Victory Over Depression Blog

(Healing & Victory Through Jesus Christ)

Getting Past Outward Expressions For Genuine Healing (VOD)

Here is another video of my Victory Over Depression (VOD) videos from YouTube.

Getting past the superficial, outward appearances is a challenge for many.  Few understand that God wants to get at the deep pain of the broken heart of each person.  God wants to go directly to the root within each person and provide WHOLE HEALING OF A
BROKEN HEART.

I pray God use this video to get to the heart of many broken hearts and provide Whole Healing.

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Victory Over Depression – VOD Ministries
– a Bible-based program for Victory Over Depression
– available for speaking events (no charge)
Contact me.
– 718-324-1757 or email VOD.Depression@gmail.com
(Robert Bennett – President)

Victory Over Depression (VOD) – My Two Testimony Videos

Here are my very first two Victory Over Depression videos I made six years ago.
I made them on YouTube. 
They are still a wonderful blessing today. 

I share my transparency and experience of having depression and now walking in Victory.
I also share the significance of having your broken heart healed.

Video #1
Victory Over Depression – My Testimony Part 1

Video #2
The Need To Heal A Broken Heart – Victory Over Depression – My Testimony Part 2

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You can check many of the other YouTube videos on made on Victory Over Depression.
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Victory Over Depression – VOD Ministries
– a Bible-based program for Victory Over Depression
– available for speaking events (no charge)
Contact me.
– 718-324-1757 or email VOD.Depression@gmail.com
(Robert Bennett – President)

All Things Are Possible Through CHRIST IN YOU

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Matthew 19:26 “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”.

The impossibility is only possible because JESUS IS YOUR VICTORY.

In your weakness, Jesus becomes your strength.

Jesus takes over your entire new life (as much as you permit Him to.)

Your new life is to be hidden with Christ in God. You need to begin seeing life through His eyes from above.

Colossians 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory”.

From these verses, Paul is showing you how to live as your new identity.

  • You die to flesh and hide yourself in Christ.
  • Christ, as your new identity, now takes over and lives through you.
  • People will now see Christ in you when you “seek those things that are above”.
  • You are now risen with Christ, risen from the grave with your flesh left behind buried.
  • The Christian life is not as complicated as many make it out to be. The Christian life is only Jesus Christ.

Once you understand and focus more on your new identity, Jesus takes over through you and the rest falls in place under Him. The Holy Spirit now teaches you how to live as God’s child.

The Christian life is only JESUS CHRIST.

When you begin to see life from above, you easily flow into the intimate love and grace of God.

Jesus calls you daily to come into His heart of love and rest so He can take over.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light”.

One must reflect daily on these verses. Take them into your heart often so the Holy Spirit can truly make them real.

The Impossible is NOW Possible Through Christ In You.

Victory Over Depression (VOD) Video Teaching #1

There are so many Christians suffering depression. So many have broken hearts that have never been healed. For some this deep pain and brokenness can be traced all the way back to childhood. Talk about being in bondage.

That is why I am grateful to be able to share my Victory Over Depression video teaching. I had depression for decades, even as a Christian. Fortunately, I now walk in victory and share the Biblical principles that God provided for me to walk in victory and healing.

I pray God use this video to help as many as possible to walk in victory and healing. For it is only CHRIST IN YOU Who does the healing and victory.

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Please share this video with anyone it can help, even if they don’t have depression.

The next Facebook Live will be Tuesday April 26, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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Victory Over Depression Teachings

There was so many hurting and suffering from depression and broken hearts.  Their deep pain penetrates and causes many to become like paralyzed.

I pray that God can use Victory Over Depression – VOD Ministries to work through to provide victory over depression.

VOD Ministries is now beginning a periodic teaching on Facebook for victory over depression. 
The first teaching is Tuesday April 12th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Please join me or share this with whomever it can help.

I personally had depression for decades, but now God has provided victory.  I will be sharing the consistent biblical principles that God used to heal me and grow me into victory.

I pray Jesus touch so many broken hearts to the teachings.

