Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 1 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 12
Food for Thought: Prov. 12:25
While there are many causes of depression, the Bible mentions anxiety in the heart as being one of them. And fortunately for us, the Bible also offers very effective solutions for it.
For starters, the most obvious: “a good word makes it (the heart) glad.” A good word in the Amplified version means an encouraging word. People struggling with anxiety can do a lot by faith to improve their situation. To begin with, there are PLENTY of encouraging words for every situation in the Bible on which to meditate and speak out loud. It may at first seem silly and fruitless, but if consistently applied, the Word does produce good results.
More encouraging words can come from our brothers and sisters in Christ. As a matter of fact, the Word tells us to do just that. In I Thessalonians 5: 11 (Amp), it says, “Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.” Conversations with negative people will have the opposite effect, so it is crucial to seek out people who actually do what the Word calls us to do. And don’t forget that congregating with fellow believers in the weekly services can also have a profound effect on a person’s emotional/mental/spiritual condition. Notice in Hebrews 10:24, 25 it says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” It is difficult to “consider one another” and “exhort one another” if you neglect to attend consistently. Much good takes place among the believers—not just by the leaders—when they get together with purpose.
Encouraging words can also come from the faith-based media, IF you are selective. It is very good to hear positive messages of faith on T.V., radio, internet, etc. throughout the day. When planted in the heart, they push out heavy thoughts that lead to anxiety and give them no room to return. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17),” so hear it often, and faith will take care of that nagging anxiety. (Conversely, occupying one’s mind on media with a negative message will have the adverse, opposite effect.)
However you hear the “good word,” the main thing is to meditate on it and make sure that your thoughts are not preoccupied on the anxieties. I Peter 5:7 tells us to cast every care on the Lord, and Philippians 4:6, 7 tells us to be anxious for nothing, but to pray about the things that are robbing our peace. It goes on to say in verse 8 that we should spend our thought-life meditating only on positive things (see the list in the verse). While these measures are certainly not for the passive, unmotivated, they do work when applied with faith. Guaranteed.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):