“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Philippians 4:8
Throughout your day, if you feel depression coming on, you can stop it before it digs in and takes over, and all it takes is a decision: decide not to think about it. Impossible, you say? No, no, no. It can be done!
In order to avoid depressing thoughts, think about something else as soon as you feel them coming on. When you pray, don’t agonize over your misery; jut talk to God and say, “Your will be done,” and then get on with something else. Sometimes prayer can just be an excuse to wallow in your pain and agony, and that’s not right. Don’t pretend to be praying when what you’re really doing is worrying. Let your prayer remind you who God is, not what your problems are. What seems bigger, the thing that is closest to you or the thing that’s off in the distance? The closer the bigger, so bring God closer by agreeing with Him, adoring Him, and praising Him. Put your worries in the distance by refusing to stare at them, especially in prayer. Know that God knows your situation, and then ask Him to show Himself to you so that you can find truth instead of the lie of depression.
The depressed mind is not trusting God to be who he says he is or to do what he says he’ll do. You can kick the most common depressions of life on Earth, but you have to know the one who is truth and trust that truth. You can defeat depression…With God.
God’s word confirms that faith should override feelings. Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is being certain of “things we cannot see” -in other words, not being controlled by what we feel. It might feel like all is lost, but for a true believer, all is lost only when we have lost faith in God. And the truth is that nothing -not angels or rulers, not devils or evil men, not trials or suffering -nothing can take us away from God (Romans 8:38-39). Nothing will be for our destruction, but it’s all meant for good, if you are willing to trust that God wouldn’t let it happen if he wasn’t going to make something amazing out of it.
There certainly can be chemical causes for your depression, but the beginning of all efforts to lift your thought life up out of darkness should be to place your mind on God.
Remember that Jesus came to set you free, not just from the wages of sin, but from the chains of it as well.
(Devotional from God Girl Bible, written by Hayley DiMarco)