No one is exempt from depression or anxiety and Christians are included. We need to accept we are still human, and mental illness does not discriminate if we are believers. Yes, wrong choices, sin, and other factors could bring on anxiety. Clinical depression is a chemical imbalance, not a choice. These are 7 points to consider if depressed, and struggling with anxiety as a believer.
Education is a key to your success, talk to people who have struggles with depression. Many pastors and leaders struggled with depression. There is no shame in it, but there is if you don’t reach out.
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There is no shame in taking anti-depressants. If you were prescribed an anti-depressant, learn more about your conditions and get the facts.
3. You’re Not Bad
Being depressed is not a deficiency of your character, or being a bad person. Some in the church want to associate what is clinical depression as being totally sin driven, or from the enemy.
4. I Can’t Be Depressed
You can’t be depressed if you’re a Christian is a lie, and is not from a lack of faith. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense and beyond compression. Philippians 4:6-7 said not to be anxious, but peace will override the pain in our hearts. This is supernatural, and can’t be done on our own. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
5. Happiness is Not a Sin
You have a right to be happy, so try to be mindful of this as we tend to beat ourselves up over things we have no control over. Another falsehood people believe is that they are not trying hard enough or their faith is faulty.
6. Negative Thinking
Negative thinking causes mood swings, depression, and anxiety about the future. Learn how to capture these thoughts in addition to seeking therapy from a licensed Christian counselor. Mental illness is not part of God’s will.
7. Sometimes We Need Therapy
Prayer and reading the Bible will not alone help you with depression. Many people need antidepressants, therapy, and enlisting help from medical professionals to deal with mental illness.
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