The Cure for Depression

I have found a surefire cure for depression.  It is simple, natural–well, it is really spiritual–and it is free.  No money, clinics, or doctors needed.  The only physician involved in this cure  is the Great Physician.

The cure?  Depression is cured when the sufferer just sits down and thanks God for his blessings.  For a state of depression and a grateful heart cannot co-exist.  There is no such thing as a depressed praiser of God.

As the Savior taught, at the bottom of most maladies we will find a spiritual cause.  Think about it.  When was the last time you saw someone depressed, sitting there on their couch and saying to you, “My friend.  Thank you for coming to visit.  I was just thinking about you.  You know, I thank God for the wonderful friends and family I have.”  That grateful heart cannot utter a depression-filled negative thought.  A depressed grateful person is an oxymoron.  Those two cannot go together.  Impossible.

Depression, sadness, and worry spring from self-centered  thinking.  A depressed person only thinks of themselves.  It all centers on self.  Woe is me! they will say.  Self-pity, fear of what others think, and selfish thoughts cannot exist in a mind and heart that is thankful to God.  It is impossible.

So what can the depressed do?  They simply must stop the negative thinking, just for a moment.  Then think about God and say, “Thank you, God, for _________________.”  Everyone can fill in the blank with one thing.  Sunshine, air, food, a son, a daughter, a wife that has stuck with them through thick and thin, a husband who works and brings home bread and milk.  Hey, fill in the blank with something, and in that very instant of thanksgiving, the depression begins to lift.

The darker the hour, the more need to thank Him.  “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus (Yahshua) concerning you” [1].  Everything.  The “good” and the “bad.” 

For we must realize that God has deliberately built in hardships and sufferings, so that our belief in Him may be purified [2], and that joy may abound within us.  But most people get down, blame others, or blame themselves, instead of seeing this truth: “Acknowledge Him in all our ways, and He shall direct our paths” [3]

We then, should realize that when negativity attacks our minds through self-centered thoughts bringing on depression,  we should simply thank God.  For depression is caused by negative thoughts that cannot co-inhabit a grateful mind.      Kenneth Wayne Hancock

  1. I Thess. 5: 18
  2. I Peter 1: 6-7
  3. Proverbs 3: 6


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8 responses to “The Cure for Depression

  1. Art ( Doc) Mayer

    “Until the day Jesus returns, I will live in a body which does not function as God originally intended. My brain, which is a key, central, integral part of my body, will not function correctly. Chemicals will become imbalanced. Serotonin will not be properly absorbed. Norepinephrine will be unevenly distributed. Synapses won’t fire correctly. My brain, just like every other part of my body, is prone to illness.

    I would argue that if we truly believe in total depravity, then we must accept mental illness as a biblical category. If I believe that sin has affected every part of my body, including my brain, then it shouldn’t surprise me when my brain doesn’t work correctly. I’m not surprised when I get a cold; why should I be surprised if I experience mental illness? To say that depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, and every other disorder, are purely spiritual disorders is to ignore the fact that we are both body and soul.”

    Mental illness is not something invented by secular psychiatrists. Rather, it is part and parcel with living in fallen, sinful world.

    • I agree that mental illness is a real thing for many in a “fallen, sinful world.” But I also believe what the Creator said. “Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” And “with God all things are possible.” I was messed up with drugs when I got back from Vietnam and struggled with depression for three years. But God gave me a sign, a revelation, something to search for: it was that my problem’s root was the old self, the old ego–it had to die. That was the trutht; the old self had to die.

      I searched in all the religions and in literature and could not find my sign…Until someone told me that it was Paul in Romans 6; he had the answer. Oh, it was a gigantic upheaval in my life. But when I went to the cross and voluntarily died with Christ, the darkness lifted. The hand that stole, stole no more. No more drugs, tobacco, booze, women, grass, acid–it all passed away, and I became joyful. There were trials, of course. The wife did not understand for a good long while, but she knew I had changed.

      Anyway, with man it is impossible, but with God all is possible. This actually happened. God is real. KWHancock

  2. Yes and amen! I found it too! my eyes opened, I turned from darkness to light, I was delivered from dominion of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of the beloved Son in whom I found Redemption the forgiveness of sins, turning from the power of satan to put depression in my mind and heart and will, to the Power of God to remove what the enemy meant for evil; turning it to my Good in Christ and Christ in me! Hallelujah!

  3. There are fundamental truths in God’s earth, that a grateful heart and a depressed heart cannot live in the same body is one of them.

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