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Dealing With Depression

As a Christian, how do you deal with depression? How are you dealing with depression either for yourself or with friends and what has worked the best?

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Amen DoryLory,

To God be the Glory!
---Carla5754 on 1/30/08


I have dealt with depression for most of my life it seems. I finally had no choice but to get help several years ago and have sought therapy and take medication. It has made a difference.
---maryj9396 on 6/14/07


Lin, Isn't God good. He sustained your mom in spite of herself. What amazing love! I praise God with you that you still have your mom.
---daphn8897 on 5/22/07


(2) "And the Lord said, 'Simon, Simon! Indeed Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.'" (Luke 22:31-32)

Peter had no excuse; he had been with Jesus. Yet, when he was sifted as wheat by Satan > first, he egotistically used a sword to defend Jesus (John 18:19). Then, because he feared those people who identified him, he denied Jesus three times.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/22/07


(3) So, it looks like egotism and fear broke Peter down to fail so miserably > he "wept bitterly" (Luke 22:62).

When you or I get r-e-a-l-l-y sifted by Satan, how well do WE do???? Well...while we are in the sifter, yes things can be so up and down and all around; but this can get rid of all that chaff of our selfish nonsense > and then is when we can BOUNCE better!!!

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials." (James 1:2)
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/22/07




(1) Well, praying in Jesus' name means more than just saying the right pronunciation > it means we are in His authority...BY being submissive to God in the Holy Spirit's love which makes us pleasing to our Father like His Son is so pleasing.

And if we are like this, we need to pray for those in depression who are not so fortunate > Jesus covered in prayer for Peter who so failed by denying Jesus three times > Luke 22:31-32 >
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/22/07


My mom suffered from depression when I was a teenager and tried to end her life 4 times. How many teenagers can say they were cleaning their Mom's things and the horrible feeling when you realized the medicine bottles were empty? By the grace of God, He wouldn't let her go. I still have a mom and sometimes I can't believe she made it through the dark times, long enough to be here with me and hold her grandchildren.
---Lin on 5/21/07


(Cont'd) Because of God's intervention, my family was saved. If you or a loved one are depressed, I beg you - please seek help! God did not create us to go at it alone. He created Christian community for a reason.
From personal exprience: be ready for peple who don't understand; there are a lot of ignorant people out there who say stupid things. Forgive them and stick with it - keep fighting! Keep running the race - there is a God out there and He loves you. If He cares for the sparrows...
---Lin on 5/21/07


Cindy, Sure it does, but so does praying in the name of Joshua... Why fuss, most people get it, and if not will ask... which is what I assumed you were doing. So, why waste a post in order to "rebuke" someone for calling on him in Hebrew? Overly fussy I think.
---daphn8897 on 5/21/07


Daphne, I am familiar with Messiah Yeshua.
I believe praying in the Name of Jesus covers it. Most people looking in will see that as Joshua.
---Cindy on 5/21/07




Cindy,

Jesus is the Greek rendering of Joshua, which is Jesus' name in Hebrew. Many messianic jews refer to him this way - is pronounced Ya-shu-ah
---daphn8897 on 5/21/07


(1) If we are strong in the Holy Spirit and submissive to Him in His joy...no physical problem can overcome this joy > "your joy no one will take from you", Jesus guarantees us in John 16:22.

When Paul was in grace, he took "pleasure in infirmities", we have in 2 Corinthians 12:10. So, I have to consider that IF a depression is purely an organic infirmity, we can still enjoy the LORD.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/20/07


(2) BUT...if the depression has SPIRITUAL roots in Satan's joy-killing spirit (Ephesians 2:2)...this spirit can also effect our bodies with biochemical results. Satan's demons could cause major medical trouble when they possessed people, and his spirit can cause more or less psychosomatic effects while we act selfishly, being mainly concerned about our own selves, instead of caring as much about others as ourselves.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/20/07


(3) So - - WHEN I get depressed and even suicidal . . . if I am not deeply in the joy of the LORD, SPIRITUALLY, then obviously my depression is NOT just organic!!!

And Satan WILL ambush me without any warning. So, I need to be prayerful, all the time > "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." (1 Peter 5:8)

Depression is ONE way he can devour.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/20/07


(4) Many secular people don't even believe in the existence of spiritual beings, and there is the profit motive for selling drugs and counseling.

