Victory Over Depression
Jesse M. Hendley
I want to speak to you today on "Victory Over Depression," and the way of victory for the people of God. Over in Psalm 66 and verse 11 we read these words: "Thou broughtest us into the net." THOU broughtest us into the net. All through my mail this morning you have noticed there are problems. There are difficulties. There is depression. Here is one lady who has a drunken husband. Here is an unsaved son. Here are other needs. Weak faith! The light still burning, but just scarcely burning! And so on.
Now, one of the ways of VICTORY is to realize that God is in the midst of our circumstances and that He knows all about it. "THOU broughtest us into the net." You know, the business of the child of God is to give out God's Word, to be a light in the darkness of this present world. And you and I cannot be a light for God if we are completely defeated ourselves, can we? If our light is burning too low, if the circumstances of our lives have gotten us down, we won't be much of a witness to the ability of God to keep us.
One of the difficulties I am finding today is that people are thinking that life will defeat them and they cannot have the victory over the things of life. One of the ways of victory is to realize that GOD is the One who brings us into the net, and that He does it FOR A PURPOSE. Now this is the middle of the Psalm: "Thou broughtest us into the net." But He BEGINS saying, "Make a joyful noise unto God." This man had been in the net, but he got out of it! He found the way out! And then he CLOSES by saying, "Verily, God hath heard me. He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God Who hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me." It is obvious, then, that IN THE NET he went to God in PRAYER and he was DELIVERED, and the result was PRAISING of the Lord.
The first thing we've got to realize is that God does not want us to be defeated. "BROUGHTEST us into the net." Who is it ...
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