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Anonymous asked:I am 16 and I've been dealing with depression, self harm, and suicidal thoughts for five years. I've been told all the stereotypical things one tells someone like me, but I still want to disappear. I'm a Christian, but I'm afraid that I have run so far from God here lately that he will never love me the same. Please, pray for me?

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He loves you so much and He will never stop loving you.  That is just who He is.  Depression is a widespread condition, affecting millions of people, Christians and non-Christians alike. Those suffering from depression can experience intense feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. They may begin to feel useless and even suicidal, losing interest in things and people that they once enjoyed. Depression is often triggered by life circumstances, such as a loss of job, death of a loved one, divorce, or psychological problems such as abuse or low self-esteem.

The Bible tells us to be filled with joy and praise (Philippians 4:4; Romans 15:11), so God apparently intends for us all to live joyful lives. This is not easy for someone suffering from situational depression, but it can be remedied through God’s gifts of prayer, Bible study and application, support groups, fellowship among believers, confession, forgiveness, and counseling. We must make the conscious effort to not be absorbed in ourselves, but to turn our efforts outward. Feelings of depression can often be solved when those suffering with depression move the focus from themselves to Christ and others.

Clinical depression is a physical condition that must be diagnosed by a physician. It may not be caused by unfortunate life circumstances, nor can the symptoms be alleviated by one’s own will. Contrary to what some in the Christian community believe, clinical depression is not always caused by sin. Depression can sometimes be caused by a physical disorder that needs to be treated with medication and/or counseling. Of course, God is able to cure any disease or disorder. However, in some cases, seeing a doctor for depression is no different than seeing a doctor for an injury.

There are some things that those who suffer from depression can do to alleviate their anxiety. They should make sure that they are staying in the Word, even when they do not feel like it. Emotions can lead us astray, but God’s Word stands firm and unchanging. We must maintain strong faith in God and hold even more tightly to Him when we undergo trials and temptations. The Bible tells us that God will never allow temptations into our lives that are too much for us to handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). Although being depressed is not a sin, one is still accountable for the response to the affliction, including getting the professional help that is needed. “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name” (Hebrews 13:15).  

Of course we will pray for you.  Our dear Father we lift up our precious sister to You right now who is battling depression and self harm..  We know that You love her so very much and that you want no harm to come to her.  We ask that Your Holy Spirit give her a real hunger for Your Word.  We ask that You guide her to a good doctor that can help her get over this depression and start living a life where she can feel happy and blessed again.  Fill her to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit and help her to overcome this heaviness on her spirit.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Amen.  God bless you sister!!! <3

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j3suspaiditall-deactivated20121 asked:I'm a leader at the fellowship at my school. I'm teaching tomorrow, and I want to talk about self-harm. Do you have any ideas of any verses to bring up or ideas or anything? I could really use it, thanks.

Praise the Lord!!!  There is such a need to have this brought out in the open so that people can find healing from this.  In the Old Testament, self-mutilation was a common practice among false religions. First Kings 18:24-29 describes a ritual in which those who worshiped the false god Baal slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom. Because of the traditions of pagans, God made a law against this sort of practice. Leviticus 19:28 says, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.”

In the New Testament, cutting oneself was associated with someone who was possessed by demons (Mark 5:2-5). It was characteristic of behavior caused by evil spirits. Today, self-mutilation is rarely used for ritualistic practices or actual demon possession, but instead usually by teen-agers and young adults who have misplaced anger and pain that they are attempting to work out in destructive ways. Instead of dealing with emotional pain, some people would rather bring themselves physical pain, which actually serves as a relief from stress. Unfortunately, though, this sense of relief is quite short-lived, and the desire to be self-destructive quickly returns.

The Bible doesn’t talk about self-mutilation in terms of depression or anxiety, but it is very important that whoever is making a practice of this seeks immediate psychological (and hopefully Christian) counseling. They may need to obtain medication to deal with a mental illness. This behavior also indicates, or can lead to, drug and/or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, identity disorders, and suicidal thoughts or even attempts. First Corinthians 6:19 tells us how important our bodies are to the Lord. We no longer belong to ourselves, but instead we belong to Christ, who purchased us at a high price. We should not abuse the greatest gift we have been given.

