This is such a heavy episode. I almost didn’t want to do it, but something happened a couple weeks ago now that made it something that I couldn’t get off my mind. But first, before we dive headlong into the heavy subjects of depression and struggling with suicidal thoughts and despair, I want to share this Psalm.
Psalm 42:3-5, ”
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvationc] 6 and my God.”
A cast down soul. Have you ever had those nights where you literally almost couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel?
I had one of those nights about a week and a half ago, and my heart was heavy. My heart was feeling the guilt, the weight of so much sin, so much wreckage in the past year behind me, and I couldn’t see past it.
My body also felt terrible that night.
And my mind felt tortured. I kept thinking, ‘People wouldn’t miss me if I wasn’t here.’
But I kept fighting by filling my mind with the truth.
Think about this verse.
2 Corinthians 10:5, “5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”
Every thought. Captive. Taken. Like a prisoner.
This brings me to three deep encouragements for those struggling with depression, who have had suicidal thoughts.
#1) Talk to a friend. TALK TO A FRIEND. Call them. Say, ‘Please pray for me.’ That’s all you have to say.
#2) Go to the Scripture. Read it. Listen to it. DO NOT LET THE PROMISES GO.
Psalm 46:1-3, “God is our refuge and strength,
a very presentb] help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. ‘
#3) Take refuge in the Lord. Cry out Loud. Pray. SING. Turn on music. Repeat the Scriptural truth.
Psalm 71:1-3, “In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame!
2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me, and save me!
3 Be to me a rock of refuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.”
Now for the podcast episode. We got deep and heavy into this post.
In today’s episode Jamie and I talked about:
– Struggling with self worth after being abused
– Coming to the darkest of spots
– How the Lord Jesus Christ rescued both of us from REALLY dark places
– Reminding yourself of God’s love for you even when you don’t feel it
– The struggle of feeling loved on Valentine’s Day
– Clinging to God’s promises and what He says of us
– Why you NEED to reach out to others when you are struggling
– That nobody is immune to suicidal thoughts and being aware of these struggles
– Why LIGHT always overcomes the darkness
Scriptures to Look Up:
ARTICLES OF ENCOURAGEMENT:
My encouragement for you tonight after you listen to this episode is that there is HOPE. It’s not an ‘easy fix’ or someone just saying ‘Put a smile on. Tomorrow will be better.’
This is Jesus Christ saying to you in Matthew 11:28-30.
‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
His name is Jesus Christ. He is SOLID hope for the broken-hearted, the despairing, the hurting, the ones walking in darkness. Come. Lay your burden of sin, hopelessness at the cross.
And you will FIND rest in Him for your soul.
Have you struggled with depression?
If you want to share, have you had suicidal thoughts? How has the Lord delivered you?