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Depression is a condition that attacks many people, including Christians. But the Bible assures that God can deliver us all from this state. Every single person that came to Jesus was healed from physical and mental problems without exception. “And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all” (Matthew 12:15; Matthew 15:30; Luke 6:17).
But Christians have a very important and essential role to play and that is to cooperate with God’s healing hand. The Lord asks us to focus on His goodness rather than on ourselves: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). Some wonder how can a Christian rejoice in God when he is attacked by depression?
The answer to overcoming depression is found in this quote: “The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not provide for you.” God will never ask you to do something that He can’t provide the power to accomplish it. The following promises will help all those who are suffering with depression to gain victory:
“But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it“ (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 1:24-25).
Through Bible study, prayer, fellowship with believers, forgiveness, and counseling, the Lord can give the Christian victory over depression.
It should be added that depression may be the cause of a physical disorder or chemical imbalance that needs to be treated medically. For this reason, it is important for the Christian to diagnose the condition first. If this is the case, medical help may be recommended.
In His service,