Depression 03

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Depression 03

  1. 1. Depression:A Biblical Perspective { Psalm 34:18 Part Three
  2. 2. Questions & Accusations“Is God punishing mefor something“God IS punishing me.”God’s Plan for Peace
  3. 3. Questions & AccusationsGod did not create us forconfusion, disorder andunrest. These are not theresult of God’s plan butrather the avoidances ofGod’s plan.God’s Plan for Peace
  4. 4. “For I know the thoughtsthat I think toward you,saith the LORD, thoughtsof peace, and not of evil,to give you an expectedend.”Jeremiah 29:11God’s Plan for Peace
  5. 5. When God gives us the blueprintfor peace and we fail to follow it,we have no one to blame butourselves. We cannot hold Godaccountable for our ownactions, attitudes andadverse behavior. His plan is thatwe have peace, confidence andsoundness of mind.God’s Plan for Peace
  6. 6. “For God hath not givenus the spirit of fear; butof power, and of love,and of a sound mind.”2 Timothy 1:7God’s Plan for Peace
  7. 7. Regardless of the sourceof your depression, Godstill wants you to havepeace! Biblical principlesare effective regardlessof the cause ofdepression.God’s Plan for Peace
  8. 8. “A merry heart doethgood like a medicine: buta broken spirit drieth thebones.”Proverbs 17:22God’s Plan for Peace
  9. 9. Panic Attack“ My heart is sore pained within me: and theterrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulnessand trembling are come upon me, and horror hathoverwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I hadwings like a dove! for then would I flyaway, and be at rest. Lo, then wouldI wander far off, and remain in thewilderness. Selah. I would hasten myescape from the windy storm and tempest.”Psalm 55:4-8God’s Plan for Peace
  10. 10. The Power of Prayer“As for me, I will call uponGod; and the LORD shall saveme. Evening, and morning,and at noon, will I pray, andcry aloud: and he shall hearmy voice.”Psalm 55:16-17God’s Plan for Peace
  11. 11. The Power of PrayerBefore he went to bed, as soonas he arose and at mid-dayDavid called upon the Lord inconfidence. His prayers werenot delivered in doubt anddistrust but with theknowledge that God wouldhear his cry.God’s Plan for Peace
  12. 12. The Power of Prayer“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto myprayer. From the end of the earth will Icry unto thee, when my heart isoverwhelmed: lead me to therock that is higher than I. Forthou hast been a shelter for me,and a strong tower from the enemy. I willabide in thy tabernacle for ever: I willtrust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”Psalm 61:1-4God’s Plan for Peace
  13. 13. The Power of PrayerDavid knew that he couldturn to God. Fellowship withHis Saviour became a sourceof strength.God’s Plan for Peace
  14. 14. Cast Your Care Upon the Lord“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, andhe shall sustain thee: he shall neversuffer the righteous to be moved.”Isaiah 55:22“Casting all your care upon him;for he careth for you.”1 Peter 5:7God’s Plan for Peace
  15. 15. Cast Your Care Upon the LordThe reason we can profitably cast ourcares upon the Lord is because Hecares for us and is able to sustain us.Prayer does more than exerciseour tongue, it exercises our faith.Prayer is not simply complaining toour Creator but rather casting ourcares upon him.God’s Plan for Peace
  16. 16. Cast Your Care Upon the LordGod’s Plan for Peace
  17. 17. Cast Your Care Upon the LordGod’s Plan for Peace
  18. 18. Cast Your Care Upon the LordWait on the LORD: be of good courage, and heshall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on theLORD. Psalm 27:14But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shallrun, and not be weary; and they shall walk, andnot faint. Isaiah 40: 31God’s Plan for Peace
  19. 19. Consider God’s LoveOur self-worth is frequentlydetermined by how we feel thatothers perceive us. Theperception of others is not areliable source for our evaluationof ourselves. A better resourcewould be to look towardsheaven. Certainly no one’sopinion could rival our Creator’s.God’s Plan for Peace
  20. 20. Consider God’s Love“Are not two sparrows sold for afarthing? and one of them shallnot fall on the ground withoutyour Father. But the very hairs ofyour head are all numbered. Fearye not therefore, ye are of morevalue than many sparrows.”Matthew 10:29-31God’s Plan for Peace
