God’s To-Do List for Depression

God’s To-Do List for Depression


[PASTOR MARK JESKE] Have you ever struggled with feelings of depression or do you know somebody who has? Pastor Mike Novotny has some encouragement for you from God’s wonderful word for you today. [MUSIC] [PASTOR MICHAEL NOVOTNY] Dan’s friends had never seen him depressed. But the day he lost his job, he seemed to lose everything they loved about him – his energy, his enthusiasm, his laughter, his jokes, his positive mindset – seemed to walk out the door when the boss shared the news. But being good friends, they wanted to help and so they invited Dan when they were going out but Dan just wanted to stay at home. They texted him job opportunities and applications and openings but Dan never seemed to follow-up. The friends started to get frustrated with their depressed friend and so, they did what any good group of Christian friends would do; they googled it. And Google gave them a whole list, a treasure trove of wisdom: Do this and don’t do that. Stories of people who escaped and overcame depression. Do eat right and don’t forget to exercise. Do get out of the house even if you don’t want to and don’t forget to connect spiritually. Do be open and honest about your struggles but don’t forget therapy and medication. They were so excited about all these practical ways to escape depression, they invited their friend out, they shared the list – do this, don’t do that. We’re going to help you through this; we’re going to walk with you through the darkness. And they gave him an entire easy-to-follow list. But after a day, none of the boxes got checked and then after a week, and then after a month, and the paper stuck to Dan’s fridge with a whole list of unchecked boxes made him feel even more depressed. Have you ever been there? Seven percent of U.S. adults struggle with some form of deep depression in any given year. Depression actually comes from the word “depressio” in Latin, which means to press down. And it’s not the drops of sadness that rain on all of our heads in this broken world; it’s the storm that clouds the forecast for weeks on end. And if you’ve ever lived under that storm or if you’ve ever loved someone who’s going through that storm, you know that depression is not so simple to fix. It invades our lives in so many different ways. Maybe depression is part of your genetic story. Mom struggled and grandpa struggled and now you struggle. Maybe depression surprised you after the birth of your child; a postpartum bout that made those late nights and lack of sleep even more difficult. Maybe it happened after the loss of someone you loved; a death you didn’t expect that seemed to crack your soul. Maybe it happened because of an addiction; maybe when you started going to divorce court. Maybe after you lost your job or declared bankruptcy. In a thousand ways, depression invades our lives and if you’ve been through it, you know all about the list. We Google it in our desperation: “How do I beat this?” And like Dan’s friends, you’re going to find a whole lot of incredible, practical medical and scientific wisdom: Do exercise, even if you have to cry on your treadmill. Get out of the house; raise your natural dopamine levels. Do stay connected with family and friends. Be honest. Express your thoughts. Don’t believe your feelings; depression invades us with lies in disguise, negative emotions that aren’t even close to true. Talk about them. Do set goals. Don’t forget to volunteer. Do this and don’t do that. And then, if you’re a Christian, there’s a whole other list, isn’t there? Do pray and don’t stop going to church even if you haven’t showered all week. Do stay connected to Christian family and friends; open confession with your pastor. Don’t forget to be grateful. Do remember the promises of God. And all of it is good. In fact, I would say all of it is great advice but do you know the problem? A friend of mine shared the story when she battled genetic and then postpartum depression and her husband had all these good ideas: We should be thankful. Think of how bad some people have it. Think of how good our family has it. And then not only was she depressed, but she felt sinful and ungrateful, unappreciative, spoiled, and the depression got worse. And that’s why I’m so excited to share this with you today because right in the middle of your Bible is a song that was written out of a deep and dark depression. And in the middle of this song, we find God’s to-do list for the depressed. It comes actually from a pair of psalms that were written about 3,000 years ago; Psalm 42 and Psalm 43. And we find out the author was a worship leader who seemed to be in a pit of despair. But the thing is, God inspired this song. God wanted it included in the Bible. God actually wanted his people – not just back then, but even today – to sing psalms like this. And you’re about to find out why. So listen what one of the Sons of Korah says in Psalm 42: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?'” Those are good questions that depressed people ask, right? When and where? When will this be over? God, where are you? Why don’t you fix this? This marriage and this mess, this cancer, this chemo, this chemical imbalance, this divorce, my children, my body – God, when will I see you and when will you fix this? Like a deer who is running from his predators, he says, “My soul is thirsty; my soul is panting for God. I’m sick of running. I want to find a new day. I want to find crisp and refreshing water for my soul.” He is down and he is out. So what will he do? Well, he has an idea. He sings next: “These things I remember as I pour out my soul; how I used to go to the house of God,” under the protection of the mighty one, “with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.” That sounds a bit more hopeful, doesn’t it? Shouts of joy, songs of praise. See, he’s remembering how we used to go to God’s house and be with God’s people and the thought of worship revives his spirit and that’s really good advice, isn’t it? When you’re down, to remember, to think, to count your blessings. And we can focus on all the things we don’t have or we can choose to focus on the blessings that we do. Or maybe that’s the to-do that will cure depression. Or maybe not. Did you catch that phrase? He said, “Used to.” Oh, I remember how I used to! When I used to go to church instead of not wanting to get out of bed. How we used to shout and sing and raise my hands instead of curling up in the fetal position at home; I remember. How my body used to work, how my family used to be, how much I used to enjoy my job, the vacations we used to take and the thought of what used to be and what is now just drives his depression deeper. And so, he tries something else. He breaks out into the chorus of the song; words that he’s going to repeat three times in these two psalms. He sings, “Why my soul are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Now he turns the song into a solo and he sings directly to his own soul. He says, “Soul, why are you downcast? Why do you feel this way? Why are you so low?” He starts to interrogate his own heart; he starts to examine his feelings. He preaches to himself, in a sense. He says, “Heart, I will praise God. I will put my hope in God. I’m not going to follow you just because I feel this way. No, this is my God and my Savior.” And that’s really good advice. I learned from talking to many depressed people that one of the top things that happens in your heart are lies are hatched by the minute; just negative, spiraling