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10 Argumente pentru a crede Biblia:
Cele Zece Minuni Ale Bibliei

  • Argumentul 1: Inteligenţa Credinţei Prezentate De Biblie
  • Argumentul 2: Planul Bibliei Este Unic
  • Argumentul 3: Supravieţuirea Bibliei
  • Argumentul 4: Biblia Este O Istorie Precisă
  • Argumentul 5: Corectitudinea Ştiinţifică A Bibliei
  • Argumentul 6: Prezicerile Profetice Ale Bibliei
  • Argumentul 7: Dreptatea Bibliei
  • Argumentul 8: Învăţătură Unică A Bibliei
  • Argumentul 9: Personajul Principal Al Bibliei: Isus Christos
  • Argumentul 10: Biblia Are Un Mesaj Ce Transformă Viaţa . Rezumat Şi Concluzie

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Precum in cer si pe pamant – Ilie Puha la Betel Viena

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O Doamne fă să vie
A Ta Împărăţie
Şi voia Ta să fie
De-acum pe-acest pământ
Ne iarta Tu de toate
De orice păcate
Şi dă-ne libertate
Prin Duhul Tău cel Sfant

Precum în cer şi pe pământ
Aş vrea o Doamne Tată Sfânt
Ca să se facă voia Ta
Să nu mai fie lumea rea
Să fie numai oameni buni
Să fie numai rugăciuni
Să fie dragoste-n cuvânt
Precum în cer şi pe pământ

Căci voia Ta o Tată
Aş vrea în lumea toată
Să fie arătată
Şi toţi s-o împlineasca
Să nu mai fie ura
În lume şi-n natură
Şi toţi după scriptură
De-acuma să trăim

O Doamne fă să crească
Iubirea Ta cerească
Pe toţi să ne sfinţească
Căci Doamne Tu eşti Sfânt
În numele Tău mare
Să aibă fiecare
Şi pâine de mâncare
Şi hrană din Cuvânt

Când lumea ne invită
Pe calea ratacită
Ne scapă de ispită
Şi dă-ne harul Tău
Ca a Ta e Împărăţia
Şi slava veşnicia
O dă-ne bucuria
Căci Tu eşti Dumnezeu

Să nu ne biruiască
Dorinţa cea lumească
Iubirea Ta cerească
Revars-o între noi
Precum în ceruri sfinte
Am vrea şi noi părinte
Ca să-ţi aduci aminte
O Doamne şi de noi

Ajuta-mă o Tata
Ca viaţa noastră toată
Să fie nepătată
Doar Ţie să-ţi slujim
O iartă-ne greşeala
Păcatul îndoiala
Şi vindecă-ne boala
De care suferim.

Beniamin Faragau – Aici ni se incurca doctrina mantuirii multora dintre noi: Alegerea dinainte de intemeierea lumii

Beni Faragau studiu familia

Cum ne-a iubit deci Hristos? Dandu-se pe Sine Insusi pentru noi, ca un prinos si ca o jertfa de bun miros lui Dumnezeu- ca sa implineasca planurile lui Dumnezeu, ca sa implineasca asteptarile lui Dumnezeu. Si Tatal I-a spus: „I-am ales in Tine, ca sa fie sfinti si fara prihana inaintea Mea.” Si Domnul Isus, imediat a calculat pretul intrarii in planul lui Dumnezeu. Observati- Nu noi am fost intrebati cum am dori sa fim iubiti, ci Tatal a fost intrebat de Fiul cum ar trebui sa ne iubeasca si ce trebuie sa realizeze prin acest act al iubirii Lui, ca asteptarile Tatalui sa fie implinite, nu asteptarile noastre.

Va rog sa retineti lucrul acesta pentru ca este absolut vital pentru a avea o familie dupa voia lui Dumnezeu. Nu uitati, Tatal este Acela care a alcatuit in Sine Insusi un plan, ca sa-l aduca la indeplinire  la implinirea vremurilor spre a-si unii  intr-unul singur, intru Hristos, toate lucrurile- cele din cer, de pe pamant si de sub pamant. Si inainte de intemeierea lumii, El, Tatal ne-a ales in Hristos ca sa fim sfinti si fara prihana inaintea Lui.

