Thursday, June 29, 2017

Depression and its Cure - - Part Two


Depression and its Cure  - -  This is Part Two - - Click HERE for Part One. 
 
 

Are you continually Sad?  Do you have feelings of hopelessness and feel that all is lost?  Do you have a ‘way of thinking’ that you are alone and no one cares?  Do you have thoughts that nobody truly loves you with their whole heart and no one really cares about you? 

Are your thoughts that you are “No good, you are worthless, insignificant and don’t deserve to be loved?” 

Do these thoughts make you sad – lonely and “depressed?”  There is a cure for Depression and it is up to you to cooperate with God.   Do you really desire to be free?   

I have good news for you.  You are NOT Mentally  Ill.  You are being tormented by your enemy Satan with thoughts that even God can’t love you. 

First understand that God in heaven loved the entire world from day one through eternity, so that includes YOU.  God loved YOU enough to send Jesus Christ to become the sacrifice for you and for your sin.  Jesus was willing to die for YOU.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live in you when you accept Jesus into your heart. 

That being said, the fact is that YOU are loved by God the Father and you are also loved by Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit. 

1.     Realize that you are loved by God.
2.     Understand that you are forgiven by God.
3.     Your sins are forgotten by God as if they never existed. 

Your Spirit is saved but your soul is not saved nor is your body.  Your soul is your mind, thoughts, your will, emotions and feelings.  Jesus is the healer of our spirit, and body, but we must do our part to renew our mind (soul.)

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

Your soul must be renewed by the Word of God as you read, memorize, meditate and digest truth.  Practice “SELF TALK” by using powerful scriptures as you voice positive affirmations with your mouth.  

It is time to change your thinking.  Your Thought Life is important.  Are you thinking on these things?  

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—think and meditate on these things. 

If you will be honest and desire to be set free - - do consider all that has been said so far. 

The answer is on its way but I realize many are still plagued by thoughts of sadness. 

For most of us there is another important step we must take before we can be set free of depression: 

You have a part to play.  Your part is to forgive all of those who have ever hurt or abused you.  

This is done by going back in your imagination and visualize the time you were hurt, and in your mind - - see the person involved.  If course this makes you angry and fearful but pay attention and do this:   

With your voice say these words of forgiveness as if you were speaking to the person. 

“I am not happy you did this to me, but with Jesus’ help, “I FORGIVE YOU.”   Speaking aloud with your voice this act of forgiveness is powerful for your inner self to make closure. 

Sit quietly for a moment and listen to what Jesus says to you.  (He will probably tell you that He (Jesus) sees you as an innocent virgin and He loves you dearly, and that he also forgives the person.) 

You may need to keep forgiving because there are no doubt others who must be forgiven by you.  Repeat this visual activity for each person you are harboring regret and anger.   Continue until you sense peace - - 

Now it is time to forgive yourself.  You were not to blame - - and if you were a willing participant, you may have been deceived.  Tell yourself that you forgive YOU for being there and for participating willingly or not so willingly in the event. 

It is time to do some renouncing and making of declarations.  For each negative feeling in your thoughts take authority over it and tell it to go - - to leave and not return.  Then ask Jesus to flood your mind and thoughts with the opposite feeling.  For Sadness there is JOY and PEACE.  For Stress there is REST.  For doubt there is ASSURANCE.  For fear there is Boldness, Courage, and Confidence.


Martin Lloyd Jones a noted Bible Scholar says: 

1.     When you’re depressed, recognize it and begin to confront yourself as to why you’re depressed.

2.     If your depression stems from overwhelming circumstances, think biblically about those with trials in the Bible.  If I can’t change my circumstances, how does God want me to change my attitude?

3.     When you’re depressed, your main need is to seek God Himself, not just relief.

Seek the person of God, Seek His presence; seek to praise Him for himself. Seek His precepts (God’s word), Seek to be with other Christians. 

Have you not realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?  

Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself.... 

The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’--what business have you to be disquieted? You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: ‘Hope thou in God’--instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way. And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do. Then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with me: “I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God”.

 

1 comment:

  1. Only God's love could fill the gap of emptiness in our hearts.

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