In a world with rampant terrorism, widespread divorce, and where a greater number of diseases are being discovered with fewer cures, people are looking for hope. They want to be assured that everything will be alright.
We really want to know that WE will be alright.
The enemy uses these tumultuous times to inject fear into our lives. Along with fear come worry, anxiety, depression, doubt and despair. Before we even know it, the enemy has infiltrated our thoughts.
He uses the phrase, “What if…” to cause us to panic and begin worrying about problems that do not even exist. Once we take our eyes off God and focus on our circumstances, we are putty in his hands. We have fallen prey to the lies that he has whispered to our minds and hearts.
But, remember. God does not give us emotional distress. He gives us the tools we need for victory. Power. Love. A sound mind.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
In my book, “Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression,” I tell my story. I’m the professional doctor, the mom, the wife and the friend, who went through depression. In the book, I wanted everyone to know they were not alone. I was there and I understood what they were going through.
Since writing the book, I’ve learned that it’s not limited only to depressed individuals. It relates to everyone who wants to know that everything is going to be alright. Through it, we unpack the enemy’s lies in greater detail and learn to stand on God’s Word.
The enemy lies to all of us. He’s the father of lies. He wants to convince us that
- we’re not worthy
- we’re incapable of joy
- everyone else is more important than us
- God loves everyone else more than us
- and, a host of more lies.
Lies. They’re all lies.
In order to combat the lies of the enemy, we need to find out exactly what God has to say about us and use His truth to fight back against fear, worry, anxiety, depression, doubt and despair.
Stand on His Word.
We know that God’s Word accomplishes what He sends it to do.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
And, God watches over His Word to see that it is fulfilled.
“The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled””( Jeremiah 1:12).
As children of the Most High God, we really are all going to be alright.
For your own copy of “Hope Prevails” and the “Hope Prevails Bible Study,” see the links below.
Because of Him,
For a Free eBook on How to Help a Depressed Loved One, click here: How to Help a Depressed Loved One eBook.
For more helpful information about what you need to know when you have a depressed loved one, read here: https://drmichellebengtson.com/10-things-to-know-if-you-have-a-depressed-loved-one/
For more about what not to say to a depressed loved one, read here: https://drmichellebengtson.com/what-not-to-say-when-a-loved-one-is-depressed/ while here are suggestions about supportive things you can say to a depressed loved one: https://drmichellebengtson.com/what-to-say-when-a-loved-one-is-depressed/
To learn more about “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression,” Dr. Bengtson’s book, see: https://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book.
And, for the Bible Study, see: https://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-bible-study/.