Article by: Dr. Brian
Campbell, from: " Godly Counsel:
Scriptures to live by."
Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved
“But as for
me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.”
pessimistic state of mind that affects
thoughts, emotions, and behavior
is one of the
most common mental health problems in the entire
world. People who are depressed feel sad,
blue, or downhearted. They have lost their
energy for life, and feel hopeless, helpless,
guilty. Fortunately, God’s Word is filled
with inspiration for people who are feeling
One of the triggers for depression is the false
belief that your situation is hopeless.
If you are a Christian, this is a lie that is
contradicted throughout the Bible.
If you are feeling hopeless
about life, try turning to God’s Word for
and direction. Everything written in the
Bible was written to teach and encourage so that
we might have hope.1,2
For everything that was written in the past was
teach us, so that through endurance and the
encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope.
You are my refuge
and my shield;
I have put my hope
in your word.
Throughout the Bible,
we are reminded that God alone is the source of
our hope.3 In
fact, the Scriptures
refer to God as the “God of hope.”4
When Jesus Christ died on the cross and was
raised from the dead, He became a living hope
for all of us.5 Because of Christ’s
sacrifice, we can now rest in the assurance that
when we die, this is not the end of life, but
only the beginning of eternity with Christ
If you are feeling downcast and gloomy about
life, step back and put things in perspective.7 Put
your hope in
God’s promise of His
glorious inheritance—eternal salvation
and life ever after in heaven.8
The Lord is good to those who place their hope
in Him—to the one who seeks Him.9 If you are feeling hopeless,
turn back to God.
Find rest, O my soul,
in God alone;
comes from him.
May the God of hope
fill you with all joy
as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hopeby
the power of the Holy
Praise be to the God
and Father of our
In his great mercy he has given us new birth
into a living
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from
(1 Peter 1:3)5
God has given us
and this life is in his Son.
(1 John 5:11)6
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed
within me? Put your hopein
God, for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be
order that you may know the hope to which he has
his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his
incomparably great power for us who believe.
is good to those whose hopes
to the one who seeks him.
Regardless of your current situation, God’s
for you to prosper and to have hope.10
If you put your hope
in God, you will never be disappointed,11
or put to shame.12
Be patient in your afflictions and
faithful in prayer.13 Even if you are
suffering, this experience can help develop
character and ultimately lead to hope,14
as you rest in God’s unfailing love.15
As you turn to God
be careful that you don’t listen to the “false
hopes” given by the world.16 Watch
what you say to yourself. Refuse to tell
yourself your situation is hopeless,17
and don’t focus
“For I know the plansI
have for you,” declares the
prosper you and not to harm you,
give you hope
and a future.”
Those who hopein
me will not be disappointed.
No one whose hopes
in you will ever be put to shame.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because
we know that
suffering produces perseverance; perseverance,
and character, hope.
May your unfailing love rest upon us,
even as we put our hope in you.
This is what the
Almighty says: “Do not listen to what
the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill
false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds,
not from the mouth of
You were wearied by all your ways, but you would
“It is hopeless.”
You found renewal of your strength, and so you
did not faint.
on your afflictions—focus on the Lord’s
compassion and love.18
God knows your needs; you have not been
In the final analysis, only those who do not
know God should feel hopeless.20,21
For Christians, there is always hope.22,23
“But those who hope in
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will
run and not grow weary, they will walk and not
If you are feeling helpless
powerless, turn to the Lord and His strength.24
Remember that you have the Creator of the
universe on your side.25 He is
the God who performs miracles
and displays His power among the people.26
Nothing is too hard for God.27
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the
and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast
within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the
great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
But the needy will not always be forgotten,
nor the hope
of the afflicted ever perish.
Such is the destiny of all who forget God;
so perishes the hopeof
When a wicked man
dies, his hope
all he expected from his power comes to nothing.
But as for me, I will
always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
There is surely a future hope for you
and your hope
will not be
Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.28
The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from
trials.29 If you are feeling
try turning to God; the prayers of a righteous
man are powerful and effective.30
If we ask anything in God’s name, He promises to
If you are feeling worthless, consider
that you are made in God’s image,32,33 and
that God loves you more than you can ever know
It is God who arms me
with strengthand makes my way
In his hand is the life of every creature and
the breath of all mankind.
You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and
the earth by your great power and outstretched
arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty
The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from
(2 Peter 2:9)29
The prayer of a righteous
is powerful and effective.
I tell you the truth
my Father will give you
whatever you ask in my name.
So God created man in his own image, in the
image of God he created him; male and female he
God is our Heavenly Father,36 and we
are His offspring.37 He has made us
“a little lower than the heavenly beings,” and
us with glory and honor.38
He counts the very hairs on our heads.39
When we follow His commandments, Jesus Christ,
who holds the keys to eternal life,
even calls us His “friend.”40
And just as we have borne the likeness of the
so shall we bear the
likeness of the man from heaven.
(1 Corinthians 15:49)33
How precious is your unfailing love!
I will sing of the
great love forever.
you are our Father.
We are the clay,
you are the potter.
We are his offspring.
You made him a little lower than the heavenly
and crowned him with glory and honor.
Indeed, the very
hairs of your head are all numbered.
You are my friends if
you do what I command.
