Q and A

Lynn from Orlando, FL asks...

Sadness with Christ in my heart....

Dear Junebug: How do you handle the conflict within a person who is suffering from severe depression and considers themselves a Christian?

Posted in Love on Fri, Jul 23rd 2010

Battling for peace of mind

Dear Lynn:

Do not ever beat yourself up because you have a "problem" as a Christian. We all do! That's why we need HIM! The only criteria I possess for the Askjunebug column is that I've had many issues and personal problems through which our dear Father has guided me. I strive to use the knowledge and wisdom He has given me and pour it out into the lives of others. He will do the same for you, Lynn.

Four suggestions:

1) Try the homeopathic route. Go to a vitamin/health food store and purchase whatever an experienced nutritionist suggests. I understand that B vitamins, for instance, can help with anxiety and mood fluctuations. But make sure you get expert advice.

2) Read God's Word like it's a prescription. Research gospelcom.net Scriptures on a sound mind/happiness/joy/peace/hope, trusting God, and forgiveness. Read thirty to fifty of these Scriptures several times a day. Read them as if they were medicine.

3) Renounce the spirit of depression, for as Paul stated, "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places." So, whatever you believe is controlling your mind, stealing your happiness, and robbing you of a blessed life, that is what you reject, renounce and forsake in the name of Jesus. Now, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you up with His power, which will enable you to fight and withstand the attacks of Satan, our enemy. Speak out loud that you have the mind of Christ. Claim it, and by faith, believe it.

4) Seek medical help if you feel that is the direction God is leading you.

Battling for peace of mind is an ongoing process and must be fought daily with the Sword of the Spirit, which is God's Word. Tenaciously follow the above suggestions, and do not give up! God bless you, dear child of His.

Junebug