So, I can reliably diagnose my depression, by first seeing what happens to it once I am submitting to God in His love, sweetly enjoying Him; in MY case, the warmth of God's affection has evaporated any depression I have ever had.

"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/20/07


Why not pray in Jesus' Name.
Who's Joshua?
---Cindy on 5/20/07


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Daphn8897

God Bless you my sister and I am praying for you. Alan I will do the same for you IN Joshua name.

God bless now Carla5754XXXX
---Carla5754 on 5/20/07


Daphne ... I was not suggesting yuo were Carla ... your styles set you well apart!
But I was addressing carla, and thought you maybe had her same lack of understanding as to how it can be, and the same lack of acceptance of what I had said about my experience
---alan_of_UK on 5/17/07


ptf) Prayer for conditions of a spiritual nature is essential while prayer for those suffering from conditions of a chemical/brain disfunction oftentimes causes more harm than good. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Many well meaning prayer warriors who lay hands on a mentally DISEASED individual who needs medical treatimen but is told that they are "not healed because you have too much sin and need to repent" or "you don't have enough faith" causes stumbling and even in reported cases, suicide.
---jody on 5/17/07


It is important to reiterate the helplessness a Christian feels when told that it is their fault for suffering a biochemical illness. A world of isolation and guilt possibly leading to death. God made man in His image with abilities to create medicine to help these people. Some are told that it is Witchcraft;pharmacia, and inappropriately counseled to stop medication. Interestingly, we do not advise diabetics to stop insulin or heart pts nitro. or high blood pr. pts mds. and it is all about diseases.
---jody on 5/17/07


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Pt H ? Last but not least. My Heart encourages everyone to touch as many as possible to be compassionate with the MENTALLY DISEASED. As stress and trauma increase in the world we will see more CHEMICAL IMBALANCES of the BRAIN. We will also see a steady increase of other mental disorders of a behavioral/spiritual nature which also need our compasion, discernment and prayers. Most importantly, we need to know the difference so that we know what to and not to do. Thks for listening . Blessings to all.
---jody on 5/17/07


B) In severe clinical depression, science has shown that chemicals (dopamine and seritonin) are not produced or properly handeled at the synaptical level of the brain which is where the electrical impulses transfer from one neuron to another in a norman brain . The charges are scattered to start with and the levels of chemicals are altered, causing what we see as depression . The victum has no control over the effect and CANNOT pull it toghether by themselves!!
---jody on 5/17/07


pt C ) While sufferes have been healed by prayer and fasting of others, most require medical treatment. Many become spiritually confused or dead. Some require hospitalization so as not to harm themselves. Usually modern medications and supportive Professionas Christian Counseling help to stabalize the victum back to or close to normal . The entire process if very scary and painful for the victum of this disease .
---jody on 5/17/07


Pt.D) Christians need to be well educated about depressions as well as other mental diseases that are biochemical . Not all are biochemical. Recognizing true illnesses as Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Addiction, Schitzoaffective Disorder, Schitzophrenia and others as biochemical are essential. While self inflicted, subtance abusers are often genetically predisposed and also the addiction must be brought under medical control.
---jody on 5/17/07


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Alan, I just reread your post... I do understand being/feeling overwhelmed by sorrow, anger, fear, all of which can be as a dark opressive blanket. And I would take it a step farther... there is always only one set of footprints... if God doesn't carry us all of the time, we could not stand at all... it would be more like faceprints - as we would continually fall on our faces without his sustaining grace in good as well as the bad/hard times.
---daphn8897 on 5/17/07


Pt 1) "My people parish for lack of knowledge". We need to be careful to not speak of things we are ignorant of as to cause stumbling blocks to others and we will be accountable before God for our counsel!! Jesus told the disiples that the blind man he had healed had not sinned, when they asked him. Know this. Depression is biochemical! Psychosis is biochemical! Trauma can cause these biochemical changes!
---jody on 5/17/07


Alan, No, I'm not Carla. I don't use multiple names... just my own... Daphne

I do understand depression and how devastating it feels. I had a season when I was treated for it with meds. What I also know is God didn't leave me there. And, I no longer need the medication. Because I tend toward melancholy, it is still sometimes a struggle... but God. I also have wonderful godly friends who don't "poor Daphne" me, but speak the word to me, lovingly and firmly.
---daphn8897 on 5/17/07


