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Facing depression

May 13, 2010

Over these past couple of days I have experienced depression.  Nothing requiring a trip to the doctor, but still I experienced a dramatic reduction in motivation, lethargy and an amazingly pessimistic outlook on life.  It has been a very long time since I have felt this and thankfully today it lifted.

What is interesting is that I have training and experience in psychotherapy and was able to self diagnose, and I also found myself thinking about the experience while I was having it.  I found my heart breaking at the thought of those who struggle with depression for long periods of time and experience the affects much more profoundly than I did.

As a past psychotherapist I understand that it can be triggered by events in life (as was my episode) but it can also be brought about through a change in the chemistry of the brain, regardless of how life might be. And then I started reflecting on the spiritual aspect, could depression be brought about through a spiritual attack?

In the midst of my depression I posted the following status update on Facebook:

Thinking a lot about depression today. Where does it come from? Why does it persist? Big prayers for those struggling today.

And a number of people responded including my ex pastor, Mark Illingworth who wrote the following comment:

I don’t think I’ve personally experienced depression but I know I’ve experienced spiritual oppression which I think has very similar symptoms – for me its involved suicidal thoughts, feelings of worthlessness, inexplicable guilt, exhaustion, pessimism.

“Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

As we faithfully minister the Good News to others, our enemy wants to trip us up and confusing our thoughts and feelings is how I’ve experienced that. I think it is significant that Peter warns us earlier in 1 Peter 4:12 not to be surprised at the fiery trials that we are going through as if this is something strange – spiritual oppression is part of the real battle that is happening as God extends his Kingdom in and through us.  Regular prayer and bible reading and the support and prayers of those around me and confession and forgiveness are all things that are needed to strengthen my faith so I can stand against the fiery darts of the evil one (Ephesians 6:10-20). “Use every piece of God’s armour to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm” vs 13  May the Lord through the Holy Spirit give all of us insight and renewed strength as we seek to be faithful despite our thoughts and feelings. 🙂

I chatted to him on the phone today to get his permission to print his comment and he spoke of how reading the Word and prayer, and confession of sin contributed to his healing.  But also he shared that taking a break assisted him as well.

And this stands as good advice for those struggling with depression:

  1. Read the Word
  2. Pray even when it hurts
  3. Face your sin and deal with it
  4. Take a break, rest, do things that are relaxing and fun
  5. Exercise

And if it does persist, seeing a doctor as getting medical help is a good thing.

Interestingly I do the above five things most days, and the way I broke my depression was to increase each of them.

I rest in the assurance of Matthew 11:28:

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Praise God for that!

Mark

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189 Comments
  1. kathy spence permalink

    i never thought of my battles with depression in that light. maybe its even the same type of thing when i have an occasional panic attack for no apparent reason! thank u for the wonderful insight into what could very well be part of my problem!

    • Garrick smith permalink

      I have those random panic attacks too, like a feeling death is near. Whenever it happens I just say to myself though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

    • amanda turner permalink

      Kathy i suffer from panic attacks and depression real bad. its horible. I believe its attacks from satan. He will do anythin to get us away from God. keep yor faith

  2. Jenny permalink

    Please pray for me. I am 30 and have been dealing with depression since I was 17. My father suddenly passes away when I was 20 and it has been so hard. The 19th will be 10 years since he has been gone. Thank you for prayers.

  3. Thought I would share my testimony with you:
    A Life Forever Changed

    April 28th, 2010

    I’m writing to share with you what happened to me during last Wednesday night’s church service

    For many reasons, starting with a bad relationship in 1997, life’s trials through the years, up and down weight problems and then with the death of my dad 4 years ago, I’ve battled depression for 13 years. It has gone up and down through the years depending on what’s happening in my life. It was constant and mild until my dad died but nevertheless still debilitating. I’ve been following Jesus for 11 years but have always battled this foe. Sometimes the effects that the depression brought were worse than the depression itself: I would watch far too much TV, eat far too much food, and sleep way too much. I would sometimes not even leave my apartment for days. Even after losing 80 pounds a year and a half ago, which I thought would take away the depression; I still felt down and still went to food when I felt down.

    For years I prayed to be set free from it and year after year I found myself losing another year to the effects of my depression. I held onto the verse that says His grace is sufficient, hoping that one day He would take it away, but knowing that even if He didn’t, He could still work through me. There were times I could say that while I had depression, it didn’t have me; and there were other times that not only did I have depression but it consumed me.

    Maybe He allowed me to have it to help others, maybe it was to draw me closer to Him, I don’t know. For whatever reason, I had this problem and it wouldn’t go away. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 30:5b, “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.” I just kept waiting for my morning to come.

    When my father was dying I began getting anxiety attacks. So on top of the depression, I would get these anxiety and panic attacks that literally took all the breath out of me. I would feel like I was having a heart attack. I used to go to every Wednesday service until I had a terrible anxiety attack at one and left early, which started me on the terrible habit of going home right after work and lying on the couch and watching TV for 5 hours until I went to sleep. What a horrible way to live life. Then 2 years ago, I started experiencing throat spasms. The Drs. said it was due to acid coming up from my stomach, which might be partly true, but it always seems to get worse when I’m nervous or stressed. I believe the anxiety was causing the majority of the spasms.

    For the first time in a long while, I made it to the Wednesday service last night. When I went last night, I had the intention of walking forward and asking for prayer, but I wasn’t sure I was going to actually walk up. I don’t know why but I get nervous about making that walk, although I know I shouldn’t let that stop me. I knelt at the stairs before service and prayed that the Lord would set me free and use me and fix me; I’ve felt quite broken lately. As we worshiped I sang and prayed that the Lord would over turn any tables in my heart that kept me from Him. I prayed that He would remove any barriers and that He would take away my depression and make me a more useful child. I was tired of being reclusive. I was tired of watching TV all day. I was tired of eating enough food for 4 people. I was tired of lying on the couch staring at the ceiling wondering when it would end. I was tired…just plain tired.

    When we received communion I prayed the same thing. Then people started singing and standing right after communion, but I remained seated with my eyes closed and hands raised, praying that those tables would be overturned. At one point I leaned forward and prayed. I said, Lord, I don’t know what to do anymore. I need your help. Over turn those tables, Lord. Whether it’s food or the TV or my thoughts or the couch or sleep, Lord please remove them.” While I heard the song being sung, my mind stopped thinking and to me, the Auditorium became silent, even though I knew it wasn’t. It felt like the volume on a TV was turned down. I didn’t have any thoughts in my head or song lyrics or anything, it was just silent. I felt like I had been encapsulated. I felt a rush of peace envelop me and I felt a humming around me. I have never quite felt that way before.

    After a few brief moments, almost like it was a movie, the volume came up and the Pastor started talking about the next song and how it was meant for someone who God had not healed. That there was a reason that He hadn’t healed them, and that He would pull them through it. I knew that He was telling me that I had to go through this struggle all these years because there was something He needed to accomplish in my life. I realized that my throat wasn’t spasming anymore, and as I stood for the song, saying out loud: yes Lord, yes Lord to what He was telling me, I suddenly knew that he had released me from the 13 year prison cell I had been in. I felt it lift from me and I felt free. When I stood, it felt as if I was breaking through a bubble that was surrounding me. He had taken me through my 13 year trek in the valley or desert, or whatever it was, and now it was done. As the tears ran out of my eyes and my hands reached up to my Father, I knew it was over.

    “Weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning.” I never knew that my “night” would last 13 years and that my “morning” would come at night, but God did. After years of praying and crying and wasting away – after years of loud and vocal prayers – after years of frantic anxiety, the Lord met me in my brokenness in the quiet of my seat in the back row—it was just me and Him. Everyone else disappeared. For that one brief moment, it was only Him and I in the Auditorium; me and my Father.

    Last night was April 28th. On April 28th 2006 my earthly father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was on this anniversary God chose to heal me. Awesome!

    I was filled with a jittery energy as I walked to my car. There was a smile on my face and I couldn’t remove it. There was praise on my lips that wouldn’t cease. I slept last night with a smile on my face. I can’t remember ever doing that.

    When I got home, I opened up my Bible and began my quiet time. I was at Psalm 66 and when I got to verses 16 – 20 the praise flowed again:

    Psalm 66:16-20 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what He did for me. For I cried out to Him for help, praising Him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw His unfailing love from me.

    After reading these verses, the tears flowed and I continued to thank and praise Him for all He did; for setting me free and taking away my shackles. This morning was the first morning in a long long time that I haven’t woken up feeling so fatigued that I could barely get out of bed. Amen!

    • Marla permalink

      Thank you Ethan. I’m living with chronic pain which has resulted in severe depression. Though I have experienced bouts of depression my whole life, this is different, it feels different. I pray every day that God would take it, take this thorn from my flesh. And my answer has been silence. I know that he is teaching me, using me, but how? why? My family suffers with me. Your testimony has given me hope this morning. Thank you.

      • Christy Drake permalink

        I too have dealt with chronic pain…two images I want to give you that I saw & heard. In the movie “The Passion” where they tear Christ’s side with the spikes the sub caption read, “Will thou be healed”, and I accepted that when I saw it. right then & there, as that’s right where my past back pain & shingles were effecting me…then I read in the Word that it is an insult to Heaven when we respond to the pain & give it credence or credibility. So as soon as the nerve receptors would start to sound their alarm from Hell, I refuse to dutifully obey and be bound by the pain. I’m not being in denial re: the pain, I just refuse to respond in the way the devil wants me to. I hope these images give you wings & assist you the way they have me. God bless you!

    • Hat'n'coat permalink

      Wow! That’s an awesome story! Made me cry [in a good way ;)] Thanks so much for sharing

    • sandy permalink

      that was awesome, thanks for sharing.

    • armymom permalink

      Ethan, what a powerful testimony! It sent shivers down my spine. I too am struggling with depression but not on your scale. My depression comes from doubt that God will hear my prayers and help us in our work of farming. We usually have most of our crops planted by this time but rain and cold have prevented that from happening. I keep praying that God will stop the rain for a while and let the earth dry out and warm up so we can start planting, to no avail. I know God has a plan for us; I just wish I knew what it was. You’re going to make it in this life. I’ll pray for you too.

    • Christy Drake permalink

      God bless you sister saint for sharing. Your story is a vehicle for me & many others who are struggling as well. Open the eyes of my heart Lord so that I may step confidently out of denial & face the ugly demons of depression, When they are exposed to the light & breath of God they shrivel up, let go their chocking hold on me & I am free. This is the conclusion I reached as a result of your sharing, thank you so much…here comes the Son!

      • Christy Drake permalink

        Sorry Ethan, I meant brother saint 😉

    • kv_christ permalink

      thnks for the nyc testimony …. just keep pressing in … dont forget wht the Lord has done for u .. but the devil is still on the search prowling like a lion looking for a victim to devour …. hope u get over those bad habits n replace them wid gud ones lyk reading bible …. hope u have gr8 tym in Lord … mighty blessings
      Overcome evil wid Good

    • Naomi permalink

      Ethan, tears flowed as I idenified with your story, and as i praised god for your deliverance. Its been 16 years for me. I’m still looking to the Lord for deliverance.

      Bless you for sharing

  4. kim Rogers permalink

    I am asking for prayers for me and my family. Each of us r dealing with our own type of depression. Thank you

  5. Amanda permalink

    Thank you for sharing.
    I became a Christian in 2000 after being diagnosed with depression, was thrown into a breakdown which lasted a year, then continued to struggle with depression for the next seven years, today I still struggle but without drugs. I have heard from some Christians that my depression is caused by lack of faith in God! There is such a stigma on this illness which is altogether shocking when you consider the access of information we are blessed with today.
    I have hurt people through my illness and have been hurt and rejected because of my illness. I would ask for prayer please, to be reunited with two of my three children who rejected me three years ago when our family broke up and I became a divorcee statistic
    Blessings to you
    Amanda.

