Guest Post by David Johnson
“Overcoming despair, depression and discouragement God’s way” (Job 1-3).
1. Even the strongest believers can be discouraged and depressed.
Depression and despair are tools Satan uses most often. If he can create in us any of these symptoms, then we begin to lose our faith, and “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
In II Corinthians 1:8-11, we find that even Paul experienced depression. However, he recognized where his help came from.
2. We may be going through many levels of depression simultaneously!
a. Intellectually (Job 3)
3. Discouragement can cause us to lose perspective
a. We often forget who God really is. What we may consider as tough, difficult, challenging, and impossible, for God it is nothing.
b. Remember, the power of His Word holds the whole world, and we even sing, “He Has the Whole World in His Hands.”
4. Do not keep your deep pain to yourself. Share it with someone else.
5. Remember that God has a purpose for our suffering (I Peter 1:3-9).
In conclusion: take the proper steps to avoid depression:
a. Memorize and meditate on the Scriptures. Also, remember songs of faith when tried or tempted to sin, such as, “Yield Not to Temptation.”
b. Listen to Christian music.
c. Stay in Christian fellowship.
d. Find someone else to encourage.
e. Find a prayer partner.
f. Remember that God is sovereign.
g. Maintain physical exercise.