More Than Conquerors
Last week we talked about when struggling with depression, how we can better tackle the situations in our lives that pull us down even more.
For my final week on this series about depression, let’s keep it extra positive.
In a society that can make you feel like your struggles are impossible, let me tell you differently. I want to encourage you today that along with tackling depression and pushing through it, you can be the one that comes out on top as well. With joy in your heart and a mind that is not only ready to take on a new day, but is willing.
I know this sounds nearly impossible.
When my depression was at its worst, I told my mom I would never know what it was like to be joyful again, or love again. When we are in those insanely dark places, we hear nothing but lies. When situations like this now occur, I am reminded of Romans 8:31 which says; “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
This verse says it all. When you are questioning whether you’re loved, whether you can keep going, or whatever you’re struggling with today – tell yourself this: if God sent His only son to redeem us, He can also restore your soul.
Many of us have some bad scar tissue, but Jesus chose to love us, already knowing the baggage we would all be carrying. He wants to show us immense beauty through the pain we have experienced. Jesus is the ultimate example of that. He died a brutal death on the cross for each and every one of us.
Although the beginning of Jesus’ story may be heart breaking and ugly,
the ending is where the true revolution was revealed.
The same is true with us. God is waiting to show you how you can rejoice even with a wounded heart.
Will you let Him? Will you allow Him into your heart during your darkest hour to show you He isn’t finished yet, and that the world hasn’t won? Your beautiful journey is only the beginning and your story can become more encouraging as life goes on. Yes, life is going to have its painful moments, but as hard as it is to believe it, God is still there ready to help you prevail. Romans 8:37-39 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Not only does He say we are conquerors, but He says we are even more than that. Not only does He help us conqueror, He continues to move through us after it is all said and done. Nothing can separate us from the love He is waiting to show us if we allow Him to.
When we are fighting through a battle, it is the hardest to have faith that God has got you no matter where you fall. It’s ironic because those are the exact times we need Him more than anything. Don’t be afraid to release your fears. Sometimes, what hurts us the most are the things we struggle with letting go of. We wrestle with letting go because they are familiar and comfortable. Don’t be frightened to exchange your pain today for joy, even if you don’t feel that joy right this moment.
Today’s post was simply to encourage someone that there is still hope; you can still have joy. I’ll leave us on this note: Psalms 30:11-12, “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!”
The winner of Wendy Blight’s book “Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner” is Melissa Kiker who posted on August 8, 2015 at 11:49 pm. Please email me your address, Melissa, and I’ll get it right out to you. Congratulations!