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Dealing With Depression


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I. Depression in America
a. Today I am going to talk about something that has affected everyone sitting here at one point in time. It is something that has become a big problem in America and is now considered an illness by doctors and medical personal. It is that feeling of deep sadness and loneliness. It is that feeling were you are alone in a dark tunnel with no light at the end of it. It is that feeling that has broken many strong and wise men to pieces. It is the feeling that everyone has abandoned you, your friends, family, and in extreme cases even God. That feeling is depression. We will first look at the definition of depression and it’s affect in America, then we will look at how depression affects our war with Satan, next we will look at how David dealt with depression, and finally we will look at the steps how to manage depression.
b. Depression comes from the Latin word deprimere which means “press down”. Depression is officially defined in Webster 1828 as 1) the act of pressing down; or the state of being pressed down; a low state. 2) A sinking of the spirits; dejection; a state of sadness; want of courage or animation; 3) A low state of strength; a state of body succeeding debility [weakness] in the formation of disease.
i. Lots of people like to make a distinction from sadness and depression, looking at just the definition of depression; however, shows that sadness is intertwined with depression. Therefore when I use the word depression I am referring to extreme sadness and dejection just like Mr. Webster.
c. Depression is now considered an illness and doctors prescribe drugs to try and cure the problem. According to a report done by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in 2011, the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008 and that 1 in 10 Americans takes antidepressants. According to the Mayo Clinic Antidepressants are second only to antibiotics as most prescribed medicine.
i. According to a study done by Dr. Irving Kirsch of Harvard Medical School in 2008, found that most antidepressants didn’t even work and were not effective (
d. Depression is a major issue also because many people tie depression to suicide and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America.
II. Our War With Satan
a. So now let’s focus on how depression affects our war with Satan
b. Ephesians 6.13-14 reads – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (14) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
i. I like this verse because it puts everything into perspective. We are at war with the Devil and this war is symbolized as a wrestling match. Learning from my brother, the object of a wrestling match is to be able to throw your opponent down to the ground and to pin him and this is exactly what the Devil is trying to do to us. Notice that our goal; however, is to stand, we are not supposed to be thrown down.
ii. Remember the Latin of depression is deprimere which means “press down”. The Devil will do everything he can to pin us and make us weak and this includes depression. If the Devil can make you believe that you aren’t important, that you are nobody and a failure, that you are not worthy to be the child of God, then he has already won the match. The Devil will put ideas in your mind and once you start believing them, then the cards all fold and the Devil is smiling because he knows he has you beat.
iii. The ultimate goal of the Devil is to stop you from getting to church and having fellowship with God. Depression can cause either two things, it can cause you to feel unworthy which will cause you not to go to the house of God or it can make you angry at God which will also cause you not to go to the house of God.
c. 1 Peter 5.8 reads – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
i. The Devil devours people if he gets the chance, he has no mercy or forgiveness. He is also a lion which is considered the king of the jungle. He is the ruler of darkness and by ourselves we won’t last long in a fight against him. ----------------
III. David As the Example
a. As an example on how to act when dealing with depression, I choose David. There are many more examples of people who dealt with depression like Job and Abraham, but I choose David because he is the author of most of the Psalms which are good pictures of what David did and went through.
b. Psalm 6.6 reads- I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
i. David, though he did nothing wrong, was continuously tormented by Saul and the whole nation of Israel for that matter. Enemies encompassed him, yet David trusted on God.
ii. Psalm 23.4 and 6 reads – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
1. Notice how David deals with his depression and troubles. Instead of shunning God and being angry at him notice what David says, I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. That is the secret on how to deal with depression. We put our trust in God and we continue to have fellowship with him.
2. There is nothing harder to do than to pick up a bible and read it when you are depressed. Do it anyways. The only way we are going to get through this is if we keep a constant line open between God and us. We can’t fall into the Devil’s trap, we need to go to church and we need to trust in God.
3. Psalm 40.1-3- I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.(2) He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (3) And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
a. That is all that depression is, it is a dark, dirty pit that offers no escape route. It feels as if you are trapped with no one there to hear your sufferings, but if you are wise – you will realize that there is someone. Just as we, in a state of depression are left in a dark pit, so was Daniel.
i. Because Daniel continued to pray to God even after it was outlawed, the so-called wise men had Daniel thrown into a pit filled with lions. In the next morning the king of Babylon called for Daniel assuming he was dead. Much to the king’s surprise; however, Daniel said in Daniel 6.22– My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
b. Psalm 46 (whole chapter)
1. God will not forsake us as long as we trust in him. God will shut the Devil’s mouth and protect us. ----------------
IV. The Root of Depression
a. Depression comes from the realization that we are nothing special and we become envious of other more famous people. To the world we are just ordinary people. I won’t be able to play the piano and compose songs like Billy Joel, or have the charisma of Napoleon. I won’t be a genius like Sir Isaac Newton or be as fast as Louis Zamperini. To the world I am just another kid, but to God, I am someone special. Just like how our church doesn’t look like much compared to the gigantic cathedrals and huge mega churches, we know that our church is the house of God and that angles will come here to listen. God does not judge a book based on its cover. He tries and weighs the hearts of men.
i. Revelation 1.6 reads – And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen
1. We are kings and priests. It can’t get much better than that. We hold the two highest offices ever. Tell yourself that next time you think that you aren’t special.
ii. 1 Peter 2.9 – But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
1. To God, when we follow his rules and obey him, then we are something special. We are better than the rock stars and movie stars that we dream to be.
b. Deuteronomy 31.8 reads- 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.
i. Remember that God is just the same today what he told Joshua is still true today
c. I am not saying that we should just give up or that we shouldn’t have goals. What I am saying is that we shouldn’t be envious and when the dust is settled and we’ve tried our hardest, then we should be happy with whatever the end product is.