Carla (& maybe Daphne) # 1
You don't seem to accept that the thing happened so suddenly & without warning. One minute ... I was aware of God ... then, next minute, the black blanket was over my head, the thick mittens were on, so even if I had remembered there was a light switch in the room, I would not be able to see it or feel it, (& the leg-irons would have prevented me from going to it anyway) and the ear muffs deadened the echo of my own voice from the walls.
---alan_of_UK on 5/16/07


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Carla (& maybe Daphne) # 3
But remember Romans 8 ... Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing separates us, even if (no, when) we feel separated, even when we lose all awareness of God
---alan_of_UK on 5/16/07


Carla (& maybe Daphne) # 4
Remember Footprints in the sand?
God is there, even when we don't know it.
And it's then (and at other times when we are aware of Him) that he uses other humans such as medics and counsellors, and friends, to help us get well.
And He does do that... I can assure you.
---alan_of_UK on 5/16/07


kathr, My replies are not hateful - but are corrective... I see a pattern of discrediting folks, not really reading folks posts and jumping to conclusions, and just general mean spiritedness on your part. Clever of you though, to accuse me of the very thing you're doing to folks all over this site.
---daphn8897 on 5/16/07


daphn: Love thinks no evil of someone. I think you need to read 1 Corinthians 13 today and meditate on that. Your continued hateful reply's to me are ruining your own testimony here on line. Maybe you need to take some time off of your continued stalking, even at the point of you agreeing with those NOT teaching Truth. You are starting to fall apart. Return to the Love of God! Your not hurting me, only yourself.
---kathr4453 on 5/16/07


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Alan of uk: boy can I relate to that.So sorry Alan I didn't catch that part. Actually daphn,"boss bites" from some of those earthly dogs can cause horrible distress. Alan,Have I got some stories to tell you!!! Not just mine, but my best friend who taught in public school has some. She, a Christian, was Ill for years because of the stress. Inner City,crack head children, etc. Was robbed,but principle, (who also hit on her) would not bring to police, for fear of retaliation, etc. Life is not easy!
---kathr4453 on 5/16/07


Daphn: were there other posts that clarified this? Just use a Christ like reply and say " kathr, that's not what he meant......and leave the other venom out of your statement. That would be more in keeping with our mouth being seasoned with Grace and love. Love doesn't think evil of others. My "innocent" mind didn't pick up that Alan was calling his boss an animal. " "An animal of a boss", can just be that, An animal of a boss, (by the name of Rosco or something).
---kathr4453 on 5/16/07


kathr, Obviously you didn't read Alan's post carefully... he said "an animal of a boss". He had a rotton boss. He wasn't bitten by a dog or such. Once again... running off on a tangent without understanding or the pertinent facts.
---daphn8897 on 5/15/07


daphn: If the dog bit him and depression set in because of a drug interaction, then SIN has nothing to do with it!!!

I said...we don't know what happened, and here we are assuming it's SIN. Presumptuousness IS a sin. It's better to listen! It's God who searches the heart and mind. He sees what we can't. Let the Lord do His work in you. It's very dangerous to let others opinions get in the way that hinder us from hearing the Lord's voice....in all matters fo life.
---kathr4453 on 5/15/07


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kathr, Regardless of "what the animal did," Alan is a grown man and a child of God - his response to the situation is his responsibility. I did not say it was his sin, I just said it was sin that is at the core. Not judging - just suggesting biblical perspective rather than cultural/therapeautic mumbo jumbo. And, disposition is not an excuse to sin (ie. wallow in self pity). Also, Alan did not say he stayed depressed. Sounds to me like the Gospel is enough for him.
---daphn8897 on 5/15/07


Alan could I ask you Please/ kindly read what I am saying and not what I didn't. I said the Holy spirit is always there but we can refuse to hear what he is saying. If you relate to me on the terms of what I have written it would be far easier to get a better understanding of what I wrote than to assume without really addressing all my responses (correctly) it'S Okay we can all look before we leap just don't do it too often.
---Carla5754 on 5/15/07


