A Struggle and Victory over Depression

Today’s psychology books talk like we are the first generation to have the symptoms of what they call psychosis. In all reality, these problems go back to the war in heaven and the exile of the Lucifer to Earth. Fear, doubt, and worry have been renamed as depression, schizophrenia, anxieties, and PSTD and really most any of them fit into one of the three categories of fears, doubts and worries. Oh and yes, I did say PSTD. But we can look back at some of our Biblical heroes and see how they overcame this mental pressure without medication. In fact, they all had one thing in common when it came to the cure, but we will talk about in a few minutes. First, I want to prove my point.

Let’s go to Genesis and Peek into Abraham’s life;

“And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.” Genesis 15:2-3

Abram watched as the slaves and servants in his house had children a plenty. Here he is in his eighties! His beautiful wife Sarah watched them until she was well past the age of having children. And oh the heartbreak! Do you think they battled mental pressure over this? They were God’s chosen leaders and yet…no one was born to them in their lineage in a time when your family line meant life or death.

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Let’s look at David, another Biblical hero;

“How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? 2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, [having] sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider [and] hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the [sleep of] death; 4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; [and] those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. ” Psalms13:1-4

You can almost hear the moaning and agony  of not knowing when God was going to show up. David was depressed, desperate for help and pouring out his heart before God. He had a talent for words, but his struggle was real. Here’s a man who had seen such carnage in battle and such heart-wrenching combat that most of our men and women in the military today would shudder. I mean no disrespect, but David and the Israelites were always fighting hand to hand  and had no other options like bombing, drones or missiles. If they were defeated, their women would be passed around from enemy camp to camp until they died. Their children would be slaves and die of starvation or disease. These people lived in uncivilized times where brutal men did horrifying things and to stay alive, and God’s people had to be mentally tough. Was God still God for them?? ABSOLUTELY!!!

How did they make it through, without pharmaceutical companies? Or medical marijuana?

I can identify one main thing that they did throughout all these struggles. It was not easy, but it was simple. 

The real fight for humanity is raging on in the invisible. It rages in the mind. But that is not a new fight as you can see. It has always been there, and there has always been a way to have victory.

What did they do?

For Abram God made Him a promise.

“And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”  Genesis 15:4-5

God made Abram a promise just has He has for all of us as well but that isn’t how Abram won the mental battle. How many people have not taken God at His Word? Billions throughout history. What made Abram DIFFERENT? How did he have a victory.

Read the very next verse…

“And he (Abram) believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness” vs. 6

Abram renewed his mind to the promise and believed it. Believing something means you put it in your mind and act accordingly. You act like it is already a reality! He didn’t let the depression be his reality, he let the promise be his reality.

Abraham then became a mighty example of believing. Look at what Paul writes about this incredible PROCESS of overcoming circumstances.

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness” Romans 4:17-22

Look at that first verse! Abraham “calleth those things which be not as though they were”. He acted as if he already had the promise even though his body was dead! Lol…dead! He couldn’t physically do the act of making a baby anymore. But he talked about it, he called it into reality. He believed GOD’s promise. How many of us give up on God’s promises long before this. Abraham was 99 when he had ISAAC. Unbelievable!

What about David??? Let’s read the very next verses from above.

“But (BUT BUT BUT!) I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalms 13: 5-6

David reminded himself of his trust in God. That is the “renewed mind” in action right there. Sure, things are going to hit us…we live here don’t we. We don’t live in heaven yet. But WE decide if they are going to knock us down and out. This “reminding himself” technique happens all over Psalms and in David’s heart and life.

God asks us to renew our mind. That’s our job. We get that privilege and responsibility.

We decide if situations that cause fear, doubt and worry are going to knock us down and out. This “reminding himself” technique happens all over Psalms and in David’s heart and life.  God asks us to renew our mind. That’s our job. We get that privilege and responsibility. It’s simple, just remind yourself over and over of God’s promises to you. When things hit you, remind, remind and remind again. You may have to remind yourself once and then you’re good to jump up and go again. You may have to drill it into your head like a wood pecker chasing a termite. But don’t stop until you get the prize of a renewed mind. It will get easier the more you do it.

What are some Promises for me?

How about Psalms 13:6…Lol…It worked for David.

“I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

By the way, the words “hath dealt” are past tense. He also counted all the times before that God dealt bountifully with him.

Let’s go to the Seven Church Epistles because that is the section of the Bible addressed to us.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

How about from the Leadership Epistle…

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

And Here is the Cream on the Top of it all!

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

This is the one thing that all of those Bible Heroes did. This is what made them different, powerful and blessed. This is what you can do too!

God Bless you today!

P.S. There are times that your hard won renewed mind is being sabotaged by spiritual forces. In these cases, it’s best to call someone who knows how to do spiritual battle and who can minister to you. You may not realize you are being hit and no one is immune to this. If you feel like this is you and you would like me to talk with you one-on-one, please message me on Facebook or email me.

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