What does the gospel do? Well, first and foremost it saves. It’s the power of God to save the sinner from hell and reunite him with the Father. But that's not what I want to talk about in this post.
What I want to talk about is why we can say depression ceases, anxiety ends, oppression is cast out in the name of Jesus. Why do we say that this is the power of the gospel if it just saves us from hell and it makes us children of God? I think it's because of what Paul wrote in a letter to some churches in Rome. He said “If God didn’t spare his son, then why would he not freely give all things?” (Romans 8:32). Basically what that's saying is if God gave us his son, the most precious thing to him to save me to save you, for our good for our benefit, because he loves us, then all these other small things that entangle us, wouldn’t that be his priority to save us from too? So it IS his priority to give us all these things IF they are for our benefit. So think about it like this. If we’re sick, and God has not healed us, then it's because in this sickness God is doing something in us that's for our benefit. Or if there is a tragic death that occurs in our life it wouldn’t have occurred in that particular way unless God was not going to use that for our benefit. If any trauma occurs, abuse, disaster, struggle, persecution, whatever it may be, we have to remember, if God gave his only son for us, he surely would have gotten rid of, prevented, or otherwise spared us from these situations if he didn’t believe that such an event would not be for our good. Now, I’m not going to lie. I hate tragedy. And I’m not going to tell you that I know the reason or that you will even know the reason, ever. These things are beyond me and you. We don’t have enough wisdom or knowledge to see or make sense of these things. But what I do know is that I trust that God knowing everything, understanding everything perfectly, and loving me and you with a love so incomprehensible that when these sorrows do occur, they must be for our benefit. You see, Paul is explaining a truth that he shared before, “All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:23). So may the knowledge of how powerful God’s love is and how it's actually shown in your life, help you to put a little more trust in Jesus today.