Understanding And Overcoming Depression - by Joyce Meyer

Depression is very real. It can cause us to feel isolated, alone, and hopeless…like everything around us is falling apart.

Satan utilizes misery to take an individual's otherworldly force and opportunity—he tries to fill our brains with haziness and despair and cut us down inwardly. Nonetheless, God needs to assist us with living liberated from misery. He needs to fill us with His bliss, expectation and desire for beneficial things for our lives.

An important part of battling depression is winning the war over our feelings. We will always have feelings…they will never go away. However, we can make our feelings line up with our decisions.

When depression attacks, what we feel like doing is giving up. However, the way we respond to depression makes all the difference.

First Peter 5:8-9 says to resist the devil at his onset. It’s so important to resist the feeling of depression immediately, because the longer we allow it to remain, the harder it is to resist!

All of us will deal with disappointments from time to time—that’s a part of life. However, if we let it, our disappointment can lead to discouragement…and discouragement can lead to depression.

I’ve said this for years: If you don't let the devil impress you with what he does, then he can't oppress you; and if he can't oppress you, then he can't depress you. One of the most important things we can do is resist the devil at his onset!

A Biblical Prescription for Depression

I understand that downturn might be the aftereffect of a physical or synthetic unevenness, and I would prefer not to limit these causes. Notwithstanding, for an extraordinary number of individuals, despondency is an otherworldly issue… and the Bible gives us incredible directions on the most proficient method to battle it.

Philippians 4:4 says, Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!

Praising the Lord in the midst of our pain is the greatest thing we can do. Why? Because when we choose to fix our attention on God and rejoice in the good things He has done, we make Him bigger than our problems.

I love Psalm 16:11. It says, In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. When we worship God, we invite His presence into our lives. He replaces our discouragement and sadness with His joy and peace…giving us hope and breathing new life into our situation.

The brain is additionally a significant key to conquering melancholy. Did you realize that what you think about has the ability to influence each aspect of your life? That is the reason it's so essential to recharge your psyche with the guarantees found in God's Word.

The more time you spend reading and thinking about His Word, the more it gets inside of you and begins to change you from the inside out. Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s Word “is alive and powerful” (NLT). It has the ability to change the way you see yourself and even your future. As you fill your mind with what God says about you and claim His promises as your own, it will bring hope and build your faith.

We can't control all of our circumstances, and we will never be completely free from experiencing pain or disappointment, but we don't have to let what happens today ruin tomorrow.

We have a choice. We can actually turn things around by making a decision to let go of the situations that caused discouragement and depression, and move toward the good things God has planned for our future.

Depression doesn’t have to rule your life. No matter what you’re going through, God is ready and willing to help you take your pain…and turn it into something great.

Author: Joyce Meyer
Source: Joycemeyer.org

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