2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Thoughts are fuel for our actions. They influence our emotions, and strengthen or weaken our resolve. The feeling of (situational) depression is usually the resultant effect of disappointment, betrayal, grief or loss. It becomes a state of depression if it is not properly dealt with. Some people in a bid to overcome their depression have developed coping mechanisms that enable them function as a normal part of society. However, for most people, these coping mechanisms stem from negative reasoning which are contrary to the doctrinal teachings of God’s word. An example is a person who says, “I can’t get hurt if I don’t let anyone get close to me”. Another example is seen in those who refuse to make commitments because of the hurt or disappointment experienced from a commitment made in the past. There are also some women who become promiscuous and use their sexuality as a power play, with the goal of controlling men because they were molested or treated very badly by a man in their past. (Please understand these are not absolutes or judgmental but just a few examples to demonstrate/communicate some of the impact of the disease).
Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth reveals to us that the majority of the battles we fight in life are on the turf of the mind. Our weapons as believers have divine power; power to demolish established thought patterns that are contrary to God’s Word. If you are battling depression or you have developed a coping mechanism that makes you functional, I want you to know that there is hope, and that depression is not an incurable disease. Whatever went wrong, can and will be fixed if you trust God and let God! As difficult as this may sound, you should examine your thoughts and emotions in line with God’s Word. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 AMP gives us an elaborate list of the attributes of God’s love that is resident in the heart of the Christian. Galatians 5:22-23 highlights the fruits that the divine presence of God works in the hearts of the believer. If your thought processes don’t line up with these, you have a responsibility to demolish this negative thought patterns with the Word of God.
This is where talking really helps. Ask God for the grace and strength to do this, talk to a trusted friend, pastor, mentor (that can and will pray with you) openly about your challenge and who will hold you accountable. Our emotions don’t have to control us. If your heaviness is a result of loss, trust God because He is the God of restoration (Joel 2:25, Isa.61:7, Job 42:10,12). If it is because of hurt or disapointment, He is the God of vengeance and recompense (Rom.12:9, Prov.20:22). Friends, satan is a wicked devil. He will do everything to use negative experiences for the purpose of destruction, and we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Cor.1:11). If we listen to the voice of God over the negative voice (thoughts) of satan, then the faith for victory is ours.
Scriptures to Meditate: Rom.12:2, Prov.23:7, Rom.15:13, Isa.55:0-11, Heb.4:12