A person who is struggling with self-mutilation should seek immediate counsel from a pastor and/or Christian counselor. Self-mutilation is the result of an incorrect view of self and of our personal value to God. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a proper understanding of His love is the only true cure for self-mutilation.

There are some powerful testominies on this Christian website that helps people find healing from cutting and mutilation.  

http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/courses/his-wounds/

I am so excited for you!!!  What an awesome witness to the Lord this is.  Please let us know how this goes.  May God richly bless you!!! :):)

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Anonymous asked:i have a friend who struggles with self harming but thankfully she's just found Jesus again. Do you have any advice I could give her? Your blog is amazing! God Bless! ♥

Praise the Lord!!!  I am happy to hear that she came back to Jesus.  Read the Bible every day.  The best way that you can get a strong bond with the Lord is to read the Bible.  Jesus is the Word made flesh, so it makes sense that if you want to get to know Him and have a closer walk with Him you need to get into the Bible.  Read it daily i have it e-mailed to me daily so that i can get into the habit of reading the Bible every day.  Go to:  http://bible.cbn.com/#!/nlt/John/1, They will e-mail you two scriptures one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.  Once you get in the habit of reading the Bible every single day, you will want to read more and more.  I also downloaded the app to my cell from Bible.is, I love listening to the Word when I am out and about or walking.  It is such a blessing.  When you are truly into the Word you will notice a huge difference in your walk with the Lord.  You will become stronger as a Christian and you will want less and less of the “world” in your life.  There is also different blogs on here that offer support for cutters.  Just someone to talk to when they feel like they want to cut.  Here is one:  http://married-to-my-cat.tumblr.com/

I hope that this helps.  God bless you!!! :):)


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Anonymous asked:Well , I don't think Pastors can help me out about my depression . I think it's Jesus , but I don't know know how to seek that help.

The pastor will counsel you and pray with you.  he won’t lead you out of the depression.  The Lord Jesus will.  God bless you!!! <3

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Anonymous asked:My cousin is going through a really hard time right now. She first cutting, then she stopped for a while, but started hitting herself and eats very little (if she doesn't throw it up). I have gotten her through a lot of problems, but i'm running out of things to say, and she's stopped listening to me. She often tells me that she needs God, she just doesn't know how. I know she goes to church, but it doesn't have much of an affect. Do you have any words of advice?

Ask her to come to your pastor for some counseling.  Pastors are actually trained counselors and she can get the help that she needs to get through this. I have talked to many young people that cut themselves and it is usually because they don’t have control or they are depressed.  Here is a website that will help her.

 http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/courses/his-wounds/testimonials/6230/

If you go to a good Bible based church, your pastor can help her with the power of the Holy Spirit to be free of this.  God bless you!!! :):)

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Anonymous asked:what does the bible say about self harming? not suicide, but self harming?

In the Old Testament, self-mutilation was a common practice among false religions. First Kings 18:24-29 describes a ritual in which those who worshiped the false god Baal slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom. Because of the traditions of pagans, God made a law against this sort of practice. Leviticus 19:28 says, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.”

In the New Testament, cutting oneself was associated with someone who was possessed by demons (Mark 5:2-5). It was characteristic of behavior caused by evil spirits. Today, self-mutilation is rarely used for ritualistic practices or actual demon possession, but instead usually by teen-agers and young adults who have misplaced anger and pain that they are attempting to work out in destructive ways. Instead of dealing with emotional pain, some people would rather bring themselves physical pain, which actually serves as a relief from stress. Unfortunately, though, this sense of relief is quite short-lived, and the desire to be self-destructive quickly returns.

The Bible doesn’t talk about self-mutilation in terms of depression or anxiety, but it is very important that whoever is making a practice of this seeks immediate psychological (and hopefully Christian) counseling. They may need to obtain medication to deal with a mental illness. This behavior also indicates, or can lead to, drug and/or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, identity disorders, and suicidal thoughts or even attempts. First Corinthians 6:19 tells us how important our bodies are to the Lord. We no longer belong to ourselves, but instead we belong to Christ, who purchased us at a high price. We should not abuse the greatest gift we have been given.

A person who is struggling with self-mutilation should seek immediate counsel from a pastor and/or Christian counselor. Self-mutilation is the result of an incorrect view of self and of our personal value to God. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a proper understanding of His love is the only true cure for self-mutilation.  God bless you!!! :):)




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