

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. (2 Corinthians 3:12)

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18-19)

There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called– one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)





May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ form the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.

Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)

Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.

Mark 9:23 – Everything is possible for him who believes.

Romans 4:18-22 – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall they seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:6-7 – Nevertheless God, that comforts, those that are depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (7) And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

*By the way I am NOT depressed, but have learned to use the Word of God and positive thinking, nutrition, and exercise to counteract the onset of depression when the first signs appear. I believe the LORD is leading me to share what I have learned with others who struggle with depression and anxiety.

Christians are not immune to depression, in fact there is quite an epidemic amongst Christians today:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/march/15.22.html

And now to close with the words to one of my favorite songs by the gospelmen quartet:

Yes, oh yes, I'm a child of the King

His royal blood now flows thru my veins

And I, who was wretched and poor now can sing

PRAISE GOD!, PRAISE GOD!

I'm a child of the KING!














6 comments:

Karen Kyle Ericson said...

That's so beautiful. I agree- there's nothing like God's Word to help us step out of darkness, anxiety and depression into His peace and light. Thank you for sharing this- I was feeling confused and now I feel better. : ) God bless!

Anita Harris said...

Beautiful collection of Scriptures sis! As believers, we certainly know of Bible stories where the people of God experienced seasons of depression. But the Scriptures you provided are certainly a source of refreshing. Blessings my friend!

lioneagle said...

Hi -

Thank you so much for this rich piece full of GOD'S Word. His Word is alive and it is HIM!

Recently, I highlighted in my Bible
2 Samuel 22:14, and 19. It was such a delight to read here that our Lord gave you scriptures from that chapter, as well. He does unite us so superbly, doesn't He?!

As I read the scriptures here, as I progressed, more and more of His strength entered me. Yes, indeed,
there is no doubt that the Word of GOD is alive!!! It is our LIFE as it is HIM.

Reformed rebel said...

Good morning~I let anxiety, stress, and yes...sometimes depression get the best of me at times. But I do know if I can get my eyes back on HIM and make myself read HIS Word and talk to HIM...I get past it much quicker. His strength does...somehow...pour into us! I am so thankful to HIM for that. Great scriptures you used.Thank you!

Thanks too for the comment you left me. When I read the words I just had to sit there for awhile. I don't think of myself in the same way usually. Thank you for saying what you said. It is an encouragement. You too encourage me. Love what you say in your posts!

Blessings in HIM...Chelle

Denise said...

This is just awesome; I love the pictures and verses you shared! :)

I often get caught up into my own thoughts, and let anxiety wrap me up in myself. Life can seem so out of control at times, and when I don't stay centered on God and His perfect timing, the burdens I am carrying are needlessly overwhelming. That's when I realize that I have just spent valuable time worrying and letting obstacles get in my way rather than letting God take charge!

Have a blessed week! :)

Never Forsaken said...

Thank you for your comments, I'm glad this made you feel better or helped in some way..I was blessed by these scriptures when I did a search on depression (link to site included in post). God's Word is alive. If only we would remember to always start and end each day with it then the gloom would never settle completely in!
~Blessings~

So do not fear,  for I am with you;      do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen  you and help  you;      I will uphold ...