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Battling Anxiety and Depression

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Introduction

Our lives are a reflection of our faith [which is a gift].

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Christ makes this point, on the positive side of the two-edged sword, known as the Word of God.

Mat 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

So, if we are convinced that something is A, or something is B, then it will be either A or B for us. If we think that we are fearful or depressed, then that is what we are. But if, on the other hand, we are convinced that we, in Christ, are sons of God, we have the faith to believe that we are not fearful or depressed when the trials and worries of life comes to us. We know that we cannot be afraid and have faith at the same time. But what is the cure for fear? What is the cure for depression, or evil spirits? Here is what we are told is the cure for fear:

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

All of our negative emotions are the result of both fear and vanity. There is torment in fear, and there is torment in vanity. Vanity concerns itself with what others think of us instead of what God thinks of us. But when we come to know God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, we become aware that even our fear and vanity are Christ’s work in us, to bring us to see our need for Him in our lives. When we come to know God and His Son, we come to understand that it was He who has first made us naked, so that we would fear and be vain, before we can even begin to see that we really do need Him to cover our nakedness. We have to recognize our sins which have to be covered and overcome through Christ in us. The cure for fear and depression is perfect love. Here are the verses which defines perfect love.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

So, if we want to love the children of God, and if we want to love God, we must keep all of His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous. That is perfect love which casts out fear and depression. Good works are a result of the love of God. Good works, done while ignoring the commandments of God, amount to works of iniquity. The more we familiarize ourselves with the mind of God and Christ, the more we obey God and keep His commandments and through this we know that we love the children of God. Believe it or not, that is the solution to our fear and depression and negative emotions. As we come to know Christ better, the bolder we become.

Pro 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Anxious thoughts

Even Christ dreaded what He knew was just ahead, so we should not be discouraged that we too, are at times anxious about the future. Remember, every admonition we are given is there because God knows this is exactly what we do first.

Mat 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 

Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [ is] the evil thereof.

We have to keep reminding ourselves that every day of our lives was written in His Book, before there were any of them, and remember that in the end we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them. (ASV)

Php 4:13 I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me. (ASV)

So, it was all decided in advance and all the worrying in the world about matters making us worry, changes nothing.

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Christ supplies all our needs for all the many trials still waiting for us in this life. He supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory.

Php 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

We are part of a Body. It is not rich in this world’s goods, but it ministers to every part of the body according to its needs.  So we, continue to wash ourselves with the water of the Word, it will never let us down but achieve exactly what the Lord intends to do in His great plan for our lives.

 We can do all things through Christ

We can do all things through Christ and His Christ as the truth of this verse is being confirmed in us. There is no other way.

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

This struggle is within us and it is being ordained from before the foundation of the world.

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

We are in Christ and partake of His sufferings daily!

1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers;

1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Col 1:24 Now, am I rejoicing in the sufferings on your behalf, and am filling up the things that lack of the tribulations of the Christ, in my flesh, in behalf of his body, which is the assembly,

Peter and Paul denied Christ and had placed stripes upon Him and both had an appreciation of what Christ did for them. We too, deny Christ and we too, must come to appreciate what He has done and is doing for us. This is what Christ is doing for us:

Heb 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves [the hearts and minds of His elect] with better sacrifices than these.

In Him for us, and here is what Christ can and will and is doing in Him, for us:

Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Let us remind ourselves of the truth of this verse all day every day. We are conquerors of our flesh and spirit through Christ. Paul’s reminds us:

Eph 6:13; Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Depression

 The world classifies depression as:

Major depressive disorder (also known as clinical depressionmajor depression, unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by an all- encompassing low mood accompanied by low self- esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities

Depression is common to all men, but just as diseases are common to all men, not every man is stricken with a major disease. Scriptures makes it clear that just as sure as Ahab’s prophets were prophesying lies because a lying spirit had led them to do so, so too, are all of the diseases of mankind, in the final analysis, is nothing more than evil spirits being sent to afflict mankind. First, let’s see how this is proven to be so for physical ailments, then we will see how it is also the cause of all mental ailments. Here are a couple of examples of physical ailments which Scripture tells us are evil spirits.

