I used to think most of the depression people experience was a matter of choice.
I still believe that may be the case . . . SOMETIMES.
But brain damage, cortisol levels and severed neurotransmitter paths are a reality; and these can completely obliterate one’s ability to choose.
Trauma, chronic pain, Lyme disease are among the things that cause physiological conditions that can’t be denied any more than you could deny a broken arm, a torn meniscus or a pulmonar
I know it’s kinda fun to speculate about all the amazing food we’ll have in Heaven, and the incredible music, and the wonderful people from history and from our own lives we just can’t wait to talk to when we finally get there.
But I will personally lick your boots clean if the One thing that is SO outrageously beautiful it absolutely consumes your complete and undivided attention isn’t your personal entrance into the physical Presence of Jesus Christ.
It is precisely bec
"The three Nazirites; Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, walked with God in the king's palace; and God walked with them in the king's furnace. And is it not worth passing through a fiery furnace to enjoy a little more of the presence of the Lord Jesus, and the sympathy of His loving heart? Is not a furnace where He is better than a palace where He is not? Human nature says,"NO!"
Faith says, "YES."
It is well to bear in mind that this is not the day of the Lord Jesus' POWER; b
However great the injustice perpetrated against us, it is still FAR less than the injustice inflicted upon our Lord and Savior for our sakes. Unforgiveness is un-Christlike, not to mention just plain unhealthy. It may, in fact, be the greatest evidence that each one of us has a little self-righteous Pharisee within, just screaming to get out (Luke 23:34; Matthew 18:20-35; Ephesians 4:31-32).
Yes, Virginia, God DOES give us more than we can handle . . . NOT because He's a Cosmic Meanie (Lamentations 3:32-33; Psalm 103:13; Isaiah 63:9) . . . But so we can learn (and it's a tough lesson for us haughty humans!) to STOP relying on ourselves, and that we need to rely ON HIM, 'cause it's never, ever, EVER more than HE can handle!