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What Are You Telling Yourself?

What are you telling yourself?

Are you listening to yourself and becoming more and more depressed?

What right have you to be depressed?

Do you think too highly of yourself and feel you deserve better?

The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’-what business have you to be disquieted? You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, condemn yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: ‘Hope thou in God’-instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way. And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do. Then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with this man: ‘I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God’.

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Depression Quote

“Do you want to know how great God truly is? If so, then you will have to discover how insignificant you truly are, and this means you will have to be brought low, perhaps to the deepest reaches of depression. But it will be worth it, and it will make you more useful to God as well, just as it did Job. Notice, for example, that at the beginning of the book we are told that Job offered sacrifices for his children and interceded for them (1:5). But at the end of the book Job’s ministry was expanded to include his friends (42:7-9). Thus he found that he was able to minister to the very friends who had let him down, and he was able to do so in a way he never could have had he not gone through the trials he went through. We are also told that Job received more blessing from the Lord than ever, after he had gone through all of his trials (42:12a).”

From a series at Reformed Baptist Blog on Depression.


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Feelings

FEELINGS (Morris Albert)

Feelings, nothing more than feelings,
trying to forget my feelings of love.

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When I was growing up this was a hated song that was sung everywhere.  That song was sung for the purpose of making fun of others and as a parody in skits.  However, it honestly embodies a change that occurred in the way life has been lived since the sixties.  See until the revolution of the sixties people where more likely to make decisions based on “right and wrong”, honor, honesty, and the law; any number of governing factors were present.  But after the sixties “feelings” became a driving force in decisions.  Now, of course, there have always been individuals who based their life on their feelings, yet the majority of society did not, until the past fifty years.

Marriages were broken because spouses didn’t “feel” love for each other.

Children were sent off to daycare because mothers didn’t “feel” fulfilled as a homemaker.

Living together became more common because people didn’t “feel” like marriage.

Have you ever heard the expression “Feelings are neither right nor wrong; they just are“?  If you are a Christian you should instantly recognized that as a false statement.  Just an example:

Hate

Leviticus 19:17-18 (ESV)
17  “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.
18  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Matthew 5:43-48 (ESV)
43  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48  You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

So see the feeling of hate of another person is wrong and it is a sin.  Yet we may hate their works (their actions) such as murder, abuse, etc.

Revelation 2:6 (ESV) Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

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Do you think the dramatic increase in “mental illness” and depression can be related to this focus on “feelings”?

This is what Jay Adams says in his book The Christian Counselor’s Manual:

“Feelings are up and down, they have peaks and troughs…. Nothing short of commandment living (often in spite of feelings) can keep life stable.  The peaks and troughs grow larger as they are allowed to become the life motivating force; however, on the other hand, they tend to flatten out as life becomes commandment oriented.”

Do you know people who are so swayed by their feelings that their emotions are up and down constantly?

Dare we not confront another when they are swayed by their feelings in direct opposition to God’s commands?

Proverbs 27:5-6 (ESV)
5  Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Oh, that another would love us such to confront us about our acting according to our sinful feelings!

 


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Unfulfilled Longings

Lies Women Believe about Unfulfilled Longings By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Our society has bought into the philosophy that there is (or ought to be) a remedy (preferably quick and easy) for every unfulfilled longing.

We are encouraged to identify our longings and do whatever is necessary to get those “needs” met. Therefore . . . if you’re hungry, eat. If you want something you can’t afford, charge it. If you crave romance, dress or act in a way that will get men to notice you. If you’re lonely, share your heart with that married man at work.  more

The latter summary is this:

The truth is, every created thing is guaranteed to disappoint us. Things can burn or break or be stolen or get lost. People can move or change or fail or die. It took the loss of some of my dearest loved ones some years ago to awaken me to the truth that I would always live in a state of disappointment if I was looking to people to satisfy me at the core of my being.

More of this is covered in the book Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.


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Martyn Lloyd-Jones – “Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure:

Would you like to be rid of this spiritual depression? The first thing you have to do is to say farewell now once and forever to your past. Realize that it has been covered and blotted out in Christ. Never look back at your sins again. Say: ‘It is finished, it is covered by the Blood of Christ’. That is your first step. Take that and finish with yourself and all this talk about goodness, and look to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only then that true happiness and joy are possible for you. What you need is not to make resolutions to live a better life, to start fasting and sweating and praying. No! You just begin to say:

 

I rest my faith on Him alone
Who died for my transgressions to atone.

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org


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How could a Loving God…? Answers to Death and Suffering

Ken Ham is very interesting to listen to. Here he explains why a Christian can not believe in evolution. He also deals with the question that if God is a loving God why do bad things happen. He will be teaching at the Deeper Conference in October in Atlanta.

How could a Loving God…? Answers to Death and Suffering by Ken Ham

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It Is Well With My Soul – Hymn

Are you familiar with the story behind the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” by Horatio Spafford (1828 – 1888)? If not this is a short version of the story.

Mr. Spafford suffered several serious loses in his lifetime just before writing this song.

• His only son died in 1871.

• He lost his business and money in the Chicago Fire of 1871.

• His four daughters drowned at sea in 1873.

Mr. Spafford wrote this hymn when he passed the spot in the ocean where he had lost his daughters.

To see a picture of the original document click here.
To hear the tune click here or click here to hear the song sung.

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Horatio Spafford

A person without the blessed Hope of Christ’s salvation would be utterly devastated and become depressed with such tragedy.

For more information about the stories behind the hymns read
Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

by Kenneth Osbeck

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