Thursday, 23 June 2016

Ways to live above depression 2

Last week, I wrote on ways to live above depression, part one. I shown you the widespread of depression from ancients to our generation and the key causes of depression. I concluded by showing you how depression can be manage. I will be showing you some scripture I've used to manage depression which I believe will also be of help to you likewise.

God's Word has been and will continue to be the most powerful tool for managing depression. The word of God provides us with guidance, instructions, enlightenment, and encouragement over depression or in depressing situations.

In the year 2006, I sat for some examinations and I failed woefully to the point that I was so depressed thinking that it is over for me and that I will never become a graduate but Word of God came to my rescue from this symptom called depression. I was able to overcame by the word  of my testimony.

The first scripture will help you especially when you are debilitated by depression. The word of God says in Proverbs 18:14 that "A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?" When you are physically sick your spirit can sustains you and make you overcome such a sickness but when it comes to a crushed spirit; a spirit who has been wounded, it will be so hard for such a person to be help by man ordinarily. In depression, the will to live may be gone and there will be no reserved strength to live in your human spirit. When your a broken down emotionally, a scripture like this is your sword for vitality.

Scondly, is when you're been depressed as a result of sin and guilt. David is a good example of this root of depression. He said a lot about this in Psalm 32:1-5. He shows that recovery from this cause of depression begins with Goddly remorse and confession. "It is a relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has declared their record". Now all you need to do if you're been depressed through unconfessed sins, is to genuinely confess them to God and beliefs in your heart that God has forgiven you.

The third scripture is to help you whenever you're been depressed as a result of anger. A very good biblical example is prophet Jonah. In Jonah 4:1, he grew angry at his circumstance and was depressed and even wanted to die. You also may be angry at your situations and even contemplating suicide. Look if you commit suicide it show that you're a fool because you will die like a fool. What is it that is your problem that  your are the first human being that will be encountering such a problem. Someone else has experienced such a problem even beyond your own and has became victorious today. If Jonah can be victorious and if I can be victorious you too is already on your way to victory as you're reading this.

The word of God is complete. The Bible counsel us to put away anger. You are not to allow anger to carry over in your life from day to day. God is ready to help you overcome depression from anger. All your need do is to soak yourself with the joy in His word.

Depression most times occurs due to stress. You are such a type that worried and burdened on a daily basis about how you will live tomorrow and how you will cater for your family. Your problem is not that you don't have but you don't believes what His word says. Jesus Christ gave a promise to the weary and the burdened heart to come that he has everlasting rest to give. So why are you still going around with your burden and anxiety on a daily basis? Stop adding to your stress by worrying and be anxious for how you will face tomorrow. Live one day at a time by faith in the word of God. Matthew 11:28; 6:34 is all you need here. Read it. Meditate on it, believe it and live by it.

Also the word of God says that " In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). When you are been depressed by the events and the world influences, you must know that Jesus as already said that you will have  tribulations in this world but the joy of it is that He has overcame the world for your sake. I don't know if you're getting my point? You don't need to be control by those events such as economy meltdown, removal of fuel subsidy etc. Just be of good cheer.

Lastly, I will show you from the scripture that depression also comes from the spirit world. Depression some other times arise from unseen influence. The Satan and his agent are the rulers of the darkness of this age (Ephesians 6:12). Satan goes and walks about looking for whom he may devour (1Peter 5:8-9). He creates negative influences and thoughts all around in human being. At this point all you need is to be sober and be vigilant to resist him and remains steadfast in the faith.

There are a lot and many more scriptures to manage depression so as to live above it. Whenever you are been face with this symptom called depression, always make it your habit to use the WORD OF GOD as your medication.

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