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Biblical Examples Of Depression

Are there Biblical examples of depression, or how to deal with it? Can anyone share some suggestions?

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 ---Cynthia on 12/2/07
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Duke, would you care to explain that to "lost" people like Elijah, Job, and Jeremiah, who wrote the book of Lamentations?! Suffering bouts of depression, whether by brain chemical or life issues, does NOT mean one is lost. Certainly the writers of the Psalms were saved by God's grace and there's plenty of "depression" they write about that ministers to us today.
---Mary on 12/30/07

Depression is a symptom of an irrational mindset(being lost). The only cure is to become born again.(converted)
---duke on 12/16/07

I cannot even begin to tell someone how to deal with depression It covers such a vast area of situations. I know that whenever things really get me down the scriptures state that when the enemy come's in like a flood then the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Isa 59 but there in comes certain clauses we need to follow and not be on the wrong side of clean living.
---Carla5754 on 12/6/07

Hey Sister Cynthia,

Sorry for not responding sooner.

Here are some examples of depressed saints:
1. Job - 1st he tried to justify himself. Then he humbled himself before the Lord. It was Job, not his comforters that the Lord would hear in prayer. - Keep praying.

2. David when his baby was sick and then died. He got up cleaned himself up, and went to the house of the Lord. - Go to church.
---trey on 12/5/07

Hey Sister Cynthia, (part 2)

3. Elijah after he slew the prophets of Baal ran into the wilderness and then laid down ready to die. He felt like he was the only one. - Then God reminded him that he had reserved 7000 (7 a perfect number, 1000 a complete number) and then told him to go to a widow. - God sees you, even if your in the wilderness by yourself. - Keep walking by faith, and go help others.
---trey on 12/5/07

Hey Sister Cynthia, (part 3)

4. John the Baptist when he was in prison, he sent his disciples to ask if Christ was the one. - Christ told them to go tell John about all his miracles. (My favorite is the last one. "and the poor have the gospel preached to them".) - Read your bible, it will remind you of all that God has done, is doing, and will do for you.
---trey on 12/5/07

Hey Sister Cynthia, (part 4)

5. The Apostle Paul when he had a thorn in the flesh - God reminded him that his grace was sufficient. Paul said when I'm weak, then am I strong! - When I'm physically, mentally, and spiritually weak, then I realize that my strength comes from God. - Keep looking to God for strength.

I hope this is helpful.

Lord bless you dear Sister.
---trey on 12/5/07

First, we give ourselves to You in prayer for Cynthia and the person close to her, that she would start with simply being encouraged in You . . . unconditionally trusting You. And Your comfort can spread to her close person in need. 2 Corinthians 1:1-4.

May we receive Your comfort BEFORE we go through these things, so we are ready and don't suffer so much (((o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/5/07

Blessings to you Chad and Michelle, and thank you for your positive spiritual insights. May God bless you both. Whisper thanks friend for the suggestions and God Bless.
---Cynthia on 12/4/07

"Know that God will never leave/forsake you"
and why should God not use humans as part of the healing?
Do you feed the hungry and clothe the naked, or do you leave the work to God?
God works through us.
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

Therapy is still needed for many. If a person qualifies for Medicaid, then they can access mental health services.
---Trish9863 on 12/4/07

High Praise, High Praise, turn up the music, hear the angels sing, play those instruments start dancing, JOY COMES IN THE MORNING. Pray and thank God that HE IS TURNING IT AROUND, trust and have faith, Cynthia I wake up at 4:00 a.m. grab a coffee, sit out back, look up at the most beautiful silhouette of white clouds against a black sky and breath in the Spirit of God, and THANK HIM FOR LIFE.
---Whisper on 12/4/07

There are some who have been in therapy forever and a day with little improvement.
They go from specialist to specialist, only to find that they can't find anything wrong but depression.
When constant switching of meds no longer works, and laying on the couch doesn't work, why not God?
---lovable_linda on 12/4/07

Depression: By experience-depression focuses on yourself, your issues, your feelings-legitimate causes or in some cases-"imagined"-lies of the enemy! One: Get your head in the WORD. Two: Get your mind off yourself and DO/Give to others-"If you've done it unto the least of these-you've done it unto me." Three: Know that God will never leave/forsake you-"even when your mother/father forsake you-I will take you up."
---Aislinge on 12/4/07

Chad ... You have very valid point.
In the UK. therapy and medical help is available to all with insignificant cost.
How sad that apparently in the richest country in the world, such help is not available to the needy.
---alan_of_UK on 12/4/07

Yes, David was downcast, And he put his hope in the Lord.
---catherine on 12/4/07

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Marriages are falling apart because of financial problems. Fighting over the lack of money, depressed because their kids want a Christmas present, and they cannot buy one. Believers/unbelievers that don't know that presents aren't really important, their kids want one, regardless.
---Chad on 12/4/07

Many are depressed during Christmas because of lack of funds/divorce/illness.
Telling these people to run out and find a therapist - it's not going to happen, they can't. State monies are running out.

