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Can Christians Have Depression

Can a Christian struggle with emptiness and meaninglessness in life even though they know and love the Lord? What causes such struggles? Is there a way to get beyond it?

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Cluny I take Antidepressant pills every night but mine aren't for depression they are to help prevent the migraines I have. It doesn't matter what medicine you take if you need it. I seldom ever get depressed but for those who have clinical depression it is God's blessing to have medicine available for it. Everyone gets depressed sometimes thats no sin,for me I recognize real and the one brought by the spirit of depression,that one I fight and rebuke in Jesus Name and send them to the realm of darkness where I bind them in Jesus Name. The Bible says I have power over all the power of the enemy through Jesus,I stand in the Word.
---Darlene_1 on 8/25/16


Every day, I live with depression. I have read the Bible cover to cover. Job cursed the day he was born. Ditto marks from Jeremiah. Jeremiah asked "Why did I come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to go to the grave in shame?" Paul said "to die is gain". The saints in Revelation ask "HOW LONG?" The Beattitudes say "Blest are the poor in spirit." I take little comfort from these or the unpleasant events I experience. No trial is pleasant. I find I was happier unhappy single and celibate. Marriage is not the answer for depression.
---mike4879 on 8/24/16


Look Jerry,

I needed your attention because this doesn't belong to this blog.

//Nicole: Don't whine about us Protestants picking on you. You're tougher than that,//

But you misplaced my whining.

I am WHINING about Protestants mischaracterizing the Bible.

And WHINING to you all (who CLAIM to LOVE the Bible more than anything) to HELP Me stop the confusion to NEW Christians. (Catholics, but mostly Protestants) Defend the Bible whether it is convenient or not.

So give a pet talk to Michael won't you?
He might listen to you.

//can hold your own just fine.//?--Jerry6593 on 8/24/16


Thanks, I intend to agree :D
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/24/16


Yes they can. I have known several Christians who have suffered from depression, some for a long time and some helped by medication (which I believe is God given). I have heard so many times that, if healing does not come after prayer, the one praying doesn't have enough faith. If that sick person did not already have depression as well as their other problems, they'd certainly have it after being told such a terrible thing.

One person I knew (a theological student) was regularly on medication for this terrible problem. He eventually killed himself. Whether or not the insensitivity of others pushed him to that I'll never know but it would not have helped him, that's certain.
---Rita_H on 8/21/16


\Yes Christians can become depressed. But if you pray and pray long enough and hard enough I know you can stop depression.\\

This is nothing but a paraphrase of the satanic lie that "Real Christians don't get depressed. They have Jesus!"

This has kept too many souls in bondage for years.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/30/16




Yes Christians can become depressed. But if you pray and pray long enough and hard enough I know you can stop depression. But inevitably it will appear at times just does not mean you don't have the faith. then you just pray again and it will go away again. and there are cases where medical help is needed. and Jesus Christ give the knowledge to the Physicians and chemists excetera To create medicine.
---Lee on 5/29/16


I take a daily Celexa (generic name citalopram), and every day thank God for the provision He has made for me.

I also thank Him for the meds I take for diabetes, gout, asthma, and other conditions.

When I get proud and think I can do without my antidepressant, I can tell it in a few days. My friends can tell it in ONE.

I can tell you the names of Orthodox heroes who suffered from clinical depression (called involutional melancholia in the 19th century), gout, bi-polar disorder, and other ailments who were nevertheless channels of blessings for many.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/14/16


Philippians 4 is a wonderful place to start. Having the PEACE of God along with having Peace with God is the greatest gift of all. We are told how to guard our hearts and mind. I also believe the issue in the question above begins with the MIND which affects the heart. I'm not talking about the power of positive thinking, but the POWER OF GOD, that comes through right thinking. Christ in you, should be transforming your mind, as scripture also tells us, and is a proven fact, should never leave one feeling empty or a life without meaning. I would also suggest obedience to Romans 12:1-2 ASAP.
---kathr4453 on 3/13/16


Hi,find this very interesting we in our human bodies,minds always a time you burn out ok no christian should burn out but we are human first..we do!
problems get in.our way,we get overwelm but for the most best thing you get in.prayer or bible reading you pep up praise God..love of jesus!
---Elena95555 on 3/12/16


Hi, Nicole!

I agree with your post here!

That's a comforting and reassuring thought.
---Ruthanna on 12/6/15




St John of the Cross speaks of this for some who are going through a dark period, but it is really getting them closer to Jesus.

Sometimes, Jesus needs you to struggle to realize you are not alone and need Him.

Love isn't about feelings but about doing His Will.

Remember, Jesus felt abandoned by His Father on the Cross.

I said 'felt', not 'was' abandoned.

