Summary: Part one of Defeating depression
Depression is a Common Problem
Depression has a Predictable Pattern
Depression can be Defeated because God Cares
Jesus came to help Depressed people
God has the power to cure depression
The Holy Spirit is present to help defeat depression
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This past weekend, Laura was at my cousin’s wedding. In fact my whole family was there. My brother in Law and sister arrived late because they had to go to a funeral of my brother-in-laws friend’s wife. She committed suicide.
Now my brother in law is not a Christian. But, supposedly this lady was. I don’t know this lady or her background or anything else about her, but my brother in law was having a difficult time with the concept of having faith and suffering depression
And I know that this goes on even in the church.
People have said,
“Well, if you are depressed, you are sinning.”
“You just don’t have enough faith.”
How do we as a church respond to that?
Is that true?
As Christians, are we never going to go through times of depression?
If that is true, the reality of it is much different because there are all kinds of people in churches that have experienced depression.
Over the next 2 weeks we are going to be discussing this topic of Defeating Depression.
This week I want to attempt to help us all understand it a little better and in doing so, it is my hope that we will be able to recognize some of the symptoms so that we can defeat it sooner so we don’t have to deal with as much of the turmoil that it can bring into our lives.
The first thing I want us to understand about Depression is
Depression is a Common Problem
It is common in the world
In any given year, about 7% of people will experience depression.
In their lifetime, about 16% of adults will experience depression
20% of women will experience depression in their life.
Slide 2 It is also not uncommon in the church.
Understand this though, Depression is not sin.
It is a sign, however, that something is not right. There could be sin that is causing the depression, but it could be something else also. Whatever it is,we need to take note of that sign and do something about it.
To those who say that Christians should not ever have depression, I would say that there are many examples in the Bible of great and faithful men of God who have suffered bouts of depression.
We see Moses (Numbers 11:4-15) asking God to take his life because he was so burdened by the difficult situation he was in with the Israelites people.
We see David (Psalm 31:9-13)
9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. 10 My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. 11 Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends--those who see me on the street flee from me. 12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. 13 For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life.