God’s remedy for depression

Reading the Bible
Reading the Bible

Written by Bob and Debby Gass


1 Kings 19:15 NIV

Let God give you new direction. God told Elijah to go to the Desert of Damascus and anoint a new king and also a new prophet to take his place (See vv. 15-17 NIV). In other words, He gave Elijah a new assignment. Quit sitting around wallowing in self-pity. Get your eyes off yourself and start looking at the needs of others. Get involved in their lives through a ministry where you’re giving out and God is giving through you.

If you are constantly looking at yourself, you will get discouraged. Jesus said you must lose your life to find it (See Matthew 16:25). You say, “But I’ve failed badly and disappointed myself. Surely God must be disappointed with me too.” Disappointment only happens when someone expects you to do something different from what you do. Jesus knew Peter would deny Him, but He called him anyway. Why? Because He knew Peter would learn and grow through the experience and go on to even greater things.

God wants to give you a new purpose and a new direction. He is not through with you. Maybe you blew it. Big deal! If you let Him, God will pick you up and help you to start over. One mistake – or one hundred – doesn’t render you useless for life. Today, God wants to lift you out of your depression. He can help you. He can change you. You don’t have to go through life being manipulated by your emotions. Your emotions are controlled by your thoughts, and with God’s help, you can change how you think and what you think about!

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