It is World Mental health week and I am reminded of the supernatural help God gave me to combat depression and to win in life. I have no recollection of the particular moment when I made the decision that changed my life for good but it was a few years ago when I found myself constantly crying, being moody and deeply saddened with life. I was ready to defend myself and to fight anybody who criticized, condemned or judged me for anything. There was not a day gone by that I did not cry or feel deep sadness for my life as a result of feeling sorry for myself.
Everything around me was crashing down and the closest people around me were not emotionally available to help me deal with the situation at hand. The only thing I was able to do was to reach out for my Bible and to read it. It didn’t really matter that I did not fully understand its context, I read it cover to cover and I constantly called on the name of Jesus to help me. The more I read the Bible and I admired some of the characters in there, the more I started to pray the scriptures into my life and bit by bit, God delivered me.
Depression is not a battle you can win with sheer willpower nor a battle anybody can fight by yourself. To start with, you need to make a conscious decision to overcome it and you need to make an effort, no matter how small, to deal with it. You also need to rely on God to deliver you while you fight for your sanity with God’s word on your tongue. God is available to help you overcome with supernatural help and he can surround you with people who can walk with you on this journey. Those are the things I encountered when depression had me bound and with God on my side, I was able to overcome.
Depression is not something you keep to yourself otherwise it will silently steal, kill and destroy your destiny. It comes with a thick dark cloud and it descends on its victims like a pack of ants would descend on cubes of sugar. It can kill as it slowly draws you away from the life you are meant to enjoy to deep darkness with no hope of seeing the light. When things are not going the way you thought they should and depression starts to set in, please find the help you need to get your life back into a godly order.
When life’s many battles overwhelm you, reach for the word of God and speak it over yourself. When the enemies are too many to face alone, get the word of God and speak it over them. Speak the word of God Over Yourself all the time until your mind is renewed and your life is completely transformed. Do not withdraw yourself from the right set of people and do not keep things to yourself. Find the right person or sets of people to talk to about your situation.
Do not over analyse situations and circumstances but do find a professional counselor who you can trust and rely on to talk things through with you. Find the strength in Christ for your survival. Make a decision to align your thoughts with God’s thoughts and speak the word of God over yourself. Allow for God’s supernatural healing and deliverance to take place in your life.
Speak the word of God and Change Your World
I declare today that as Christ is in me and I am in, my thoughts are aligned with his thoughts. I have been grafted into Christ the vine and I have become a part of his branches on earth. Therefore I think on things that are true, things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and on things that are excellent or praiseworthy.
I declare that this dark night will not overcome me. It will soon be morning and my light will shine brighter. I will surrender my anxiety to the Lord and He will turn my mourning into dancing. I declare that I am no longer clothed in sadness but my garment has been changed and I am clothed with gladness (Psalm 30:11).
I declare that the Lord God is with me like a mighty warrior comforting me in times of pain, calming my fears and restoring hope to me. Henceforth I will not be afraid of what mere mortal can do to me and I will not be dismayed (Deut 31:8).
I declare that The Lord is my shield, my glory and the lifter up of mine head. He fights my battles and I do not need to lift a finger. He delivers me from the hands of my enemies who are too powerful for me and He lifts my head up like that of a unicorn. Henceforth, I will not be sorrowful and I will not be anxious (Psalm 3:3) about my future because the Lord has my future in His hands.
I will wait on the Lord who renews my strength. Through God I will mount up on wings like eagles, I shall run and not be weary and when I walk I shall not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
I receive abundant life through Christ my Lord who gives me life. The devil no longer have access to steal, kill or destroy any areas of my life for I have Christ who gives me abundant life (John 10:10)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phillippians 4:13)
I possess the peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding in my heart. I will remain calm in chaotic situations. I will trust in Christ and declare His peace over my life. For this reason that He came to the world(John 16:33).
The Lord is my strength and my help. The Lord is with me and he upholds me with his righteous arm. I will not be shaken. I will not be afraid. I will not be moved (Isaiah 41:10)
Today I cast my burdens upon Christ and he gives me rest (Mtw 11:28)