1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
After all that has been said, there comes a point when a person has to take a firm stand against any affliction. It’s the point when you rise up from within to stand up to the pressures of your soul. You decide to live life ignoring the fears that are before you. You make a decision to live in anticipation of something good, even though it looks impossible.
The Scripture above warns every Christian to be vigilant. This means to keep careful watch for possible danger. The life of the depressed is similar to a roller coaster ride. The depressed state of an individual is like gravity which is continually working to pull the car down even when it rises on the tracks. It seems life gets better for a moment, and hope fills your heart, but it takes just one incident to dash your hopes and ‘tip’ you back down into that valley of negativity. This is where you have to take a firm stand and be vigilant.
You must realize that in every adversity there is always an equal seed of hope. In the midst of darkness God spoke light (Gen.1:2). Within the darkness there was the potential for light. No matter how dark and hopeless you may feel, if you search with determination and faith, you will find something to be positive about. In the midst of darkness, you must look for the gleam of light, and focus on it (Prov.4:18). Be vigilant to keep your focus on the light. There will be distractions that will try to get you away from the light, but if you stand your ground long enough in faith, that light will light up your life.
When you’ve acknowledged that there is hope, talked about the hurt, grief and loss with God and a confidant, you’ve prayed, held steadfast to the Word of God; believing it, speaking it and thinking in line with it, you must take a stand against going back to the dark cave of depression. Our emotions tend to keep us in the state of the victim. Though it is more comfortable to be a victim than a victor, you must know that as a believer, you are destined to be a victor. You must take a vigilant stand to prevent your emotions from leading you back to that cave of self pity, dejection, hopelessness and negativity. After doing all to stand…you stand! (Eph.6:13-14a)
Scriptures to Meditate: Jam.4:7, Ps.27:1,3; 11:1, Prov.28:1, Joh.16:33, Isa.59:19
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**Here are more scriptures against depression