Marriage and Family: 10 scriptures to helps with depressionAugust 23, 2013
I read recently that the world health orgnization reports that depression will be the 2nd most dibilitating disease by the year 2020! Wikipedia defines the mood of depression as a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless.
There is no way this blog can answer or address depression in total but my hope is that you will take a moment and look at some of the scriptures below when you walk through the days of depression. To do so, I want to take the description of depression from Wikipedia and give you some Biblical answers. A wise minister told me one time: "Dale, if you have the word of God, you have an answer, if you don't then you just have an opinion." I was also told that every non-organic problem, at it's core is a spiritual problem. So, today if you are struggling with depression or know someone who is...take the Word of God to heart. Believe it, act upon it, trust it! Remember, Jesus said, you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free!
Look back at the description above: Depressed people FEEL. This means the seed of our depression many times can be traced back to our feelings. If we do not process nor respond to our feelings in the right way, they can bear the fruit of depression. This is why scripture says: as a man thinks in his heart (feels) so is he. The reality is we tell ourselves a bunch of lies everyday. These lies attack like a cancer to our heart and feelings which we end up living out. I know for my own life, I am growing and prospering emotionally, physically and spiritually when I walk in truth and stop some of my "stinkin-thinkin."
Again, I would never minimize what you are facing...however, I cannot minimize how much of our own emotional struggles are the result of wrong thinking and feeling..leading to wrong actions and responses.
So what do you then when you feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt or restless. I think the absolute best thing is to turn to the Bible, seek the Lord, find out what Scripture says about what you are facing and feeling and then to the best of your ability with the Holy Spirit leading your life and ministering to your heart, follow God's Word. To help, I want to share a few scriptures that I believe will help you no matter what you are facing, feelings or thinking.
1. Take your thoughts captive. (2 Cor. 10:5)
2. Walk in truth (John 8:32)
3. Think on the right kinds of things (Phil 4:8)
4. Cast your cares on Christ (PS 55:22)
5. believe who you are in Christ (John 1:12; Col 2:10; Rom 8:1; Col 3:3; Rom 8:28; Rom 8:37)
6. reduce your anxiousness by praying (Phil 4:6)
7. let the joy of the Lord strengthen you (Neh. 8:10)
8. hope in the Lord (Ps 31:24, Isa. 40:31)
9. find a friend who can help be a burden bearer with you (Gal 6:2, Prov. 17:17)
10. always trust Christ (Matt 6:25-34; Job 42:2; Phil 4:13, Rom 8:28-32)
Here's some homework for you...look at the list above...which do you need to do right now? Pick two or three, open your Bible, look up the scripture, read it ALOUD and then ask the Lord to speak to your heart.
Also, let me know how this blog and the homework above has helped you. Perhaps you are dealing with depression or dealt with depression in the past I would love to hear how God's Word has helped you in your journey, so please leave me your comments....after all, you never know what you share might help someone else...
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