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DEPRESSION

Causes and Cures

Depression is a serious problem for many people, especially Americans. It has many causes and thus many cures. The Brain is a very complex biochemical organ, designed by God. The whole human body is so complex that many times medical science fails to properly diagnose and treat medical and emotional problems. I am not a doctor so let me insert this disclaimer here that I am not diagnosing or treating any one by the information provided. Your decision on how to treat your health is between you and God and your physician. I believe in seeking the advice of physicians for health problems and I believe that God sometimes gives physicians wisdom on treating people. There are also times when physicians do not have all of the answers, medical science can only do so much. The information I am providing here is from my own experience and observations, and what I believe are some of the things that the Bible says about depression.

Adding to the complexity of mental illnesses is the fact that people have a spirit, a soul, and they live in a physical body. Depression can have a physical cause, an emotional cause, or be a spiritual condition, or any combination of all three. Once depression sets in it seems to then affect all areas of ones life, bringing down the total person into a depressed state of being. Many things can trigger depression such as, a relationship gone bad, a physical problem, or a spiritual problem, which usually involves the person not trusting God because they don't know how much God loves them.

A person can be a shinning star radiating love and light outward toward others, then something will trigger depression and the person becomes a black hole in which light and love can not escape. Everything is sucked into it and it is never satisfied it seeks help from people, help from chemicals, help from everyone and everything. Sometimes there is temporary relief, but eventually everything succumbs to the power of the black hole, the wrong quick fixes cause the hole to become bigger and with more power, as hopelessness increases like the power of gravity when matter is added to the black hole. Other people try to help and encourage the depressed person, but eventually they feel themselves being sucked into the black hole so they begin to pull away and avoid the situation.

There is only one person that gives out more light and love than a black hole can absorb, His name is Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-5 NLT) In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. {2} He was in the beginning with God. {3} He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. {4} Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. {5} The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. Jesus can cure all depression weather it has physical, mental, or spiritual causes. Jesus is your answer, His Love and Light are far greater than the power of your black hole. Jesus wants to turn you into a bright star that radiates out His Love and Light toward others in need.

What I am about to say may sound harsh but it is from my own experience. Sometimes people don't want to be cured from depression because it has become their identity, and they are afraid that without it they would be nobody. They have come to believe that that is who they are. But that is not who you are and God has a plan and a purpose for your life, if you choose to seek it, you will find it. (Colossians 3:2-3 NKJV) Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. {3} For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. God has made you in His image, and you are unique from everyone else on earth, only you can fulfill the destiny that God has planned for you. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV) For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. {12} Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. {13} You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

If you reject the Love of Jesus and choose to put your hope and faith in the "right pill", the "right person", or the "right circumstance" to find your happiness then you should be depressed. Because you have rejected the One who really Loves you, the one who is your Hope, and your Life, the One who is your source of Joy. David wrote about his depression, (Psalms 43:5 NLT) Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again-- my Savior and my God! David knew who is hope was. Many people in the Bible had bouts with depression and their lessons are recorded as examples for us. David wrote about his depression many times in the book of Psalms. Psalms is an excellent book to read for encouragement.

If you are a depressed person then some of the causes listed below will sound like symptoms to you, but they really are causes, and if you follow the suggestions in the cures your depression will lift off of you.

Causes And Cures

 

  • CAUSE: No hope in God, separation from God, no relationship with God.

(1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 NIV) But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. {9} For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. {10} He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

  • CURE: Salvation

Salvation is a helmet that protects our minds. It gives us continuos hope that no matter how bad things seem they will get better. (Ephesians 6:17 NIV) Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

We also know that we are not alone, we have the comfort of the Holy Spirit because we live in Jesus and He lives in us. (Romans 8:15-16 NIV) For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." {16} The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. If you want to accept Jesus into your heart and receive the salvation that He bought for you then enter your destiny and begin a new life, a relationship with your Creator, then click here and go to the new life page and pray the salvation prayer. www.seekgod.org/newlife.html (Habakkuk 3:18 NKJV) Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Salvation gives joy now, hope for the future, and eternal peace with God.

