People experiencing severe depression may find it hard to believe, deep down, that there are good things about themselves. They are trapped between a rock and a hard place, between a deep desire to be affirmed as “good” and a deep feeling of not being very good at all.
The Apostle Paul declared that “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV. But depression causes many to reject the free gift of God: a new identity as a good and righteous person. From the account of Astronomers we are told that there are swirling whirlpools in the universe with a powerful magnetic pull that does not allow light to escape from within them. Black holes, therefore, cannot be seen, but their existence can be identified by the debris that revolves around them. In the same way, we cannot see into the heart of another person, but we can tell the condition of the heart by observing the things that revolve around that person’s life. If we are suffering from depression, those revolving things might include feeling angry, helpless, hopeless, isolated and even suicidal. All of these revolve around a black hole, A SELF-IDENTITY OF BEING WORTHLESS . The “trap” hereby occurs WHEN WE ALLOW OUR ATTENTION TO BE DISTRACTED PRIMARILY BY THE THINGS REVOLVING AROUND OUR HEART RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON THE CONDITION OF THE HEART ITSELF. The path out of this trap is a process of learning a new identity, one based on the truth of God’s Word rather than on a lie. A process of putting “on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.” From the AMP VERSION it says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.” ( Ephesians 4:23-24 ) ##LET GOD FILL THE VACUUM….. “Do remember nature abhors Vacuum”


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