"Johnny #2: God does not afflict with depression."
Why tell me, I didn't say that.
---jhonny on 5/14/07


Depression can be crippling in regards to energy. Depression for some is a coping mechanism: to disappointment, broken promises, unmet expectations, betrayal, being cheated... In certain instances depression can become a comfort zone.
---jhonny on 5/12/07
---jhonny on 5/14/07


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Carla ... You appear to accuse me of lying.
I tell yuo what it was like, and you deny that it could have been like that, and that I will have to trust your word!!
Carla, I know what happened to me, I cannot "trust your word" when you say it did not happen.
---alan_of_UK on 5/14/07


daphne:Considering we don't know what the animal did,it's not for anyone to sit in judgement. Maybe any one of us would handle things differently in our own personality/disposition. When we take OUR disposition and judge someone else because they didn't respond the way WE would have is not only unloving,but playing God. We're not here for that. Why do you think it's called a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ. If we were all the same,a personal relationship would not be necessary,just rules to obey!
---kathr4453 on 5/14/07


"I can do all things **through Christ** who strengthens me."

It's really sad that many people think they can strengthen themselves, or teach that God doesn't always help you, you have to help yourself. All of us are saved sinners. All of us are flesh, being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. We know our flesh is nothing but sin. Jesus came to set us free from the bondage our flesh, satan and the world. That is what Christianity and regeneration is all about...salvation!
---kathr4453 on 5/14/07


Why is it whenever we struggle it's either the devil's fault or God's. Why we don't take responsibility for our stuff? Granted, I agree there are times when it is an attack from the enemy... but how many more times is it just rooted in sin - either our own, someone sinning against us, or being in a fallen world.

Bottom line... my response is my responsability. Do we need help sometimes?... Yes (actually probably all the time), but the blame game just doesn't cut it in light of scripture.
---daphn8897 on 5/14/07


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Alan of uk,
It really Depends on you walk with God, you will have to trust my word on this one, I won't go further because God is still healing me of so much it's unreal. But I know God is real and I know the Holy Spirit work's instantly,even when I was not saved, It really works on on how defensive you are, you can either listen or refuse you hear, because the Holy spirit is always there. You choose to listen or retaliate.
---Carla5754 on 5/14/07


Kathr4453 - That is very beautifully said. How true and sad it is that those who have not been through pain are the first to judge.
---Helen_5378 on 5/14/07


Alan, I don't know if I've experienced the depth of depression you've had. I do know that I had suicidal thoughts, could barely go to work, and at times felt God had abandoned me.

By his grace, even though I felt abandoned, I knew his word... "I'll never leave nor forsake you..." I clung desperately to that - it was my lifeline.

I still struggle from time to time... but I know my feelings are temporary - and he is always good.
---daphn8897 on 5/14/07


johnny: Also,we are told to bring every thought into the obedience of Jesus Christ to the pulling down of strongholds. We also enter the Kingdom through much tribulation.
1st John says,children know their sins are forgiven and young men have OVERCOME the Evil one.He who is in you is stronger than he who is in the world.We become overcomers of this world and Satan. We LEARN through personal experience to overcome and that nothing can separate us from the Love of God,powers,principalities etc. Romans 8
---kathr4453 on 5/14/07


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Johnny #2: God does not afflict with depression. Timothy says HE gave us a "sound mind". Hebrews says our conscience has been purged from dead works to serve the living God. We take all these promises from God given to the New Creature in Christ, and with total surrender Romans 12:1&2, The Lord Himself will do the transforming of our mind.
---kathr4453 on 5/14/07


Depression is not always from satan. God can use depression to bring us closer to the humility needed to draw us closer to Him. The human tendancy is to become "puffed up".
---jhonny on 5/13/07


Alan of UK: People whove never experienced pain can be the most critical. It goes for divorce as well, until they find themselves the victim and realize they have no control over someone elses behavior. It's amazing how quickly humility sets in. People who have been through suffering God uses to minister to others who are suffering. And many times it's just listening and saying, I understand. Just having that pain validated is the beginning of healing. Jesus suffered so He could minister to us.
---kathr4453 on 5/13/07