thoughts that have no basis in reality. God’s not here, God’s not going to fix this. There’s no plan for this; this will never get better. My life will always feel this sad. And so, the psalmist has great advice. Question your heart. Point a finger down at your insides and say, I know we feel that way, but feelings are not facts. And I don’t have faith in my feelings; I have in the facts. God is with me – fact. Jesus is my Savior – fact. God has a plan for the biggest messes in life – that is a fact. Maybe the to-do that makes depression done is talking to our own hearts, questioning our own feelings; maybe that will work. Or maybe not. Because the very next words after the refrain is done say this: “My soul is downcast within me.” I want to grab this guy and say, “Wait, what? Didn’t we go through all this already? Like we talk to our hearts, God’s our Savior, put your hope in God not in all this other stuff. Didn’t we fix this?” But maybe that’s the point; maybe you can’t cure depression with a catchy chorus even if the chorus is about Christ. And if today you’d read the rest of these two psalms, you would find this manic, depressive, rollercoaster of faith and doubt that lasts into the very final word. After expressing his doubt and downcast soul, he says, “God, all your waves have swept over me. It’s like I’m drowning here and you send wave after wave after wave until I just want to cry out, ‘Seriously?'” Have you ever prayed that prayer? Seriously, God? Now? I’m going through the divorce and now this happens? And then my car breaks down after I lose – seriously, God? But then the very next verse, verse 9, he returns: “But I say to God my Rock.” I say, Yes! That’s going to fix the depression. Don’t put your faith in the shifting sand of your circumstances. God is faithful and God is solid. He’s on the right path until the very next line which says, “God, why have you forgotten me?” I pray and I pray. Do my messages go right into your junk mail, God? Because you are not fixing this. So he sings the chorus again: “My soul, why are you downcast? Put your hope in God.” Then the very next verse: “God, why have you rejected me?” And then he goes back to the chorus and then the song ends. And that’s in your Bible and I love the fact that it is. It’s never going to be inspirational enough for a Kidz Bop album, right? But it is so good for grown-up faith because what does it teach us? It teaches us that you can be an inspired author; that God can choose you to write the songs that his people will sing for millennia and there is no quick fix. There is no “just believe this” or “pray that” and the depression will leave. In this broken world, it’s something that God’s people in the church, who love God, who believe that he is their hope and their Savior, struggle with. Maybe I can picture it like this: You know who this is? It’s Sadness if you haven’t seen the kid’s movie “Inside Out” like I have 1,017 times. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that Sadness is always depressed. Half the movie, she’s flat on her back, lamenting about what if and worst case scenarios and negative spiraling thoughts. And Joy tries to cheer her up but if you’ve seen the movie, you know that Sadness gets up and then back down. And she takes the first step and then she’s flat on her back and Joy has to drag her along all the time and because the depression doesn’t leave quickly. You know what some people think in the church? Some people think that if Jesus would show up and if he could just say the right things and believe the right promises and repeat the right prayers that we’ll just jump up to our feet and the sadness will be gone. If we just give the right advice, if we just say “do this and don’t do that,” and if we have a chapter and a verse to prove it, well then, depression will leave. But then you read this psalm and it’s not that simple. So what am I supposed to say to you today? Pray more? Count your blessings! Make sure you go to church. I’d be right but it probably wouldn’t fix it. So I’m going to give you something else today. My absolute favorite part of this psalm. You ready for it? I want to give you a Chiasm. You don’t seem excited [Pastor: Laughter]. You ever hear of a Chiasm before? C-h-i-a-s-m. A Chiasm was an ancient technique in writing songs where the author would put the main point of his poetry right in the middle. In modern pop music, we put the main point in the hook or the chorus, right? Justin Bieber writes a song, you know the main point because he’ll sing it 78 times so you’ll hum it and you’ll sing along with it, even if you don’t want to. That’s what we do. That’s not what they did. They would take a song and they would find the very middle of it and sometimes they would just say the line once but if it was in the middle, you know that it mattered. It was like a song sandwich, right? All the ingredients God chose, but he’s going to put the meat of the message in the middle. And do you know what happens if you take Psalm 42 and 43 and find the very center? You’ll find three stanzas that each end with a chorus, go to the second stanza, find the very middle verse, and you will find God’s to-do list for the depressed. It’s the only time in the entire psalms that it’s not “God, I feel this way,” or “God, you should do this,” or “God, please help me with this.” It’s the only time that God is the subject of the verb. This is what it says in Psalm 42:8: “By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me.” That’s so good, let me read it again: “By day the Lord directs his long, at night his song is with me.” Day and night, when the sky is down and out, God directs his love. It the midst of all the crying and moping and doubting and forgetting, God directs his love. You know, the word “direct” in Hebrew is the same word as command. Normally, we think of the Ten Commandments where God tells us, “do this” and “don’t do that.” But this time, God is commanding not us but his love. Picture his healing and sustaining and empowering and forgiving love at his side and he’s commanding it; he’s saying, “Go! My sons are so sad; my daughters are so depressed. I’m commanding you, I’m directing you, go be with them. Go help them and go heal them.” It turns out that God’s to-do list for the depressed is not something we do; it’s something that God does. So what exactly does that look like if you’re depressed? If someone you love is down and out, that God is directing his love? Well, I’m going to give you five examples. The first one is that God directs his love through pastors. Can I tell you one of the best things about having a pastor? Your pastor could care less about how you feel. I don’t mean that pastors don’t care about people, we don’t care about your feelings. But before we get up to preach, did I ask any of you today, “Hey, how are you feeling about God’s love? Because if you’re kind of doubting it, I just won’t say it.” No, we pastors get up and no matter how you feel, we say what God says. If you feel like a loser? I don’t care; you’re more than a conqueror through him who loved you. You feel all alone? Who cares; God is with you; he’ll never leave you and he’ll never forsake you. You don’t think there’s a point in your suffering and pain? I don’t care if you think that because there is. Everything – all things – work together for the good of those who love him. You feel ugly and worthless, that life is not living? No, I don’t care. I know the plans – one of the best things about a pastor is he hears from God and he preaches it whether you