Depression, Part 6 (God’s Solutions for Today’s Problems #52)

My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Ordained Chaplains USA and Life coach. We don’t have to look far to see that many people in the world are dealing with a variety of problems and are in need of solutions. No matter what problem you are facing — whether it is emotional, psychological or spiritual — Jesus Christ holds the solution that you need. As we walk together in this podcast, we will address a number of topics that exist in the world and present solutions from the Bible that will help you heal and live life more abundantly. Our aim in this podcast is: (1) to introduce you to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the ultimate source of all healing; (2) to provide you with information that will help you to understand the problem; and (3) to help you by providing solutions to your problems.

Our passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 30:11. It reads, “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;”

Allow me to share with you some interesting points on this passage from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

In due time God delivered him out of his troubles and restored him to his former prosperity. His prayers were answered and his mourning was turned into dancing. God’s anger now endured but for a moment, and David’s weeping but for a night. The sackcloth with which, in a humble compliance with the divine Providence, he had clad himself, was loosed; his griefs were balanced; his fears were silenced; his comforts returned; and he was girded with gladness: joy was made his ornament, was made his strength, and seemed to cleave to him, as the girdle cleaves to the loins of a man. As David’s plunge into trouble from the height of prosperity, and then when he least expected it, teaches us to rejoice as though we rejoiced not, because we know not how near trouble may be, so his sudden return to a prosperous condition teaches us to weep as though we wept not, because we know not how soon the storm may become a calm and the formidable blast may become a favourable gale.

Our quote for today is from Charles Stanley. He said, “You may go through difficulty, hardship, or trial but as long as you are anchored to Him you will have hope.”

The problem we are discussing today is “Depression” (part 6) from the book, “The Guide to Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins.

Action Steps
Watch Physical Health

(If there would be no health risks, assign your counselee to moderate exercise such as a brisk walk.) Research shows that thirty minutes of moderate daily exercise is very helpful in elevating mood; therefore I am assigning a daily brisk walk and I’ll be checking up. Find a partner to walk with — it makes it harder to avoid the activity if someone is waiting for you.
Have a medical checkup and work with a doctor on a diet program. Better eating habits (for example, less sugar and more vitamins) can be a big help.

Get Behind the Scenes

Assure the client that you will help them deal with whatever situation might be behind the depression.
(If the counselee has recently suffered a significant loss, acknowledge that loss and begin to help him or her grieve.) It’s okay to feel upset, but you must also look to the light. Your loss is painful but future happiness in Christ is yours.
Think honestly about what might be other deep sources of the depression.
Keep a journal in which you write down thoughts that occur over the next couple of weeks regarding what is behind the depression.
Carry a “daily mood log” and record the times when you feel most depressed. Write down what is happening and what you are thinking at those times.

Begin Clear Thinking

Challenge the counselee’s statements and beliefs. For example, your counselee may say, “I’m totally worthless. I have nothing to give to anyone.” Ask pointed questions to draw out the fact that this person does indeed have value.
Over the next week prepare a list of ten things you like about yourself–and three of them have to be physical characteristics. I will ask you to tell me those ten things.
Very few things are really hopeless, and very few situations are “all bad.”

In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at Depression.

—–PRAYER—–

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you need further coaching please visit our website at: http://www.ordainedchaplainsusa.org.

If you have other questions about life’s problems for this podcast, please email us coach@ordainedchaplainsusa.org.

Until next time, my friend remember that God has a solution to all of your problems.

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