Do you ever struggle with discouragement? Do you feel like depression is overwhelming you?
I have experienced severe depression several times in my life. Before I met Jesus, I was chronically depressed. I had no hope in life at all.
But when I met Jesus and began to receive His love for me, and began to grow in Christ with good, Biblical teaching, that chronic depression left.
But I have still dealt with situational depression, even for extended periods of time.
For example, my husband and I have been paying for three pieces of real estate since the market crash of 2008–over 9 years. The first 2.5 years of that situation, I was terribly depressed. With every mortgage payment–which was wasted money in my opinion–I felt like my dreams were going right down the drain.
I didn’t understand why God would allow this to happen to us.
I knew it would have been so easy for Him to sell that property! So I began to embrace self-pity… and every time I did, it opened the door wide for demons of depression, discouragement, and suicide to attack me.
Yes, you read that right.
I began to hear thoughts in my head saying that I should just end it all, because there was no hope.
Let me be clear that those thoughts are always from the enemy. They are never from God. And I knew that! I rebuked those evil spirits and commanded them to leave me.
But I still embraced self-pity, so the door was open for them, and they didn’t stay gone.
BUT GOD! God always has an answer because He always IS the answer!
Every time I have walked through depression and discouragement, He has come through for me. He has always healed me and set me free, even though I’ve had to walk through some tough stuff.
Are you going through a season of depression right now? If so, would you allow me to share with you the three things that helped me get through–and eventually overcome–the depression I experienced?
1. When depression overwhelms, tell someone everything.
The first time that I was depressed as a Christian, and had those suicidal spirits come against me, I tried to fight it alone for awhile. I was ashamed that I wasn’t stronger, and I didn’t want people to think less of me!
But eventually, it got so bad that I couldn’t handle it anymore.
I wanted to be free from those evil thoughts (that were not my thoughts, but were from the enemy). So I went to an older, wiser friend of mine who was a prayer warrior, and I dumped everything I was going through on her and asked her to pray for me. I was too worn out and discouraged to pray for myself.
So she and another friend prayed for me. They prayed the glory down! God healed me and set me free, and my friends didn’t think less of me (because they loved me).
But, the key here is that my friends were able to pray for me because I was honest and transparent… even about the suicidal thoughts. [Read more…]