Blog Post by Sister Diane Foster
The Good News is that hope is not lost. Remember Yahuah wishes that no soul be lost.
2 Peter 3.9.
Yahuah is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
1 Peter 4:12-13, 19.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: But rejoice, seeing ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. Wherefore, let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as to a faithful Creator.
Cling To the Vine Who Is Yahusha
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
When Yahusah saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
Then Yahuah passed by in front of him (Moses) and proclaimed, “Yahuah, Yahuah El, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
The weakened soul begins to feel broken. Depression sets in. CSCM often speaks of depression because distressed conditions result in depression. Depression can be used as a catch-all word for a multitude of calamities, misfortunes, mishaps, disasters and tragedies, doubt, disappointments, and unconfessed sin. Depression can also enter through negative outside influences. As always it is how we react to these situations that bring either comfort or distress. Understanding why we react the way we do to situations relates to our spiritual connectedness to our heart, soul, and mind. We are instructed to love Yahuah with our heart, soul, and mind.
Matthew 22:37 Yahusha said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
You see, these three are connected and are inter-connected. One can affect the others which in turn affects our emotions and behavior. A grieving widow is justified for being depressed as she grieves the death of her husband. What if this widow is a problem drinker? What if she begins to drink more to heal her pain? Where does this behavior leave her soul? Will she become more depressed as she spirals into more grief and pain? When people seek counseling depression sits in the seat of their soul because depression is a result of something going wrong in their life. Depression is the manifestation of a deeply rooted emotion. It is often from here that CSCM helps the client to begin their recovery from brokenness through the help of the Holy Spirit.
Depression is an emotional condition characterized by feelings of continued hopelessness, inadequacy, gloom, dejection, sadness, and difficulty in thinking, concentration, and action. Depression also causes loss of interest, hopelessness, and, in some cases, thoughts of suicide. Discouragement and disappointment often result in depression.
Another aspect of depression and what connects it to sin is when it is brought on by some sinful act. A person may become depressed because they feel guilty about something they have done or did not do. Guilt and shame bring depression, and addiction and depression are related, Depression is a normal feeling except when it overwhelms. As stated, not all depression is caused by these alone. Sometimes there are external sources such as becoming overwhelmed from taking care of other’s financial burdens over which the individual has no control, oppression, or a multitude of situations in life.
HOW CAN I RESTORE MY SOUL BACK TO MY HEAVENLY FATHER?
Yahusha will leave the 99 and go after the one lost sheep (Luke 15:4-7).
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he finds it? And when he hath found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoices with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise, joy shall be in heaven over one sinner repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
See yourself as that one lost sheep. AbbaYah will come for you.
- Pray and bind the spirit of depression that is operating in your life. Do not fear but be encouraged knowing that Yahuah has given you the power of the Ruach haQodesh to push out depression.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
- Reprogram your thinking by immersing yourself in Yah’s Word. The Word of Yah can change every area of your life–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahuah.
- Program your mind to think about good things rather than the negative (Philippians 4:8).
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. (Amplified Bible).
- Do not worry or be anxious. Easier said than done sometimes but look at what the Bible tells us about this.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to Yahuah.
- Heavenly Father can give you the type of peace no one can understand.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of Elohim, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through the Messiah Yahshua.
- Do not look at your circumstances. Keep your focus on AbbaYah. Do not focus on your problem, focus on the Promise of Yahuah.
- Recognize that Yah’s ultimate purpose is to do you good and that He is in control of your circumstances (Jeremiah 29:11).
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
- Yahuah is comforting, compassionate, merciful, gracious, and redemptive.
- Your restoration is not about how you see your self-worth, but Yahuah’s worth as He works in you.
Fuel your thoughts and create a behavior of not WHO you are but WHOSE you are. Sometimes being blinded, influenced, or deceived by others will cause us to sin. Eventually, by the grace and mercy of Yahuah, when we realize the error of our ways, we become depressed, feeling bad about ourselves, in other words, we just don’t like ourselves. However, by Yahuah’s grace and mercy, by His love and compassion and not wanting any of us to be lost, and through our faith and belief in His son Yahusha our Messiah, and through the Ruach haQodesh there is hope and mending for the lost and broken soul.