Carla ... It is clear you have NOT been there ... see my other post.
To call on God for help, you need to know you are under attack.
If the blanket come down so suddenly, you don't have the warning.
But God will hold you, and allow the doctors to rescue with medicines & counselling.
Why deny he can work through people?
---alan_of_UK on 5/13/07


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Kathr & Helen. Thank you for understanding.
Carla, I don't know what you are saying, but beleive me, this thing can strike so suddenly that you don't even have that moment to say "God, save me from this" before you just do not have any realisation of God.
It's frightening, I can tell you, suddenly to KNOW that there is no way out, no cure for what you KNOW is the worst thing ever to have ever happened to anybody
---alan_of_UK on 5/13/07


Alan

1#
Of course you Should know Better? The years you spent in church should have been enough to have given you the grace to know that when facing any type of humilliation God is our avenger. It is an age OLD deffence for Christians under anysort of attack. My boss my line manager, my students, my collegues all turned their backs on me when Racisim Blatantly Obvious, Cause me to Go into immature Labour.
---carla5754 on 5/13/07


3#
And gave birth two weeks later after going into prem labour. The Dr had no time to consider me for support on the grounds of the stress I recieved, cramped again, caught MRSA in the wound and was out for ^ months, and I prayed my way through all the way, yes asking God for deliverance and healing without hurt you be I was hurt, but I prayed that God would open the eyes of these individual and heal them of their oppressive spirits.
---carla5754 on 5/13/07


So I have been there wore the t-shirt So even through the tears of having to relive this I am going to encurage you with my Testamony of several years your junior/senior?. I PRAYERD FOR THEM! and asked GOD To Bless Them, despite what I carla went through and lost my Qualifications becauseself esteem/ confinence had gone.
---Carla5754 on 5/13/07


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4#
My heart was forever crying to God the Holy Spirit Ministered to me to Hold on and I kept saying why, why, It's not even as if it was for the the Gospel because at least I could say It was because of ministry, but he kept say wait, wait, wait?
---carla_5754 on 5/13/07


4#
My heart was forever crying to God the Holy Spirit Ministered to me to Hold on and I kept saying why, why, It's not even as if it was for the the Gospel because at least I could say It was because of ministry, but he kept say wait, wait, wait?
---carla_5754 on 5/13/07


Alan...all the time...I can get down; and when I'm down, no way am I in any condition to ask God for help. God has mercy on me and gets me out > notice how Jesus prayed for Peter before Peter denied Jesus three times > that prayer of Jesus got Peter back, I'd say > "'But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your bretheren.'" (Luke 22:32) And now you can feel for others.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/12/07


Depression can be crippling in regards to energy. Depression for some is a coping mechanism: to disappointment, broken promises, unmet expectations, betrayal, being cheated... In certain instances depression can become a comfort zone.
---jhonny on 5/12/07


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AlanofUK - I agree with you. A Christian can be so very depressed that they simply cannot turn to the Lord. The thinking can be such that one is not capable of thinking straight. That is when medication is needed to balance the person out, then they can start praising the Lord and calling out to Him.
---Helen_5378 on 5/12/07


alan of UK; Thank you for pointing out depression is not always caused by selfishness. Just as one can have a cold or diabetes, one can have a chemical imbalance due to many reasons. Even some medications and even alcohol use causes depression. Alcohol is a depressant, yet many Christians who don't know that consume anyway, and even promote it. Antihistamines cause me to have strange reactions as well. I just suffer with my allergies because of that.
---kathr4453 on 5/12/07


Daphne ... I have had depression... caused by an animal of a boss.
At that time I was not in my right mind, and just missed being hospitalised.
I KNEW that the no-one had ever sufferd as much as this, that I would never get better. Consciousness of God had disappeared... so how could I have prayed to Him for healing?
It is too easy to say, ask for healing. Have you been there?
---alan_of_UK on 5/12/07


alan of UK: I am sorry about your wife, and very sorry about ignorant Christians telling you those things. My nephew died of cancer. He was 18 years old. My sister and her husband went through the same thing. God's healing takes on many forms, not just physical. Ask Joni Erickson Strada (sp). That woman has amazing faith, but that faith gave her a testimony and ministry. That same faith did not heal her physical body. God works in mysterious and wonderous ways that we will only see the outcome in Heaven.
---kathr4453 on 5/12/07