Dupa ce El ne-a randuit sa fim sfinti si fara prihana in Isus Hristos, dupa buna placere a voii Sale, spre lauda slavei harului Sau pe care ni l-a dat in preaiubitul Lui. In El avem rascumpararea, prin sangele Lui iertarea pacatelor, dupa bogatiile harului Sau.  Si vers. 13 intra in istorie, toate acestea s-au intamplat inainte de intemeierea lumii. SI voi si noi, dupa ce ati auzit cuvantul adevarului, Evanghelia mantuirii voastre, ati crezut in El, ati fost pecetluiti cu Duhul Sfant care fusese fagaduit. Priviti o clipa imaginea din fata voastra. Punctul acela galben din dreapta este momentul intemeierii lumii. De-acolo incolo curge istoria.

Dar tot ce este in stanga, inainte de intemeierea lumii, in vesnicia trecuta (daca pot sa spun asa). Observati, ca Dumnezeu spune ca ne-a ales inainte de intemeierea lumii in Hristos Isus. (este dreptunghiul acela verde). Cu alte cuvinte, Dumnezeu nu te-a ales pe tine si nu la ales pe el. Ci Dumnezeu a ales ca acei alesi sa poata fi alesi in Hristos. Cu alte cuvinte, Dumnezeu a ales corabia in care Noe sa fie mantuit. Dar observati, am fost alesi dupa ce mai intai a trebuit sa fim infiati. Si am fost infiati dinainte si de asta trebuia sa fim rascumparati si iertati. Ca sa fim rascumparati si iertati, Fiul lui Dumnezeu a trebuit sa dezbrace slava Lui, sa intre in planurile lui Dumnezeu. Iar, ca lucrul acesta sa fie posibil, Tatal a trebuit sa alcatuiasca in Sine Insusi un plan.

Dati-mi voie ça sa pun lucrurile in ordine. Aici ni se incurca doctrina mantuirii multora dintre noi. Dumnezeu Tatal a alcatuit in Sine Insusi un plan. Nimeni n-a fost langa El, nimeni nu i-a dat nimic ca sa aiba de primit inapoi. Din El, prin El si pentru El sunt toate lucrurile. A Lui sa fie slava-n veci! Amin. Si in planul Lui, Dumnezeu a hotarat cum sa arate mireasa lui Hristos. Eu am doi baieti si o fata. Si mama mea, fiica de pastor- bunicul meu a fost pastor penticostal- botezata la 11 ani, era foarte nemultumita de felul in care vin miresele in adunare. Si i-a tot spus lui Andreea cum sa se imbrace. Si cand in sfarsit a venit ziua nuntii, Andreea a intrat in adunare, cu maneci lungi, cu voal lung… s-a uitat mama la ea si a zis: „Imi place.”

Acuma, imaginati-l pe Tatal. Oare primeste ca mireasa pentru Fiul Lui pe oricine, oricum? O nu, nu, nu. Dragii mei, inainte de intemeierea lumii, Tatal a hotarat cum trebuie sa arate mireasa Fiului Sau. Si Scriptura spune ca in Scriptura pe care Domnul Isus  a dat-o despre nunta Fiului de Imparat, spune ca a vazut pe unul care n-avea haina de nunta si a zis: „Prietene, ce cauti aicea? Aruncati-l afara, unde-i plansul si scrasnirea dintilor.” Cu alte cuvinte, inainte de intemeierea lumii, Dumnezeu a hotarat ca mireasa lui sa fie sfanta si fara prihana. Iar Hristos, prin iubirea Lui a trebuit sa realizeze in noi, murdarii, cazutii, lepadatii de Dumnezeu, a trebuit sa realizeze asteptarile Tatalui.

Atunci cand Fiul lui Dumnezeu a acceptat sa intre in planurile Tatalui, El a stiut ca iubirea Lui pentru Biserica trebuie sa duca la implinirea planului Tatalui. Or, aceasta a dat scop iubiri Lui si L-a obligat la o serie de actiuni prin care sa-Si exprime iubirea.

Va urma…

PAGINA Beniamin Faragau PREDICI

Vindecare cancer (marturie) – Cristian Bogeanu

Cristian BogeanuAm mai postat marturie a fratelui Cristian Bogeanu aici – Marturie – Vindecare de Cancer la Biserica Betel Dej

Astazi avem video nou cu marturia vindecarii de cancer a fratelui Bogeanu, facuta recent la Biserica Agape.

Agape Christian Church (16.03.2014)
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Doamne, vorbeste-mi! Photo Illustration – Lord, please talk to me!

Cand nu primesti raspuns, cauta-L pe Dumnezeu in Biblie.

