Overcoming Depression

Have you ever woke up just not feeling yourself?  Feeling as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, not understanding why you’re in such a funk or blue spirt?  For lack of understanding, what would you call that mood, Depression?  If so, what causes that feeling or outburst of emotions to come flooding in and stealing your ,God given daily dose of, JOY?  The important thing is not to allow it to stay!

 

Topic of the day: Overcoming Depression

Subtopic:  A release of FAITH

Scripture:  Psalms 42:5-6  

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 6 my God.  My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. 

Depression, also referred to as  sadness; gloom; dejection.  According to the online dictionary, it is a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.  I’d like to think it is just another tool used by the enemy, designed as a mental attack to draw us away from our true focus and to hold us back from our rewards; that last minute “gotcha” to throw us off course, but I thank God that His promises shall always stand the test of time.

 

Sometimes, in order to overcoming this attack, it is good to understand where it came from, the source or root of the attack: burdens, guilt, lack of control just to name a few.

 

Guilt, the fact or feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.  As believers, we cannot let guilt cripple us into not praying and/or repenting.  We must be mindful to admit our guilt and request forgiveness from the one(s) we have wronged and most importantly repent unto God for our wrong doing.  Once we have done so, we must trust in God’s forgiveness.

 

Burdens, the load of heaviness or trouble.  We can overcome our burdens by not letting them cause us to change our heart and/or character, but instead use them to make us better.

 

In Exodus 1:12 we see where the Egyptians tried to wear down the Hebrew people by forcing them into slavery, but instead of letting this situation make them weaker, the Hebrews multiplied and grew stronger.  We must realize that we, who are in Christ Jesus, have victory over defeat; and we must understand, without trials there is no victory.

 

Lack of control, the state or act of not being in control of a thing or situation.  Not being in control of a situation or thing that may readily affect us can sometimes cause us great grief.  It is somewhat of human nature to want to feel as if you are guiding your destination and it upsets us sometimes when we find out that we are no more in control of fate then a failed engine on a plane.  Once we realize that it is God that controls our destination and outcome, then it is easier to accept the fact that someone else has the right to make decisions when they are in authority over you (i.e. wives submit to husbands, employees submit to bosses, we all submit to the laws of the land and when we don’t we pay the consequences.)  Once we realize that God has our back and He will not let us be held captives to others, without His given purpose, it becomes easier to “Let Go and Let God.”

 

Once you understand and/or know the source of your state of being, then you will know how to respond.  However, even when you lack the understanding you desire, don’t focus on the attack, focus on the one that is able to release you from all of your stress.  God says “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” Matthew 11:28-29.  Although the physical situation may not change right away, He will grant you peace in the mist of your storm.

 

God Bless,

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