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Healing for Christian Depression

by mary
(bloomfield nj)

Far too many of God's children are seeking healing for Christian depression. In our Bible study, Waging War Against Christian Depression, we talked about the fact that depression is a spiritual battle.

Here is Mary's response to the lesson...

1)During your war on Christian depression, have you ever wondered where God was? Why or why not?

I have spent most of my life wondering if the God the bible talks about is real? If he is, then where was he when all those horrible things that happened to me as a child? Why did He allow it? Why didn't He save me from it? I have been in bondage to the curse of depression my whole life because of all the things that happened to me as a child. Where was God then or even now? I have fasted, prayed, and studied His word... to no avail. I always find myself in the same place again. What can I do?

2) What does it mean to you to know that depression is under the curse, and that you are redeemed from it?

I am not really sure what being redeemed from the curse means? I have never heard a sermon on how to be redeemed from the curse of depression. I find that people can preach a good sermon about your battles, but I never heard anyone preach about how to overcome once and for all.

3)What does the scripture "the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10) mean to you?

Everlasting joy... I have yet to experience that in my life. The joy that that scripture talks about has yet to fill my life. My own strength fails me time and time again. What is the joy of the lord? Most Christians, Christians that I know, are very miserable.

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Depression & childhood sexual abuse
by: Rach

I have suffered with clinical depression all my life. I am now 40 and was diagnosed with it 20 years ago although have had it since childhood. I was sexually abused as a young child and I know it is related, although my father (who is a pastor) has also suffered so I think some of it may be hereditary. I have just started going to a small church and it's lovely. They are beautiful people. Although I was in YWAM and have been baptised twice I am not sure I have ever really know God and am now searching for him. Over the years I have always remembered about the lady in the bible who said "if only I could touch the hem of his garment" and that is the way I feel at the moment, hence how I found your website. It looks great! Thank you for letting me post.

by: Anonymous

I feel really angry over the sexual thing and i feel like whats the use of having anybody, and wanting to trust them for a mate,
I feel alot like alll i get to do is talk to a person about daily trivial stuffm but nothing likepersonal issues, and theings that bother me alot,
I feel like theres no one there to talk to about things that matter or most ones dont have any timme,
I feel like i need a down to earth person that not gonna BS be like they act like they care but in reality no,
Why do i feel like this,
I think about nice looking older woman, but then I see them with some loser or self centered nobody thats blinded by sloppy smalll town lifestyle, and donrt have any values,

The Free Will of Others
by: Ameerah

Hi Mary,

I too am a child-abuse survivor. I was sexually abused by a family member for an extended period of time, and told that if I told my mother she would not be able to love me any more.

I remember being so angry as I got older. I was angry at the man that did it, angry at my mother for not protecting me, and angry at God for "allowing it to happen."

As I actually started studying the Bible for myself instead of just taking other people's word for it, I realized that the all powerful God that other people had described (the one that I doubted even existed because what kind of god would LET someone do something like that to a defenseless child) was not really a complete picture of the whole story.

Yes, God is all powerful, but He gave the power over earth to man. This is something that many people forget:
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth"(Genesis 1:26)

God gave control over earth to us, and He gave us free will to do as we choose. But, when Adam and Eve sinned, they gave that power over to Satan because they chose to believe him instead of God.

When you combine Satan's desire to control human beings for evil, and man's possession of free will, you get the world that you see around you.

But, as a child of God, we have spiritual power to fight. We can call upon supernatural protection and help. But most Christians don’t know anything about that power, so Satan is constantly beating up on them, and their hearts become hardened towards God.

I really can't go into everything that I want to here, but I really want to encourage you to go through The Hem's free Online Conference on Demand. There is practical teaching in there about specific steps you can take that I really think will set you free. God has used it to set others free and I believe He can do the same thing for you.

Step out ONE MORE TIME and reach for Him. I believe that He is reaching back today and wants to reveal His true love to you.

I would specifically recommend:
*The two part workshop "Are You Hiding From God"
*The seminars Going Deeper in God (with me and another abuse survivor - we talk a lot about spiritually recovering from abuse) and
*The seminar Healing From Past Wounds

All of the seminars and workshops are totally free and have no strings attached. I pray that you will take the time to go through them and allow God to begin healing you from the inside out. From my experience, it won't be instant or easy, but true wholeness is available.

Don't Give Up!

God Bless!
Ameerah Lewis
Are YOU Reaching for the Hem?

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