Freedom From Depression
by Charlotte Barton
Depression is something that is running rapid in today's time. Our busy life style, pressures, stressful situations, all weigh heavy on our minds and spirits. This overwhelming feeling or heaviness surrounds and encompasses our minds like a dark cloud.
Depression can settle upon more than just people who are overwhelmed or stressed. It can affect those who do not have a busy schedule, those who stay at home most of the time, for whatever reason or situation. Setting around with an “idle mind,” in other words, can give an open door for depression to come in and take residence or at least stay for a long visit. Depression can manifest itself in individuals of all different ages and stages of life.
May people do not realize it, but our diets, the foods and beverages that we take into our bodies, also can affect the state of depression in our lives. There can be many factors in our lives that our enemy, Satan, uses to attack us with through the spirit of depression. And he knows just what area to target, too! He can find that tiniest crack in the wall of your life and stick his foot in there, press, and work it around to make the crack bigger, and eventually is able to make that crack into a doorway for him to walk through and wreck havoc in your life through a state of depression. You do not have to allow this to happen. Or if it has already happened, and you are deep in depression or you seem to live a life of “roller-coast depression”, going in and out of it frequently, God's Word says that you can be freed from any state of depression you may find yourself in.
I am going to use the dictionary definition of the word “depression” (**Source: www.thefreedictionary.com/depression) as a guide to break it down and apply spiritual revelation, teaching, and scriptural understanding.
The definition of “depression” first said that it was “the act of depressing”. It is one of Satan's assignments to press you on every side and cause you to stay in a state of depression, or to stay in that state as much as possible. Psalm 42:6 says,
O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; therefore will I [earnestly] remember You from the land of the Jordan [River] and the [summits of Mount] Hermon, from the little mountain Mizar. (Amplified Bible)
Satan wants to make you feel that you cannot bear what lies before you in your life. But God does not want you to bear your cares or burdens. He said in 1 Peter 5:7,
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
So, when Satan tries to press you down, or depress you, just remember God, like Psalm 42:6 said to do. Remember God is waiting for you to cast your care upon Him because He loves you so much and cares for you.
Another part of the definition of depression stated, “An area that is sunk below its surroundings.” Satan desires you to remain in a deep, sunken pit of depression, sadness, and despair. He wants you to feel that you are so deep that you cannot escape the hold it has on you. When you are in a deep pit it is dark. You cannot see clearly through the darkness that surrounds you. Look at the following scriptures:
1 I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings. 3And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.
ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
What God is saying through His Word is that He hears your cry as you cry out in desperation. When you pray “expectantly”, like the scripture in Psalm 40:1 said, that shows faith. You expect Him to hear your hearts cry for deliverance from depression and from the cares in your life. He will draw you up out of that horrible pit of depression that the enemy meant to be for your destruction, whether physically or spiritually.
In the bottom of a pit there may be thick mud where the hard rain has poured down into it surrounding your feet so that you start to feel like you are “stuck” or “bogged down”. He will draw you up out of that miry clay, that troublesome, thick, “hard to put one foot in front of the other” kind of situation.
He will set your foot upon a rock. That Rock is Jesus Christ, for in Him your steps will be steady, and He will establish you as you go forth in faith in Him.
He desires to put new song in your mouth. Satan wants to shut up that song within you. For your enemy knows that praise to God is a mighty weapon. As you refuse to let depression keep you bound up in a pit and as you go forth by faith with a praise on your lips, many people will see what God has done in your life, and as a result they will turn to God and put their trust in Him. Praises release faith within us, and praises causes things to happen on our behalf in the spiritual realm. Praises move God, as well as praises move us. It moves us from a self-centered, self-pity, depressed state, and moves our focus to God.
Do not let the darkness of the pit overcome you, for God says to arise from the depression. Arise from that state in which Satan has “laid you out flat on your back” in a position of prostration from the circumstances or situations that you have found yourself in. For that darkness must go because your Light has come into your situation. God says to shine for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! When the light of God is illuminated, darkness dissipates and disappears. The darkness cannot stay in the Light of God's presence.
The next part of the definition of depression is “The condition of feeling sad or despondent.” We are human, with human tendencies in which we tend to let our emotions rule our thoughts and actions. Satan uses our “sad or despondent” emotions as an open door to bring depression upon you. I like the way David spoke to himself in Psalm 42:5. If he had a mirror I could picture him pointing to himself in the mirror and speaking that scripture aloud with authority so that Satan could hear him and to get the Word of God deep down in his spirit stirring up faith with him,
“Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.” Psalm 42:5 (Amplified Bible)
It was like he was saying to himself, “What is wrong with me? Why am I letting my inner emotions control me? Why am I moaning, groaning, and belly-aching when that won't change a thing, but only make matters worse? Just hush up the sad or despondent kind of talk. For my hope is in my God. As I cry to Him, I expect Him to deliver me. Though I may not feel like it, I WILL praise my God, for He is my Help in my time of need! I will not let negative emotions prevent my praise from going forth!”
