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Way of Wisdom

with Regina Sanders

Victory Over Depression

Today’s Scripture reading is Psalm 42: 5-11 (NKJV) “Why are you cast down, O my soul?…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.”

Anyone can feel depressed, discouraged about life. Overwhelmed with problems. Impacted by world events. Each year nearly 15 million American adults experience a major depressive disorder. No one is immune, for this impacts the old and young. The US Census Bureau reports that the median age when depression disorders strike is 32, with women more likely to be victims than men.

Depression has been proven to be a significant byproduct for those with serious illnesses. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than half of eating disorder patients experience depression. But so do a high percentage of cancer patients, and those who have had strokes and heart attacks.

Christians are not immune from depression. We all face challenges and trials. We can be discouraged about our job, family, or marriage. We can be overwhelmed by financial needs, sicknesses, and disease. We can feel defeated by sin and mistakes we have made.

But God has given us the power to be free from depression. He told Isaiah that we might go through waters, rivers, and fire. But we are to realize that He is with us in every situation (Isaiah 43:1-2).

When we start to feel depressed, when we are cast down, the Bible urges us to focus on God, to remember we can hope in Him and trust Him no matter what we face.

If you feel overwhelmed by the weight of your burdens, turn to Him. Remember that you don’t have to fear. He is with you, right by your side. Commit your needs to Him. And start praising and worshiping Him! You are His! And He has promised to take care of you!

Please repeat this prayer after me: Father, I entrust my life to You. Thank you that my life is in Your hands. Thank you for being with me and providing for me. I praise and worship You; in Jesus name, amen.

Please join me next week for The Way of Wisdom with Regina Sanders. God bless you!

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