Are you suffering? Know what God says

depression-anxiety-stress-300x300People often ask this question “Why does God give me problems one after the other?” This page is not just for your encouragement or motivation. This page is to show you the truth and guarantee that you definitely will see victory through Christ Jesus if you endure to the end. The Bible was not created for us to read and feel good about every day, but to speak truth into our lives.

My-home-is-in-Heaven.-I_m-just-traveling-through-this-world5Jesus tells us that we will have troubles in this world for sure. However, He also promises that we have victory through our faith in Him, double sure. Describing depression to someone who doesn’t suffer the impact is almost impossible. But believe Jesus because even He, was suffering from anxiety, depression and pain. Such soul can definitely know our pain. What? Jesus? The perfect, sinless Son of God? Depression? Click HERE to read how much sufferings He had to go through. Knowing that Jesus understands the shadow of depression is a powerful aid to those of us who suffer. He’s felt the crushing weight of it all. Talk about hope.

And He began to be overwhelmed with dread and heaviness. And He says to them, My soul is too sad, to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake (Mark 14:33-34)

Perhaps it is because we have the false notion that depression is either 1) a sin or a 2) sign of weakness. But neither is the case. In fact, depression is not something a person chooses, but God. Why would a loving God, allow you to face problems in your life? Why can’t He just instantly give you a good life? Do you ever wonder if He is really interested in helping you to win and achieve in life? Sometimes life’s challenges just seem impossible to overcome: just when you think you’re about to have a breakthrough – then something goes wrong; We can be tempted to believe that God is more interested in punishing us than in helping us. However it is important to the know the reason, the truth.

“To bring us towards Him”

When we suffer, we rely on God and ask for His help; God uses our broken heart to mold us so that we will walk in the right path to eternal life where there will be no pain or sufferings. During the time of trial, God will teach us to walk in His ways and keep us in shape. This will make our relationship with Him burning bright. At last, when it seems like the breakthrough is taking too long, it means that God tests us to see whether we give up on Him. And when we pass the test, it proves that we will not sin in anger even in such a horrific phase of life. Thus we are loved and declared right in God’s eyes and ready and fit to enter His kingdom. Nothing in life worth having is not without a fight. So does eternal life!

All whom I love, I punish and discipline. Be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:19)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Psalms 32:8) 

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)  

Consider it pure joy, my brethren, when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But you must allow endurance its finished job to the end so you will be complete and faultless, deficient in nothing. (James 1:2-4)


hqdefaultThis is the key: Love Jesus with all your heart, obey Him and trust Him till the end. Sometimes it may feel like you can’t take it anymore, you may feel like the pain is unbearable. But know that every tear you shed in faith, shattered but trusting, gutted but believing – has this banner hanging over it: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). Do not give up hope till He rescues you from the darkness and never think that He abandoned you. After your test of endurance and faith, Jesus will FOR SURE give you what you asked for. Till then, keep praying and asking, no matter how long you wait. Focus on Jesus, and only Him. Do this and your life will change, guaranteed. Just remember the truth that you WILL come out of the darkness and see the light. And the best part is, apart from seeing an end to suffering, know also that, at the same time you also won the crown of life that Jesus promises. What else do we need! Our pain is worth it!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. And ye shall call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will turn back your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places to which I have driven you, says Yahweh; and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)

In the case of the woman about to give birth, she has pain, because for her the hour has come. But when she has delivered the child, no longer is she mindful of the distress, because of the joy that a human being is brought forth into the world. Thus you also, now you do have pain; but I will see you again, and your hearts will be cheered, and your joy, no one is taking away from you. And in that day you will not query me at all. Truly, truly I say to you: whatever you will ask the Father in my name, He will grant it to you. Up to now you have not asked anything in My name; ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be full (John 16:21-24)

into an inheritance that is incorruptible, unimpaired, and unfailing, reserved in heaven for you, who are being guarded by the power of God, through faith, for the salvation made ready to be revealed in the end time, in which you exult, though you still have distress for a little while if necessary in various trials, which happen so that the testing of your faith, much more valuable than gold which perishes, but is tested through fire, may be found out to result in praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ is revealed, Whom you love without having seen; in Whom you believe, still not having looked upon; yet you exult with a joy that is indescribable and full of glory, obtaining for yourselves the goal of your faith: the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:4-9) 

