Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:13)

Depressed Christians???

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
holy prozac???

It's always bothered me. The very concept of a soul who is saved by the grace of God, who is PRESENTLY seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, who is a partaker of the heavenly gift, who has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit... depressed? And for some, so depressed that they are daily living on antidepressant drugs like Prozac, Zoloft and Effexor.

How can this possibly be?

Consider this excerpt from C.H. Spurgeon's Morning and Evening devotional:

"The Holy Spirit consoles, but Christ is the consolation. If we may use the figure, the Holy Spirit is the Physician, but Jesus is the medicine. He heals the wound, but it is by applying the holy ointment of Christ’s name and grace. He takes not of his own things, but of the things of Christ. So if we give to the Holy Spirit the Greek name of Paraclete, as we sometimes do, then our heart confers on our blessed Lord Jesus the title of Paraclesis. If the one be the Comforter, the other is the Comfort. Now, with such rich provision for his need, why should the Christian be sad and desponding? The Holy Spirit has graciously engaged to be thy Comforter: dost thou imagine, O thou weak and trembling believer, that he will be negligent of his sacred trust? Canst thou suppose that he has undertaken what he cannot or will not perform? If it be his especial work to strengthen thee, and to comfort thee, dost thou suppose he has forgotten his business, or that he will fail in the loving office which he sustains towards thee? Nay, think not so hardly of the tender and blessed Spirit whose name is "the Comforter." He delights to give the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Trust thou in him, and he will surely comfort thee till the house of mourning is closed for ever, and the marriage feast has begun."

There really is no need for me to add another word. Pastor Spurgeon put well and clear enough. Christian, if you are today on antidepressants, read that above quote again and answer the questions.

Take care and God bless,