Along with traditional medical treatment the Bible is a solid source of help during depression, anxiety, or when we have bouts of uncertainty. You can use verses to lean on during tough moments and keep them handy through the day when you need it most.
Determination is important and studying the word of God, to keep you moving forward and refreshed is key.
Admitting that you don’t have all the answers is fine, none of us do! Over 300 million people have depression world-wide and struggle with it daily. World Health Organization said it "is the leading cause of disability worldwide."
You are in good company. King David, Barbara Bush, Abraham Lincoln, rapper Lecrae, author Sheila Walsh and many others have and are dealing with depression.
“Depression is not a sign of lack of spirituality. The most renown spiritual leaders walked thru deep depression,” Tweeted Lecrae. He is right. So don't allow this to keep you from moving on, and digging your heels in deep. You will make it!
To start, let’s read Deuteronomy 31:6-8:
“Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid--do not be discouraged.”
Allow the following scriptures to encourage and strengthen body, soul and mind.
Psalm 37:1-40: "Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 94:19 - In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul."
Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
Matthew 11:28-30: "Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Hebrews 11:1: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Psalm 34:18 and 19: "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
Psalm 37:23-24: If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand."
Psalm 43:5: "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God."
Hebrews 4:12: "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Samuel 22:29: "You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light."
Ecclesiastes 9:4: "Anyone who is among the living has hope."
Psalms 9:9: "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."
Psalm 55:22: "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."
Psalm 143:7-8: "Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul."
Romans 5:5: "And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us."