    • Christy Drake permalink

      God bless you brother saint for sharing. Your story is a vehicle for me & many others who are struggling as well. Open the eyes of my heart Lord so that I may step confidently out of denial & face the ugly demons of depression, When they are exposed to the light & breath of God they shrivel up, let go their chocking hold on me & I am free. This is the conclusion I reached as a result of your sharing, thank you so much…here comes the Son!

    • Christy Drake permalink

      I think it’s almost unforgivable that any Christian would tell another they don’t have enough faith…God forgive them. Your children will always be with you in spirit & I will gather with you in spirit to believe their heart will be moved and the eyes of their hearts will be opened. God bless God, and God bless you & nothing is too big for Holy Spirit to handle. I believe if we follow the steps Mark outlined today we’ll all make it just fine! Keep it Simple Saints, Half the cure is believing & the other half is being open to receive the blessings, true?

    • kv_christ permalink

      praying for u ….

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Dear Amanda, Telling a depressed person that their illness is caused by lack of faith is very inappropriate. Imagine the reaction if that line was used on other illnesses like diabetes, MS, stroke, myocardial infarction, cancer. Actually, getting though depression can improve one’s faith, which is true for all illnesses. I do not understand why depression is singled out as a culprit. Let’s stop blaming people for an illness caused by external stress factors and internal neurochemicals. Peace be with you.

  6. charlie permalink

    thank you for this today…i have been dealing with this for some time now. i have gone to people i thought could help me, guide me. Alas, man has failed me once again. it leaves me with even more feelings of being not worthy. i have been trying to pray about it but often feel i am not even worthy for God to hear or care. my husband doesnt help and my kids are too young to understand. oh well…life goes on…maybe….

    • kv_christ permalink

      God has a plan for u dear …. keeep pressing in ….trust in him with all ur heart… ur hope in him will not go in vain…. He will lift u up in his love …..
      N’ yes u r completely worthy
      1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
      ……
      2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
      We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
      So plz keep pressing in for the grace ,mercy, spirit n love of God to rain on u …. the light of the lamb is not far away…praying for u ❤

  7. Adrianne permalink

    Thank God for this msg today. I have struggled with depression on and off for years. Please pray for me. Thank u and much love

  8. Hi Mark, ran across this post this AM, and so glad that I did. Over the last several days I have really been struggling a bit with depression too. Not sure where it came from, but none the less, I can feel the attack. I am resolved today to do something about this.

    In the past I have struggled with depression it is a genetic trait in my family, and I have been treated with medication on occasion. This doesn’t feel the same as the past though. Going through some major life changes at the moment and I know they are the primary reason for this feeling.

    I would appreciate your prayer please.
    Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    Blessings,
    Cindy

  9. Marlissa Gibbs permalink

    Depression has been a struggle for me for over 5 years now. I was in a stressful work situation. I LOVED my job as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. I really feel like God used me to help many people. I went to my boss 3 times to discuss the problem in a proper meeting but got no results. I prayed for him, for me, for other employees and finally decided to just tough it out.I had a mental breakdown 2 yrs ago. I can’t find the energy to do anything. Just to get up takes all my strength. I was very outgoing and envolved in my church. Now it hurts to go out in public. I know my church is praying for me. I know God is still with me. I trust in Him to use my life as He wills. Thank you so much for your prayers and your work on this website. Some people say the internet isn’t good for people but God says glorify Him in everything you do. You are the perfect example. God can go anywhere. Even the internet.

  10. I’m new in learning about the Good News, reading the Bible and attending churches etc. I was enthusiastic at first, but as I fell and fell on my way to deal with emotional challenges I got more and more discouraged.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had real depression as (thanks God) I’ve never had the most significant symptoms of it – suicidal thoughts. But even without this it has caused me a great deal of pain.

    For a short period of time I was well, but these few months I think the almost-depression symptoms are returning.

    I prayed and for a few times God answered, but I always got back into the viscious cycle after awhile. I’m really really discouraged that I stopped reading the Bible and stopped going to church…

    Because of this emotional problem I become unreasonably dependent on a very good friend who is a very faithful Christians. Every move she takes, I start analysing whether I’m still loved, still wanted as her good friend. The feeling of being abandoned, being lonely and lost become so familiar that tears have become part of my everyday life. Everytime I talk about it to friends I feel worse because I feel ashamed and useless for being so weak emotionally. My self-esteem is dropping following every ‘outburst’. I feel like a trouble to friends around me instead of a blessing I’m supposed to be.

    I’m studying in a demanding course (medicine)… I can’t keep this going or I’ll fail to complete my studies. Yet I’m so powerless to make a significant change to this situation.

    I was in one of my worst states when I saw this update on your blog about depression. As doubtful as I am I believe this isn’t coincidence… I’d really like to hear some advices…

    • Christy Drake permalink

      Please get back to the Word, if you do nothing else! Folks refer to it as the Living Word because that’s what it does is live inside you. A pastor suggested just pick up on Proverbs on whatever day of the month it is. What I got from your words is an obsession on your friend, (which will make them uncomfortable & run away), when, I believe, if you turn that compulsive side to the study of the Word, you’ll find some relief. Depression is depression,,there are varying degrees, but I encourage you to call it what it is….that alone should assist you. Call out your enemy so you can name & claim it, and call in the greatest warrior of all time, The Holy Spirit to do battle for you. Please put on your spiritual armor everyday…the helmet of salvation, the breast plate of righteousness, gird our loins with truth, shod our feet in the boots of peace, use our shield of faith, & our sword to cut clean between the soul & outer spiritman,(woman). Just Keep it Simple Saints! Also remember that God is shaking the candlesticks, (church bodies), in these last days..so keep seeking the places where 2 or more are gathered, and you will find your support from other saints. God bless you for reaching out, I hope I helped some.

  11. Jonny Bowes permalink

    Really loved reading the post, thought it came at the right time since im going through a rough time at the moment… Would be awesome if you could pray that God would stay with me always and that he will help me to get back on track & answer my prayers…

  12. Rachel permalink

    I have suffered from depression since I was 15 years old along with anxieties, panic attacks, and post traumatic stress syndrome. Just waking up in the morning is a struggle. As bills pile up and I am without a job, I worry about how I’m going to make it with limited funds day by day. My heart is so heavy right now. Please pray for me as I will continue to pray for myself and my family.

    • valma permalink

      Rachel I am 44 and I too suffer sometimes severe panic attacks from PTSD and was even diagnosed with pannic disordr which is the fear of having an attack. I have tried to commit suicide as a teenager and was recently i a psych unit. A couple of weeks ago I was praying about my situation with a friend. I did not know were to turn next. The next morning someone had posted the following comment. To me it was an answer to prayer and has given me for the fist time in over 30 years can now see hope for my future. I have alwaysloved God, but didnt think he could love me beause of what happened to me as a child. But he does and now I believe it. It is still hard but God and a future wit him are now my focus nd that makes life worth living.
      this is what was posted: If you want to experience something you’ve never done, you must do something you’ve never done. God say in Isaiah 43:18 “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. I’m about to do something brand-new.” God is saying “I want to start a new chapter in your book of life” Draw that line in the sand; …step out in faith today and rise up and grab a hold of the plan that God has for you.

      When we keep looking back, reliving the past, rehearsing the past, revenging the past, we become too preoccupied with what was, to pursue the new thing God has for us. God calls us to seek closure and move on…Philippians 3:13 tells us to “Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead.” In doing this, we are then allowing God to do a new thing in our lives…WE’RE CALLED TO LIVE LIFE FORWARD

      You can beat this and so can I. With God anything is possible.

    • Hope permalink

      Greetings Rachel,

      I could have writted the EXACT post as you have, the same sufferings P.T.S.S., panic attacks and anxiety. Also out of a job for 7 months now. Since my faith is newly rediscovered it seems that there is opposition from the enemy when I am unprepared. Thoughts creep in and try to weaken me throwing me off track. Now when anything starts to overwhelm me I ask a simple question, “Is This God Sent”? If the answer is a resounding NO, then I ask God to fill me with his love and protect me. This sounds simplistic but it does work. All of us can continue to pray for each other and grow in our own faith that God will provide for us.

      God’s Love and Blessings to you,

      Hope

  13. Please pray for my husband, Richard. He is in pain 24/7 and has depression on top on that! He has had 8 back surgeries and none has helped. On top of that lots of medical bills and pain medicine to buy.

    Thanks!

  14. jeanne vaillancourt permalink

    when depressed i have an awful time praying and reading scripture. it just seems so hard to do. but when i finally can force myself to start the depression does get lighter. i just wonder why, knowing spiritual practices work, i still find it so difficult.

  15. Eicka Bungert permalink

    I am asking for prayer today for my family…I am a married mother of 3 that can’t work due to a Worker Compensation injury last year…My husband and I have been struggling financially due to the economy, as he can’t find a job that will support a family of 5. He has been out of work for 2 years now, and can’t buy himself a job. I need prayer that he will be able to find work, and take care of us financially. His family has ben paying our bills for us, and I thank God for them everyday! Well, they can no longer help us out, which I greatly understand! If something dosen’t come up, and my husband find a job, or we win the lottery….which I know is wrong! We do not have but $10.00 in our bank account, and our rent is $900.00, not counting the electric and all..I have asked for financial help from The United Way and several other places and no one can seem to help us, which I do not understand…My family will have no place to live after this month, as there is no shelter that will take 5 of us, and I am not splitting my family up…I pray to God everyday and night asking for his guidence, and I know that God will help us when the timing is right, but I am so scared for my family! If you could, please say a prayer for my family! Thank you and God bless!

    • Samuel David permalink

      Hi Eicka,

      Has i read your post, i was deeply touched and at that very movement God put these words into my heart, and he wanted me to share these word with you.
      “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow”.— Deuteronomy 28:12.
      So don’t be depressed, and praise the Lord all the time, then he will bless the work of your hand. I believe in faith that God has placed a bless for you and your family in heaven, and he is going to release it very soon. Even i will pray for you and your family. God bless you Amen.

      • Eicka Bungert permalink

        Samuel David,

        Thank you for the kind and caring words and really means a lot that someone cares enough to take a few minutes out of their day to respond with such kind blessings! Thank you so much and God bless you and yours! I know God will provide for my family because he is a WONDERFUL God, and I have FAITH that he will! Thank you again!!

    • Erika, so very sorry for all that you and your family are going through. A young lady in our prayer network would like to help you, if possible. Her church has a group that might be of aid. We are in North Carolina. You can reply to me at the above address or contact Summer Doyle at: Summer.S.Doyle@Lowes.com

      Jesus loves you! 🙂

      –sam allen

      • Eicka Bungert permalink

        Sam Allen,

        I am so touched that you have responded to me! I have done as you have said and emailed Summer S. Doyle…I just want to say thank you for taking the time to read my post and for caring enough to offer your help! Sam, it’s people like you that make this world a wonderful place! Thanks again and God bless you and yours!!

  16. Thanks for the advice.. I suffer from depression and you’re right through god’s word he can make you better.. But sometimes people don’t give god a chance to change them and they feel it is all there fault the way they feel. I was one of them and I’m trying to change that by getting back into the word.. Thanks again♥

  17. Renee permalink

    i would be very thankful for your prayers on this matter i suffer from depresion and am still struggling to get out of it

    thank you

  18. Keevie Doron permalink

    I was diagnosed with depression about 20 years ago. I was 20 yrs old. I’ve been struggling constantly with this ‘disorder’. I have some good days, but most are not so good.I pray everyday & night. I am a single mom of 2 children. I have to work a 2nd shift job to take care of us. I struggle with the guilt of not being there with my kids when they need me the most. Everyday is such a fight just to survive(barely). I feel like giving up most of the time, but my children are who keep me from quiting.
    Signed
    Depressed/Oppressed Soul in Alabama.