Cele 8 moduri prin care Dumnezeu ne vorbeste:

  1. In mod general, prin Cuvantul Sau. 2 Timotei 3:16 ‘Toată Scriptura este însuflată de Dumnezeu şi de folos ca să înveţe, să mustre, să îndrepte, să dea înţelepciune în neprihănire
  2. Prin Fiul Sau Isus Hristos. Evrei 1:1-2 ‘După ce a vorbit în vechime părinţilor noştri prin prooroci, în multe rînduri şi în multe chipuri, Dumnezeu, 2 la sfîrşitul acestor zile, ne -a vorbit prin Fiul, pe care L -a pus moştenitor al tuturor lucrurilor, şi prin care a făcut şi veacurile.’
  3. Prin natura si Creatie. Romani 1:20 ‘În adevăr, însuşirile nevăzute ale Lui, puterea Lui vecinică şi dumnezeirea Lui, se văd lămurit, dela facerea lumii, cînd te uiţi cu băgare de seamă la ele în lucrurile făcute de El. Aşa că nu se pot desvinovăţi;
  4. Prin alti credinciosi. Iacov 3:17 ‘Înţelepciunea care vine de sus, este, întîi, curată, apoi pacinică, blîndă, uşor de înduplecat, plină de îndurare şi de roduri bune, fără părtinire, nefăţarnică.
  5. Prin muzica. 2 Cronici 20 ‘Capitolul 20 aici‘ – 2 Cronici 20:21 ‘Apoi în învoire cu poporul, a numit nişte cîntăreţi cari, îmbrăcaţi cu podoabe sfinte, şi mergînd înaintea oştirii, lăudau pe Domnul şi ziceau: ,,Lăudaţi pe Domnul, căci îndurarea Lui ţine în veac!`.
  6. Prin diferite circumstante
  7. Prin Duhul Sfant. Ioan 14:14, ‘Dacă veţi cere ceva în Numele Meu, voi face‘  1 Corinteni 3:16 ‘Nu ştiţi că voi sînteţi Templul lui Dumnezeu, şi că Duhul lui Dumnezeu locuieşte în voi?
  8. Prin rugaciune. Romani 8:26-27 ‘Şi tot astfel şi Duhul ne ajută în slăbiciunea noastră: căci nu ştim cum trebuie să ne rugăm. Dar însuş Duhul mijloceşte pentru noi cu suspine negrăite.
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The Ways in Which God Speaks to Us Today

by Rebecca Barlow Jordan via crosswalk.com

He conversed with Adam in the first garden. He told Noah to build an ark. He spoke to Moses in a burning bush. He promised Abraham a son. Paul heard His voice on the way to Damascus. But does God still speak to us today? If so, how? When? Where?

Often when people ask this question, they are talking about an audible voice. And God can do that. He can do anything He wants. He’s God. Why then, can’t I hear God speak to me audibly, someone might ask?

I can’t answer questions that the Bible does not make clear. And the way God works is one of those questions. I do think “hearing God speak” may mean different things to different people. To some, it may suggest, “I need answers for my life, or this particular crisis.” Another may say, “I’ve asked God for _________, but He never answers me.”

God treats each of us as unique children. None of us are cookie-cutter Christians. Because of that, God doesn’t “speak” the same way to all of us. However, here are eight ways God often uses to communicate with us.

8 Ways God Speaks to Us Today

1. Through His Word in general.

2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is “God-breathed.” His Word sometimes gives us a warning, a word of encouragement, or a lesson for life. It’s ”His-story”–written with love as God’s guide for life, “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

That means God is whispering, and sometimes shouting, all through His Word, giving us instructions and principles for life. As we interpret Scripture by other Scripture, we avoid the false logic and misinterpretations that sneak into our world. If someone claims, “God told me to go kill my neighbor!” would you believe him? Of course not! God never violates His own Word or principles. That “voice” does not belong to God.

I needed help for raising my children. God “told” me about that in His Word, especially in proverbsMarriage difficulties? God spoke about that as well. Times when I was afraid? I “heard” Jesus’ words to His disciples as they feared for their lives one stormy night: “Peace, be still!” and it was as if God was speaking to me, too (Luke 8:23-25).

2.  Through His Son, Jesus Christ

The New Testament was the fulfillment of God’s special plan. It’s the gospel: the good news of Jesus Christ. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe” Hebrews 1:1-2, NIV).

Through the words of Jesus in Scripture, we can “hear” God’s heart and God’s voice–and know what God is truly like. These words were not written for a few, select individuals who could jump through the right spiritual hoops (“For God so loved the world…”). Someone in Africa, in Germany, in China, and in Alabama can “hear” Jesus’ voice by reading the same Bible.

