Dealing with Depression Lesson 15 Biblical Therapy & Social Therapy

Biblical Therapy for Dealing with Depression 
Go to Church

Going to Church is the 11th principle of Christian Depression Treatment.

We can see that when Jezebel threatened to kill him, Elijah became depressed and prayed asking God to take his life. (1 Kings 19:4) He then lay down and slept but after eating and resting he set out on his journey to the mountain of God. (1 Kings 19:8) When he got there, God told him to stand before the Lord. (1 Kings 19:11) 

We can also see from 2 Kings 19 that when King Hezekiah received a depressing letter telling him that God would not save Jerusalem from the king of Assyria, Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. (2 Kings 19:14) This letter stated that the gods of many other nations such as Gozan, Haran, Reseph, Eden, Hamath, Arpad, Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivah had not been able to save them from the Assyrian king. (2 Kings 19:9-14)

Therefore, if you are struggling with depression and regardless of whether you are facing verbal threats like those of Elijah or written threats such as eviction notices or court summons, present yourself to the house of God and present your problems and petitions to Him in prayer.



Social Therapy for Dealing with Depression 
Go to Church

Going to Church is another important principle of Holistic Depression Treatment.

Studies have shown that people who practice religious faith are healthier than nonbelievers. When you go to Church you also reap other advantages such as receiving emotional support from your Church family. The preacher's sermon may also minister to your hurting heart and help you cope better with your depressing situation. You may also be encouraged by listening to testimonies from other Church members who overcame depression and depressing situations.

Therefore, find a Bible teaching Church that you feel comfortable in, attend services regularly and begin to incorporate the teachings into your life. Go to Church regularly and be sincere in your efforts to grow spiritually if you want to reap the benefits of going to Church, as just going through the motions will not help you. 



Action Plan
1. Identify a Bible teaching Church near where you live and begin attending services regularly. If you are unable to get to one, you can attend online services. Examples include http://www.web-church.com/ and http://www.alphachurch.org/

2. Read 1 chapter of the Bible everyday and  then talk to God about your depression and depressing situation. Show Him the medical reports or whatever is depressing you and ask Him to help you.  

3. Click here for Lesson 16





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