“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”Galatians 2:20
As Christians, we not only have a new identity in Christ, but also a new and lasting hope. This is not only the assured hope that Christ wins in the end (see Revelation 22), but also the assured hope that He is working in and through us here and now. Christ lives in you by His Holy Spirit. He changes what and Whom you live for, making you more like Himself (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10).
What does this mean for those of us struggling with depression? Well, it means that depression is not the story of your life. Your story is that of a God-redeemed child who is being grown—often painfully—day by day unto glory. Depression does not mean failure, nor does it hinder God’s work in you. It is simply another instrument in God’s tool belt for His continued renovation of your heart. It is another means of fatherly discipline that matures you in Christ.
Don’t let depression hinder you in your walk with the Lord. At most, it is an uneasy companion. But it is not your master. That title belongs to Jesus Christ who lives in you.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)
Bible In A Year
- Job 15-16
- Psalm 50
- Luke 13