Day 4 of 31 days of depression.
*Dear Mel is an old column I used to write. No longer accepting questions at this time.
I have been told that I must not be a real believer if I suffer from depression or that I must have some sin in my life to feel the way I do. Maybe I really am not following Christ like I should be but I don’t understand the rude comments about my depression. Do you think you can’t be a real Christian if you suffer from depression?
~ Depressed Believer?~
Dear Depressed Believer:
I don’t for a second think that you are not a true believer and I think that is a lie that Satan has fed into the church body to reek havoc on those who suffer. Look at the bible. Folks were depressed! David and Job for example. From reading the stories of Rachel and Leah, I think both sisters suffered from depression.
Satan can and does use other believers to do his bidding. That’s a sad thing to say but it’s the truth. That doesn’t mean you have to buy it. If they’ve been given misinformation – which I truly believe is the case here – then that is between them and God. Let them sort it out with Him but don’t buy into it.
Could you have a secret sin? Sure, we all could! I don’t know if you do this but when I’m feeling down, I confess everything I can possibly think of! If you think there is a possibility of a sin you haven’t confessed, pray about it. He’ll reveal to you what you need to take a look at.
If you are suffering from depression try to figure out the why of it. What is at the root of it all? A good Christian counselor maybe able to help you figure out what is going on. We’ll be talking more about counseling later in the series. Don’t give up and don’t let anyone else be your judge and jury as a Christian. You belong to God and He knows your heart.
- Memorize this scripture: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
- Pray: Lord, please show me if I have an area in my life that I need to work on or give to you. Help free me of my depression. If I have an unconfessed sin, please show it to me. Thank you for dying for me and loving me even when I feel down and unlovable. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Day 5: Give Up
The next 31 days we will be discussing depression and healthy ways to combat it but we’re going to get real too. Because for those of us who wind up in the pit often, we know platitudes and fluff pieces do nothing for us. My expertise is only based 0n my own very personal battles with depression and is no way, professional or medical advice. Your participation in this series is voluntary and Melinda Todd is not legally responsible for any choices or actions of participants. Participants release Melinda Todd and Trailing After God from responsibility and liability and continue at their own risk and discretion. *No longer accepting questions for this series.