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What DO we believe? Lesson 6 (page 1)
CHRISTAINS DEALING WITH DEPRESSION

Does Christians sometime become depressed? Absolutely, Christians are still human. All humans, at sometime in their life, get depressed. The good news is that it is perfectly normal human behavior. The better news is that there are definite biblical steps that can be taken to help us deal with that depression.

Life is not a walk down a level path, but a series of hills and valleys. One day we are on top of the mountain, the next day the mountain is on top of us! What can be done about these wide mood swings?

  1. The first step is to be sure there is no clinical or physical problems that can be corrected. Often time wide mood swings are a result of a physical problem that we may not be aware of.
  2. The second thing is to try to better understand our selves and practice self control.
  3. Look beyond one’s self to find our purpose in life. Don't be content to float down the stream of life like a dead fish! God has placed YOU here on this planet, in America, (the greatest Super Power on earth), for a PURPOSE!

Let me give you an example of how we can practice self-control to keep some small thing from ruining our day. We get up and while getting dressed for work, we break a shoe sting. Little things like this are just everyday life. Do not allow yourself to become upset or angry for something that is simply a part of everyday life. Put on another pair of shoes and thank God that you have more than one pair. Tie the shoestring back together and buy a new set of shoestrings as soon as possible. Do not allow little things spoil a day that God has given you, “to rejoice and be glad in it.”

You get tied up in traffic. Instead of honking you horn and going ballistics and out of control, thank God that you have an automobile to drive. Thank God that you are physically able to drive. Many people, even here in America, would gladly trade places with you; being tied up in traffic would be wonderful for them. There is about 70% of the rest of the world population that have never ridden in an automobile.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Paul is saying, instead of getting frustrated over something you can’t change, change your thoughts instead. Think on something good!

Walk up and down the corridors of your mind and take off the ugly pictures of past failures. Dwelling on mistakes made in the past is a sure way to keep your mouth turned down at both corners. You cannot go back to yesterday or yesteryear to correct anything.

Replace the pictures in your mind with pictures of times that you succeeded. In Paul’s words, think on good things. (See Repentance). God is faithful and just to forgive you of all sin, and unrighteousness, SO FORGIVE YOURSELF!

Psalms 139:14 David said: I will praise thee; for I am beautifully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

GOD MADE YOU, YOU ARE BEAUTIFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

A human is the only animal that is actually made of three parts, body, soul and spirit to make up the whole person.

Each part has a cause and effect on the other parts. If the body, (our flesh), is sick, then this affects the spirit, and if we are sick long enough we have to guard against the sickness affecting our soul.

Let me try to clear up what I am driving at. The three parts of a person are as follows:

OUR BODY IS THE HOUSE OF FLESH WE LIVE IN, THE PART THAT IS VISIBLE

Many people do not like the way they look. Some things we can change. If we are not happy with our weight, we can change that. There is very little else we can change about our looks. So we have a freckle on the end of our nose, if we have a good smile that works spontaneously, no one will notice the freckle. This is so with every preconceived imperfection of us. No one notices imperfections of a person that is outgoing and friendly. If we want friends, we must show ourselves friendly.

OUR SOUL IS THE ETERNAL PART THAT WAS GIVEN US BY OUR CREATOR.

Genesis 2:7   And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a livingsoul.

This breath of God is what distinguishes us as being different from all other animals. We have a soul that will live forever somewhere. We can choose our destiny by making the right choices in our life here on earth. (See Holy Ghost and Fire).

1 Corinthians 15:45   And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

The words quickening spirit means to make alive with the spirit.

John 20:22   And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

This breath of Jesus, (God manifested in the flesh), makes us alive with His Spirit.