Jesus Christ is their prescription, and I'm not going to tell them to use Him as their last resort.
I'm going to say when there is no way out, there is a Way, His Name is Jesus.
---Chad on 12/4/07

For those in third world nations without food and clean water, there is no money for therapy and medicine.
Jesus Christ is not only for Americans or the prosperous.
Jesus Christ is for every one.
---Chad on 12/4/07

That's exactly what Michelle gave you, Cynthia.
Giving examples of all the depressed in the bible, hanging their head, wishing they had not been born - how is that an encouragement?
Giving the keys to being set free is encouragement.
Jesus came to set the captives free.
He paid the price so that captives can be set free.
Many people cannot afford therapy and expensive meds for months/years on end.
Jesus Christ paid the price and showed the disciples how to set captives free.
---Chad on 12/4/07

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There are depressed people that are losing their homes, cannot afford the price of gas and are barely making ends meet - let alone having enough for a costly insurance premium.
It's nice for all those who have money to say receive treatment, find a therapist.
For those without a dime to their names, Jesus Christ is your treatment, therapy and hope to be set free.
For the poor in spirit - Jesus Christ has always been the answer, when the money isn't there for therapy.
---Chad on 12/4/07

Alan, that is a beautiful explanation of the medical reasons for treating depression. I love it. Thanks for sharing it.
---Trish9863 on 12/4/07

They did not have chemotherapy for cancer back when Jesus walked this earth. Nor hip replacements using titanium, nor kidney dialysis.
Should we reject these now? I suggets no.
Depression is an abnormality of our braain chemicals .. just as physical as the hips, kidneys, or our other organs, and as with them, God has given us medical remnedies and specialist medics
---alan_of_UK on 12/3/07

Michelle, this question is not about me, but about someone close to me. Religion doesn't save you. I am a born again child of God, and I have personally recieved Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I am trying not to get overwhelmed, and my strength comes from God. I need a little bit of encouragement, not pity. Sometimes when the storms of life come, we need encouragement from each other, and this is a storm where I really need encouragement from my brothers and sisters IN CHRIST. God Bless friends!
---Cynthia on 12/3/07

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Cynthia, anyone who suffers from depression should first have a complete physical to rule out physical causes. After that they should ask their doctor for a referral to a psychotherapist with whom they might explore the psychological roots of their depression. They should also be in a discipleship relationship with a more mature Christian of the same gender as them.
---Trish9863 on 12/2/07

Look at David's Psalms and see how he was often in anguish. Then there is Elijah, who sat under a juniper tree and prayed for God to let him die.
---Trish9863 on 12/2/07

Hi, Cynthia...nice to see you - - I think of the rich man whom Jesus told to sell his goods and give to the poor. "But when he heard this, he become very sorrowful, for he was very rich." (Luke 18:23) He was depressed, because he valued his possessions more than pleasing God. So, his depression, I'd say, was a sin problem. If I suffer depression because I can't let go of a possession or a person, in order to please God, I need to confess this and trust God to correct and heal me to do better.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/2/07

In Luke 13:22, Jesus speaks of how "the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word". Cares of this life can get us choked with depression...when things don't go the way we want and we aren't trusting God to decide how things go > instead, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7) In relationships with special people, it helps me to trust God to decide what will happen, instead of letting my happiness depend on getting what I wish.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/2/07

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Cynthia, we have, "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death." (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Sorrow of the world that produces death can mean depression which produces death by suicide.

Also, instead of trusting God to correct us, we can guilt-trip ourselves and this can bring death of joy and then depression. We need to just confess how we are wrong, and be encouraged that You desire to help us do better.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/2/07

There's a very clever trick when someone's depression is in fact a sin problem. The person, of course, is in denial about it being because of sin. And...since it is a fad to stigmatize depressed people in general...if you point out that the person's problem is sin, he or she can say you are just stigmatizing the person, don't understand, etc. But Jesus understands our sin problems without ever having sinned. He in us can share this understanding with us to help people.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/2/07

Good Morning Cynthia: Excellent! Well I think if there was ever a guy, "Who I so much understand" and really love next to Jesus, It was King David, I love his style, but he really suffered deep depression, and his remedy was making his Psalms to the Lord and playing his harp, I think that gives me a lesson when I am down, I write a song to God, telling Him my troubles. My daughters thing is poetry, that is our escape....
---Whisper on 12/2/07

