Wisdom (of Solomon) 7: 15. May El grant me to speak as
he would wish and conceive thoughts worthy of the gifts I have received,
since he is both guide to Wisdom and director of sages; 16. for we are in
his hand, yes, ourselves and our sayings, and all intellectual and all
17. He it was who gave me sure knowledge of what
exists, to understand the structure of the world and the action of the
elements, 18. the beginning, end and middle of the times, the alternation of
the solstices and the succession of the seasons, 19. the cycles of the year
and the position of the stars, 20. the natures of animals and the instincts
of wild beasts, the powers of spirits and human mental processes, the
varieties of plants and the medical properties of roots.
21. And now I understand everything, hidden or
visible, for Wisdom, the designer of all things, has instructed me. 22. For
within her is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile,
incisive, unsullied, lucid, invulnerable, benevolent, shrewd, 23.
irresistible, beneficent, friendly to human beings, steadfast, dependable,
unperturbed, almighty, all-surveying, penetrating all intelligent, pure and
most subtle spirits.
24. For Wisdom is quicker to move than any motion; she
is so pure, she pervades and permeates all things. 25. She is a breath of
the power of Elohim, pure emanation of the radiance of the Almighty; so
nothing impure can find its way into her. 26. For she is a reflection of the
eternal light, untarnished mirror of YHWH's active power, and image of his
27. Although she is alone, she can do everything;
herself unchanging, she renews the world, and, generation after generation,
passing into set-apart souls, she makes them into friends and prophets of
Elohim; 28. for YHWH loves only those who dwell with Wisdom.
29. She is indeed more splendid than the sun, she
outshines all the constellations; compared with light, she takes first
place, 30. for light must yield to night, but against Wisdom evil cannot
John 1:1. In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with
Elohim and the Word was
Elohim. 2. He was with Elohim in the beginning. 3. Through him all things came into
being, not one thing came into being except through him. 4. What has come into
being in him was life, life that was the light of men; 5. and light shines in
darkness, and darkness could not overpower it. …
9. The Word was the real
light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the world. 10. He was
in the world that had come into being through him, and the world did not recognize
him. 11. He came to his own and his own people did not accept him.
12. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of Elohim,
to those who believed in his name 13. who were born not from human stock or
human desire or human will but from Elohim himself.
14. The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his
glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full
of grace and truth. … 16. Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us,
received, one gift replacing another, 17. for the Law was given through Moses,
grace and truth have come through Yahshua Messiah. 18. No one has ever seen
it is the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him
Here is the Nativity story through the eyes of
King Solomon and John the
Evangelist. In a way, it’s a sad because, though the Word of Wisdom came of his own
accord bringing light, life, power and truth, his own people didn’t recognize
him or what he came to do. However, there are some who have recognized him and
seen his radiance as the reflection of the Creator, and have been drawn to his life
and light, like moths to a candle. And though the world was dark and few
recognized him, the darkness had no power to snub him out.
Today, many recognize him, drawn by his favor to his esteemed
and wholesome teachings. He has recreated some of us in his image and allowed us
to live in the light of his life. Our re-creation in him should bring our lives
into the light permanently, transform us and allow us to live in
overcoming power in the darkness. Nevertheless, we have not always achieved
total victory, and life in this world has dampened our ability to shine for him.
Sometimes, we even feel overcome by darkness, though we are supposed to be
continually experiencing his renewing and gratifying power. Often, we feel
darkest during the holidays. At this time we are supposed to be celebrating his
coming. These could be the brightest and most radiant days of the entire year. But
sometimes they are the darkest of all.
Sharon Welch Story
Sharon has been a fervent
believer for many years. One
evening just a week or so after a wonderful family Thanksgiving, Sharon placed
two bottles on the dinner table. One held tranquilizers and the other Vodka. She
knew that the two were harmless while separate but deadly combined. And she knew
exactly what she was doing when she swallowed a dozen pills with a glass of the
liquor. Sharon couldn't say why she felt so desperate and unhappy, so irritable
and frantic, because she realized that things were just not all that bad. But
she knew that if she ended her life, the torments that she could not explain
would also end. She’d tried every way to overcome her irrational feelings:
counseling, psychological treatment, internal medicine. She had logged 30 years
of prayer for deliverance from her beast. Sharon's last hope was drastic. If it
hadn't been for a concerned friend who found her and saw to her, she’d have
succeeded in destroying herself.
Sharon, like many other believers, suffers from clinical
depression caused by a chemical deficiency in her brain. There was no way
she could explain her feelings of doom and gloom because there is no way she
could have known she had an imbalance. Often the chemical imbalance of
depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings is hereditary - it runs in families.
But a permanent chemical imbalance can also be caused by physical or emotional
trauma, like a serious disease or a divorce. Whatever the cause, Sharon is a
believer in Messiah, and a fervent one, and a depressed one. To say that a Believer
suffers from depression seems like an irreconcilable conflict that makes life even
more unbearable for those claiming the Light of the Word yet enduring the
daily blindness of an unnamed darkness.
