OVERCOMING DEPRESSION

Sadness Mask by Stuart Miles
Have you ever had a period in your life when you felt down emotionally? You may have felt as if you had lost your joy. The dark cloud of depression had engulfed you. For whatever reason you didn’t feel happy.You wondered if it would ever end and whether you’d ever be happy again. The good news is that, for believers, happiness is unnecessary. God does not even want you to seek happiness because happiness is based on what is happening in your life. Jesus said in this world ye shall have tribulation.  So perpetual happiness is an impossibility. However, perpetual joy is possible for you as a believer, but it depends on your response to what is happening in your life.

Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Therefore, when you experience unhappy events, God says He has provided you with something better than happiness: JOY. Joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) that already resides within you, and you must decide to tap into it. Below, I have listed the “Five A’s” that will help you to overcome depression and tap into the joy of the Lord:

  1. Apply positive thinking. “Stinkin’ thinkin’” can be a major factor in depression. Therefore, you must focus on the Word of God to dispel the lies of the enemy. Purpose in your heart that you will count your blessings. Train your mind to focus on the positive things God is doing. Gratitude for what God has done and focusing on God’s Word will go a long way in helping to alleviate depressed emotions.
  2. Address spiritual oppression. Luke 10:19 says that as believers, we have power over all the power of the enemy. Therefore, bind the forces of evil that are the source of depression and take authority over them. Isaiah 61:3 says that we should put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Praise pulverizes the enemy. When you feel down, worship will be instrumental in your being able to win the war against depression.
  3. Ask for supernatural healing of soul wounds. The Holy Spirit is the Healer. However, you must forgive those who have hurt you if healing is to take place in your heart. Obedience to the Word is the true barometer as to whether you have forgiven or not, and Luke 6:28 says that we are to love, bless, pray for, and do good to those who have caused us emotional pain. Therefore, you must forgive and let it go, follow the instructions of Jesus about how to treat your enemies, and only then will the healing begin that will lead to the end of depression.
  4. Alter brain chemistry. Pray and believe God for supernatural healing of the brain chemistry imbalance causing the depression. Rearrange your life to eliminate stressors that can cause your brain chemistry to shift in a negative way. See a doctor and get prescription meds or take natural supplements to help alleviate depression if necessary.
  5. Assist others. Use your gifts and talents to be a blessing to others. Find a way to make a positive difference in someone else’s life. God created you for a purpose, and He has given you gifts and talents to use for His glory and positively impact the body of Christ. When you help others, it will bring you joy.

If you are feeling down today, or if you become depressed in the future, use the “Five A’s” as a checklist. Ask God what action He wants you to take to get your joy back. When you do your part that He requires, then He will provide the supernatural power to help you overcome depression and restore the joy of your salvation.

How have you handled depression in the past? Leave a comment below. 

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THE BENEFITS OF WAITING ON GOD

praying woman by david castillo dominici

Lately, God has impressed upon me the importance of “waiting” upon Him. This is what He said to me one morning as I journaled: “Everyday, I want you to take time to sit before me and let me fill you with MY power, and strength to serve. When you fail to take that time, you go in YOUR OWN strength.” Therefore, I am now seeing the importance of developing the spiritual discipline of waiting on the Lord.

What does “waiting on the Lord” really mean? It simply means to still yourself, sit quietly before the Lord, and give Him the opportunity to fill you with His power and anointing. Some people refer to it as “soaking prayer” because you are effectively absorbing His presence into your being. You also listen for His voice and receive instructions for the day. It may sound simple, but it’s harder than you think. I started out with 5 minutes, and my goal is to increase the time to 15 minutes or more. It’s hard to sit there quietly, not pray, not praise or worship God, keep your mind focused on Him and the download process, not let the devil to distract you, not let your mind wander, and not fall asleep. By all means, waiting takes major mental and spiritual discipline!

One of the best known scriptures regarding waiting on the Lord is Isaiah 40:31 which states, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” In light of what God has been showing me about waiting on Him, I saw in this verse the following benefits that you will be able to receive if you make the choice to wait on God daily:

  1. Gain spiritual strength. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Therefore if you are spiritually weak today, waiting on the Lord is the remedy.
  2. Remain above instead of beneath your circumstances. “They shall mount up with wings of eagles.” As eagles fly far above the earth, likewise, you can fly above your circumstances.
  3. Be able to be content and thrive in negative situations. Eagles fly at altitudes where the air is thinner and other birds don’t fly. They fly alone. Therefore, you will be more apt to be content and thrive in less favorable conditions than those who don’t wait on the Lord.
  4. Do extraordinary feats with less effort. Eagles soar high with their wings expanded. They glide without flapping their wings excessively. When you “soak,” you will receive the power to do extraordinary feats under the power and anointing of God with less effort.
  5. Possess boundless energy. “They shall run and not grow weary.” This indicates that waiting on God will result in you having boundless energy. Waiting on the Lord and receiving energy into our bodies is like charging a cell phone battery to the 100% level.
  6. Maintain spiritual sensitivity. “They shall walk and not faint.” When we faint we lose consciousness. Waiting will make you spiritually sensitive and allow you to remain conscious of what is going on in the spirit realm.
  7. Maintain the ability to persevere through hardship. Fainting is synonymous with “giving up.” When we wait upon the Lord, we will gain the ability to endure hardship without throwing in the proverbial towel.

Saints, the Bible says in Isaiah 30:15, “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” Getting quiet before the Lord on a daily basis is imperative if we want to be spiritually strong and victorious in this life. So, as King David stated, I also encourage you, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).

What has your experience been with “soaking prayer?” How do you think it can benefit you spiritually? Leave a comment below.

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