Are you given to serious bouts of depression? Could depression be caused by the way we think? Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Before I continue, please understand that I am not referring to depression which occurs as a result of a diagnosed chemical imbalance.) Dr. Martin Seligman, from the University of Pennsylvania, wrote the book, “Learned Optimism”.
In the book, he suggests that depression is “primarily the result of wrong thinking.” He continues, “Depression … is caused by conscious negative thoughts. There is no deep underlying disorder to be rooted out: not unresolved childhood conflicts, not our unconscious anger and not even our brain chemistry.
Emotion comes directly from what we think: Think, ‘I am in danger and you feel anxiety’. Think, ‘I am being trespassed against’ and you feel anger. Think ‘loss’ and you feel sadness. … If we change these habits of thought, we will cure depression.” Robert J. Morgan, in his book, “100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart” wrote, “Scripture memory is our most powerful tool in changing our habits of thought, and the internalized truths of God’s Word keeps us mentally healthy.
It’s the greatest secret I know to personal resiliency. It molds our thoughts and our thoughts shape our lives; for as we think in our hearts, so we are.” As I have been thinking about this subject, I felt drawn to Psalm 1. Listen to these verses — “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. (Notice the results from meditating/thinking on God’s word.) He shall be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth its fruit in its season.
Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Now consider the life of the ungodly.) “But the ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Fruit or chaff – what will your life be like? What a difference God’s Word hidden in our hearts makes in the quality of life we live. In Psalm 119, we have many references to the influence that God’s Word can have in our lives when we embrace His words and meditate on them.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97) January 23, 2018
“Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever. For they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform your statures forever, to the very end.” (Psalm 119:111-112) “Therefore, I love Your commandments; more than gold, yes, fine gold!
Therefore, all your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.” (Psalm 119:127-128) The prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 55:8-11) guides us as to taking God’s word into our hearts. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways”, says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater.
So, shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to the void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” If you have an on-going problem with depression, why don’t you go to Psalm 119 and slowly read and reflect on God’s Word and the impact it can have on your life. Digest its’ truth and the fog will begin to lift.
For His Glory,