feel it or not. So you can think you’re unforgiveable, unlovable, your life is pointless. You can look in the mirror and hate yourself but a pastor will say, “I don’t care. God loves you. Fact.” God directs his love through the leaders of his church. Number two, God directs his love not just through pastors but through the Scriptures. Have any of you ever had the scary experience of trying to buy a Bible from a Christian bookstore? Have you ever gone into the like super intimidating aisle of 17,000 translations and there’s the NIV and the ESV and the KJV and the new KJV and the message and the NASB. I’ve stood before those walls but do you know what I’ve never seen? I’ve never seen a copy of the RDV – the Really Depressed Version. That takes all the promises of God that end in periods and exclamation points and edits it for question marks. God so loved the world? I don’t know; probably not. [Pastor: Laughter] Because God doesn’t care, right? He just doesn’t care what you feel in that moment. He is coming with an authoritative word that cannot be questioned. And so when you’re depressed, if you open the Book and if you raise your hands to rejoice or if you cry on the page, it will still say God’s mercy is new every morning. I will be with you always, Jesus will say. Period. Not ellipses, as if it’s in doubt. God directs his love through a word that does not change and cannot be broken so that we know his love for us will never be changed or broken. Number three, God directs his love through you. One of my friends who battled a deep depression said the best thing she experienced was what she called the “We” version. You ever hear of the “You” version, the downloadable Bible app? The “We” version, she said, was just Christians who didn’t try to fix her; they were just there. They knew there was no quick answer to depression so they were with her and they prayed with her and they spent time with her and it meant the world to her. Mary Keith is a Christian who’s battled depression and admitted that she didn’t get all the to-do’s done. She once confessed on her blog: “My shield of faith was mostly lying next to me on the ground. And I didn’t make a gratitude list and I didn’t trust God and I didn’t count my blessings,” and she would sometimes cry out, “God, where are you?” But then he showed up in the two Christian friends who knocked on her door who came unannounced with a meal and said, “We cooked. I know it’s hard when you don’t feel great.” And she realized that God’s presence and God’s love was right there in the people that God directed and sent to love her in her darkness. God directs his love through pastors, through Scriptures, through brothers and sisters, and number four, through doctors. You know, some Christians don’t believe that. I heard an incredibly depressing story of a woman battling depression and anxiety whose friends and family told her, “If you really trusted God,” as if pills and promises were on a teeter-totter and you could only have one or the other. One of my friends is a pastor who has diabetes. Do you think I tell him, “Well, it’s either insulin or faith; you pick!” [Audience: Laughter] No, we would never say that. If a kid broke his leg would you say, “Well, it’s either a cast or Jesus Christ; what are you going to pick, bud?” “Oh Johnny, I see the crutches, you of little faith.” No, we would say when something happens to our body, we thank God for medical advances and technology and medicine so what would be so different if it didn’t happen here or down here but up here? And so, God directs his love through good medication and wise doctors and I want to say to some of you: There is nothing small about your faith if there are pills in your bathroom because God directs his love through good doctors. But most importantly, God directs his love not just through pastors, Scriptures, brothers and sisters and doctors, he directs it through the Savior. You know what I love when I think about Jesus? That the Bible says he didn’t just come to give depressed people good advice. Isaiah 61 said that Jesus would come to bind up the brokenhearted and Psalm 34 tells us how. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. The great prophecy of Isaiah said that Jesus will be a man of sorrows; a man who would thirst like a deer panting for water. A man who would go to the cross and cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Why did he say that and why did he do that? So that you and I and our loved ones would know that Jesus is not up here waiting until we pick ourselves up and work our way up to him. No, here’s how God directs his love: He comes down and he sits with the depressed. When they’re not better, when they’re still broken, when they feel hopeless, when they feel unlovable, they won’t have to look up to the top of the ladder and wonder how long will it be until they’re with God. They would look to the side and know that God is already with them. So if you battle depression or someone you love does, Google it and take the advice. But more than anything, remember God’s to-do list; to love his depressed sons and daughters who didn’t anything done. [MUSIC] [PASTOR MARK JESKE] You know, sometimes we don’t like to admit being weak. I sure don’t; I don’t like the people around me seeing me as weak. And so, if I’m really struggling with some self-doubt or with some self-hatred, I might try to bottle it up or deny that it’s there or pretend as though it hadn’t happened. But that isn’t really safe or very healthy, is it? My counsel to you when you encounter those feelings is to share them with someone you trust or with your pastor and, above all, with our Lord. I’ll be back in just a minute to pray with you. [PROMOTION] Hi, my name is Jason Nelson. I’ve had the privilege of writing many Grace Moments devotions and several books for Time of Grace. My recent book is entitled, “Keeping the Last Promise.” And in it, I share some very personal lessons I’ve learned about addiction and recovery. So I wrote this book for two reasons. One, is to provide some camaraderie. If you know somebody who is battling to be unpossessed by drugs or alcohol, you are not alone and you don’t need to feel ashamed. I also wrote this book to sketch out a little framework for hope. We found hope that enabled our loved one to begin to put his life back together. And recovering people need the power of God’s grace in their lives and when they have that, they have the ability to keep their last promise to remain sober for one more day. Thanks so much for your gift to help connect more people to God’s amazing grace. [PASTOR MARK JESKE] You know, there’s no shame in admitting that you sometimes have feelings of depression. Talk to your friends about that; talk to your pastor. And, above all, talk to your God. Let’s pray right now, shall we? Heavenly Father, Sometimes, you know that I feel pretty low. I don’t like myself very much. I feel like a fool and a failure. At times like that, I really need you. Send your spirit into my heart. Speak your words to my ears and let your spirit then encourage my heart so that I will see myself as the wonderful creation you have made; loved and redeemed by Christ and the spirit of the Lord lives in me. Give me strength to fight the devil’s temptations to be blue. I pray these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. For Time of Grace, I’m Pastor Mark Jeske, celebrating God’s amazing grace with you and it all starts now. [MUSIC] [ANNOUNCER] The preceding program was sponsored by the friends and partners of Time of Grace.

