depression 2

When I started to write about depression, I just figured on it being a one shot deal but I have a number of biblical strategies for posts to come on my white board in order to well fight depression…so there may be a few more. There’s a lot of things that can send us swirling…job situations, family situations, church situations, relational situations…and the list goes on.

Last time I mentioned our need to have an accurate view of God but we also need to have an accurate view of ourselves. When we think of ourselves biblically, we will be less likely to be down in the dumps. Depression will be less likely to get to us. If we have come to faith in Christ, we are in a good place to come out of our downward spin.

There’s been a number of authors who have written about our identity in Christ. A couple of the newer books that come to mind include a little book by Jerry Bridges called “Who Am I?”.  Another author, Tim Challies, hits on it in one of the chapters in his book “Visual Theology”. So what I want to do is simply remind you and remind me of who we are in Christ.

The believer is in Christ. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22 ESV)

The believer is justified. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 ESV)

The believer is adopted. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, (John 1:12 ESV)

The believer is secure. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, [39] nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 ESV)

The believer is free. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. [6] We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (Romans 6:5-6 ESV)

The believer is unfinished. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)

Now it would be easy to just read through the list and say yeh, yeh, I know, I know…but we shouldn’t stop there. We need to meditate on these truths… to linger over them…to think about them in our head…to chew on them.

If you got home from work and cooked up some ground beef and threw some spaghetti sauce on it, it’d be fine but if you let your ground beef sit in the sauce all day, the beef would take on the taste of the sauce. Our brains are like the meat and the Word is like the sauce. We need to let our minds do the same thing with the truth of God’s Word. That’s why Scripture tells us to marinate our minds in His Word.

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
[2] but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
[3] He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3 ESV)

As we linger over our identity in Christ and see who we are as children of God and as members of His family, the fruit of the Spirit will flow out of that. The pic is of a tree planted by streams of water, producing fruit. Be encouraged in your depression because the Word is our lifeline. Amen? We need to keep preaching the gospel to ourselves about our new identity in Christ.

If you’re not a child of God, your despair can lead you to faith. Psalm 1 goes on to describe a nasty end to the unbeliever.

[4] The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
[5] Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
[6] for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
(Psalm 1:4-6 ESV)

The Bible tells us that we are born far away from the holy God because of our sin…but Jesus Christ came riding in on a rescue mission when He wrapped Himself in human skin and walked planet earth. He lived the perfect life and died a sinner’s death in the place of those who would put their faith in Him. When we turn from our sin (repent) and turn to God (belief or faith) we become part of His family (Mark 1:15). And that my friends can turn the darkest of depressions into the highest of joys!

When we spin out of depression it brings great good to us but more importantly, great glory to One who saved us!

 

 

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