11/02/2015 | DEALING WITH DEPRESSION – Brother Ransome | #ROR Daily Devotional … We Bless The Day!

Depression is a widespread condition, affecting millions of people, Christians and non- Christians alike. Those suffering from depression can experience intense feelings of anger, hopelessness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. Depression can manifest as sadness, low energy, frustration, and extended misery. They may begin to feel useless and even suicidal, losing interest in things and people that they once enjoyed. Depression is often triggered by life circumstances, such as a loss of job, death of a loved one, divorce, or psychological problems such as abuse or low self-esteem.

Throughout my study on the causes of depression and several encounters with people, depression could result from different sources and are of different types. Depression could be situational, external, mental, physical and even spiritual. Depression is a complicated and multifaceted condition. Depression has a definite spiritual element. It is of Satan’s tools to take Christians out of the work of the Kingdom.

Depression can affect our view of God and sap our joy. It is impossible to live a Spirit-guided life without joy. Sometimes, depression may be caused by direct demonic activity (1 Samuel 16:14), but not always. How we handle depression is a highly spiritual matter. The Bible says to cast all our cares on God (1 Peter 5:7). A remedy for a “downcast soul” is to place one’s trust in the God who saves. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (Psalm 42:11).

Learn how to meditate and choose to stay in the Word always, even when you do not feel like it. Emotions can lead us astray, but God’s Word stands firm and unchanging. We must maintain strong faith in God and hold even more tightly to Him when we undergo trials and depression moments. The Bible tells us that God will never allow temptations into our lives that are too much for us to handle (1 Corinthians 10:13).

When you’re depressed, you may feel like you can’t accomplish anything. That makes you feel worse about yourself. To push back, set daily goals for yourself, explore a new territory and walk on a new path. Maintain a good attitude; make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

Sleep is essential to a healthy, balanced body. Lack of sleep can aggravate negative thinking and easily becomes a vicious cycle whereby your negative thoughts keep you awake and disable your ability to get enough sleep. But beyond all these, talk to the Holy Spirit about this issue, and let Him fill your heart with joy unspeakable and full of glory. GRACE TO YOUR HEART!
*** PRAYER FOR THE DAY – Father thank you for restoring me back into a perfect place of joy and abundant liberty in Christ Jesus, I break free from any hold and they lose they grip over me in Jesus Name, Amen.

*** CONFESSION OF THE DAY – I am made to be happy and joyful always, nothing can pull me down, I am full  is of strength and the power of the Holy Spirit is right at work in my heart and soul always. Hallelujah.

***QUOTES OF THE DAY –

[On Love] – Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

[On Life] – Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.

[On Success/Business] – We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives.. Some lessons are painful, some are painless… but all are priceless.

 

  • SCRIPTURAL REFERENCE – Galatians 5:22; Philippians 4:4
  • ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN : Morning – Mark 13 :2 1 – 37; Evening – Deuteronomy 20, 21, 22

 

  • #ROR … We Bless The Day! PLEASE SHARE!!