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  1. Thank You SOO MUCH and I THANK heavenly father for PEACE that passes #ALL understanding for #ALL of us,each happy breath we take,as we know it's real,but I will continue to deal,WITH that positive PEACE that passes #ALL understanding, as I know that it is not simple to fix and others who do not understand what this does to a person they will never understand the truth of what each individual is feeling I understand this 48 years very well and I'm dealing and I know that it will pass but it is during the moment where you feel like you're being strangled smothered drowning in your own self panicking and hyperventilating with the deepest status feeling in the world as nothing around you makes a difference as you fake it till you make it around people at the same time pray and I do that in my head as well out loud and I just think Heavenly Father through it that I will get through it in the name of Jesus

  2. I also deal with a terminal illness while actually several terminal illnesses as my twin died unexpectedly 4 years ago while we were both taking a nap and she didn't wake up I could write a book of testimonies for 48 years worth of things that would probably blow people's minds and I don't mean that in a exciting way then again I'm still here today I'm excited to be here today and make it through everything I've been through and use my testimony to pay it forward and to help others because that's what I want to do even bedridden or when I can get up and sit in my recliner I call it recliner writed I live in the coldest state of the United States called Wisconsin with my mom and my kids are in Louisiana where my heart is and Colorado all three are no adults I miss him so very much and after I lost my flight attendant career I was forced to move back to Wisconsin as well I coach cheerleading and tumbling all star and I want to start a special needs team or just volunteer now I'm limited but on the days that I'm not I do what I can do and I find peace in it I think I'm the father for his well as I trust it and I have faith and everything and I will get through and I know

  3. Second time I've watched this ….. It's helps to hear … When anxiety locks my mind on the world and not my savior. It's sometimes
    easy to get caught up in the problems of life and the world …. Thank you for the videos that encourages and redirects my mind to my faith

