DISCOVERING THE JOY FROM DEPRESSION ON RESURRECTION SUNDAY ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


IMG_2198.jpgDISCOVERING THE JOY FROM DEPRESSION ON RESURRECTION SUNDAY (EASTER) By Christian Author Elena Ramirez

SURELY HE HATH BORN OUR GRIEFS, AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS:  YET WE DID ESTEEM HIM STRICKEN, SMITTEN OF GOD, AND AFFLICTED. BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES, THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM; AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.  Isaiah 53:4-5. KJV.  

I was depressed, beginning Good Friday.  It was a different kind of depression.  I was so sorry, for my past sins, sins, I have repented for.  I was depressed for lost time.  

I was so depressed, that I got off of Social media, early that day, even though, I do get off, for Sabbath, which starts Friday evening.  I got off social media, early in the morning.  I was challenged.  

I was troubled, I felt like the things I saw, and viewed on Fb, etc.  Were so negative.  So, challenging.  I saw spiritual leaders, proclaiming things like hell wasn’t even there, and it just angered me.  I knew, I could not stay on line, with all the things I was seeing, it bothered me.  It depressed me.  I want to be a good example, but if I had stayed on, I probably would have gotten into an argument.  I had to quiet my soul, my spirit…

Because it was as if the enemy, was laughing, and it made me sense, to know, that we are in end times.  It is a lost world out there.  And when I see, even good natured Christians, so oblivious, to the times, I just want to scream out, can’t you see, there are lost souls out there?  What can we do?  Jesus died for our sins.  

And rather then argue, or make anybody feel bad, or angry, I just got off line.  

It made me think of how the disciples must have felt, after our Lord Jesus, was crucified. They must have felt hopeless, they must have felt so discouraged.  How could they have hope in His resurrection?  They did not know that He would arise from the dead?  Or did they?

FOR AS YET THEY KNEW NOT THE SCRIPTURE, THAT HE MUST RISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD.  JOHN 20:9  KJV.  

 What about doubting Thomas?  He did not believe.

JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM, THOMAS BECAUSE THOU HAST SEEN ME, THOU HAST BELIEVED:  BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET HAVE BELIEVED.  JOHN 20:29  KJV.  

How can we believe?  How can we trust God?  Well, from my own experiences.  I just have a sense to know, there is no other option but to believe.  And to trust God.  For me anyway. I have to try and obey, and I have to try and serve God with all my being.  I have to watch my step, and my love walk.  I have to remember Gods power, and to have fear of God.  I have to remember always the sacrifice of Christ.  

I grieved this weekend.  It was a very strange sense of depression I had.  I felt pretty hopeless, to be honest.  I am not going to lie.  There are factors in my life, that just don’t seem to find resolution, or healing in, and I actually felt this week, that the enemy mocked me, laughed at me, and told me, “I have stolen so much from you.”  I hate thieves.   I hate what they represent.  Anyway, hate is such a strong word, but I hate what the devil has stolen from me.  

But I did have a sense of hope, to know only God, can restore.  So I prayed…

This has helped me.  

Today, Resurrection Sunday, I did not go to church.  I don’t have a church to go to.  But, I woke up with some joy.  I woke up, knowing that today is the day, the Lord has made, and I will rejoice in it.  I woke up, knowing that Christ has risen.  I woke up, knowing the disciples saw Christ again, and were joyful, and their sorrow, sadness, depression, was changed that Resurrection Sunday, because of Christ.  

I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me….  

“Find joy, in the little things.”

So profound, but it stirred my spirit up.  The little things, the little things, that do bring me joy.  Oh I could say them, even here, but I don’t want you to confuse my “Little things” with your little things, or big things for that matter.  

Because we are all different.  We all have different lifestyles, experiences, hardships, and well comparing is never good.  

But we must be united in that love.  That love that binds us closer to Christ.  Christ said, in John 13:35 KJV.  Thats how they will know we are his disciples, by the love we have, and for one another.

BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER.   

Love is not a little thing, but beginning to love, as small as it is, for whatever reason, can make it bigger. 

So, I have a different perspective, this morning. My Lord, has taken my griefs, and sorrow, and healed my spirit.  

