A Cure For Depression!

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Proverbs 12:25

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Although we do not like to admit it, most of us find ourselves depressed sometimes. Webster defines the word depressed as “low in spirit; sad”. There are plenty of events that occur during the course of our lives that leave us in a temporary state of depression. I have been there myself.

I can recall earlier this year when I was struggling with severe shortness of breath. I remember standing outside of a mall watching everyone else walking briskly through the parking lot on the way to their cars. I wanted to walk as fast as they were, but knew I could not. Tears welled in my eyes as I slowly made my way to my vehicle. The depression did not last long, but it was real.

Someone reading this message right now is suffering through a period of sadness. It may have been brought on by the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, your home, or a relationship. However, do not lose hope! I have good news for you!

In our text that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message, the writer of Proverbs 12, King Solomon, wrote these words in the 25th verse, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression…”

Before I proceed, please note that King Solomon’s writing specifically to his son, but in general to all of us who identify ourselves as the People of God. Therefore, we need to know that we suffer from depression, too! For some reason, we do not seem to want to acknowledge mental health issues in the church, but saints, mental health issues are as real. Left untreated, it can lead to physical health problems and even death. It is time we acknowledge and begin to deal with it.

My friends, anxiety and worry cause depression or lowers our spirits.  Anxiety and worry will steal your joy!

Can we keep it real? When was the last time you got excited after opening a bill you found in the mailbox?

On the contrary, your mood probably downshifted as you placed the bill on top of the pile of unpaid bills you already have.

But Glory to God, Proverbs 12:25 reads, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad”.

Saints, for those of us who are not depressed today, we have the cure for those who are! All we have to do is put in a good word!

Do not entertain pity parties! Put in a good word!

You do not even have to make them up yourself! They are already printed in the Word of God!

Here’s one, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)  This word will let your depressed friend or family member know that regardless of what it looks like, God will supply their needs!

Here is another one, “In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me!” (Psalm 120:1).  I love this word right here!  It lets us know that God is listening to us when we cry out to Him in our time of distress!

Here is another, “I will lift up my eyes to the hill from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2).  This is a good word, too.  It will remind the depressed person that the Lord is present to help us in our time of need.

If you are a born again Christian, you have work to do.  Do not just stand there and commiserate! Put in a good word.

It is a cure for depression!

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