  4. Great Video! Excuse me for butting in, I would love your opinion. Have you thought about – Lammywalness Erase Depression Guide (search on google)? It is a great one off product for beating depression fast without the hard work. Ive heard some super things about it and my mate finally got excellent results with it

  5. I wish it was my car breaking down . My story is , how burned down son very ill wedding ring stone husband very very ill long trem Mom emergency open heart surgery I i was the only child to care for her daddy died in the middle of it all . Me I need neck surgery am in chronic pain but no doctor I’ll touch me bc it’s so sever. I just almost died of pneumonia in the hospital over a week down to 102 lbs at 5’5” now had to have dentures at age 50 . More that’s a brief over view . Now I can’t get out of bed and stopped speaking . So lost

  6. Would someone pray for me. My heart will be so grateful! 68 yr old Grandmother battling severe depression and paralyzing anxiety for 4 yrs! I am so worn down. Thank you! God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are my only hope!

  7. Wonderful message! I love how he says that medicine and doctors are a gift from God rather than something that diverts us and shows a lack of faith. So true.

  8. A week ago Sunday, I dragged myself to church after having spent a soul-sucking week of dark depression–depression brought on my the gloom of the weather, the holiday season and a conflict with my daughter and her family over Thanksgiving where I failed in my witness of God love and grace. As I came into my church, I prayed no one would ask me how our trip to our daughter's house went–I knew I couldn't lie and say "ok". Long story short, I couldn't hide the depression and sadness I was feeling and some of my sisters and brothers came up to me–one here and one there–and they just loved me and prayed for me. There were a couple who "preached" a little–it didn't help, but I thanked them because I know they meant well. As the worship went on (I handle the overhead for the lyrics), I stood there just crying. Then God started working on my broken heart and as the worship went on, the pain started to lift. He reminded me of a time when I had a burden for something else and when I shared that burden, the burden was lifted. I got up and testified to the goodness of God–I told them about the depression and said "Yes, I prayed and, yes, I read God's word and, yes, I listened to spiritual music (everyone seems to think that's the "magic" cure for depression–especially people who've never suffered from deep depression), But I thanked God and them that I have this wonderful, loving body of brothers and sisters in Christ who do love me just as I am and who hold me up in prayer. The next week, I didn't suffer from the depression–there was peace and rest in the Lord. A burden shared, is a burden lifted–bearing with one another in love–rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn–those help so much. Just please don't judge people with depression–love them, pray for them, hold them–listen to only what God would have you say to them. Blessings!!

  9. I almost fell over when you said you heard of an incredibly sad story about someone who had friends who questioned if she was really trusting God because she was using medication. And I also love how you relate it to other medical conditions such as diabetes. What happened to this woman happened to me as well, and it is so so good to hear a pastor who knows the truth, that God channels His love through doctors as well! Thank you for speaking the truth! Hopefully others who need to hear this will have the chance.

  10. So thankful for the preaching of the word..
    "By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me"
    Thank You Lord
    Amen

  11. Good advice when it come to use the word of God to overcome depression but when it come to doctors i cant agree i have lost people who has kill themselves through drug for depression i will suggest natural remedies there is a lot of powerful natural remedy and also diet and hymn play in the house will drive the demon of depression out

  12. THIS would really help me tell someone from YouTube that I know. (Im just 11 but I understand what depression is)

  13. Christian: "God can fix anything if you have faith"
    Problem: *Is not fixed*
    Also Christian: "Well it's not that simple"

  14. I liked how he emphasized that depression will not go away just because you believe in God. That you will also need people and medicines. That throughout your battle, God sits with you. He is with you. Depression is something most Christians do not get. When people struggle with depression, they simply say go read your bible. Go pray. Those are very helpful. But the reality, depression gets overwhelming at times. It makes people forget about every good thing in life.

    The good news however, once you put your life in Christ, hope will always find you. You will be like the Psalmist in the passage; up and down but able to end his song with a praise.

  15. 0% help here except for a smug man laughing and joking around. If you've dealt with depression you would know how much of a grip it has over your life and how difficult it is, offer some real useful advice next time!

  16. I have friends and esp a close cousin, this really helped me start to understand the approach that helps more that the added lists of tasks I tried to have him take.

  17. Thank you so much. Such a great message. Very well put. You speak very relatable. That’s very important to those of us suffering.

  18. God can deliver you.. for sure.
    I struggled with the same problem but God is gracious to us .. he revaled me some things so that I can be delivered. Please try this.
    We are enslaved by sin because 80%by evil sprits provoking us . They can put thoughts of not our own.
    Through out the Bible God has delivered people from such evil sprits.
    Let see what they do
    1.they like to tourcher us
    2. So they convince us to do something which is wrong.
    3. Then bring guilt by provoking to do it repeatedly.
    4. Makes us enslaved to the sin.
    Finally to to make us addicted.
    So
    "whoever calls on the name of the lord shall be delivered".
    Pray in Jesus name call on his name command the evil sprits to go away in Jesus name. Before that you have to do a little difficult thing that is to forgive people that if you have put any .
    God will deliver us to tourcher those who don't forgive others"
    We must forgive others in order to get forgiveness and God's peace.
    Then 20% of the problem is by our own self desires of flesh, so try fasting, confess and repent.
    It worked for me.
    God bless you brother. Forgive pray for those who hurt you and bless them. I thank delightfully for his deliverence.

