Spiritual Depression

By Chette Nichols Jr

Ever get depressed to the point of not wanting to go on in life?

Ever feel like you’re the only one in all the world going through what your going through?

That is Spiritual Depression.

Well spiritual depression is a condition of all men, even among the saved, because we have an enemy that would seek to rob us of our vitality and strength.  There are cycles in a Christians life, well anyone’s life for that matter, and we go through times of plenty and times of want (Ecc 3:1-8).  And it always seems that during the times of want we see wickedness prevail in our lives but God uses all things to work for good in our lives Romans 8:28.

Depression is common to all men, secular psychiatrist call it a “mental or nervous breakdown”.  However God has given us a way of escape.   1Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].    We only fail to recognize this and go quickly to him with all things.  I like the attitude of Job when wickedness and evil befell him he said, “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”  We must always remember for us these events are nothing more than a form of chastisement for he who trust in God and Christ for salvation. The symptoms of a nervous breakdown or spiritual depression include despairity, worry, anxiety, fear, sinfulness, thoughts of suicide, and anti-social behavior.

The greatest example of the spiritual depression that we all experience is that of one of the greatest prophets ever known.  He did great deeds, his words came true and yet he was just a man like you and me.  This man was Elijah.  We have no record of his birth, though we know he is a Tishbite from Gilead.  He seems to come from obscurity and in the pages of scripture he jumped into action and when he has completed his course God carried him away.  

James wrote this about him. James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, . . .  Did you get that he was a regular guy and man like any other troubled the same way as we.

A little context might help.  He just finished proving to Israel that the LORD was the true God and that the people should serve him.  After the Baalite priest were unable to get their god to answer with fire upon their sacrifice.  Elijah not only built an alter and set in place the sacrifice but he drenched it with so much water that no man could ever get it to ignite with a gallon of gas and a large box of matches.  After God answered and consumed the sacrifice he then killed the 400 Baalite priests.  He has gone home and receives word that the queen is out to get him.

Let’s look at this moment in the life of this enigmatic man, lets see how one gets into a spiritual depression and what it takes to get out of it.  Like all problems in our lives there are generally steps that lead to its onset and to its end.

1Kings 19:1-18

I.   Vv 1-5 The Cause and Symptoms of Spiritual Depression

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COMMENT

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

By Chette Nichols Jr

You have heard it said a Picture is worth a thousands word but what if the picture is only “half true” in its depiction?

As I teach I often remind people that a half truth is a whole lie.

Take the picture above for example.  You can find this on numerous blog spots and web pages but what none of them tell you is that it has been taken out of the context of the book of which they took the Bible verses from for the depiction.  Now I don’t know the original artist intentions or his heart or the heart of all those who used this picture but this I do know they are promoting a half truth and a half truth is a whole lie.   The large title at the bottom of the pictures states “Biblical Family Law” and again I don’t know the artist heart but one thing is clear this statement is totally 100% inaccurate and un-Biblical.

First let’s take the picture as a whole and then we will dissect it into its four parts and explain the whole truth about each of them.  As a whole picture what is being portrayed here is that God and his word, the Holy Bible, approves of some acts of men but disapproves on one in particular.  That being the one with the “X” across it Homosexuality and in that is also the issue of same sex marriage.  I want to make a comment before we move into the individual four parts.

No where in the Bible has God delegated “marriage” to the institutions of man or his governments.  No man, religion or government set up Biblical marriage and as such none of these has God’s approval of instituting it.  Matthew 19:4-6 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?   Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

By this we can determine that God is the author of marriage and it is only to be between one man and one woman.  this is a work of God by faith for those who are Christian and they are joined together forever by God’s power and not by any human institution of Government.

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COMMENTS

Deception – Subtle and Unknown

By Chette Nichols Jr

How do we know the heart of a man except by the word of God and he says  Jer 17:9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?

If this verse be true, and it is, then the deception of a mans heart is so deep into his subconscious that he rarely without the help of God would ever know if he is deceived.

You can do a search of the internet and find literally a thousand site dedicated to exposing false teaching and heresy in and among the many denominations of the Body of Christ.  Yet each of these groups in and of themselves has some major flaw in their own doctrine and practice while pointing fingers at another.  I am reminded of Gal 5:14, 15 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  There is an obedience to Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.   The whole point of the dividing of the body of Christ into divisions was in and of itself carnality according to Paul.  And today what has led to some of this dividing was either a lack of love on how one confronted another on their false teaching.  Keep in mind it was not a one sided affair the receiving party also was unable to receive and search the scriptures and see if these thing were so.  And because of the introduction of so many new versions of the Bible out there, it seems to leave each man to his conscious to decided what teachings and doctrines are false and which were not, and they had somehow left out one main ingredient in the whole mix, the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost would have us all in unity not division.