Sometimes it feels like you are holding on to Jesus with both arms and all your strength.
But actually Jesus' Hand is underneath your whole body holding you up.
---Nicole_Lacey on 12/6/15


// "Leon ...Everything you said is right on. ...And also your solution is right on."
---Luke on 12/4/15 //

// "Praise God Luke! Everything we need to know & "do" is plainly written in God's word, the Bible."
---Leon on 12/5/15 //

Amen!
---Ruthanna on 12/6/15


Praise God Luke! Everything we need to know & "do" is plainly written in God's word, the Bible. Anyone who claims to be a Spirit filled Christian should also be getting filled with God's word as a hedge of protection against evil.
---Leon on 12/5/15


Leon, after reading all of the answers, your answer seem to be the best one I have read. Everything you said is right on. Our sinful nature that we are born with causes us many problems. And also your solution is right on.
---Luke on 12/4/15


John 9346 said, "Hi Brendan,
I just want to say to you my heart goes out to you and I am sorry to here of the many Medical Conditions you struggle with daily.
in my prayers,
John"


What is this? Someone says something nice to me and everybody else stops posting on a blog? What an opportunity!

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 11/25/15


John 9346 said, "
Hi Brendan,
I just want to say to you my heart goes out to you and I am sorry to here of the many Medical Conditions you struggle with daily.
in my prayers,
John"


Thank you, John. God is supplying my needs.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 11/24/15


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Hi Brendan,

I just want to say to you my heart goes out to you and I am sorry to here of the many Medical Conditions you struggle with daily.

in my prayers,

John
---john9346 on 11/23/15


Somebody said, "The better question is: does God still heal jacked up brain chemistry(?)"

Yes!! As some folks on these blog know, I suffer from clinical depression. God has been good tot me, in that He has supplied an M.D. to watch over my mental health, and the medications that keeps my brain chemicals in balance.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 11/23/15


lookingup, don't be afraid to get medical and other professional help to deal with your depression, OK?

99% of the time, God works through people.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/22/15


Very good point too, Somebody.
"... be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God" (Rom. 12:2).
Perhaps a little more discipline and obedience are in order for me.
---lookingup on 11/22/15


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\\The better question is: does God still heal jacked up brain chemistry,\\

Yes, He does, somebody.

Frequently He works through medicine.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/22/15


THAN YOU for the encouraging insights and thoughts.
---lookingup on 11/21/15


The better question is: does God still heal jacked up brain chemistry, does God still knock down strongholds in the mind with his thought life invading ours causing us to think differently and thereby rewiring our brain???

Yes He does, where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. Either that stopped being true or Christians in this age go without His Spirit.

Since knowing the former is truth by living it I'm obliged to believe the latter. Christians go without healing for their depression because something is missing in their life and I'm going to venture to say it's NOT God's fault.
---somebody on 11/21/15


///Can a Christian struggle with emptiness and meaninglessness in life even though they know and love the Lord? What causes such struggles? Is there a way to get beyond it?///

Lookingup: Christians can be depressed, oppressed, repressed, distressed BUT never possessed by the evil one. The root cause of the dilemma is our sin nature, which remains even after we've received salvation from Jesus.

SOLUTION: Keep "looking up" daily to the Lord by reading, meditating, trusting, obeying & by faith believing in the Lord. Sing psalms & spiritual songs constantly. Boldly speak the word, out loud as it is written & the Holy Spirit leads.
---Leon on 11/20/15


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Good responses from everyone.
---john1944 on 11/20/15


Yes, Christians can suffer from depression. Chronic depression is an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. It is not a sin, or any fault or failing in the person. Because of sin in the world, a person's body can manufacture too much/not enough of the right chemicals, and a person can suffer from that imbalance

Situational depression can happen for many reasons. If you are having problems because a friend/parent/spouse/child has died, it will take time for you to get over it.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 11/20/15


Yes, Christians can and do struggle with depression.

The night before His Crucifixion, the Savior Himself said, "My heart is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death." That doesn't sound like He was up on Mt. Feelgood.

Depression has many causes. There is reactive (caused by a serious loss, such as a loved one or a job). Some medical conditions, e.g., diabetes, if left untreated can cause depression.

And then there's clinical depression, which is as MEDICAL condition. It's a CHEMICAL imbalance, and no more sinful than gout or eczema.

What you DO about depression may be a sin--including doing nothing.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/19/15


Yes, we are still subject to the information and events of life. "But know I have overcome the world."
Counseling and contentment. I have learned a lot about contentment this year. Contentment is not settling for mediocre but accepting what events happen in your life and moving forward.
---Scott1 on 11/20/15


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lookingup ask, "Can a Christian struggle with emptiness and meaninglessness in life even though they know and love the Lord?"

yes

lookingup ask, "What causes such struggles?"

unconfessed sin, dificult situations/crisis, and Brain Chemistry unbalance.


lookingup ask, "Is there a way to get beyond it?"

1. prayer the first in all things is your relationship with the Lord.

2. Discover promises in the bible pertaining to your situation.

3. Seek Medical Attention this is the hardest for most Christian because they think prayer fixes all their problems of which it does, but the Lord uses various methods to heal.

Hope this helps.

John
---john9346 on 11/20/15


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