Comparing us to sheep and He as the Shepherd, Jesus says inJohn 10:27, NKJV: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Why? Because the sheep know who He is. They belong to Him, and they recognize Him by the sound of His voice. And He’s the one who will always lovingly lead them on the right path–again and again.

3. Through Nature and God’s Creation

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse ” Romans 1:20, NIV). Through the intricate details and magnificent beauty of all that God has made, we can “hear” His voice. How? By observing the ant’s strength to store up food all summer long, we learn about wisdom and industriousness. By studying the heavens, we understand more of God’s greatness. And through planting and growing a garden, we “hear” about miracles of death and rebirth. God designed–and spoke them all into existence.

4. Through Other Believers

God may use a friend, a teacher, a parent, or a preacher to convey His message of truth to us. Their words may come as a warning, a blessing, or as a prophetic truth about our lives.Whether we choose to hear it or ignore it, depends on us. Do their words line up with Scripture? Will God confirm or affirm that truth in us? “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere” (James 3:17, NIV).

I’ve “heard” God speak to me numerous times through other people. A good friend once cautioned me about flirting with danger. Words from a speaker or Christian author have both challenged me and convicted me at times. And I’ve “heard” God talking to me through my own children as their pure and honest words cut clear to my heart and spirit, reminding me of God’s true priorities.

All these things may not sound to you like ways of ”hearing God’s voice,” but it’s possible to reduce God to our own image if we insist on Him acting or reacting a certain way. God is bigger than that. He once spoke through a donkey (Numbers 20:28). Why then, can’t He speak through anyone at anytime or in any way He wants to?

Bottom line is that if we are His children, God loves us unconditionally and will spare no expense to show us. Our part? Believe Him!

Hearing His “audible” voice would no doubt cinch His reality in an awesome way. But I’ve never heard God through an angel’s message. I have no taped recordings to tell you what God sounds like. But I have heard God “speak” through the above ways–and in a few more. Read on.

5. Through Music

Perhaps one of the ways I can sense God’s presence the most and “hear” His voice the best is when I am praising Him through music. Maybe it’s because in times of depression and difficult trials in the past, I would pour over David’s songs in Psalms, often singing them back to God with my own tunes. Praise brings me instantly to attention, like a sergeant’s command to his soldiers. The words and the notes bring a soothing comfort, excitement, and passion that open my ears and heart and lift my spirits immediately.

In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat faced a huge army of enemies who could have easily destroyed His people, but he did a strange thing. With a declaration that his eyes were on God, he sent in a choir of praise singers: “Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever’” (2 Chronicles 20:21, NIV).

God “spoke” clearly. He released His power, and Jehoshaphat’s army defeated their enemies!

6.  Through Circumstances

When others claim to hear God through circumstances, I try to caution them to test their conclusions with other evidence. God is a Holy God, and often uses circumstances to get our attention. But He will usually confirm it in other ways.

This happened to us before my husband and I married. We were dating in high school and were both involved in what could have been a deadly accident, when a speeding pick-up hit our car broadside. Through that accident, my husband felt God had a special purpose for his life. Did he “hear” God’s literal “Yes?” No, but through much prayer, seeking God’s Word, and talking to others, he felt God’s confirmation. Several months later, he committed his life to full-time Christian service.

Someone once told me they just knew God was telling them it was okay to buy a brand-new pickup. They’d prayed about it, and circumstances confirmed it: the local car dealership had just the color and model they wanted. But there was one small problem they were neglecting. They couldn’t afford it on their income. And they ignored other red flags as well.

Through Moses, God used circumstances (plagues) to convince Egypt’s leader to release God’s people from slavery. But Pharaoh wouldn’t listen.

Sometimes God uses our circumstances to test our faith. We don’t always know how to interpret the things that happen to us. I recently took my first trip in an ambulance to the local ER–unfortunately as a patient. My pulse, along with my blood pressure, dropped dangerously low. For several minutes my world looked like a spinning photo negative. Scary, to say the least. Four hours of testing later found no cause as to why it happened. The doctor pronounced me healthy and sent me home, after encouraging me to get a follow-up–which I did. Nothing showed up.

I don’t know if God was speaking to me about something special, but the first thing I did was tell Him I was listening! If nothing else, life–and loved ones–suddenly became much more precious to me. One of the first things I usually ask God when circumstances change is: “God, is there something you want to teach me through this?” Yes, I know everything is “fodder” for writers. But I want to make it personal and learn the lesson first.