  19. I'm just here to let y'all know your ads are literally on an anti-theist video about how high suicide rates tend to be in religion xD hope everyone's doing great, if not remember all things change and this too shall pass x

  20. Please can you stop advertising in atheis programs … thnx. And if you are depressed seek professional help .

  21. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for putting this video in my path. It was so inspiring and true and it was what I needed at the right time, thank you pastor for this beautiful message and may God continue to bless your ministry.

  22. You have to realize that anti-depressants are only a band aid solution. They also have serious side effects. I have always suffered from bouts of depression. I see depression as a storm and wait it out. The sun always seems to shine again, if you have Jesus in your life.

  23. until god actually shows up and there’s proof that he is god, he is just going to be as real as Santa…

  24. Good video. I'm still looking for proof of validity of chemical imbalance theory. I expect antidepressants work by other means than addressing imbalances. E.g, caffeine, alcohol, aspirin etc do not correct imbalances but elevate or depress neurological factors.

  25. This… This sermon right here.. I have no words in how much it resonated with me. I love the viewpoint of not belittling those with depression but rather showing love. That is truly beautiful

  26. Pastor for me it is a wrestling match. I had a severe breakdown at age 19. I am now 64. Yes a major part of it is biochemical. But with Him He has given me hinds feet that I might go up to my high places. But this tendency to at times be downcast is a part of my life. But He gives me the victory in the end.

  27. The "pastor good guy" with a dash of "influencer" shtick, puppet show…meh, guess I'm entertained enough to make it through the night. Any other suggestions, YouTube?

  28. Thank you ❣. I found your channel by accident; it was an advertisement, before another video ❣. Thank God❣. I have sent this to at least 10 people… Please pray for us, in South Africa ❣. Sending love and prayers to everyone who watches this ❣. ❤️🐸❤️

  29. As a depressed muslim, I admire this guys originality and ability to address the issues of the current era effectively.

  30. I felt the closest to God during the worst of my depression it really got me out having the feeling of Gods love and also receiving medical care and therapy

  31. Started crying at the 24 minute mark…and I then laughed a little as I felt like a kid, wanting the stuffed animals he’s using. Thanks for this! 🙏🏻❤️

  32. God does not use medication especially anti-depressants. Psychiatry is based on a theory of a chemical imbalance of the brain which has no scientific ar medical evidence at all, that is a fact. Yet there is scientific evidence that belief and faith alone can heal both pysical and mental illness by at least 30% and I would even argue by 100%. Faith is a healer and anti-depressants can make you more depressed or even cause you to either become violent or commit suicide, these are facts so stop promoting medication.

  33. God come to islreal gentiles shouldn't be preaching his word, false prophet they need to be touted

  34. I searched for how Christians overcome depression on YouTube. This is what came up and it did not disappoint. I'm struggling with depression so much right now, and this is exactly what I needed to hear. Wonderful and encouraging message!

  35. my pastor once said to me, "expecting yourself not to take medication is like expecting the lumb not to use crutches". that gave me so much peace, and i felt so understood , and it helped me stop judging my faith and myself for taking medication. I started having depressed feelings when i was 15 but now i can see that. I was always depressed in a very slight level, and i wasnt treating it because i did not know i had it. I started treating it when i came to the Lord when I was 29 with panic and anxiety attacks; my body just collapsed: hypothirodism, insuline resistance, overweight, and dispair became my friens. But the Lord started treating my soul. I started taking medication. Now i am 35, and the Lord has been restoring my whole life through counselling in church, personal communions. He has giving me so much truth after truth about me, my childhood, my wounds. He came to heal the brokenhearted… Sometimes i just stay in his presence and cry or stay silent and let him minister me through silence. It is in my deepest place where God has revealed to me. Glory to glory, thats His promise to us. It is time, faith, and patience. He is in control. Now I am suffering from chronic pain in my lower spine and ciatic nerve so I had to start taking antidipressants again. But it is ok, frustating to me, but not frustration to God. HE KNOWS. He sees the process completed. He is our peace and hope. We are his children. He wont forsake us. This pastor is so right, God has a to do list for us to receive from Him. I know His healing, i know His love, I know His restorarion, and He is not done with me yet. When I feel frustrated about still being like this after a lot of years, I just see myself a lot of years ago, I see His glory in my life. Depression is so complex, it is a desease of the soul. and God will not stop until He see us healed.

  36. I can’t even watch this, he knows nothing of the agony of depression, of hating oneself so much that it’s hard to breathe… unless the person speaking has had a personal battle with a serious and long lasting depression, they should let the Pastors who Have had personal struggles lead the sermon

  37. Thank you Pastor, going for an interview this morning but I am happy to say your message has just dealt with my depression. Grace has located me from Cape Town at 5:12am

  38. I dont understand why none of these videos say anything aboit deliverance prayer! Sometimes there is a demon attachment. I know personally that any involvement in the occult can can serious depression.

