Depression in Christians

Depression in Christians

One woman ones asked me: Why is there something like depression in Christians? Why do I suffer suffer from depression? Should we not be free from bondages like that? The woman who asked had herself a lot of problem with depression and her whole family struggled within this area. Her father had some years before committed suicide and in the extended family there were more suicidal tragedies.


I will never forget her question: Why is there something like depression in Christians? She asked while been to mental hospital for some month and it really was like she stretched out her hand for help.

During that time I did not have any answer to give her. I knew that God wanted to help her, but I did not know what to say. I could not explain. I remember how frustrated I felt; having the opportunity to help but no tools. Not enough knowledge.

And I think that is a big problem today in the Church. The knowledge about being free from depression is much less than the knowledge of being healed from sickness. For some reason we think that depression is a hard thing to heal, so many give up before they even try.

It should not be that way! Christian depression is possible to heal, as well as physical sickness Christians suffer from!

One thing that I think may be a hinder for Christians to really be free from depression is that there is a tendency amongst Christians to neglect the word of God and the power that the word brings into our lives. We want some quick fix, but when it comes to depression the deliverance can of course be instant; for God everything is possible, but we also need to renew our minds according to the word. We need to actively change our thinking! And that can be a fight if we are used to constantly thinking negative and destructive thoughts. But renewing our mind is necessary to do and gives you such a tremendous freedom. It automatically changes everything!

But in order to see more deliverance from depression we also need to see an increase of the love for the word of God!

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Christian Depression – Elijah

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Elijah had done great things for the Lord! He had seen Gods miracle on the Mount Carmel. God showed himself mighty to Israel and the people turned to the Lord. But than Elijah got discouraged and fearful!  (Often as a Christian depression hit us when we have done something in the kingdom of God. When God uses us we also become targets for the darkness.)


Read the Bible verses about Elijah and the miracle on mount Carmel from 1 King 17:

And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah that Ahab said unto him Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God.

And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered.




And they leaped upon the altar which was made. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me.

Theme Christian  depression

And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.

And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
(1Ki 18:17-39 KJV)

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Lessons From Elijah Under The Bush

Theme in the Bible  – Christian Depression

After the great miracle on Mount Carmel Elijah had a lot of problems with his emotions. Jezebel threatened to kill him and he fled for his life. This great man of God that had seen God’s power in such a mighty way just recently, forgot about God’s greatness and sat under a bush feeling sorry for himself. He had no faith that God would take care of him and protect him.


But God has something for Elijah….He wanted him to eat some food for strength and the God send Him away on a mission.

This is a great “Christian depression lesson”. To read about people in the Bible going through things similar to our own can help a lot. Reading about Elijah is a great help for depressed and has helped me many times. Even if we are a Christian depression and discouragement can hit us. We sometimes are like Elijah, sitting under a bush feeling sorry for our selves. But that is never Gods plan for us. God wants us to rise up, get strength from eating from the word of God, from Jesus himself (Jesus is called the bread of life) and then do what God wants us to do!

Example from the Bible – Christian depression

 Eliajah runs away

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.




Eliajah is feeling sorry for himself

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. We do not know if Elijah was depressed the way we think because the word depression is not in the Bible, but someone who want God to finish his life like Elijah did, you must say suffer from great emotional pain!

 An angel came with help for the “depressed” and discouraged Eliajah

And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

God spoke to the Elijah

And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.

And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

(1Ki 19:1-15 KJV)

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King David – A Biblical Example

When you are having bad emotions and look for a way to be free from depression, you sometimes think that no one has had problem like me. I must be the only one with this and that experience. But no, having those feelings is not something new, and crying out to be free from depression and hard circumstances is not something that only you and I experience. People through the whole Bible struggled with fear and worry and other kind of depressive thinking.


 

Take David for example! King David, whom God called a man after his own heart! A man that wanted to serve God and did so in a mighty way!

David struggled with fear and anxiety in His troubled times, and in the psalms he describes his feelings. He had problems and He cried out to God for help. Much like the cry we have when we cry out to be free from depression or whatever is making us trouble.

It is good to read, because we then can se that nothing is new under the sun….we all have problems and so did the people many hundreds of years ago!

Psalm:

To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
(Psa 57:1-11 KJV)

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah.

God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

David was really in trouble here. His enemies were chasing him and he feared for his life. He could see no help, no rescue but God. And he cries out to God to help him! And that we can also do! We can cry out from our heart and ask God to help us!

God listens to you and the help is on the way! If you have cried out to God to help you with your emotional problem, He is there with you and want to help you be free from your problems and free from depression and anxiety.




One thing to do to be free from depression

The interesting thing with David is that in the same time that he cries out to God he also speaks out who God is! He knows God and in his prayer he talk about what God can do, who He is! He describes what God has been doing before and is like talking to his own mind to remember Gods greatness!

He does the actual thing that we also need to do. He reminds his own soul to praise the Lord no matter the circumstances, because he knows that God will help him! He speaks directly to His soul: Wake up! I want to thank God! Even in the midst of trouble David knew his God and kept to Him!

This is a great key for us to change our thinking from being just dark and negative to light and positive! It is a piece that will help us be free from depression. It is to acknowledge that it does not matter how things looks for the eye right now. We can put our trust in the Lord and relay on Him. He will help us, he will never leave us!

With that we by no means are denying the fact, the actual circumstances that we have all around us. But we acknowledge that God I much greater than things aroused around us. David said: I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me!

When we do that we express faith and trust in the Lord, and faith releases the power of God to work. So it is a key! Praise and worship actually a great part in being free from depression. When we lift our eyes and look at Jesus, look at our redeemer, everything around us becomes smaller. Because He is the greatest, He is the one with power!

Help for depressed

Don’t Give Up!

When hard times come your way and even if you are Christian depression have taken the grip in your life it is easy just wanting to give up. For some Christians, a kind of disappointment in God also makes the problems even harder. If I am a Christian I should not need to feel this way, right? Why has not God done anything?




That question can be kind of torture if you can not see the truth in this. Many Christians who suffer from depressive thinking also feel a kind of pressure because they think that they now also are bad Christians. Should not Christians always be happy and content?

And if even God can not help me, why try at all? If you think this way – giving up is not far away. For many, it seems to be the only way out of a hard situation.

But giving up is never the solution! There is always a way out! And God is no respecter of person. If He has helped others He, of course, wants to help you! We have an enemy that wants us to give up the fight. But don’t do that. God is there for you whether or not you can feel it.

First of all; God has already done everything for you, so you never need to worry about if you are a bad Christians or not. That is not an issue any longer. We were all bad and all of needed Christ to save us. And in this salvation was also included health, strength, joy and other blessings for us. For all of us, non-Christian or Christian, depression has been taken care of. He loved you and me and provided that for us. Awesome!




Because of things happened to us, we sometimes have problems receiving His grace, though.  That is why we need to really plug into the word of God because God works through His word and His Spirit to release His power in our lives. That is for you! Do not give up! God can transform everything if you let the word of God work in your life.

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