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Guest Post – Forrest Wychopen – In Your Own Eyes

Forrest Wychopen was diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis in 1990, and despite his disability he had blessed millions with his courage and and strength to live life as a true Christian one day at a time.  God has blessed him with some insight to His word that would take many a half century to glean.  The following is one of Forrest’s encouraging insights that speak of God’s marvelous grace in times of adversity and trial.  You may visit Forrest’s web page and see his work with “Christ Directed Ministries” at www.christdirected.com

In Your Own Eyes

We each live in our own frame of reference. What I mean by “frame of reference” is that our particular view in daily life is greatly influenced and formed by our personal experiences and circumstances. You cannot see through my eyes, and I cannot see through yours. That’s not a complaint, it’s simply a reality. I have borders and boundaries just like you. We should not trespass!

Let me make it very clear, I am not referring to the absolutes which are found in scripture. There are Biblical truths that apply to every single person who is reading this post. So please do not twist or distort my words to justify your particular life choices that are in direct opposition to God’s holy word. We each have the responsibility to read, study, obey, and apply the word of God.

What I’m specifically referring to is the God given differences we each have. Although things change throughout our life, like it or not our personal history has created some “borders” that are unique. In other words, my life is unique compared to your life. And our particular disposition in life is based on those specific realities. Some individuals have been blessed with great health. Others live with daily illness. Some individuals have financial stability. Others cannot meet there basic needs. Some have sharp and witty minds, others are dull and mentally challenged. Some have nice homes and nice vehicles, others do not. I could go on and on but I think you get the point. People are different. Some sail, others sink. Some laugh, others weep. Some are joyful, some grieve. Some are on the mountaintop, others are in the valley.

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Guest Post – George Anderson Jr – THE HEART OF THE MATTER

George Anderson Jr Loves the Lord and Loves the AV Bible.  George has written numerous Studies and Articles on Biblical matters and Christianity.  He also helped pioneer and legalize Home Schooling in the State of Hawaii.  His webpage has lots of encouraging material and topics please visit www.thywordistruthkjv.com/

Heart of the Matter is “A Biblical inquiry into the nature of the heart”.

The Heart – Lesson One – The Introduction

Knowledge of the Lord God of the Bible is the most important thing that anyone, especially Christians, can learn. Knowledge of the Scriptures – God’s words (The Holy Bible) is essential in order for us to not only learn about God but know Him personally.  Knowledge of the human heart closely follows in order of importance.

Human nature is a reflection of mankind’s heart condition. The major pursuits of mankind: Self-preservation, self-propagation and self-gratification are all bound up in the heart. When it comes to understanding ourselves and others, knowledge of the heart is indispensable. Since the issues of life proceed from out of the heart (Proverbs 4:23) it is extremely important that we examine the Scriptures (God’s own words – from God’s Mouth) to see what God has to say about it.

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Nebra Sky Disk – Joshua’s Longest Day

The Nebra Sky Disk and Joshua’s Longest Day – by Chette Nichols Jr

I love archeology, I love astronomy and I love my Bible, and I believe after careful examination of the evidence that there may be a more logical reason behind the making of the Nebra Sky Disk.   From systematic study of both astronomical evidence, archeological dating and a clear look at scriptures, we can not only locate the exact event that took place between 1500BC and 1400BC but in all likelihood that a Saxon Tribe had made a sacred record of one of the greatest Solar/Lunar events of all history, on what is now called the Nebra Sky Disk.

From our Biblical perspective we know that the Heavens speak to all people of all times in their own language.   Psalm 19:1-6  <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.  His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.  When we look into the heavens God’s word declares he is speaking to us in our own language, the language of your heart.

God said the creation of the Sun, Moon and Stars were for a purpose.  Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:   Here God’s word tells us exactly why and for what purpose the Sun, Moon and Stars were created, for signs, seasons, days and years.  We find this evident in all ancient societies i.e. Chinese, Sumerian, Egyptian, Aztec and Inca, and many others all recorded the movements of the Sun, Moon and Stars to establish their timetables or days, seasons and years as well as looking to them for signs.

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How God Via Inspiration Rightly Divided His Own Word

By Chette Nichols Jr

2Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

There are a couple of types of Divisions of God word we could teach.  There is Dispensational Divisions made famous by C. i. Scofield and Clarence Larkin early in the last Century.  This division has to deal with time periods or “Ages” as they termed them.  These are divided in ways on how God dealt differently with men at different times.  i.e. the age of Innocence (Adam the Garden), then the Age of Conscience, Age of Governments, Age of Law, Church Age, the Great Tribulation, the Millennial Kingdom.  Encompassing these ages is Eternity.

Some of those Dispensational divisions are still in effect today for example Conscience and Governments are still in effect with men.  The Law for the moment has been set aside per se, until God once again picks up His prophetic plan for Israel with the culmination of the Church Age.  We are currently in the Church Age also known as the Age of Grace.  Another way the word of God is divided is by how Salvation is had under Law and Grace.  According to Paul they are two opposing systems of belief, one evokes works to prove ones faith, the other is by faith alone.  So these are just examples of Divisions of the Word of truth.

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