7.  Through His Spirit

I once heard someone teach about “minding the checks” in your spirit. Some may call it “God’s whispers,” while others say, “God’s still, small voice.” We are made in the image of God, and when we confess Jesus and follow Him as our Lord and Savior, His Spirit comes to live in us (John 14:171 Corinthians 3:16). God’s Spirit speaks to us through our conscience, helping to make the right decision. When we’re tempted, that same Spirit warns and nudges us to do the right thing.

As a writer, I depend on God’s Spirit to give me direction. There are times when ideas pop into my mind totally unexpectedly–and sometimes directly after a plea for help from God. The good ideas I credit to God, because after all, He is the source of every good and perfect gift. The others? They’re in file 13. Even the good ones need developing and rewriting, but that’s a different subject.

Why do you suppose ten people can “hear” a sermon, but each person will walk away with a different truth that applies to him? In some cases, the speaker never spoke what the people say they “heard.” Many times, that may be the result of God’s Spirit speaking a personal “Rhema,” a living, breathing word of truth to our spirits. It’s when Scripture comes alive to us–because it is truly “God-breathed.”

8.  Through Prayer

Each way I’ve shared that God may speak to us today meshes into the other. God often speaks to us through His Spirit, through prayer. We may not know how to pray, but God’s Word tells us His spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27).

Often through a combination of fasting and prayer, our minds become clearer and our hearts are more sensitive to God. Again, we may not hear God’s literal voice, but His Spirit confirms a certain direction or answer for us. As the distractions fade, we can sense His leading in a new way. Sometimes while praying, God’s Spirit will remind us of a Scripture or a truth in His Word that we can directly apply to the situation.

Does that happen immediately? Not always. There have been occasions where I still had no clue what to do, but in faith I thanked God whenever and however He would answer. A day, a week, maybe even months pass. Then one day in the shower or on a walk, a thought comes–that gentle “whisper” that could only come from Him, accompanied by His peace.

You Are Unique

Does God speak to all of us the same way? No, we are all unique. Are these the only ways God speaks today? No. He’s a creative God. He speaks so many ways, including through miracles. In other countries where Christianity is taboo, God is also revealing Himself repeatedly through dreams. Report after report confirms that an unbeliever who has never heard of Jesus dreams of Him–but doesn’t know who the “man” is–or what the dream means. Then a messenger comes, shows a film about Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the one who has dreamed recognizes the man in his dream: It’s Jesus, the Son of God!

Remember One Truth

Regardless of the way God chooses to reveal Himself or “speak” to us today, remember one truth. He will never contradict His Word, and the message He gives will always bring glory to God. The Bible warns about adding anything to the already written, God-breathed Word of God, or accepting any other messenger who claims to be superior to Jesus (Revelation 22:18-19;2 Corinthians 11:4).

Randy Alcorn – Going Deep with God in Depression

Note: If you know someone going through a tough time, pass the video link to them and let them know they are not alone. Randy made two points that impressed upon me:

  1. Even great men of God go through periods of depression. It is not just a sign of being spiritually weak or far from God, it is something God allows sometimes.
  2. God is right there with you, even in the midst of depression. Don’t wait to come out of it and think that is where God will meet you. He is with you every step of the way, ready to comfort and to lift.

Randy Alcorn | Theology Refresh | Depression is often illusive. Some dark cloud gathers and hangs overhead. You feel constantly ill at ease. Whether triggered by negative events, or some undefined cause, you know despondency when you experience it, even if you find it hard to describe… Learn more athttp://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts… Photo credit blog.lifeway.com VIDEO by Desiring God

Transcript:

Randy Alcorn: I think depression is something that is elusive, but we sort of know what it is. It’s the state of having this cloud over you, this sense of being ill at ease, kind of a loss of happiness, a sense of „Where’s the joy in my life?” My own experience with depression has not been extensive, but I have had periods of time. One time, four months, where every day I would get up  and spend time with the Lord, but, I’d get up in the morning and I wasn’t just tired. I didn’t just need a cup of coffee. It’s just that there was this dark cloud. The embarrassing thing was, it was not at a time in my life where all kinds of things were going wrong. There had been many other times in my life where there’s been a lot of stress, a lot of  things going on, where I felt a great peace and contentment with the Lord. And then, this was in a period of time where not much was happening that was creating pressure. But, for undefinable reasons, I just didn’t know why; sometimes anxiety is like high stakes and low control. Depression is sometimes just the sense of ‘I don’t know  why’. I can’t just point my finger at the reason.

