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                                Depression Update


Recently I have been astounded by the number of people who are plagued

by depression. The key factors mentioned are that many people feel unloved, useless and failures. I found this on my recent trip to St Kitts in the West Indies, in the UK, and from communications from Europe.


What is happening to us?


First of all we are all living our lives full of stress and fear.


If we read Newspapers and watch Tel-lie-vision it only aggravates our situation,

as we try to live up not only to our friends, but also to the make believe lives

of the TV personalities, and other celebrities.

We can believe that the image that others portray to us is how they are in reality. In many cases, the reality is that the images are all a facade of lives

that are just as empty, and pointless as those of their peers.


We can make that statement because, for most the Eternal God plays no part in their lives. Therefore by definition their lives will be empty. We can go further and state that according to scripture, most have unsound minds.


2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of

love, and of a sound mind.


When you add to this the true condition as stated in Jeremiah,

 we can see the size of the problem.


Jeremiah 9:4  Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any

brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk

with slanders.


5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth:

they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit


6Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know

me, saith the LORD.


When you take these conditions mentioned in Timothy and Jeremiah,

and add the constant fear factor,

is it any wonder that we are stressed out and depressed?


We can easily feel inadequate, and that life is not worth living.

This not only affects adults but it also affects mere children.


I wonder if those contemplating suicide ever consider what happens to them when they die?

It is most unlikely, as those who are well rarely consider it,

unless something sudden and tragic happens.

It is certainly not an option in very many ways, as the spirit in man lives on.

See: The Spirit In Man


We need to stop worrying about situations which are outside of our control.

It does not alter the circumstances in any way, but it certainly stresses us out,

and it can make us sick and depressed.


As a teenager I used to say ‘Why worry when you can pray?’

This is just as true today as it was all those years ago.

The Eternal God is right there to deal with the things that really matter,

and with which you cannot cope.  Change the things that you can change with a little self-discipline and self control.

For example, you cannot control the quality of the programs on the Tel-Lie-Vision, but you can certainly control what you watch if you indulge in watching anything at all.


Seeking what we call Rhema, or direct guidance from God is critical in this situation. Having received the guidance, then you must obey it.

When you are told to rest, you had better rest, regardless of how important you might feel there are urgent jobs to be done.

When you obey, the seemingly impossible things will be resolved, and often not in the way you would imagine. 


Most are caught on the treadmill of never ending work.

Often inadequate sleep, and poor eating habits take its toll as we desperately

work simply to survive. This situation of enforced labour is exactly mirrored by the latter years of Israel in Egypt after Joseph had died.


Exodus 1:11  Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with

their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew.

And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick,

and in all manner of service in the field: all their service,

wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.


Some time later when Moses asked for them to be set free to worship God,

things got worse.


Exodus 5:6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the

people, and their officers, saying,

7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore:

let them go and gather straw for themselves.

8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon

them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry,

saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.


According to The Book Of Jasher, (click on it to download the entire book)

if they did not meet the tally of bricks that should have

been their young babies were cemented into the spaces of the missing bricks.


Chapter 77:15 And the task-masters of Egypt did so in those days as Pharaoh

had ordered them.

16 And whenever any deficiency was found in the children of Israel's measure

of their daily bricks, the task-masters of Pharaoh would go to the wives

of the children of Israel and take infants of the children of Israel to the

number of bricks deficient, they would take them by force from their mother's

laps, and put them in the building instead of the bricks;


What has this to do with depression?

It has everything to do with depression.


It is the very same Satan who had been behind all this that is behind the work

until you drop mentality that is being promoted by his evil destructive system.

Work has become much more than a job.

It is a curse. 

You work, and still find it hard to make ends meet even if you are thrifty.


Can you begin to see that stress and depression are really spiritual problems.

We have identified the source behind all the confusion,

because that is exactly what it is.


Satan is the author of confusion.


1 Corinthians 14:33  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,

as in all churches of the saints.


This verse says that confusion has a source.

Similarly depression has the very same source.


The sooner that we understand that we are battling against wicked spirits inhigh

places, the quicker we will be able to respond in a better way to the attacks

of our adversary.

It plainly states that ‘we wrestle’.



       Whether we want to accept it or not this is the reality of our situation.

It is for this reason that popping pills or smoking marijuana will not help

in the long term, because we have not addressed the problem.      


Unfortunately you cannot turn to most churches as some tell you that Satan

does not exist. Others say that if he exists, he does not attack Christians, as

they are now saved. This is probably the biggest lie that he tells. The reality is that

many Christians are very depressed as they are pummelled into the ground

by the very Satan whom they are told they do not need to worry about.    


