Overcoming Depression by Dr. Ed Young

H. Edwin Young
II Corinthians 4:7-9
October 23, 1983

This morning I'll be speaking on the topic that's listed in your
bulletin, and next Sunday morning I'll be speaking on the biblical
teaching concerning divorce. And then for twenty-six Sunday mornings,
with a few breaks, we'll be looking at the book of Romans. So we have
this Sunday and next Sunday. I looked upon these Sundays as sort of
little interludes. If you'd open your Bibles now to Second
Corinthians, Chapter Number 4, I'll read Verses 7 through 9, and then
I'll read Verse 16. II Corinthians 4:7-9, and then 16: For we have
this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may
be of God, and not of us. We're troubled on every side, yet not
distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not
forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. Then Verse 16: For which
cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward
man is renewed day by day. (KJV)

Let's pray together. "Father, it's always a joy and a privilege to be
in Thy house, to be in proximity with other families and friends and
other individuals that we know and we care about, to have the koinonia,
the warmth that You give when Thy Word is opened, when Thy great hymns
are sung. It's always a thrill, Fahter, and we come into Thy presence
this morning on mental and spiritual tip-toe, excited and anxious to
receive from Thee a fresh word from on high. Lord, we're so different.
Some here need to be taken down a notch or two. Others here need to
be encouraged and promoted and lifted up. Some need Thy cleansing.
Some need Thy compliments. Father, we're so different it astounds us
how when we gather in worship Thy Spirit has a way of meeting our
needs, great and small. Thy Spirit has a way of plunging into the
depths of our personalities and always healing and cleansing, and
refreshing. Where there is discourage ...

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