The Bible Commands Every Believer To Be Depressed
In fact, God commands every believer in the Bible to “Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:9-10). The Bible teaches to HUMBLE YOURSELF IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD through humility, mourning and afflicting yourself (realize one's misery), and then He lifts you up. Whereas God COMMANDS us as Christian believers to weep, afflict ourselves and have a heavy heart; the wicked world tells us the exact opposite, telling us that we're supposed to be happy, confident and cheerful all the time or else there's something wrong with us. The world is insane and wrong! There's something wrong with the world!!!
The Bible plainly teaches that if you're not depressed, you're not right with God! The word “afflicted” in James 4:9 is the Greek word talaipōreō and means “to be wretched, that is, realize one’s own misery.” The dictionary defines “wretched” as “very unhappy, full of misery!” Dr. Jack Hyles of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana once said, “I know I'm inferior, but I don't have an inferiority complex.” That's the difference between godly depression verses unhealthy depression.
Unhealthy depression is when we condemn ourselves over past sins which have already been confessed and forsaken (Hebrews 10:22). Satan tries to discourage believers by continually accusing them day-and-night the Bible says before the throne of God (Revelation 12:10). The Devil's crowd behave just like their father the Devil, continually accusing Christians day-and-night. We must realize as king David that God is the ONLY one that we have to answer to. Psalms 51:4, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”