Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Depression (Part 8)
Solutions: Selective Memory
O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You...
Psalm 42:6 (NKJV)
Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders...
Psalm 105:5 (NKJV)
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.
Philippians 3:13 (NASB)
Have you considered God's selective memory? 'I will remember their sins no more' (Hebrews 8:12). Even from the Creator's point of view, remembering our past mistakes is not desirable. Once the adoption process is complete, God chooses to regard us through Jesus-colored glasses... as pure.
If life is made up of choices, then to our best ability, we must choose what we see, hear, do and remember. When our best ability falls short, then we recall His best ability: 'The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the Strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?' (Psalm 27:1).
Concerning every depressing memory and force against you, 'What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?' (Romans 8:31).
The Bible is filled transforming miracles. It's also filled with the retelling of these miracles. Purposely, they are passed from parents to children, neighbors to friends, and insiders to outsiders... over and over again--as memorials to the power and purpose of God.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My Righteous Right Hand' (Isaiah 41:10). When life seems against you, rejoice! God is for you.
Like a woman in labor with a beautiful child, you're in preparation for a beautiful delivery. Here's one thing to remember: Labor pains pass. So does depression. Both are a means to a glorious end.
Heroes suffer. It's how they regard their suffering that makes it not only bearable, but fruitful. So 'Do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope' (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
Instead, forgive, forget and do what God does: be selective in your memories. Even more, remember all the good things God did, not only for His people in the Bible, but also for you in this life. Surely, you've already experienced miracles. More and better will come, because God is constant. He is 'The same yesterday, today and forever' (Hebrews 13:8).
So don't let Satan trip you by remembering the wrong things! 'For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again' (Proverbs 24:16).
To Be Continued...
* The Memorial Stones: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=JOshua+4&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Depression series.