Reason for depression
Science says depression is a chemical or nerve brain problem. It can also be a result of abusing the body, poor health, or trauma. Regardless, statistics show that people recover faster from sickness through faith and prayers. However, Doctors admit they don’t fully understand the cause (Harvard Med; NIHM). In the Bible, the root cause of depression is sin or demonic possession.
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Do you really trust me?
If we believe that God is in control, trusting Him to make all things work together for our own good is the only way to win this battle (Romans 8:28). However, if the cause of our sadness meant changing our attitude, or give-up something and we refuse, trusting God is difficult.
Sin can cause guilt that leads to depression. If it’s beyond sin, it’s a lesson, character, or something God alone knows (James 1:2-3). God wants us to let go of unforgiveness, pride, fear, and selfishness. All these cause us to despair. Remember, God is always in control, trust His perfect will in your life. (Romans 12:2)
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Thankfulness is the key
Have you ever said “thank you God” for your problem or desperate condition? This is an important attitude that helps overcome depression. To say “thank you” means you are accepting God’s will. It also means you trust Him enough for allowing certain things to happen in your life because He loves you. In other words, you are obedient to His call. We’re instructed not to be anxious but to be thankful instead. (Philippians 4:6)
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Paul was always “thankful”
Apostle Paul faced terrible persecution yet he had inner joy because he thanked God even for difficulties and in everything (Philippians 1:3). He tells us to “give thanks in everything,” for it is part of God’s perfect plan, though difficult at times (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Point is, even Christians face depression.
Even in a terminal disease, there’s a vantage point to be thankful and look at it as a disease that gives a person enough time to be with their loved ones. People will eventually pass away, many never had a chance to say goodbye.
In the same way, Jesus faced persecution as a man. His source of strength was the many times He spent time with God alone. He asked if the task could be taken away, yet Jesus looked at the bigger picture. He thanked God in all things and so should we. (Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; John 6:11; John 11:41; Luke 22:17,19)
Give thanks in everything