    • Christy Drake permalink

      Sometimes we give more credence to a doctors diagnosis than we do to the prescription & solution for the world’s problems which happened the day Jesus was resurrected. Let’s quit giving the disorder credit, or allowing it to be the influencing factor in our lives, when the truth, the light & the way should be our focus…true?

  19. Amanda Rector permalink

    Hello,
    I wanted to share my story which is similar to that of yours. I too suffer from depression, I am bi-polar as well. My depression can be worse at times because I have tried to….well ya know, but, anyhow, everytime I find myself wanting to go back to that deep dark unwanted room, I turn to God, I cannot express enough on how God has helped me through A LOT in life. It just brings me joy that I know I can turn to him and say, “God I am hurting, and I need your help.” I was saved that day I was hospitolized for trying to…ya know. But, I also ask for forgiveness as well because I know the Devil has me in his sights and he won’t stop, but before he can get to me nowadays, I have God on my side! THANK YOU JESUS!

  20. Sabina permalink

    Pliz pray4me

  21. Lilly Campbell permalink

    I have been struggling financially it seems like its been forever but i would love you to pray for my financial situation as I am a single mother raising a 13 year old son..His dad is disabled and cannot receive social security due to the fact that they are saying he does not have enough seizures to say he is eligible.I am thankful that i have a job to be able to support myself and my son…please include us in your prayers as I am struggling in everyday life just to make ends meet.
    Thanks and may God Bless You
    Lilly

  22. Rose permalink

    Pastor Mark, I am going through a serious bout of depression and, I believe, spriritual oppression. I am going through my second divorce, brought about by my husband’s confession of cheating as well as his continued meth and alcohol addictions.

    He says he wants to get back together, to reconcile. I am afraid. I don’t want to live that life anymore. And it’s even worse now that he’s using meth because the people he hangs out with and gets his drugs from could be dangerous.

    I am afraid. I am confused. I am conflicted.

    I would appreciate your prayers.

    Thanks.

    • Christy Drake permalink

      You know what to do,,,,just do it. Stay AWAY from the demons..that ride along on the meth train that is speeding out of control on it’s way straight to Hell!! They said it in the 60’s & it’s still true today…SPEED KILLS. This is one of satans blatantly obvious tools. Get away & pray like you’ve never prayed before…I would start praise praying every second of the day…fear is only False Energies Appearing Real….realizing this will clear your confusion & the conflict is over once you turn it over totally to Holy Spirit. Put on your spiritual armor everyday as you are engaged in a mighty battle, but you cannot do it alone, as you know, or you wouldn’t be on this page. God bless you!

  23. I Really needed This. Such Great Word. Thank You
    King “Taz” David

  24. Lerona Staton permalink

    This is very true and encouraging, thank God for giving you the ability and the know how to help others come out of this tourment..we all have experienced some type of rift in our own lives but the key is to reach back and help the next person come out, that is why God allows certain things to happen to us it is to reach back and grab someone else…BE BLESSED

  25. A. Daisy permalink

    When I read this article it really moved me becase I’ve been dealing with the same sin. As a college student I find myself slipping numerous times and it becomes a constant cycle. I see myself pounding away with all the anguish, regret and fear. I’ve wondered numerous times whether God would hear me or attend to my cry. But the word of God reminded me of His mercy and love. Sometimes the guilt I feel is so overwhelming but I feel the Lord must be directing me to these specific messages. When I read them I feel as if though it’s a human talking as odd as it may sound. It makes me see we all fall and it’s part of human life and it’s all on how we handle things after. Please keep myself and other students in prayer as our finals are approaching. & especially for strength to make it through. It defifnitly is difficult to face sin but it’s a step closer to breakig spiritual
    bondage. Amen

  26. Adonica Smith permalink

    I am going through right now any would love for you to pray for me. I ask for prayers to make me stronger in GOD, to help my financial situations, to lift the burdens that makes my heart heavy, to soften the callous part of my heart. Also, to pray for my family and friends and all they they may be going through as well.

    Thank you so much!!!

    I have another email which is smithadonica@yahoo.com.

  27. Sabina permalink

    Pray 4 my country kenya n my family

  28. elaine permalink

    Thanks for that, very helpful. I found when I got depression (oppression) the following helpful: healthy eating and drinking, walking, having praise music in the background, the WORD of God, being allowed just to ‘be’, forgivening those who’d hurt me, and asking forgiveness from God, loving friends who were there if I needed. Many people in the Bible got depressed, it’s ok. As Christians we are not exempt. But God is with us and He will bring us through. He is beside us, and in Him there is hope.

  29. My father died about two weeks ago. I was in Cambodia at that time (i’m presently based there) . I have to go back home to the Philippines to attend to his burial and be with my family.
    These are one of the saddest times in our life as a family.My brother, sister and I think much about our mother. Though she remains strong in faith and with courage to face the pain of the loss of papa she can’t handle it alone. My sister just flew back to the US today and I have to go back to Cambodia on the 21st. Mama, will be left in the Philippines with only my brother at her side and this time without papa. We can only rely on the presence of God in our lives to comfort us and sustain us in these trying times. There is this kind of depression that we feel now but we take it hand in hand with God.

  30. PamS permalink

    Please pray for me and my husband. He is chronically seriously depressed…. and it is sucking the life out of me. We’ve been married for 14 years the last 10 have been difficult. Today, almost impossible. He blames me for everything, doesn’t take any initiative, sleeps for hours, doesn’t work, or have any joy. It’s not easy, but today is particularily hard. Thank you…

    • Nora permalink

      Pam S.

      I just prayed for you, I too am dealing with exactly what you described.

  31. Annie permalink

    A family member has been suffering with depression for six years now. It is getting worse and he won’t get help. I have given him the contacts to help him and prayer ferverently every day for him. He says he hates himself and that he is worthless, yet he is able to excel at doing his job which requires much travel at times. Sometimes he seems totally fine and then the next minute when he is out of town for work he sinks in deeper. He says that he only has our son to live for and doesn’t know what he wants in life. It’s hard, but I love him alot. Feeling rejected by your spouse for six years is very hurtful and I am trying not to take it personal, Jesus wouldn’t, but I am human. I pray that his heart will come back to us. I do find that since I’ve been praying more, that prayer is helping. I am asking God for a miracle cure if it is his will. One of the best gifts a father can give their child is to show their mother that they love them. I can somewhat understand how Jesus feels when he is rejected by those he loves, does it ever hurt. I have a loving wonderful extended family that lives an hour away and I am so thankful for them. Thanks for listening.

  32. Michelle permalink

    I am struggling with depression right now. I was supposed to be getting married to a “Bishop” this summer only to find out that he was telling me one thing and everyone else another. He puts EVERYTHING before me and our relationship. We had a long distance relationship and I only saw him about 4 times in a year, most of which was just trying to see each other for a few hours even minutes after a church service. He has some serious healing that needs to take place but I am really struggling with forgiveness. I am bitter and angry at him for numerous reasons and the position he has now put me in. It’s too much to go into but I really need to forgive and forget. The moment anyone asks me about him or says anything about him I get angry. I don’t want to be like that. I have been sleeping all day, not exercising anymore, switch back and forth from eating to not eating, tired, hopeless, scared. I want this to break but it’s not going to unless God helps me. I have prayed and confessed my anger to God but it still hasn’t lifted yet. I would love to have prayer. Thank You!!

  33. Belle delos Reyes permalink

    Rev. Mark please pray for my complete healing over a break up with someone I love so much and for 2 years he cheated on me and he dumped me that made my life so miserable. I was depressed for a month now and feeling hopeless. I wanted to go back to the church but it seemed I was drowning and pity myself and waiting for my ex to come back to me. Please pray for me that I could leave forgiveness and let go of the pain and anger.

  34. Beverly Woodall permalink

    Please say a prayer for me. I have been trying to seek the Lord adn draw closer but it seems that, I just feel so alone and even though I know he is there, I can’t feel it. I want my joy back i want that feeling of when your first saved. When I can’t achieve it i get down and depressed adn wonder what i am doing wrong. remember me in your prayers i am really struggling with this, so many things have gone wrong for me lately, i feel like when I pray for something the oppisite happens adn things get worse rather than better. It is affesting my whole family, i find myself snapping at the kids or thinking things i shouldn’t then have the guilt of thoses things add on. i really need your prayers.

  35. Belle delos Reyes permalink

    Rev. Mark please pray for my complete healing over a break up with someone I love so much and for 2 years he cheated on me and he dumped me that made my life so miserable. I was depressed for a month now and feeling hopeless. I wanted to go back to the church but it seemed I was drowning and pity myself and waiting for my ex to come back to me. Please pray for me that I could release forgiveness and let go of the pain and anger.

  36. Temecula Carson permalink

    Please keep me in your prayers I have suffered for yrs with depression I always having feelings of worthlessness sucidal thougts bad mood swings my whole house I noticed walks on egg shells not knowing my mood from day to day im scaared my self so please pray for me and my family I feel as tho I’m being attacked and I’m havin no luck protecting my family.

  37. Cat permalink

    I appreciate this, but my depression is completely invasive. There are days I hurt so badly from the aches of my clinical depression that I can’t move…but I have to for the sake of my 5 young children. It’s nice to say “exercise”….but sometimes getting out of bed is hard.

    I pray and read my bible as much as one can when you are home all day with a 6 year old, a 5 year old, and 3 two year old’s. I have a constant conversation with God, and sometimes it’s the only thing that keeps my head above water.

    My depression was man made. I am a victim of child abuse, homelessness, and chronic abandonment issues. My husband is awesome, but we have no support system, and are doing life pretty much alone. We get out alone once a year, and it’s really hard to maintain a relationship that way. I love my kids more than anything in this human world, but raising 5 kids born in 3 years is hard for anyone!

    My point is that sometimes you CAN’T pull yourself out of it. Sometimes you just have to rely on God to just keep your head above water.

    • Janine permalink

      Hi Cat, I’ll be praying for you. It’s not easy being a mum of preschoolers – especially 5 of them. And with depression on top! God will give you strength.

      Do you have a MOPS group where you live? They are all around the world. God used this to help me out of depression and surround me with wonderful, supportive, Christian friends. You can look up MOPS groups at http://www.mops.org.

      God bless you … you will get better and life will be joyful … hold on tight!

  38. emilee t. permalink

    Ive had delt with depresion all my life every since I could remember.Everyone around me didnt understand me my mother turned her back on me along with alot of my family.I wanted to end my life so many times and tryed but didnt work as you see Im alive and well happy as ever.God blessed me with my loving husband and two beautiful healthy kids life is great.But I still have days that I hurt all over dont want to talk to anyone I push everyone away and want to be alone.We recently just started going back to church I have a feeling things are going to get better for me.Dont want to be medicated at all just want to enjoy my life my family and make precious memories with them.God is awesome all the time hes always there no matter what beleive me he has held me and caught all my tears in his hands…When all hope is gone take it to his feet and let him work the situation out.

  39. Blondie permalink

    I needed this today. I’ve been struggling with anxiety for a while now. Prayer is hard when you can’t take your mind off of how your feeling. Some days I’ve wondered if anyone was listening. I’m having a hard time understanding why I can’t get a grip on this. I’m trying so hard to not let it get me down. I have an appt with a Psychaitrist today. I hope he can help me. Please pray for me. I appreciate it.

    blondie

  40. Nixon Odiembo permalink

    That was really inspiring. I can’t tell what it is that’s making me get into such depression as I have had so many things taking a nose dive in my life. Surprised am still around having contemplated giving up so many times. It has made me very edgy and my kids are terrified by my mere presence around them. When I talk they scatter even without knowing what it is I was saying thinking I have sent them something only to ask their mum what I might have sent for. Can’t have any meaningful talk with my wife and keep away from relatives. My only sister whom I can confide in is worse off than me now having lost both our parents. I FEEL so EMPTY INSIDE and just live by the day.

