The Birth of a Testimony

   Hosea 6:13 (NIV), “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria, and sent to the great king for help. But he is not able to cure you, not able to heal your sores.”

   Awhile back I wrote an article sharing my testimony on overcoming depression (A Second Touch of Grace). Like the above verse from Scripture says, before I received healing from the Lord, before I was willing to repent of sin in my life, before I turned to the One who CAN heal; I turned to my ‘Assyria.’  For me, ‘Assyria’ was the short-lived pleasure of self-pity and complaining; the numbness of drug therapies and the advice of several psychiatrists and psychologists. But they were not able to cure me or heal my wounds. If you share a similar past of depression or perhaps it is your current reality, you can probably relate. Sometimes help isn’t helpful. When we turn to the wrong source for help, we can expect a bandaid and not real healing.

   Praise God that He was able to turn my heart  to Him, the only source for real help and healing. Hosea 6:4 (NIV), “Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the LORD.”

   The sin of self-pity in my life was making it impossible for me to access God’s help.  Instead of acknowledgi ...

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