Depression, usually refers to periods of unusual sadness, of prolonged fear or worry, or of feeling overwhelmed by stress or distress.
Some of the great men in the Bible suffered from depression. The prophet Elijah became prey to depression when Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him. Elijah was tired following a long period of stress, and this probably exacerbated his sense of discouragement and hopelessness. God healed Elijah’s condition completely (1 Kings 19:1-18).
As God dealt with Elijah in the Old Testament, so He deals with Christians today through His Holy Spirit. Jesus has deep compassion for His people (Hebrews 4:14-16). He knows that we are weak and prone to fears, doubts and worry that can lead to depression. Jesus promised full healing and rest for the overburdened (Matthew 11:28-30).
Jesus Christ explained that lack of faith in God often leads to depression (Luke 12:22-31). Paul pointed out that faith comes through hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17). Meditating on God’s Word can bring us real comfort in times of sorrow. Read scriptures such as (John 3:16-17, Luke 12:32, Romans 8:18-39 and Revelation 21:1-7).
The apostle Paul says, “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). When a fearful thought or a worry first enters your head, pray to God and ask Him for His help to dispel it. Paul also admonishes us, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
The Lord promised that the Christian will be filled with joy (Romans 15:13). Joy is something the Holy Spirit produces in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:6). Joy is not an effervescent happiness or lightness of mood but it is rather a peaceful state that comes from focusing on God’s love (John 3:16).
Also, to help fight depression get involved in something that does not add further stress or anxiety, but that improves your life. Helping others can surely get our minds off our own problems.
Finally, clinical depression is a serious illness. Those suffering from severe or chronic depression should seek specialized counseling and medical guidance in addition to having faith in the Lord.
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