Scripture context: Psalm 102:1-4, Romans 8:25-29, Hebrews 4:14-16
- The spirit of rejection leads to depression. Depression is anger surpressed. It comes from feelings of anger, guilt, hopelessness.
- [Depression] Leads to a place of cessation of activity.
- Depression is a deeper level of emotional turmoil. 1 person in 5 will experience levels of persistent depression. Depression is a major risk factor after heart attack and stroke.
- Depression not only affects you, but it affects those around you.
- Depression can be caused by a variety of factors:
--> Stress. God didn't create our bodies to handle much stress. God didn't give us the spirit of fear, but fear unrecognized can lead to stress.
--> Unconfessed sin. When sin in going on in your life unchecked, the enemy will lead you to a place of depression.
--> Other physical things. You may need to get a good check-up. Some things to check: overactive thyroid, female hormones, diabetes, vitamin B12. The Bible tells us to take care of our temples. These things can create a deficiency, a sadness.
--> Sometimes prescription drugs will cause you to be in a place of sadness and depression (overmedicated) ... may not always be possessed by a demon.
--> Recreational drugs: alcohol, cocaine. Depression comes later ... you keep crashing, it gets worse.
"I always want to have a clear mind so that I can make good decision, make wise choices, to deal with the matter at hand."
Feelings of depression are described in the Bible as: * Fallen countenance * Broken spirit * experiencing despair * being broken hearted * losing heart * becoming faint or weary.
(Be careful of depression right after you're on a great victorious high.)
No one is exempt. No one is completely immune. All are vulnerable. Remember to put on the whole armor of God - it protects you from depression. (Ref. Ephesians 6:10-18)
READ Psalm 143: 1-3.
Depression takes a person's spiritual freedom and power. Remember to pay attention to what has your attention. Remind yourself, "I am a child of God."
Don't let depression get you this year - you already have power - you're already free.
READ Romans 7, Romans 8: 1-2.
The joy of the Lord is my strength. He who the Son sets free is free indeed! All things work together for good ... [for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose!] Remember the good times - remember how He brought you out. Weeping endures for a night ...[but joy comes in the morning.] Meditate, muse on how the Lord made a way out of no way. Think about all of the good things he has done.
- PRAY (Get down to where the rubber meets the road, where you mean business with God. He will come to your rescue.)
- PRAISE (Praise = Thanksgiving - which ushers you into worship. Remember Psalm 103: 1-5 --- "Bless the Lord, Oh my soul!" Tell my soul to get up out of that darkness. Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.) Remember: Psalm 127, Revelations 3:20.
- WORSHIP (In God's face; behold the beauty of Him. Worship takes you into a place of supoernatural transfer.)
- PRAISE Again (Thank Him for what took place in worship.)
Study the life of David: every place you look, he comes out of that despair and praises God. The end of the Psalms - he says "Let everything that has breath [praise the Lord.] (Psalm 150.)
During the holiday season. Don't concern yourself with who's not here, only with who is there. Set your sights on one who will never fail you.
Read Romans 8, Hebrews 4.