A Christian Perspective...
Depression is something that can become a very dangerous condition if not dealt with. It can cripple emotionally, physically and spiritually. Anyone can suffer from it but everyone in Christ can overcome it.
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
God's will is wellness and God does not leave us
alone to suffer but He's right there to overcome this for you. Let's
look at King David a Biblical example of depression and how he over came
David was a man of God with the anointing of a King on his life. The prophet had spoken over David's life that he would become King. But let's look at King David before the prophecy had come to pass. Go back with me at a time when the promises of God were still in King David's future. David did not look like a King. He was a fugitive from King Saul. David was living in caves and running for his life from King Saul who wanted to kill him.
The circumstances in King David's life looked grim. Nothing looked like it was going to happen the way the prophet said it would. For a time David fell into depression. To outside appearances everything was not as it should be. It would have been easy for David to give into fear and what must have looked like failure.
But what King David did instead has been recorded for us in Psalms 143 starting with verse one. In David's own words...
1:Hear my prayer, O Lord;listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous. Don't put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you. My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
4: I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
7: Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,for my depression deepens. Don't turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.
9: Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
11: For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress. In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.
(New Living Translation)
First David came to God in prayer acknowledging that he is a sinner as he said,... "for no one is innocent before you". Other Bible verses agree, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God".
We are not healed because we deserve it, we're healed because of
His goodness, His mercy and His faithfulness. God's will is for us to be healed, so by grace we all qualify to receive healing even from
Next David tells God about his enemy that has chased him. What enemy has chased you? Take time to talk to your Father in heaven about your problems and your pain. Bring your pain to Jesus.
God knows all things. But for us, somethings can be buried so deep inside that we can't even acknowledge them. You can always Ask God to reveal them to you so you can give them to Him. God can take whatever you are willing to give Him.
This has to do with your 'free will'. He will not override your will. Take each problem and each pain and present it to God and in Jesus Name ask Him to take it. Then let go of it.
David said he was losing all hope. It was causing him to sink deeper into depression. Hope is earnest expectation of good. It has to do with you choosing to use your imagination to think of only positive things. Having hope is critical for the promises of God to come to pass in your life. Hope comes before faith, then faith is able to manifest what you hoped for in the natural world. Faith is the substance of things hoped for.
Hope is so important. Hopelessness comes along with depression. Without hope a paralyzing fear can come and become overwhelming . But you can overcome fear by submitting yourself to God and resisting the devil and he will flee from you. James4:7
2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
David, also combated hopelessness by thinking about what God had done for him in the past. He meditated on the good things of God. He lifted up his hands in prayer and he thirsted after the Lord. If you are depressed you can do the same thing.
Think back at all the times when the Lord was there for you. Think of the blessings the Lord has given you and even the times when He may have saved your life. Begin to lift your arms up in prayer and seek God out with Prayer and Thanksgiving Praise His Name.
In your thoughts
focus your attention on the Lord. Allow God to love you just the way you
are. He is the lover of your soul. Focus on His love for you and trust
God will help you, know that without God you can do nothing. Your answer is in the spiritual realm.
You can ponder on God's great works - meditate on them. You could look up Bible verses that talk about how much God loves you. Feed on the Word of God that tells about God's faithfulness to you.
God Himself will rescue you from your enemy of depression. You can run to Him and hide. There is safety found in Christ. God Himself will teach you to do His will for He is your God. His gracious Spirit will lead you into all truth and keep you on a firm footing.
Let God be glorified in you. Gods will is to preserve your life. Put your trust in Him, God is faithful to bring you out of this distress.
Let God breakthrough the cloud of oppression and depression over you. See God piercing through the dark clouds. See the glory of God coming through for you. Imagine it, picture Jesus delivering you, meditate on it.
The victory He has already
won for us on the cross.
Whatever it is that has caused you to go into depression, God can silence every enemy and destroy all of your foes.
Matthew 16:19 "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
You can go quickly to your Father in Heaven. Give yourself to Him. Run to God and let His Spirit lead you. It is because of God's unfailing love that God will rescue you. Not because of your works but because of His faithfulness and His righteousness He will answer you.
Lift up your hands in prayer and say, "As an act of my will I loose all depression from my soul and any causes attached to it, I command it to go in the name of Jesus! (You can add anything else that is bothering you and loose that from your soul also) Let the Holy Spirit lead you. Just release it all to God and let Him take it.
Then say, " As an act of my will I bind God's love, joy, peace and goodness to my soul (and add anything else good that comes to mind) in Jesus Name. And just receive it by faith.
Your Father God will do all these things simply because you are His and He loves you. Give yourself to God completely, no reserves, no conditions, no holding back.
Dare to believe a God that can not lie.
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