Faith That Destroys Depression

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Sermon Notes

I want to talk to you today about a subject that for some reason many in the church are afraid to discuss, in fact there is a stigma attached to this pain that causes many to hide, deny and suffer in silence; feeling that they are somehow a sub-par Christian because they may struggle with this particular point of brokenness.

How many of you are glad that Jesus bore all our pains and sicknesses? There is no reason to fear or suffer in silence and loneliness any longer, Jesus loves you and has a fantastic plan for you!!

3John 2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul…

For some this subject that has brought so much pain that they have gotten to the point that they are identified with their pain. They talk about it all the time: “This hurts… That hurts… This isn’t going well… That’s not going well.” And we set ourselves up for depression.

So today we are going to discuss a problem that is so sensitive, and I don’t want to give the impression that I am dismissing this topic, that I am making light of the problem, but that also we understand the pain and loss that depression brings.

I really had to think about even talking about this topic, but in the end I believe that God wants to bring healing to our whole being, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. I know that many good Christ followers struggle with depression and the shame and fear that goes with it is terrible.

I am not a psychologist or doctor, I do not want to try to pass myself off as anything other than your friend who has been around the block a couple times and learned from some painful times that God cares an d has healing for our heart, our soul, and our spirit.

For some the struggle with depression is because of a chemical imbalance or a physiological problem; those we’ll have to deal with in a different way or thank God for His miracle touch. But for most people, it’s not necessarily a chemical imbalance or a physiological or biological problem. It really is more of an emotional ill. That’s why it’s called “the common cold of emotional ills.” These are the ones that I want to address today.

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