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alan of uk: A father who would not put his kids in Christian school, but in public, had 2 sons. One played baseball. His younger brother dying of some incurable something wanted to play, but too weak, was the bat/water boy. When he died, the Highschool held the funeral. His casket was placed on home plate. The Atlanta Braves came (many are Christians) and spoke at his funeral. Over 200 public high-schoolers got saved that day.
---kathr4453 on 5/12/07


The Bible clearly says to rejoice "always" in the Lord (Philippians 4:4); and there is "the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience" (in Ephesians 2:2); so I have understood that depression is not obedient to how God says to "always" rejoice in Him, and therefore Satan's disobedient spirit is the cause of depression which SPIRITUALLY degrades us from enjoying the LORD. If the depression is just PHYSICAL, then spiritually the Holy Spirit can have us rejoicing.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/12/07


So - - IF the depression is deeper than just medical, and therefore SPIRITUALLY the person is not submitting to the Holy Spirit in joy . . . I tell people that depression is a sin problem. And the cure is simple > confess how I am wrong, and trust God to change me spiritually so I am in His love with sweet peace and gentle and humble and nicely quiet joy...with His immunity ALMIGHTY > "your joy no one will take from you." (in John 16:22)
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/12/07


Even if a person's depression is a selfish reaction to not getting one's own way, it is Satanic to stigmatize the person. We all have our own specialized ways of reacting selfishly to not getting what we want. Some get depressed, others self-righteously critical, even unforgiving. "He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness." (Hebrews 5:2) Unforgiveness is joy-dead, a stepping stone to deep depression.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/12/07


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When depression is sin and we admit to this, at least we know what the CURE is! And God includes us in helping each other with this > "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16)

ALSO, we need to love ALL people, like Jesus says to do (Matthew 5:46)...NOT be favoritistic and possessive, or else our selfish love will make us weak enough to have emotional trouble.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/12/07


It's amazing the Power of the Word, as Jesus said, My words are Spirit and they are LIFE. It's the New Life that Jesus Brought to us. We are a New Creation. Paul told the Galatains, "Until Christ be formed in you". Yes having our old nature cricified with Christ that ALL Christians participte in takes great humility in accepting how *GOD CHOOSES* to do that work in you according to HIS WILL. When we think we have done it on our own in any way shape or form, that is called Self-righteous pride.
---kathr4453 on 5/11/07


Depression can be a feed-back mechanism, something in your life is not right. Take time to meditate, reflect, pray. The state where everything in your life is right and perfect is a much worst condition to be in.
---jhonny on 5/11/07


Speak to the devil with authority as God has told us to. Speak out loud in your room at home ,if you are alone at home, school and so forth. If you are not alone you can speak it in your heart and mind. Let the devil know you belong to God and not to him,no weapon formed against you is going to prosper and quote other scriptures against satan. That is our strength...the Word of God.Satan cannot stand the Word of God, it is too powerful.
---Robyn on 5/11/07


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Simply ask God to heal you. He said ask and we shall receive. Our sicknesses have ben nailed to the cross with Jesus. By His stripes we are healed.We have to believe God can heal us. No doubt. Unbelief can stop our healing. I think. We must trust fully in Jesus to heal us, in due time. Keep trusting the Lord. You are already healed in the name of Jesus.
---Robyn on 5/11/07


Alan... I envy your wife... she is face to face with our Saviour and has received the ultimate healing. I am sorry for you, that you don't have her here with you now, but I know that you know... He is good.

How I've dealt with depression is to search out its source. What have I craved that I didn't get. Once I identify my heart issue, then the process of repentence begins - and as I work through it, that "spirit of depression" lifts. Amazing how humility and repentence brings freedom.
---daphn8897 on 5/11/07


doryLory: Loved your testimony. With me, the most severe bouts I had was AFTER I got saved. Satan knows our weakest parts, wrecking havoc in those areas. BUT, because of that,I learned the POWER of God's Word,and the Power of Christ in me through that. It wasn't until after the Lord used that to teach me,that He set me free from depression. The Lord works in wondrous and mysterious ways. I wouldn't trade those years of suffering for all the world! What I received in return is beyond human comprehension!
---kathr4453 on 5/11/07




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