Same Old Lie

John 14:27, Depression, Lies of Satan
Depression is a liar, a voice straight from Satan. The more we listen to depression, the darker our world becomes.

Unfortunately, we often try to make a depressed person feel better by building their self-esteem instead of correcting the lie. 

Fear, insecurity, and hopelessness are symptoms, not the cause of depression. 

I’m speaking from experience. Several years ago I let a life disappointment take me into a 6 month pit of depression. Only when I quit listening to the lie did I start to recover.

And depression often tells this lie: “You can’t be happy unless…” The rest of the lie is different for different people: "unless your health improves...unless your finances improve... unless an important relationship improves...unless, unless…."

But this is the truth: our happiness depends on one circumstance alone—our relationship with the Lord. 

He doesn’t always make situations happy, but His truth always gives us peace and sets us free (John 8:31-32; 14:27).

This post is not meant to be a treatment guide for clinical depression and it's purpose is not to take all causes of depression into account. I'm sorry that I had to disable comments due to multiple rude comments.



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12 comments:

  1. Same old lie, and one of the best ways to fight it is with gratitude, thanksgiving to the Lord for everything.

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  2. Thank you for that correction from the Word today, Gail! Lies come so smoothly and subtly, don't they? I had never thought about correcting the lie, per se, but, instead tried to correct the persons' feelings...Hmm..so true! Lord, may many read this and heed the truth here to your glory!

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    1. Thanks, Jacqueline. I always appreciate your encouragement/insights.

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  3. This is just what I needed to hear. It is so true that our happiness depends on our relationship with the Lord. Thank you so much. God bless you.

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  4. Gail: love the "Mistake" of receiving the new Bite size Bible study. I personally would like the verses included with the text. That way, if I only have a few minutes while waiting at the doctors office, etc., I don't have to spend precious time flipping back & forth on my i-pad.

    Also, regarding this article on depression, real depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. You'd go to the doctor for diabetes, high blood pressure, but not for depression. I tried to "go it alone", but God showed me that I couldn't do it by myself. I wasn't just sad, I was suicidal. I've been off and on anti-depressants for 2o years. Don't tell people it's "all in their head". You aren't helping them.

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  5. Thanks for the feedback on the Bite Size Bible Study format. That's the way I'm leaning as well.

    And thanks for the feedback on depression.

    It's not possible to take into consideration all of the variables of depression when writing a short devotion, so I apologize if I offended you or made you feel like I was minimizing your experiences. I hope you know that was not my intent.

    But my depression was also serious, and I also felt like there was no good reason to go on living. So I believe my experiences and the things God taught me through the healing process will be relevant to some of my readers, if not all. If they don't fit your experiences, I understand completely. I actually would be surprised if anyone agreed with me all the time. I'm a fallen human being, and I will be the first to say I don't have all the answers and I make mistakes that I don't always recognize. But I'm doing my best to transmit the truths that have impacted my life.

    Thanks again for adding your voice to this important subject.

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  6. Amen!!! I have seeing it very close. You know Gail. And yes we have to hold on strong from Him and only Him and He will set us free.
    I work with people with disabilities, many of whom suffer from depression. When they don't have God in their lives they are hopeless. But you and I know of someone who is a strong christian and the devil still wants to destroy with his lies, but he praises and signs to The Father in the midst of the darkness in the midst of a painful depression and He listens and delivers!

    What a great message Gail. Thank you for your faithfulness!

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    1. Been through a similar situation - not diagnosed with depression, but battled a long time with those feelings and finding that so much hangs in the balance of what I choose to believe and what thoughts I allow. The truth does set you free- sometimes moment by moment...Thanks for the encouraging post!

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  7. Thank you Gail. I agree with you and know that I or anyone else who is depressed because of a situation in their life or whatever circumstance can overcome by the blood of the Lamb, by Jesus and saying to satan to get behind me (or away from me) so that the Lord can heal us from the things in our life that hold us captive. I'm sorry...that is some run-on-and-on-and-on-sentence!!

    Have a wonderful day!!

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  8. My husband has been such a blessing throughout my struggles; he has been willing to stop his work to listen to me and help me come up with solutions for the problem, not just the emotion. Thank you for this encouragement and the helpful verses.

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  9. This is a wonderful reminder to keep our focus on God, and not all of the what if's that can consume us.

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