Phil 4:6-7 says…
“Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication WITH thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
He said be careful for NOTHING. Not one thing in your life. But as I am aware of, when you’re dealing with depression you seem to carry the weight of every problem on your shoulders. It seems that you cannot find the peace or the rest your looking for because you are so preoccupied with whats in front of you. It is truly a state that is painful, and very real.
God has an answer for your depression.
Paul goes on to say in Phil 4:8 a litany of things for you to think about. The categories of which are worth study as to why there are mentioned, and what qualities about them make them instrumental in the defeat of anxiety, worry, sadness, and depression. He ends his emphatic list with the statement, “Think on these things.”
The medicine is and always will be that you MUST take control of your own thoughts.
You must TAKE the whole armor of God. YOU have to gird up the loins of your mind. The pity party will not suffice. The “woe is me” will not help. There is a deliberate nature to faith that unlocks the supernatural power of God! Heb 6:12 says “Be not slothful, but be ye followers of them who by faith and patience have inherited the promise.”Notice he came against a CHARACTER trait.
When you finally decide to “look unto the hills from which cometh your help”, THEN your help comes! (Ps. 121) Isn’t that awesome? That God is not slack concerning his promises? That he never slumbers nor sleeps? That every single word he pronounces over your life will, and MUST come to pass? You will LIVE and not die in JESUS’ name.
Here is a truth… we will never be able to fully escape pain.
God promised it. He said, “In this world ye shall have tribulation…” “the correction of the Lord is at first grievous….”. There is going to be some level of pain that you must endure. We don’t like to hear the fact that God uses the pain life hands us to make us better, to make us lean on him more. It makes us seek his face. It makes us pray without ceasing. It makes us desire the comforter! It causes us to be honest.
Enough pain hits your life, the truth will come out! What do you truly desire in this world, what do you truly desire out of this life? I personally want the will of God completed for my life, but you have to answer that question for yourself.
THE SOLUTION: God’s answer for depression is multi-pronged.
The way you think may ALWAYS need some detoxing, reconfiguring, some correction, some brushing up. It’s just the way we are as divine/human beings. We need to be refreshed in our Holy Ghost! (Think on THESE things Phil 4:6-9)
The presence of God in worship will always bring peace. But don’t cap God to just worship in a certain setting. Perhaps during your day you just need to meditate on God’s goodness in your life, (think on the life you live OUTSIDE of your head), and you will see God does more than you think.
Say if this current season is, like I have faced many a time, particularly heavy. The scriptures say he will give us a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, and that is very much true and needed, (Is. 61:3). I personally encourage you to hang on! Don’t quit on God, don’t quit on yourself, don’t quit on your future! Don’t doubt what God has given you, don’t doubt what God is about to do, because after this… AFTER weeping endures for a night…
Joy comes in the morning. And THAT is God’s answer for your depression.