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Someone Understands ... and Cares: God Is Always with YouUnderstanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ
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"The LORD is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope." Psalm 34:18 CEV
Thoughts for Today
Have you ever stood in the middle of a crowded room and yet felt alone?
We have all experienced loneliness. People with chronic depression feel as though they are alone most of the time. They often feel that no one cares or understands ... as though even God is distant and unavailable.
If you are feeling alone, try looking in the Bible for the truth. You may feel alone, but the truth is that God is always with you. Here are just a few of his promises: I am with you (Genesis 28:15). I walk with you (Leviticus 26:12). I am near you (Psalm 34:18). I hold your right hand (Isaiah 41:13). I carry you even into old age (Isaiah 46:4).
You can be encouraged by reading these scriptures and others like them. Write your favorites down and put them where you see them all the time. Speak them aloud. Substitute your name for the word you. God says, I am with (your name) ... I walk with (your name) ... I am near (your name).
Consider this ...
God is speaking these promises to you personally. Remember ... you are never alone. Jesus is with you. He is with you this moment. He will be with you tonight ... and tomorrow. He will be with you through the good times and bad. He will never leave you.
Father, thank you for your many promises to be with mealways. Help me believe your promises more than I believe my feelings. In Jesus' name ...
These thoughts were drawn from ...
Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ by Donald G. Miles, Ed.D. This study deals with depression, a condition common throughout the world, and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
Understanding what depression is and how it affects relationships
Understanding the relationship between depression and spiritual warfare
Ways to fight depression with scripture, prayer and mutual support
Understanding the special prayer needs of depressed persons
How to pray for healing and what to expect
Serves as a powerful evangelistic tool by providing a way to minister to people's felt needs and then lead them to Christ
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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