According to the mental health foundation, depression is a common mental health problem that causes people to experience low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.
It can be caused by so many factors depending on the individual involved. Stress, grief, difficult life situations are some causes. Nevertheless, depression can be spiritual. It is not of God for one to depressed. As children of God, we do not have to go through such situations in our lives. Trust me when I say that depression is a killer. I went through it in November 2017 and felt the world was crushing on me. It was triggered by something that I thought was minute, but I found myself in tears, not eating, feeling so sad and lonely, calling home to fly back and a whole lot. It was terrible! Let me be very real here, it was an attack on my mind.
Depression is not from God and that is a fact. How did I overcome it? Through prayer and reading the word. I didn’t go and see any counsellor. In fact, at that point nothing anyone said made me feel good; I isolated myself. God came through- I laid on my bed one morning and the Holy Spirit began to speak to me and I sat for hours praying and rebuking the spirit of depression. I had allowed the devil to take hold of my mind just as he had always wanted. I had to pray so much, shed tears, let it all out.
At that point, I realised that I was getting better. Do I still get depressed? - Well, I am human, I have my low moments and my high moments. Just recently, once again, something happened, and I was totally down but I remembered what I had been through and I got on my feet and began to pray. I am sharing few Bible Verses that helped me in overcoming depression. This is besides all the prayers that I had to do.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I prayed with this because, the devil is such a kill joy.
Always ready to steal all the joy that lives within you, hence bringing that depressed state as always.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
I was burdened about various issues. Grief, difficult situations are all burdens and allowing God to take control takes that depression off. You get to know that He is Lord and He will be there with you.
1 PETER 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
During this period, you think the world is all against you. You feel you can’t speak to anyone because they don’t get you, but one man does and He is asking you to cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares.
When you pass through the waters,I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
This is an assurance from God that no matter the struggles that we face, He will be with us. The troubles that we feel will take hold of us, will not even overwhelm us. God is with us in the storm.
Even youths grow tired and weary,and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
I love this scripture because it explains how we feel as young people who go through so much and feel tired. It says “Even youths”, showing that it is mostly not expected of young people to think too much, get tired and weary or go through difficult times but in this case, even when we do, our strength is renewed in God and that is what I love. That even through that hard time, I can keep on trusting in God and He will see me through.
These are a few Bible Verses that helps me a lot day in and day out and my prayer is that it can be of help to you as well.