Are You Depressed? Consider Paul

Are you depressed because God seems to have abandoned you?

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 Saint Paul faced actually became his inspiration. Instead of succumbing to depression, Paul found a way to overcome it by being thankful.

Consider some of the problems Apostle 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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Consider it joy!

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 problem is rooted in pride or a refusal to walk away from a sinful lifestyle, trusting God is difficult.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)

Consider it Pure joy when you face trials

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thanks Lord
Say it! “Thank you Lord” for all the trials you have laid upon me. Help me to trust your perfect will.

Paul was always “thankful”

Apostle Paul faced 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).

Jesus also faced difficulties as a human. His source of strength was the many times He spent time with God alone. Jesus thanked God for all things, and so should we. (Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; John 6:11; John 11:41; Luke 22:17,19)

Thankfulness in all situations

We all face problems. Financial problems are no match for someone whose problem is becoming maimed or blind. Death comes to all of us and in a terminally ill situation like cancer, there’s something to be thankful for. They have a chance to say goodbye, no matter how short.

Give thanks in everything

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)

Philippians 3:7
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

– 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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