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Sozo Talk Radio!

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“Exploring the depths and mysteries of Christ, one interview at a time, with your host Daniel Lovett.”

I’m excited to announce I have launched a new talk radio show!

So far I have 3 amazing interviews:

1.) Robby Dawkins! (Author of Do What Jesus Did, Identity Thief, and Do Greater Things). Our interview is entitled “How to Raise the Dead!” View the blog and download audio here: http://sozotalkradio.com/2018/01/12/how-to-raise-the-dead-a-conservation-with-robby-dawkins/

robby dawkins how to raise the dead

2.) Howard Storm! A Near Death Experience and his encounter with Jesus! This talk, A Second Chance at LIFE, will give hope to those struggling with depression. View the blog and download audio here: http://sozotalkradio.com/2018/02/01/nde-howard-storm-a-second-chance-at-life-sozo-ep0002/

Jesus Howard Storm

Howard Storm painted this and this is what Jesus told him

3.) The Forgotten Way, With Bill Vanderbush! This book is very significant to the Awakening that is (and has been) coming to the body of Christ. View the blog and download audio here: http://sozotalkradio.com/2018/02/03/the-forgotten-way-of-yeshua-with-bill-vanderbush-sozo-ep0003/

Forgotten Way Dekker

Please connect with me on my SOZO Talk Radio facebook page! I’d love to stay connected so I can bless your life with awesomeness!

Your friend, Daniel

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Freedom From Anxiety

I have been sharing a song at my nursing home concerts lately, Don’t Worry Be Happy. It is SO ridiculous and made me laugh as I learned it! It was also good to see Robbin Williams (may he rest in peace) dance around in the music video as well.

“Ain’t got no place to lay your head,
Somebody came and took your bed,
don’t worry, be Happy!
…look at me, I’m happy!”
(link to music video)

Do not worryWho of us doesn’t struggle with worry from time to time? I was reminded of some of Christ’s teaching on worry, and realized the message, “Don’t worry be happy!” is Christ’s message to all his children! Which is you if you have received Jesus Christ:

“But to all who believed him (Jesus) and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 NLT

Jesus has such great things to say that can and will alter our perspective and calm our fearful, worried hearts:

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
~ Jesus (Matthew 6:25-34 NLT <– click here if you want to read it in other translations)

Paul, by the Holy Spirit, encourages us not to be anxious for anything:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” ~ Paul (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)

Again, by the Holy Spirit (the true author of Scripture) Peter writes:

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT (<–READ THE CONTEXT!)

So, if we do this, if we submit ourselves and all our cares into God’s care, we are truly rendered completely care free! We truly can be without any worry, without any fear (Because there is no fear in Love and God is Love in whom we live and have our being), without any concern for our survival because God has got that covered!

Jesus advice to us: pursue the kingdom of God with all we have! Learn to live righteously, and learn to give your every last concern to him so that his peace will gaurd your heart and mind.

MY STORY WITH ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS

stop worryingI remember one time, many years ago, when I was so anxious I couldn’t sleep. It felt like demons of fear… no, fear is too soft of a word… it was more like stark terror and despair, were tormenting me, tempting me to give in and give up. A great sense of hopelessness came over me. I got up, went down stairs and plopped on the couch with a heavy heart and said, “Oh Jesus!” Heaven literally rushed into the room and I was in his comfort. It was amazing how quickly the atmosphere around me changed as I called out to Jesus.

The Bible says, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”

This was at a time in my life where I struggled with anxiety a great deal and coming out of severe depression. What set me free was the light of Christ. I remember how that spark of hope first appeared and then how it grew and grew over the years until my heart is now firmly rooted in God’s glorious love.

Thank you Jesus!

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Cure for Depression… Interested?

Today I share my “secret” for what prevents me from ever slipping back into depression ever again! My secret is found in a promise Jesus made:

“However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.” (John 6:37 NLT <– Please click the link for context!)

Are you coming to Jesus?

If you are then it must be said that the very act of you coming to Jesus signifies that the Father is giving you as a gift to Jesus!

Would the Father give a junk gift?

Doesn’t that make you feel special?

It should!

You are gift!

Jesus then guarantees that if you come to him he will not reject you! Did you just hear that? He can’t reject you! What a promise!

This promise from Jesus has singlehandedly rescued my soul from slipping into despair countless times. I trust it will do the same for you.

Once you get a promise like this rooted firmly in your heart, then so many other Scriptures and promises will come to life for you as well. Search them out. The Gospel of John is a good place to Start reading… and believing!

Once you come to Jesus, you obviously now have Jesus in your life and Jesus and depression mix about as well as oil and water. His joy becomes your strength and displaces depression! Get to know him!

The Lord used the following song to speak to me very powerfully today. I trust it will for you as well:

COME TO JESUS!

Lyrics:

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall…so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
You kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

Let me know if this has helped you! Help others by sharing this!

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Christmas, the most depressing time of the year?

