Are you feeling trapped in the shadows of depression? Discover the secret of shifting from hopelessness to a life brimming with hope, gaining victory over depression. Learn how to address the spiritual component of depression and use 5 truths from God’s word to come against the enemy’s lies. Read more to find a pathway to a hope-filled future.

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I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the face staring back at me. Who was she? How did she get there? She was a mere skeleton of her former self.

It seemed like one day I was alive and thriving, working and contributing to my family and society. Then almost overnight I was bed-ridden, being kept alive on IV-hydration and nutrition, having gone from a petite 113 pounds to a skeletal 74 pounds and weaker than I’d ever felt in my life. That illness led to the most debilitating depression that stole my joy, killed my peace, and threatened to destroy my identity. It’s just what the enemy does.

It left me feeling worthless.
Helpless.
Hopeless.

That morning as I remained home, alone, and in bed, it was cloudy outside just like my spirits. In the depths of my soul I was so lonely I could hardly stand it—being ill and in that bedroom for weeks didn’t help. I felt so isolated, so lonely, so afraid that was all my life would ever be. Who was I if I could no longer work, no longer care for my family?

All I could do was sleep. I had no appetite. I had no energy, and no desire to do any of the things I’d always loved to do. What about the “Joy of my salvation?” Where was that? Maybe I was just joy-immune.

I knew what I was supposed to do. I’d counseled patients for years who struggled with depression, and I tried all the same things I had suggested to them: I’d gone to therapy and done the work. I paid attention to sleep, diet, and exercise. I tried medication. They all helped but they weren’t enough. Something was missing.

The Spiritual Component of Depression

Slowly over time God revealed the missing piece: If we don’t address the spiritual component of depression, we’re really just putting a bandaid on it. As I began to see the enemy’s scheme and come against him with the authority given to us as children of the Most High God, I began to experience the dark cloud lifting.

The hard work of healing required that I “take every thought captive.” Essentially, that meant I had to be aware of the thoughts I was having and check to see if they agreed with the truth of Scripture. If they didn’t, I needed to reject them, and replace them with God’s truth.

As I began to come against the enemy’s lies with the truth of God’s Word, the darkness was replaced with light.

5 Ways to Replace Negative Thoughts with God’s Truth

  1. In depression’s darkness, the enemy tried to convince me I would never be healed, but Jesus himself declared “By My stripes you are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)
  2. The enemy shouted that I was weak, but Jesus said “in Me you are strong!” (Isaiah 40:31)
  3. The enemy wanted me to believe I was a victim, but Jesus declared “In Me you are victorious!” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
  4. The enemy repeatedly tried to convince me I was rejected, but God’s truth stated “In Me you are accepted!” (Ephesians 1:6)
  5. In depression’s grip, the enemy wanted me to believe I was worthless, but God declared I was worthy! (John 3:16)

Renewing Your Mind: The Path to Lasting Victory Over Depression

Victory over depression begins with renewing our mind and discrediting the enemy’s lies. That’s the secret of moving from hopeless to hope-filled.

What lies have you believed that need to be uprooted with God’s truth today?

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

Depression is going to be the greatest epidemic worldwide. Every year one in ten adults is diagnosed, and at some point in their lifetime, one in four people will be diagnosed with this dark condition. If you found this post encouraging or educating, would you please be an Ambassador of Hope and consider sharing it so that others would find help and hope as well?

 

 

Depression doesn’t have to become a permanent part of life.

There is hope.

Hope Prevails and Hope Prevails Bible Study

 

Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression and the companion Hope Prevails Bible Study help the reader understand how depression comes to be, recover their joy, reclaim their peace, and re-establish their true identity, while knowing their worth, remembering their secure destiny, and being confident that nothing separates them from God’s love.

Hope Prevails and the Hope Prevails Bible Study are must-reads for anyone suffering from depression or knows someone suffering from depression.

 

Are you feeling trapped in the shadows of depression? Discover the secret of shifting from hopelessness to a life brimming with hope, gaining victory over depression. Learn how to address the spiritual component of depression and use 5 truths from God’s word to come against the enemy’s lies. Read more to find a pathway to a hope-filled future.

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