-Depression doesn’t discriminate
-Depression doesn’t mean you aren’t saved
-Depression doesn’t mean you don’t know Jesus
-Depression doesn’t mean you don’t pray
Depression means that you are weak and you need to have one outlet and that is Jesus. THROUGH Jesus you need to find a sound therapist that works through the wisdom of God. In addition to that you need to have a deliverance session. Sometimes it may take a day and other times it could take years. Don’t think you aren’t saved because you are depressed. Be thankful you have a way out.
Are you in a deep dark hole of depression, and the more you try to dig yourself out, the deeper you go? Do things look dark. Bleak. Black. Do you feel Hopeless. Helpless? When the entire world is a raw catastrophe hovering over you in the depths of despair, it’s easy for faith to falter and stumble.
Depression turns the brain into a swirling mass of half-truths and distorts perceptions. If you’re depressed, it can be dangerous to evaluate anything in your life. Don’t scrutinize your circumstances or friendships or prospects for marriage, you will misinterpret reality.
Instead, simply say, “I’m leaving that to God for now. I’ll think about it later and trust Him to handle it.” God is good. He is faithful. He loves you even though you don’t feel it. He can handle your life even when you can’t.
Remember, faith is not a feeling. Faith is simply believing that God will do what He said, even when it doesn’t feel like it. When you’re depressed, it won’t feel like God is faithful. But that feeling simply is not true. Don’t believe it.
One pastor acutely sensitive to the imperfect feeling of faith, said that true faith “clings so fast to the inmost parts that, however it seems to be shaken or to bend this way or that, its light is never so extinguished or snuffed out that it does not at least lurk as it were beneath the ashes”
Like David prays in Psalm 139:11–12, our faith may often slip away from our sight, but it does not slip away from God who gave it in the first place.
If you’re depressed, one of your greatest temptations is to shut people out. But you need someone to gently remind you of what’s real; a faithful, godly friend to walk through the valley of depression with you. When your friend speaks the truth to you, it gives you something to grab onto. In the moments of darkness, don’t believe what your mind is telling you. Believe the words of your faithful friend.
Depression pulls your soul downward, like a weight tied around the ankle. One of the most effective methods for increasing your faith begins with the body. When you exercise or go for a walk or sit in the sunshine, your body feels better. Blood and oxygen pump through the body, refreshing and nurturing it. When you feel better, you think more clearly and see things more accurately.
When you think more clearly, you can more easily process and embrace God’s promises. When you embrace God’s promises, faith surges.
Charles Spurgeon, who often fought depression, said,
“A day’s breathing of fresh air upon the hills, or a few hours’ ramble in the beech woods’ umbrageous calm, would sweep the cobwebs out of the brain of scores of our toiling ministers who are now but half alive. A mouthful of sea air, or a stiff walk in the wind’s face, would not give grace to the soul, but it would yield oxygen to the body, which is the next best”.
If you’re depressed, embrace the sunshine. Go for a walk or a jog. Sit on your porch and feel the warmth on your face. Drink your coffee and watch the sun rise. You won’t feel like it. You’ll want to hole up in the darkness of your room or stay in bed. But just twenty minutes in the sun can do wonders for the darkened brain and the sunken soul.
Ultimately, your hope in depression hinges on Jesus. He’s holding onto you even when it feels like you’re free falling. You may be in the darkness of the pit, but your Shepherd is walking right beside you. He knows what it’s like to be overwhelmed by grief and swallowed by bleakness.
Your grip on life may falter, but God grip on you won’t.