"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12 KJV)
"And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."
(Deuteronomy 31:8 KJV)
Biblical Encouragement and Advice
By Jack Wellman, written 4/11/2011
"First of all, there is nothing wrong with being depressed. It is natural for all people to experience times of depression. When you are unable to break loose from a prolonged state of depression, you can seek counseling from a licensed Christian counselor or therapist. They are trained in how to deal with depression and they hold to biblical principles and values so you can find God’s perspective and receive the help you need. Aside from seeing a counselor or therapist, what particular Bible verses or stories can help a person break free from such a state?" ... Read Zechariah 2:8, Psalms 17:8, Psalms 36:7, Jeremiah 29:11, and Hebrews 13:5.
Continuing: "We can read of others who went through severe depression and they are a veritable “who’s who” of the Bible: Job (Book of Job), Abraham (Gen. 15),
Jeremiah (Book of Jeremiah), Jonah (chapter 4), King Saul (I Sam 16), Elijah (I Kings 19), and even the greatest king that Israel ever had, King David (Book of Psalms)....
"Sometimes depression has a physical cause and not an emotional cause. There are brain chemical imbalances that can cause severe depression. These are treatable and should be taken to a counselor or therapist....
"One thing that is helpful is to volunteer to help others. It has (sic) harder to be depressed when we are helping others. Also, find a trusted friend, family member, or a fellow Christian in whom you can confide in and talk with. Sometimes just talking about your depression can help you identify what the root causes are. Why not try writing out on a piece of paper the many things that you have to be thankful for (I Thessalonians. 5:18)."
While there are several ways to approach the problem, you should start by seeing a doctor trained in psychology and in Christian principles to find the possible causes. Becoming a Christian, if you aren't, will give you God and His love to lean on. Our Awesome God is always the best way to begin and to keep from letting depression rule your life.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and, at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA for children and a Prayer Team but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible.
Flo & Bill