Free from the Stronghold of Depression #2
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
Depression hurts. We’ve all seen the ads where a little dark spot follows someone around. The pill this ad advocates lessens, but does not destroy, this dark spot.
Exorcizing Demons.If depression is still a part of your life, with or without pills, you are not free. Even if chemical imbalance, victimization, illness, and all other causes of depression are dealt with, you may still harbor a demonic spirit. If this stronghold is not removed, no amount of medication will completely eliminate depression from your life.
We make plans. We expect things and people to go a certain way. But then life happens. If we have an inkling of the supernatural, we can agree that God’s will or worse, a demon or demons, will intervene.
We have grown to expect things in the US right from the beginning of our lives. Today many of us are not getting what we hoped for or expected because of sin in our lives, or simply because of the economy which has probably gone bad as a result of sin.
As children we demand that our parents provide us with the latest ‘whatever‘ that others have. As adults we start out in a world hoping everything will go our way.
Those of us who expect change, who expect riches, who expect rewards, and who have worked really hard in one way or another to achieve these blessings, often are disappointed and hurt by someone or something that interferes. Why would God or the world deny us? After all, we deserve it [we are worth it].
The enemies in our lives that cause depression are bitterness, anger turned inward, hate, fear, worry, strife, selfishness, and the list goes on. God gave us free will. What we do with that free will can mean the difference between the joy that comes with knowing and submitting to the truth of God, or our selfish pursuit of an illusive happiness.
So, how can we be permanently delivered from depression?
5 Biblical tips to conquer depression:
Read: Free from the Stronghold of Depression #1
1. Admit your responsibility in succumbing to this demonic stronghold. Whatever the reason for the anger, feeling of helplessness, or thoughts that have caused depression in your life, you are the person who needs to let it go.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a person, but eventually it ends in death.Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.
Psalm 34:17-18 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles. 18The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent.
2. Realize that all things come together for good to those who are in Christ Jesus. Turn back to Christ who is the author and finisher of your faith.
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
3. Pray and ask God to show you things differently–to show you circumstances from His point of view. Depression has no right to your life–the life God gave you. Pray often to resist succumbing to it.
Philippians 4:6-7 Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. 7Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
4. Be grateful for what you have been given. A grateful heart has no room for depression. If you are in a bad situation, get help. Remove yourself if you can.
Hebrews 12:28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
Psalm 30:11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
5. Love. Allow God’s love into your life. Love covers a multitude of sins. There is no depression in love.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].
Psalm 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.