Isaiah 53:4 NKJV “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…”
Did you know Jesus suffered so that you will be free of sorrows? Isaiah 53 paints a picture of redemption, verse 3 calls the Redeemer a Man of Sorrows. God had you in mind all the while. He sent Jesus as the substitute not just for sin, He also paid the price for depression and for your total wellness. One cannot ignore the spiritual aspect of depression. Isaiah 61:3 talks about a “spirit of heaviness”. One must understand that satan is the father of lies (Joh.8:44), and in his crafty ways seek to take advantage of those who are being weighed down emotional. He continually speaks lies in the mind of the depressed.
As a believing Christian, you recognize that the weapons of your warfare are spiritual. They are divine in nature in combating the forces of darkness that attempt to keep you at bay. Consider the following in overcoming depression:
Praise: Isaiah 61:3 prescribes praise as the antidote to the spirit of heaviness. Praise is the highest expression of your faith. It strengthens your heart in believing that there is something much better on the other side of your current situation. Praise works wonders in your life.
Prayer: Effective and heartfelt prayer is the means by which those who are afflicted in any area of life can draw on the unlimited power of God (Jam.5:13). This power is available to correct every situation that may be proving difficult in your life. Philippians 4:6 says we ought not be anxious, weighed down, or worried about anything, but every single situation we encounter should be taken to God in prayer. In line with this Jude 1:20 says we can build ourselves up by praying in the Holy Spirit.
The Word: Hebrews 4:12 describes the Word of God as alive and powerful. The application of God’s Word in every situation of life is sure to produce results. In Acts 20:32, Paul writes to the elders at Ephesus saying, “I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance…” The Word of God first builds you up, and then it delivers the inherent promise. Jesus in Luke 8:15 alludes to the fact that one must hold steadily to the Word of God and consistently be patient, in order to see the desired manifestations.
God’s Spirit: Ephesians 3:16 talks about the strengthening of the inner-man by God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is a life giving spirit (Joh.6:63). He invigorates the spiritual aspect of our lives, giving us strength to triumph victoriously against every challenge faced in life. You can ask the Holy Spirit in faith, to strengthen you with might and you will experience His power.
The fruit of joy: Nehemiah 8:10 says the joy of the Lord is our strength. Joy is a fruit of the spirit, resident in the heart of the Christian. You must by faith draw on the resources of joy within you. Isaiah 26:3 says that with joy we draw waters from the well of salvation. Don’t give your emotions the authority to keep you down, rather search your heart for joy, and choose to express the fruit of joy in its fullness.
The love of God: The love of God is the greatest weapon for good. 1 Cor.13:8 says love never fails. You must believe God loves you just as much as He loves Jesus. He sent Him to die in your place that you may be whole. He has also created in you the nature of love.
Scriptures to Meditate: Scriptures Against Depression