WHEN YOU ARE FEELING DEPRESSED OR DISCOURAGED:
We all at times get down, even to the place of depression, or get discouraged at the ways things are, the load we carry, or from a sense of loneliness. Many times we just need a revival of heart, (revival of the way we think, the way we feel and the way we make choices.
The revival we need is not a church meeting but a renewed meeting with the Father and His Word about what is going on within us. Because typically when we are down and feel this way we are not so ready to take advice from anyone, even those close to us and love us the most, and we typically take on a victim mindset. It is common even for a Christian, yet for a believer it is not common and very dangerous to stay in this down, lonely, discouraged, or depressed stage.
Therefore, here are some Scriptures to think on, be revived on and to pray on to be encouraged by and hopefully break the cycle and restore the soul to a place of God's joy and peace. Many are Scriptures we know well, but don't let the familiarity of the Scripture rob you of the true impact of the Scripture. Take your time with these Scriptures, don't rush through them. Life is not a 100 yard dash but a marathon. Enjoy the journey as much as we believe we will enjoy the destination.
Philippians 4:4-7 ESV Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (5) Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; (6) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:8 ESV Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."
Psalms 34:17-19 ESV When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. (18) The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (19) Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
Psalms 40:1-3 ESV To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. (2) He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (3) He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
Psalms 3:2-5 ESV many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah. (3) But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. (4) I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah. (5) I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
Psalms 42:11 ESV Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (7) casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
John 16:33 ESV I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV (3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, (4) who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (13) But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.