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Overcoming Depression

Depression is a sickness, an emotional problem in the soulish area.  All people - adults and children - can suffer from periods of depression.  Among youth, depression is the Number One cause of death - by suicide.

When we think of depression, we often think of gloomy and melancholy.  Depression can be due to chemical imbalance in the brain or depression can be caused by spiritual oppression.

Medical science has developed drugs to help with the physical chemical imbalance and to connect the synopses of the brain that did not connect.

Thank God there are cures for depression.  God does not want people to be depressed.

Let's look at some symptons of depression.

1.     Reclusiveness - a withdrawing from reality.  This is dangerous.  Genesis 2:18 says, "It is not good that man should be alone. . ."  Do not allow reclusiveness to overwhelm you.

2.     A passive mind.  This is when the matters of life become unimportant.  A passive mind causes people to not care about anything.  Must learn to take control of your mind and read the Word of God and think on good things (Philippians 4:8).

It is very good to have the support of family, friends and professional Christian counseling in order to learn how to control your thought life.

3.     Magnification of problems and difficulties.  This is a person who takes small things and begins to worry and turns those small things from a molehill into a huge mountain.  This person is not looking to God as his Source.  He is not casting his cares upon the Lord. We need to learn to minimize difficulties and be able to not be offended.  Offenses will come, but we need to be able to forgive, forget, and then move on.  (Luke 17:1)

Your emotional response should not be determined by what happens to you, but how you react to what happens to you.

4.     Lack of concentration.  This is the person whose mind wanders from subject to subject.  They have a hard time committing to anything, especially a job.  It is hard for this person to sit down and talk with family.  This person has a hard time completing tasks.  James 4:7 says, "to resist the devil and be set free."

Let's look at some causes of depression.

1.     Disappointments and discouragement in a career, a business, personal life, etc.  Rejection can cause sorrow and a spirit of depression can settle in.  A death of a loved one can bring on depression.  But we must not grieve too long.  For believers, just rejoice that thier names were written in heaven and that you will see that loved one again.  (Luke 1:20).

2.     The spirit of depression or heaviness.  Psalm 61:3 says, "The oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."

God does not want anyone to suffer from depression.  It is the devil who seeks to make people sad and depressed.  He comes to steal, kill and destroy.  (John 10:10).

3.     Illness.  Long-term illness can cause depression.  People that are constantly sick can become very depressed. Many need to be delivered from depression before they can be physically healed.  John 5:6-9 says, "Do you want to be made well?"  "Sir, I have no man to put me in the pool. . ."

4.     Chemical imbalances.  Physical problems in the brain.  Being born with chemical problems need to be prayed for restoration.

What are effects of depression?

1.     Depression steals your ambition.  Depression is an enemy of your happiness and the success God desires for you.

2.     Depression can cause physical illnesses.  Over an extended period of time, depression will cause the major organs to not function properly.  Examples:  G. I. Tract.  Depression is a fearful thing.  It can lead to suicide.  It must be stopped.

3.     Depression can cause guilt.  The devil will drag out sin from the past and place a guilt trip on you.  Do not allow that to happen.  Remember:  If you are born again, you are forgiven of your past.  In fact, you do not have a past, only a bright future in the kingdom of God.  GLORY TO GOD FOREVER!!!!!!!!

Romans 8:1 says, "There is therefore NOW no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus."

When God forgives you, you are totally and completely forgiven - just as if it had never even happened (I John 1:9).

4.     Depressed people can harbor spirits of jealousy and hostility and they can bring it into the home.  This brings outbursts of anger and causes much of the domestic violence and abuse that we see in homes today.

Steps to take to ride yourself of depression:

1.  God's almighty power working in your life can obliterate depression.  Let's look at the Word of God.  Psalm 40:1-5 say, "I cried out to the Lord (in a time of despondency) and He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a Rock (Jesus). . . He put a new song in my mouth, even praise to God. . ."

2.  Face the issue.  Depression must be faced head on.  Get out of denial (and that is not a river in Egypt!).  You must take action to break the power of depression over your life.  Get some help.  Get professional help.  Good Christian counselors or psychiatrists.

3.  Demand the spirit of depression to leave.  As an act of your will, SPEAK and use your God-given authority and dominion over the spirit of depression and tell it to leave in the Name of Jesus.

You have, within yourself, the power, the strength and force with God's power to drive depression completely out of your life.  Say this:  "Spirit of depression, I command you to GO, in the Name of Jesus!"

4.     Allow your spirit man to speak.  Begin each day by allowing your spirit man to speak positive things.  Do not allow your mind or soul to speak negative things - feelings.

Do not be a victim of feelings or emotions or circumstances.  You must chart your life with your spirit speaking God's Word.  "This is the day the Lord has made and I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!  (Psalm 118:24).

5.  Take control of your thought life.  Remember, the battlefield is in the mind.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."

The Christian life is a life of spiritual warfare.  We win the battle of the mind by being "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" and by "putting on the whole armour of God" every day (Ephesians 6:10-18) and casting down imaginations and taking every thought captive.

I want to say that life is just too short for us to live a life plagued by depression.  Depression is NOT God's best for you!

So, take authority over your mind, your will and your emotions and think on those good things.  Confess good things every day over your life and good things will happen to you.  Use Jesus' name.  (John 16:23-24).

Your joy will be full!

Remember:  You can become anything you desire if you pay the price and put the work into it.  The entire world is open to you.  God's treasures are yours for the asking.  How big is you "want to".  If you want to and will to, you can receive God's glorious riches through faith.

Feed your faith and starve your doubts till the doubts depart.  Starve doubt to death.

So, today put purpose in your heart to rejoice in the Lord -  NO MATTER WHAT!! (Psalm 33:1)