Depression is a very real condition. It can make us feel isolated, alone, and helpless… Everything around us appears to be falling apart.
Satan uses depression to steal a person’s spiritual power and freedom; he seeks to fill our minds with darkness and gloom and emotionally drain us. However, God desires to assist us in living free of depression. He desires to instill in us His joy, hope, and expectation of good things in our lives.
Winning the battle over our emotions is an important part of overcoming depression. We will always have emotions…they will never go away. We can, however, make our feelings coincide with our decisions.
When depression strikes, all we want to do is give up.
The way we respond to depression, on the other hand, makes all the difference.
1 Peter 5:8-9 instructs us to resist the devil from the start. It is critical to resist the feeling of depression as soon as possible, because the longer we allow it to persist, the more difficult it is to resist!
We will all face disappointments from time to time; it is a natural part of life. If we allow it, our disappointment can lead to discouragement… Disappointment can lead to depression.
I’ve been saying for years that if you don’t let the devil impress you with what he does, he won’t be able to oppress you; and if he can’t oppress you, he won’t be able to depress you.
One of the most important things we can do is to resist the devil from the beginning!
A Biblical Antidote to Depression
I recognize that depression can be caused by a physical or chemical imbalance, and I don’t want to dismiss these possibilities. However, for many people, depression is a spiritual issue…and the Bible provides excellent guidance on how to combat it.
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again, I say, rejoice!
The greatest thing we can do is to praise the Lord in the midst of our suffering. Why? Because when we choose to focus on God and rejoice in the good things He has done, we elevate Him above our problems.
Psalm 16:11 is my favorite verse. It says, “There is fullness of joy in your presence; pleasures forevermore are at your right hand.” We invite God’s presence into our lives when we worship Him. He replaces our sadness and discouragement with His joy and peace, giving us hope and reviving our situation.
The mind is also an important factor in overcoming depression. Did you know that your thoughts have the power to influence every aspect of your life?
That is why:
it is critical to renew your mind with the promises of God’s Word.
The more time you spend reading and thinking about His Word, the more it penetrates your being and begins to change you from within. According to Hebrews 4:12, God’s Word “is alive and powerful” (NLT). It has the power to alter your perception of yourself and even your future. Filling your mind with what God says about you and claiming His promises as your own will give you hope and strengthen your faith.
We can’t control everything that happens to us, and we’ll never be completely free of pain or disappointment, but we don’t have to let what happens today ruin our future.
We have a decision to make. We can actually turn things around by deciding to let go of the situations that have caused us to be discouraged and depressed and to focus on the good things God has in store for us.
Depression does not have to take over your life. Whatever you’re going through, God is ready and willing to help you get through it… and transform it into something fantastic.
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