Thank you and God bless.

Loneliness In The Heart

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This is an interesting blog that many need to read and put in the correct perspective.

There come various times in our lives that we experience “Loneliness In The Heart“.  Words themselves cannot fully explain what the experience is like.  IT MUST BE LIVED.

My recent experience grew out of the need of my old self that wanted to be recognized, successful, and appreciated.  Deep down we all want some kind of similar acknowledgment.  It is only a natural desire that all human being have.  For this is the way God has made us.

The need to fill this “Loneliness In The Heart” has become poisoned since the fall of Adam and Eve.  What occurs is we try to fill this loneliness with many an overabundance of different types of experiences – be they be job, family, ministry, drugs, alcohol, gambling, TV, sports, social media, etc.  These are important needs, but they only temporarily fill the heart. Eventually they wear off.

Other times you will feel so alone even though you know God lives in you. God, at times, will hide Himself. Your heart will long for Him, but God will seem a million miles away. You will feel like Job and even Paul, when at times he wanted to die. Hi encouraged though, God is always there.

The deep need that fills the loneliness is ONLY THE PRESENCE OF GOD HIMSELF.  God created our deepest heart needs so that only He totally fulfills it.  So when we are experiencing that loneliness, it is because we are missing out on the relationship God has within us.

So the obvious thing to do is to step away from earthly distractions.  I usually do by putting on worship music that I simply let minister to my heart.  Then, I open the Word of God (Bible) and let that minister to me.  I also withdraw into nature often and enjoy the silence of God’s wonderful creation.

Go within your heart where Jesus resides – CHRIST IN YOU.  Begin experiencing the deep, intimate love God has for your there.  The loneliness gradually subsides and the love of God overwhelms you. This is the natural growth and experience – CHRIST IN YOU.  Ensure you begin to experience the “normal”.

Be encouraged from this blog.  Refer often to it as you sense being distracted by “Loneliness In The Heart”.

SILENCE – A Key To Victory & Growth

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To permit the Lord Jesus Christ to live the Christian life through you is summed up in one word. To experience daily His love and the reality of His presence is summed up in one word.

That one word is SILENCE. You must be silent in the inner man, on your inside. Do you know how to keep and maintain your inside zipped? Your #1 desire and priority must be ‘to be alone and silent in the presence of God’. You must strive to develop this. Be mentally tough and ferociously persistent. Jesus lives inside you and is the source guiding and motivating you toward intimacy with Him.

This is as simple as it is – being alone, intimate, and silent in the presence of God. He then can reveal the depths of His love to you. Remember, be gentle and patient. It will become a way of life, not a formula. You grow gradually, just like anything else is life. Just cooperate with the life of Christ in you, that vine producing the fruit.

You do not run off and join a monastery. This silence becomes incorporated into your daily life, into your daily activities. God is only training you to “Be still and know He is God”. He quiets your inner man so He can speak and be heard. Yes, He will speak and speak very actively. Like a seed, it will grow and flourish in His love. It grows slowly and patiently because He causes the growth. God slowly peels off all flesh layers and thorns. Just rest in His love and be. Yes, just be, be, and be.

It is an ongoing process. You must absolutely put yourself into the Word of God with the mindset that I have just shared. Be mentally tough. Expect deep revelations of God’s love. God love becomes more real in your daily life. Only He can complete His work in you. Only make yourself restfully available for Him to thoroughly establish His life in you and thoroughly live His life through you.

In fact, you now hear Him gently touching your heart. Withdraw now into the intimacy of the depths of your heart. Go in secret, shutting the world out in your mind. Only Love awaits you.

HE IS RISEN – Meditation On The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

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If Jesus remained buried in His tomb, Christianity would simply be talk about a “dead Jesus.”  If this was the truth, all Christianity could do is admire Jesus for the type of selfless life He lived.  Christianity would be touched by all the sufferings Jesus supposedly endured for the sins of the world and the wonderful things Jesus taught.  However, Christianity would still have a “dead Jesus.”

