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” . Everything. The “good” and the “bad.”
For we must realize that God has diliberately built in hardships and sufferings, so that our belief in Him may be purified , 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” .
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 a spiritual thought that cannot co-inhabit a grateful mind. Kenneth Wayne Hancock
- I Thess. 5: 18
- I Peter 1: 6-7
- Proverbs 3: 6