Written By: Pastor Nevil Norden
Depression is one of the most destructive mental disorders of our day. It affects your whole body; your thoughts, your moods, your sleep and eating patterns.
When I hear people say, “I cry a lot and I can’t sleep at night”,“I have an uncontrollable appetite”, “I feel unhappy most of the time” ,“nothing really seems to interest me anymore”; then I know I’m hearing depression speaking.
Mild depression has the following symptoms – you lose your joy of living; every hour of the day is poisoned with unhappiness and feelings of total futility; your creativity and productivity gets reduced; your view of reality gets distorted – little problems become major obstacles, and minor problems become perceived tragic setbacks.
When destructive emotions such as anger, hate, bitterness, anxiety or depression are chronically entertained, they eventually harm the body – this is called a psychosomatic disorder. My mother, as a medical doctor, said that at least 80 % of her patients became ill because of a psychosomatic disorder. This disorder is normally a result of unresolved emotional stresses. In layman’s terms one would say, “You don’t get ulcers from what you eat. You get ulcers from what’s eating you.”
I believe there is a practical cure for depression in the Bible:
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“Be anxious for nothing” – no problem is so great as to warrant the intense concern you have given it. “But in everything…” – no problem is exempt; when you hand your problems over to God, they become His concern; “…with prayer…” – prayer is an act of faith where you turn the welfare of your life over to God.
“…and supplication…” – earnest prayer has a focus point; be specific in your prayer;
“…with thanksgiving” – thankfulness is normally filled with true expectation; “…let your requests be made known to God…” – turn yourself over to His tender care.
“…and the peace of God…” – a supernatural peace. Jesus is called the Prince of peace; “…which passeth all (human) understanding” – it cannot be reasoned out and it’s free; “…shall keep” – ‘keep’ means ‘to fort’; early settlers built a ‘fort’ to protect them;
“…shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” – the heart is the sea of human emotions and emotions can be like a storm at sea.