  41. Greta Shumaker-Temple permalink

    Thanks for your advice and comfort found here this morning in ref to Depression.
    I’ve been depressed for a long time now and still trying to keep my head above water. Depression has lingered in my family for years and years but I’ve had to be the strong one for everyone for different reasons. I’ve served the Lord for a very long time in music and songs with focus on the young and elderly and enjoyed it very much..however I find it difficult to continue on being very tired and weary.A mountain of health issues and quiet a few years of falling out of service job that I truly loved has cast withdrawl, hurt,depression and pain to say the least. I find it difficult to go or find the energy to even get out.I am now hearing impaired with a severe balance disorder and feel as though I live in a hole all my own alone. I’m awaiting an answer finally from the disability judge after a wait of almost 4years..I’ve almost lost everything that I possess just trying to survive and make ends meet. I’ve been really depressed after hearing that my dad does not claim me as being his so I was raised by his older sister.
    This was reaveled by my oldest brother last summer in a shouting match that totaly crushed me and broke my heart.I can’t quit crying and it makes me shake really bad.Most days I had just as soon die but God’s not ready for me yet.It’s as though the desire of music and song has just been sucked away and I find that I can’t do music anymore and that troubles me so I just sleep my life away. Where do I go from here. I need to get back up and praise the Lord and play music again..Is it the devil or just me..? How do I get the dream back in my heart..? Would you place me on your prayer list for a while..?
    Just so I can rest there..and thanks so much for your time,,
    God Bless,
    Greta Temple

  42. Ashley permalink

    I am so glad you posted this. I have suffered depression off and on since 1998 when I lost my great grandmother. I spend my time now helping others in the same situation and reaching out to those who need help. One of the biggest things I have seen in my own walk with depression as well as the walks of others…is that God is in control. He brings us to our knees to bring us to glory. Sometimes we just have to hit rock bottom before we reach out to our Savior. Love and prayers to all of you. http://www.twloha.com

  43. Tray permalink

    Clinical depression runs in my family. Thank you for posting these thoughts as it has encourage me on how to help myself when feeling depressed as well as my siblings.

  44. Valma permalink

    I have suffered on an off since a teenager from depression brought on by horrrible events. And have recently been diagnosed with PTSD, which is horrible. However because I couldn’t do anything else I have spent much time in prayer and study. I still have some very bad days but generally things ar slowly improving. God has been so patient with me and although I have a long way to go, he is not only staying by my side but is carrying me through my depression. I still conteplate suicide sometimes, but love my children too much to follow through.

  45. Travis A permalink

    I have been dealing with depression for years; “dealing” is the key word for me. I do experience lethargy, which I dread, and nightmares, or very obscure dreams that make my mornings unpleasant. I believe that it is impossible to go through something traumatic, and get on medications without encountering oppression/depression. We are exhorted to endure trials through prayers and encouragement from one another, and by the strength of the Holy Spirit, of course.
    Medications can have a way of locking you into the struggle– they are good for a time, but after you have victory, it can be hard to move beyond the struggle’s parameters that the medications helped you cope with– they render the patient dependent, and in a constant coping mentality. This has been a cyclical problem for me, and because I have been on them for so long, I have mood swings, and am mal-adjusted to the natural ebb and flow of healthy sleep patterns– just the reverse of what I took them for.
    Judging from my case and others, I would recommend keeping this in perspective when considering anti-depressants. I’ve not met even one person out of 100 that didn’t suffer side effects after prolonged usage of psychotropics and antidepressants… they are for a time, and by spiritual means can be avoided by the tools/disciplines told in this article, which I like very much. Thanks for the space to share this topic. I hope it helps somebody>>

  46. Mary permalink

    Please pray for me. I am in counseling.

  47. antoinettecollins permalink

    I have struggled with depression for most of my life. My pastor prayed for me n it lifted. My son passed n I find my self battling it again. I do believe its a spiritual attack too!I do all of the things above to take care of myself but I stopped prayin because it hurt to even pray, but one thing about it the holy spirit did not leave me , but ministered to me until I could start back at least reading my bible. I’m even singing , n praising god!please pray for continued strength and thanks for sharing and reminding me that I’m on the right path.

  48. Keith permalink

    Thanks so much for this topic. I would really appreciate prayer as I have struggled with depression ever since being diagnosed with an incurable disease. This has been 17 years living in chronic pain and continued bone fractures. I have known and loved the Lord for over 25 years so I do agree at times this could be Spiritual oppression as well. Currently my wife and myself are ministering to three different people, all very young in the Lord and each of them coming from various demonic backgrounds. I would just ask for prayers for strength and healing. It is okay to be medicated for the depression as I have noticed change there. My goal is to get to the point of not needing it at all and return to my former self, the fun loving rather than medicine dependent as I am now.

  49. Life has really hit me hard and not only me but my 2 beautiful boyz as well. Being a single parent is so difficult and i find myself wanting to cry at all times… and feeling drained…Please pray for me and my boyz

  50. Jamie permalink

    I am dealing with some depression. I have been dealing with a drug addiction (pot) and have been fighting this for many years. I very much want to stop and I fight with this topic everyday of my life. I keep going back to it, when I’m out I get more, I know I shouldn’t but my will power is zero and I give in to this addiction everyday! I’m at the end of my rope trying to get over this. I know my health would be better. When I’m out I get depressed and can’t get it off of my mind. The devil takes over my mind and that’s all I think about. My husband has tried to help me but nothing works. He has stayed by my side even tho he doesn’t smoke it, he has tried helping me but he just doesn’t know how to. I need prayers!! and any help you may give me!
    Thanks for listening!

  51. Melissa Jenkins permalink

    Needed this message today please pray for me as I deal with issues which are starting to affect me physically.

  52. Karen Cyrankowski permalink

    Thank you Lord for Mark’s work on this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!AMEN

  53. Gail Carter permalink

    Thank you so much for this, at just the right time. And thank you Cathy for the comment about the anxiety attack. We are going through some financial burdens at the moment and I have experienced some anxiety attacks over the last few days. I know that God will take care of everything in the end but sometimes it’s hard to see that end. This was just what I needed for today. Isn’t God awesome!

  54. Lori permalink

    Hello my son is 13 year old and he is dealing with rebelling and depression. He wont go to school, shower etc. It very hard to see my son go through all of this. He been in and out of the hospital 3 times for his depression. everyone is praying for him it hard for me to see this light at the end of the tunnel while I am trying to get my faith up that my son will be ok. It is heart felt to see my son in these stages of his life.

  55. desiree permalink

    Please pray for me. I have been struggling with a horrible depression for 7 years. I have a wonderful husband who is a great man of God and three beautiful sons. I feel as though I am missing out on our lives. Please please please pray for all of us. Thabk you! May God be with you all and bless you abuntantly.

  56. Thank you so much! I’ve struggled my whole life with it. It is spiritual oppression I do believe. It sucks. It truly wears you out and if you so much as mention it to a doctor, they want to put you on meds. The meds just make me sick which makes me worse. When I cling to God, it does lift. Hopefully I will learn to continue to cling and stop turning to myself or others to fill me. Thanks for the encouragement!

  57. Jeanette permalink

    I thank you for your prayer. I have had a spirit of depression/opression. I just feel lonesome like I have no one and I know the Lord and know he is my strength and he is my all and all. Please pray with me.

  58. Joy permalink

    I agree that my depression is most likely opression. Thank you for your uplifting testimony and hope. Pray for me to get released from this so my life has meaning everyday.

  59. margie permalink

    I am going through a lot in my life right now and if you would like to pray for me I can use all the help I can get at the moment. Thank you.

  60. Heather permalink

    I have been battling depressing for years. My Grandma was manic depressive and my dad has been diagnosed with depression. I was diagnosed with it several years ago. Things were going well and I took myself off of meds. In the last two years, my depression has gone extreme to where all I want is for God to take me away. Death HAS to be better than this life. My marriage is in shambles, we argue daily, I can’t keep up with school work because I’m so depressed, so I get even more depressed. I keep pressing on in prayer and I work out. I try to read the bible but when my 16 month old grabs ahold of my bible and the pages begin to rip…its time to stop. I keep praying for healing from my depression, but I hear God telling me that its ok for me to see a doctor. He’s the long term healer and I know he’ll heal me long term. He’s going to allow a doctor to help me short term so God CAN work in me so I can be an effective Christian. Please pray for the long term healing and restoration.

  61. Nichelle permalink

    Thank you, Rev. Mark for this article. It has helped me more than you know. I have been struggling for a week now with what I’ve called the “mean reds”. I’ve been praying snd excersizing a lot more. So many things going on. I need all the help I can get.

  62. Caroline Smith permalink

    Thank you for the message today. I need to read the Bible everyday, pray more, and be ready to face the sin, and I do try to rest and relax. I also need to add exercise. Sometimes these things don’t help, but I am in counseling right now. When my depression is getting the better of me, I get frustrated and angry with my family very easily, and it my son has been observing this, and copying what I am doing. Now, he to is in counseling, and it is more of a family session. I am benefiting from his sessions as well.

    Over a year ago I had a fleeting thought of suicide, but God was there in the midst because he provided for me my son and husband who were sitting in front of me at the time. I also started reading the Bible, and we even had church that night. I had time to share with the church about my fleeting thought, and they prayed with me, and the piano player took me out to eat afterward to talk to me some more. When I got home my son asked if I felt better, and please stop crying. God was there for me in my darkest hour, and He will always be.

    My counselor and doctor are not to concerned about me because of my “healthy” response to this situation. I did not act on the thought, it just came and was overpowered by my Faith in God Almighty.

  63. Horte permalink

    Thank you for the encouragement, the prayers. It’s just incredible that some times it feels as if you are all alone and your situation is unique and suddenly, you realize that there are many others dealing with the same and there is people who care and will pray for you. God bless you…

  64. Adwoa Asabea Owusu-Koranteng permalink

    i usually experience spiritual depression- which include worthlessness, inexplicable guilt, exhaustion, inferiority complex to mention but a few.
    Please help me in prayers. Thanks

  65. Laura permalink

    I feel like I am in a constant state of depression. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago at the age of 21. Everyone I know is so ahead of me in life, and I feel like a complete failure.

    Reading this, I feel a little hope come back to me.

    Prayers would be appreciated. Thank you.

  66. this message couldn’t have been more timely! I’ve had a rough couple of days…have been feeling disrespected, unloved, unappreciated. Someone keyed my car and that set me even further down in my spiral. I have battled depression for close to 20 years now. It IS a never-ending battle, and so many times, I realize that it is Satan trying to find a crack to work his way into my life. Thanks for posting this – to remind me to be on guard against these unexpected attacks from Satan!!!

  67. Becky Schmidt permalink

    I have been having bouts with depression on and off for years, but have always recovered. This year I hit rock bottom and wasn’t getting help from my doctor. So I prayed to God to guide me. I ended up going to the emergency room and told them that I needed help because I couldn’t go home as I was afraid to be by myself. I ended committing myself to the Mental Health Center. I was put on anti depressant medicine and anxiety medicine. I am feeling so much better. I have motivation to things I haven’t done in a long time.
    With help of family and friends I will get back on track. I am going to therapy. I will be looking for a new doctor.

  68. Irma C permalink

    Thank you for sharing your story with the readers…yes, I would like to request for prayer for my marriage to grow in Christ and not our lusts; for my family to be happy and enriched with love (and love for God) rather than to feel sorrow & hate. For me, I need God in my life everyday. For the last couple of years I have felt so much hurt, disappointment, anger and anxiety. It has contributed to my high blood pressure to be out of control. I look at myself in the mirror and see a mad face all the time. So please pray for me and my family that the Holy Spirit protects me from the enemy of Love and show us the light of life in the presence of God. Amen.

