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Part Two in a series on depression from a biblical perspective.

Part Two in a series on depression from a biblical perspective.

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  • 1. Depression:A Biblical Perspective { Psalm 34:18 Part Two
  • 2. As we have seen already, not all depression is theresult of sin. However, we cannot deny that sinwill result in depression. A faithful Christianunderstands the eternal consequences of sin. Butwe must also be mindful that there are alsotemporal results. Sin is a heavy burden to carry inthis world as well.Spiritual Depression
  • 3. Spiritual depression is the result of personal sin.Nearly every warranty is void if you fail to use aproduct according to the manufacturersrecommendations. We, God creation, are nodifferent. Sin will take it’s toll.“Because that, when they knew God,they glorified him not as God, neitherwere thankful; but became vain intheir imaginations, and their foolishheart was darkened.” Romans 1:21Spiritual Depression
  • 4. The study of nearly 32,000 11th-gradestudents in Oregon found that LGB youthwere more than five times as likely tohave attempted suicide in the previous 12months, as their heterosexual peers (21.5percent vs. 4.2 percent). Using a new tooldesigned to measure socialenvironment, Hatzenbuehler found thatLGB youth living in a social environmentthat was more supportive of gays andlesbians were 25 percent less likely toattempt suicide than LGB youth living inenvironments that were less supportive”Spiritual Depression
  • 5. 4.2% Heterosexual Teens21.5% Homosexual Teens16.12% Homosexual Teens in supportive communitiesEven in supportive communities,homosexual teens are 4x more likely to besuicidal.Spiritual Depression
  • 6. Homosexual people have a greatertendency towards depression than theirheterosexual counterparts not because ofexternal pressures but because of aninward conflict that results from theirsinful lifestyle.Spiritual Depression
  • 7. It is important for Christians to realizethat these are always hurting people whoneed to understand that God does nothate them but loves them and Christ diedfor them. Suicide is not the answer totheir depression but rather a new life inChrist.Spiritual Depression
  • 8. Forty percent of people who drinkheavily demonstrate symptoms ofdepression while only 10% of people withdepressive illness have alcohol problems.In other words, depression doesn’t alwaysmean alcoholism but alcoholism doesusually lead to depression.Spiritual Depression
  • 9. As noted at www.thedepression-guide.com “Alcohol can briefly produce apleasant and relaxed state of the mind.However, alcohol problems anddepression commonly occur together. It ismore accurate to say that alcoholcontributes to the development ofdepression.”Spiritual Depression
  • 10. Spiritual Depression
  • 11. “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hathcontentions? who hath babbling? who hathwounds without cause? who hath redness ofeyes? They that tarry long at the wine; theythat go to seek mixed wine. Look not thouupon the wine when it is red, when it givethhis colour in the cup, when it moveth itselfaright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, andstingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall beholdstrange women, and thine heart shall utterperverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he thatlieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he thatlieth upon the top of a mast. They havestricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick;they have beaten me, and I felt it not: whenshall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”Proverbs 23:29-35Spiritual Depression
  • 12. “We had both sinned, so we decidedto stay together for the children. Thislasted a year, no trust, arguments, Itried to ignore my feelings for the otherman, but he kept calling, he was therewhen I needed to talk. My husbandsensed this and left after exactly oneyear of our admission of adultery. Ithas been 2 months since my husbandmoved away, and my pain andconfusion has not stopped.”Spiritual Depression
  • 13. King David knew a similar experience withBathsheba according to 2 Samuel 11 and 12.Listen to how this affected his heart in Psalm51.“For I acknowledge my transgressions: and mysin is ever before me.” Psalm 51:3“Make me to hear joy and gladness; that thebones which thou hast broken may rejoice.”Psalm 51:8“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; anduphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:12Spiritual Depression
  • 14. If we continue in David’s storywe would learn in the very nextchapter how David’s sin affectedhis children, Amnon, Tamar andAbsalom. This depressing storygrows and reaches far beyond theone night stand he must haveimagined.Spiritual Depression
  • 15. “For the lips of a strange womandrop as an honeycomb, and hermouth is smoother than oil: Buther end is bitter as wormwood,sharp as a twoedged sword. Herfeet go down to death; her stepstake hold on hell.”Proverbs 5:3-5Spiritual Depression
  • 16. These are only a few examples todemonstrate that sin producesdepression. We could look atmany others such as King Sauland his rebellion. We could seePeter weeping bitterly afterdenying Christ and Judashanging himself shortly after hisbetrayal. Rebellion to God’s Wordhas never brought peace to anysoul.Spiritual Depression
  • 17. Even Adam responded in anxietyand fear when he fell into sin.“And the LORD God called untoAdam, and said unto him, Whereart thou? And he said, I heard thyvoice in the garden, and I wasafraid, because I was naked; andI hid myself.” Genesis 3:9,10Spiritual Depression
  • 18. What we tend to label as depression issometimes simply guilt and conviction overunconfessed sin. The pleasures of sin alwaysend in depression.“There is a way that seemeth rightunto a man, but the end thereofare the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25“There is no peace, saith the LORD,unto the wicked.” Isaiah 48:22Spiritual Depression