With a “dead Jesus,” how could anyone have a relationship with God?  How can one be assured that her sins are forgiven?  With a “dead Jesus,” Christianity is nothing more than an ordinary world religion.  Sins would not be forgiven and a personal relationship with God would be impossible.  Jesus would be on the same level as Abraham, Mohammed, Buddha, and Confucius.  Not very attractive would Christianity be against other belief systems.

However, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the core, central belief that makes Christianity what it is.  Jesus Christ resurrected is what makes Christianity stand high above any other world religion.  Jesus, our great God, has risen.  Jesus has forgiven all our sins and raises us from death to life.  No other religion can claim that its founder is God and that He rose from the dead.  Jesus alive is what makes Christianity appealing.  Jesus Christ is Christianity – a personal, vibrant relationship with the living God.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the core, central belief 

that makes Christianity what it is. 

Jesus Christ resurrected is what makes

Christianity stand high above any other world religion.

Think about this: Whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian, if Jesus did not rise from the dead, what would occur to the sin issue separating mankind from God?  Would all sins be forgiven?  The answer is “No.”  Without the resurrection, Jesus could not be God.  If Jesus was not God, He could not die for the sins of the world.  He would simply be a dead man buried in a tomb.  Because mankind possesses an indwelling sin nature, no man (except he be God) could take away sin through death.  Such was Jesus successful.  He is the God-man in the flesh.

There are many skeptics, who even today, doubt that Jesus rose from the dead.  Their arguments may seem valid on the surface, but an examination of the resurrection details shows convincing evidence that Jesus did rise from the dead.

There is sufficient archaeological evidence to validate the resurrection of Jesus.  Even the most skeptical of theologians cannot deny the fact of archaeological evidence dating as far back as the second century AD.  (An excellent reference source is The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel.)

The skeptics do admit the reality of a man named Jesus who lived, was crucified on a Roman cross, buried in a Pharisee’s tomb, and whose tomb was now empty.  The historicity of these events are accurately documented and supported over 2000 years of study and research.  Two non-Christian historians (Tacitus the Roman and Josephus the Jew) acknowledge the person of Jesus in their writings 2000 years ago.  Since the Romans were pagan and the Jews rejected Jesus, there certainly was no favoritism coming from these groups that allied them to Jesus.  For any skeptic denying this or saying there was a conspiracy, there is little basis to support this claim.

So the genuine question for today is, “What is YOUR belief of the evidence that Jesus Christ rose from the dead?”

What is your belief of the evidence that

Jesus Christ rose from the dead?

Another convincing support of the resurrection of Jesus is the abundance of eyewitnesses Jesus appeared to.  The apostle Paul says Jesus appeared to more than 500 people, whom most were still alive.  Paul is saying, “If you want proof of the resurrection, talk to those living eyewitnesses whom Jesus appeared to.”  Eyewitness proof is very convincing evidence, especially when there are many eyewitnesses.  It is not simply a few witnesses; it is more than 500.  That certainly is no conspiracy.  Throughout the Acts Of The Apostles, Luke emphasizes that the apostles and disciples consistently preached the “resurrected” Jesus.

Another support of the resurrection is the radical change of life the new Christians underwent.  They gave up their possessions to help those in need.  In the first few centuries AD, multitudes of Christians were persecuted, tortured, and martyred because they would not renounce their faith in a resurrected Jesus.  The easy way out was to renounce Jesus and your life would be spared.  (Though some obviously did, they were in the minority.)  Far more died for their belief in a resurrected Jesus.  They believed a life with Jesus Christ in the next world was worth dying for.  They would never renounce their belief in the resurrected Jesus.  The fact that a simple group of Christians nonviolently turned the first century world upside down is proof enough of the resurrection.

The fact that a simple group of Christians nonviolently turned the first century world

upside down is proof enough of the resurrection.

If the resurrection is a lie, it makes no sense that countless multitudes would give up their lives.  They VOLUNTARILY gave up their lives to die for Jesus.  If Jesus never rose from the dead, then Christianity is the most successful hoax ever pulled off.  Not only had they offered their life in death, but they died rejoicing.