  69. Sherri permalink

    As the lyrics in one of Sleeping Giant’s songs say “The fight is over your souls”

  70. Holly permalink

    I need prayer. In Feb. 09, I was laid off. In June 09, my then 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive cancer. In Sept. 09, I discovered my husband was having an affair. I feel hopeless, worthless, and don’t know what to do.

  71. Mary Ledvina permalink

    I have been struggling with depression for 2 years every pill for it is to hard on my liver so I try my hardest to deal with it. I’m also struggling with god I feel maybe he isn;t listening to me I have tried to put myself in his hands but for some reason I struggle with it. I feel worthless and ashamed of past behavior and can’t seem to get past it. It’s destroying what life I have left. I’m thankful for these posts so I can talk to someone and tell them how I feel. Thank You any suggestions would be deeply appreciated. Mary

  72. Kirk Blount permalink

    Was a truly sent word from God, I really needed this today, may God bless you and keep you always.

  73. melinda permalink

    I have battled and I mean battled depresion since I was 15 years old. I have had nervous breakdpwns because if it and I and sick of being this way! I have recently been baptised and have really struggled this last week with my depression. After reading you teaching on this I can truley see that the devil plays a big role in my depression. I have struggled since being baptised with keeping with the lords name and doing things by his will! And I am truley seeing that it is because he doesn’t want me to do the right things and walk with my God! I would love to know more about your thoughts and maybe some help with this! Thank you so much for what you do! While I am at work I can’t wait for break time to see the next Bible quote to make me smile eveyday!

  74. Karen - Omaha, Ne permalink

    Lord, I lift Mark up to you for your healing and I claim James 5:15. I ask that you will send mighty strong angels that excel in strength to hold back the forces of evil so that you will put your thoughts into Mark. Bind any demons that would cause him not to enjoy the freedom in you and send them on their way. Lift his burden. Pour you full armor on Mark. Grant Mark peace and Joy. You have said the Joy of the Lord is our strength…well Lord, give him the joy that over flows from the throng of God. Breath into Mark your precious Holy Spirit and increase your Heavenly Compassionate Fruits of Your Spirit. I claim also the promise of…
    Hear Mark when He calls, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved Mark in his distress; Have mercy on Mark, and hear his prayer. (Psalm 4:1)

  75. sheryl permalink

    Depression runs in my family. My mother & Aunt sufferred from severe postpartum depression (after each child they had).They both died in age 40s, from Brain hemmorrhage & Heart attack (they both smoked as well). My mother stopped caring for herself & didnt bathe for several years & just let herself go. Her teeth fell out from not eating proper nutrition. My 2 younger brothers were taken away from her at age 4&6.They were adopted & now are grown & happy with their own families. Anyways. I have had some depression myself. I have been a registred nurse for 16 years, I recentlty got layed off (fired) from my job of 11 years. I was going thru a chapter 13 bankruptcy. The devil is attacking me from every angle. I tried medication as well, which didn’t work for me, kind of made it worse. I have just graduated with my masters in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner, but I have even lost my joy from this, due to other circumstances involving the school I was attending. I am a single parent of 2 children age 10 & 15. I was left with no Health Insurance as well. I had stopped going to church for a while , because Imy schedule was so busy. I am now back into church And trying to put God first. I went to church & there was a guest speaker, he had so much joy in him & I said , God this is how I want to be, the next day my son had a dental emergency and I found AmeriPlan a discount healthcare plan & it is also a home business opportunity. I knew this was from God. I have started 2 new home businesses relating to Health & healthcare. I don’t want to use this site as an advertisement page (as the word says not to use his place of worship as a market place), but I just want to mention my websites for anyone on here looking for income or job (as I was depressed & looking myself a few weeks ago), especially mothers who are home with children like myself. I also want to see people healthy & prosper. Please check out these opportunities and God Bless!!
    http://www.freedomathometeam.com/SCowan
    http://scowan.myshaklee.com/us/en/whyshaklee.html

  76. Bob Bunting permalink

    I have been on anti-depressant medication for 13 years due to a chemical imbalance in my brain caused by surgery. Before we found the right medicine for me, I literally could not function 6 days a week, rarely getting out of bed. On Sundays, I got up early, dressed, prepared a Sunday School lesson, and went to teach and worship God at our church. In my darkest times, He still used me, and He eventually led my doctor to the correct medicine for me. He proved His faithfulness to me in those days, and He is just as reliable now that I am “healed”.

    I would not wish depression on anyone, but I also would not want to gave missed His demonstration of faithfulness while I was depressed.

  77. sheryl permalink

    I’ve posted to Replies, I thought one was erased? but I dont see either of them.

  78. Karen - Omaha, Ne permalink

    Also, Remember, The devil is a roaring lion, but the Lord has defanged him and detoothed Him. Victory is ours in the Lord for He will NEVER leave us nor Forsake us. Shoo those dark clouds away in the Name of Jesus, Our Friend and Defender.

  79. Lisa permalink

    My step father was a Christian and had been battling depression for over a year. He sought help, even put himself through in patient therapy. On the outside he made us think he was better. However he committed suicide 2 months ago. Now my mother is having a VERY difficult tome dealing with it. She is depending on her faith but still struggling greatly. How do I help her? She is going to a support group but not too much help.

  80. Adrienne permalink

    My 11 yr. old son has just been diagnosed with severe depression…along with all the feelings, I am scared to say sucicide thinking (no plan of actions) has entered in. This and other family trials has plut a quick depressive ring around me. I have realized yesterday the enemy IS having a part to play in this ugly battle. I see how crucial seeking Christ out everyday is in this…Please…keep Jonah in prayer, my family…Thank you for caring!!

  81. sheryl permalink

    Depression runs in my family. My mother & Aunt were depressed. They both died in 40s (they were smokers as well). My mother let herself go, to the point that all her teeth fell out & she hadn’t bathed in several years. My 2 younger brothers were taken away from her & adopted (they are both happily married with their own children now). I was depressed also over past few months, as I lost my job recently,mortgage problems, bankruptcy, however God has lead me to these 2 new job opportunities: I want to share with those of you who are jobless like I was, without healthcare. This economy can be depressing, but God has a better plan for us.

    scowan.myshaklee.com
    http://www.freedomathometeam.com/SCowan

  82. Trish permalink

    Dear Mark,

    I have battled with depression since I was 20 years old and I am not 57. It comes and goes. I am a believer.

    I am blessed more then others as I am on disability and have a roof over my head and can pay my bills, but my burden is there is not enough money left to comfortably go to the grocery store, purchase gas and personal needs. I need to accept that I’m ok but I struggle with this daily.

    I have to admit I haven’t been to church in a few months and I try to pick up my Bible and read as it gets more difficult for me to do. I know about the enemy.

    IN 2009 I went through divorce, job lay off, forced to file bankruptcy and disability. I’m better in some ways but needs something and I don’t know what that is. Please help by prayer.

  83. Thank you for posting this inspired perspective. I believe many need to hear this! So often people expect prescriptions or other people to be the solution to their problems but much of the time the most direct path to healing is God. Not saying that sometimes people don’t need medical help to find healing, but rather that people forget to look to God to help them find the right path. And many times prescriptions do NOT help. And many times counseling does NOT help (especially when the counselor is not a Believer). And people are left feeling like their situation is hopeless. But God is the author of life, He is the Great Physician, the Comforter, the source of all hope.

    Romans 15:13 (NIV)
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)
    I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

    And I think it is important to recognize that ALL healing comes from God. Whether it is through the help of the angels God sends to help us when we pray, or through the prescriptions that He has taught people how to make, or through nutritional supplements that work with our Created biological systems to heal us through the mechanisms that He has designed within us.

    In our modern fast food society of over-processed foods from mass-monoculture farms that never get a fallow year of rest, and grow our food in mineral depleted soils, is it any wonder that we have nutritional deficiencies? Some of these deficiencies can cause symptoms like depression, particularly a deficiency of B vitamins most prominently found in dark leafy green vegetables. Our beloved iceberg lettuce is typically grown in such depleted soil conditions that it has very little vitamin content. Romaine and spinach are better, but it’s difficult to eat enough every day (especially for working people who are running 90 miles an hour trying to keep up with life!) to stay balanced. I have found in my life that taking B-Complex supplements helps tremendously with combating the blues. By itself probably not enough, I definitely need the prayer and Bible study also. But there is a marked difference between when I take B-Complex and when I don’t. Why open those doors to the enemy, allowing him easy access to our confidence, courage, and self-esteem? I have heard some say that taking Vitamin D (especially people who live in northern regions that get less sun, or people who work indoors a lot) can also make a huge difference in their outlook on life. These are not difficult, and if they can help a person feel more like themselves, perhaps even avoid the need for prescriptions, I think it’s all the better.

    Of course vitamins aren’t going to resolve life events. They’re not going to erase the sound of the harsh words someone said that echo through your mind. They aren’t going to revive a lost loved one, or create a perfect job opportunity. But they might help you handle these situations a little better, with more courage, clarity, and insight. They aren’t going to change the world, but they might change how you are able to deal with the world. I know they help me anyway, and I wanted to share this in case it might help someone else.

    God bless you.

  84. Kim permalink

    Thank you for this simple, but poinient devotion, Mark.
    Thank you for acknowledging that someone who is IN Christ can still experience depression. “There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
    Many of us who suffer from depression have difficulty healing from it because we feel kind of guilty for being depressed in the first place. We have been told this whether directly or indirectly by those who imply that we will be rejoicing all the day long, if we are in Christ Jesus. We can have joy in the midst of it, but the Bible even accounts moments of sadness in our Savior himself.
    I can make a list of the things weighing on me right now, and I have been giving them to the Lord. I am not afraid, but I am wearied by some of them. Same as you, I felt it coming on, and have watched it progress. I am not sure that there wasn’t a little physical illness mixed in there too, but that is a part of why we get depressed sometimes… just wanting to feel “good” again in mind, body, and spirit.
    The main thing, is to realize that we ARE or need to be in Christ(if one is not), and that the enemy is taking advantage of our weakness. This is also a wonderful opportunity for Christ to work, as many have written here – “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him…” Amen!
    I will pray for you all… Please pray for me… I need to overcome this overwhealmth, that I can do the tasks set before me.

  85. Beth Harris permalink

    I have struggled with clinical depression for 18 years and taken medication. God gives me the strength to get through each day and many of the 5 things you mentioned have helped me enormously. I don’t think that Christians should feel guilty for seeking professional help. It can be a whole body illness and needs to be treated as such.

  86. Grisel permalink

    Ethan M. your story has brought me to tear, has been inspiring and made me realize what I need to be concentrate in order for God to heal me, bring the comfort and joy I’ve been looking for so long.

    I was diagnosed with chronic depression 4yrs ago and been on and off this state since then. I’m right now going through a difficult situation and my depression came back. It’s scary for me because it gets to the point where I want to be over as you wanted and all kind of bad thoughts are coming into my mind. I thank God everyday for protecting me for doing something stupid and blessing me with a morning until now.

    I also think that evil is working its way to my mind and heart and sometimes I feel its succeeding, I get a hold of my love for God and start praying with all my heart. But as you mentioned no matter how loud we cry and beg if we’re not in the word God won’t hear us, He won’t be able to listen to our heart aching because to Him it’ll look like we’re demanding something instead of us surrendering things and thanking Him for already taking care of whatever is that we’re struggling with – HE ALREADY FIXED IT, we just have to say thank you to Him and be faithful to His word by being in it everyday.

