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How to overcome depression (part 2) ErainaSays:

son_20sets_20you_20free_860-6117The following information is taken from a great book by Mark Finley, called studying together. Hover over blue text to read scriptures.

Depression can also be very severe.  It may require medical and psychological assistance as well as spiritual power. If this is your case, you are not alone, as even great men of faith, biblical giants, have felt discouraged.

1. Look at Davids discouragement for example psalms 6:6-7 ;40:12 ; 88

In his discouraging moments, David discovered the following principles for overcoming depression:

a. God does not forsake us in discouragement psalms 16:8;139:7-17

b. Trust and/or faith leads us to rejoice even in difficult times psalms 5;11;28:7,8

c. God uses trials and afflictions to draw us closer to Him. In every trial we hear a call to prayer psalms 119:67 & 71:62:8

d. In trying moments, God is in complete control of my life psalms 118:6-8 & 17

2. Praise and thanksgiving in depression, is a key to deliverance from depression psalms 71:1-3 6 & 8 psalms 59:16-17 

3. Unconfessed sin leads to guilt which may lead to depression.If you feel guilty because of some specific sin, follow the biblical council psalms  38:17-18 ( declare your guilt to God) ; 1 john 1:9 (confess your sin)

4. Pray the prayer of Psalm 51 and believe by faith God forgives you. If you have general or vague sense of guilt, fill your mind with the thought “ God loves me, accepts me, and receives me as His child”  1 peter 3:9

5. Depression may occur at times for physical reasons. After his mighty triumph over the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel, Elijah became so depressed he desired to die. ( Remember this was the man of God who would translate without seeing death!)Tired hungry, utterly fatigued by the strain of his stress filled day, Elijah, under treats from Jezebel, gave in to gloomy, depressing thoughts. Read 1 kings 19:1-4. Gods answer to Elijah’s depression was found in a good nights sleep, a hot meal and words of encouragement  ( see 1 kings 19:5-13)

6.While in prison, Paul discovered the following concepts as an antidote to discouragement:

a. A sense of God’s sovereignty phil 1:12

b. The desire to magnify Christ in all things phil 1:20

c.Prayer and thanksgiving in trial phil 4:6

d. Rejoicing in trial phil 4:4

e. A sense that God was bigger than his problems and could supply all his needs phil 4:13 & 19

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Keiran & Eraina attends the Community of Hope Seventh day Adventist church most Sabbaths (Saturday) unless we have been asked to do something at another church. We would love you to join us anytime:
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