From God's Word...

Verses from God’s Word to read, study, meditate upon. Verses are taken from the New King James version of the Bible:

Esther 9:22   And Mordecai wrote establish these days as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor. 
(God had delivered them from the hand of their enemy; they were given the victory which brought them out of despair into relief causing great joy.  To remember their deliverance they made a yearly celebration to commemorate what God had done for them.  Not unlike our celebration of Christmas where we commemorate the birth of Christ who gives us the victory to whatever degree that we take it and allow it to develop in our lives.)
Psalm 38:17, 21 & 22  For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me.  Do not forsake me, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me!  Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! 
(Here is one who knows that his depression is overwhelming himself so he calls on his one hope which is the Creator; the One who has made all things and is ever ready to come to the aid of His creation.)
Psalm 42:11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. 
(We are taught in God’s Word what to do when we are cast down and in depression.  Take a stand and call on God for help; He will deliver us.  Why?  Because He has a deep and lasting love for mankind.  The enemy would have us to believe that He is the great disciplinarian who rules without love or mercy.  But that is a lie!  He is most gracious, ever ready to forgive with lasting love and great mercy.)
 Proverbs 12:25  Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression.  But a good word makes it glad. 

(The good word is His Word; the Bible.  He tells us to praise Him for victory.  Why?  Because His enemy cannot abide praise; he will leave if praise persists because he resents our praise to the Most High God.  Persist in the sacrifice of praise; it is a sacrifice because when we are tormented with depression, it is a tremendous effort to lift our voices in praise.) 

Proverbs 15:13   A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

(A broken spirit is one that only God can heal but He has to have our cooperation.  We have to be willing–our choice has to be exercised by agreeing with Him so that He can work to repair the break.  If we pull against Him, we have agreed with the enemy who keeps us broken and disabled.)

Proverbs 18:14   The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit?

(A broken spirit is very depressed and can choose to destroy the body and soul because there is no hope.  Hope is a gift from God; therefore, the enemy wants to rob us of His gifts.  Knowing this can help to set one free from such attacks; can give back hope even if it is just a glimmer; that glimmer fueled with praise and God’s Word can become a tremendous force against depression.)

Isaiah 14:3   It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve. 

(The hard bondage in which we serve is the oppression under which the enemy puts us.  Oppression comes before depression.  Heavy clouds of trouble and torment with no relief robs us of our hope; then we lose spiritual perspective and fear of things never changing for us deliver us into heavy despair.  We take on a load of care, worry, and fear; a sense of hopelessness which overwhelms us.  Having experienced deep depression and observing it in others I know what hopelessness is.  However, one word spoken by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word or someone we know and respect can break that darkness over our spirits.  In that day when we make Jesus Lord, He will deliver us.  If we know Him and are deceived into depression, one plea to Him will deliver us.)

Isaiah 35:10   And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads.  They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

(Again, here is the story of praise; it wipes out what depression asks of us.  Praise brings the Presence of God on the scene; He will bathe us in His love and everything seems right once more.  The enemy flees because he cannot abide His union with us.  For this enemy wants our praise.  Did you know when we are deeply depressed we are giving him homage?  For we have agreed with him instead of with God; this delights him because he is executing revenge on the One who made Him and the One who banished him from the highest position under Himself.  Satan once had the position that now belongs to Jesus.)

 Isaiah 61:1   The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed me  To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,  To proclaim liberty to the captives,  And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;  To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,  And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,  To console those who mourn in Zion,  To give them beauty for ashes,  The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness,  The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

(This is the prophecy heralding the coming of Jesus Who will do all of these things for those who can believe and accept them.)

Jeremiah 32:12   Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,   Streaming to the goodness of the Lord– For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd;  Their souls shall be like a ‘well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all.

(Wheat, wine, and oil are spiritual gifts meaning the Holy Spirit and all that He brings to us to grow spiritually and develop into strong, mature, and able men and women of God.)

Philippians 4:6,7(Amp)
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.  And God’s peace (shall be yours that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace) which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

(We can learn to yield ourselves to trust Him so that we have peace in every circumstance knowing that He is in charge; He will deliver us and make things right no matter what happens.)

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