Happy new month guys! Welcome to May 2018!
Last week I began to talk about depression and in summary I said the cure was to shift your focus because if you are depressed, you are focusing majorly on the wrong things and you are allowing them control you. I also said that you shift your focus primarily to God’s salvation to mankind through His Son Jesus Christ.
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Now, this is a continuation from that post. I continue today because I could literally see the eyeballs rolling and saying; “why do Christians always throw Christ at every problem or challenge? – LOL” Well, it is because in Him we overcome it all. Say Amen!
Anyway, today’s post will explain why understanding and focusing on His salvation is the way out of depression permanently.
Like I had written in the previous post, I say what I say here with all amount of responsibility because I have been under depression before and I can say what works.
When one is depressed, usually we know that we should try and shake it off at least while it is in its early stages. So we try everything that works to shift our focus from the thoughts causing us to stay depressed. Some shift their focus to drinking, some to sex, some to drugs and the list of possible vices can fill this page. These vices provide what I would call a “temporary solace” from the thoughts assaulting us and keeping us under. We become temporarily distracted from them and may even seem normal to everyone for the time being until we get sucker punched again. This time maybe even worse.
Related: Shift Your Focus
Personally, mine got worse after I lost a loved one few months (3 months precisely) after I got saved and as such, I hadn’t completely understood what Christ really meant to me by virtue of knowledge and how important I was to Him. But I was aware that I was saved so I turned to lesser vices like sleeping and watching movies. Especially movies, I could sit in front of the television for hours and I only watched movies with loving people, happy people and happy lives and everything perfect. I couldn’t bear to be reminded of the sorry state of my life(I thought) by watching anything grievous or full of enmity. For those brief hours, I was translated from my own life to a place of temporary happiness. I noticed that immediately the movies ended I was back to being depressed, so I would go buy another one. If the movies were finished, I would turn to sleep. I could make myself sleep so easily. Wake up and just go back to sleeping. Until my family nicknamed me “Sleeper Cell” after a seasonal movie back then and because of how I could sleep the whole day away. For me I was temporarily not part of this life while sleeping so I wouldn’t have to face those thoughts which were mostly of condemnation, guilt, pain, un-forgiveness, anger, betrayal and all manner of negatives.
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But then I decided to abandon my temporary solace of movies and sleep and face them one after the other not with any other thing but with the Word of God which is where being saved and understanding what Christ has done for us is really paramount. Every other thing would only be a temporarily solution because they won’t fight away those thoughts which when unattended to gains more momentum and becomes more destructive. I couldn’t even believe God loved me. But when I genuinely started believing everything in the scripture whether I understood it or not, my life began to change.
A pastor once said that we don’t subject the word of God to our minds to decide whether it’s true or not but that we subject our minds to the word of God to change the way we think and see ourselves. And that is taken from Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. It is only by the word of God that you can know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God concerning your life. What He has made you to be and His purpose for your life.
It is only the word of God that can penetrate to the depths of your soul and uproot every planting of negative thoughts of the devil in your life. Yeah, I see the eyeballs again but I believe the devil is responsible because you don’t want to think that way, you don’t want to be depressed, yet the thoughts just won’t let you be (that’s another story entirely). Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. The word of God can separate the soul from the spirit just so it will get down to the depths of your heart if you will let it, and it will discern the intents of those destructive thoughts and uproot them. You just keep on replacing those thoughts with what God has said about you!
Related: Am I Saved?
And 2 Corinthians 10:4&5 says it all.
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds 😉 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
And that weapon is the Word of God, believed and used to bring every thought or imagination that is against what God knows and has said about us, against the knowledge of God to captivity! And you don’t just do it once but continually until those thoughts are all permanently uprooted. James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.
Most importantly, you have to believe that God loves you and His love for you is not dependent on your good works or deeds because He died for you and I while we were yet in our sins having not known Him. His love kills every fear because fear (condemnation, guilt, pain) has with it torment. 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment”.
You have to know that you are important to Him if not He wouldn’t have gone to the cross for you. His mind is full of you! He is constantly thinking of you. God astonished every other creation including angels in His making of man that they had to ask Him in Psalms 8:4, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” He numbered the hairs on your head. Not that they are counted but that each one is numbered. If any strand falls off, God knows number so and so just fell off! Matthew 10:30, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered”!
Need I say more? Anyone or any thought that goes contrary to this and His word and proclamation about you is what needs to be uprooted. If He created you then He is the one with the manufacturer’s instructions about you and He cannot be wrong about you!
The question now is: will you choose to believe Him and stand on His word about you?
Let me stop here for now. I would love to read your thoughts in the comments section! How have you fared with depression?
God bless you and do have a great time this week!