“If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity. The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it.”
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
Matthew 16:24, CSV
[ Take Up the Cross and Follow Him ] When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
“Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.”
“…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
“If ever a monk could get to heaven through monastic discipline, I was that monk. And yet my conscience would not give me certainty, but I always doubted and said, ‘You didn’t do that right. You weren’t contrite enough. You left that out of your confession.’ The more I tried to remedy an uncertain, weak, and troubled conscience with human traditions, the more I daily found it more uncertain, weaker, and more troubled.”
“Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?”
“But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
Depression has been called the “common cold” of mental disorders, and one source estimates that it disrupts the lives of 30 to 40 million Americans. For many, a “cold” isn’t even close to describing their depression; it is very challenging and destructive.
Here are several things that you can do right now:
Avoid being alone. Force yourself to be with people. (I know “force” is a strong word, but if that is what it takes!)
Seek help from others. This will require some humility. Reach out to someone who will understand.
Sing. Music can uplift your spirit as it did for King Saul (1 Samuel 16:14-23). Get an iPod and fill it with good music. It is worth it.
Praise and give thanks. This can really push back the darkness. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Lean heavily on the power of God’s Word. Write out verses; listen to the teachers on Christian radio.
Rest confidently in the presence of God’s Spirit. “Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance” Psalm 42:5. Remember that God is not against you, He is on your side.
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
“God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns”
Keep coming back to Brokenbelievers. On this site you will find a lot of good teaching which can help you sort things out. And if you “comment” on any post I will receive it, usually within a few hours at the most. I’m not a medical professional, however I’m an evangelical pastor, with my own history of mental illness and major medical problems. I will get right back to you. And I can pray.
See the book Healing for Damaged Emotions for more details, David A. Seamands, Healing for Damaged Emotions (Colorado Springs, Colorado: Chariot Victor Books, 1991) (ISBN: 0896939383). )