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Devotional - week of January 20, 2013


FREEDOM FROM DEPRESSION

If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:10

Isaiah chapter 58 is a passage about fasting. In the first part of the chapter, the Lord criticizes the way the Israelites were going about their fasting. Then He defines the fast that He wants. In a word, the Lord is looking for a fast of “love.”

There is no problem knowing the meaning of giving ourselves to the hungry. “The afflicted soul” must refer to those in need.

When God’s love fills our hearts, it moves us to meet needs of others, “Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.” One likely cannot think of a better way to describe freedom from depression.

When we accept the truths of the passage above as a guide to deliverance from depression, we see that our first need is to experience the love of God in our hearts. The fruit of the Spirit is love. The Holy Spirit is already in the hearts of all believers. However, Scripture speaks of being filled with the Spirit. This is not something we try to generate on our own.

Just below the devotionals we send out each week are five commands. They are a quotation of Romans 6:11-13. When a believer studies, understands and obeys those commands, he is filled with the Holy Spirit.

Many will testify that when they began to do what is necessary to be filled with the Spirit, the love of God flooded their hearts. God gave them a longing to express His love to others.

That divine love opens our eyes to the needs of others and prompts us to meet some of those needs. When we do, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.