  21. 21. Consider God’s LoveGod’s Plan for Peace
  22. 22. Consider God’s Love“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “Matthew 10:30God’s Plan for Peace
  23. 23. Consider God’s LoveBy expressing God’s concern overwhat others might deem greatlyinsignificant, Christ taught usthat the Father cares even aboutthe most minute details of themost neglected person’s life.God’s Plan for Peace
  24. 24. Consider God’s LoveThe key to unlocking a peacefulheart begins with theunderstanding that our identity isnot hopelessly attached to ourenvironment, our peers or theevents in our lives. Peace comesfrom our Saviour not ourcircumstances.God’s Plan for Peace
  25. 25. Consider God’s Love“Not that we are sufficient ofourselves to think any thing as ofourselves; but our sufficiency isof God.”2 Corinthians 3:5God’s Plan for Peace
  26. 26. Meditate Upon God’s Word“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”Proverbs 23:7God’s Plan for Peace
  27. 27. Meditate Upon God’s WordThe things you see, hear,discuss and do will be thethings that infiltrate your mind.There is absolutely no greatersource for godly meditationthan God’s Word! From whereelse could we so effectivelylearn those thoughts that bringpeace to our souls?God’s Plan for Peace
  28. 28. Meditate Upon God’s Word“Finally, brethren, whatsoever thingsare true, whatsoever things arehonest, whatsoever things are just,whatsoever things are pure,whatsoever things are lovely,whatsoever things are of goodreport; if there be any virtue, and ifthere be any praise, think on thesethings.” Philippians 4:8God’s Plan for Peace
  29. 29. Meditate Upon God’s Word“This book of the law shall notdepart out of thy mouth; but thoushalt meditate therein day andnight, that thou mayest observe todo according to all that is writtentherein: for then thou shalt make thyway prosperous, and then thou shalthave good success.” Joshua 1:8God’s Plan for Peace
  30. 30. Meditate Upon God’s Word“Mine eyes prevent the nightwatches, that I might meditate in thyword.” Ps 119:148“I remember the days of old; Imeditate on all thy works; I muse onthe work of thy hands.” Psalm 143:5God’s Plan for Peace
  31. 31. Meditate Upon God’s Word“Thou wilt keep him in perfectpeace, whose mind is stayed onthee: because he trusteth in thee.”Isaiah 26:3God’s Plan for Peace
  32. 32. Music Makes a DifferenceEvery film maker understands the value ofthe musical score that carries the mood andmessage of his script. There is music thatcommunicates panic and unrest. There ismusic that relates doom and despair.Confusion and chaos can be communicatedas well urgency and fear. On the otherhand, there is music that expresses actionand adventure. We can find melodies thatwill calm the heart and grant a sense ofpeace.God’s Plan for Peace
  33. 33. Music Makes a DifferenceThese principles are not only true in moviesoundtracks but also in pop music. Theerotic beats can produce unhealthy sexualtension, while harsh head banging musicwill feed attitudes of rebellion and distress.An entire genre of music is called “theblues” for a reason. One ought not listen tomusic that simply echoes their own carnalpassions or confirms their feelings ofsadness.God’s Plan for Peace
  34. 34. Music Makes a DifferenceA Christian should proactively seekmelodies that will uplift the soul andproduce a worshipful spirit.Speaking to yourselves inpsalms and hymns andspiritual songs, singing andmaking melody in your heart tothe Lord Ephesians 5:19God’s Plan for Peace
  35. 35. Music Makes a DifferenceMusic has a tremendous powerto sway your heart for good orfor evil. Consider David’sministry to King Saul in 1Samuel 16:14-23.God’s Plan for Peace
  36. 36. Music Makes a DifferenceDavid, the sweet Psalmist ofIsrael knew the power of music.When godly words arecombined with godly music,you will discover a tremendousforce for emotional well-being.God’s Plan for Peace
  37. 37. Music Makes a DifferencePraise ye the LORD: for it is goodto sing praises unto our God; for itis pleasant; and praise is comely.The LORD doth build upJerusalem: he gathereth togetherthe outcasts of Israel. He healeththe broken in heart, and bindethup their wounds.Psalm 147: 1-3God’s Plan for Peace

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