Lesson: Dealing with the Morbs
Who has felt depressed or sad or morbid before?
How do you guys deal with the Morbs?
In the Bible, Ahab the king, Jeremiah, Elijah, Daniel and David were all depressed at one time or another.
Are there good and bad reasons for becoming depressed, or only bad reasons?
Being depressed about your sins is probably not a bad thing
Being depressed over your friend having a better cellphone than you is very bad!!!
OK, how do you get undepressed ?
THINK POSITIVE THINGS
What type of positive things must you think?
Verses from the Bible,
Psa 59:10 My God loves me and will come to me; he will let me see my enemies defeated.
Joh 16:27 for the Father himself loves you. He loves you because you love me and have believed that I came from God.
1Th 1:4 Our friends, we know that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own.
Get to know God's character; how much He loves you and looks after you.
2Ch 30:9 The LORD your God is kind and merciful, and if you return to him, he will accept you."
Joe 2:13 Let your broken heart show your sorrow; tearing your clothes is not enough." Come back to the LORD your God. He is kind and full of mercy; he is patient and keeps his promise; he is always ready to forgive and not punish.
and also this list of stuff.. (Hand out paper and pens...)
I have the following: Write down what you have to be thankful for..
a bed to sleep in A cellphone A pet Parents who love me Money eyes to see with Airtime A friend food Legs to walk with Music Arms that work water to drink air to breathe taste a house to live in Time A toilet (How many people do not have a toilet of any kind..) electricity running water A hot shower/bath an education TV and radio smell clothes to wear a Bible to read A garden to chill in A pool God's salvation can speak A Teen Church!! A job a fridge An indoor stove! Shoes teeth hair safety
Millions upon millions of people do not have even the basic things in life. So be grateful and thankful.
Does God love you? Why do you say that?
If God loves you and cares for you, do you have any reason to be down or depressed?
Surely then everything is under His control?
Heb 13:6 Let us be bold, then, and say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?"
Joh 14:27 "Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
Is being happy good for you? YES!!
Pro 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
What can we be happy about? Give me lots of suggestions...
that we're alive. That we're together having fun. That God loves us.
What does this Bible verse mean: 1Th 5:16 Be joyful always, 17 pray at all times, 18 be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.
How can we stay joyful all the time?
Does God want us to be happy and joyful? Yes !
Is it hard for a non-Christian to get out of depression?
Why is it easier for a Christian to get undepressed?
Are you glad that you've got a happy God cheering you up??
Can we remain POSITIVE at all times? YES, we can because Jesus is in control of everything.
The BOTTOM LINE
Jesus is totally positive and in control.
DON'T LET YOUR FEELINGS RULE YOU.