Visualize how the actual resurrection of Jesus occurred.  We have details from the four gospels, but it is important we visually place ourselves there 2000 years ago.  We need to experience the Resurrection’s personal impact in our lives.

Inside the tomb, the illumination of the glory of God shone throughout the dark tomb.  The soul and spirit of Jesus enter His lifeless body.  Jesus sits up, rolls up the linen covering His head, and passes right through the other linens.  This may seem magical, but let us remember two things:

Jesus is God and can do anything He chooses.  Notice His human side, however, by rolling up the linen covering His head.More importantly, understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  We must never lose focus of this.  Let this impact penetrate your heart.

The glorious body of our Lord Jesus Christ has risen.  His nail-scarred hands are clearly visible.  He is risen.  We no longer need to seek the living among the dead.

I Corinthians 15 is a lengthy chapter that the apostle Paul writes to confirm the validity and significance of the Resurrection of Jesus.  I recommend that you read this chapter often.  If you have any doubts of the validity of Jesus’ Resurrection, this chapter is a must to read.

Look at some of Paul’s convincing facts of the Resurrection.

I Corinthians 15:14-17 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain.  Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, Whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.I Corinthians 15:20-22 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.  For since by a man (Adam) came death, by a man (Jesus) also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.I Corinthians 15:50-55 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in the moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must put on the imperishable, and the mortal will have put on immortality.  But when the perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.  O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?  O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?

Enjoy this video: IT WAS A MORNING LIKE THIS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxATO1YrNaQ

From Spiritual Death (Flesh) To Spiritual Life (CHRIST IN YOU)

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Look closely how the apostle Paul uses the Red Sea crossing,  of the Israelite Exodus from Egypt, to clearly symbolize our crossing from spiritual death in Adam to spiritual life in Christ and through Christ.

I Corinthians 10:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea: and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” 

Here God shows how they passed from death to life.  They were baptized with Moses as they walked through the place of death, the Red Sea.  To baptize basically means to immerse into something and come out as something else.

What an outstanding example of our own walk in Christ from death to life!  As the Israelites are baptized in Moses, we are baptized (immersed) in Christ.  We immerse with our old Adamic nature, spiritually dead and sinners in need of forgiveness.

Jesus delivers us by bringing us out and giving us a new identity, a new Godly nature.  (Romans 6:4-5 “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.”

Our new nature is a new life.  We truly are risen from the dead spiritually.  It is an EXCHANGED life.  Jesus takes our spiritually dead, sinful life and gives God’s life to live in us in exchange.  Yes, it is an exchanged life, not a changed life.

You can never change your flesh for improvement.  You can never train your flesh to act holy.  Take my words deeply into your heart about the exchanged life (not a changed life).

Be convinced why Jesus had to give you a new nature, His very self.  This is the victory that awaits you – Christ residing in your heart everyday.  Stop attempting to improve or “Christianize” your flesh.  Your flesh is your enemy against God.  You must be convinced of this truth.

I remember frequently attempting to train my flesh to behave “religiously,” like a good Bible-believing Christian.  Yet, our flesh sure comes out at the spur of the moment.  One incident was when I trained my mouth not to curse.  I did so well in my self-effort that for over one year I never cursed.  Then one day when my car broke down, I blurted out, “God Dammit!”

WOW!  What a shocking revelation I learned about my flesh!  It sure does come out suddenly and abruptly.  I had forgotten James 3:8 about taming my tongue.  “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” 

Another incident occurred when I had a spectacular time of worship with the Lord.  I was praising Him with worship music, using my headphones, while walking through crowded Times Square in New York City.

I was completely oblivious to the hectic noise of car horns, traffic, and large crowds.  This went on for about one hour.  The Lord truly took me into His presence as I walked through Times Square singing loudly and raising my hands to praise Him.

Then I went to cross a corner when the walk sign was in my favor.  I was halfway across the street when suddenly this large, taxi limousine just cut me off turning the corner and nearly hit me.  I remember my chest brushing up against its side.  It must have missed me by a few inches.

