The Way Out of Depression

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Hope. Thought renewal. Help. Dependence upon God. These must be the things a depressed person needs to get back to life. But most people who are really depressed hardly go back to normal but end up in suicide or total destruction of living. With these in mind, what can we do to help a depressed person or even ourselves to go out of depression?

First, we must know what depression is. Depression is the state of mind that causes people to see everything around them in a negative way. They experience feelings of sadness, failure, rejection, and lose sight of reality. They are overwhelmed by a feeling that God has abandoned them. Knowing these things, follow these simple steps:

1) Show the person that he is not alone. Take him to Hebrews 13:5 and emphasize the fact that God is with him and that he must seek Him.

2) Encourage him to renew his mind (Romans 12:2). Changing his way of thinking will enable him to see the marvelous plans that God has for his life.

3) Invite him to cast his cares on to Jesus (Matthew 11:28). It is His desire that we give Him all our worries so that we can find our rest in Him.

4) Pray with him. It must be a confession of victory, a declaration of the excellent things God has for us and must emphasize how much God loves us and believes in us.

New believers, I encourage you not to let your problems oppress you. Trust in Jesus and bring all your feelings and problems to Him. With this in mind, and Romans 12:2 (“be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”), there will sure be a way out of the most undesirable situation in every man’s life—depression.

Mercy’s War by Jon Foreman

God is not silent, nor is He dead, as many unbelievers of Him say. He still fights, He’s still in a war, but in a different kind of war. The weapon He uses today are not swords and guns, but mercy, shown in the love displayed by our Lord Jesus. Jon Foreman’s writing prowess here is at its best and masterpiece-like state.

I was looking for excuses
And You offered me my soul
In the name of all my weakness
In the name of rock and roll
By His sickness I am healed
Because they broke You, I am whole
O the wonderful blood of Jesus

I went looking for the fig leaves
And You asked me what they’re for
I was building up a wall
And You offered me a door
I was hoping for silver spoons
When You handed me a sword—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

Maker is unmade
Love succumbs to hate
Life himself is slain
Is death the only way?
Is death the only way?

I went looking for religion
Absolutely not a friend
I went looking for ways out
And You showed me the way in
I went looking for a ghost
And instead I found a Man—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

Felt like I was at the end
Felt like giving up on life
I talked about Your mother
And denied You once or twice
I plucked out Your beard
Put a sword into Your side—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

Life and love are atoned
By the blades of all our swords
We cut the final cord
But this is mercy’s war.

I was chasing after safety
When my world went up in flames
I watched all my defenses
Washed like ashes down the drain
I thought You were a stranger
But You called me out by name—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

Your wounds were gaping open
I couldn’t recognize You at first
All I had to offer
Was an insult or a curse
The blood dripped down like poison
On the nauseated earth—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

This is mercy’s war

This is mercy’s war

This is mercy’s war
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

“Mercy’s War” is from The Wonderlands: Dawn EP, released 2015. © Atlantic/Lowercase People Records.

The Cure for Pain by Jon Foreman

Jon Foreman is a thoughtful singer and songwriter who writes lyrics that are full of meaning and honest. I would like to post several of them and this is the first, which is about pain.

 

I’m not sure why it always goes downhill

Why broken cisterns never could stay filled

I’ve spent ten years singing gravity away

But the water keep on falling from the sky

 

And here tonight while the stars are blacking out

With every hope and dream I’ve ever had in doubt

I’ve spent ten years trying to sing these doubts away

But the water keeps on falling from my eyes

 

So blood is fire pulsing through our veins

We’re either writers or fools behind the reins

I’ve spent ten years trying to sing it all away

But the water keeps on falling from my tries

 

And heaven knows, heaven knows

I tried to find a cure for the pain

Oh my Lord, to suffer like You do

It would be a lie to run away.

 

From the song The Cure for the Pain,

written by Jon Foreman, published 2008.