Martyn! What Meanest Thou?

I enjoy and learn from the writings of Martyn Lloyd-Jones (even though I am somewhat adverse to people with hyphenated names). He died in 1981, so I can’t ask him what he mean. t in this quote…

A bit of research revjones depressioneals this is from his book Spiritual Depression. I recall reading the book years ago…before I was diagnosed with what appears to be seasonal depression.

I unashamedly take a medication for the issue; and even bought a “sun lamp” to help…and it seems to help during late fall and winter.

There may be those professing believers who are against medicine of any type and would counsel me to “claim the victory,” “plead the blood,” or whatever.  Well…

But please don’t, however unintentionally, beat up Christians who deal with depression. You’ve not walked in those shoes, so my counsel is zip thy lip and pray.

Oh, and if you don’t suffer from depression, and somehow think it is a mark of immaturity or lack of faith, perhaps you should quit shaking your head and read the Psalms? There is some pretty depressing stuff there…

It’s called being human.

Loving Jesus, saved by Jesus (by the way, that’s what “by His stripes we are healed” refers to – that passage has zero to do with physical healing), trusting Jesus…

But trapped in an earthsuit that is susceptible to all kinds of junk…

Looking forward to ultimate healing…




Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

One thought on “Martyn! What Meanest Thou?”

  1. I hear you Jack, walked in those shoes, and learned the lesson how to feel, not judge… May we indeed”zip the lip” until something encouraging forces open the zipper… Teens are dying today because of meaness and this quicksand, don’t need jeers but cheer from believers.

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