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1. Obeying

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears open to their petition; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. And who is going to harm you if you become imitators of what is good? But, if you do suffer indeed because of righteousness, you become blessed ones. And do not fear their intimidations, or be troubled. Instead, dedicate God in your hearts as Lord, and always be prepared for a speech in response to anyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, with humility and respect; having a good conscience, in order that while they criticize you as wrongdoers, the ones abusing you may be shamed by your good conduct in Christ. For it is better while doing good to suffer, if the will of God wills, than whiledoing evil. (1 Peter 3:8-12)

You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you; when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you. When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the Lord. They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes. For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency. But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm. (Proverbs 1:25-28)

Now we know that God does not hear the sinful. But if someone is God-fearing, and practicing his will, this kind He hears. (John 9:31)

The Lord is far from the wicked; But He hears the prayer of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29)

But pursue first rather the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)

2. Trusting

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Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5)  

Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith? (Mark 4:40)

3. Praying

And this is the confidence that we have with Him, that, if we ask for something that is in accordance with His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15) 

If you abide in Me, and my words also abide in you, ask what you will, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)  

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And this is the confidence that we have with Him, that, if we ask for something that is in accordance with His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15) 

Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps asking receives, and the one who keeps seeking finds, and to the one who keeps knocking, it will be opened. Or is there a man among you whose child will ask him for a loaf, who will give him a rock? Or again, if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you therefore, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?  (Matthew 7:7)

The righteous cried, and the Lord heard, and delivered them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to them that are of a broken heart, and saves such as are of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the Lord delivers him out of them all. He preserves all his bones: Not one of them is broken. (Psalm 34:17-20)

Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)


“I chose you”

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You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you (John 15:16)

No one can come to me unless the Father who has sent me draws him (John 6:44)  

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)

you whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and called from the corners thereof, and said to you, You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you away; Fear you not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:9)

This I command you: love one another. If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. However because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:17-19)

“I see them”

Not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from God’s notice (Matthew 10:29), and neither does one of your tears. Jesus hears our cry. In fact, He keeps watch over our weeping. He knows them all and He gathers up all our tears and puts them in His bottle (Psalm 56:8). When Hagar lifted up her voice in the wilderness of Beersheba, God drew near (Genesis 21:17). When Hannah wept bitterly outside the temple of the Lord, God noticed and remembered (1 Samuel 1:10, 17). When David became weary with moaning, God didn’t become weary with listening (Psalm 6:6-9). No matter how much of your anguish has gone unnoticed by others, not one moment has escaped the attention of the God who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4). God can even read the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Heb 4:13)

When Jesus joined a crowd outside the town of Nain and watched a widow weep over her son’s body, He had compassion on her

When He saw her, the Lord was moved with pity for her, and He said to her, Don’t cry. (Luke 7:13) 

I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears: behold, I will heal you; (2 Kings 20:5) 

“I care about them”

 
Like a mother sitting beside her child’s sickbed, God marks every sigh of discomfort and pain and He cares a lot. When Mary fell apart at Jesus’s feet over the death of her brother, the man of sorrows went one step further, then He raised the dead brother.

Then Jesus, when He saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her weeping, heaved with deep emotion, and churned inside himself. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They are saying to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus showed tears. The Jews therefore were saying, “See how he loved him. (John 11:33-36)

A bruised reed will he not break, and a dimly burning wick will he not quench: he will bring forth justice in truth. (Isaiah 42:3) 

In this Bible verse, we read that God will not break a bruised reed nor will He blow out a small flame. What is a bruised reed? It is a reed that is almost broken. What is a smoldering wick? A flame that has nearly gone out. Sound similar to your feelings? It’s easy to feel like you are about to burn out, or about to break when you’re dealing with depression, but remember that God is there. God will not break the reed, or blow out the flame. He is there for you and me.

