Friday, August 16, 2013
Dealing With Depression.
Depression can be overwhelming; Seek God and He will heal you in His name! “I know that you are always with me, Lord. I will not be shaken, for you are right beside me” (Acts 2:25). Know that God can heal you from anything. Admit that you are depressed. Come before God with a sincere and humble heart and the Lord is just to hear your prayers. If you have sin, repent and accept the blood of Jesus Christ. By His stripes we are healed! Is there anything the Lord cannot deliver us from? No! Commit yourself to your complete recovery “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit” (Psalms 51:10, 12). Commit yourself to prayer and thanksgiving “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Phillipians 4:6). “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’” (Jeremiah 29:11, 13). Even if you don’t feel like it, commit yourself to praising God and trust in Him “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalms 42:11). Commit yourself to an intimate relationship with your Heavenly Father “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Commit yourself in recognizing yourself as a child of God “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1-2 3:1). Commit your own body to God “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Commit yourself to the renewing of your mind “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Commit yourself to Jesus “But whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith” (Phil 3:7-9). “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34). Commit yourself to taking care of yourself and to refocus on God! “Because he (Samson) was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, ‘You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?’” (Judges 15:18). One of the effects of depression is exhaustion. Samson was physically and emotionally exhausted. There is great danger of falling into self-pity after a great personal victory. Concentrating on what God did in your situation, instead of concentrating on your part of the action, will generally help you to avoid falling into the trap of self-pity and depression. “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors’” (1 Kings 19:3-4). Here, Elijah experienced fatigue and depression right after a great spiritual victory: the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the victory of the God of Israel. Great victories, even spiritual, can lead to depression, especially if we focus on what man has done instead of focusing on what God has done. Please note that God Himself lead Elijah out of that depression. He never once gave him a reproach. Instead, He let Elijah rest and eat. Then He encouraged Elijah to return to his mission: to be a witness of God in Israel. Rest and nutrition, as well as a refocus of our mission on earth and keeping our eyes on Jesus are of vital importance to get over these humps in life. Depression can be overcome Your situation is not hopeless. Remember Philippians 4:13 — “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Leave this matter to God and trust Him, believing you are healed “by the stripes of His blood” (1 Peter 2:24). He is faithful and will see you through. He will not abandon you. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). If God is for you, who can defeat you? There is none. No one could, can, or will defeat God. Be blessed, in Jesus’ name! J.Cyr D.C.A (C) 2009 twitter.com/s8veyourbreath @saveyourbreath firstname.lastname@example.org