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Depression is an issue that I’ve dealt with in many seasons. I’m talking about sadness, hopelessness…frustration that seems like the heaviest burden ever…making it impossible to pray -only cry. I’m sure many of you can say that at some point you’ve experienced some highs and lows of life that have created some truly horrifying emotional and mental roller-coaster. I’ve certainly taken a few of those rides over the years. That’s where I was mentally and spiritually back then. I’ve said before how I was raised in the church and so, the knowledge of God and Jesus has been a constant in my life. Despite this knowledge, depression has repeatedly tried to consume me. It was so bad that a time or two I contemplated suicide. Thankfully, I didn’t take my own life but I’m still here because God revealed to me the power I possess to conquer the attacks on the mind. Nope, it didn’t happen as a light bulb moment. I believe that God was always calling out to me to return to Him, to trust Him, to rest in Him -to believe in Him more than I believed the circumstances in front of me.
1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.
As Christians, when we become born again yes, we have Heaven to look forward to but get this, we are also offered the goodness of God’s best every day that we are alive. This includes peace in our hearts and minds. To put it plainly, we experience issues in our mind and emotions because we allow external pressures to get inside our hearts and we choose to internalize those stresses and pressures. Meaning, we allow issues to get inside our heart and contradict what God has placed there…the truth of His best. This comes from when we give power to thoughts and then they end up weighing us down instead of uplifting and empowering us in ways that only God’s Word can.
John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”.
Understand that you have an enemy. And the enemy is the thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy. One method of destroying lives is to attack our minds. The enemy’s attacks are spiritual. And as Believers, we have the power to combat spiritual demons and cast them out. You do this by speaking the Word of God in faith. But in order to do this, we must get in the Word, learn the Word and apply the Word. It is the medicine and the therapy needed to overcome any mental illness. You may ask, “So what about Christians who take medication for depression or seek counseling?” Everyone operates at their own level of faith. While they are doing what may be necessary in the natural, they must also exercise their faith to line up with God’s Word. When you put your faith in God’s promise, you come to realize that by no means does God intend for anyone to be totally depressed, or dependent on medication and therapy. God desires for us to have peace and enjoy the fullness of His promises. I firmly believe that if you change the way a man thinks, you can change the man. If you suffer from depression, try changing the way you think. It will change the way you feel. Instead of being closed-minded and dependent on your own limited abilities, allow God’s Word to transform your thinking. Overcoming depression is possible with God’s help. With the Word rooted in your heart, and God’s divine intervention, you have the supernatural tools to conquer depression.
Jesus said in John 16:33, “…be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.
Don’t allow depression to prevent you from living the abundant life God desires for you. He has a purpose for your life and you can move forward. There’s some work you’ve gotta do in order to have more control over your thinking. Understand that you have the power to control what enters your heart by focusing more on what you believe. When you believe what God says, the pressures of life will lose their effect. Your heart is like soil. You must guard it because whatever you allow into it has the potential to grow and become your life. No, you won’t always be able to control your circumstances but, you can control what enters your heart. Depression can’t have a permanent place in your life if you hold on to God’s Word and His promises.
John 14:27 says, “…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.
It is your responsibility not to become troubled over the issues of life. And you do that by speaking to your problems instead of about your problems. Here’s an example: if your problem is debt, don’t sit around and talk about how much debt you’re in. Instead, say to your bills, “My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in Heaven. Therefore, I call these bills paid in full in the name of Jesus.” Or if you’re experiencing issues in your marriage, instead of picking up the phone and telling your mom, sister, aunt or friend about how many times your spouse messes up, say to your marital issues, “My God is a healer and restorer; what He has joined together, no humanly mistake will be able to separate us”. The Bible says in Mark 11:23 that you can have what you say if you believe rather than allowing doubt to enter your heart. Whatever you believe to be true will affect the things you say and the way you respond. If you believe you are healed, free from depression or stress, God’s Word guarantees your freedom. Instead of complaining or suffering in silence, speak to your situation and because of your faith, God will move on your behalf. I believe that depression can be defeated every time by believing what you receive. Talk to God about everything and don’t be discouraged by what you see or feel. Instead, continue to treat your symptoms with natural means such as medication, diet and exercise, or speak with a therapist and the necessary spiritually by declaring God’s Word over your situation. The same anointing that was on Jesus to heal the sick is the same anointing available to us today.
After you believe you receive, give thanks. When you thank God for His goodness, you expand your capacity to receive more. Many people think, “Well, just thanking God is just a lot of noise.” No, you are making things happen for your good. The Bible says, He called us out of darkness into the marvelous light that we may offer unto Him praise (1 Peter 2:9, Psalm 50:23). Your praise and thanksgiving releases God’s supernatural power that enables you to experience deliverance. Praising God always restores what is missing. To cultivate an attitude of gratitude, begin by believing that God loves you. Confidence in His love will cause you to appreciate Him as a loving Father deserving of your praise. If you lack anything, start thanking God for it.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.
You don’t have time to walk around depressed, stressed and overwhelmed. You can be healed. There’s too much that needs to be done in your life and those with whom you come in contact. Everything about you is needed especially your strength and your new found ability to overcome and bounce back. God is depending on His people to assist in the end-time harvest of souls. Don’t miss your opportunity to do God’s work by ministering to somebody that needs salvation or deliverance. Your testimony can bless others! You possess the power to defeat mental illness. Yes, there will be some emotionally tough days, but with God’s help, you will emerge victorious.
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