If you are buried in depression, you can get out of it. Recovering from 30+ years of my own battle with depression, I recognize you are declaring to yourself, “there’s no way.” I remember that heavy, dark, hurtful, discouraging, paralyzing wet blank that has been thrown over your mind. Hopefully the following thoughts can help your start the journey out of darkness.
Don’t let depression become your identity. For years, I characterized depression as “my depression.” I allowed depression to become my identity. If you do the same, throw this off! If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are a child of God. That’s your identity not “my depression.”
Remember the one thing that the devil hates most is not power but TRUTH. John 8 44 states (The devil has been) a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. The devil is a liar…that’s just his nature! You know what? We who are living in depression have fallen prey to one lie after another.
In our minds, our thoughts create neuro connections. The more our mind considers lies these connections become large negative mental paths. In depression, you build unhealthy, fear laden mental highways, even runways creating deep, ugly ruts that are very difficult to clean up. However, you can change your mind! How?
Rigorously tell yourself the truth and stop believing the constant barrage of lies. The first part of the Christian’s spiritual armor is to fasten on the belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14). Spiritual warfare begins with the belt of truth not perception! The belt holds things in place. Telling yourself the truth starts holding things in place. New positive neuro connections will start forming in your mind. Perceptions are the devil’s workshop. The Holy Spirit resides in the truth.
Get a hold of these verses. Philippians 4:8-10 state Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things…and the God of peace will be with you. Beginning with truth, think on these things. Healthy, Godly mental paths will be the results and you will experience His peace.
I am going to ask you to do two things:
One, start memorizing and meditating on scripture. If you do (it’s hard work), the Word of God will heal your mind. Notice what Hebrews 4:12 says. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword…discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. The word of God is a The Surgeon’s scalpel to help you discern the thoughts and intents of your heart teaching you the truth. Memorizing and meditating on scripture is a “mind wash” building neuro connections that are holy and healing. The Bible talks about in Ephesians 5:25 the washing of water with the word.
Two, construct a three-column spreadsheet. First column is “Misbeliefs” (negative thoughts). Second column is “Truthful Thoughts.” Third column is “Applicable Bible Verses.” At the end of every day, take a few minutes to determine what percentage of your day was spent thinking misbeliefs/negative thoughts. Identify the prevalent negative thoughts. Write them down in Column 1. Then, determine and make note in Column 2 how much of the day was spent believing the truth. And, rather than misbeliefs, what healthy, truthful thoughts should replace them? List these thoughts in column 2. Finally, in column 3, list applicable verses then memorize and meditate on these verses. Practice column 2 and 3 and steadily rid yourself of the misbeliefs in column 1. In John 8:31&32, Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
It will be a slow journey, but you will begin to walk in the light. Light grows things including you!