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What DO we believe? Lesson 6 (page 2)
CHRISTAINS DEALING WITH DEPRESSION

Luke 24:49   And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

The word endued means to make alive with. The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit will make us alive with power from on high. This power can help us overcome depression or any adversity; however, we are still humans and subject to all of the feelings of a human. We now have a source of help in our time of adversity.

We can choose the new birth experience by repentance, water baptism in Jesus Name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost. This new birth experience starts us on a new walk, “in newness of life.” If we choose to do nothing to gain Heaven then the course we set by no action or our inaction is eternal separation from God and forever to be tormented in, “the lake of fire.”

OUR SPIRIT IS WHO WE REALLY ARE

Our spirit is very important to our mental health. We must feel good about our selves. Our spirit is who we are when we are alone and no one is watching. We often times can put on a good front while we are with others; however, our real inner-person is only visible when we are completely alone with no one there to influence our behavior. This is the person we have to like or we become depressed.

We must like the real person or our spirit, (personality), or our entire self will be affected.

Let us look at ways to change the things we do not like about ourselves.

GUILT FEELINGS CAUSE DEPRESSION

There are several questions that we can ask our self to find the source of our guilt feelings.

    • Is this feeling from something I have done or something left undone?

Christians have more guilt feelings from things that they have left undone than things they have done wrong.

Example: We raise our hand we will pray one hour on Wednesday. We have prayed only 30 minutes when company comes. Satan will hammer you that you did not pray your hour. Concentrate on the fact that you did pray for 30 minutes instead of having a guilt trip about the 30 minutes that you did not get to pray. Make it up later. The prayer line is always open.

Let us examine the guilt feelings from things that we have left undone. Can we do it now and correct the situation? If we can correct the situation, then do so immediately, (such as apologize for something you did or said that hurt someone).

Organization is one way of dealing with things left undone, whether it is your work or things you want to do for God, yourself or others. Make a list of things that you want to do. I call this my To Do list. Then put a number 1 on the most important thing. Go down the list and prioritize each item. Do the most important things first. If you do not get the complete list done; at least you have done the most important things. Do this each day and watch your feeling of accomplishment grow. This in return will cause feelings of depression to vanish.

If we cannot correct the situation then face facts, there is nothing that can be done so there is no reason for guilt. Learn from the mistake. Do something good for someone. This would need to be someone that could do nothing for us in return.

Jude 1:16   These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

If we practice, only doing good or saying nice things, for the ones that can help us in return, this is not the agape love that will hang good pictures on the walls of our mind.

The clock cannot be turned back to yesterday. We live today only. Tomorrow is a promissory note, yesterday is a cancelled check, what we do must be done today.

GUILT FEELINGS FROM SIN CAUSES DEPRESSION

Sin is the major cause for depression. (See Repentance for more complete details).

I John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin .

Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

When we ask for forgiveness for our sin, the blood of Jesus Christ cleans us from all sin. Since we are forgiven, then we also need to forgive ourselves. Walk up and down the corridors of your mind and take off all of the ugly pictures that sin may have caused to be hanging on the walls of our mind. Replace these ugly pictures with nice ones. There have been many times that you have been successful, so replace those pictures that you wish to forget with pretty pictures of success. Do as Paul said to do, “think on these things.”

Micah 7:19   He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Our sins are in the depth of the sea, so quit diving for them. Forgive yourself!

We need to cleanse the inner self every day. The cleansing of our spirit is essential to overall good health.

WE GROW IN THE VALLEY

We cannot always live on the mountain top. Let us look at the place where we sometime think would be utopia, the ideal place to live. The mountain top is a good place to visit and to look at the view from high up; however, let us examine the mountain top. It is cold and mostly barren, snow covered rocks and dwarf trees. The mountain top is where most trees are dead from being struck with lightening or constant contact with the raw elements.

Let us compare the mountain top to humans. When we are on the mountain top, we feel we know all of the answers. When we stop growing mentally and spiritually, we become dwarf, cold, and selfish. We do not need anyone. We work on staying on the mountain top, even if it means standing on the shoulders of the ones who love us the most to get there again or to stay there. We all have had footprints on our backs from a loved one or someone we trusted, climbing over us to try to elevate them selves. We must pray for them, forgive them and move on.

Now let us look at the valley. The winds blow and floods come to beat upon the giant oak tree. With every wind, with every flood, the tree that is planted by the river, (in the valley), digs it’s roots in a little deeper. Birds build their nest in the safety of the limbs of the giant oak. Animals rest under the shade of the old oak tree. The tree is alive, and from it being alive, it is useful to all who come into contact with it.

Look at our self for the comparison of natural valleys where everything is green, vibrant, and alive. When we are in the valley, we are searching for answers. These answers we find during our valley days not only will help us, but, will allow us to help others. Others can find comfort from our experiences. We, like the giant oak tree, also grow in the valley.