When others ignore your cries for help or your tears from pain, God will be there. Not only is He there, but He is waiting to lift you up out of the pit, and place you in a spot where you can stand firm. When you have the love of Jesus, you feel Him in your heart, you will for sure go through ANYTHING that consumes you. When it seems that we are slowly losing everything in our life, remember Jesus’s words and think that you sacrifice everything to Him. This will make Jesus happy and you will see victory through His love. God always stays with us, even through our darkest and lowest phase in life. He fights along with us, our inner conflicts.

When you are facing depression you can feel like your spirit is entirely crushed, like there is no life left in you. When you are experiencing this pain remember that He is near to you. When you are feeling sad and upset, look to the God who created you and remember that He wants you, and He is near you. Even when you feel completely broken by the feelings of depression, He is still there to lift you up and shield you from harm. He will lift you out of your sorrows and place you on solid ground.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

The yoke is a familiar and useful tool to agrarian (farming) societies. This device is used to join a pair of animals, like oxen, to work together, simultaneously. They can be used to pull out tree trunks, move boulders, pull logs, to plow fields, or pull a loaded cart. The yoke is often used in the Bible to express the symbolism of having two that are similar in capacity so that they can both work together. Jesus referred to a yoke once when He told His followers to, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). When we are walking with Christ and are in Christ, we can share the load of our life with Him and the walk, although not easy, will be more bearable.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27) 

Things of this world and a comfortable living can never give you peace. Only the Lord Almighty can give you peace. Do not look for happiness and peace from the things of the world or from men/women of this world. They will fail you. Only the Lord can give you joy, peace and happiness. He is the Prince of Peace!

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Pslams 9:9)

In the multitude of my thoughts within me your comforts delight my soul. (Psalms 94:19)

He gives power to the faint; and to him that has no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait for Yahweh shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)

He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. Yahweh upholds the meek: He brings the wicked down to the ground. (Psalms 147:3-6)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.(Deuteronomy 31:6)

God’s words are eternal, and they NEVER fail.

Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away (Matthew 24:35)

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“I Will Turn Them into Shouts of Joy”

A few hours before Jesus was betrayed, tried, beaten, and crucified, He told His disciples,

Truly, truly I say to you, You will weep and lament, and the world will be cheered. You therefore will be in pain. But your pain will be turned into joy. (John 16:20)

Blessed are you who are weeping now, for you will laugh (Luke 6:21)

One can’t imagine at all! So never ever think of the current problems and sufferings. Of course it’s all temporary. You are going to receive life in abundance even after you face so much sufferings. It’s all worth it!

Whatever issue it may be, it is not even worthy to be compared to the glory which we are to receive in heaven. Sorrow and sighing will flee. Tears will dry up. Grief will lose its grip. God’s ways are often too high and too marvelous for us to grasp. But can you believe – in hope against hope – that what is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27; Romans 4:18)

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17)


If you want to have this amazing love of God, if you want to be free from the burdens of this world, today surrender your life to Lord Jesus Christ, take upon His burdenless yoke. He is the Son of God (God incarnate) who came to earth two thousand years ago, and shed His blood on the cross and resurrected. Jesus is so sweet and loving. He wraps us in His loving arms. He wants to come into your life. Trust Him.

How often I have wished to gather together your children, as a hen gathers together her young under her wings (Matthew 23:37)


When everything seems hopeless, realise, Jesus gently whispers —

Come here.

Collapse into my arms.

You can always stay here.

You don’t have to go anywhere.

I am your place.

Here. With me.

This way.

Forever.


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I feel it to be worthy suffering all these so that I can completely rely on the love of my life- Jesus

And yes Jesus is the only reason I am able to withstand all these, asking Him for mercy and help because of: my everlasting faith and His everlasting love. Because I know that he God who heals our diseases, will definitely heal this kind of sickness too!

One day I will see the light, as Jesus promises to rescue all those who love Him and who endures till the end.

But the person who remains to the end, that one will be saved. (Matthew 24:13)


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