Can the word of God help you overcome depression?
I was at an event when a person was sharing their battle with depression. They talked about how they could hear voices telling them, that they weren't good enough, they wouldn't amount to anything, and they should just end their life. This victim of the dreaded disease associated the voices they were hearing to the voice of the devil. But later concluded saying, that when someone is going through depression, religion should be kept aside and the sickness should be battled medically or scientifically.
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That was their own belief system, and I don’t fault them for it, but if you are a Christian, you know that the word of God has a lot to say about our soul and mind. I am no medical or scientific expert when it comes to this field, or any of that sort (as you can tell, I am a writer) but I believe that people can overcome depression with the word of God. So if you are battling depression, or know someone who is, get in here. This article promises to shed light on an issue that is plaguing the society right now.
Mental health is one of the hottest topics there is, at this moment. People are becoming more aware of their mental wellness, and they are speaking out about it. I remember growing up in Nigeria, hearing people say you are mental because you did something stupid or crazy. The insult—mental, simply meant, all was not well with you, in your mind. Most of the battles we face every day are in our minds. There are voices in our head that compete for permanent residency, daily. It is up to the believer to discern which one is the voice of the enemy, your own voice, and the voice of God.
God is definitely not going to tell you to jump off a cliff or say to you that you will never amount to anything. If you are hearing such voices, and they are beginning to affect your mood, that is not the voice of God, because that goes against His word.
This is how I fight my battles
Last year was a trying year for me. I moved back home and was trying to get adjusted to my new normal. On top of that, I found out that I had large benign tumors, in my stomach that needed to be taken out surgically, because they were beginning to affect my organs. I also had pulsatile tinnitus, and my vision was affected as well. It was as if everywhere I turned to, there was a new trial waiting for me. I wondered who I had committed a crime, against. With all of that going on, I also had thoughts of death. These voices in my head were always telling me I was going to die, I had dreams of dying as well. I was living in fear in that period of my life, and I did not open up to anyone.
I got out the word of God and began to study and pray. I told the enemy that my times, were not up to him to decide. I reminded him that I had a great future and was not going anywhere, anytime soon. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that ‘we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and power, against rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.'
Some forces are in operation here on earth that can only be brought down by the word of God, and depression is one of them. I have heard cases of people being depressed, who were on anti-depressants and still ended up taking their own lives. These people had access to the best doctors and therapists, but all of that didn’t help solve their internal issues. This brings me to my next passage of scripture, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. As the speaker of that event talked about how religion should be put aside, this scripture stood tall in my spirit, which made me not agree with what they were saying.
‘For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity, to the obedience of Christ.’
For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t war according to the flesh: the thoughts in your head, are real thoughts. They are always fighting against the word of God. They want to steal from you, kill you and destroy you. When we hear cases of suicide or mass murders, it was the voices in their heads that led them to do so. Everything starts off as a thought before it grows into an action. You cannot use medicine to fight suicidal thoughts, or emotions that make you feel worthless, you need the word of God. That is why the Bible describes these thoughts as a stronghold, arguments, and vain imaginations. They are not just there to play with you; they are there to destroy you.
And if you don’t know your authority as a believer, you will be defeated by them. My last passage of scripture is found in 2 Timothy 1:7, which says ‘God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.’ Sound mind! People are losing their minds these days; there is a serious outcry for help, only if people can be pointed back to ancient scripture that is still relevant today. God doesn’t give you depression or mental health issues; He gives you a sound mind, the mind of Christ.
Will you face difficulties in life? Of course yes! You can still have a sound mind and be sad about something, but even at that, the Bible still says, ‘beauty for ashes, the oil of joy in the place of mourning, the garment of praise over a spirit of despair.' So we can conclude that depression is a spirit, according to the Bible, and we can't fight spiritual battles with physical weapons. Or like my pastor fondly puts it, you can’t go to a gun fight with a knife, you will get killed.
God loves us dearly, and He wants us to thrive spiritually, physically and mentally. The next time those evil thoughts come to mind, remind them who the boss is, who is for you, and who fights your battles. That was how I overcame the evil thoughts in my head, and I know you can as well. If you are battling depression of any kind, please see someone who can help you overcome this battle, and if you are a believer, get out the word of God and fight for your life. God did not create you to be depressed.
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