  39. If you play an instrument like guitar, for example; you can go to the psalms and make up your own tunes as you sing. I did that as a new believer teenager over 40 years ago, and it remains as one of the sweetest memories of just sitting & praying in song, while feeling the closeness of the Spirit of God. Being honest before God, asking and seeking, crying when you hurt, giving thanks & praise for all the things and people in your life. Find just one other person to confide in when you’re depressed & agree to pray for one another. But if you suffer from sustained life-altering state of depression…seek help. It may be hormonal, it may be the food you’re eating (go with real food, not processed). Change can be overwhelming though. When you’re really in a depression, all you can think about is staying in bed curled up in a fetal position. You can’t even get up to do just one thing. When I was at that point, I turned on (good) inspirational tv (or YouTube); put my prayer request in on certain shows (like Marilyn Hickey); and sent messages to several praying friends to pray for me. So thank you to these pastors at Time of Grace for showing compassion. The entire law is summed up in “Love The Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
    I left “churchianity” for approx 23 years…still had faith but no church. Part of the reason is being married to a nonbeliever; part of it bc I felt I didn’t belong anywhere since I was raised Catholic, went to a nondenominational Bible school; but I felt very uncomfortable among “churched” folks, Protestant church culture & conservative politics. But God…who is filled with mercy & lovingkindness, ever patient, nudged me back to Him and gave me hope again. ❤️🙏 I am involved in a strong faith community with a focus on God’s Grace. I give thanks for all He’s done in my life—kids, spouse, mom, times of unemployment, EVERYthing (no matter how hard). I ask God to make me spiritually strong to be useful in service to others. I have more years behind me than I have in front of me now….that helps me to focus on what’s truly important.
    “Even darkness must pass.
    A new day will come.
    And when the sun shines,
    It will shine out the clearer.”
    ~Lord of The Rings

  40. Saw this video, and thus your channel, on an ad. I’m super happy about this, as I’ve had somewhat of a creative block lately! We’ll speak soon 😁

  41. I’m an atheist who is suffering from depression and this video….this video made me happy. “It’s never gonna be inspirational enough for a kidzbop album,” I love this man

  42. This message was literally a miracle! Last night I went on my knees and prayed for a sign that he is with me. Now look at me

  43. What Do Muslims Believe about Jesus?
    Muslims respect and revere Jesus (peace be upon him). They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind. The Quran confirms his virgin birth, and a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Maryam’ (Mary). The Quran describes the birth of Jesus as follows:

    (Remember) when the angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him (God), whose name is the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, revered in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (to God). He will speak to the people from his cradle and as a man, and he is of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child when no mortal has touched me?” He said, “So (it will be). God creates what He wills. If He decrees a thing, He says to it only, ‘Be!’ and it is.” (Quran, 3:45-47)

    Jesus was born miraculously by the command of God, the same command that had brought Adam into being with neither a father nor a mother. God has said:

    The case of Jesus with God is like the case of Adam. He created him from dust, and then He said to him, “Be!” and he came into being. (Quran, 3:59)

    During his prophetic mission, Jesus performed many miracles. God tells us that Jesus said:

    “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. I make for you the shape of a bird out of clay, I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s permission. I heal the blind from birth and the leper. And I bring the dead to life by God’s permission. And I tell you what you eat and what you store in your houses….” (Quran, 3:49)

    Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified. It was the plan of Jesus’ enemies to crucify him, but God saved him and raised him up to Him. And the likeness of Jesus was put over another man. Jesus’ enemies took this man and crucified him, thinking that he was Jesus. God has said:

    …They said, “We killed the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of God.” They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but the likeness of him was put on another man (and they killed that man)… (Quran, 4:157)

    Neither Muhammad nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in one God, brought by earlier prophets, but rather to confirm and renew it.

    JESUS said "Don't think that I came to destroy the law or the
    prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill."
    Bible – Mathew 5:17-18

    May GOD guide you to the right path.

  44. I've suffered with depression for the last 5 years or so, even though it's so much worse now. Someone that is very close to me downgrades me all the time, and it really makes me believe them. I quote God's word about what He thinks of me, but it's not helping. I'm tired of feeling this way. I'm tired all of the time. I have no energy. I need help!

  45. I’m not a Christian ..(I used to be, very very devout many years ago, but we have moved forward : ). No matter,) ; This was really nice to listen to, I feel your Truth, that you have conviction in the words you speak. Spirituality is the saviour of so many, if not all of our “worldly problems”. Depression is probably one of the hardest ailments to deal with, heal from, watch happen to other people… Once again, not a “Christian”, but this was sweet. Thank you for recording this in hope that others hear the words and feelings — the meaning of your sermon — and be helped, if not just temporarily uplifted, or have some thought on this hard topic. Peace be with you, ..All of You. ❤️

  46. Depression is real i ve once taken pills just so i end it all i thank God i did not die i believe its just a phase..oh Angel Gabriel can you just blow the trumpet

  47. Pastors don't care?? God doesn't care?? I'm pretty sure there's better verbage to explain those points.

  48. I really understand all the good points made here,if you don't suffer from this you have no clue just what is it like, there is no easy fix for this, it really can suck all the life from you, everything really no joy, no peace, and most times no sleep, so why? why won't our God heal this? maybe it is part of the plan? that is what we say yes? or something like that? does that help anyone that suffers really, to see you say that here or listen to it? no! it really is not fair but what is in this life?