 

  • CAUSE: Sin

Christians will sometimes make mistakes and commit sins, causing us to be grieved in our spirit, and our hearts to become heavy with depression. But there is joy with a clean heart. (Psalms 32 NLT) Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! {2} Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! {3} When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. {4} Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

  • CURE: Confession and repentance

 

(Psalms 32 NLT) {5} Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the LORD." And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude {6} Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. {7} For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. {8} The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. {9} Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control." {10} Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. {11} So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! (1 John 1:9 NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

  • CAUSE: Being unthankful

 

(Romans 1:21 NIV) For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. It is impossible to be thankful and be depressed at the same time. Being unthankful is a sin because it shows a lack of faith and hope in God and appreciation for God who gave you life. Being unthankful is listed with many other sins. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV) But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: {2} For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, {3} unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, {4} traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, {5} having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Anyone can be depressed if they focus only on themselves and all their temporary problems. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV) For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. When I was in Manila, Philippines I met many homeless people. Whole families living in the park on a blanket, people living in the dump and trying to make a living by foraging through the garbage. But those people were happier and more thankful than most Americans. I never met any depressed people there, they don't have time for that, they are busy surviving and helping their family and neighbors to survive. Depression is a disease of the unthankful, rich and blessed people.

  • CURE: Be thankful

Being thankful glorifies God and moves us into His presence. (Psalms 100:4-5 NKJV) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. {5} For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. In God's presence is where we experience the ultimate joy, there is no depression there. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV) You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

When we pray we are always to begin with thanksgiving and praise to God, this moves us into His presence and raises our faith and hope in Him so that we may receive the petitions of our heart. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. {7} If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. What are five things that you are thankful to God for? Tell Him.

 

(Philippians 4:8 NIV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

We are to give thanks to God in every situation, even in tough times. (Romans 8:18 NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Sometimes are greatest sufferings bring the greatest blessings, giving us our most valuable lessons from God, bringing us closer to Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 NLT) Always be joyful. {17} Keep on praying. {18} No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. {19} Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.

 

  • CAUSE: Focusing on your own self

 

(Philippians 2:21 NKJV) For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. God gives to us so that we can give to others. Everything about God and our relationships with others is about giving. (Proverbs 28:27 NKJV) He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses. We are always to take what we have and give to others, that is how we receive. Christians receive by giving. If you are waiting until you have more before you give you will loose even what you have now. (Proverbs 11:24 NIV) One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. Everyone can give, even if it is just a prayer for someone, which is one of the best gifts you can give.

  • CURE: Focus on others

 

(Philippians 2:3-4 NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. {4} Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Here is God's prescription for health, mental, spiritual, and physical health. (Isaiah 58:6-12 NIV) "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? {7} Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? {8} Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. {9} Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, {10} and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. {11} The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. {12} Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

For more information about living in the Holy Spirit of love and allowing God's compassion to flow through you and touch others see our on-line book "Seeking God Finding Love", at www.seekgod.org/compassion.html

 

  • CAUSE: Carrying your own burdens

If you are depressed because of rejection, sorrow, grief, or physical suffering; give those things to Jesus because He already carried them to the cross for you. Jesus knows your pain and He already suffered your agony so that He could replace them with His peace and healing, that He offers you. (Isaiah 53:3-6 NIV) He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. {4} Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. {5} But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. {6} We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

  • CURE: Give Jesus your burden and take on His

Jesus invites you to come to Him and let Him carry your heavy burdens and He will give you His light and easy burden. (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV) "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. {29} Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. {30} For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Through prayer with thanksgiving give your burdens to the Lord. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. {7} If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (1 Peter 5:7 NIV) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV) For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. {16} Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. For more about accepting God's grace and living in God's peace see our message about grace. Go to the message titles page at www.seekgod.org/message/index.html and then click on the GRACE title.

 

  • CAUSE: Lack of the Word of God in your heart, you are unable to absorb The Word in your heart, no personal revelation from God's Word.

If you have a hard heart then you will not be able to receive God's Word deep into your being where it can produce, life, light, and joy. (Proverbs 29:18 NKJV) Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

(Matthew 13:19-23 NIV) When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. {20} The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. {21} But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. {22} The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. {23} But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."

  • CURE: Humble your heart to receive from the Lord, seek God's grace, mercy, and His righteousness, seek revelations of knowing God through His Word.

Jesus says in (John 6:63 NIV) The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Without the Holy Spirit giving life to God's Word they are just words. But with the revelation of the Holy Spirit energizing God's Word it becomes life giving, light giving, joy giving, revelations of knowing God in a personal way. (Jeremiah 15:16 NIV) When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty. (Psalms 119:130 NKJV) The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.

God sends His Word to us to heal and deliver us from the pit of depression. (Psalms 107:19-21 NKJV) Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. {20} He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. {21} Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

If the Bible seems dry to you and just so many words then you have a hard heart and God's word is not penetrating into your inner most being where the healing needs to take place. (Hosea 10:12 NLT) I said, 'Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.'

