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July 5, 2018, 10:37 AM

Hope For The Dark Times

Over 40 million people in America struggle with anxiety. 

Over 16 million Americans suffer from Major Depressive Disorder. 

We aren't just talking about diagnosed instances of anxiety and depression. We know that there are many undiagnosed and unreported instances of anxiety and depression. Plus, what about the millions of us that struggle with discouragement or some minor form of depression that doesn't require medical treatment? 

This is real stuff. 

When you read the Bible you will find many people who struggled with depression and/or discouragement. 

David said his burden was too heavy to bear. Elijah told God he had had enough. Job said he had no peace. Jeremiah had wished he'd never been born. Jesus said that his soul was overwhelmed to the point of death. 

If our Savior struggled with discouragement even to the point of death don't you think that we might struggle, too? 

It's false that Christians have to run around with a fake smile pretending that everything is ok when it isn't. That's called, hypocrisy, and Jesus condemns it. What we need to do is get real with it, understand it doesn't make us a bad person, and get real about our relationship with God. 

In Hebrews 6:19 the Word says that our hope in Jesus Christ is an anchor. You and I need an anchor. We need someone and somewhere to cling onto when the storms come. We need to know that something is going to help us hold it together when the waves and storms of life are threatening to sink us. 

We have to get past the false shame of depression and discouragement. We need to realize that we all deal with it in some way, and that it's ok. It doesn't make our faith weak or relationship with God shaky. We need the anchor, Jesus Christ. We are described in the Bible as "jars of clay"...we are all easily broken. This is our human condition. 

But we have an anchor in Jesus that will help us keep it together if we cling to him and to EACH OTHER. 

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