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Depression often is a signal to slow down. Other signals include things going wrong like 'stubbing your foot'.(Matthew 4:6; Luke 4:10,11; Psalms 91:9-12), accidentally cutting yourself, minor accidents and the like. Perhaps it's time to downshift; time to take a step back and off in another direction for a while -Proverbs 16:9.
    When too much you is in your life your emotions become stifled, your direction becomes confused, and you alienate yourself from others. Governments in arrogance.(forgetting that they are to serve and carry out exactly the will of the people {if it's later proved wrong after much education and consultation to determine the correct way, then it can be reversed}).do this all the time, seldom attempting to find out what the consensus of citizens interested enough to participate is. 
    But man pursues headstrong into whatever areas seem possible, threatening transgression of even the laws of nature. Time for reflection and/or change. Even a movie that moves you and brings forth good emotions is refreshing. A time in the wilderness is good. Even a walk alone helps. God may want you to have a look at something else out there. His angels do strange things to get God's messages to us -Psalms 91:11-12 "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone." See 'God Always Warns'.

Consider also what other things that may particularly strike your mind as different. Not so much as warnings, but as guidance toward change of thinking and life.

God often 'shows up' when we 'reach the bottom', as Elijah did -1Kings 19:4-6. What depressed him? An evil woman.(see 'Mating').in a position of power -verses 2,3. And he felt that he was alone -verses 10,14. Listen to the still small voice inside you. Christ IS in you-if you believe He is.

But if depression is chronic, you need to take control to break the cycle. The devil loves it when you get down on yourself. As soon as a depressing thought comes that may get you despondent or even discouraged, replace it with 'Christ is in me and I'm in Him' and then go and do something; go about your business.
    Emotion follows thought. You just have to decide to exert effort, to be vigilant, to be on the qui vive guarding your heart and your childrens' hearts at all times. 
    Paul tells us -Philippians 4:8; 1Corinthians 9:24-27
    And from the Old Testament - Proverbs 25:28. guard the heart by watching the thoughts , and those of your children.
    Watch emotions as well. Don't allow emotions to take you out of a good job by getting upset. Most lose jobs because they lack people skills.
    Smart employers know that a willing attitude to learn coupled with people skills, are far more valuable than brilliant technical knowledge in the head of a jerk. 
    Make a decision to love a career.(why?), to develop fervent passion for it. Learn all you can about it. Consider an attitude such as David Balam has.
    This may require a decision to change and become different from our normal self centered and perhaps, obnoxious and unforgiving selves -Ephesians 4:24 "And that ye put on the new man, which after.('in line with').God is created in righteousness and true holiness-(or, holiness of truth).".Young's Literal Translation.has it:."And to put on the new man, which, according to God was created in righteousness and kindness of the truth.(the truth is of kindness, love)."-This new man can only be created in righteousness
    Before taking a contract, changing jobs or moving, get away alone and think. Write down the pros and cons.(what's good about where you are, what isn't and likewise where you are thinking of moving on to).on a piece of paper. Make decisions upon what you know, not upon what you temporarily may be feeling, however a persistent strong feeling should not be ignored. If entering into a contract, changing employers, locations, etc., allows you to better serve others, like providing for the family better, serving others more effectively, etc., then it's a good bet -Matthew 23:11; Luke 22:26. If it just adds more to the self – money, glory, position, etc., better leave it. Ask yourself why you want this opportunity.
    Every job has problems, so choose a career with what type of problems you enjoy solving. Find out what the problems of the job are, to see if you really are willing to tackle them. But if you keep hitting a brick wall every way you turn, then there are too many coincidences; and God IS directing it all. Trust Him!
    Many things can become traps to the negative -Proverbs 17:24 "Wisdom is before him that hath understanding, but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth-(or, "the grass always seems greener on the other side")." Why that's often a trick!
    Sometimes it's better to improve, becoming better qualified within what job you may now have. There is a key to improving...
    By serving others, you'll see what areas they may be weak in that require help. Then the best help.(prayer and/or physical assistance).can be tailored once you have knowledge of their weaknesses. And, as an added benefit; you cannot be deceived by anyone towards whom you have their best interests at heart. Love gives you spiritual insight and guidance from God.

Philippians 4:8 "Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest.(the word 'honest' in the original Greek), just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtue and praise; think on these things."

One must be alert: Paul says in Colossians 1:21 that the 'painful persuasions'.(original Greek for 'wicked works' as it's translated in the KJV).of the mind alienates one from God. No, God's right there with you. It's just that you always need to be right there with Him.....continues


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