THE COUNSELING MOMENT

SOURCE:  Stephen Altrogge/Desiring God

Three Lessons for Depression

I’ve often said that depression is like wearing tinted glasses. Everywhere you look, things look dark. Bleak. Black. Hopeless. Helpless. The waiting room for depression says, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

Depression is both a physical and spiritual affliction. Neurons and synapses fail to fire properly, leading to chemical imbalances in the brain. These imbalances cause the depressed person to feel awful, like their entire world is a raw catastrophe hovering over the depths of despair. When everything is a catastrophe, it’s easy for faith to falter and stumble.

“Depression causes a person to feel only gloom and despair, no matter what they’re thinking.”

Normally, the prescription for faith is somewhat straightforward. We read the promises of God, let them diffuse throughout our hearts, and then embrace them fully. As we embrace these promises, our faith rises. When…

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One thought on “Depression: How to Fight for Faith in the Dark

  1. Thank you. God is righteous in an apathetic world. I know that article was given to me as I wrote it. I believe God heals apathy when we get real with him, and forgive others, and ourselves. I believe there is nothing more important than knowing God , and becoming thankful for Jesus who died for us and rose again. I believe we are living in awesome times. May His grace keep us moving toward Him. The Holy spirit lives within those who know God, and love Jesus Christ. I believe His power in us in necessary to live the victorious life in Christ.

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