Monthly Archives: November 2014

Tears

God wouldn’t give us tears if He didn’t want us to

use them.

Quote from Jennifer Keefe

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The Comforter

John 14:25-26

When Jesus spoke of certain facts in the days of His earthly ministry, they were partially understood. Three things were needed for the apostles to understand Jesus’ person and mission:

 

(1) His death had to come

(2) He had to rise again to vindicate His claim and demonstrate His victory.

(3) The Spirit had to come (He would be sent by the Father…in My name, i.e., in Jesus’ place and form Him) and interpret the meanings of Jesus’ words and deeds.

The Spirit, Jesus said, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. This is addressed to the apostles The context limits the “all things” to the interpretation and significance of His person and work. The Spirit worked in their minds. He would remind them of Jesus’ teaching and giving them insight into its meaning. See John 2:22; 7:39; 20:9.

 

Spiritual Connection Part One

John 14:20-21

Jesus speaks here of the divine revelation of the connection between the Father, Jesus the Son, and the body of believers. These are all in one. The individual who keeps Jesus’ commandments by believing in Him shows his love. The one who both keeps His commandments and loves Him shall be loved of the Father. This person will experience the manifestation of Jesus to him.

 

The Day of Pentecost will bring this manifestation to those in the upper room. This will reveal the ascension of Jesus to the Father. This is the believer’s assurance.

 

Christian love is manifested as a believer obeys the Lord’s words. (Vv. 15, 23). The rewards of loving Him are great:

 

(a) The Father will show His love (v. 23)

(b) The Son will love him and show Himself to him. This passage does not teach “works” religion, but rather than one who believes and obeys, Christ’s Word is loved by the Lord. Such a relationship between the Father and the child manifests itself by causing the individual to show this relationship through works. Saving faith results in obedience (cf. “the obedience that comes from faith,” Romans 1:5).

 

John 14:22-24

Judas (not Judas Iscariot) may have been the same man called Thaddaeus. This is not conclusive. See Matthew 10:3 and Mark 3:18. He was puzzled that Jesus would manifest Himself to them and not to the world. See John 14:19. Those who walk in disobedience shall not see the manifestation of Jesus and the Father. Obedience grows out of love for Jesus and His Word. (Note verses 15, 21 and I John 2:3; 3:22, 24. As a result, the Father and the Son abide make our home with him. To rebel against Jesus’ word is to rebel against God the Father who sent Him. Jesus’ words were not His own. He previously made this clear John 12:49 and 14:10

 

Realizing the Importance of Praying to God the Father

This quotation is taken from the November issue of “InTouch Magazine.” The title of the article is “The Pattern of PEACE.” [page 30]

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Phil. 4:6

Notice the word “supplication” in this verse. “This conveys the idea that we should not only tell God about our circumstances but also pour out our hearts before Him. Sharing our feelings with the Lord is essential if we’re to develop a loving, intimate relationship that reaches beyond head knowledge to encompass our hearts. He’s a tender Father who sympathizes with our pain, confusion, fear, and frustration. He wants to give us more than a solution to our problem: His desire is to provide comfort and assurance in the midst of our troubles.”

The World of Psychology

The earliest reference to what is meant by our word depression was the word melancholia, which literally means “black bile.” The assumption is that if the melancholy person had an excess of black bile, it would result in depression. In the second century AD, the physician Aretaeus referred to his melancholy patients as “sad, dismayed, sleepless… They become thin by their agitation and loss of refreshing sleep… At the more advanced state, they complain of a thousand futilities and desire death. [H. Norman Wright, Beating the Blues: Overcoming Depression and Stress (Ventura, CA: Regal, 1988), 9.]

 

Today melancholia is defined as “a mental condition characterized by extreme depression, bodily complaints, and often hallucinations and delusions.” [Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, s.v. “Melancholia.] For those suffering during this dark night of the soul, it could be said…

 

“For all of them, deep darkness is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.” Job 24:17

 

Depression is the psychological term pertaining to the mental, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of a depressed person. (Psychology is the study of the mind as it relates to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, focusing on why people think, feel, and act as they do.) [Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, s.v. “Psychology.” An example of this can be shown in the following manner. Those engulfed in the dark waves of depression feel desperately alone and often blame God for their plight.

 

“You have taken my companions and

loved ones from me; the darkness is

my closest friend.” Psalm 88:18

 

Depression is a psychological state in which the heart is pressed down and unable to experience joy. Those suffering with depression feel trapped underneath a dark, pervasion canopy of sadness, grief, guilt, and hopelessness.

 

“Darkness comes upon them in the daytime;

at noon they grope as in the night.”

Job 5:14

 

Depression is a psychological condition that affects the whole person: body (the physical, soul (the mind, will, and emotions), and spirit (the source of our deepest inner needs). Many who are depressed feel as though this verse describes them…

 

“All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.”

Ecclesiastes 5:17

 

Depression is an umbrella term that covers feelings ranging from discouragement to despair. [Stephen A. Grunlan and Daniel H. Lambrides, Healing Relationships: A Christian’s Manual for Lay Counseling (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1984), 121] No matter the degree of darkness, the Lord wants us to rely on Him to provide light.

 

You, O Lord, keep my lamp

burning; my God turns my darkness

into light” Psalm 18:28

 

Definition of Depression

Back on June 20, 2001, the entire nation was shocked by the actions of a mother who drowned her five children in their bathtub. The world asked the question: “what would make a mother kill her own children?” What would have caused her to commit such a heinous crime–on all five children? The answer is depression. In this case, it was psychotic depression. This major depression caused this mother to break with reality. [Archibald D. Hart, “The Psychopathology of Postpartum Disorders,” Christian Counseling Today 10, no. 4 (2002): 16-17]

 

Was there nobody who could have rescued this mother and her five children? The answer to this is yes. For this reason, we need to gain an in-depth understanding of depression. The Lord admonishes us all to…

 

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” Proverbs 24:11-12

 

The above verse calls our attention to the fact that we should care about our fellow individuals in every way possible. We should understand depression, which includes the following: its definitions, signs and symptoms and help needed. Although we cannot treat them professionally, we can help them through this situation with our prayers.

 

What is Depression?

 

Note the following example:

 

If you place a heavy iron on a heart-shaped pillow filled with foam rubber, the buoyant pillow will become pressed down–“de-pressed.” The next day, if you remove the iron, the pillow will pop back up to its original form. If you wait six months to remove the iron, the pillow will not pop back into shape. It will remain flat and depressed.

 

The same is true for the human heart. When “pressed down” due to normal pressure from normal situations, which is known as situational depression, it has the possibility of bouncing back. Your heart is designed by God to rebound once the pressure is removed. If you live under the weight of heavy pressure for long periods, your heart can enter into a state of depression. Realize Jesus cares about your heart and knows that you are especially vulnerable when you are heavy-hearted. Here is a word of caution from God.

 

“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon your unawares.”

Luke 21:34 KJV

 

Dissipation, drunkenness. Anxieties of life

 

It literally means a condition of being “pressed down” to a lower position (as in a footprint). It can refer to a state of decline and reduced activity (as in an “economic depression.

 

It can describe an emotional heaviness that weighs down the heart. The apostle Paul used the Greek word bareo, which means, “pressed or weighed down,” to describe the immense emotional pressure and severe hardships that he and Timothy suffered at the hands of those who opposed Christ.

 

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-9