Month: December 2015

My Father’s Glory

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 15:8] This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Observation: The only reason I exist is to bring glory to the Father. He is my creator and everything I have and am is His. It is not good enough to tell Him I love Him if I don’t show it. I need to show my Father and others I love and belong to Him. The only way I can do this is using my gifts, talents and love to do for others in His name. I shouldn’t have to say a word for others to see I belong to God.

Application: To continue to use my gifts, talents and time for God’s glory. To bear fruit in this world to honor God and to get off my butt and get busy serving.

Prayer: My Lord open my eyes to the opportunities to bear fruit for you. May there be a harvest in my life that will feed others.

Trust in God

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 14: 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

Observation: That is why my heart is troubled so often because of my lack of trust. I continue to over think every situation, worrying about what to do without considering the fact that God has everything under control. Jesus died for me that I may have eternal life and a better life on earth. He deserves my praise, obedience, love and trust.

Application: I need to let go and let God take charge of my life. He has a purpose and a reason why I exist and unless I trust Him completely with my life I may never discover the joy of fulfilling God’s purpose in my life.

Prayer: Dear Lord increase my faith that I will trust you completely and live this life in glory and honor to you.

A Loving Disciple

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 13: [35] By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Observation: Can people look at me and see that I am one of Jesus’ disciples by the way I love others? No, I gossip, criticize, make judgments, am impatient and rude at times. I choose who I want to love and who I’m distant with.

Application: I need to make a stronger effort to love the ones I have a hard time liking. There is no reason that Jesus should have loved me, I was self centered, greedy, rude, unloving, yet through all that He loved me.

Prayer: My Lord help me, fill me with your love and give me strength to love everyone you put in my path. May I see them the way you see them.

Serving Christ

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 12: [26] Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Observation: So how do I serve Jesus? By doing what He commands me to do. Jesus doesn’t suggest what I should do He gives me directions on how I need to live my life. I need to watch my actions, love, obey His word and bring others to Him. I must serve others in glory and honor to Him.

Application: Whatever I do I must think of it as serving Christ. Before I do something or say anything I must ask myself how does this serve Jesus?

Prayer: Dear Lord may I honor the Father this day by my service to you.

Believe to See His Glory

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 11: :40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

Observation: Why is it so difficult for me to believe? God has shown Himself to be faithful, true, loving and caring yet I have difficulty believing with all my heart. Not until I believe and trust Him and give my Lord the obedience and love He deserves will I be able to see His glory in my life.

Application: No matter what happens to me in every situation I need to believe God is working in me and to trust Him completely. I need to grow my faith in my Lord.

Prayer: Dear Lord I believe in you, help me with my unbelief. The areas in my thoughts that are weak, strengthen me to be the servant you call me to be.

Jesus Gave Me Life

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 10: [10] The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Observation: The thief, Satan, was in my life and did just that killed and destroyed me. It wasn’t until Jesus came into my life that I wanted to live. He changed my thoughts, He comforted me, He gave me a reason to live, He gave me life on earth and a promise of eternal life with Him forever.

Application: I can’t let the devil get a foothold on me anymore. Whenever my thoughts stray I need to be focused on my Lord and Savior, for He is the one that loves me and gives me life.

Prayer: Dear Lord I am yours and guide me through this journey that I may glorify you. For only you can give me life to the full.

May the Work of God Be Displayed

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 9: 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

Observation: I know I’ve sinned and continue to sin even though I belong to Christ. I think of all that has happened in my life and especially my depression and I realize this has happened so that the work of God can be displayed in my life. People need to see what God has done for me and know the miracle He has worked in my life.

Application: I need to tell others about how God has and is working in my life. That is my purpose to tell others about the gospel of Christ and to be a living witness of His love and power.

Prayer: My dear Lord use me to glorify your name. May others see your love and power in my life.