Psalm 143:7-8 (NKJV) Answer me speedily, O Lord; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

When I was thirty eight years old I fell into a deep depression. My doctor diagnosed me with case of depression and wanted to know what was happening in my life. At the time I knew what was causing me such misery it was a co-dependent relationship I found myself consumed in. Today, I know the Lord was allowing me to experience this season of depression, and as a result I would learn how to properly interact in relationships going forward.

Then I learned that guilt was literally eating away at me. My depression was a merciful wake-up call from God, showing me that I’d strayed into dangerous territory, my decisions were not only hurting me but they were hurting others in my life as well! Depression feeds off of guilt and can be a merciless taskmaster, that drives us far from God, or it can gently lead us back to a right relationship with to the Lord. Where are you today in relationship to God? Have you dealt with the areas in your life that cause depression?

Point to ponder- Do you struggle with guilt? Don’t ignore it, but respond to the inner witness of the Holy Spirit. Pay attention to family, and friends in your life , look for signs of depression and guilt when you notice changes in behavior. Depression is the leading cause of suicide in this 21st century season ! The Lord in this season of Lent wants to heal the depressed areas in our lives!

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Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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