    I’m SO ready to get home and have a “GODLY TIME” as I will call mine with Him and learning His word, praying and knowing that He’s carry me through!

    THANKS MARK for this awesome journal you share with us and ETHAN for reminding us GOD is always there and we just need to wait for Him…for His time.

    GOD BLESS EVERYONE – My prayers are with y’all!

    • I believe God does hear your prayers, even if you have never read the Bible. But the point is that the Bible is God’s word. It is His letter to us. When we pray we are talking to God. When we read the Bible, we are inviting God to speak to us. Sometimes you have to read for a long time before you get to the point God is trying to say to you. And sometimes you may read and read and nothing ever “jumps out” at you. But you may find that later in the day, something you read that seemed totally unrelated at the time turns out to be a word of encouragement or insight that you can share with someone else. And it is such a great feeling to be able to share something uplifting with someone because of what we have read in The Word! Not everything we read is always for us, sometimes it is for someone else who has not yet gotten into that part of the Bible yet, or maybe didn’t have the same insight that the Lord shared with you. Keep reading!

      Oh, and you don’t have to wait until you get home to read the Bible. You can read it online. I like http://www.biblegateway.com but there are other Bible online sites too, like the Blue Letter Bible. Try it! The search functions are awesome.

      God bless you.

  87. Becky permalink

    Please remember me in your prayers. I am having a very difficult time. Working two jobs, not necessarilly for the money but it keeps me so busy I don’t have time to dwell on things that are bothering me. I lost someone I loved very much, hadn’t cared for anyone in a decade. I am tired of trying to keep it all together by myself…the bills, the house, just everything that has to be done to have a home and raise a teenager. My depression has taken a huge toll on my 13 year son, he can’t stand seeing me so sad and crying all the time. I feel he’s better off being away from me as much as possible, another reason for the extra work.

    Thank you and God Bless.

  88. Jason permalink

    please pray for my wife and kids.

  89. Jolie Dufrene permalink

    I am dealing with depression and feels like what i do is never good enough…i just woke up with this song in my head over and over…He has turned my mourning into dancing…He had turned my sorrow into joy………..i love the Lord and have a relationship with Him as long as I can remember and through my failures, i can say that He has stood by me helping me through thick and thin….He had never failed me or lie to me….it was me that did so….and still he loves me…i just need praying for strength and courage to go and do God’s will and not my own…Give me visions that will help me see and how to use what God has giving me in the right way…..Love always Jolie

  90. Sheila permalink

    I have struggled with “depression” for many years. I was so overcome at one point that I stayed shut in my home for two years. But, through the counseling of a great therapist, I was able to regain my life and go back to church. That was the best thing I could have done. Through God all things are possible and He has lead my way out of oppression. Because that is really what it was for me. Satan had a hold on me and I allowed him to live within me for those two years.

    I am currently reading a wonderful book “Why is Everyone Crying?” by Steven B. Currington, founder of Reformers Unanimous International, a wonderful faith-based program that ministers to the addicted. This book helps to understand the Satanic oppression and how to take back your life and give it to God.

    I still have episodes and struggles, but now I know that I have the power to tell Satan and his delegates to leave me alone!

    Prayers to all who are suffering.

  91. Shela permalink

    Thxs- a tmely MSG 4 me @ just the right time. Please add me 2 ur prayers
    may GOD continue 2 use u in a mighty way!!!!

  92. DLC permalink

    Please pray for my son as he is dealing with a conflict in school right now. He is a believe and he is a great kid and a great son but I think he has a tendency to get down about things. He’s very active in school, sports and loves church but I’m concerned. Maybe it’s Satan making me worry over nothing, I don’t know. I would just appreciate your prayers for him, also because he is going to be a senior and he is deciding what direction to go in. Maybe college, maybe not right away? Pray that the Lord will saturate him with His love and that he will feel God’s guidance as he decides his future. Also for peace and joy in his heart. Thank you so much!!!

  93. Susie permalink

    This came at a timely manner, as I have recently been struggling with this. If spiritual oppression, as your friend cited, can really manifest through the above mentioned thoughts/feelings, maybe that’s what it is. Regardless, we know Whom to run to and I’m thankful He is my Savior, my Redeemer, and my Deliverer. Please pray for me as I adjust to being single and very lonely for friendship. Thanks.

  94. Marsha permalink

    I take medication for my depression and it stays fairly stable, but this week I am going through quarter finals for school and I am exhausted and can feel myself getting an “I don’t really care” attitude due to the stress, lack of rest, and financial worries. Please pray for renewal for me and success on my tests.

  95. marci permalink

    i want to thank u for this, it makes sense, i have chronic depression and i would like to ask for prayers of healing and acceptence.

  96. KPowell permalink

    I have been struggling with depression on and off for as long as I can remember but I have always gotten past it. The past two years though I have not been able to come out of it. My ways of thinking have become very jaded and hopeless. I grew up in the church and am a believer but I feel like I am living my life but not being present for it, numb. Just buying time till my time is up. A prayer would be greatly appreciated.

  97. Kevin Measimer permalink

    I do suffer from depression and anxiety. I have for as far back as I remember. I am currently 47 and have had counseling and medication, to varying degrees of success, for a long time. Currently I am feeling the best I have in the long term of my life. Situations and fatigue can get me down. Also, have to be aware of over the counter meds which can interfere with my prescriptions.

    I have wondered at times if spiritual attacks can be part of the cycle, especially with how I respond to depression or old habits which are persistant. I feel blessed that the Lord has kept my addictive nature away from drugs and alcohol.

    Please pray for me to overcome depression and “the thorn in my side” issues as well as renewal and strengthening to my spiritual walk.

    Thanks.

  98. tina permalink

    Ehthan, I adore your story 🙂

    To everyone else who faces depression..It can change..
    Please remember it can be spiritual, physical and phsyc…

    I would highly recommend a nutritionist/PLEASE if one
    thing is off balance it can throw you into deep depression. Please try whole foods/no processed!!
    Chicken, veggies, fruit, smoothies….
    (NO GLUTEN, it is in wheat) you can get gluten free
    foods
    This effects your mind!
    Please add fish oils to your diet!!
    I could go on, and on..but you must give your mind the
    nutrients.

    Sat. can attack, when you are doing something
    amazing for the kingdom!!
    counter with prayer/eating the right foods/fasting…

    This too shall Pass!

  99. I also would like prayer for the stronghold of depression. It seems as if my whole family is suffering from it. I desire prayer that the stronghold of depression would be destroy.

  100. Tracy Morrow permalink

    Just had our 28th anniversary and my husband says he wants to be free now. Have had great financial stress and he is mad at God so he is going to leave me, we have three wonderful young adult children who are heartbroken, angry and confused but none as much as me. Even though he has hurt me beyond words I still pray for God’s healing grace and that my marriage can be saved. Many days I wonder why because my husband has become someone I don’t even seem to know. Your message was a true blessing to me, woke up feeling so depressed had a hard time just moving. Please send a prayer for my family.

  101. Donna Bradshaw permalink

    I struggle with anxiety and depression. I have battled post traumatic stress disorder for the last 2 years and at this moment am feeling a panic attakc. I am on meds but ran out 2 days ago. A lot of the stress right now is due to my marriage of 26 years. I love my husband but he got caught up in porn and adultry and left the day after valentines to be with another woman. I have not give up . I am unable to work right now due to this disorder and will start counseling later this month. I thank God for being with me because without him I could not stand this journey. God bless. I pray for a miracle soon and that my husband will come back home.

  102. Bob permalink

    My brother; David Jones” has been batteling depression for a long time now and he takes meds to help,but nothing has helped so far. We pray for him…he is in a bad shape,will you pray for him. I have batteled it all my life and prayed
    over it and with GOD and always win. When I was aa kid my mom and dad would tell me i was to young to be depressed so i had to grow up fighting it…most importantly prayed over it while no one understood what i was going through…but GOD did.

    Thank you And
    GOG bless

    Bob

  103. Bernie permalink

    I am struggling with my exams that are coming up next week and I have been wasting a lot of time just doing things that are not as important instead of studying and U have failed most of my tests even though I want to do well, please help me!

  104. Bob permalink

    GOD bless ( I hit the wrong key in closing sorry)

    Bob

  105. James permalink

    I have read the post before me. I can understand how it feels to be in depression. I was married for 27 years to my soul mate who was bi-polar. She finally took her life 2 years ago. I spent the better part of these 2 years trying to grieve and fill an empty space in my life and my heart. I thank God for bringing me back to him because through his unconditional love and grace. I have finally started to heal. My pain is still there but the love he gives is all powerful and he does heal. I have been told time heals all wounds. I disagree time eases the pain but only the unconditional love God gives us do we finally heal. I praise God and glorify his name. Without his love I would not be here. He has started a new life for me and I am still a work in progress. I am still growing and waiting to do what he wants in my life. I have truly fallen in love with God. Thank You my Lord My God!

  106. Rose Reese permalink

    Thank you. This was very helpful to me today. Your insights are always helpful.

  107. Jim Guy permalink

    This is a painful agony that many might understand as “A Black Hole” understood only by those who have “been there”. It can come with no warning, too. It can improve
    and the come and go in “waves” in returning from time to time and varying from person to person. For everyone Mark, all of those things you mention do help and including prayer. Thanks for your article and from dealing with this for nearly 35 years now – J

  108. Stephanie permalink

    Thank you for this post. I have been feeling “depressed” but after I read this post, I am now wondering if it is spiritual oppression…I really have no serious life issues right now, just normal daily stress that everyone has…stress over finances, some guilt about things I’ve done lately, and worrying about teenagers. But I tend to have VERY frequent thoughts of suicide and think that things would be better if I were gone. I really do wonder if this is just Satan attacking me now that I am trying to spend more time listening to sermons on podcast when I walk every evening and reading the Bible? The timing surely seems to coincide with these activities! Thanks for opening up my eyes to this possibility.

  109. Mhairi permalink

    I know those things are so true. Depression and mental health problems can be triggered by spiritual attacks. There have been times I have know that totally going on in my life. I just hate how badly it hurts; the pain and darkness that takes over when the voice says not to cry to God b/c its too dark for even Him to reach me. I know thats not true but it shows the depression is part of an attack.

  110. Stewie permalink

    I have struggled not with depression but very low mood. I was healed through prayer and confession but God worked in a very ‘pragmatic’ way. I visited my doctor and he told me I needed to increase my exercise to 5 days of gym per week and eat a healthy diet, particularly oats and bananas as these increase serotonin levels, which make you feel better.

    This reminded me of a story of a man stuck on the roof of a house during a flood. He prayed for God to save him from drowning. A little while later a man came along in a speed boat and asked if he wanted a lift. They guy replied ‘No thanks, I have faith that God himself will save me’. Soon after a helicopter arrived and asked the same thing. ‘No replied the man. God will rescue me, I don’t need your help’. The waters grew and along came a lady in a canoe who again offered a lift. the man responded in the same way and promptly got washed away. When he finally met God face to face he asked ‘God I asked you many times to save me, why did it not happen?’ God replied ‘Well, I sent a speed boat, helicopter and canoe, what more did you need?’

    What I am trying to say here is that prayer is absolutely essential in fighting all these mappers and miraculous intervention does happen. Sometimes it is a spiritual ‘attack’ but don’t wait out for the miraculous by avoiding other ways such as medical help which the Lord can use powerfully. God does heal through miracles but can also work through the people and institutions he has placed around us. Consulting a doctor is not a sign of defeat or a lack of faith. Thank God for these people but always remember that he is the Lord of all things and it is he alone who heals the deepest inner needs which medical science cannot touch. Blessings.

