Today's Devotions

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Worth Discovering: Philip Yancey

  • Prayer - Does it Make Any Difference, Philip Yancey +

    Contemporary classic that probes the meaning of prayer for 21st century believers, and provides extended, personal anecdotes from a wide Read More
  • Blog of the Week: Mister Noah's Neighborhood: Philip Yancey blog +

    Below is a wonderful blog by Philip Yancey--see the link at the end of the posting. Mister Noah's Neighborhood Posted Read More
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200px-OswaldChambersArise and eat-1 Kings 19:5

 

The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable.

He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be alive-only material things don't suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation. There are things in life that are designed to depress us; for example, things that are associated with death. Whenever you examine yourself, always take into account your capacity for depression.

When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable. Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God's creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things-things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there. The inspiration that comes to us in this way is an initiative against depression. But we must take the first step and do it in the inspiration of God. If, however, we do something simply to overcome our depression, we will only deepen it. But when the Spirit of God leads us instinctively to do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we arise and obey, we enter a higher plane of life.

 

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee by Casting Crowns +

    Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the Read More
  • We Adore You, O Christ-Adoramus Te Christe +

    We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because with your precious blood you have redeemed the world. Have Read More
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Gems

  • The Resurrection +

    (John 20) The Resurrection 1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, Read More
  • Glorification (Receiving a Resurrection Body) by Dr. Wayne Grudem, from Systematic Theology, ch 42.) +

    When will we receive a resurrection body? What will they be like? I. Explanation & Scriptural Basis Definition - Glorification is Read More
  • Living In Resurrection Power John 11:25 by Sylvia Gunter +

    Hear God's Word for you in John 11:25. "I am the resurrection and the life." And in 1 Peter 1:3 Read More
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