Brad - Healed from Depression
I thought I would never be free from that dark cloud. But I was! The Lord healed me.
From my late teens into my late twenties I struggled with depression and anxiety. At first I didn't understand what I was experiencing. I knew I was being overcome by emotions and that I was struggling in my mind. At times I would hit rock bottom and suicidal thoughts would pursue me for days. At other times I would just struggle in silence - feeling numb, unhappy, carrying a tonne of hurt and unable to tell anyone about it.
But I knew there was a God. There had to be. Otherwise what was the point of it all? So in my early twenties I started searching for Him. I journeyed through many religions, and many "Christian" churches. One day I came across the Revival Fellowship, and there I was shown in the Bible that I needed to be 'born again'. So I did as the scripture said and got baptised in full immersion and I prayed for the Holy Spirit. When I received the Holy Spirit I spoke in a new language, which was a sign to me. From then on my life changed fundamentally. However, I still had my depression, and I didn't know what to do about it.
As the years went on, I realised I had to stop hiding my depression, and that I needed to share my struggle. So I did. I was open and honest about it with my friends and family. As soon as I opened up about my struggle they all started praying for me - and then something amazing happened. The Lord started moving in my life and within the space of 5 months my heart was transformed. The dark cloud that I thought I would never be free from - well, I was freed from it! I thought freedom was impossible. It seemed too hard and too big - it seemed too good for me. But the Lord healed me. And not only that, the Lord showed me that HE IS REAL.
I now know that the Lord is coming back for me. And I know that He has already set me free. I can't thank Him enough for the amazing life I now live. I have a beautiful wife and two children, wonderful provisions, and I'm part of an amazing church where the power of God is real, and expected.
Praise the Lord!
Brad Flood (Central Coast)
‘The simple message that we are preaching, the same old Bible message, is a new message again - plain, powerful and exciting. ’ Pr Bob Beverley, Canberra