Even young people grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall: But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

ISAIAH 40:30

1 Peter 1:1-9

Dear friends, God chose you long ago and knew you would become his children.
May God bless you richly and grant you increasing freedom from all anxiety and fear.

All honor to God for his boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God’s own family. Now we live in the hope of eternal life because Christ rose from the dead. And God has reserved for his children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And God, in his mighty power, will make sure that you get there safely to receive it because you are trusting him. It will be yours in that coming last day for all to see.
So be truly glad!
There is wonderful joy ahead, even though the going is rough for a while down here.
These trials are only to test your faith, to see whether or not it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests gold and purifies it—and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold; so, if your faith remains strong after being tried in the test tube of fiery trials,
it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day of his return.

Depression Can Find Its Roots in A Life Full of Sin

Too often… God’s involvement in the ‘little things’ of life is ignored….
These are examples of how our daily choices so often contradicts God’s good plan for us.

  • Pride is excessive belief in one’s ability… which interferes with our individual recognition of the Grace of God… It has been called the sin from which all the others arise.
  • Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.
  • Gluttony is an unjustifiable desire to consume largely more food or drink than one requires.
  • Lust is the uncontrolled and unprincipled pursuit of bodily pleasure…fornication, adultery, etc.
  • Wrath is out-of-control anger…hatred… or when one spurs love and opts for fury.
  • Greed is an insatiable longing for material gain… without consideration of the spiritual realm.
  • Sloth is lethargy and laziness… and the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”

ISAIAH 40:30

Healing and Transforming Your Mind

Galatians 5:16-26

I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions.
“He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to. For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures.

But when you follow your own wrong inclinations, your lives will produce these evil results: impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons), hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong except those in your own little group—and there will be wrong doctrine, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and  self-control. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Then we won’t need to look for honors and popularity,  which lead to jealousy and hard feelings.”

Philippians 4:6-8

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. Finally, fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others.

Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”

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Jesus is the HOPE that has endured persecution.
He is the testimony of the afflicted.
He is knowable to all generations.
His Word brings order to a chaotic life.
His children are still here.
He is coming back.
He is our only lifelong HOPE.

Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…. no one took it from him… his life was his own to give. John 10:18

“Come to Me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28