If a person has problems with depression, I can feel the person out to see how he or she already understands the problem. And if I can see sin is involved, I may first volunteer how my own depression trouble has ALWAYS been because of sin...because I was so concerned about getting what I want, instead of mainly caring about what God desires. And God has easily gotten me out of it, because He is all-powerful and does correct sin problems if we give them to Him to deal with.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/2/07

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"nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3) Ones who lord it over others can get depressed when they do or might lose their power and control. Classic example > how Saddam Hussein got so depressed when he thought Desert Storm troops would unseat him.

Don't argue. Arguing is joy dead, and can bring death of joy in the form of depression about a relationship. "Do all things without complaining and disputing," (Philippians 2:14)
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/2/07

A pentecostal priest in the RCC told me that that many people came to church everyday to hide out. Morning, noon, and evening, they come to hide from themselves. He saw them going through the motions. It was safe place, but fears kept them from moving on with God and getting healed in their emotions.
Are you hiding out with 'religion' because it's acceptable?
---Michelle on 12/2/07

RCC pentecostals believe in deliverance.
Pentecost is pentecost, the people I know call themselves pentecostals.
They worship at the feet of Jesus Christ, morning, noon and evening.
You need a deliverance and don't know where to go?
Find some RCC pentecostal believers with dunamis power from the Holy Spirit - called to the deliverance ministry.
Seek a deliverance and get free from the spirit of bondage.
---Michelle on 12/2/07

Do you attend a church where anyone standing in the need of prayer/deliverance goes up front and the rest of the congregation runs forward and lays their hands on that person?

I don't believe in that.

1 Timothy 5:22
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
---Michelle on 12/2/07

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Jesus Christ is our example of victory over depression and bondage.
Find those have been called to the deliverance ministry if you are ready for a deliverance. It's a calling. You don't want the fearful or other undelivered people laying their hands on you, creating more confusion, depression, oppression and possession.

Suggestion. Ask Jesus Christ to send you or show you the right person(s) with power and authority from the Holy Spirit to administer a deliverance - if you want one.
---Michelle on 12/2/07

Deliverance ministry - weapons of warfare.

Word of God
Name of God, Jesus Christ - Authority
Blood of Jesus Christ - Overcome by Blood of the Lamb and Word of our Testimony, Blood of New Covenant, Through the Cross
---Michelle on 12/2/07

Cynthia, the Bible says that Christians will preach the gospel, heal the sick and cast out demons, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Deliverance ministry is a blessing for those who need it, it can heal bruised hearts and crushed lives when medicine cannot.
---Michelle on 12/2/07

Jesus Christ gives us many examples of dealing with depression.

A root of depression is the spirit of heaviness. When Jesus walked the earth, (before medication/therapy) He cast the spirit of heaviness out.
Heaviness leaves the door open to a spirit of infirmity.
---Michelle on 12/2/07

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Spirit of heaviness - depression

Isa 61:3
Neh 2:2 8:10
Prov 15:13
Ps. 69:20
Luke 4:18
Rom 9:2
---Michelle on 12/2/07

Spirit of heaviness

Bruised spirit
Oppression to spirit
---Michelle on 12/2/07

Spirit of lethargy

Abnormal drowsiness
Habitual idleness
Deadened senses/faculties
Closed understanding
Moral insensibilities
Wanderer, drifter
Extreme withdrawal
---Michelle on 12/2/07

Are you receiving medication and therapy, acceptable methods of treatment.
Do you still have..

Shattered life
Broken heart
Driving desires
Addictions - alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, etc.
Anguish of spirit
Compulsive behaviors - promiscuity, perversions
Crude insults to others
Constant disputes with others
---Michelle on 12/2/07

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Vain imaginations
Exaggerations, lies, fibs, falsehoods
Dishonesty, insincere, cunning
Strong delusions
Garble words, vain babbling, profanity
Use flattery, two-faced, phony
Strong delusions

DELIVERANCE is needed, if medication and therapy have not healed you.
---Michelle on 12/2/07

Religious ideations, positive and negative, religious ideation is involved in many cases of persons undergoing severe emotional distress. ...

Some need medication/therapy for religious ideations.

People hide behind religion when they don't want to take accountability for problems or what is causing them. Religion, studying religion can become a crutch.
Not the same as knowing Jesus Christ.
Understanding religion and understanding Jesus is not the same as knowing Jesus Christ.
---Michelle on 12/2/07

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