  • 19. Because we were created toworship and fellowship withGod it is only natural to expectthat man’s rebellion against hisdesign would result in frictionand disharmony.Spiritual Depression
  • 20. The Scriptures remind us again and again that sinproduces a great war in our hearts and minds. AsPaul describes man’s sinful nature, notice theabsence of peace.. “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:13-18Spiritual Depression
  • 21. The Scriptures remind us again and again that sinproduces a great war in our hearts and minds. AsPaul describes man’s sinful nature, notice theabsence of peace.. “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7Spiritual Depression
  • 22. David’s Lament Over Sin“For mine iniquities are goneover mine head: as an heavyburden they are too heavy forme.” Psalm 38: 4Spiritual Depression
  • 23. Although it is obvious that sin is bound to bringdepression there is hope for the sinner. It has neverbeen God’s will for us to be captivated orimprisoned by the cruel thoughts of our ownminds. David realized that the Lord was his help. “Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” Psalm 94: 17-19Spiritual Depression
  • 24. David Asked God to forgive and restore him.“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thylovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thytender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash methroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from mysin.” Psalm 51:1-2“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a rightspirit within me.” Ps 51:10“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold mewith thy free spirit.” Ps 51:12Spiritual Depression
  • 25. Next, you must determine to forsake thelifestyle that produced this dilemma in yourlife and follow godly, biblical principles. It isnot simply enough to feel sorry and talk aboutyour woes. The biblical principle of repentanceteaches us that we must do something about it.Repentance is an attitude that affects ouractions. Why should we expect our lives tochange if our lives don’t change? It makes nosense to expect a new found joy whilepracticing our old sinful habits. Listen to howPaul praises the Corinthians for their sorrowthat led to genuine repentance.Spiritual Depression
  • 26. “Now I rejoice, not that ye were madesorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: forye were made sorry after a godly manner, thatye might receive damage by us in nothing. Forgodly sorrow worketh repentance to salvationnot to be repented of: but the sorrow of theworld worketh death. For behold this selfsamething, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, whatcarefulness it wrought in you, yea, whatclearing of yourselves, yea, whatindignation, yea, what fear, yea, whatvehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, whatrevenge! In all things ye have approvedyourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2Corinthians 7:9-11Spiritual Depression
  • 27. Albert Einsteindefined insanity as “doing the same thingover and over againand expecting differentresults.”Spiritual Depression
  • 28. Walk with godly friends and avoid theungodly.“Blessed is the man that walketh not in thecounsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in theway of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of thescornful. But his delight is in the law of theLORD; and in his law doth he meditate dayand night. And he shall be like a tree plantedby the rivers of water, that bringeth forth hisfruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither;and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm1: 1-3Spiritual Depression
  • 29. Develop a passion for God’s Word.“For the word of God is quick, andpowerful, and sharper than anytwoedged sword, piercing even to thedividing asunder of soul and spirit, andof the joints and marrow, and is adiscerner of the thoughts and intentsof the heart.” Hebrews 4:12Spiritual Depression
  • 30. Develop a passion for God’s Word.“This book of the law shall not departout of thy mouth; but thou shaltmeditate therein day and night, thatthou mayest observe to do according toall that is written therein: for then thoushalt make thy way prosperous, andthen thou shalt have good success.”Joshua 1:8Spiritual Depression
  • 31. Do right.“Whoso keepeth the commandmentshall feel no evil thing: and a wisemans heart discerneth both time andjudgment.” Ecclesiastes 8:5“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, andhe shall sustain thee: he shall neversuffer the righteous to be moved.”Psalm 55:22Spiritual Depression
  • 32. Do right.“Commit thy works unto theLORD, and thy thoughts shall beestablished.” Proverbs 16:3“Light is sown for the righteous, andgladness for the upright in heart.” Ps97:11Spiritual Depression
  • 33. Separate from worldliness.“And be not conformed to this world:but be ye transformed by therenewing of your mind, that ye mayprove what is that good, andacceptable, and perfect, will of God.”Romans 12:2Spiritual Depression
  • 34. Trust in God’s forgiveness.“For if our heart condemn us,God is greater than our heart,and knoweth all things.”1 John 3:20Spiritual Depression
  • 35. Trust in God’s forgiveness.“But if we walk in the light, as he isin the light, we have fellowship onewith another, and the blood of JesusChrist his Son cleanseth us from allsin. If we say that we have no sin, wedeceive ourselves, and the truth isnot in us. If we confess our sins, he isfaithful and just to forgive us oursins, and to cleanse us from allunrighteousness.” 1 John 1:7-9Spiritual Depression
  • 36. Trust in God’s forgiveness.“This I recall to my mind, therefore have Ihope. It is of the LORDS mercies that weare not consumed, because his compassionsfail not. They are new every morning: greatis thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion,saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.The LORD is good unto them that wait forhim, to the soul that seeketh him. It is goodthat a man should both hope and quietlywait for the salvation of the LORD.”Lamentations 3: 21-26Spiritual Depression
  • 37. Next WeekGod’s BiblicalPlan for PeaceSpiritual Depression