DEPRESSION - THE SECRET INTRUDER
"He delivers the poor (depressed) in his
There are approximately 9 words in the Hebrew language that mean to be poor. Only one out of the nine words means to be depressed in your mind. The word poor referring to depression is the Hebrew root word (anah). It's the word on which I am focusing today.
Depression can be so debilitating that one so afflicted may, and too many times, consider suicide as an option. Having lost my father to suicide, I do not ever treat this subject lightly. Depression is not to be ignored, especially in the church. For some it is hard to believe that a believer can suffer from depression, yet the statistics prove otherwise. Many who once had a vibrant and healthy relationship with the LORD, now suffer from depression. It is as though one day an intruder walked into the believer's life with authority to silence them and, disconnect them from their life in Christ while painting the dismal picture of a hopeless future.
King David understood depression first hand. He said, "I am poor (depressed) and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me" (Psalms 40:17). He did discover the cure, "You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not tarry" (Psalms 40:17). In another place he names the source of depression. "The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor (depressed)" (Ps. 37:14).
Solomon said "Where no counsel (steerage) is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Prov. 11:14). The LORD has raised up skilled, trained, professional counselors in His body to lead His people through deliverance. In the scripture above (Prov. 11:14) the very word safety means deliverance.
Quotes From Professional
(From: The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling)
"Depressed persons often believe they are alienated from God. Significant feelings of distance from God are noted rather than closeness to him" (Hart, 2001; McMinn and Campbell, 2007).
"In this alienating equation, depressed people often believe they are being punished by God, that the punishment is usually deserved or just (sometimes there is a powerful obsession with having committed the unpardonable sin), and that there will never be a complete reconciliation - God has abandoned them for all time, and Hell is inevitable" (see Ohlschlager and Clinton, 2002).
"Depressed people often are alienated from others; they are typically non-participant spectators to life" (Wetzel, 1984, pg. 216).
"The gospel tells us that God has supernaturally broken into the realm of alienation and disbelief. When he shows up in a person's present experiences and proves that he is truly present in love and grace, the person experiences a moment of renewal and relief from the legacy of alienating despair" (Koenig, 2007; Hook and Worthington, 2007; Richards and Bergin, 2005).
Depression creates an illusion that you are alone in the universe, which is a lie from the enemy. Depression can drive a person further and further away from relationships, causing them to believe that existing in isolation is a better way to live. The truth is that isolation causes greater pain, damage and destruction. The human soul was not created for isolation. Today, the LORD HIMSELF is extending His hand to those of you suffering from depression. He will lead you out of a silent hell. I know there is no quick fix or a snap of the fingers to bring one out. I do believe by the power of the Holy Spirit, an afflicted person can cry out to the LORD for the next step and receive His answer.
I earnestly pray that bands of wickedness, heavy burdens, oppression and un-holy yokes begin to break off of God's people, off of you. Jesus IS LIFE, and today He says, "Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST" (Matt. 11:28).
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Blessings and honor,