HOW TO DEAL WITH DEPRESSION
JOSHUA 1: 9
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JESUS CHRIST said, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe
in God, believe also in Me" (John 14:1).
When is belief in God not enough? Though that may seem to be a
question posed by a skeptic, it isn't. Nothing is good enough
without a faith in God, but the Scripture informs us that on
many occasions faith in God is the starting point that prompts
further appropriate action. All proper action should be based
on a strong personal faith in God. Such faith serves as a
reliable onboard guidance system.
Joshua was a man of convincing faith who needed his faith to
stimulate the right attitude and jump start proper action. To
him God said, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good
courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your
God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9).
The Hebrew verb tense translated "do not be afraid" means "stop
being afraid." He was virtually frightened out of his wits by
the impossibility of the challenge confronting him. The Hebrew
expression translated "be not dismayed" means "don't give up."
That describes the condition of many in our society. Fear grips
their emotions like a wolf the throat of a lamb. They are in the
process of giving up. This state of being is summary of a
Dr. Harold Esecover of the Columbia Psychoanalytic School noted:
"I doubt that there is a person around who hasn't been touched
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