 It is no wonder that we have been told to tell the people to come out of the

churches as their pastors in general are leading them astray.

It is a message you will find over and over on this website, in Rhema and in

several documents.


Avoid all places, and environments, that depress you.

Avoid all situations, whenever possible, that depress you.


Revelation 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out

of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not

of her plagues.


For many people home is not a place that they look forward to returning to after

a hard days work.

Many have no place of solace, no refuge.

Even if you do not work, and you are a housewife, your home can easily become

a prison. Your partner, and your children might tolerate you.

Often many certainly feel of less use than the TV, Computer, or MP3 player.


You can be married and have children and find that you are utterly lonely.

You can feel that your partner is not the person you married.


Some run to the doctors for Prozac, others decide Marijuana will deaden their seemingly purposeless existence.



  Proverbs 25:11  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.


Many, many times I winch internally when I hear how some Christian husbands

speak to their wives. I cannot believe what I am hearing.

I marvel that they have not hit them over the head with a frying pan,

or that they simply have not left their partner.     


In addition to negative thoughts our adversary uses people to depress us.


We need to understand that we have an adversary, Satan, whose sole desire is to kill us.  His C.V. clearly states that he is a liar and a murderer.


John 8:44 . . . . . He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the

truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of

his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.


Ask yourself these questions.


Do you believe that the Eternal God who made you, and gives you every breath,

made you useless and a failure?


Do you believe that the Eternal God, who gave up his great glory, and came to the earth to die for you, personally out of pure love for you, did so because, because you are a failure?


Of course not.

He came and died for you because you are precious in His sight,

and He loves you dearly to the uttermost.


Ask yourself then why are you believing Satan’s lies?


You see, Satan is very good at what he does.

 He is a subtle seducer. 


Satan is subtle.

This is the predominant quality that is mentioned when he is introduced

to us in Genesis.


Genesis 3:1  Now the serpent (Satan) was more subtil than any beast of the field

which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said,

Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?


1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some

shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of



What we can easily find is that our depression is part of a much bigger spiritual



Even those whom we consider to be great prophets suffered from attacks

of depression.


There was Jonah.

He was not depressed when he ran away and was swallowed up by a great fish.

His depression came when he successfully preached to the people of Nineveh,

and they repented. He wanted them to be zapped into the nether world.


Jonah 3:10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way;

and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them;

and he did it not.

Jonah 3:11  But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

12  And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this

my saying,  when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

13  Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me;

for it is better for me to die than to live.


The Lord then confronted him with a question, before showing him his folly.


Jonah 4:4  Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?


Then there was Elijah who had done so many mighty works.

With the mighty Jezebel, who was empowered by a powerful evil spirit, seeking

his life, he got quite fed up and said, it is enough oh that I might die.


1 Kings 19:4  But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness,

and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that

he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life;

for I am not better than my fathers.


Poor Elijah thought that he was alone, and it was not worth carrying on.

This shows us how little we know of the reality around us.

Please read the whole of 1 Kings 19.


The LORD, had him fed, then in a mighty way passed before him, no doubt to show him a tiny bit of His might and power.

He then told Elijah that well, you are not alone, I have 7,000 in this city,

who have not followed Baal.       


1 Kings 19: 18  Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which

have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.


We can see how important it is for us to keep in close touch with the Eternal God,  who knows exactly what is going on, when we have not a clue.


Both of these great prophets were discouraged,

when they did not have any reason to be.




It is very important to remember that you can always ask the Eternal for

the strength to cope with whatever is causing you distress.

Sometimes the circumstances around you, which are causing you distress

might not change, but you can be greatly empowered so that you are not affected, or only minimally, by whatever problem is causing you stress.

This is very much like Daniel’s three friends in the furnace of fire.

They could do nothing about the fact that they were thrown, bound into the

furnace, but the Eternal negated the effect of the fire.

This is an extreme example, but it can be literally any situation.


Sometimes we have to go through various experiences in our development.

The indwelling Holy Spirit can make all the difference in how we cope

with these situations.

God expects us to call on and rely on him, and not on our own strength.


However bad your situation is, there is always someone else who is in a much worse situation.


On my recent visit to my home I met a dear friend who had received a heart transplant, some years ago.

She was grateful and thankful to God for everything, and her situation with continuous treatment is exceedingly difficult and painful.

When I visited her, she was telling me how she had been greatly helped by a much older artist, who is also a painter like herself.

She spent no time telling me about her situation.

All she said was that last year was a very hard year and she was going to Texas for some more treatment in a few days.