I no longer
call you servants,
because a servant
does not know his
Instead, I have called you friends,
for everything that I
learned from my Father
I have made known to
Has not God chosen those who are poor in the
of the world to be
rich in faith
and to inherit
the kingdom promised those who love him?
You don’t have to be rich or successful to be
God’s eyes,41-43 and you don’t
have to be perfect.44 Everyone
everyone makes mistakes.46 If
you have broken God’s commands, repent47 and
turn back to God.48 He will receive
you with open arms.49
People with depression have a difficult time
happiness. They have convinced themselves that there is nothing at all
in this world in which to be happy
No matter what happens in their lives, they
tend to look at the world “through dark colored
glasses,” and focus on the negative aspects of
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath
but righteousness delivers from death.
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous
will thrive like a green leaf.
There is not a
man on earth who does
what is right and never sins.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory
No one is good except God alone.
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop
(1 Corinthians 15:34)47
Let him turn to the
and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
The eternal God is
your refuge, and underneath
are the everlasting arms.
Christians who are joyless have lost perspective
They have let their own inadequacies or
their own experiences blind them from the truth
of the gospel and the source of all joy—our
relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and
Savior, with God the Father who sent Him, and
dwells within us.
As Christians, there are plenty of things about
which to be joyful.
If you are depressed and find it difficult
try meditating on God’s incredible love for you.50,51
Not only did God send His son to die for
us, He sent the Holy Spirit
to testify that we are His children.52
The God of the universe created us and gave us
life.53 We can rejoice in that fact and be glad for every day that
God has given us on this planet.54,55
As the Father has
loved me, so have I loved you.
Now remain in my
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love
and Christ’s perseverance.
(2 Thessalonians 3:5)51
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit
we are God’s children.
For in him we live and move and have our being.
I will praise you forever for what you have
This is the day the
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Be joyful always, pray continuously, give thanks
in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for
you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)56
Regardless of what has happened to us, we can
still be joyful56 and give thanks to
the Lord for what He has done.57
Sing joyfully to the Lord,58
sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful
People who are depressed often feel weak and
energyless. They have lost their zeal and enthusiasm for life.
They find it difficult to “get going” and
get things done.
If you are feeling
weak and depleted in energy, turn to God for
help. He gives strengthto
the weary, and increases the power of the weak.60
Draw on His strength,
and seek His help.61 If you are weary
and burdened, He invites you to come to Him to
find rest.62 Pray for God to refresh
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
joyfully to the
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his
He gives strength
the weary and increases
the power of the weak.
Look to the Lord
and his strength
; seek his face
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Refresh my heart in Christ.
Once you have been re-energized (or even if you
are still feeling tired), one of the best things
you can do to help yourself is to “get up” and
If you are physically able, start taking
walks and getting exercise; remember, your body
is the temple of God, and you should take care
To the extent that
you are physically able, go and help someone;
helping others will serve to get your mind off
your own problems.
God does not want us to simply talk about
our faith—He wants to see it in action.65,66
Regardless of how tired you may feel, you
can always find some way to reach out and help
others. By so doing, you will be showing God’s
love67 and helping yourself at the
People who are depressed often feel that they
have committed some horrible act for which they
can never be forgiven.
As a result, their guilt is
This is one of the biggest lies they can
Apart from the
special case of blasphemy, the Bible tells us
that there is absolutely nothing that God will
not forgive if we confess
Do you not know that your body is a temple of
the Holy Spirit
who is in you, whom you have received from God?
not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your body.
Dear children, let us not love with words or
but with actions and
(1 John 3:18)65
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive
Do what it says.
another deeply, from the heart.
(1 Peter 1:22)67
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one
God lives in us and his love is made complete in
(1 John 4:12)68
our sin and repent.
Everyone who believes in Christ receives forgiveness
of sins through His name.69
If you believe in Christ,
there is no longer any condemnation for sin70—none
This is precisely why Christ came to this
earth to die for us, so that we could be reconciled
He laid down His life for us to take away our
sins,71 so that we could live forever
with Him in heaven.
If you have sinned, there
may certainly be unpleasant consequences in this
world for what you have done.72
A man reaps what he sows.73
Fortunately, if you are a Christian, the
consequences of your sin will not block your
entrance to heaven.74,75
After all, Christ came to
this earth to save sinners,
just like you and me.76
Everyone who believes in him
through his name.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those
who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ
Jesus the law of the
Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and
I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd
lays down his life for the sheep.
There will be trouble and distress for
every human being who
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting men’s sins against them.
(2 Corinthians 5:19)75
Try not to dwell on any
wrongs you may have committed. Instead, confessyour
sins and then turn them over to God—knowing that
they will never be counted against you.77
If you have harmed someone, take time
sin to him or her.78
Then, as far as possible, take any action you can
that will lead to peace and restoration of the
If you are
blocked from taking action, then pray for the person
you have offended,81 and ask for God’s
wisdom and guidance
how to proceed.
Finally, when you commit a sin you “grieve the Holy
who lives within you.82 Therefore,
it is only natural that you will experience
for what you have done.
However, your guilt
should be short-lived, as you move on to accept the
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
and are justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)77
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each
so that you may be healed.
Let us therefore make every effort to what leads
to peace and to mutual edification.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.
And do not grieve the
with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
awesome gift of
that was paid in full by
Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.83
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
so that we might die to sins and live for
by his wounds we have been healed.
(1 Peter 2:24)83