If you are feeling depressed, that means Jesus is far from you. One needs to ask what he or she has done to offend the Lord.
With Jesus in our lives, our hearts are always 100% of the time filled with joy and love. Christianity sets us free from our guilt and shortcomings, as long as we are following all 67 rules in the New Testament.
Philippians 4:11-13, 19
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
And we know the only thing that can make you happy is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Nothing that comes from the world can bring that joy.
1 John 2:16-17
16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Without Him, we have already know what will happen. We can’t do anything. We are not meant to live without Christ in our lives. We will wither up and die.
John 15:1-6 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
So you are withering and dying because there’s no Jesus in your life. You may have some doctors or other scientific type liars tell you some mumbo jumbo about brain chemicals or imbalances, but what are they really telling you? Lies, that’s what they’re spewing! The Bible says only Jesus can make you happy. Are you calling Jesus a liar?
Of course not. We all know the Bible is 100% true because the Bible tells us it is 100% true.
But what should we do if we find ourselves depressed because Jesus is far from us? How do we placate Him?
1. Isolate yourself.
Go into your closet with the lights off (Matthew 6:6). The last thing you need is anything keeping you from concentrating on Jesus, like other people.
I recommend a proper attire, like sackcloth and and good place to lay, like a pile of ashes. And don’t just take your nice clothes off and fold them. Rip them off before putting on a sackcloth. (Gen. 37:34, 2 Sam. 3:31, Job 16:15, Job 42:6, Lamentations 2:10, Joel 1:8, 1 Kings 21:27, 1 Chron. 21:16, Nehemiah 9:1, Jonah 3:5-9, Isaiah 15:3, Jeremiah 49:3, Ezekiel 27:31, Matthew 11:21, Luke 10:13)
God is more likely to notice how serious you in your atonement for upsetting Him and fix you for doing this.
2. Pray like Jesus did.
Sometimes people are the cause of our stress and depression. Ask God to not do what you know He is going to do to them for harming your peace of mind. What might God do in revenge on your behalf? He could send them to eternal torture (Matt. 25:46, Matt. 18:8, Matt. 3:12, Mark 9:43, Luke 3:17).
He may decide to wipe out everything they have and utterly destroy their lives down to destroying their farms, killing the children and raping the women. (Deuteronomy 28:15- ). He may melt them like a miscarried fetus in the sun. (Psalm 58:6-8). Are you sad because your man or woman cheated? God could kill their children for their fornication (Revelation 2:20-23).
By praying God doesn’t do ALL that to them shows how humble and right you are.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
As we have discussed before, God won’t hear the prayers of sinners. Until you remove the sin that is causing God to remove His presence from you, you will continue to wither and die. The hope here is by calling out to God in your unlit space, he will reveal to you what sin is blocking His presence from your life so you can atone for it.
3. Admit to God that you are not in control of anything and He is in control of everything.
(Proverbs 19:21, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Isaiah 45:6-7, Isaiah 55:8-11)
Don’t try to do anything until you receive a clear vision from Jesus of what the next steps should be. It may be days in sackcloth and ashes, but you’ll be fine. Jesus managed to not eat for 40 days and nights.
4. Be silent be still.
Just keep looking on the face of Jesus until the revelation comes of what to do. (Zechariah 2:13, Psalm 37:7, Habakkuk 2:20).
You can’t hurry these things. The Prophet Ezekiel once laid on his side three hundred and ninety days for Israel. (Ezekiel 4)
5. Seek only people who are going through the same thing as you.
The two of you can bounce ideas back on forth on how best to get Jesus to love them again. If you can’t find another depressed person, only seek out people who will encourage you to get back into the sackcloth and ashes until you have a revelation.
6. Confess to God how horrible you are.
Keep saying the Sinner’s Prayer emphasizing how you deserve eternal hell and torment.
Oh God I’m a sinner. I deserve to go to hell. Please forgive me and come back into my heart right now! I’m trusting You to make me a child of God, please don’t throw me into hell when I die, and to help me live the rest of my life for You. In the name of Jesus, Hallelujah.
Don’t worry about paying bills. God will provide everything you need, if you have enough faith in Him. (Matthew 6:26-34)
Elmer G. White (25-05-2016 04:56 AM): Wonderful exposition, Pastor! I always find it astonishing how merciful you are towards sinners (see also Jonah 4:2): Many Creation Scientists would have written the Title as "It IS your lack of faith" ...
Des (25-05-2016 06:10 AM): As a Theopsychologist, I can not stress enough the importance of darkness that Pastor Sampson mentioned in his first point. Secluding yourself in a darkened place is essential to finding your way through ...
Johny Joe Hold (25-05-2016 06:36 AM): And never forget, if you are not lifted out of the black pit of despair, it is YOUR FAULT! YOU are failing GOD, not the other way around. Seriously examine your character and shortcomings until you realize ...
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