Causes- I think it’s very elusive and it’s different for different people. I think, sometimes when we talk about depression, anxiety, fear, whatever it might be, we kind of start saying: „Well, this is what it is.” But for some people it comes in a different shape and form. Certainly, depression can be triggered by very negative events happening in your life: Your child is dying, your spouse has  left you, you’ve lost your job- different circumstantial things in life. Other times, as I’ve said, in my case, you can’t point to a particular reason.  One of the things I’ve learned in my own depression, periodically when it comes upon me, is that God is there with me in the depression.

It used to be that I used to think, „Okay, this is wrong. I shouldn’t feel this way. I should have the joy of the Lord,” and indeed we should. But at the same time, what I do is try to get out of the depression. What can I do to get out of this? And I think, what’s been most helpful to me, and in that period of 4 month depression, I came to the point where no matter what I did, it wasn’t going away. So, then finally, I ended up saying, „Okay, Lord, walk with me in this. Help me to learn from this. So I looked at Romans 8 and you’ve got „If God be for us, who can be against us?” „Nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ. We’re more than conquerers through Him..” and certainly, „God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” So, in the middle of my depression, I’m meditating on those things and I’m sensing the presence of God, strangely sensing His presence in deeper ways then when everything was going just fine.

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I think, certainly, going to God’s word, praying, getting support from other people, I was very honest with my wife, some of my friends. I blogged about it, I went to Charles Spurgeon, who experienced a lot of depression  throughout his life. He was plagued even many years later through that instance where 6 people who died in that crowd where somebody yelled „Fire” falsely. There wasn’t a fire, and that was when he was a very young pastor. But those memories would come back and haunt him at times. And it was actually very reassuring to me to see Charles Spurgeon, who I admire so much, and I don’t think anybody would say, „Well, the reason that Spurgeon experienced such depression is because He just wasn’t Christ centered and he didn’t know God’s word. No, no. The closeness to God that he experienced, the joy and the happiness that he repeatedly talks about , much of that comes out of his attempts to find that happiness and to find that joy in Christ, and successfully so. But, in a life that involved a great deal of physical pain and his wife being an invalid, and his own experience of depression.

I blogged about that and I got many people writing to me and saying, „This is so helpful that you’ve been honest enough to talk about this. So, there were a number of things that helped me through that time. But certainly, being honest, taking it to the Lord, saying, „God, I’m not living simply to have you cure/fix my problem any more than I would say, ‘Make no longer an insulin dependent diabetic’ which I am and have been.” If He wants me to heal me of that, heal me. But I’m not gonna wait until He does that. Don’t wait til you’re out of it to move on in life. Move on now, in the presence of God. There’s a real sweetness to that.

Counsel to pastors/leaders: One of the things I would say is, „Lord, help me to get through this day, with all the responsibilities that I have, with all the people I’m supposed to meet with, all the writing I’m supposed to do, meetings, whatever it is. But, help me to sense your presence  in the moment. Help me to not simply force myself to do this, putting one foot in front of the other on my own strength. But instead, to relax and say, „God, you help me. You lead me, you guide me. I need to lean on you to get through this day, so that at the end of the day I won’t say, „Okay, I did it again. I forced my way through the day, but know, „God you were with main this.”

Counsel to ministers and counselors who minister to depressed folks: I think, one thing is to not begin by thinking, „Okay, something is automatically terribly wrong here. Let people say what they’re feeling and express why they think they’re feeling it. Certainly, it’s always a good response to say, „Look to the Lord, depend on Him for strength.” But be careful not to lecture people who may already be going to the Lord and still experiencing depression. Again, think if you were meeting with Charles Spurgeon, would you be saying, „Now, Charles, if you would just spend time in the word, and if you would just depend on God, if you would just do that, then your depression would go away.” No. Understand that this person may be having time with God they may be pursuing all kinds of ways to get better. But so far, it hasn’t happened. And that’s why they have come to you for help. So, be sensitive to them. But, of course, don’t hesitate to bring to them the importance of focusing on the Lord. Set your mind on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3. Think from an eternal perspective.Look at Romans 8:28 in terms or retroactively as you will see it someday, retrospect, we’ll look back and we’ll say, „Now I see how God has caused all things to work for good. This is on of those things in your life, and God will use this depression you’ve experienced, for good. So, yes, I will try to help you out of that, but don’t think your life and your walk with God will not begin until you are out of it.

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