I’m Still Standing

So many times with depression we feel knocked down and defeated. We get so tired and all we want to do is just lay down. Putting on a happy face every day and making sure no one knows how you really feel on the inside is exhausting. It makes you mentally and physically tired. Not only do you have to go through the motions of faking it, but you have to push through your own mind as well.   But that is not what God wants us to do.  It is what satan wants us to do.

It is so difficult in the middle of our times of depression to stay focused and remember God wants us to stand.  He is the one who helps us stand.

In Ephesians 6, Paul says,

11) clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

13 for this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.

14  Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness.

I encourage you to keep standing.

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