LISTEN: Depression, Part 5 (God’s Solutions for Today’s Problems #51 with Daniel Whyte III)

My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Ordained Chaplains USA and Life coach. We don’t have to look far to see that many people in the world are dealing with a variety of problems and are in need of  solutions. No matter what problem you are facing — whether it is emotional, psychological or spiritual — Jesus Christ holds the solution that you need. As we walk together in this podcast, we will address a number of topics that exist in the world and present solutions from the Bible that will help you heal and live life more abundantly. Our aim in this podcast is: (1) to introduce you to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the ultimate source of all healing; (2) to provide you with information that will help you to understand the problem; and (3) to help you by providing solutions to your problems.

Our passage from the Word of God today is John 16:33. It reads, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world..”

Allow me to share with you some interesting points on this passage from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

He comforts them with a promise of peace in him, by virtue of his victory over the world, whatever troubles they might meet with in it. “These things have I spoken, that in me you might have peace; and if you have it not in me you will not have it at all, for in the world you shall have tribulation; you must expect no other, and yet may cheer up yourselves, for I have overcome the world.’’ Observe,1. The end Christ aimed at in preaching this farewell sermon to his disciples: That in him they might have peace. He did not hereby intend to give them a full view of that doctrine which they were shortly to be made masters of by the pouring out of the Spirit, but only to satisfy them for the present that his departure from them was really for the best. Or, we may take it more generally: Christ had said all this to them that by enjoying Him they might have the best enjoyment of themselves. Note, (1.) It is the will of Christ that His disciples should have peace within, whatever their troubles may be without. (2.) Peace in Christ is the only true peace, and in Him alone believers have it, for this man shall be the peace. Through him we have peace with God, and so in him we have peace in our own minds. (3.) The word of Christ aims at this, that in him we may have peace. Peace is the fruit of the lips, and of his lips. The entertainment they were likely to meet with in the world: “You shall not have outward peace, never expect it.’’ Though they were sent to proclaim peace on earth, and good-will towards men, they must expect trouble on earth, and ill-will from men. Note, It has been the lot of Christ’s disciples to have more or less tribulation in this world. Men persecute them because they are so good, and God corrects them because they are no better. Men design to cut them off from the earth, and God designs by affliction to make them meet for heaven; and so between both they shall have tribulation. The encouragement Christ gives them with reference hereto: But be of good cheer, tharseite . “Not only be of good comfort, but be of good courage; have a good heart on it, all shall be well.’’ Note, In the midst of the tribulations of this world it is the duty and interest of Christ’s disciples to be of good cheer, to keep up their delight in God whatever is pressing, and their hope in God whatever is threatening; as sorrowful indeed, in compliance with the temper of the climate, and yet always rejoicing, always cheerful, even in tribulation. The ground of that encouragement: I have overcome the world. Christ’s victory is a Christian triumph. Christ overcame the prince of this world, disarmed him, and cast him out; and still treads Satan under our feet. He overcame the children of this world, by the conversion of many to the faith and obedience of His Gospel, making them the children of His Kingdom. When He sends His disciples to preach the Gospel to all the world, “Be of good cheer,’’ says He, “I have overcome the world as far as I have gone, and so shall you; though you have tribulation in the world, yet you shall gain your point, and captivate the world.’ He overcame the wicked of the world, for many a time he put his enemies to silence, to shame; “And be you of good cheer, for the Spirit will enable you to do so too.’’ He overcame the evil things of the world by submitting to them; He endured the cross, despising it and the shame of it; and He overcame the good things of it by being wholly dead to them; its honours had no beauty in his eye, its pleasures no charms. Never was there such a conqueror of the world as Christ was, and we ought to be encouraged by it, (1.) Because Christ has overcome the world before us; so that we may look upon it as a conquered enemy, that has many a time been baffled. Nay, (2.) He has conquered it for us, as the Captain of our salvation. We are interested in His victory; by His cross the world is crucified to us, which bespeaks it completely conquered and put into our possession; all is yours, even the world. Christ having overcome the world, believers have nothing to do but to pursue their victory, and divide the spoil; and this we do by faith. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

Our quote for today is from Rees Howells. He said, “Unless we are really trusting Him, where does the praise come in? This peace the Savior gives is not an artificial one. It is so deep that even the devil can’t disturb it. You can’t hear things in the Spirit while you have any turmoil or fear in you. You can’t take a shade of fear into the presence of God.”

The problem we are discuzsing today is “Depression” (part 5) from the book, “The Guide to Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins.

Assessment Interview

Rule Outs

  1. If 10 is extreme sadness, and 1 is feeling well, where are you today on a scale of 1 to 10? (If the client is on the low side, find out what is causing the sadness. The issue to address may not be depression but other concerns.)
  2. Are you using drugs or alcohol?
  3. Are you currently taking any medications?
  4. When is the last time you had a thorough physical examination? (If the counselee hasn’t seen his or her doctor recently, give a medical referral.)
  5. Do you have significant mood swings? (Ask about the existence of mania or hypomania and, if they exist, give a psychiatric referral.)

General Questions

  1. How long have you felt depressed?
  2. What was happening in your life when you first became depressed? (Someone who is depressed needs acceptance and gentleness. The counselee may already be feeling as if he or she has failed in some way. Begin by listening to your counselee’s story without judgement.)
  3. Have you been depressed before?
  4. Do you have a family history of depression?
  5. Do you have difficulty concentrating?
  6. Have you lost interest in pleasurable activities?
  7. Have you noticed changes in your eating or sleeping patterns?
  8. Are you dealing with guilt or fear about anything? (Fear is prevalent in many kinds of depression — anxiety and depression coexist in 70 percent of those diagnosed with depression.)
  9. What do you see in your future?
  10. Have you had any thoughts about injuring yourself or suicide? (Sometimes the thoughts are vague, such as “It would be better if I were not here.” Pay particular attention to anything indicating a means for carrying out these thoughts. Someone who is suicidal and imagines having an automobile accident has both a plan and a means to carry it out.

Wise Counsel

The most dangerous symptom of depression is suicidal ideation. If, as a result of your questions, you discover that the counselee desires to hurt him- or herself, do not hesitate to involve other family members or a mental health professional if necessary.

If you recommend that your client see a physician, make sure he or she understands that it is okay to take medications if needed to get depression under control. Communicate that using medication doesn’t mean that the counselee is weak or lacks faith.

Note: Depressed Christians certainly should continue praying, reading the Bible, confessing sin and pursuing holiness, but unless God or a professional Christian counselor says otherwise, don’t assume the depression is caused by a spiritual problem. That type of thinking can keep a depressed Christian from seeking professional help.

In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at Depression. 

—–PRAYER—–

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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Until next time, my friend remember that God has a solution to all of your problems.