Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them, he delivers them from all their troubles.

John woke up early Sunday morning in a fog. For months now he had been feeling out of sorts with no explanation. Sandy knew something was wrong with her husband but couldn’t pin point the real culprit. He was growing more distant with the kids and slipped into isolation every chance he had. He had a great job as a district manager of a franchise company. His stores were all performing wonderfully. Sandy was a wonderful wife and his kids were all healthy and vibrant, though exhausting.

John was very kind to everyone and often kept his feelings to himself. What was going on? Why was he slipping into this fog? Even John began to worry as one symptom led to the next. He began relying on sleeping pills to get through the night. Pills turned into alcohol and eventually the culprit rose it’s ugly head.


The silent killer slipped into his life for no apparent reason. There was no history of depression in his family. He was in good health. Where did this come from?

Unfortunately, people frequently mis-diagnose the cause of depression therefore causing even more anxiety.

15 million Americans struggle with depression, 6.7% of our population 18 and older.

From 1999 to 2012 the amount of people who take anti-depressants doubled. (Journal of American Medical Association)

* A meta-analysis of antidepressant trials compared to therapy found no significant differences between the antidepressants and therapy given to someone battling depression.

* The increase of antidepressants is also a result of people getting prescriptions who are not professionally diagnosed with depression.


Depression is a dangerous sickness and is to be treated as such. Every person is different and needs a special treatment plan that is unique to their situation.

If you battle depression, I suggest you take a look at three separate elements of your life.


Too often, we only look at one dimension and ignore the others. I think all three are important. Let’s break this down.


Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them, he delivers them from all their troubles.

A lack of spiritual belief and purpose in life can cause a certain amount of anxiety in someone who is no longer fulfilled with the mundane life they live. “Is this it?” is a common feeling rushing through their mind. “Is there more to life than this?”.

As a Christian, my answer is YES. There is more and a LOT more. Depression is not always linked to one’s spiritual life, on the contrary. Some vibrant Christians who love Jesus battle depression however, if someone is a non-believer caught up in all kinds of sin and poor choices that are morally decaying their life, depression wouldn’t be out of the question. Some people are depressed because of the series of poor choices they are making. Some are depressed because of a lack of purpose in life. Choosing to believe and follow Jesus can be a serious change in the life of someone who is depressed but is no guarantee their depression will vanish. Join me in not ‘over spiritualizing’ everyone’s problems. There may be more to their story.

That being said, if you are struggling with depression and have no spiritual life with Christ, give Him a chance to reveal himself to you and follow him. Journal your journey and see if it helps your ‘fog’ disappear.


Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them, he delivers them from all their troubles.

One of the best things to do if you are really battling depression in a big way is to go see a doctor. There may be physical elements to your body that need looked at by someone who is an expert in this field.

While mentoring a couple one time, I prescribed a man to go see a doctor due to his deep depression. His depression was overwhelmingly powerful with no apparent reasons that were obvious to us.

If you do see a doctor and they prescribe medication I highly recommend you ALWAYS get a second opinion. I have seen people get the wrong prescription that caused them to spiral into a far worse condition. I think medication can be a powerful element to aid your journey to health. Please make sure your doctor also has some sort of plan on how to ween you from the medication so you don’t become dependent, addicted or immune to the drug.

Great doctors have a plan on how to ramp you onto the drug and then ramp you off. It’s possible you need therapy along with the medication so you can ramp back off the drug or minimize it to a longterm potency that is manageable.


Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them, he delivers them from all their troubles.

This can be similar to the PHYSICAL. Sometimes the neurological wiring of our brain impacts our ability to process information and we need professional help from an expert. If possible, I would recommend you see a Christian mental health specialist. I like the combination of someone looking at your mind and your heart. If they are a Christian and can combine the two, you get a full treatment of health reviews and advice. God is the ultimate healer and brilliant therapists who know God will bring His truths to the table and make the best mental therapists.


My concern is that we only look at the SPIRITUAL the PHYSICAL or the MENTAL and ignore two out of the three. A very wise pastor told me one time, ALWAYS look at all three to find the real culprit and then you may have a fighting chance to help them. The Lord wants to deliver you from all your troubles and he can help you create the perfect plan that fits you.

So, if you are battling depression, get help from a spiritual Christian counselor, see a medical doctor and get help from someone with a mental health background and you just may find the perfect formula that works for you.

We love you and pray that God bring the right resources into your life to get on the path to health and happiness. That path looks different for everyone. Have faith and courage.

Matt and Pam

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