I have been arrested and tortured cruelly by the CCP police many times. It was the Lord’s word that gave me confidence so that I could stand testimony for Him. No matter how the CCP persecutes, I’m willing to go on preaching the gospel.
The Way to Get Rid of Depression Completely
By Si Nan
Depression is listed as one of three major diseases of the 21st century that man has to face. According to the World Health Organization researches, on the average three to five out of every hundred suffer from depression. At present, there are more than 300 million persons having depression in the world, including people of all ages, twenty percent of which are in a state of depression for life. Every year as many as one million people commit suicide because of depression. This kind of mental illness, full of negative states, affects a large number of people. In fact, not only are the introverted and disconsolate persons affected, but many Christians also are affected by it. Plenty ofscholars have published all sorts of articles on this kind of mental illness, hoping to find a way to shake off depression completely.
What Are the Causes of Depression?
In our daily life, when encountering some sad affairs, each of us may feel down. If we fail to adjust our emotions in time but rather live like this over the long term, then this increasingly serious situation will cause us to develop depression. In clinical medicine, the causes of depression are reduced to four major factors: physiology, mentality, environment, and heredity. Yet, sometimes there is no apparent reason. Physical factors mainly refer to the influence on brain from trauma, illness, medicine, infection, etc. Mentality factors generally include worrying about health, having no way to escape from negative emotions caused by painful matters, being excessively nervous, having a bigoted character, lacking the ability to accept the extraordinary, etc. Environment factors mostly contain work or life pressure, marital predicament, emotional wound, setbacks in business or study, money troubles, imbalances in family or interpersonal relationships, loss of family, etc. Heredity factor means that the probability of one’s having depression can be increased because his family has suffered from depression. Doctors usually call this kind of mental disease brain disorder.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
Several marked mental symptoms of most depressed patients are as follows: First, long-term irritation, poor concentration, feeling depressed and pessimistic, and always feeling lonely and helpless, etc.; second, losing interest in things in their life, even in their previous favorites; third, weight loss or weight gain, abnormal appetite (lossing appetite or bingeing); fourth, insomnia, sleepiness, anxiety, and bipolar disorder; fifth, delayed reaction, difficulty speaking, failing to keep up with others; lacking vitality and energy and physical strength, feeling useless, invisible, or guilty; sixth, having declines in memory and attention, being tentative and halting; seventh, having suicidal thoughts, and being unable to get rid of the thoughts; and so on. It can be seen, depression has a very bad effect both on our mind and body. It will easily endanger our life if it cannot be solved as soon as possible.
Cures for Depression:
Depression is not an incurable disease; on the contrary, it can be cured completely. Frist, we need to know that many mental diseases grow more serious because the patients are long caught up in a negative situation and can’t recover from their traumas. Yet believers in God know that these diseases are actually Satan’s trickery and harm on man. To solve this problem, we need to have knowledge of Satan’s work. After that, when Satan carries out its schemes to disturb and deceive us, we canto God in time, asking Him to illuminate and lead us to betray Satan’s work.
Thesays, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Before gaining the truth, we all, believers and non-believers, are controlled by Satan, and are fooled and harmed by it at any time or place. Especially, for non-believers, because they don’t know these matters of the spiritual world, when Satan’s work happens to them, they do not pray to or rely on God, but rather continuously look for causes of disease, doctors, and psychologists, or rely on their own will to restrain themselves, etc. As a result, they cannot solve problems—they only deal with the symptom, but not with the root. Instead, some of the problems become more serious.
Why these problems cannot be solved by outward methods? It is because depression is Satan’s trickery and harm toward man, which cannot be solved by material medicine. The’s work can prevail over Satan’s work. Where there is light, there is no darkness. Once the Holy Spirit does His work, then Satan will have no place to hide itself but to escape in panic. Therefore, the really effective cure for depression is from God. Just as God says, “After God created mankind and gave them spirits, He enjoined them that if they didn’t call out to God, then they would not be able to connect with His Spirit and thus the ‘satellite television’ from heaven would not be received on earth. When God is no longer in people’s spirits there is an empty seat left open for other things, and that’s how Satan seizes the opportunity to get in. When people contact God with their hearts, Satan immediately goes into a panic and rushes to escape. Through mankind’s cries God gives them what they need, but He does not ‘reside’ within them at first. He just constantly gives them aid because of their cries and people gain hardiness from that internal strength so that Satan dare not come here to ‘play’ at its will. This way, if people constantly connect with God’s Spirit, Satan dare not come to disrupt. Without Satan’s disruption, all of people’s lives are normal and God has the opportunity to work within them without any obstructions. This way, what God wants to do can be achieved through humans” (“Interpretation of the Seventeenth Utterance”).
It is thus clear that connecting with God’s Spirit is much too important. Only by contacting God with our hearts, can we be free from Satan’s trickery and harm. And through receiving God’s guidance, when encountering setbacks, failures, or other difficulties, we can rely on and look up to God, cooperate with God actively, and see through Satan’s plots, so that we can separate ourselves from the disturbance and control of negative emotion, living before God. Just as God says, “You should implore God often, that you not fall into temptation, and that you not be deceived by Satan. In this evil age, in this age infested by unclean spirits and devils, you should pray that God’s kindness and protection will often be with you, that He looks after you and protects you, so that your heart won’t leave God, and you can strive to use your heart and your honesty to” (“Young People Should See Through the Evil Trends of the World”).
If we can act according to these words of God, and moreover, equip ourselves with the truth bit by bit, practice the truth and experience God’s work, then we will no longer be depressed by Satan’s disturbance. Rather, because of the disturbance, we will have some experience of entry into life, and have knowledge of Satan’s tricks and an understanding of God. In addition, through this we can understand the truth regarding discernment, get out of Satan’s harm gradually, and live under the dominion of God. When we keep a normal relationship with God through attending meetings, praying to Him, reading His word, experiencing His work, fulfilling our function, and other ways, then we will certainly no longer be harmed by Satan. Without Satan’s harm, we will go into depression no more.
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