Quotes from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones ·  300 pages

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“To make it quite practical I have a very simple test. After I have explained the way of Christ to somebody I say “Now, are you ready to say that you are a Christian?” And they hesitate. And then I say, “What’s the matter? Why are you hesitating?” And so often people say, “I don’t feel like I’m good enough yet. I don’t think I’m ready to say I’m a Christian now.” And at once I know that I have been wasting my breath. They are still thinking in terms of themselves. They have to do it. It sounds very modest to say, “Well, I don’t think I’ good enough,” but it’s a very denial of the faith. The very essence of the Christian faith is to say that He is good enough and I am in Him. As long as you go on thinking about yourself like that and saying, “I’m not good enough; Oh, I’m not good enough,” you are denying God – you are denying the gospel – you are denying the very essence of the faith and you will never be happy. You think you’re better at times and then again you will find you are not as good at other times than you thought you were. You will be up and down forever. How can I put it plainly? It doesn’t matter if you have almost entered into the depths of hell. It does not matter if you are guilty of murder as well as every other vile sin. It does not matter from the standpoint of being justified before God at all. You are no more hopeless than the most moral and respectable person in the world.”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


“we must never look at any sin in our past life in any way except that which leads us to praise God and to magnify His grace in Christ Jesus.”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


“How easy it is to read the Scriptures and give a kind of nominal assent to the truth and yet never to appropriate what it tells us!”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


“We are all in such a hurry, we want everything at once. We believe that all truth can be stated in a few minutes. The answer to that is that it cannot.”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


“Abraham had the same experience (Genesis 15).”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure



“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


“this other man within us, has got to be handled. Do not listen to him; turn on him; speak to him; condemn him; upbraid him; exhort him; encourage him; remind him of what you know, instead of listening placidly to him and allowing him to drag you down and depress you.”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


“In other words, the man who is dejected and disquieted and miserable, who is unhappy and depressed always shows it in his face. He looks troubled and he looks worried. You take one glance at him and you see his condition. Yes, says the Psalmist in effect, but when I really look at God, as I get better, my face gets better also—‘He is the health of my countenance’.”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


“There is nothing more futile, when dealing with this condition, than to act on the assumption that all Christians are identical in every respect.”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


“Physical conditions play their part in all this. It is very difficult to draw the line between this and the previous cause because temperament seems to some degree to be controlled by physical conditions and there are certain people who constitutionally, almost in a physical sense, are prone to this condition. In other words, there are certain physical ailments which tend to promote depression”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure



“If you recognize, however, that the physical may be partly responsible for your spiritual condition and make allowances for that, you will be better able to deal with the spiritual. Another frequent cause of spiritual depression is what we may describe as a reaction—a reaction after a great blessing, a reaction after some unusual and exceptional experience. I hope to call attention sometime to the case of Elijah under the juniper tree. There is no doubt in my mind that his main trouble was that he was suffering from a reaction, a reaction after what had happened on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 19).”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quote from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure


About the author

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Born place: in Cardiff, The United Kingdom
Born date December 20, 1899
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