Chapter Three - Seeing God In Our Friendships

George went through a terrible time losing his ministry and his marriage, and he struggled with depression. “Depression to me is related to a feeling of being trapped where I don’t have choices or feel the ability to make decisions.”

He continued, “Now that I am keenly aware of this, I will not let myself get in those situations again, because that really is what drove me out of the ministry and away from the direction I had been going in for 45 years. I felt absolutely trapped without choices. It was unbearable. I have no idea naturally why I didn’t kill myself. The hospitalization for my depression was just such a miraculous thing for me, since I really did believe that I was mad at God and that God was mad at me.”

God’s Word was revealing rhema to George. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free (Jo 8:32).

“When I woke up to the reality that I was justified in my anger at myself and that I really had embraced a lot of lies, the fundamental truth remained, “the truth will set you free.” Anytime I’m in bondage I realize it’s because I believe a lie. If I’m free, it’s because I’m embracing Truth.

“What triggered me was listening to a minister talk about timing and the saying which I have heard in 12-step recovery, “When the student’s ready, the teacher will come.” It is so true that when you’re ready, the answer seems to come. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher in every case.”

God prepared George to be ready to receive the Truth, His rhema for George.

…Judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come (Jo 16:11-13). The Living Word became real to George.

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