Depression is a common condition faced by many. It can be described as “a psychiatric disorder showing symptoms such as persistent feelings of hopelessness and unhappiness, dejection, poor concentration, lack of energy, inability to sleep, and, sometimes suicidal tendencies”. To put it in my words; when you open your eyes in the morning, just the thought of having to get off your bed, take a shower and get dressed to leave your home, is very overwhelming and can bring tears to your eyes. It does not stop there, you then have to take a deep breath and muster up the courage and strength to interact with people throughout the day.
If your job requires you to smile, with every stretch of your lips you cry inside. When you think about your future, all you see is a black hole that never ends and you get a hollow feeling of hopelessness inside.
For a few, depression takes them to the point where they hardly ever leave their homes and they isolate everyone in their lives.
Some however, seek help because they know that life must go on. Help can come in many forms; antidepressants, psychologists, exercise. Some turn to alcohol, drugs and parties to numb their senses and temporarily forget their reality.
I want to help you end your battle with depression, by offering the true treatment. If I could bottle it and tell you to take it three times a day, I’m sure you’d try it, but it’s even simpler than that. You’ll have to make a trade. Your sorrows, your burdens, your sickness, your hopelessness, for everlasting joy and peace that comes from God Himself abiding in you. Many times the onset of depression is caused by a difficult situation in your life that took a long time for you to overcome. A great example of this is the loss of a loved one. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 3: 1 – 8 that there’s a time every thing under the sun, a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to morn and a time to dance.
There comes a time when mourning and grief becomes unnatural, and this can open the door for depression to affect your life on a long term basis.
When adversity comes in our lives, what Satan wants is for us to devote all our time and thoughts to it.
He knows that this will just sink us deeper and deeper into a feeling of hopelessness and disappear. This is how the word of God puts it in Philippians 4: 6 – 8 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” There are so many things that we could choose to think about, and Satan constantly tries to contend for air time in our thoughts. The bible tells us what we should give thought to in the scripture above. God also tells us in Isaiah 26:3 “God will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him, because he trusts in Him.” What an awesome promise!
I have proven this in my life, through the death of my mother.
I experienced supernatural peace that I knew came from God, because I sure couldn’t handle it without him. If I sit right now and think about the last moments of my mother’s life, I will cry. My mother passed away 9 years ago. What do you think would happen if I thought about it all day? I would feel very depressed all day. What if I got up the next morning and thought about it again? Get my point? It becomes a chronic condition when we allow ourselves to be carried away by any type of thought that does not edify us. God has promised to keep us at peace if we get carried away with him.
There’s another aspect of depression that most overlook. A young lady once told me how she overcame her battle with depression. One morning she woke up feeling very depressed which was the norm for her. She sat in front of a mirror to comb her hair, and as she slowly and reluctantly brushed, she saw something that changed her life. While looking at her reflection in the mirror, she saw a demonic being over her pressing down on her shoulders. At that point she immediately jumped up and rebuked that devil.
She recognized that depression was more than just a physical condition, but a demonic being attacking her life by the name of depression.
From that point onward, every time she felt that heaviness coming on, she would remember what she saw in the mirror that day and command depression to go from her life. It was only a matter of time before depression got the message and stopped tormenting her.
We can’t ignore the fact that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and rulers of darkness.
Think about if you saw a being named depression hovering over you ever time you felt depressed, would you just leave it there? Won’t you rise up and command it in Jesus name to leave you alone? Not because you can’t see the things of the spirit with your natural eyes means that you should just ignore it. If you don’t take hold of the enemy in your life, he’ll take hold of you. You have to fight, every time you feel heaviness coming on, don’t accept it, open your mouth and rebuke depression. You have been given power and authority over demonic beings, don’t let them control you. Rise up and take authority in Jesus name and every demonic attack on your life will come to an end. Everything in this world is temporal, and you have everything you need for this life and eternity, living in you. His name is Jesus; He’s comforter, friend, father, savior, healer, deliverer, and His love for you never ends. Put your trust in Him, and your heart will be safer, your days will be brighter, and your steps lighter.
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