“And we know that all things work together for good (V28)
(4) Believe in God’s purpose despite your difficult circumstances. What is He trying to accomplish in your life through these circumstances? How are you resisting Him? Seek out a wise pastor, trained counsellor, or mature friend for an objective opinion on your situation and how you are responding to it (Prov. 11:14)
(5) Realize that you cannot always have your own way. Submission to life’s circumstances is really submission to God’s will for your life. Frustration and anxiety never solve anything. Remember the truth of 1Cor 10:13. “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful…”
(6) Acknowledge you have no valid excuse for staying depressed. Determine to do everything necessary to conquer your depression. Stop pampering yourself, and start living for others. God will not put more on you than He will put in you to help you handle it.
(7) Get up, get out – face reality. God is alive and at work in your life. Remember, sinful thinking (God doesn’t love me; He can’t help me) is just as harmful as sinful behaviour. Not only do wrong actions produce wrong feelings, but wrong thinking also produces wrong feelings. Remember, you are a child of God. Act like it.
(8) Avoid major stress. Some of the tension – producing stresses in life can be minimized. Avoid too many major changes all at once. For example, buying a home, changing careers, and having a baby all in one year may place a lot of stress on a person. (Ed Hindson)
PRAYER LINE: Spend your quiet time to analyse the above and as you pray, you will overcome in Jesus’ name.

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Unexpected changes are opportunities in disguise.

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