The holiday season between Thanksgiving and
New Year are meant
to be happy days celebrating life, thankfulness to Elohim, and, for many, the advent of the
Word. But for hundreds of thousands of people like Sharon, the holidays
are agonizing weeks of insecurity and unhappiness. For the multitudes who suffer
from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of clinical depression, there is
often nowhere to turn for relief, not even to family and friends. No one
I’m not talking about the holiday blues. Rather, I'm talking
about those who persistently feel sad or "empty," suffering from loss
of energy, sleep disturbances, feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness,
helplessness or excessive negativity; people who may be overly irritable or
isolated during the holidays; people who dwell on thoughts of death even when
their life seems to be going great to all those around them. Clinical depression
in the form of "Seasonal Affective Disorder" is a chronic chemical
imbalance that generally worsens if left untreated. Although 20 million are
treated for depression each year (8% of the population), many times this number
suffer in silence.
"Seasonal Affective Disorder," Depression, and the Holidays
Ironically, depression is generally most common during the holiday
season. Dr. Paul Meier of Minirth Meier New Life Clinic explains why.
The holidays are a time when you think more about your family. If you come
from a dysfunctional family, the holidays remind you of past abuses you
haven't forgiven. You remember things that caused the anger in your life.
During a District Clergy Xmas Party a few years ago, ministers were
asked to share their most memorable Xmas. Most of the stories we heard were
sad. One minister cried as he gave his testimony about the year that Santa didn’t
show up at his house. He became a pathetic nine-year old. He acted out his childhood disappointment
and anger to everyone’s discomfort. One would think that ministers would want
to share uplifting situations rather than holiday miseries. But after 30 years,
this minister was still mad at Elohim, his parents, and especially Santa, a figment
of his imagination.
Suppressed anger -- toward others, toward Elohim, or toward self -- is
the root of almost 90% of depression cases Dr. Meier sees. When anger or other
explosive emotions are repressed rather than expressed and confessed, a chemical
change may take place in the brain and clinical depression, anxiety or fears
often results. Demons are then drawn into these brain imbalances, exacerbating
and emphasizing one’s feelings of disaster. Many have lived with depression or
anxiety so long they think it's normal or that it's Elohim's will or that they'll
just have to live with the pain. Left untreated, these debilitations drive
90,000+ people to take their lives each year.
The good news is that depression has now been recognized for what
it is: a chemical deficiency that leads to mental disorder that
draws demonic oppression. At the root, successful treatment may start by
simply identifying the missing chemical and replacing it. Often
within four to six weeks, the sufferer begins to feel much better. Medication
should be followed up with counseling, self-help therapy, and the ministry of
deliverance to scatter any demonic attachments. Getting proper and
complete treatment (one way or another) is the key to recovery.
"Every Day With J-sus"
Active believers also have another set of hurdles to overcome in
their quest for healing. Mental health counselor Jim Matthews writes about
It's the idea that 'every day with J-sus is sweeter than the
day before,' and that if you don't feel that way, then you're simply not
walking with Him. Within the 'church culture' there's the belief that negative
experiences like depression are not OK, so either you don't talk about it and
it gets worse or you talk about it and you're judged as ... a
Even when depression is caused by tangible reasons,
believers - those who should lead the way in healing and deliverance - seldom understand enough
about the disease process to help. Rick Mayer, a clinical therapist,
relates the case of a pastor's wife who suffered from depression due to an
allergic reaction to asbestos. Congregation members continued to blame the victim,
believing that the problem was "all in her head," which, in fact, it
was. Mayer observes that
Believers are very good at responding to immediate, acute
needs, as when someone has had major surgery or an accident. However, [they have] no idea how to respond to chronic, ongoing disorders.
Those who are clinically depressed are often shamed by
"susie sunshine types" into
hiding their illness; and many simply drop out on this account.
Understanding Miracle Drugs
Treatment of depression and related disorders still divides the
community of faith. Before changes in brain chemistry could be recorded,
doctors prescribed old-style tranquilizers like Elavil and
Amitriptyline. Depressed people on
depressant medication get worse, not better; they are foggy-minded and bleary-eyed: thirty years ago someone
called these folks “walking zombies.” But now we understand that a scarcity
of essential brain chemicals like Serotonin interfere with the smooth workings
of the mind, causing pain and anger to be amplified, resulting in a level
of mental anarchy.