(Joel 2:12-13 NIV) 'Even now,' declares the LORD, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.' {13} Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

 

  • CAUSE: A spirit of depression; from sin, rebellion, disobedience, or seeking help from people instead of God.

King Saul disobeyed God and then tried to get forgiveness from Samuel instead of God, so the Holy Spirit left Saul which allowed a spirit of depression to come upon him. (1 Samuel 15:22-28 NLT) But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams. {23} Rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you from being king." {24} Then Saul finally admitted, "Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the Lord's command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded. {25} Oh, please, forgive my sin now and go with me to worship the LORD." {26} But Samuel replied, "I will not return with you! Since you have rejected the Lord's command, he has rejected you from being the king of Israel." {27} As Samuel turned to go, Saul grabbed at him to try to hold him back and tore his robe. {28} And Samuel said to him, "See? The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to someone else--one who is better than you. (1 Samuel 16:14 NLT) Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and the LORD sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.

Saul even consulted a witch instead of going to the Lord. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14 NLT) So Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD. He failed to obey the Lord's command, and he even consulted a medium {14} instead of asking the LORD for guidance. So the LORD killed him and turned his kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

Not having the Holy Spirit causes the fruits of separation from God to take over one's life. (Galatians 5:19-21 NLT) When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, {20} idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, {21} envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

King Asa also did not seek God's help with a physical problem as it progressed for two years, so he died. God sets up situations for us to come to Him so He can demonstrate His mercy, His grace, which is His compassion upon us. When we put our faith in man and not God it is a setup for failure. (2 Chronicles 16:12-13 NIV) In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians. {13} Then in the forty-first year of his reign Asa died and rested with his fathers. Realizing that our only hope is in God causes our hearts to become humble and desperate for a closer relationship with God. This is what God is waiting for so He can move in and rescue us from despair.

  • CURE: Seek God's help, His mercy, His grace, His compassion, which are demonstrations of His Love.

We must always remember Who the source of our help is. God may use physicians and give them the wisdom to treat you, he may use other people and even circumstances, but ultimately our help comes from God. So always seek help from God first and then being guided by the Holy Spirit obey His voice and His word. (Psalms 121:2 NKJV) My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.

No matter how God does it every good thing comes down from our Father in heaven. Always give God the thanks, and praise, and the glory. (James 1:16-18 NLT) So don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. {17} Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. {18} In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.

When we turn to the Lord and ask Him for His Holy Spirit He promises to give it. (Luke 11:13 NIV) If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. All Freedom. Freedom from every bondage, sin, temptation, and depression. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT) But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. {17} Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. {18} And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.

When we have the presence of God's Holy Spirit in our lives then depression is replaced with love, joy, and peace. (Galatians 5:22-26 NLT) But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. {24} Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. {25} If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. {26} Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.

 

  • CAUSE: Life is sometimes depressing

Because of sin in the world, all of creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth since sin entered the world, and continues right up to the present time. We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for the manifestation of our adoption as children of God.

 

(Romans 8:16-28 NIV) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. {17} Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. {18} I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. {19} The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. {20} For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope {21} that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. {22} We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. {23} Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. {24} For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? {25} But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. {26} In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. {27} And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. {28} And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Many things and situations in this life can be depressing. Especially if we are looking to things in this world to give us joy. Any happiness or joy we get from this world is very temporary. If we are looking to get our joy from a relationship, another person, wealth, the right situation, or the right bottle then we should be depressed. (1 John 2:15-17 NIV) Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. {16} For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. {17} The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

  • CURE: Look up not down

Life is very short we should not waste our precious little time focusing on this world and all our problems here, instead focus on the answers from above. (James 4:13-17 NIV) Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." {14} Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. {15} Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." {16} As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. {17} Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

Your life is not in this world your life is in Christ Jesus. (Colossians 3:1-3 NIV) Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. {2} Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. {3} For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

(Romans 8:28-39 NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. {29} For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. {30} And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. {31} What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? {32} He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? {33} Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. {34} Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. {35} Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? {36} As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." {37} No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. {38} For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, {39} neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