This Resurrection Sunday.  I just have a sense, that small things can grow into big things.  But, I am not looking at that, I think I am just searching to find the beauty and joy, in just what Christ has given me, provided for me, shown me, and revealed who He is in these matters.  I just know, I fall short of His glory.  I just know, I am imperfect, and have flaws.  I just know, only He can heal me, save me, and bless me.  

So, I am sharing.  I am sharing, what has blessed me, as I am so grateful for my Salvation.  You know, Salvation, is such a gift, its a big gift, one should never take for granted.  But, having the realization that I was a sinner, long ago, and just accepting Christ as my savior, repenting, may be a small thing to some, but as small as that awakening was, it is, the biggest thing, I could do for my life.  

I am grateful.  I am finding joy, in the small things in life…..

Life is too short my friends, to be depressed.  To be sorrowful, to let the enemy steal our joy.  When Christ paid the biggest sacrifice for our sins, He paid the penalty for our sins.  Thats a big thing……  I never want to take for granted what He did on the cross for me.  

Because He told me in my spirit, this morning to “find joy, in the little things.”  I intend to do so, to be mindful, to look for the little things, so I can have hope.  

Blessings and love, 

Elena Ramirez

 

 

Advertisements

GRACE DOES RUN OUT AND THEN THERE IS THE WRATH OF GOD ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


Version 2

GRACE DOES RUN OUT, AND THEN THERE IS THE WRATH OF GOD ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez 

For those who embrace the “grace” message, its beautiful.  But, remember grace does run out, and then there is the wrath of God.  If sin, is evident.  He tells us,  to REPENT.  I believe time is running out.

I have been seeing a lot of messages on grace lately, and yes again, grace is a beautiful thing.  

But…

If grace is taken for granted, and one does not repent, or see the error of their ways, well, they will miss it.

And I think thats what bothers me about so many of these “grace” messages.  Is that they really do undermine, and really are a disservice to many in the body of Christ.  They are not seeing there will be a time, of wrath from God.  The call to repent, to get right with God, is missing.  From many of these grace messages.  

BECAUSE THEY HAVE FORSAKEN ME, AND HAVE BURNED INCENSE UNTO OTHER GODS, THAT THEY MIGHT PROVOKE ME TO ANGER WITH ALL THE WORKS OF THEIR HANDS; THEREFORE MY WRATH SHALL BE KINDLED AGAINST THIS PLACE, AND SHALL NOT BE QUENCHED.  II KINGS 22:17  KJV.  

See this scripture tells me, that He our Lord, is talking about someone who knew Him.  Someone that may have been saved.  But they forsook Him, and chose sin, and with idolatry, they provoked God, to have anger.  And His wrath will be revealed.   So, if sin, is an idol, in any form, yes God is jealous.  And who can blame Him?  Thats why we have to see our own ways.  

And when I see a “seasoned” Christian, not seeing the truth of this, and actually fighting to defend grace, not seeing the error of these grace messages that leave out a very fundamental point.  I am wondering what kook-aid, did that person drink?  And I have been mocked, and actually given the “silent” treatment. Concerning this subject matter. And they just don’t understand…

BUT THEY MOCKED THE MESSENGERS OF GOD, AND DESPISED HIS WORDS, AND MISUSED HIS PROPHETS, UNTIL THE WRATH OF THE LORD AROSE AGAINST HIS PEOPLE, TILL THERE WAS NO REMEDY.  II CHRONICLES 36:16  KJV.  

Because we do reap what we sow.  And God is not mocked.  The world calls it Karma, but I tell you friend, don’t confuse what the world says, and what God says.  Read Galatains 6, from a King James.  

Many in the body of Christ, have no true concept, or understanding how valuable our salvation is.  Many think they actually have a license to sin, and thats so wrong.  Because these graces messages, get off balance.  

Yes, if we believe and accept Christ as Lord and savior, we are saved.  But you are not saved, if you break the contract.  If you sin, and do not repent. The covenant, it is a contract, if you accepted Christ, and repented.  So this brings us to the point, well then to ask, am I still saved?

I think this scripture answers this.  

WHEN I SHALL SAY TO THE RIGHTEOUS, THAT HE SHALL SURELY LIVE; IF HE TRUST TO HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND COMMIT INIQUITY, ALL HIS RIGHTEOUSNESSES SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED; BUT FOR HIS INIQUITY THAT HE HATH COMMITTED, HE SHALL DIE FOR IT.  EZEKIEL 33:13  KJV.  

