God's plan for dealing with depression is very different from the world's plan. The world wants us to reopen our wounds and recall every injustice from the past. The Word tells us to focus on the Healer.
When depression tries to come upon you, determine to look at Jesus--not at your distress. When you focus on God and His Word, the cause of your depression becomes irrelevant. God's answer is the same: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds" (2 Cor. 10:3-4).
Depression has many causes--in both the spiritual and the natural realms. Spiritually speaking, generational curses in a bloodline can predispose members of certain families to suffer from depression. In the physical realm, medical treatments, chemical or hormonal imbalances, fatigue, and just plain stress can be the culprits. Additionally, unresolved emotional issues or abuse can bring overwhelming sadness, anger and the inability to function normally.
The bottom line is: Depression is a supernatural spirit of destruction straight from the devil, and as such, needs to be treated like an enemy. We must take a strong stand against it and refuse to give it any power in our lives.
Depression stems from an underlying root of unbelief--unbelief in God's care, goodness, faithfulness, presence in your life or ability to get you out of seemingly "impossible" situations.
Unbelief is more than simply harmful to you; it is sin. In Mark 16:14, Jesus rebuked the disciples' "unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe." We cannot afford to make excuses or convince ourselves we have a right to be depressed. Instead, we need to take the supernatural prescription God has provided.
The saints of old had to do the same thing. The Bible indicates in 1 Kings 18 and 19 that Elijah was at the pinnacle of his "career" as God's prophet. Yet, at the end of chapter 19, he has plummeted from his highest high to his lowest low, sinking into a deep, suicidal depression.
Elijah began to look at his circumstances and feel very sorry for himself. This opened the door to destruction and caused him to cry out to God, "I've had enough....Take away my life. I've got to die sometime, and it might as well be now" (1 Kin. 19:4, The Living Bible).
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SOURCE: Charisma Magazine, Marilyn Hickey