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My little girl 3-year-old Ellie has a stuffed Eeyore. The other night I was putting her to sleep and had her stuffed Eeyore sing a depressing Christmas song, “I’ll have a Blue Christmas without you…”

“No Papa, have him sing a happy song”. At which point I think I had him sing Jingle Bells and do a little dance.

I know Christmas can be a depressing time for some, and for others, you may be depressed but it has nothing to do with Christmas whatsoever.

If there is anything I am an expert on, depression is one of them. I was depressed for most of my life. I remember always being melancholy as a kid and always looked on the gloomy side of life. My depression took a turn for the worse when I believed God turned his back on me and I slipped into a terrifying despair that lasted seven years.

I was looking back over what I just wrote and how refreshing it is to say “was” depressed. I have been free from depression (at least the worst of it) for seven years now. The last seven years has had many stepping-stones and breakthrough moments all along the way. I want to share these highlights of my journey out of depression with you because some of the things I learned along the way WILL BE game changers for you if you are depressed.

I remember watching this youtube video of this guy who seemed to have a big audience on youtube. He was speaking about depression encouraging kids with advice along the lines of find a purpose, some hobby or activity you can throw yourself into and just get lost in.

My advice is something similar, part of your cure is finding your purpose, but instead of just telling you to get a hobby I must tell you something that I expect some people may find hard to swallow but is the absolute truth.

Ready for it?

Jesus is the answer.

I know there are many people suffering depression right now. There are as many reasons for this as there are people. Some are brought on by life circumstances, some depression is brought on by foolish choices. In fact, at the root of all depression something called “sin” is the culprit. That’s a pretty broad statement and some may choose to take offense that I would accuse people to say that their depression is because they sinned. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying that if sin had not entered the world there would be no such thing as depression. However it must be said that it is often our sinful choices in life that has led to a depressing end. That’s just what sin does.

Jesus was once asked by his disciples whether a blind man was born blind because of his own sins or his parents. Jesus said neither but that the glory of God may be displayed in his life. Elsewhere God takes credit for making some men blind. God is Sovereign after all, is he not?

Perhaps our Sovereign and good God is using your depression to transform your life and make you a useful and beautiful masterpiece. That’s what he has done for me. In retrospect, I have learned so much that I have shared with so many on a day-to-day basis, that I have actually become grateful for my suffering. Yes, grateful for my depression.

The shining breakthrough moments I’ve been able to share have touched and encouraged thousands of people. I’ve been able to bring the liberating truth of the real Gospel message to many because of my suffering. My suffering broke my pride. It humbled me and rendered me useful for God’s good purposes.

Finding Your Purpose

Earlier I mentioned that finding your purpose will be part of your cure from depression. We all have one similar purpose. To belong to someone.

One of the transforming breakthrough moments for me happened when I read Colossians 1. This is what I read:

“…all things have been created through him and for him.”

It struck me. I was created by Jesus for Jesus. I found my purpose! How did I ever think my life was my own? My purpose and meaning in life is only found in connecting to and in relationship with the one who made me for himself! Wow! Game changer! This is your purpose too.

Joni Eareckson Tada suffered from “a diving accident in 1967  that left her, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands” (from her bio at her website). She was mentioned by Francis Chan in one of his talks as someone who inspires him because as she was recently suffering from cancer and a cold she took the time to call to encourage Francis and tell him she is praying for him.

What makes a person shine in the midst of suffering? I believe suffering to be a crucible. It melts us down. It refines us. It reveals us. Much of what is revealed is ugly. Sin is revealed. It is revealed in order to be removed. Fortunately we can take those painfully revealing moments to bring the sin in our lives to God to be dealt with. We get to repent!

Why do I frame it this way? That you “get to” repent? Because in my my own experience with seven years of terror and the horrors of depression I couldn’t seem to repent. I tried, but repentance (having a change of mind) eluded me. This inability to repent seemed to me to be a form of stern discipline from the Lord. I imagined He wept at my having to experience it. It doesn’t please him that any of us suffer. But my pride was dragging me to hell and this was the only thing that would turn me around, a seven year sentence in a dark dungeon of despair.

So you see, repentance (literally “having a change of mind” or “mind-set shift”) is a gift from God. He granted me this gift of repentance about this time seven years ago. The bible even says, ‘God grants us the privilege of repentance’. You aren’t doing God a favor to repent, God is doing you a favor by allowing you to repent. Seven years ago a spark of hope came back into my soul and Jesus has been fanning it into flame ever since. Many times it felt like it would only take a breath to send me into a deep dark abyss again but God didn’t let that happen. Hope remains and has become a sure foundation in my life.

This is likely the beginning in a series on depression. Stay tuned (subscribe) for more insights into the path to freedom from Depression.

ps. If you are really going through it right now. Be encouraged. Jesus has a way for you to overcome this. When your suffering has accomplished its purpose, and I pray that it comes soon, you will be a better person for it. God will see to it.

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