  111. I was in a very depressing and tense marriage for 25 years which lead to depression. Then I divorced. I also got injured while running a habitat restore in which I completely set up and ran for 6 months. The injury accurred over 3 years ago. They had no worker’s comp insurance on me so my 3 herniated discs in my lower back will influence my abilities for the rest of my life. I have not been able to receive employment since that occurrance. I am alone and jobless. Life just seems so hopeless. If I don’t receive a job like today I will also be homeless. I am totally lost in depression. I love my Lord and Savior….I am just confused, depressed and losing hope.

  112. Lynn Sicard permalink

    I have dealt with depression since childhood,some due to all kinds of abuses,and also because of my dads depression and bi-polar. when I was a little girl, my dad would go into a depressive state and take his gun and go into the cellar. minutes later we would hear the gun go off ,but when we called out to my dad there would be no answer. we didn’t know if he was dead or alive,and on many occasions it was me who would finally go down in the cellar to find out. I have also been diagnoised with bi-polar and PTSD.I have tried to take my own life many times, but it seems God has other olans for me. I still go through times of depression,but I turn to God and He helps me through it. also, having a good doctor and neds has made a big difference in me, and nbo,it’s not wrong to take meds, God allowed these meds to be created to help us if we need them,and it doesn’t mean you don’t have faith in God. so turn to God when you need Him, He wants you to do just that and let Him hold you in his arms til the pain and your tears go away.

  113. Lydia Reyes permalink

    Thanks ,Mark for sharing this topic on depression today. As christians, some may think that everyday is suppose to be in perfect harmony, but as I grow more in the way of the Lord I find that I get into these moments of uncertainties and feel moments of depression too. As your ex pastor wrote these are times of spiritual oppression. The more we want to do to glorify our God, the more the enemy will try to attack us. We are fighting a spiritual war and that is why we have to put the armor of God on . I find when I go thru these times , I pray even if I don’t feel like. I praise God in songs of worship and I go to his word and even fellowship with others. The devil would just like us to give up, but we know that the victory is already won by the one who gave his life for us ,JESUS. I pray for all the people that are going thru these hard times . May the Lord ,fill you with Peace that surpasses all understanding . Please , my brothers and sisters I ask you to cling on to the cross and don’t let go. There is true freedoom and healing in Jesus. Wait on him no matter what you’re going thru.

  114. Marc permalink

    Iv been suffering from depression for the last 3 years, it comes in waves just like many of you have said but recently iv noticed it faiding away. I pray everyday for god to give me strength and i have found that the times when i feel that i can beat depression is when i have something to fight for. It is only when i try my absolute hardest that i feel that im not alone that god has his hand on my shoulder suporting my every move. I believe that god has given me depression for a reason, maybe as a way to learn to strengthen my soul and to bring me closer to him. I wish you all find your way out of depression, there is a door, just ask god to help you find it, and i pray that you all have the will to walk through it.

  115. Kathy Lindsey permalink

    Please pray for me.

  116. Perla permalink

    Please pray for me to be strong enough to handle my present problem.. Please pray to enlighten my husband’s mind to come back for us, his real family. I think i have a depression now because of so many problems that i encountered for the past days. Please pray for his enlightenment because I don’t want my children to suffer having a broken family.. thanks

  117. Cheryl permalink

    I have been battling depression for the past few weeks. I have extended my studies to 2 different ones during the week to be more in God’s Word on a more structured level. My problem is when I am alone, as I am divorced, I think about all that is wrong in my life. The list is too long for me to go into. I so want to strengthen my relationship with God, but I am out of ideas. I have even tried to make friends with people who are single (as all of mine are married) so as to do things together so I won’t spend so much time alone. That hasn’t worked out either.
    If anybody has any suggestions feel free to share them with me. I need help.

  118. Chris Pinault permalink

    I too have suffered with depression for years. I have dealt with being given up for adoption at the age of 4 and then being sexually abused by my adoptive father from the time I was 8 until I left home at 17. In the process of trying to have children with my husband I suffered 4 miscarriages. I currently have 3 wonderful children, but the last one was unexpected and my husband was not supportive at all. I have been diagnosed with severe depression and have to deal with feelings of inadequacy and pessimism on a frequent basis. I also have a sister who committed suicide 3 years ago after countless years of battling drug addiction as a result of our shared childhood abuse. I know that Satan uses my depression against me. I am thankful for the Christian friends in my life that put up with me when I am feeling this way and the many times they pray with and for me. God truly uses those around us to uphold us when we need it!

  119. Denise Wi Repa permalink

    I have suffered from depression (who doesnt?) one particular bout was long and severe a result of burnout, at that time I didnt want to go to church and when I did I was like a dead fish during worship, totally unable to lift my hands to praise God. My husband kept on encourgaing to put on the garment of praise and when I finally did resist the devil and kept pressing into lifting my hands and entering praise, (despite how I was feeling), it did begin to lift. I think depression is one of the devils subtle tactics to get us away from God.
    But I know everyone has their own story. Kia kaha tatou katoa. My prayers go out to you all especially those who are living in pain, nothing is more hindering.

  120. Denise Wi Repa permalink

    PS I also found the best cure (for myself) was to get my mind off of myself and go and do something to bless somebody else.

  121. justin permalink

    Hi, I suffer from depression also, I walked out of my job last week due to being depressed, i will be on the steets next week and I will be paying for a house that i dont have anymore need prayers, cheers.

  122. Rosemary Potter permalink

    Mark,

    I too suffer from depression and have most of my life. I take medication but no longer see my PSYC. because I knew what he was going to say before he said it, I knew all the right answers, but they never helped me. So I take my meds and live it with the help of God. I know my life has been hard but I feel there is a reward somewhere, someday. I often think of death, and if it were not for my spirituality I probably would have already done that. What can I say? I don’t know why or how to help myself get out of this condition.

  123. Lee permalink

    First, thank you to Ethan for your story. Second, I’ve struggled with depression since the earliest age I can remember. Cried myself to sleep nightly, and would often cry upon awakening in the morning, just at the prospect of having to get up and face another day. I’m now 49 years old and facing an uncertain, unknown future. Am about to lose everything, just about, and have no idea where I am going to go. There doesn’t seem to be any place for me in this world. Have difficulty with relationships, and my past is strewn with broken friendships. Never married and very few romantic relationships in my life. One word to describe my life would be FAILURE in just about every area. So yes, I guess you could call it depression. It’s also fear of success, fear of abandonment, fear of intimacy, fear of rejection. . . you name it. My relationship with God has been as unstable as all other relationships, though there were periods of time when the only intimate, loving relationship I had was with God. I simply cannot trust people (or I trust those who should NEVER be trusted, because at least I know what to expect from them). I feel so empty, alone and unable to cope with being an adult in this world, and now, nowhere to go. Once again, as I did so long ago, I could wish that I could cease to exist. But I know that life continues even after we leave this world, so I have no choice but to face life as best I can. If only I could cry or feel something other than sadness, emptiness or anger. But much of my problems are my own fault and I am only reaping what I’ve sown. After so many times of turning away from God in my anger that He would not heal me or give me the relationships with people I so longed for, I am now so far away from God that it seems impossible to get back. Perhaps He has rejected me once and for all. It certainly seems like everyone I’ve ever known has.

  124. Mark, you are really fortunate that it lifted so quickly. I don’t think we will ever know the real causes, but I do think that all aspects can contribute; it’s not necessarily one thing or the other. No doubt satan will make any physical disposition even worse by putting the knife in; that’s what he does. But I tend to think that usually it’s a physical cause.

  125. I enjoy your comments on Facebook. I am going through some trials and would like for you to pray for me. I believe in God and he is my best friend. I also know that all things are possible with God. Thank you.

  126. Marie permalink

    I get your posts periodically through a bible study friend. Until today, I never felt the need to visit your blog personally and comment. I feel like I’ve been dealing with depression since age 12 (I’m 45 next wee); but more so in the last 4 months. My husband decided he didn’t want to be married to me anymore due to infidelity. Your ex-pastor’s words hit home because it’s what I feel like happens to me every day. And I do try to practice your five things daily; but still need to do better.
    Some days I feel so attacked and alone, suicide is a welcome thought. But I thank God for His abudant grace that’s renewed each day. If I didn’t know God loves and forgives, I wouldn’t be here today. I try to live one day at a time, going beyond that is overwhelming for me right now.
    Thank you for your ministry…your thoughts remind me where to go for me comfort, love, strength, and companionship.
    May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  127. Marie B. permalink

    I receive your posts through a bible study mate and until today, never felt the need to respond. I do enjoy reading your words, but today really spoke volumes to me. Since my husband decided he didn’t want to be married to me anymore last Jan (due to my infidelity) I’ve felt like I’ve been under constact attacked; thinking that’s why I couldn’t shake me depression. Pastor Illingworth’s words about spiritual oppression makes much more sense. I truly believe God has a plan for me and is trying to use me; and each time I feel a break-thru and closer to God, the attack seems greater.

    I’ve gotten so overwhelmed in these past 4 months, that suicide has seemed liked a welcome release. But God has not let go of me! I’ve been doing 3 of the 5 things you mentioned; I’m getting better with confessing my sins and still need to start exercising again.

    I try to live one day at a time; going beyond that makes me feel hopeless and that’s not of God. I thank God for your and your ministry; may He continue to bless both.

  128. Ivy permalink

    I’m not trying to be hyper-critical, but as a current mental health practitioner, I urge you to make a clear distinction between a few days’ downturn and a true clinical depression.

    My concern is that there are, as you note, many who suffer from true clinical depression. Saying that you experienced a depressive episode for three days and got better sets up those who have clinical issues for a lot of flak and criticism.

    Many clients have told me that their families and friends have dismissed their very real pain by telling them to just “snap out of it” or “get a grip.” And of course, there is always the “You’ve got a secret sin causing this” diagnosis.

    Yes, God is always with us in the midst of our trials, but to present a simplistic formula along with a misleading definition of depression may do more harm than good.

  129. Nan Vroman permalink

    Thank you so much for your words re: depression. I have had several severe bouts of depression since about the age of 17; unfortunately, some of these bouts lasted for years (I am now 53 and have been in remission for 8 years).

    During those times, reading my Bible was hard, going to church was hard, praying was hard. BUT GOD NEVER GAVE UP ON ME, and I know that it is because of His great love and compassion that I continued to be able to function for the most part during the worst of those times. His constant presence during those trials have refined and strengthened my faith in Him.

    So, please, if you are experiencing depression, DON’T EVER GIVE UP, and remember that He is there even if at times you can’t feel His presence!

  130. morgan permalink

    pray for me please!!

  131. cassie permalink

    My family, although cared for in many ways, have experienced a large amount of disruption of our normal life this year. Our daughter has sufferd with surgery upon surgery as well as other medical problems and procedures. She is 17 years old. She’s been isolated instead of loved and cared for by her brothers and sisters in Christ. They didn’t mean to do this, it just happened. They were too busy and too caught up in their own lives, schedules, and families to see that she needed help. We’ve been guilty of the same. We’ve now changed churches, and have entered into a loving congregation who eagerly wants us to become part of their family in Christ. We are eagerly awaiting summer and look forward to serving God in our new church home. Depression is not something we realized was a part of our lives until the puzzle pieces began to fit together. Please pray for us as we daily look up to Him, seek to find and emit His joy and glorify Him above all. God Bless You all as you ferverently seek Him daily as do we! Amen.

  132. Ray permalink

    I suffer from clinical depression. After a testimony by my former associate pastor’s wife about her battle with depression, she and I banded together to form a Depression Support Group at our Church. Though attendance has been hit and miss,we, God,using us, helped prevent at least two suicides. We are not professionals, by any means. We are just fellow sufferers who use our experiences to help others in our community.

