There are many books and information on ways to deal with depression. Some are medical, testimonials, and spiritual. We will look at depression through the eyes of God’s word on how to hit depression back during the faith journey.
Break the chains of negative thoughts, habits, and whatever is holding you back. Depression is also a chemical imbalance as well as having spiritual implications. Depression is not because you’re a horrible person or is caused by sin, although we need to repent for sins and we make poor decisions.
This is not the case. This is a sickness like anything else. When we feel bad we go to Jesus for a physical ailment, depression or any emotional turmoil is just as legitimate.
Author Dave Heyl said in Don’t Jump! It’s only a bump the following that we all have rough patches, but you can navigate through these bumps. “Never say, never. Success is around the corner for you to claim it. It’s all about faith and attitude.
Success is about navigating over and through those bumps with grace.” Determination is a key, but knowing God is not missing how you’re feeling is also important. Studying the word of God, rebuilding the core foundation of faith, speaking life not death over you and others, and choosing the good over evil are tools to help you. This is in addition to cognitive therapy and seeing a practitioner.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).”
You can and will beat this depression and feeling of hopelessness, you don't need to be a victim.
God knows your pain
God hears you and the frustrations going on. Pastor Rick Warren said it like this “God sees the crises in your soul. Because God knows our frustrations and despair, we can give those feelings to God. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” Admitting that you don’t have all the answers is fine. Be honest and write down your fears and release them to God. Let go of what you can’t control and stop fighting to have control over situations that need to be laid aside.
There is no shame in dealing with depression. King David dealt with depression. In Psalms David soul cried out. “Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God—soon I'll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He's my God.” Reading how others dealt with depression and how God delivers them will inspire you.
Praise stops the avenger. Praise forces you to look up not down. Speak life into the darkness and be filled with His grace. His anointing remains in you. You are filled with his goodness, not despair. You have the mind of Christ. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians).”
Sometimes we get in trouble from making bad decisions in relationships, jobs, and don’t take care of ourselves by eating better. No one is perfect as we can see this from people struggling with bad choices in the Bible. David, Peter, Mosses, and others all made decisions that caused conflict. It is how you deal with it. You can move on and use this time as a lesson on how to be better and face issues head-on.
Cast it off
Make a decision to cast of sin, hurts, bitterness, anger, and jealously. Take action and put a solution in place if these are your struggles. Pray on the list, and struggles that are hindering you. Find someone to keep you accountable and encourage you. Join a care group. You have more power than you realize.