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Are you depressed because of insurmountable problems?

Science says depression is a chemical or nerve brain problem but the root cause and cure is yet to be discovered. For Paul and the rest of Jesus’ disciples who were persecuted, depression was at their doorstep. The problems and struggles he faced actually became his inspiration. Instead of succumbing to depression, Paul found a way to overcome it by being thankful.

Consider some of the things Paul had to endure:

  1. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.
  2. Three times I was beaten with rods.
  3. I was stoned.
  4. Three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.
  5. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren.
  6. I have been in labor and hardship.
  7. Many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

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Do you really trust me?

If we believe that God is in control, like Paul, 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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“Thank you Lord” for all the trials you have laid upon me. Help me to trust your perfect will.

Have you ever thanked God for your problems?

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

– Prayer –
“Our Father in the heavens, you know my struggles and anxiety. Cover my heart, mind, and soul with the precious blood of Jesus. I refuse every lie and agreement I have made with the enemy. I take back any words of hopelessness I may have thought or spoken and placed all my sins and anxiety to the foot of the cross of Jesus.

You are my Lord Jesus and I have hope because you died for me. You alone can make my heart alive and joyful because Jesus is the resurrection and the life!” AMEN!

– Speak Life! –
I have a new heart through Christ my Saviour!

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me (John 15:5); “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

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