“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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.
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!