In the Bible “night” often represents a difficult time in life. A time of depression is a period of “night.” Are you in a night time of your life? Hang on Child of God, light comes in the morning, for God is the Bright Morning Star. It is comforting to know that God is your source of Light Who will bring you through. Look at what David said in the following scriptures:
Psalms 77:1-2, 6 (Amplified Bible)
1 I WILL cry to God with my voice, even to God with my voice, and He will give ear and hearken to me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek (inquire of and desperately require) the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out [in prayer] without slacking up; I refuse to be comforted.
Psalm 42:8 (Amplified Bible)
Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
It is important to remember the song that is deep down in your spirit. Call it to remembrance, causing your mind to purposefully remember the Mighty God you serve, causing your mind to bring forth a song of praise DURING the night. Let it rise up and come forth as a mighty praise from your lips as a proclamation that God IS bringing you out of the night in the name of Jesus, and His loving-kindness will surround you with a daytime season of life.
Doctors sometimes classify depression as a “disorder.” One of the definitions of depression stated it was a “psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anhedonia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death. Also called clinical depression.” That is exactly how Satan wants you to live. Clinical depression is a name of a disorder. But I also know that the Bible says that Jesus is above every name and clinical depression must bow at the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:9-11). As a Christian, a Child of God, you have the authority in the Name of Jesus Christ to bind that “sickness” and loose peace, joy, and happiness upon your mind and life (Matthew 18:18). You have the right through the name of Jesus to break any chain of bondage that has you bound and claim God's deliverance. God is a Healing God. Claim His healing, for by the stripes of Jesus that He took upon His back before dieing for you on the cross at Calvary, you are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).
God desires you to “humble yourself” and come to realization or come to a point of admitting that you cannot become freed from the bondage of depression on your own. But it is a choice. You have a choice to make a change in your life or not to make a change continuing to live in depression. You have a choice to turn to God for your source for help or not to turn to God for your help. God said through His Word in 1 Peter 5:6-7 (Amplified Bible) ,
6Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
7Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Humble yourself today at the feet of Jesus, cry out to Him Who is your only source of complete help and deliverance. Cast your whole care, your need for complete deliverance, healing and restoration. Lay it all at His feet once and for all, not picking it back up again, and again, and again, like we often tend to do.
Another correlation between the definition of depression and how Satan uses it against a person, is that the definition stated, “a reduction in activity or force.” Wow! Does Satan use the spirit of depression to hinder a person from going forth in what God had called them to do? Yes! He definitely wants a reduction in activity in the Kingdom of God and in that person's force or authority given by Jesus Christ to go against the Kingdom of Darkness.
God does not want you to live in a state of depression. He wants you to live a life abundantly in Him. He is waiting for you to turn your need over to Him. He is waiting for you to cry out to Him. Psalm 34:17 says(Amplified Bible) ,
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.
The word “righteous” does not mean “holy, without sin”. It means "him who is upright and in right standing with God”. For example, this is shown in the explanation brackets in Psalm 5:12 (Amplified Bible) ,
For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).
This is seen many times throughout the Bible for the word righteous. That is what it means. When you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, living according to God's Word, walking in relationship with Jesus, then your are covered by His righteousness, covered by His blood. You are justified and made righteous through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Yes, we all sin at various times, but His blood that He shed on Calvary cleanses you as you call out to Jesus for forgiveness. You are righteous in His sight. God sees the blood of His Son, Jesus, covering you, not the sin that has been washed away.
Therefore, as you cry out to God, He hears you, and will deliver you out of all, like Psalm 34:17 said, not just a little bit, but all of your distress and troubles, the depression that seems to hold you captive. Whether you consider depression to be a state of mind, illness, or oppression of a demonic spirit, you can be freed today! For the Lord is your shield from these attacks of the enemy, He is your glory, your Light that shines into the darkest area of your life, and He is the lifter of your head out of depression (Psalm 3:3). Victory can be yours today, in the name of Jesus Christ, as you claim it and stand on His Word!
©2010 Charlotte Barton, Complete Health God's Way
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**Definition of Depression (Source: www.thefreedictionary.com/depression)
1.a. The act of depressing.
b. The condition of being depressed.
2. An area that is sunk below its surroundings; a hollow.
3. The condition of feeling sad or despondent.
4. Psychology A psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anhedonia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death. Also called clinical depression.
5. a. A reduction in activity or force.
b. A reduction in physiological vigor or activity: a depression in respiration.
c. A lowering in amount, degree, or position.
a. A period of drastic decline in a national or international economy, characterized by decreasing business activity, falling prices, and unemployment.
b. Depression The worldwide economic depression from the late 1920s through the 1930s. In the United States, it began with the stock market crash in October, 1929.