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Letter for Depression

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Depression, I’ve been there, I have even tried taking my own life once, but thankfully God knew better. The Holy Spirit hit me with a 2×4 to wake my Spirit again. In fact, today I still have moments of severe depression, but each passing day it feels better.

Depression, depressed, alone, angry, sad,

It takes time. Be patient. Love what you do, love life, be you. That’s what you would want you to do. That’s what God wants for you. Peace and Joy in all circumstances. Philippians 4:13 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Christ will give you the strength you when you have none left. Depend on Him always. He’s got you. Always.

My Dear Friend, You’re in a tough place now, I know. You see no purpose or joy in life right now, I understand. There is a dark cloud following you everywhere and you see nothing but pain and… nothing, you’re right. You wish everything should stop with all costs, and no wonder. Everything seems pointless […]

Letter for Depressed Moments
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A Personal Pentecost

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 Paul in Ephesus

19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Acts 19:1-2

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The Holy Spirit

When Paul came to Ephesus, he “found some disciples.” They clearly knew about Jesus and had been baptised in water. Yet something seemed amiss. Paul was concerned to learn that they had never even heard about the Holy Spirit. They hadn’t experienced the Spirit for themselves and didn’t know what they were missing!


Paul knew from his own life what a difference the power of the Holy Spirit had made. Paul knew that God’s Spirit changes lives in countless ways, with a revolutionary impact. So he laid hands on these Believers, and “the Holy Spirit came on them” (Acts 19: 5-7). Their lives would never be the same!

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Reminder

Years later, the Ephesian church needed to be reminded about their ongoing need to be filled with the Spirit. Even though they had been saved and empowered by the Spirit in the past, they needed to continue to be filled with His presence (Ephesians 5:18).


Many Christians today need a similar reminder. Some have been born again, but have not experienced their own personal Pentecost. They don’t realise all that the Spirit can accomplish. Others have forgotten about the ways the Spirit can help us.


Today, on this Pentecost Sunday, Believers throughout the world celebrate the day the Holy Spirit fell on the church in Acts 2. What a wonderful day for you to be renewed in your relationship with the Spirit of God.


Be filled anew

Seek to be filled anew with the Spirit. Seek to be more sensitive to His leading, that His fruit and gifts might operate through you. That He might empower you, in new ways.

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Prayer

Father, I seek anew to be filled with Your Spirit. May Your Spirit fall on me afresh. Change me by Your Spirit. Empower me. Guide me. Use me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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What God says, goes!

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How can we know who we truly are? We have to know what God says about us first! Thankfully, our identity in Christ – that is, who we are as followers of Jesus – can be found rooted in the foundation of Scripture.

So many voices compete for our attention. It can be easy to hear other voices above the voice of God. For some, it’s falling into a social media stupor which can often leave us feeling like we’re seriously missing the mark. Why can’t I prepare organic farm-to-table meals for my perfectly-dressed children, who are doing age-appropriate crafts…happily? For others, it is the constant bombardment of opinions, whether good or bad, from friends and family. It may be negativity from a spouse or a discouraging work environment. We may even think that we define our own identities. At times, it may be tempting to conform our thoughts and views of ourselves to what we see and hear from others – good, bad, or indifferent.

In a sea of confusing voices and opinions, there is only one voice that offers the true and right answer to the critical question: Who am I?

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Follow the Scripture readings. Take note of who you are according to God’s Word, and what is yours through salvation in Jesus!

Scripture Readings

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause
.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long Psalm 25:1‭-‬5

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:3-14

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