Serotonin in the brain is like police in the city. In Dr. Peter
Kramer’s words, “The absence of police in the city does not cause riots,
but if you do have a riot and you don't have police, there is nothing to stop
the riot from spreading.” The "serotonin police" and other hormones
in our brains set the tone for one's life. Absence of the amount needed for
whatever reason leads to insecurity, anxiety, negativity, and emotional and
physical pain, or, as in the police metaphor, mental rioting. Modern
antidepressants are not tranquilizers; they don’t calm you down by drugging
you. Instead, they work to restore the amount of serotonin or some other
necessary brain chemical by operating with your body to naturally
preserve more for your use. Dr. Meier tells us, "Today's
antidepressants don't make you happier. Rather, they restore serotonin to your
brain to the level that Elohim wants it to be." In a person whose brain
chemistry levels are normal, an antidepressant will have no effect at all.
But for others, when the correct amount is restored, they may for the very
first time experience what it feels like to be 'normal.'
Still a Stigma
Think of it this way: if you had diabetes, which is a chemical
imbalance, and needed insulin to survive, you wouldn’t hesitate to take
it. Depression, anxiety and phobia are also caused by a chemical imbalance just
like diabetes. We aren’t made to feel stigmatized for taking insulin; why
should be be labeled for taking antidepressants so we can feel better?
Nevertheless, few other medical problems -- with the exception of AIDS -- remain
so secretive because of the stigma of misunderstanding. This is especially true
during the holidays, which are supposed to be full of happiness and joy. Our
congregation should be a place where suffering people are able to find security and
usefulness, and be accepted in their quest for wholeness. In fact, those
active in congregations are four times more likely to recover. This is a great incentive
to get involved here.
In fact a local counselor (Bonnie Porter at the Mobile Life
Enrichment Center) was right on when she told me, "there's nothing that
beats depression better than being able to say, 'I accomplished something.'"
Though it is difficult for the depressed to get motivated to work toward
short-term goal, if that motivation can be found and the goal-line
reached, the brain will actually make a greater effort on its own at supplying the
necessary chemicals in the process.
Being busy as a bee
In the Father's little hive
Helps a bee who’s lost her hope
To feel whole, worthwhile, alive.
I told you that after major surgery three years ago almost to the
day that I suffered extreme feelings of apathy and depression for nearly two
years. I know how to pray and fight the devil. I knew to stay in the
congregation of the righteous. I took
my medicine. It all helped a little, but not much. I had several opportunities
to give up on life, but I kept studying instead. Then we moved 25 miles south to
Venice, Florida. I changed doctors for convenience sake. On my first interview,
I told this doctor the sad story I’d told five others and asked him if he
could help me, not expecting much. He sent me for a special test and found
a near total absence in my system of two vital chemicals. He prescribed a
gel to rub on my skin that would replace one chemical and a capsule to replace
the other. I was skeptical, but
this doctored assured me that I would definitely feel better and better. Within
three weeks, the apathy and depression began to lift. After six months, I
started feeling a little ambition returning. After a year, my life was changed
and, at this writing, is still changing for the better. The doctor said I would feel
progressively better for years to come, and now I believe him. Because after
almost a year of chemical replacement, I am here, and as active and involved as
I ever have been. The apathy and depression is gone and I feel close to my
Savior. I believe that he led me to that doctor and is affecting my complete
Now I’d like to know why those other five doctors just
gave me a pat on the head when the solution was so
simple. I didn’t have to suffer all that time, and you don’t either.
What to Do
What can you do if you are seriously depressed; suffer from anxiety
or fears or Seasonal Affective Disorder:
Learn about Depression. You are responsible for
yourself. There are lots of good books, including the Bible, magazine
articles and Internet pages devoted to teaching why you’re suffering and the
kind of things that’ll make you feel better. If you want to get well, you
can only rely on yourself. You must do something. There are people here who
care and will help.
Get HELP! Most medical doctors are not qualified to
make a correct diagnosis for depression or to even suggest the right
treatment. Professional pastoral counselors and psychologists and
social care professionals are, in my opinion, better qualified to diagnose
clinical depression than medical doctors. But only medical testing can tell for
sure whether you have a chemical deficiency. Your counselor will help you
find a doctor who’ll help work you through to wellness.
Get Involved with Messiah's Work in the Ministry -
many times the depressed find their depression lift when they are
"distracted" by helping others worse off than themselves.
Most importantly, improve your relationship with the Master. He is the source
of all healing, whether he heals through miracle or medicine. Find a prayer
partner and seek Messiah's face regularly and sincerely. Accept
yourself and your struggle in Him.
I know all the 'doing' is very difficult to get started
with; but even if nothing at all is accomplished, the awareness that He is suffering with you
is very helpful.
“In him is life and his life is the light of men.
And then light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.”
For those who are hurting through the holidays, let me introduce you to the
light of men. A Savior is born who lives still. If you'll allow him, he’ll
help you change your life to find inward peace and calm assurance for the
future. He’s working through me and through some other folks in this
to bring you tidings of great joy. He can convert you and heal you; he can
cast the devil out of your life; he can heal you broken or fearful heart;
and he can transform you from hurting to hoping in him through the holidays.
May he bless you in your quest for wholeness. Amein.
December 8, 1996, 2001
Updated December 26, 2009