Put all your anxieties on him, because he cares about you. Do not worry about anything, but rather, in everything, through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, send your requests to God. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears them and frees them from all their afflictions. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, think about everything that is true, honorable, just, pure, beautiful, commendable, if there is excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise. Because of this, we can struggle to stay focused on the eternal security we already have, even in situations of depression, anxiety, or any other challenge. Paul continues the call to fight a good fight by saying: In my humble opinion, Paul encourages that any advice, teaching or thought that makes him feel like a failure, empty, seen as a broken sinner, hungry and thirsty (desperate) for God, or that tries to evoke a distant God is not good news “in Christ”. A brokenness mentality only creates more brokenness that leads to “learned powerlessness.”.
These are states of being that make you feel hopeless and eliminate intrinsic motivators. However, a mindset of totality will generate more fulfillment leading to a “learned hope”. Honestly, if God says he will be with us, he means it. This is what we hold on to and what we rest on during the ups and downs of depression, anxiety, etc.
With this safe new perspective, your prayers or Bible reading need not consist of striving for more blessings or spiritual advancement. Think of it as if you were driving a car on the highway, where anxiety is like driving a car faster and depression is like driving a slower car. Therefore, we must understand that, from a biblical perspective, anxiety and depression can be rooted in demonic oppression, in sin in our own lives or in the lives of others (such as the environmental and psychological factors mentioned above), as well as physical origins in our fallen bodies (such as the biological and genetic factors mentioned above). The NIMH lists several symptoms as possible indicators of depression, such as sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, being angry or in a bad mood, not worrying about things or activities you used to enjoy, feeling tired without energy, feeling worthless, thinking about dying or trying to commit suicide, etc.
Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don't know the specific passage you're looking for. According to the academic literature, there are multiple factors that can contribute to depression and anxiety. Regarding depression, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) states that symptoms experienced “most of the day, almost every day, for at least two weeks, could be diagnosed as a depressive disorder. Study and meditate on the Scriptures that will encourage you to find peace and joy in the midst of depressing circumstances and feelings.
Acceptance does not equate to spiritual failure or to depression, anxiety or other disorders being your identity; it means that it is a condition that affects you. In general, for depression, they are classified as genetic factors, biological factors, environmental factors, and psychological factors. Church members tend to want to address only the spiritual side of things or to believe that anxiety and depression are caused solely by spiritual forces. A) Endure difficulties and fight for the good by ACCEPTING how depression, anxiety or any other mental health problem affect you.
The truth is that anxiety and depression must be understood from both perspectives, because there are many possible root causes that can only be addressed with someone trained in the science of psychology and other fundamental causes that are spiritual in nature and must be addressed by someone who understands the Word of God. All quotes from the Scriptures, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, standard version in English. . .