  • CAUSE: Unforgiveness

A root of bitterness can grow up in a person because of unforgiveness causing sever depression. Sometimes people do and say things that hurt us very deeply. Sometimes we are hurt by the ones that are closest to us, maybe even in childhood. These painful hurts can be buried deep within us so that we may be unaware that we are still carrying some resentment toward the person who hurt us. Unforgiveness is a form of pride that rejects God and invites Satan in. (Ephesians 4:26-27 NKJV) "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, {27} nor give place to the devil. (Hebrews 12:14-15 NIV) Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. {15} See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Unforgiveness is an unforgivable sin allowing Satan an open door into your life, which always brings sever depression. (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV) For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. {15} But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Jesus says (Matthew 5:44-48 NIV) But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, {45} that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. {46} If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? {47} And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? {48} Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

(Romans 12:14-21 NIV) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. {15} Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. {16} Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. {17} Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. {18} If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. {19} Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. {20} On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." {21} Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

(Luke 6:35-37 NIV) But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. {36} Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. {37} "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

  • CURE: Forgive, experience the joy of mercy

How to know if you have truly forgiven someone that has hurt you.

  1. Do you say or think things like this? I forgive the person but I will let God deal with them. If you want God to judge and punish them, that is not forgiveness.
  2. Do you say things like, I forgive the person but I do not want to see them or talk to them again. How would you feel if God said to you I forgive you but I am going to avoid you and not speak to you, would you feel forgiven? That is not forgiveness. God's forgiveness always restores.
  3. Do you still have any anger or bad feelings toward the person? When you fully forgive the person, anger will be replaced with pity for them.
  4. Do you still hold on to the memory of the wrong done to you thinking about it often? True forgiveness forgets, because of the healing of forgiveness the pain disappears as if it did not happen. When God forgives He forgets it forever as if it never occurred.
  5. Do you have trouble accepting God's love for you? If so it could be because you are standing in judgement of another person, because you don't have mercy, it is hard for you to believe that God has mercy and compassion for you.

(Matthew 5:7 NKJV) Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Part of the meaning of the word blessed means to be happy, joyful, and depression free. Sometimes we may think that we have forgiven someone but we really have not. When you forgive someone then they are also forgiven by God. (John 20:21-23 NIV) Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." {22} And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. {23} If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." When you fully forgive, God's peace will rest upon you, and the Holy Spirit will comfort you.

This is how to enter into the healing forgiveness, compassion, mercy, and Love of God, which is His grace. Get on your knees and enter into prayer for the person that has hurt you. Approach the throne of grace, in front of the mercy seat, and petition your Father in heaven to please forgive this person. Ask God almighty to pour out His grace, mercy, and compassion upon this person, and in this person. Name off every sin that has been done against you, God will reveal them to you there so you can leave them behind. Tell God please forgive this person because they did not know what they were doing, they did not know how bad there sin was and how much pain it would cause. Just as Jesus hanging upon the cross in agony looked down on the people murdering Him and said Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing.

Ask God in Jesus name, and by the blood that Jesus shed on the cross to please forgive each sin done against you individually. As you name each sin against you and ask God to forgive a ten ton burden will lift off with each one. You will know when they are all gone.

(James 3:13-18 NIV) Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. {14} But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. {15} Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. {16} For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. {17} But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. {18} Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

(1 Peter 4:8 NIV) Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. For more about forgiveness see our message about how we are "Called to Be Royal Priest" at www.seekgod.org/message/intercession.html

  • CAUSE Physical causes

There is a big correlation of depression and wealth. Depression is mainly a disease of the rich and idle, the "idle rich". You may not consider you self wealthy but if you live in America the odds are that you are more wealthy than most of the people in the world. And if you own a TV you are probably more idle than most of the people in the world. Too much free time, too much junk food, little exercise, and no purpose in life can combine to produce depression, depression American style.

  • CURE: Physical cures

There are some basic things that you can do to feel better physically and that makes you feel better overall.

Get proper nutrition and don't over eat. Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you are hungry than you do after you eat? Sometimes we use food as a drug to feel better, but just like all drugs it feels good only for a short time and afterward you feel worse than before. So eat small amounts, eat more fruits and vegetables the way God made them, and avoid processed foods with all its chemicals.

Exercise is good for your body, and it feels good after you exercise because it causes your body to produce endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in your brain that reduce pain and give you a feeling of wellbeing and control, naturally. How many people do you know that work out who are depressed?

Use your free time and energy to help others. As you give of yourself to help others you will experience compassion. Compassion is the presence of God, in God's presence there is full joy, no depression. For more about living in compassion see our on-line book at www.seekgod.org/compassion.html

We also have many other encouraging topics scriptures listed through out this web, check them out. God will bless you through His word.


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