i. Ecclesiastes 9. 10 –Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
ii. Colossians 4.23 reads – And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
iii. 1 Corinthians 10.31 reads – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
iv. Whatever our task is, we do it with everything we got. Depression makes our life’s seem worthless. If all life is just vanity, then what is the point of living? What is the reason we have to live in this sin cursed world? I am nothing special. There is a reason we live and that is to glorify and serve God.
v. We are solders and servants of Christ. Our ultimate goal should be to serve Christ to the best of our ability. -------------
V. The Five Steps to Deal with Depression
a. When we find ourselves depressed we need to do the following things
i. No matter what keep going to church and keep a connection open to God. We can’t take on Satan by ourselves. This is by far the most important thing we can do.
ii. Count your blessings. Start out small and go from there. Thank God for your eyesight, hearing, health, shelter, mental acuteness, family, church, etc. When I see people out in the world who are blind or retarded it’s hard to feel depressed because I realize how generously God has blessed me
iii. Remember what Jesus promised us.
1. John 14.1-4 reads – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and revive you unto myself; that where I am, There ye may be also. (4) And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
a. Jesus has personally picked out and prepared a mansion for us in Heaven where we will have eternal bliss. The only Hell we will ever have to endure is in this Earth. We are Kings and Priests of the Almighty God, creator of the heaven and the earth.
iv. Try to find what is making you depressed. Search yourself. Sometimes we feel there is no reason, but more likely than not there is. Pay attention to what you are watching and listening to. Turn off the news, stop watching Youtube.
1. Stop listening to conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories have an aurora around them that makes listening to them exciting and adventures, but we have to be careful not to be sucked into it too much.
a. Proverbs 5.6 reads – Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
b. Mystery Babylon is a whore and therefore what Proverbs is describing is the way she acts. Her ways are movable, she is continuously changing from one form to another. No one other than God knows what chem trails are for, who killed JFK, if Christopher Columbus really found America and so many more things that will remain unknown to us.
c. As Alan Jackson would say “turn off that violent old movie you're watchin' and turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns.” Slow down, relax, watch the sun set and realize the awesome and magnificent power of God. Look at life from a different perspective and remember the big picture.
v. Think the right thoughts. I know I talk about Track a lot, but I have learned a lot from running. If I am running a race and I am on my last lap and I am tired and sweating and my breathing is hard and my arms aren’t pumping as much and my legs feel like they want to fall off; I find myself starting to say - I can’t do this, I am too tired, I am too slow; and if I start to believe what I am telling myself, then I end up doing terrible. However, if push away these thoughts and run as hard as I can to the very end, then I end up doing well.
1. Life is all about these head games the Devil plays with us. If we think positively, then we have a better chance of getting through it. If, however; we find ourselves thinking – I am all alone, no one cares about me, this depression will never end, then we just make it that much harder on ourselves. We should realize that humans go to extremes. That depression will end and that the lower we are, the higher we can get. According to an article in the New York Times said “those with the deepest lows also have the loftiest highs, the research shows. And differences between people seem to emerge early in childhood, if not from birth, and remain a major mark of character throughout life ''One of the more emotionally intense people we studied was a woman who, for instance, was once depressed and distraught for days after she lost her pen,'' said Edward Diener, a psychologist at the University of Illinois, who has done much of the new research. On the other hand, he said, she became so thrilled on seeing an advertisement for a big sale on expensive women's shoes that ''she hopped in her car on the spot and drove three hours to the store in Chicago.''
2. ''One of the least intense,'' Dr. Diener added, ''was a man who, one evening, spotted a fire that had broken out in a college dorm and got an extinguisher and put it out. But instead of running, he walked to get the extinguisher and walked back to the fire. Another man, who was being treated for cancer, was so unexcitable that when he was told that the disease was in remission, he reported being somewhat happy for a day or so, then went back to his usual neutral state.'' ( , INTENSITY OF EMOTION TIED TO PERCEPTION AND THINKING, by Daniel Goleman, March 17, 1987)
3. Psalm 30.5 and 11-12 reads – (5) For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may; endure for a night. But joy cometh in the morning. (11) Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness ;( 12) To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
4. Remember that for how the intensity of how low you feel, there will come a day were you feel just as high
b. So in review the five steps are – (1) stay connected to God (read your bible, go to church) (2)count your blessings (3)remember what Jesus has promised you (4) find out what is making you depressed and fix it (5) think positive thoughts.
c. This will not make depression disappear forever, remember that the Devil leaves for but a season, but this is how we deal with depression, medication may or may not work, I am just a kid and I don’t have a medical degree, but from the research I have done I know that there are mixed reviews on if antidepressants work or not. Being Christians, we have our cure that will work no matter what. We trust in God, keep going to church and serve him to the best of our ability. -------------
d. One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach
with the LORD

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life,
for each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was
only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened
at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it.
“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d
walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that
during the most troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.”

“I don’t understand why when I needed you most you
would leave me.”

The LORD replied, “My son My precious child, I love you
and I would never leave you. During you times of trial and
suffering when you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”
e. This is it ladies and gentlemen. This is our race and we are coming to our last lap. It is up to you whether you want to quit or not, our eternal life is not at steak. So if you want to start telling yourself you can’t make it, that your too tired, then go ahead; you will only make the race that much harder. We are on this earth for such a short time we need to give it all we’ve got.
i. Philippians 4.13 reads – I can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengtheneth me.
ii. So don’t stop running, the finish line is right up ahead, fight the good battle of faith, don’t let the Devil pin you with depression, and give it your best- God’s speed to you all.

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