Although I have had my share of breaks away from the local church, I have been what I would call a practicing christian for some time. I love leading worship and giving God glory and praise. I should do fairly well when I get to heaven in that regard. But even though I am pretty much steeped in the word of God and working daily to try to walk in a christ-like manner, I still get attacked by my share of demons. The largest of those demons for me is depression.
Now, I know we christians are supposed to be able to shake off the depression demon with a raising of a hand, bowing of the head, and a loud “SATAN BE GONE!” Sometimes that works for me too. But for the most part I forget about that stuff and find myself in a downward spiral into a deep dark funk. Sure, I take medication for it. Over the years that medication has changed, as has the strength. I’m not ashamed to share that with you either because I know that someone out there in Blogger land struggles with the same thing. But even with the medications, and the knowledge that God can relieve the stranglehold of depression, we still tend to keep ourselves there in the darkness for way longer than we should.
(1) I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (2) He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (3) And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Depression is no laughing matter. Too many times it is taken too lightly by those around us who may not ever understand what is going on inside you. Usually someone who is severely depressed either shares nothing at all about what’s going on in their heads, or they share so much that the people they are associated with eventually just don’t want to be around them anymore. Neither of these is going to help. We can’t rely on others to help get us out of the depressed mode. And we can never do it ourselves either. The first thing we have to do is give it to God. Stay focused on that request. Pray for Him to take this burden off you, and continue until he does. I’m not suggesting that you drop the medications by no means. God may be helping you out by putting you in a position to get treatment. You can’t put God in a box and expect him to use just one way of coming to your aid. He will put people and things in your path to help you overcome the depression. That includes doctors and the medications they prescribe. Needless to say if you feel you are dealing with depression pray for first and ask God to assist you. If you feel the nudge to go to a doctor then go! Don’t put it off.
Sounds like I have all the answers? No. I still struggle with it every day. I have good days and bad days. But I am aware of it and I recognize immediately what I have to do to move forward. I pray that this article reaches you, that it lets you know you are not alone with this. If you are feeling depressed I ask you to join the conversation. Let’s talk about it and share our feelings. I am here to help you. If you want to keep the conversation private please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless you and carry you through your struggles.
O This God
“We leave the old behind it will not define us, no. Yesterday is gone, now anything is possible.” – Matt Redman
God is a renovation expert. He is the best re-cycler you’ll ever encounter. He is able to make all things new-restoring lives which others have long before written off- and reviving the futures of those who have long ago lost all hope and purpose. The problem sometimes is we will not join Him in celebrating His renewal. He leads us forward, but we still look behind us. He makes us new, but we can’t let go of the old.
Perhaps your identity has become too bound up with the former things- you can’t forgive yourself for a relationship broken, or a dishonest advantage taken. Perhaps you just can’t quite come to terms with the fact you are wholly forgiven, and that by grace the way you formerly lived has long been forgotten. But we worship the God of yesterday, today and forever. He is the One who was, and who is now, and who will be to come. This is good news for anyone with a ‘history’. For He has your yesterdays covered. He also has you in His sights today. And for the days to come He has a bright and gleaming future for you.
Worshipping an eternal God is a very hope-giving activity. We stand safe and secure in the knowledge that He can deal with the yesterdays, that He will be enough for our todays- and that He will never fail or fade as we walk into all the tomorrows. The people of God have always taken great hope in the knowledge of this:
“For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.” (Psalm 48:14)
Take heart from this today. You are being guided, held and provided for by the Lord of all eternity.
Depression. It’s everywhere. TV ads run all hours of the day promoting the latest drug on the market to treat it. Murders and suicides are being blamed on the illness. Teens, new mothers, PTSD survivors, our returning military. It goes on and on. There was a time that the term was barely used. Instead it was called a mental illness and many people who were diagnosed were treated to trips to mental hospitals and psych wards where they were drugged literally to death.
Depression is more common than ever. The causes are too many to list them all. So here are a few of my observations.
And then there are the folks like me who struggle with it without having one solid reason. For me it seems that my brain convinces the rest of me to be depressed. I don’t want to be depressed. I may not have any real reason to be depressed. But my mind steers me that way on a moments notice. The real opportunity here is to constantly be aware of my emotional self and try to head it off at the pass. This can be done by a change of routine. Or, setting up a schedule of tasks involving other people. But, most importantly, keeping yourself surrounded with good people.
You are your best defense against depression. Knowing you are headed there, getting the proper treatment, and not being afraid to reach out for help.
My last piece of advice is to find a really good bible based church and get involved. Get Connected to a small group. FInd a church offering Celebrate Recovery or another 12 Step Program. All of these things will help.
If you live in the east Pasco area and are suffering from depression like I am, please join us at Celebrate Recovery every Saturday night at from 8pm until 10pm. It’s at the East Pasco Y. For more information you can go to www.mynewwalk.com .
With all the crap of this world being constantly flung in front of the public, it’s hard to believe that someone as public a figure as Ann Rice could make such a statement. But then again, ” Why not?”. More and more those who have no substantial evidence to Christianoty other than a few prophetic words tend to stand aside and let Satan speak for them in a public forum.
How sad it will be when these people of greatness stand before our God and relenquish their eternity to the burning of their souls in the fires of hell, all for the simple fact that when given the op to share their Christian testimony they chose the easy way out and camped on the side of evil instead of sharing the challenging notion of their faith in the Lord God almighty and Christ our King. s
Where r u in ur faith? R u ready to carry the cross of Jesus? Can u stand even the simplest of persecution for his deeds? Pray and think about it.