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• 1 KIN GS 19:3- 4 | Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. . . . He sat down under a solitary
broom tree and prayed that he might die.
spirit that filled him with depression and fear.
When you neglect the Lord to the point where he can no longer get your attention, then he
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may neglect you for a while, and depression can move easily into the vacant room in
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heart. The farther you move from God, the less hope you have of receiving the joy of his
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the good work that only he can accomplish in you.
God is able to lift us out of the pit of depression and fear.
How can I help someone who is depressed?
Can any good come out of my depression?
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Depression likes to keep company with trouble, sorrow, and shame. The more choices you
• 2 CORIN THIAN S 1:4 | He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
• P S ALM 126:5 | Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
• 2 CORIN THIAN S 12:9 | “My power works best in weakness.”
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depressed about all the evil in the world. This is not a sin.
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you blame God, use it against God, or leave God out of your antidote.
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those desires. The Bible tells us to develop a desire—to hunger and thirst—for the Lord.
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also
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• J E R E MI A H 2 0 :1 4 , 1 8 | Yet I curse the day I was born! May no one celebrate the day of
toward the loving arms of God, not away.
my birth. . . . Why was I ever born? My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow, and
shame.
Does
God care when I feel depressed?





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