Return to Content
Read Our Devotional
Opportunities to be Published
The Home for Christian Writers! Matthew 6:33
ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
As A Member
Add to Favorites
Delivered From The Pit of Despair
Author requests article critique
Denial is the first obstacle to overcome when you have an addiction or other life destroying problem. You can't proceed in getting your life back in order without admitting you have a problem. You can end up ruining your life and finding nothing but darkness.
After the holidays, at the Celebrate Recovery program I've been attending we started from the beginning of the 12 Steps and discussed denial, which, as the book we're using states, is not just a river in Egypt.
Getting started. Step one:
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out
. Romans 7:18
When addictions and compulsive behavior, we lose control and go on a downward spiral and eventually into the pit of despair.
, a friend pointed out that people who aren't on drugs can be as "sick" as people who are abusing drugs. I would use "sick" to describe people with problems as sick only in a metaphorical sense. When people are upset, frantic, they
make themselves physically sick.
I know what it's like to be in a dark place, to feel isolated from the rest of the world – that nobody cares, that I don't matter. Romantics (I'm a recovering Romantic) eventually get hit with the harsh realities of life, and become cynical. They are two sides of the coin. This is the case shown in lines from the Romantic poet Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage:
Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean — roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin — his control
Stops with the shore; — upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man’s ravage, save his own,
When for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,
Without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown
who lived across the street from me said that when you are in a blackhole, you travel so fast, much faster than the speed of light, that you don't realize you are traveling. I've been there. I kept engaging in impulsive, sinful behavior, full speed ahead. I road over speed bumps, tore right through them. Nothing to put me in check. I didn't listen to any counsel, not the pastor, not my parents, not my daughter, nobody!
Finally, I fell into the pit, the pit of despair.
What is depression?
Feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
"Self-doubt creeks in and that swiftly turns to depression." -Bing
We don't need to doubt ourselves.
For the Christian, there is a loving God who accepts us for who we are. When we follow His precepts, God prospers us. And Jesus is with us always, though our good and bad times, and even when we are bad, God loves us. He just doesn't like what we are doing.
King David fell into the pit of despair
. After feeling depressed David, as a result of committing adultery, writes "
Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long
? Psalm 6: 2-3
But David confessed his sin and God delivered him: "
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand
." Psalm 40:2
Depression is driven by a state of mind
. It can't be treated by drugs. You may feel better for the moment, but in the long run drugs make it worse because you are not dealing with the sin, as David did, that caused it. The only reason for drugs is to temporarily relieve symptoms or if you are treating a physical problem, and not a matter of the heart. Only Jesus can heal your heart.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BELOW
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
AS A MEMBER
Reader Count & Comments
11 Feb 2018
Hi Jeff, Good article, thanks for posting it. I am in recovery myself. I recently posted an article on FaithWriters entitled Escaping Your Addiction to Sin. You might find it interesting. The system prevents links to be posted in comments to stop spam. The regular article number at the end of the url is 193164.
11 Feb 2018
A great and inspiring message, Jeff. Only when an individual comes out of denial and accepts the fact that this is something they can't handle on their own will they be delivered from the pit of despair. Great job. I must share! Vernita "Neat" Simmons
This article has been read
Read more articles by
or search for other articles by topic below.
Search for articles on: (e.g. creation; holiness etc.)
Read more by clicking on a link:
Main Site Articles
Most Read Articles
Highly Acclaimed Challenge Articles
New Release Christian Books for Free for a Simple Review
NEW - Surprise Me With an Article - Click here for a random URL
God is Not Against You - He Came on an All Out Rescue Mission to Save You
...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Cor 5:19
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38
LEARN & TRUST JESUS HERE
The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
FaithWriters offers Christian reading material for Christian readers. We offer Christian articles, Christian fiction, Christian non-fiction, Christian Bible studies, Christian poems, Christian articles for sale, free use Christian articles, Christian living articles, New Covenant Christian Bible Studies, Christian magazine articles and new Christian articles. We write for Jesus about God, the Bible, salvation, prayer and the word of God.
Link To Us
Become A Member