All the rest of the time was spent discussing things she wanted

to share and none of it about herself. 


Count your blessings not your problems.


When you are bombarded with negative thoughts which can culminate in the

thought to destroy yourself, you need to ask yourself the following question.


Where did that thought come from?


If the thought is negative, you can be certain that it is not from the Eternal God.


If you can see that it comes from your enemy Satan,

the next question is why are you entertaining it?


You should vocally reject it.

Bluntly refuse to accept it.

There is nothing wrong with the hearing of Satan and his co-workers.

It might not be appropriate to give him a loud tongue lashing at that precise moment, then give him a soft one then, but give him none the less.


Can I speak to Satan you might ask?

You have a mouth don’t you?

In any case he is speaking to us, and you know what we tend to listen,

rather than rebuke.


You can find it easy enough to shout at your children or your spouse whom you consider messes up.

Instead why not vent your anger at the real culprit for a change.

Most times you are targeting the wrong individual.


You do not need to run to any Pastor or any one.

We are all called to fight, not just some of us, but all of us.

It is Christ in us who does the fighting, and who has already won the battle.

When will we learn?


These Pastors who are telling you that you need them to fight on your behalf

are not telling you the truth.


1 Corinthians 9:26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;

so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:


1 Timothy 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,

whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession

before many witnesses.


The apostle James did not say when you are attacked by the devil, call the

pastor, and the devil will flee away from you, did he?


James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil,

and he will flee from you.


I would say that is a pretty clear statement.


As a believer, do you have just a little of Christ, and a little of the Holy Spirit?

Is that how it works?                  

I do not think so.         


You need to understand that this is all out, no holds barred war, with no quarter

given. This is not some insignificant intellectual mind game.     

Whether you fight back or not, Satan is fighting you to the death,

therefore it is in your best interest to fight back with all the might which you have at your disposal, and that is the indwelling mighty Eternal God, as the Holy Spirit.


So what will you tell Satan?         


Tell him to stay right where he is until you finish giving him a piece of your mind.

Tell him that his fate is already sealed and he cannot get out of it.

Tell him that he is going to the lake of fire and that is a fact.

Tell him this verse where it is found.

He absolutely hates scripture, especially when it tells of his demise.

Tell him that he has been defeated by the blood of the Lamb.

Remind him of where he was at the very throne of God.

Remind him of where he is now on the lowly earth walking up and down upon it.

Tell him that you are not going where he is going.

Tell him that neither is he going where you are destined to go. 

Tell him that he is a loser, he is all washed up, done, finished.

Tell him that your house is not the lake of fire,

so what is he doing in your environment?

Tell him that you will lecture him the next time that he turns up and interferes

in your affairs.

Tell him that you wipe his face in the blood of the Lamb     


Revelation 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire

and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be

tormented day and night for ever and ever.


Really mess his mind up by praising and thanking God.


You make it so uncomfortable for him that he will prefer to go to the neighbour’s house          rather than your house.


I am very serious indeed in what I am saying.


Please do not speak to him like you are speaking to a baby that you do not want

to disturb.

Please do not tell me that what I am telling you to say will make him angry and he will attack you even more.


I thought that I have already stated that his intention is to kill you !


Let us be very clear.

Satan is smart, and he is strong, however, he is only a created

being. He cannot in anyway be compared to his creator, the Eternal God,

although he craves very much to be his equal.

Of course this can never happen, so he must be the most depressed creature

in the whole of creation.


Remember at his rebellion he said that he was going to be like the Most High.


Isaiah 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;

I will be like the most High.


1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring

lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:


Vent the anger that you shout at your children, and spouse at him.

Personally I do not shout, but I assure you when I have to speak to him,

he knows exactly what I am saying, no messing period.


By all means go to your doctor and have a check up.

You might have some imbalance in your system. By all means go to whatever type

of analyst you care to visit, and spend your money.


However, I suggest that you seriously consider what you have read here.

Consider how nothing that you have tried so far has worked,

and now you are at the end of your tether.        

Consider how if God was central to your life, if He is not, what a great difference it would make.

Realise that if the Eternal God is fighting for you, you automatically win.

I am not saying that it is easy nor is it painless.

But you will be a winner and not a loser.


People wonder how do I cope?

I am constantly telling them that I am always asking that the Eternal God

is my peace, my wisdom, my clarity of thinking, my patience,

amongst other things.

It certainly works for me.

It is by design that our messages finish with the following statement.


                             The only way out of our dilemmas is Jesus Christ.

                                               He is the only way of escape.

                                                          Praise the Lord.

                                                   Come soon Lord Jesus.



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