If it weren’t for God, I wouldn’t be here.
God has been with me since I was a little kid. I always knew him. I always needed him. I always loved him.
That’s not to say I’ve been perfect. Only Jesus was perfect. I disappoint every day, but the Holy Spirit provides correction. And when I feel like I can’t go on, God is there to hold me and help me through.
Some of the darkest times were in my teen years and early 20s. My bouts with depression began when I was about 12. I didn’t know about depression or the changes that go on in the teenage brain. All I knew is that every time that voice telling me to drive my car into a tree spoke, I had to pray. And prayer is a powerful tool.
I learned over the years to stop holding onto my sadness like it was a security blanket. One day I cried to God, “Lord, take this sadness and depression away from me. I give it all to you.” And in an instant, it was all gone. I kid you not. Gone. Vanished. Vanquished.
Jesus is about light, love, forgiveness, compassion, second chances and whose sacrifice offers us a real relationship with God. Sin is like that security blanket of sadness. We wear it tightly around us, causing it to restrict our movements and to even make us stumble. If we let it go and give it all to God, we become free. All we have to do is ask.
If you’ve never read Romans 8, please go there. It is one powerful statement after another of how much God loves us and fights for us. You’re not in this life alone. God’s holding your hand and even sending angels to do battle for you. You are loved.
Here are some of what you’ll find in Romans 8.
Romans 8:1-4 — “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Romans 8:26-28 — In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
“And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:31-32 — “What, then, shall we say in response to these things If God is for us, who can be against us he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Romans 8:37-39 — “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”