Depression

Depression

“Then he said to them, ‘Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.'”
Nehemiah 8:10

“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.”
Psalms 30:5

“The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
Psalms 34:17

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Psalms 147:3

“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
Isaiah 40:31

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.”
Isaiah 43:2

“So the ransomed of the LORD will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion, and everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
Isaiah 51:11

“To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3

“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.”
Luke 18:1

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Philippians 4:8

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”
1 Peter 4:12-13

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:6-7

2 Responses to Depression

  1. Natalie says:

    This is a great start on the Christian way to deal with depression, but if you ask me, it’s only a start. Certainly God’s Word is our standard for truth and we need to be knowledgeable about what His Word says – what promises we can claim and what kind of help we can expect God to have for us. But if you take 100 depressed Christians and have them meditate on these verses for a month, it may or may not help them. My money is on more people being not really helped than helped. See, I know too many depressed Christians who have tried more prayer, more Bible Study, more Scripture memorization, more…striving…and who only ended up more frustrated. So if we really care for these hurting souls, we need to ask and start understanding why that is and what we are missing. Otherwise, God just seems irrelevant. I have a few thoughts on why that is, just not the time to “go there”. So if you want to dialogue about it, contact me.

    Natalie

    • Brad Clarke says:

      Natalie, depression is a very difficult and debilitating issue for many. I know, I have been depressed. As far as a start, I would agree. I am not a doctor, but having been through this, I would say the first thing we must do is turn to God. Our creator knows much more about us and how He made us than we ever give Him credit for. You see, depression is caused by many different things, from “chemical imbalances” to emotional trauma. Without knowing first hand what someone is depressed for, it is important that they realize that God CAN HEAL and make ALL THINGS NEW! When we point people in His direction, He will meet them where they are. It is not my place to try to heal people with my mere words, but it is my job to love and encourage them and point them to the ONE who can. Equipping them with the Truth of God’s Word and His promise is the most important start to any healing. We have to be honest with ourselves and ask why am I depressed? You see for most people, we have bought into the lies of the enemy and we listen to them over and over. The enemy can not touch us physically when we are in Christ, but he can lie and hender us by causing us to listen to the lies he holds. We must uncover those lies with the Truth of God’s Word.

      This is the second time in two days that you have questioned something that God has laid on my heart to write. I believe in an open forum, I noticed that you said “you don’t want to go there” right now. So with that being said, share your thoughts. All the things I write about, are things that I have either dealt with or I am dealing with, so they are very personal to me. I believe in what God has called me to do and that He will us this site and the writings He has laid on my heart to help people who are going through the same things. We are not alone in our pain. Satan uses the same lies on us all. So if we can equipe people with the truth by what we have learned through our experiences, then we help them claim their VICTORY!

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