How can I eliminate depression?
Question: “What causes depression and how can I eliminate depression?”
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me (Psalm 42:5)?
We all have days when we are down, bored, or gloomy. Many would call this a mild form of depression, but it is more correctly called discouragement. The Bible illustrates many characters who had to deal with being discouraged and depressed.
Both Christians and non-
While it is unrealistic to expect never to feel down, 30 to 40 million Americans are experience discouragement and depression at any given time, what causes it and what we can and should do about it is the question.
- Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
- Some medical drugs.
- Some medical conditions.
- Biological tendencies.
- Conflict disputes with family members or friends.
- Loss or death of a loved one.
- Family genetics may increase the risk.
- The uncertainty of even good events such as a new job, graduating, or getting married.
- Bad events such as moving, losing a job or loss of income, getting divorced, or retiring.
- Social isolation from being cast out of a family or social group.
- Serious illnesses.
- Substance abuse.
- Spiritual abuse, when the devil perpetuates the symptoms.
One of the biggest causes of continuous depression that is often overlooked is Satanic oppression often instigated through sin in our lives and that of our ancestors that has not been repented of. He can fill us directly with feelings of depression or he fills our mind with deception, such as “you are no good, that is why he or she left you,” you will never be able to get a good job,” “you are guilty for what happened and God will never forgive you,” “no one could really love you,” and a thousand other false ideas that we accept. Whatever we are depressed about, Satan just keeps us reviewing our mental film over and over again to keep our eyes on the problem, to keep us in bondage.
While our modern world of clinics and drugs looks to subdue the symptoms, they often overlook the cause, and drugs have many unpleasant side effects. This raised the question, should Christians go to a doctor or psychiatrist? While the best approach is to go to the real healer, I am the God that heals you (Ex. 15:26), God also provides doctors to help us, especially when we are to depressed to seek God or are suicidal.
The most common symptoms of major depression are:
- Sleep disturbances
- Deep sadness or emptiness
- Apathy, loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
- Agitation or restlessness, hyperactivity or inactivity
- Weight/appetite disturbances
- Diminished ability to think or concentrate
- Excessive guilt, worthlessness
- Feeling of self-
reproach or worthlessness
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Thoughts of death or suicide.
Two to four of these symptoms over a month is considered mild depression and five or more is considered depression.
Depression is the control of our emotions over our lives. Proverbs 15:13 says, A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Often a discouragement will lead to sadness, which lead to grief. When left uncontrolled, grief will spiral down to depression.
The first consideration is determining what is the cause, events, and negative thoughts that may initiate or perpetuate the depressed mood and if our thoughts are being perpetuate because we permit ourselves to keep replaying the negative thoughts or because Satan keeps encouraging us to replay the negative thoughts.
Paul reminded us, But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead (Phil. 3:13-
Both science and the Bible recommend the following action toward a positive attitude.
- Locate and identify the negative thoughts or misbelieve in your self-
talk and negate them. “I am of value, I am a child of the King.”
- Argue against the negative thoughts. “I am not a failure, rather than judge myself, I look to the Word of God to learn who I am, a child of the King.”
- Learn how to stop replaying negative mental thoughts over and over by immediately changing your thoughts to something pleasant as soon as you recognize the negative thoughts. You can say to yourself, “In spite of my sorrow and disappointment I am experiencing, I turn to the Lord to help me.” Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
But what do we do about being attacked by the devil? Jesus said, And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons (Mark 16:17). So how do we get rid of the devil? We command the spirit of depression to leave, that you are a child of the King and that Satan has no right to torment you. “Spirit of depression, in the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to leave me. Pick up your plans and your work and leave now, in the name of Jesus Christ.” You only have two choices with the devil. You either live with whatever he gives you or you take the authority of Jesus and drive the devil out.
Be sure that when you start spiritual warfare against the devil , that you are first free of all sin and have no unforgiveness. You are approaching Satan not in your power but in the authority of Jesus and you want to be sure that you have no unrepented sin or unforgiveness hindering Jesus’ authority in your life.
Let me give you a personal example. A few years ago, I had an emotional experience that was so sever that I did not even realize I was depressed. The next morning, not feeling like doing anything, I returned to reading a book that I had been reading. The very first sentence that I started to read said, “The major cause of depression is Satanic attack.” This was the only place in the entire book that this point was made. Isn’t God good, he prepared the timing of this book to tell me what I needed to know just when I needed to know it. I immediately realized I was depressed and that I needed to cast the devil and all of his negative thoughts from me. I immediately started to cast the spirit of depression away in the name of Jesus and almost immediately I started to feel my old happy self.
As we cast Satan out and start to refuse to look at our problems, but concentrate on Jesus, studying the Word of God, we will start to enjoy His peace and joy.
He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him: because he trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
Overcoming depression is not always easy, sometimes with medical help, but always with faith, believing that God will answer His promises, you can replace depression with joy and peace. We start with prayer and the Word, refusing to keep staring at our problem and start looking to God and pleasant things, casting the negative from us whenever it raises its ugly head. Leaving the past behind and moving into the future trusting God to do what is best for us.
You may say, “I can’t”, but remember, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18).
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen you heart: wait, I say, on the Lord (Psalm 27:14).
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