Psycho-Babble Faith Thread 457936

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God .... this is hard!

Posted by Spriggy on February 14, 2005, at 22:20:45

I am a born again Christian. I have been a believer for almost 20 years now. I have experienced God in some amazing ways and He has made Himself so real to me that I could never doubt His existence or His presence.

And now.. Here I am in the weirdest place of my life; deep, dark, depression. The "pit."

I've never been somewhere like this before; hopeless, broken, so weak. Maybe this is where God wants me to be but it sure is hard. I know if He placed me here (or allowed me to be here), He will get me through it but right now.. in this "here and now" , I feel so hopeless. I have lost that "spark" and "joy" that I have always had.

For the first time in my life, I found myself this last week yelling out at God. " IF YOU LOVE ME SO MUCH then why won't you help me??"

God gave me a thought... maybe we often pray and seek Him to "rescue" us but instead, his desire is to show Himself to us through "sustaining us" instead of rescuing. I would rather be rescued out of this pit than left here and sustained, but I am sure Joseph (in the bible) felt the same way. And yet it was the very pit God allowed Joseph to enter that brought about God's plans for Joseph's future.

Maybe I should stop fighting God in this thing and just let Him do His work in me. It's very possible He is molding me, pruning me and changing me in ways that i can't even foresee right now because I'm "in the thing." But once I'm out of it, and have come "through" it, I will be able to look back on it and see why God chose this for me.

A verse He has given me over and over during this pit experience is in Isaiah:

" He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Isreal, Fear not, For I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you walk through the waters I will be with you. When you pass THROUGH the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk THROUGH the fire, the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God. The Holy One of Isreal, Your Savior."

I sure am looking forward to coming out of this and seeing how He faithfully got me "through" it.

Thanks for listening to me ramble.


Lou's response to Spriggy's post-thaksforlisnin Spriggy

Posted by Lou Pilder on February 15, 2005, at 18:02:32

In reply to God .... this is hard!, posted by Spriggy on February 14, 2005, at 22:20:45

You wrote,[...thanks for listening...].
Could you write more?


Re: God .... this is hard! Spriggy

Posted by SLS on February 15, 2005, at 19:16:35

In reply to God .... this is hard!, posted by Spriggy on February 14, 2005, at 22:20:45

Spriggy, I have no idea what plans God has for your future, but it seems to me that He has given you gifts to work with to help you deal with your life in the present. I'm pretty sure that He wants you to use them as best you can towards getting through this dark time and improving the quality of your life. You have a sharp mind, a hearty spirit, and a steady faith. You are reading, asking questions, and learning as much as you can about your condition. These are just some of the tools (gifts) you have to work with. You are using them well in my opinion.

- Scott


Re: God .... this is hard!

Posted by Buckeye Fan on February 16, 2005, at 9:36:57

In reply to God .... this is hard!, posted by Spriggy on February 14, 2005, at 22:20:45

Many believers through the centuries have found themselves where you are now. Hang in there.
I counseled folks for years ABOUT depression and anxiety...but not until I MYSELF EXPERIENCED IT IN MY LIFE could I really understand the depths of their suffering.
A closer look at the Bible has taught me that many if not most of Gods mightiest servants...struggled with depression, heaviness and anxiety.

(Paul the Apostle)2Co 1:8
For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

Ro 9:2
That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

2Co 2:1
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

(Job)) Job 9:27
If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

(David)Ps 69:20
Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

(Peter) 1Pe 1:6
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

Unfortunately because of living in a sin cursed world....born-again believers get sick, suffer, and must deal with the afflictions of mankind.
This includes depression and anxiety.

Thank God that we have tools ( medicines) today to help us advantage that those mentioned above didnt...but most of all we have HOPE that the Lord Jesus loves us, cares about us...and will recieve us into His Presence one day and ALL suffering will end forever~

(JESUS) John 14
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told * you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.


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