  49. His values obviously were not centered on Jesus Christ and the horrendous price He paid for him (neither was his identity). THAT IS WHERE OUR VALUE IS REVEALED!!! Love not the world!

    My heart was completely shattered and I was deeply depressed. I did not cry on my treadmill… I ran into my secret place and cried on Daddy God's shoulder until Jesus HIMSELF came and touched me filling me totally with His Love, Peace, and the Joy of the Lord.

    That psalm tells you to go and turn to God… He is the One that saves, heals and delivers. He will meet you at the place of your need.

    When I was curled up on the floor at HIS FEET, in anguish, He touched me. I was not phoney with the Lord, but totally honest with all my negative thoughts and emotions just like all those in scripture. (Check out Jeremiah and even Jesus on the cross).

    Give your depressed feelings to Jesus and do not fear depression, but use it to prove your love for Jesus. Jesus did not turn away from His suffering… He did not turn away from you. So now is your chance to prove your love to Him that you love Him by not turning away from Him in your suffering.

    By the way, carrying all your disappointments in your heart because you think them too insignificant to "bother" God with, or perhaps judging yourself for how you feel, results in a pile-up of sadness until the enemy comes along and attaches a spirit of grieving to it.

    God tells you to cast ALL your cares on Him, giving all your little bo-bos, and not just your huge devastations. That way the enemy will not be able to touch them for you have made them God's property.

    Praying this encourages. With unfeigned love.

    🎶"Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus,
    Shattered dream, wounded heart, the broken toy,
    Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus,
    And He will turn your sorrow into joy!"🎶

  50. My dad shot and killed himself on January 7th, but still I’m hopeless. I’ve got cystic fibrosis. Dad wasn’t supposed to leave me behind to deal with this without him. Please pray for me. I’d really appreciate it.

  51. God bless each and everyone of you. You are worthy. You are loved. God is for you. “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely – and you lay your hand upon me”-psalm 39. He knows you. He knows your good and sinful behaviour and still loves you. God thought of you and thought, “yes”. You are a good idea. He placed you on this earth because he knew YOU were needed here. ❤️

  52. I’m dealing with depression and anxiety sometimes on a daily basis and sometimes it causes me not to sleep much and to those who are and do deal with depression and anxiety my God heal and help you through it and know we all have a purpose and may God bless you all

  53. I'm a young adult that is currently suffering from depression for the third time, and when he said that Jesus is right there with you and not waiting for you to get up, that just made me burst into tears because Jesus is right there going though it with me, rather then waiting for me at the end of the hall. thank you Jesus

  54. Liked it until the end when he said he does not care about a feeling. God created feelings. Liked everything else.

  55. This was so good! You described depression and all the feelings and all the things that people will say and do to "help" perfectly! I'm just coming out of yet another valley of depression, but I can testify that God did not leave me alone during that "dark night of the soul". Like Him directing me to this video–what a blessing!! He's given me scriptures and devotions this past week and a half to encourage me and lift me up and comfort me and He's given me the wherewithal to KNOW that they were Him speaking to my heart and soul. <3

  56. I am posting above my post of 9 months ago. Thank you to all that prayed with me. My relationship with my Heavenly Father soared, I felt Jesus at my side, and the Holy Spirit just wrapped me in a warm and secure blanket of love. My living situation (which at my age I can't escape) is horrid (emotional abuse). I have slipped right back into the dark pit again. Please pray for me! Your prayers saved me and I am so thankful. I need prayed again. I'm having a hard time taking my Grandson to church. Even the music makes me weep uncontrollably! I thank you for your prayers and if anyone out there needs prayer I would love to pray for you.

  57. Please pray for my son. He has been suffering from depression and anxiety. He is in his 30's and his illness keeps on coming back. We do not know what to do. His symptoms are coming back. Lord Jesus help us!

  58. I'm 12… I'm really tired of life…I just can't explain how I feel… I'm just done with life…if u want my honest opinion I would rather die than to be alive… Cuz then I'll be with Jesus… just trusting he would remove this from me before I start going into my old ways…and before I start doing something I regret.. I try to remind myself who I'm living for…and that's the only reason why I'm still living…cuz ik in the end this depression will be over… everything bad will be over… and I'll be happy with Jesus forever and ever… please pray for me… I'm really loosing it…thank you and God bless

  59. This is really good! I have heard all of the “to do’s” like he mentioned but this was so refreshing. For those needing counseling I use FaithfulCounseling online with a real license therapist. It is very affordable and flexible.

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