That scripture tells me, that the righteousness, he thought he had, but abused by not repenting, means spiritual death. Christ is life. His promise is for eternity.  But if someone trusts their own righteousness, and sins, his or hers righteousness, will not be remembered. In the book of life. So yes, I do believe one can lose their salvation. And I won’t argue about it.  But even here I warn, repent.  Repent even daily.  

You see, we miss it.  I know I have, but I do repent, and that helps me in my journey of life, I am not trusting grace, because there is an enemy to deceive, and many say, oh works don’t cut it.  Well I would rather work at being a better Christian, work at trying to keep at His law, then to miss it.  

But…If you sin, purposely.  If you do not repent.  If you are depending on “grace.”  Well you are missing it.  You are not growing for that matter, but time, may run out, and we all will stand before God.  

And I think thats what really bothers me about the grace messages, is they leave out that part.  They don’t warn.  Many think you are judging them but its warning, and love warns.  

God did not flip flop flop, from the Old Testament.  To the New Testament.  And many think the law, is not necessary, and thats exactly what the enemy wants any of us to believe.  

I have even been accused of being legalistic.  Well, God was legal, when He gave His law, and I love His law.  

O HOW LOVE I THY LAW!  IT IS MY MEDITATION ALL THE DAY.  PSALMS 119:97  KJV.  

We all need Gods laws, to understand, and to know what pleases Him.  Grace, is only extended if we repent.  And I would say, that yes, in the times we are in, this is a grace period.  

Its a time, to grow.  Its a time, to see the error of our ways.  And its a time, to repent.  Its a time, to accept what Christ did on that cross, and to step up and serve, and to obey, and be a reflection of someone who is on the vine with Christ.  

But, I believe this grace time is running out for us individually, but also for the entire world.  Now is the time, of salvation.

LEAD ME IN THY TRUTH, AND TEACH ME:  FOR THOU ART THE GOD OF MY SALVATION; ON THEE DO I WAIT ALL THE DAY.  PSALMS 25:5 KJV.  

Now is the time, to get right with Christ.  I do believe grace is beautiful, I am so grateful that in my lifetime, God did extend grace to me a sinner.  But as I have grown.  As I have searched for God, more and more, I see the error of my ways.  Even after I was saved.  I see, how misguided I was.  And still can be sometimes.  I am not perfect.  But, I see, how I was basically living on the fence, between the ways of the world, and yes God.  But not until I really opened my eyes, in other spiritual matters, did I really come to see, how misguided we can be.  And grace can do that.  And I will begin with the fear of God.

The fear of God, is not taught, its not in many Christians conversations, nor does it come from the pulpit from many.  

So, I do see the problems.  I do see, the deception, and I do believe, grace is running out, but we need to get right with God now.  Before we leave this earth, before time runs out for eternity for the lost.  

Hell is real, and many do not like to hear the Hell and Brimstone, message, but that goes hand in hand, with the grace message.  And many would say that turns people off, I would rather turn you off, so you turn on to God. Don’t get tunnel vision, and miss the rest of what God says.  There will be His wrath.  

HE THAT OVERCOMETH SHALL INHERIT ALL THINGS: AND I WILL BE HIS GOD, AND HE SHALL BE MY SON.  BUT THE FEARFUL, AND UNBELIEVING, AND THE ABOMINABLE, AND MURDERERS, AND WHOREMONGERS, AND SORCERERS, AND IDOLATERS, AND ALL LIARS, SHALL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE:  WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH.  Revelation 21:7-8.  KJV.

Perhaps, my understanding even in my own relationship, with God, with who I was as a sinner, may propel you, or prompt you to see the danger of just trusting in grace.  It makes one lazy, it makes one vulnerable, and gullible to the ways of the devil.  Please wake up, and don’t just trust grace.  

Today, I plead with you, take a look at your own life, your own soul, and see if you are off balance, with the grace message.  Taking for granted what Christ did for you.  Taking for granted your salvation.  You may be missing it.

BE YE AFRAID OF THE SWORD:  FOR WRATH BRINGETH THE PUNISHMENTS OF THE SWORD, THAT YE MAY KNOW THERE IS A JUDGMENT.  JOB 19:29  KJV.  

Blessings, and love, 

Elena Ramirez