I resisted reading Spiritual Depression for awhile because the title sounds, well, depressing.
But the book is anything but depressing.
The book is actually a collection of sermons that Martyn Lloyd-Jones delivered on consecutive Sunday mornings at Westminster Chapel in response to the need for more joy among Christians. It was originally published in 1965 and has since become a classic among Christian literature.
Enjoy this short excerpt on the connection between joy and knowing God.
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Excerpt from Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure
Man is meant to know God. So the question is: Do you know God?
I am not asking if you believe in God, or if you believe certain things about Him.
To be a Christian is to have eternal life, and as our Lord says in John 17.3: ‘This is life eternal to know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.’
So the test we apply to ourselves is that. Not, `Have I done this or that?’
My test is a positive one: `Do I know God? Is Jesus Christ real to me?’
I am not asking whether you know things about Him but do you know God, are you enjoying God, is God the centre of your life, the soul of your being, the source of your greatest joy? He is meant to be.
He made man in such a way that that was to be the position, that man might dwell in communion with God and enjoy God and walk with God.
You and I are meant to be like that.
– Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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This excerpt originally appeared in the series, 31 Days of Books. Find more excerpts here.
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