OPEN HEAVEN 5 NOVEMBER 2020 THURSDAY: FREEDOM FROM DEPRESSION II

 OPEN HEAVEN 5 NOVEMBER 2020 THURSDAY: FREEDOM FROM DEPRESSION II

OPEN HEAVEN 5 NOVEMBER 2020 MEMORIZE: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18

Yesterday, we looked at how a relationship with Christ can drive depression away from a person’s life.

However, once in a while, Christians also get depressed.

A Christian may get depressed when life’s challenges make them lose sight of how great God is or how much He loves them.

I have experienced this before.

I was already the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God then, and the Church was growing, but somehow, I felt the people l was pastoring did not care about me.

I felt I was labouring in prayers and fasting for them, but they didn’t care, so I decided that l was going to resign as the General Overseer of the Church.

With my decision made, I took a nap and when I woke, there was a young girl who had come to see me.

She said God told her to come and give me a cake.

I was so touched by that gesture that even though I don’t like cake so much, I ate that one.

Then God said I thought you said no one cared.

I realized that l had paid so much attention to appreciation from the people that I did not remember how much God cares for and loves me.

Now, when as a believer you are feeling depressed, what you need is to go deep into the presence of God because Psalm 16:11 says:

”Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

You cannot be engulfed in the presence of God and not feel His love and care for you; that love you feel will bring joy to your soul.

How can you get into the presence of God?, Simple. Through praise and worship.

David said in Psalms 100:4 that with thanksgiving, you enter into the gates of God and with praises, you enter into His courtyard.

When you praise and worship God for a long period of time, you will feel His presence come down greatly and since in His presence there is fullness of joy, you will begin to feel a joy that is beyond
understanding.

That is why Isaiah 61:3 says a garment of praise will replace a spirit of heaviness:

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”

Father, please give me a garment of praise in place of every heaviness in my heart.

OPEN HEAVEN 5 NOVEMBER 2020 HYMN

BE GLAD IN THE LORD AND REJOICE

1. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
All ye that are upright in heart;
ye that have made Him your choice,
And Bid sadness and sorrow depart.

CHORUS
Rejoice!.. rejoice!..
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!
Rejoice!.. rejoice!..
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!

2. Be joyful, for He is the Lord
On earth and in Heaven supreme;
He fashions and rules by His word;
The “Mighty” and “Strong” to redeem.

3. What tho’ in the conflict for right
Your enemies almost prevail!
God’s armies, just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which assail.

4. Tho’ darkness surround you by day,
Your sky by the night be o’ercast,
Let nothing your spirit dismay,
But trust till the danger is past.

5. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
His praises proclaiming in songs
With harp, and with organ, and voice,
The loud hallelujahs prolong!

Yesterday, we looked at how a relationship with Christ can drive depression away from a person’s life.

However, once in a while, Christians also get depressed.

A Christian may get depressed when life’s challenges make them lose sight of how great God is or how much He loves them.

I have experienced this before.

I was already the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God then, and the Church was growing, but somehow, I felt the people l was pastoring did not care about me.

I felt I was labouring in prayers and fasting for them, but they didn’t care, so I decided that l was going to resign as the General Overseer of the Church.

With my decision made, I took a nap and when I woke, there was a young girl who had come to see me.

She said God told her to come and give me a cake.

I was so touched by that gesture that even though I don’t like cake so much, I ate that one.

Then God said I thought you said no one cared.

I realized that l had paid so much attention to appreciation from the people that I did not remember how much God cares for and loves me.

Now, when as a believer you are feeling depressed, what you need is to go deep into the presence of God because Psalm 16:11 says:

”Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

You cannot be engulfed in the presence of God and not feel His love and care for you; that love you feel will bring joy to your soul.

How can you get into the presence of God?, Simple. Through praise and worship.

David said in Psalms 100:4 that with thanksgiving, you enter into the gates of God and with praises, you enter into His courtyard.

When you praise and worship God for a long period of time, you will feel His presence come down greatly and since in His presence there is fullness of joy, you will begin to feel a joy that is beyond
understanding.

That is why Isaiah 61:3 says a garment of praise will replace a spirit of heaviness:

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”

Father, please give me a garment of praise in place of every heaviness in my heart.

OPEN HEAVEN 5 NOVEMBER 2020 HYMN

BE GLAD IN THE LORD AND REJOICE

1. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
All ye that are upright in heart;
ye that have made Him your choice,
And Bid sadness and sorrow depart.

CHORUS
Rejoice!.. rejoice!..
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!
Rejoice!.. rejoice!..
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!

2. Be joyful, for He is the Lord
On earth and in Heaven supreme;
He fashions and rules by His word;
The “Mighty” and “Strong” to redeem.

3. What tho’ in the conflict for right
Your enemies almost prevail!
God’s armies, just hid from your sight,
Are more than the foes which assail.

4. Tho’ darkness surround you by day,
Your sky by the night be o’ercast,
Let nothing your spirit dismay,
But trust till the danger is past.

5. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,
His praises proclaiming in songs
With harp, and with organ, and voice,
The loud hallelujahs prolong!

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