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Counseling

Counseling: Depression, Part 3

STEP FOUR: Memorize God’s word.

Introduction:

Memorizing God’s word is imperative. I believe that the psalmist in Psalm 119:11 understood it. He says, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” He knew that to treasure His word, would empower him to not strive after ungodliness.

Action:

  • Have you memorized Psalm 119:25-32?
  • If you have memorized Psalm 119:25-32, were there any changes in your behavior?

Reflection:

  • Are there any other resources outside the Bible that is anti-Christianity that you love to memorize?  If you are able to memorize those resources, why not the Word of God?
  • What is your desire, reason, or motive to memorize God’s words?

STEP FIVE: Mediate on God’s word.

Introduction:

1 Timothy 4:5 says, “Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.” Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

Action:

  • Do you have a passion to memorize God’s word?
  • Do you hunger for His word?
  • If you have no passion or desire to memorize God’s Word, please explain why.

Reflection:

  • What does the word meditate mean? Please provide your answers. We can discuss this word further in the counseling session.
  • With meditation and with all the other major timeless truths mentioned in the other parts, will you have a desire to obey God (see James 1:22; 4:17).

ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Share with your counselor and another godly and mature leader in your local church about what God has been teaching you.
  • After having finished the all five steps of this homework assignment, please fellowship with a godly Christian in your local church. Trying doing this  at church, coffee shops, a restaurant, or at any other comfortable environment during the week. This will be beneficial for your spiritual growth.
  • Have you repented (2 Cor. 7:10) from all sin and trusted in Christ for forgiveness? For a further understanding of repentance, please read 2 Corinthians 7:9-13 carefully.

 

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