On this episode of the Innocence Redeemed podcast, I was a guest on Just Praise Him Radio with Glynda Lomax. The topic is, ‘Depression, Weariness & Feeling Beat Down.’
Lately, more Christians than not have been fighting a hard battle against weariness, depression and feeling beat down. With everything that is going on in our world, this should be no surprise.
Today myself and Glynda Lomax of Just Praise Him Today and our mutual friend, Tom Bixler, discuss our experiences with these emotions and talk about them from a Biblical point of view. We also offer solutions we have tried and found helpful.
We hope if you are going through any of these things that you will find help and hope in this podcast.
Below are some excellent quotes by myself, Glynda Lomax and Tom Bixler from this podcast that I feel are well worth repeating.
Quotes by Tom Bixler:
‘Why bother? This is despair talking. Depression ushers in despair. This is not of the Lord.’
‘Our decrees disrupt evil spiritual strongholds. They tear through them like when ripping apart a woven fabric. They cause damage on the dark side.’
‘Depression and weariness almost always work in tandem.’
‘Discouragement is actually of demonic origin.’
Quotes by Ray Bergman of Innocence Redeemed:
‘What He (the Lord) means by this is; spend less time worrying and more time praying. More time doing His will.’
‘If we are worrying more than we are spending time with Him, it is the opposite of what He wants from us. These can also lead to sin and temptation.’
‘Be that shining light for someone else. Think of all the times you went through something and how the Lord saw you through it. If you are fortunate enough not to be going through something and see someone else who is, be a testimony to them of the Lord’s strength and mercy. He has blessed you, now go bless them!’
‘So much depression could be alleviated by simply being doers of the Word.’
Quotes by Glynda Lomax of Just Praise Him Today:
‘Worry saps the joy from today and accomplishes nothing. Therefore, Take no thought for tomorrow. Sufficient for today is the evil thereof. Let’s overcome evil with good every chance we get. Love on everyone you can and store up treasure in heaven because we’re going home soon, guys!’
‘Alot of what is going to get us through these times is just remembering we won’t be here forever – this too shall pass.’
‘We have heaven to look forward to, and the wicked who are having so much fun passing evil laws and working havoc and destruction here aren’t invited to our party there. The door will be SHUT to them.’
‘God WILL avenge all that is done to us and all that we lose in this world because of wicked leaders if we keep our side of the street clean by always doing what is right ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD.’
Verses as referenced in this podcast:
Isaiah 26:3-5 (KJV)
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: 5 For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.
Nahum 1:7 (NKJV)
7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows who trust Him.
Psalm 9:9 (NKJV)
9 The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
2 Peter 3: 11-13 (NKJV)
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames.
13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10-11 (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
2 Corinthians 5:9 (NKJV)
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NKJV)
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
Philippians 2:1-4 (NKJV)
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
1 Corinthians 2:13 (NKJV)
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
James 1:22 (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Matthew 5:13-14 (NKJV)
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Isaiah 54:17 (KJV)
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV)
3 Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NKJV)
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Matthew 6:34 (KJV)
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
James 1:12 (KJV)
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 4: 12-15 (KJV)
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
Psalm 34:17-18 (KJV)
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.