Today I would like to speak some words of encouragement to those who are dealing with depression and anxiety.
For some of us, this may be something that occurs ever so often during our life: While for others, depression and anxiety may be something that has to be confronted daily.
I want to let you know that there is someone who cares about you and knows exactly how you feel. He is the Savior of the World, and the person who loves you more than you could ever comprehend…The Lord Jesus Christ.
While here on earth, Jesus experienced all of the feelings that we go through. He knows what it feels like to do what is right, only to face opposition. He knows what it feels like to be betrayed by a “so called” friend. He knows what it feels like to have someone you love pass away. And Yes, prior to being arrested in the garden, Jesus actually did experience depression and anxiety.
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
I believe that at this particular point, because of His compassion for humanity, perhaps, the human part of Jesus desired to minister on earth a little bit longer, however He did the same thing that you and I must do. He took His concerns to God the Father, through prayer, and yielded to God’s will.
There are so many things that can cause depression and anxiety to overtake us: Loss of a loved one, loss of a job, feeling inadequate about our appearance or abilities, and many of us experience deep emotions over past decisions we’ve made or horrific things that were done to us.
When depression and anxiety sets in, many of us will hold onto it internally, while it externally creates problems for us in our families, careers, and with our ability to live out the life purpose that God has in store for us.
Today, I encourage you not to suffer in silence. Today, I encourage each of you to bring all of your concerns to God in prayer. He knows how you are feeling, and He wants to help you, however He cannot do anymore for us than we will allow Him to do.
Allow me to add here that there may be some people out there, who have been prescribed medication by a physician, therapist, or counselor. I would advise you to continue to take your prescribed medications, but to place your life dependence and faith in Jesus Christ.
Please know that there is nothing we do that makes the Lord love us more or less. Doing good deeds, reading the Bible longer and memorizing scriptures doesn’t earn God’s love, however studying scripture does strengthen our faith and build up our spirit.
No matter who you are or what you’ve done, God loves you. There is nothing you could ever do to change that. God wants each of us to accept His gift of salvation, talk to Him as often as we can about our concerns, fears, hopes, dreams and anything else on our minds. Don’t keep your feelings bottled up on the inside, bring whatever it is that you are feeling to the Lord in prayer.
After releasing all that is on our mind and in our heart into God’s capable hands, it is important that we recognize that God does have a plan for each of us. He speaks to us in three ways: 1. He speaks to us through His Word(The Bible) 2. After sharing what is on our mind with Him, it is always a good practice to remain quiet for 1-3min., because there are times when God will speak to us in a still small voice, to give us guidance or offer encouragement to us. 3. He also speaks to us through other people, who offer us encouragement.
I salute every person, who is recovering from extreme depression or anxiety, and has accepted Jesus as your personal Savior. Continue to pray. Continue to study God’s Word. Continue to share your stories of recovery, and how God is strengthening you daily. Your testimonies will help others, and let them know that they are not alone; And that depression and anxiety does not have to have power over their life.
If you are suffering from depression and/or anxiety, and you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I want you to know that God loves you, I love you, and so does every other follower of Jesus Christ. God placed you on this earth and has a good plan for your life. Call out to Him, and ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life. Day by day God will help you to recover from those negative feelings, and He will give you peace and a purpose to live for.
If by some chance, you are reading this, and you would like to accept Jesus as your Savior; You can do so right now by praying the prayer below:
Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for my sins, and rose again on the third day to grant me eternal life. Please forgive me for anything I’ve done that is not pleasing in Your sight. I also ask that You would give me the strength to forgive those individuals, who have hurt me, in the past. I invite You to come into my heart, and be the Lord of my life. I now give to You my fears, so that You can give me faith. I give to You my anxiety, so that You can give me peace. I give to You my depression, so that You can give me joy! In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.