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Counseling

Counseling: Depression, Part 1

PART TWO: Read God’s Word.

Introduction:

Please read Psalm 119 everyday throughout the week. Pray while reading Psalm 119. Psalm 119 is a powerful chapter that displays the glories of God’s Word. Since the psalmist had a high view of God’s Word, you too, need to have a high view of God’s word in order to effectively battle the blues. God’s Word cleanses the soul and spirit. Also please make great effort in trying to memorize Psalm 119:25-32.

Action:

  • What was your mentality of obeying God’s Words at the time of your blues?
  • Where you happy in terms of your relationship with God when you were in your blues?
  • Was there a desire in terms of conforming to God’s Word at the time of your blues?
  • Before you desired to receive counseling, what was your priority in terms of obedience to God?
  • Read the entire Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing, by C.J. Mahaney
  • Please provide a summary of the book in regards to what you learned. Minimum length is half-a-page (single space).

Reflection:

  • Do you desire change or do you desire to wallow in your sin? Please explain clearly.
  • After reading Psalm 119, endeavoring to memorize Psalm 119:25-32, and answering the above questions, are you ready to make a declaration of war against the blues? If you do not desire to make war against the blue, please transparently provide the reason.
  • “We never move on from the cross, only into a more profound understanding of the cross” (Mahaney, Cross Centered Life, 17). Let that quote sit in your thoughts for a while.
  • “Do you think the truth of the cross is something you’ve already adequately understood” (Mahaney, Cross Centered Life, 17)?
  • “If you think for a moment that the truth of the cross is something you’ve already adequately understood—if you suspect your life is already cross centered—allow me to bring to your attention some symptoms that arise from not being cross centered. Do any of the following describe you?
    • You often lack joy.
    • You’re not consistently growing in spiritual maturity.
    • Your love for God lacks passion.
  • You’re always looking for some ‘new truth’ or new experience to pull all the pieces of your faith together” (Mahaney, Cross Centered Life, 17).
  • If you experienced any of the following above, then it is safe to say that you are not adequately living a cross centered life.
  • How do you live a cross centered life (Romans 6:11 [read the surrounding verses in Romans 6 to get a better grasp; Colossians 3:5)?
  • If time permits, please make an effort in memorizing Proverbs 13:15; Colossians 3:5; and James 1:15.
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