God’s promise of joy to all

In the next post I will share some verses for the depressed. But looking at what the Bible says about joy is surely a good place to start. I am convinced, to use a title of a sermon that I preached a while back, God wants you to be really happy.  The gospel is intended to produce joy in us.  This is not to deny the fact however that Christians can get depressed. We must hold in tension that God promises us joy, with the fact that we don't always fully receive it.  As I explained in another prior … [Read more...]

God’s word for the weary

Weariness comes on all of us sometimes. It is important to discern the reason for this. Sometimes it is simply that we need a good night's sleep. At other times it will be because we have over-burdened ourselves with work, and need to strengthen our four pillars of mental health.Other times there will be a spiritual element to this and we must learn to come to Jesus who is the only one who can give us true rest. At the end of this post is a video sermon that my pastor Tope Koleoso preached a … [Read more...]

God’s word to the fearful

Today I simply want to share some Scriptures with you that tackle fear. Obviously fear is closely related to anxiety. In the passages below I will highlight certain phrases that I think are really important. You may need to meditate on these words for months or years, but in time they will reprogram your mind:“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7,KJV)The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? … [Read more...]

God’s word for the anxious: Bible verses about Anxiety

Anxiety is something many struggle with. As with other conditions the best way to handle this is to tackle it on multiple fronts. Today I want to share some Scripture that will help in the fight against this pernicious enemy. Remember these verses are not a magic wand, instead holding on to these promises is a lifetimes work. I have written elsewhere on anxiety as a medical condition, and for some anxiety seems to have almost a mind of its own.  Even for such people consistent use of the … [Read more...]

There will be an end to these troubles

I cant think of anything of greater help to us than to cling onto God’s promise of an end to suffering  during difficult times. Certainly mental illnesses can be among the hardest things for us to endure, whether we suffer from one ourselves, or it is a loved one. But again we realise that ultimately the solutions the Bible offers us speak to those of us who suffer mental illness and those who don't alike.  Hope is vital.  We must be able to believe that as we spoke about yesterday, Jesus has goo … [Read more...]

An answer to the “Why does God allow Suffering?” question

A few weeks ago now, I posted a surprising answer to the "Why me?" question. In that article I essentially make the point that one reason God allows suffering in our lives is so that we will be able to help others. But there are clearly other reasons, and we will never fully understand. One of the important reasons for us to grasp is expressed by Paul in what some have claimed is the finest chapter in the whole Bible, Romans 8:Behind every bad thing that happens to us, God is at work, … [Read more...]

God’s promise of peace to the restless

One of the causes of weariness is restlessness. God's solution to this is to give us peace. Again, we go to God with these promises I will share with you in our hands and ask him to give us peace. It does not always come immediately. And there are times when other things may need to be done to help us physicially, mentally, socially or spiritually. But whether God seems to answer immediately or not, these words remain true and we must cling onto them. What gives us peace?The facts of our … [Read more...]

God’s Word for those who cannot sleep

In the last post in the middle of Psalm 102 there is a simple phrase "I lie awake" Sleep escapes many people, and this can be particularly true of those who have a mental illness. There are some practical things we can do to help us sleep, but sometimes they do not help. The Bible is full of promises that we can read at a time like that. The way to do this is not to read them and think to yourself "well that's not fair, this verse says I should be able to sleep," rather we are to lay ahold of … [Read more...]

Examples of mental anguish and depression in the Bible

Today I thought I would simply share some examples of when people got depressed or mentally anguished in the Bible.  If you are reading this while depressed, don't believe the lie that you are alone, or that God doesn't understand how you are feeling.  Do get the help you need from doctors and the like, but also know that even God's people have suffered in a similar way.  Knowing that you are not the only one takes some of the power away from strong emotions.  Here are some key examples, many of … [Read more...]

John MacArthur and John Piper on their very different experiences of depression

In the video below there is a very helpful segment beginning at 39:45 (click here to start it playing at that point, or use the slider below). The segment begins with MacArthur explaining that he has never really been depressed. Some Christians are a bit like MacArthur. To be honest, that can make it hard for them to empathize with the Piper's of this world who goes on to describe how he had a period of his life where he was significantly depressed that lasted several years.  MacAthur's … [Read more...]