  133. GlenysLouise permalink

    Mark, by the number of responses you’ve received you may realise how broken God’s heart is for people suffering all manner of depression, anxiety etc. I don’t really want to share my story as I have learnt that many see it as an individual’s problem, and between them and God. This is partly correct – and the wonderful suggestions you and your previous pastor gave above are LIFE-SAVING. But there is another whole part of recovery that – in my experience – the modern church does not want to face – and that is how the body of Christ will respond to “us”. Having clinical knowledge is a great start – but there is much more that could be done, but I have not experienced it much within the church. However my gracious, awesome and loving God has given me what I need within my husband, kids and a few very special friends and so I am learning to not be greedy and expect to have a church that can love me as well. What these amazing people do for me can be encapsulated as “acceptance” and “encouragement” – but to do really be capable of that they also need to take the suggested advice – read the word, pray even when it hurts etc, etc. When all the body of Christ does the same thing – whether we are “damaged” or not, then we may be able to really hear God’s response to us – LOVE, I call it!!

  134. Melanie permalink

    I suffer from clinical depression and probably spiritual oppression also.

    I am in the process of selling a house that I thought was my “final” earthly home. Turns out it is not. God has other plans.

    My spouse and I are having difficulty finding a suitable house in the location we are led to move to. I know God has one for us – – we just haven’t found it yet.

    Various close family members are facing serious health issue, divorce, separation, child custody battles………it goes on and on.

    I need prayers to face these challenges and stay strong.

    I love to look back and see God’s hand in my life………..the journey is sometimes very difficult.

  135. Anjelice permalink

    I have to say this message came to me at the right time. Today has been a very hard day and I definitely had the initial signs of depression. But after reading this message I can keep myself from actually getting into the deeper stages of depression and stay positive. So i just want to say thank you very much for the message because I really needed to hear it and put it into action.

  136. Fannie permalink

    I need your prayers. I am at the time going through a stage of saddness,depression,tired all the time,no energy. Not sure what is going on. I need a good job,but have problems because of problems with my right shoulder,arm,elbow,and hand.and neck. Please pray for me.

  137. Krista permalink

    Many years ago I suffered from depression. I had such a high level of suicidal thinking that I had to do a week to week suicidal contract with my doc saying I would hurt myself and I had all my meds taken away from me. It was the darkest time I have ever experienced and know that it was only by the grace of God that I am still here today. I still keep my journals from back then and am amazed at the immense pain I must have been in. This is one of my journal entries from that time:

    ‘I don’t know how to end the pain, the sadness, the tears. I feel so much, yet I am just one person. How did I become this person. Am I even the same person I was before? I feel so different. The pain radiates from my chest, some days it is so immense I don’t know if that day will be my last. On those days, I am not scared to die. If it weren’t for the three people who care about me right now, I may not be here. I long for the relief of the pain I feel.’

    I didn’t know Jesus then the way I do now but I know he protected me through all of that. He loved me through all of that and much more and finally brought me back to His love.

    Thank you God for saving my life and for the mercy you have on me.

  138. It seems today is a day of spiritual attacks, eh? Shortly after I posted my earlier reply to this message, my visionsgame.com website was hacked. I fixed it. Then three hours later it was hacked again! I fixed it again, but it’s a temporary fix. Subsequently I spent the rest of my day working with my friend to get our permanent solution implemented. It’s been a trying day. One of many ups and downs. Nothing as tragic as losing a loved one, or marital distress, though my husband doesn’t exactly favor my game project. But still, the stress and discouragement, and the fragmenting of my plans for the day have been a drain. Relying heavily on the Lord tonight.

    Hang in there everyone. After the rain comes the rainbow!

    God bless you.

  139. Cynthia permalink

    I am not one who usually comments on anything but this one I decided to. I need alot of prayer I guess and maybe a little support from some who understand. I have been fighting major depression for a long long time and just can’t ever seem to rise above it. I have been on meds, this one, that one now a number of them. I have counseled with some very good Christian counselors, for a while I feel as though I am doing well so I stop but before long I’m back again. At the present I am seeing a therapist for PTSD. My story is long with much entailed so I can’t even begin to explain. All I know is that I want to be freed from the pain, constant unwarranted guilt, worthlessness, helplessnessand the empty lonely feeling that is with me always. I know God has something for me to do and I know what it is and I can’t help but think that Satan has it in for me. I would never say that because you always hear that it is just an easy out to blame the devil. I am and have always been a strong person, a survivor but I have had near breakdowns, developed many physical conditions that drain my energy and has made me into the extreme opposite of what I always was. People don’t understand it, I hate it, I have near to no support system. I sometimes say I swear Satan is trying to destroy me either through my mind or my body. He will not win. Am I off base or could this be so? I need people to pray so that I can overcome all of what doctors say are here to stay so that I can move forward to do all of what God called me to do and my heart burns to do. I am going to trust that there will be some that will lift me before our Almighty Father, our Holy Physician and Healer,who loves me and will not allow me to be destroyed. Amen. And thank you.

  140. tracy permalink

    A couple of days of depression! Try a couple of decades of deep depression.

  141. shirley hawkins permalink

    please pray for me my boyfriend recently broken up with me and i been very depress

  142. Maria permalink

    I need prayer….I have a long time on and off boyfriend and we decided about a month ago to just start from a clean slate of our painful past. Unfortunately he keeps pondering on it and it poisons our relationship now. It’s gotten to a point where I’m falling back into depression and having anxiety attacks. I’ve cried for 2 days and he turns his back on me stating he hates to see me cry. I don’t know how to approach him anymore…I try with love and kindness and everything I try to say he comes back with something or a challenge. I know that I should probably get out of this abusive behavioral relationship but since I’ve been going to church I just try harder.
    He goes to a different church and when I bring it up to him on how he could be the way he is with me knowing what he knows, he gets angrier.
    Please pray that GOD will give me insight on what I should do and what direction I need to take. Do I just give up and move on or do I stick it out?????

  143. Mike permalink

    I’ve been very depressed before. I know how dark and hopeless it can be. But at that time in my life I didn’t quite understand the hope that is written in stone. I firmly believe in our God’s holy scriptures. He wants us to only take Him at His Word. He asks us to be a living sacrifice for Him. He wants complete surrender of all that we have including our family members and personal possessions. He has told us in no uncertain terms to trust in Him (and I mean totally). He also said to lean not into our own understanding. He said acknowledge Him in all our ways and HE will direct our path. So as you surrender to the will of the Father, as Jesus did, its impossible to go wrong. You are a citizen of heaven representing our God. Rejoice in the complete hope you have in Jesus. God bless and keep marching!!!!!!

  144. I have many times found myself in that very spiritual battle. It really and truly is a battlefield that takes place in our minds. The things that we think on and dwell on take on life in our lives. We feed them and leave open holes in our armor. being steadfast in God’s Word, seeking him in prayer even when it seems like he doesn’t hear us is the key. I agree with your friend in regards to spiritual oppression. I was in a really bad car accident almost a year ago. My right ankle was almost severed along with my left ankle being broken and various bruises and contusions. I was hospitalized for 10 days. Next month I have to have my right ankle fused – it’s been a long, tedious and many times dark path to get to where I am right now. I finally came to the end of myself and surrenered it all to God. I still battle with the pain and at times the darkness will overwhelm me, but that when I remember that the light of God lives inside me and darkness does not keep company with light. So hold on to Jesus and He will see you through. 😉

  145. Thank u i really needed to see this. Ethan ur story made me cry. God is so good.
    plz pray for me. i feel so depressed i stay in bed under the covers all day, and i cant work or study.
    i will stay in bed even in summer.
    i believe my depression is from the devil. and i feel like i cant even go to church, and when i do, the devil ‘attacks’ me and i feel so sick and tired after church.and i havent even been able to read my bible since i started going to church. plz pray for this to go away. i need to get over the past, and myself and start living for God. like our pastor said recently, u are depressed because it is all about you. he told us to go serve at a charity, and help someone less fortunet than us.

  146. CeeCee permalink

    It’s no coincidence that I found this post today. I have been suffering with depression for the past two years. I have lost the zest of life and often operate like a robot just going through the motions at work and school. For the past few days, my symptoms have come back and I think I’m going into another episode. I’ve been listening to praise music, reading the word, and talking to God although I don’t feel Him near. Every comment in this post about God’s presence has given me the strength to go on for another day. I will pray for you all and I ask you to pray for me.

  147. Diana permalink

    WOW! I discovered your website through facebook in the account of The Bible which posted your article on worry. Reading your article really ministered to me, so I read on to your previous posts. Now I know why. Thank you so much for this article on depression. I think I am experiencing Spiritual Oppression. I will follow your advise. I am really encouraged and now I have a better understanding on whats happening to me. I am quite disturbed why I was feeling very down to the point of suicidal. I am filled with worries and have so much self doubt. I am beginning to have a negative outlook in life. I am a full time ministry worker and a pastor’s wife. This just has to stop. I refuse to allow the enemy to oppress me this way. God has called me and I have given my life to know, love and serve Him. This is His wake up call for me, to help me thrive in the place He has called me to be, and fulfill the destiny He has for me. BIG THANKS! God bless!

  148. Kay permalink

    Please pray for me. i am suffering from depression and great loneliness and i cannot bear it any longer.

  149. Anne permalink

    I will pray for you Kay that the Lord will lift your suffering.

  150. Diana permalink

    Please pray for me. The devil is a defeated enemy. I need healing for my mind and protection for my thoughts. I`m exhausted… but resting in His Arms. Pray for my husband Neil to gain his strength from Jesus. God please help! YOU ARE MY ONLY HOPE.

  151. michelle permalink

    I have been going through Depression for a long time (probably at least the last 10 years were the worst)- some periods of time were better than others, but the deep, horrible Depression keeps coming back and no matter what I do I can’t get out of it.

    I have tried a handful of different antidepressants, but none of them made any significant difference, and I was very sensitive to the side effects.

    I belong to a church- Catholic- and my pastor is an amazing, wonderful person. He is a huge support for me. I am also involved in the parish as a lector (reader). I also exercise- walking, stretching, yoga- I am very conscious of eating healthy (water, fruits, vegetables, whole grains)- and I do allow myself treats if I feel like it, but I am also very aware of my choices here too.

    I have an individual therapist who I see once a week and I also go to group therapy once a week.

    The problem with “doing things I enjoy” is there really isn’t anything I really enjoy.

    And I am extremely anxious around people- feeling VERY judged and self-conscious and certain that people are thinking bad things about me (how I look, etc)

    So, I have been getting help- therapy- and I think I am doing at least most of the things that they say you should do to help Depression.

    I feel frustrated and (yes, hopeless sometimes)- I want to have hope and try to be positive, but it is SO hard sometimes.

    thank you for listening.

  152. Heather permalink

    Please pray for me. As part of my Borderline Personality Disorder, I suffer from intense bouts of depression after my inability to manage the pain, hurt, anger, & shame that results from my emotional rawness. I have been this way practically my whole life but only recently I have surrendered my heart to Jesus Christ and acknowledged that only He has the true power to heal me. Unfortunately, I am losing hope and feel like God has abandoned me…I try to go to the Lord but it seems the Lord ignores my pain. Being a born again Christian & understanding the importance of being in community w/ followers of Christ, I tried to go to church to connect, only to feel rejected, unwanted or insignificant…

  153. Beth Harris permalink

    Heather – Press on and keep trying. Don’t give in to the feelings of rejection. Keep on going to church and maybe even visiting other Christian churches until you experience a break through. God will bless you and reward you for your perseverance!

  154. michelle permalink

    I feel very misunderstood- by everyone, including myself- and I feel hopeless. I have been fighting this depression for a long time (my whole life maybe) and I also have PTSD and BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder).

    I feel that I am exhausting everyone- all of my supports and myself.

    I do go to church and I do pray… but it is enough. Today I prayed for God to please take me to be with Him. As soon as I can get things settled, as much as I can. If I still believe that God knows everything about me, more than anyone, even myself, than He knows how I feel.

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