Luk 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

A crippled lady and a man who could neither speak nor hear, are both said to be afflicted by an evil spirit. Here are mental ailments which attributes to evil spirits.

Act 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Neither soothsaying nor fear are physical ailments. Both take place in our minds, and yet Scriptures declare that both are actually spirits. What does this all teach us? It tells us that God is working all things after the counsel of His own will and that all we do, and all that happens in our lives, was predestined to occur [Eph 1:11].

Times of depression certainly are a by-product of our tribulation experience and are common to all men, just as diseases are common to all men. But not all men are afflicted with a crippling affliction in which they are bowed together to the extent that they can in no wise lift themselves up, and not all men are stricken with fear and major depression. The extent of any physical or mental disease is, a sovereign work of a sovereign God, and that work is always accomplished by means of the realm of the Spirit. Here are how the Scriptures put this:

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear is another way of telling us that the visible world is controlled by the invisible world of the realm of the Spirit. Here is what Christ through Paul teaches us concerning all suffering that is endured by any of God’s children, regardless of the degree of that suffering:

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

The way of escape does not keep us from the trial. Noah escaped the flood by going through it. Israel escaped being pinned down at the Red Sea by going through the Red Sea. Daniel escaped the lion’s den by going into it, and the three Hebrew children escaped the fiery furnace by going into it. The fiery trial is to try us, and we escape it only by enduring to the end of that fiery trial, going through the trial.

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

We are admonished that we ought not to suffer as evildoers, but nowhere in Scripture are we ever told that our apparently self- inflicted sufferings are not part of the fiery trials which are to try us. We are all first hardened by God’s Spirit and we do that we would not. But that is only for the purpose of chastening and scourging us to bring us to see ourselves for what we are, by God’s design. Our sins, are His work.

Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it [ the law of God, verse 22] is good.

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.

Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Our sins are the result of a law. God is the Lawgiver who sustains both the law of sin and death and the law of the Spirit of Life, the meaning of the first and the last [Rev 1:17].

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

 

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

 Our trials as painful and as long as they seem to last, are all a vital and necessary part of the revelation of Jesus Christ within us. God loves us and has already decided that we, in His time, bear the image of the heavenly when His work in our lives is being finished [present tense].

How do we deal with the spirit of depression? We read the fundamental truths of God’s Word and try the spirits:

Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

If we can get the Words and thoughts of Christ to replace the thoughts we spend thinking of ourselves and our problems, then Christ is sending His Word and is healing us.

Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Christ turns up the heat like He did with Job, before Job learned to sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving even for his trials.

Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare his works with rejoicing.

We have to thank the Lord for our trials and put our minds to pleasing Him by becoming an example of how Christ changes a person though His Word.

Psa 107:31 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!

Summary

As we mature in Christ, we come to see that everything that happens to us is of God, and in the long run, for our good. Just as Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt, we will never be able to see the good of our trials while we are enduring them.

Gen 50:19  And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
Gen 50:20  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Gen 50:21  Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

God meant it unto good, a deep abiding faith in God’s love and in His total sovereignty will drive out any sense of panic.

1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

We all have concerns of this life with which we struggle. But those concerns are subdued by our faith in the love of a Father who, we know, to be working all things after the counsel of His own will. We continue to rely on our loving heavenly Father to give us the faith to face every trial, and day by day that faith will grow until all fears will be subdued to the confidence that all things are working together for good to them who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

When we do not understand that trials in our life are brought to us by God for the good purpose of making us more godly, we view trials as torture and fear them greatly. Understanding the purpose of our difficult experiences in this life and having faith in the character and purposes of the one putting us through them, will enable us to overcome our fear and live with more peace through faith. This is a process that we are being put through that takes time. God has ordained that we experience fear, doubt, and worry as we go through all the trials He has prepared for us.

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