EIGHT PRINCIPLES WHEN DEALING WITH DEPRESSION
Eight principles which are proven Biblical techniques which we can use to successfully deal with depression in our life, REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE:
1. CONFESSION OF PERSONAL SIN:
Personal sin leads to depression, especially not isolated and confessed sin.We must deal with sin on a daily basis by isolating and confessing our sins directly to God the Father. Then getting on with our life or we will begin to enter into chain sinning and which will develop into habitual sin. If we don’t do this, sin becomes a burden which clouds our joy, drains our spiritual energy, and destroys our productivity and vitality. In short, sin is always depressing and extremely dangerous when left to fester because it erodes our rational minds!!
So, make it a spiritual habit to confess sins and walk in constant repentance the moment we are aware of them. This step toward recovery from depression is absolutely critical!!
2. THE FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit fills us and controls our life when we have no unconfessed sin in our life. We can trust the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to us when we commit it, or even before to help us prevent entering into sin.
When the Holy Spirit is in control of our life, He produces His fruit in our life. And the fruit of the Holy Spirit does NOT include heaviness, depression, discouragement, disillusionment, anguish, sadness, dejection, or loss of vitality.
WHAT IS THIS FRUIT?
Well Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that it is: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL.
These 9 virtues REPLACE DEPRESSION!
3. LIVING IN THE WORD OF GOD:
Make it a daily practice to read and study the Bible each and every day. By living in the Word of God we are constantly reminded of GOD’S viewpoint, of His Plan, of His provision, of His awareness of our spirit of heaviness; and we are reminded of what He wants to accomplish in us with the tests or trials that we are going through.
A Christian’s response to the Word of God are:
READ IT Deuteronomy. 31:11; Isaiah. 34:16; Luke. 4:16; Ephesians. 3:4; Colossians. 3:16; 4:1; 1 Thessalonians. 5:27; 2 Timothy . 4:13; Revelation 1:3.
HEED IT Psalm 119:9; 1 Timothy. 4:16.
SEED IT Matthew. 28:19, 20.
DESIRE IT 1 Peter. 2:2.
PREACH IT 2 Timothy 4:2
RIGHTLY DIVIDE IT 2 Timothy. 2:15.
LIVE BY IT Matthew. 4:4
USE IT Ephesians. 6:17.
SUFFER FOR IT, AND IF NEED BE, DIE FOR IT Revelation 1:9; 6:9; 20:4.
THE CHILD OF GOD :
KNOW IT in his HEAD
STOW IT in his HEART
SHOW IT in his LIFE
SOW IT in the WORLD:
Deuteronomy 4:1-10; 12:32; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 33:6; Proverbs 30:5, 6; Mark 4:24; Luke 8:12; John 12:48-50; Romans 8:7; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2:1-4; Revelation 1:1-3; 20:12; 22:18; 19.
Living only in the sphere of human, secular viewpoint is a powerful source of depression. Remember King Solomon’s experience?
4. APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF GRACE:
Depression is often caused by PEOPLE, and most of the time by people we cannot escape, or people we love, or people we cannot confront, or people we trust.
By applying the principles of grace we will develop the ability to look at people and see them as GOD sees them. This includes the ability to let them live their lives as unto the Lord, and trusting God to make His way clear to them. This technique lets people make mistakes without us judging them.
5. FOCUS ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:
When we focus on Jesus Christ it helps to cure depression because it gets our eyes off our spouse, our children, our neighbors, our friends, ourselves and our problems. Instead, as we move through the day, we are thinking about the Lord Jesus Christ, His plan for our life, the Father’s provision for each incident in our life, and His provision of wisdom for each decision we must make.
Depression is a by-product of being solely occupied with ourselves, with our lives, and with our own problems.
6. TRUSTING AND APPLYING THE PROMISES OF GOD
When we trust and use the promises of God we then enter into the "REST" phase of Christian living. We need to have a good grasp of just who God is so that we will not hesitate to believe that He can do what He has promised to do.
We know Him as He reveals Himself in the Bible.
We believe Him when He tells us what He will do for us.
This builds trust in Him!! He will never let us down!! Let our faith REST on it.
CAST our burden on the Lord because He really does care for us!!
7. RELAX – TAKE IT EASY – LET GOD DO HIS WORK.
A relaxed attitude is based on knowing God personally and intimately as His special child that we are. A relaxed attitude is one of the results of living in the Word of God, walking in fellowship with Him, trusting in and using Hi
s promises to us, and being focused on Jesus Christ.
All of the components of depression will MELT away and dissolve when we finally come to realize that our Heavenly Father has everything in hand and He doesn’t need us to help Him. This omnipotent God who has sent His Son to die for us and who bottles our tears and numbers the very hairs on our heads, loves and cares for us more than we can ever possibly imagine!!
If you are a Christian, YOU are His personal gift to His Son, who categorically stated that no one can ever snatch you out of His Father’s hand, nor out of His!! (John 10:27-29) 27. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28. "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29. "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand”.
We are personally being trained and groomed by God Himself to rule this entire universe with Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. God already sees us seated in heavenly places perfectly sanctified and glorified. But to have the glory, we must also have some suffering for a little while on this earth. This is part of our training and is spiritual development in maturity.
But God wants His child to learn how to handle the suffering and the trials WITHOUT DEPRESSION. – Without falling apart – without feeling sorry for ourselves – without blaming everything, everyone and including GOD!!
God wants us to grow toward spiritual maturity, – His goal is to progressively transform us into the glorious image of the LORD JESUS CHRIST!! – And trials, testing, tribulations, traumas and everyday problems are PART AND PARCEL OF THAT PACKAGE SOMETIMES!!
Look to the Lord for every detail in life personally. Our Joy should NOT depend on people, circumstances or things. True joy is found when we trust and obey God. We can have the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding. Like the apostle Paul, we all need to learn to be content under any circumstances.
8. STRIVE FOR INNER JOY IN YOUR LIFE:
Inner joy is not possible for the Christian who is occupied solely with himself and his own needs. It is also not possible for the person who occupies himself solely with his own problems, his own circumstances and his own efforts.
Inner joy is a state of joy based on knowing that God is everything He claims to be and that He can do ALL that He has promised.
Inner joy is the living with every provision for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and therefore made by God in the life of a Christian who is walking in daily fellowship with Him. This inner Joy!! It is truly worth it and it is the antidote to depression, misery and feelings of helplessness and despair!!
For the Christian, depression usually marks lost faith in the One with whom I have entrusted my future destiny. It dishonors the One who floods my life with endless love and manipulates for good everything that touches me.
Jesus Christ is the answer to all the broken dreams, the collapsed hopes of our lives, the pressures that we feel from day to day, the sense of our failure and the inability to perform as we would like to perform.
Jesus Christ is alive and He is ready to meet us in the hour of death, but more than that, he is ready to meet us in the pressures of life.
He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
The Christian life is all about dying to our own selfish interests and allowing Jesus Christ to live His life in and through us. It about being less independent and less self-reliant, and instead, depending on CHRIST and finding our sufficiency in His all sufficiency.
It’s very much about focus, too. Not on other people; not on things; not on circumstances; not on ourselves; – focus on these things will only make us miserable, depressed and wretched. (Isn’t this how most people get depressed?)
Our focus and key interest should be on the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ and on the written Word of God, the Bible.
These eight proven Biblical techniques are your guaranteed way out of depression and on to the road to a healthy recovery. They are also a sure fire method in avoiding depression taking hold of you in the first place.