'...Do not be dismayed, for I am your God...'
In the last two posts we've been looking at the metaphoric picture of being instrument rated. Just like a pilot needs to be instrument rated, through training, to be able to navigate safely through any storm he may encounter, the Christian needs to be proficiently trained in the Word of God to navigate safely through the storms of life.
Today I want to take a brief look at being instrument rated for depression. If left unchecked, depression can make a person do some crazy things that they otherwise would not do if they're in their right state of mind.
This insidious condition, for example, is responsible for causing people to walk away from good jobs, healthy marriages, turn to alcohol, drugs, and suicide. The dictionary defines depression as: 'To be flattened vertically or dispirited.'
Proverbs 12:25 says this: 'Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.' Here's our first clue to gaining the victory over depression. Notice how the bible defines the problem and then says that it's a 'good word' that fixes it.
Our greatest battles are fought in the arena of our minds. Our spiritual enemy, the kingdom of darkness, seeks to undermine our lives by planting thought bombs in our minds. What's the answer? Reading, meditating on, and speaking out the Word of God.
When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil, He used the Word of God to defeat him, See Matthew 4:1-10. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, and a mighty sword it is too. 'And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,' Ephesians 6:17.
The Holy Spirit is authorized to act on the Word of God when you put it in your mouth and speak it out. When you agree with what God has said in His Word you're flying by your instrument panel, and depression will not be able stay on you. Sure, it might take a little while for it to move off you, but move it will!
When you agree with your problem you're flying by your sight and senses. Dear reader, get the Word of God into your heart and start speaking it over your situation. Listen to this promise: 'So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it,' Isaiah 55:11.
When King David and his men returned to Ziklag hoping to be reunited with family and friends, they found their city burning and their families abducted. This sent David into much distress; he became downcast (depressed); what did he do? He encouraged himself in the Lord, 1 Samuel 30:6.
David knew the Word of God, and He used it to remember how big His God was compared to any problem he faced. In times of distress it was David's custom to remember God and speak out the victories that God had given him, and it was his custom to speak out the Word of God. When David faced off with Goliath, for example, he came running at that giant declaring the covenant (Word of God), See 1 Samuel 17.
Depression can be like a giant in the life of the one who suffers with it, however, the sword of the Spirit will defeat it! Praise the Lord. I will leave you with this promise from God's Holy Word: 'For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says,' Mark 11:23.
Have a blessed day
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