“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”
Sequence of Events that cause depression.
(1) Sin: The breaking of fellowship between God and man is the most devastating aspect of sin. Sin is a choice contrary to God’s biblical commands in pursuit of our own wants. The outcome of a willful refusal to obey God is that we will reap painful consequences (Hosea 8:7)
(2) Anxiety: The Scriptures teach that sin causes anxiety in the heart of the believer. “I am full of anxiety because of my sin” (Ps 38:18 NASSB) Confession and restoration of our relationship with the Lord can be one choice we make when we find ourselves under the anxiety caused by sin (Prov 28:13)
(3) Depression: Denial of the sin at hand and a refusal to confess it and make it right with God, now tumbles the Christian into real depression. Ps 39:2 says that when we keep silent about our sin, the sorrow grows worse.
(4) Despair: Once depression is a continual part of our existence, then the sadness of the heart can lead to brokenness (despair) of the very will to live. The Bible says, “When the heart is sad, the spirit is broken (Prov. 15:13 NASB)
(5) Breakdown: The final state of this process is a breakdown of the fabric of the personality, referred to in Scripture as a “drying up of the bones” and sometimes popularly called a nervous breakdown “A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? (Prov 18:14) (Ed Hindson)
PRAYER LINE – (Phil 4:6-7) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition (supplication) with thanksgiving etc.
Jesus is standing at the door of your heart-welcome Him in.

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