3 Keys for Getting Rid of Depression

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Depression has become an epidemic in our generation. Perhaps you are one who has been affected by depression. Or perhaps you live with someone who is depressed. If either describes you, take a look with me at three keys that will help you win the battle over depression.

Key #1: Recognize that depression is an evil spirit. The Bible calls it “the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61: 3).  Since depression is an evil spirit, we are dealing with a spiritual entity that studies us, that knows our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and that knows when to attack us through those very weaknesses and vulnerabilities.  So, when we deal with depression, we are actually dealing with an evil spirit. Now this evil spirit can cause physical symptoms–like loss of appetite, a skewed view of life, a desire to sleep continually, uncontrollable crying, and other such symptoms.

Key #2:  Recognize that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3: 8). Depression is a work of the devil, and Jesus came to deliver us from it. When you are attacked with depression, call on Jesus to deliver you. Joel 2: 32 says this: “ . . . whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered.” 

Key #3: Begin praising the Lord the instant depression attacks. Now, I am not saying that this is easy to do, but I guarantee that if you start praising God the instant you start feeling depressed, the depression will lift and the spirit of depression will leave.  It works every time. Why? Because when you praise God, He comes on the scene. Scripture tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22: 3).  Because evil spirits cannot tolerate being in the presence of God, they will leave when you praise God. 

Portrait of lonely depressed man sitting on the floor

Like every other spiritual battle, the battle of depression is won with the Word of God. Usually we get depressed because our thinking is skewed. For this reason, a big part of the battle against depression involves renewing our minds (Romans 12: 2).  This means changing our thinking to align with God’s thinking.  We do this by monitoring our thoughts. Every thought that does not agree with what God says about us in His Word we must lasso and give over to Jesus (2 Corinthians 10: 3-5). 

In closing, consider this: Jesus Christ has already set us free from depression! But it is our job to enforce that freedom by resisting the spirit of depression whenever it rears its ugly head. By God’s grace, we can do it!

YOUR TURN: How have you dealt with the spirit of depression? Please leave a comment in the box below. Thanks!
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How to Engage in Spiritual Warfare

Knowing Your Enemy

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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People often ask me why there is evil in the world. The answer is simple. There is evil in the world because there is a devil who is the god of this world. His name is Satan, and his single purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy you in any way he can.

Most people don’t like to talk about the devil. In fact, many people deny he even exists. But when we don’t know our enemy, and when we don’t know his tactics, we place ourselves in grave danger, not only spiritually, but also physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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Scripture tells us that we are in a spiritual battle: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). In order to fight this spiritual battle, we have been given spiritual weapons: For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). Only by using these spiritual weapons will be we able to defeat the enemy.

What are some of these “weapons of our warfare?” We find these weapons listed in Ephesians 10: 18.  Let’s take a look: 

1) The Belt of Truth. Scripture tells us in John 8:32 that the truth will set us free. So the first piece of armor that we need to don is Truth. Truth is a Person. Truth is Jesus Christ. The Word of God is Truth. As we saturate our spirits with the Word of God, we will be putting on the Belt of Truth to wrestle the enemy.

2) The Breastplate of Righteousness. In Roman times, soldiers wore a breastplate to protect their vital organs in the midst of battle. The Christian’s protection is the breastplate of righteousness. This weapon places us in Christ and places Christ in us. We are His righteousness because of His grace.

3) The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace.  Shoes are worn by the feet, and the feet are the foundation of our bodies. When peace is the foundation of our lives, we stand on a strong foundation. Jesus is our Peace. He is the Prince of Peace. His Gospel is a Gospel of Peace. What does this mean? It means that Jesus came to restore peace between man and the Father. We are bearers of that peace as we go about our daily lives.

4) The Shield of Faith.  Why do we need the shield of faith? Because the enemy continually throws fiery darts aimed to take us down. When we carry the shield of faith, we are prepared to deflect those fiery darts and send them back where they came from. How do we get the shield of faith? By hearing the Word of God. Romans 10:17 says this: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Whatever you hear often enough, you will eventually believe. Make sure you are hearing the Word of God and not the word of the world.

5) The Helmet of Salvation. A helmet is worn to protect the head. The helmet of salvation protects the mind from demonic assault in the form of lies, false doctrines, and false philosophies. When we wear the Helmet of Salvation, we are protecting ourselves from false belief systems whose goal is to bring us down.

6) The Sword of the Spirit. This last weapon is the only weapon that puts us on the offense. All of the other weapons are defensive weapons. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. With it, we charge against the enemy and drive him out of our lives. We wield the Sword of the Spirit by speaking God’s Word into every situation that opposes His promises to us. For example, when sickness attacks, we use the Sword of the Spirit to drive it away.

Unless we put on all of the pieces of our God-given armor, we risk injury from the enemy. So be sure that when you get dressed each morning, the first thing you put on is the whole armor of God.

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