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Can Christians Be Depressed

CAN CHRISTIANS BE DEPRESSED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

Psalm 42:5 NKJV

Yes, Christians do suffer from depression. I know because I am one who fights the battle. The Psalms are filled with cries from a distressed heart:

“Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low” (Ps. 142:6a).

“Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed” (Ps. 143:4).

Elijah became depressed when Queen Jezebel sought to kill him. He cried out to God asking Him to take his life. During this time, Elijah was hiding in caves (1 Kings 19:1-10).

Many Christians, including preachers are misinformed about depression. They think God’s people are immune to it because we have the joy of the Lord. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Depression is not a sin. It is a very real medical condition which is usually caused by a chemical imbalance. It can also be brought on as a result of a traumatic event. PMS, hormones and hormone replacement drugs can also be responsible for depression. When I began using hormone replacements, I found myself crying uncontrollably for no reason.

Perhaps you understand depression is real. Now, what do you do? Visit your doctor. A regiment of anti-depressants are often necessary. You are not any less a Jesus girl or a godly man because you need medicine. People take medicine for many medical conditions. That is exactly what depression is – a medical condition.

Finally, there is hope with God. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5b). Do not be ashamed to talk to your Father in heaven about your depression. He will understand you better than anyone.

Remember, depression does not make you any less of a Christian. Once treated, it makes you a stronger one.

Precious Father,

My prayer today is for all Your children suffering with depression. Let them feel You near them today. Comfort them. Lead them to the right place for help. Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 1 Kings 19:1-10.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Check out these wonderful resources which have helped me with depression:

“Loved Back to Life” by Sheila Walsh

“Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” by Dr. Michelle Bengtson http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/

This devotion is part of a bonus section in my book, “Incense Rising: 60 Days To Powerful Prayer” https://www.createspace.com/6267879

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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GIANT SLAYING FAITH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

1 Samuel 22:2 NKJV

Why would David surround himself with distressed, indebted and discontented men? A better question may be: would we risk our lives like these four hundred men did to help David? He was hiding in caves as King Saul hunted him down like a wild animal. Perhaps, they believed God would make David king since Samuel had anointed him. Possibly, they had hopes of high government positions, but maybe they were looking for more than just a promotion in life. Did they desire strong faith, the unwavering trust in God that David possessed?

Their faith received a boost when David found them useful. David knew God works in ordinary people, and he believed God had surrounded him with an extraordinary group of ordinary men.

Can you imagine them gathering in the cave listening to David’s story about killing Goliath? I can hear David explaining to them how it was not the stone in his forehead, but it was God who brought the giant down (1 Sam. 17:49).  How their faith must have increased!

Do you know someone who has shown tremendous faith during times of suffering? I am drawn to people like that. My faith is strengthened as I listen to them describe the way God moved in their lives.

Many of us are distressed, in debt and discontented, but God can use us too. We are ordinary people who can do extraordinary things through the power of the Holy Spirit. We can slay giants through that same power. We do not have to remain distressed, in debt, and discontent. We can trust God. That is what faith is all about – trusting God. No matter what giant stands in your path today, ask God for giant slaying faith. Ask Him to do the extraordinary in your life.

Lord, many giants stand before us today. Give Your children extraordinary faith. As You go before us, slay the giants with Your mighty arm. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 1 Samuel 17:31-52.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do not compare yourself to the giant in your path. Rather compare the giant to God. No giant is bigger or stronger than God.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.