This is the time of year when a lot of people get depressed for many reasons. It could be the loss of loved ones, remembering how good life used to be for them, not enough money to shop, but whatever the situation maybe, as long as you are alive to see another day don’t let it get you down. Don’t let the devil see you sweat. This is the time of the year where if you are alive you have a million things to thank God for. But to defeat depression and oppression you have to first ask yourself , “Why am I feeling this way? And realize that you can put a stop or end to it, by eliminating it out of your thoughts, and looking for better things to occupy your thoughts. Above all look to God, trust in God, and hope in God. Lets look at how a few experts handled depression/oppression.
David said in Psalms 42:11, “Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again my Savior and my God.” (New Living Translation) It was agonizing to David because in the previous verse he said it hurt to the bones, like many of us older folks and young like to say. Even though he felt depressed and oppressed he always snapped out of it, by looking to God. In Psalm 121:1-2, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord who make the heaven and the earth.” Stop looking down at the devil he can’t help you, lift your head up and look to God.Stop seeking mans solutions and seek God’s;As Deuteronomy 4: 29-31 tells us “But from there you will seek the Lord your God,and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul,when you are in distress,and all these things come upon you in the latter days,when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice,for the Lord your God is a merciful God;He will not forsake you or destroy you,nor forget the covenant of your fathers,which He swore to them.‘And remember God don’t lie (Numbers 23:19&Hebrews 6:18).
Jesus our savior went through depression/oppression also, and this is how He handle it in Matthew 26:36-41, “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith to His disciples, sit here while I go and pray yonder, and He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be sorrowful and very depressed (heavy), then saith He unto them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death, tarry here and watch with Me. And He went a little further and fell on His face and prayed; saying, ‘O my Father if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt’….watch and pray, that ye enter not in temptation; the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
Then, Paul give us a different look at depression/oppression in 2 Corinthians 12:7 -10 which reads, “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure, concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me, and He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness,’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me; Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake; For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
There it is folks, three different people, three different scenarios all handled the same way, and there are many stories all over the Bible that tells you of people who trusted and depended on God. Read Hebrews 11 it gives you a list of some of the people, and I am a living witness. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Psalms 55:22 tell us to, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Are you righteous? If yes, then you are included in this promise.
Then Peter tell us in 1 Peter 5:6-7 to “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon Him; For He careth for you.” These are just a few ways to handle depression/oppression. The Bible is full of examples, try reading it. My favorite is Isaiah 26:3 “He will keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind on Him, because you trust in Him.” If you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you can identify with this. If you didn’t then go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions. Once you do this you will be starting on the right path to heaven and give everything to God so He can run things properly in your life.
I pray that God will give you the spiritual necessities to receive His word, live and abide by them; and will lead you to a place where you can learn and grow into His kingdom. Read the Bible for teachings on the infallible, unadulterated word of God in Jesus name. Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling, and present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the Immortal, Invisible, the only wise God, Our Savior be the glory, praise, honor, and thanks for using me His faithful servant to articulate this message to His children.