I was praising the Lord at that time and was suddenly shocked at my circumstance.  I vividly remember saying to myself as I was nearly hit, “What the hell is this!”

Then while I was praising God and because it was a long limo, I smacked the side window very hard with the palm of my hand.  The next moment I saw the limo pull over and the driver exiting.  I said to myself, “O Lord, what did I do!  Lord, you better get me out of this one.  I sure blew it.”  I turned the volume up and began walking at a faster pace, never turning back.  I certainly was stunned.

Later, I asked the Lord in my spirit, “What was that all about?”  I did not understand how I could be deeply in the presence of God and experiencing His love and, in the next instant, have my flesh quickly erupt.  God replied in my spirit, “Bob, we had excellent fellowship time.  You truly were in My presence.  Your heart was pure before Me.  Therefore, I can show you how deeply I love you.  However, Bob, you had to come back down to reality.  I purposely set this incident up to remind you that you are not in heaven with Me yet.  You still live on earth and an evil, sinful nature called your flesh still resides in you.  Bob, it can come out at any moment.  I wanted to remind you of this so you can remember to be totally dependent on Me for everything, 24 hours per day.

I gladly obliged with our Lord.  (Our Lord certainly does have a sense of humor when He teaches us specific lessons.)

So do not be shocked at your flesh any longer.

See your new nature in Christ.  With your new nature, you have a new identity. 

Everything truly is new; it all begins with Jesus.

Glorious! 

God Does NOT Look At “Dead” Things

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It definitely breaks the Lord’s heart very deeply when He sees His children behaving as though they are not.  Many Christians walked in a pure love relationship with God when they first asked Jesus to reside in their hearts – becoming born again of spirit.  However, and unfortunately, they have strayed from this intimate, love relationship with God into a relationship with “dead things”.  The apostle Paul states this clearly in his second letter to the church at Corinth.  II Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent (devil) beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”.

It truly is one of the saddest experiences in the Christian life when a Christian has lost basically all hope of ever living a victorious life in Jesus.  He is so burdened and overwhelmed that he is no longer able to function normally on a daily basis.  Fear, anxiety, and insecurity are now accepted as the norm.  He has basically become depressed, severely if the hurts and rejections of life’s problems become deeply rooted in his heart.  He isolates himself from the world.  Therefore, the Holy Spirit is not permitted to renew his mind.  He has become stigmatized and the joy of the Lord has all but extinguished.  He can only become absorbed with “dead things”.

Yes, I state “dead things”.  Anyone or anything that does not have Jesus Christ as the source or origin is spiritually dead in nature.  The only life God the Father looks at is His Son’s life.  He only sees Jesus when He sees His children.  Jesus crucified everything that is not part of God (especially our sinful nature) on His cross at Calvary.  God now only deals with life – His Life.

An accurate explanation for this type of hypocritical “death” lifestyle that many Christians live is as follows.  They were saved from spiritual death by permitting the life of Christ, as God, to reside in their hearts.  Now that they are restored to life spiritually, they continue to live the Christian life as though they are still spiritually dead.  How sad!  Jesus died for their sins and crucified their sinful natures so He could raise and restore spiritual life (His life as God) back in them.  Romans 5:10 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

I express my views on depression because I am an expert.  Fortunately by God’s grace, I am no longer depressed.  However, before He delivered me from depression, I was depressed for 17 years (seven of them very severe).  Today Jesus constantly reminds me, very specifically in fact, what it was like.  I kept a daily journal during the depths of my depression years that Jesus still uses today to remind me of events that occurred during that time.  I vividly remember the constant, daily tears of crying myself to sleep every night.  I still see the continuous shaking of my hands from being nervous whenever stress or conflict occurred.  Often these events break my heart, even today.  It is as if they are occurring all over again.  I begin crying in my heart.  Fortunately, Jesus has shown me that His blood has cleansed and removed all this.  I thank Him so much for doing this.

GOD LOOKS AT LIFE – JESUS IN US.

Don’t look at “dead” things.  God doesn’t.

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