(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part Six in a series about my long struggle with depression and how I was shown the way out.)
Previously, I talked about two lies (beliefs) which held me back for years:
- I was a failure
- I controlled my life
Yet, the Bible indicates these are false beliefs. Instead, I needed to believe 1) God created me to be the way I am and He wouldn’t design me to be a failure; 2) I need to surrender all control to God.
The third lie I believed was based on the first two: I could mess up my life so badly, God could not repair it (or would leave me).
However, “… we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” (Romans 8:28 AMP)
God guides the lives of those who follow Him.
This is true for all those who put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. No mistake I make can ever mess up my life so badly that God cannot use it for good.
How do we, as Christians, know this to be true? The evidence is found in stories of others throughout the Bible. We see bad things happening to people, but in the end God uses even the bad to bring about His good.
Now, this is not to say we cannot cause damage to our own lives or the lives of others. We can and we will have to suffer the consequences of our actions. This does not mean, however, that our bad choices can affect God’s plan.
If you are a believer and you mess up, this does not change God’s ultimate plan for you. We don’t have the power to do that. We may be broken and battered when we fulfill His plan for our lives, but we will still fulfill that plan.
Luke 11:15-32, Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, tells us of how the son of a wealthy man takes his inheritance and wastes it. He returns to his father dirt poor. His father still welcomes him back. It is a reminder of how God welcomes us when we turn from our wrong directions and come back to Him.
People of faith, including Abraham, Moses, David and Peter, to name a few, all made bad choices at times. Even so, God fulfilled in them the purpose He created them for.
What I had to learn in my struggles with depression was to trust in God and His promises, not what appeared to be. Because what appeared to be was a lie. So many things in this world are.
My journey out of depression meant I needed to put my faith/trust in God and what He was saying to me (through the Bible), not the lies bullies had told me back in my childhood.
What I needed to do was place my trust in God and what He was telling me.
1. God created me as I am; I am not a failure.
2. I need to surrender control to God in all things.
3. Don’t worry about mistakes, because God is guiding my life.
Those three beliefs about God can give amazing confidence – not in yourself, but in God. If God is guiding my life, I have nothing to worry about. Even the worst situation which may come my way cannot take me out of God’s guidance and plan for my life. If I mess up, I turn back to God and confess what I did wrong. It may have consequences for me, but I will ultimately complete the purpose for which I was created.
As it says in Romans 8: 38-39, “For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God is there for those who believe in Him even in the worst of situations.
(More to come.)