DEPRESSION

WALKING FROM DARKNESS INTO THE DAWN

KEYS FOR LIVING - DEPRESSION

Depression is possibly responsible for more pain and distress than any other affliction of mankind. It is difficult to define depression, describe its symptoms, or treat it. The dictionary defines depression as an emotional condition, either neurotic or psychotic, characterized by feelings of hopelessness, inadequacy, gloominess, dejection, sadness, difficulty in thinking and concentration, and inactivity. Both Christians and non-Christians can suffer depression.

Depression often times creates a negative self-image, accompanied by feelings of guilt, shame, and self criticism. Neurotic depression can be linked to wrong conduct or behavior and wrong reactions to such conduct.

Do You Look at Life through a "Black Filter"?

Those who struggle in the darkness of depression have difficulty seeing the good in their circumstances and especially in themselves. They look at life through a “black filter.” The photographer who uses a black lens can take a picture during the daytime, but the final photograph will appear to be a night scene.

Depressed people see life through a black filter, feeling hatred toward themselves, helpless about their situations and hopeless over their future. If you’re walking in the darkness of depression, you need to see the light of the Lord and know that He cares.

Cherish these words from Isaiah 42:16, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”

So heed the signs of depression and ask God to help you work through your painful feelings. It will take time and your hope will be renewed!

 

Walking from Darkness into the Dawn

Does getting out of bed seem to be harder each day? Is visiting with friends a challenge? No matter how much you try, do you feel “stuck”? You’re not alone.

Millions of people suffer from depression, including Christians. Feeling weighed down by stress is normal, but God designed your heart to rebound from such stress. Sometimes, though, you’re pressed down for so long that your heart becomes depressed, unable to bounce back without intervention. At this point, you need to seek help from friends, Christian counselors and you may need to use medication.

The best help, however, is from the One who knows your pain, cares deeply for you, and is able to heal. His help is always free and always available. The Bible has many examples of God’s people who were depressed. You can follow their example by crying out to God, by remembering His faithfulness, and by putting your hope in Him. In your darkest hour, He won’t abandon you. He’s beside you, even when you can’t feel Him.

Ask Him to remind you of His presence when the loneliness seems unbearable. He will reassure you  maybe through His Word or maybe through a friend.

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Grace Filled Words:

“Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.” 

Isaiah 50:10

“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” 

Psalm 18:28

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

2 Corinthians 7:10

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” 

Psalm 27:13

Additional Scriptures: 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Isaiah 50:10

Psalm 42:5-11

Proverbs 23:12

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