Putting our Hope in God

Have you ever felt sad, unhappy, or even depressed?

Only last week, I was driving home, and I literally asked these questions to myself, as to why I felt so discouraged and sad?

It’s ok not to have all the answers, but it’s remembering that God does, and therefore, when I feel sad, honestly, I put worship music on, and I pray to God in my spirit because if I don’t, the enemy tries to take my mind away from the Lord

Depression is a killer within society all over the world, but one antidote I found at my lowest point was to meditate on God’s Word (along with worship) because within our Bibles it shows God’s goodness to His people

I know, for me, reading the Word gave me a thirst for God by taking my focus on my circumstances and realigning my thoughts to God’s kindness and love

Emotions were given to us, by God – as a gift – and although our minds enable us to think, and our will enables us to choose, God gave us our emotions to respond to the circumstances before us

Friends, we need to remember that life without emotions would mean we would be robotic in nature. Imagine not feeling love when you find ”the one”, or to not feel joy as you hear the laughter of children. Yet, God also gave us more difficult emotions to reflect our reality. Imagine losing a loved one without feeling grief, or to feeling disappointment when something turned out differently to what was expected – emotions are not meant to be suppressed, but to be expressed with the One who created us in His image

I was raised to not show emotion, but I realised long ago, that eventually, all of those feelings will come pouring out! God doesn’t want us to live without feelings; rather He wants us to live with every emotion but to glorify Him in every part of our lives

So, you may feel sad or discouraged today, and that is ok, but I hope that you will be encouraged in some way to read your Bible and to praise the One who made you in His image, because you are not alone, and there is always Hope, no matter what life looks like

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”

Psalms 42:5

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Rebecca Brand

My hearts desire is for everyone to have an intimate relationship with Christ. To hear the voice of God and to experience His presence. Also, to help disciple others to discover their purpose within the body of Christ - through the power of the Holy Spirit.

My God-given dream is to break down barriers within life and the Church as a whole to strengthen and develop relationships within every denomination and bring unity - so that we will collectively raise up together and fulfil the Great Commission, within this lifetime.

I am living proof that no matter what your past was or whatever your life has become - God will use you to fulfil what He created you to do, when you step out in obedience and faith.

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