The word HOPE has been made so insignificant in our vocabulary. We have made it more like wishing. “Well, I hope it works out” or “I’m hoping and praying it will be ok”.
The definition of HOPE is
to cherish a desire with anticipation; to trust. So, to hope is to trust.
There is no worse feeling than hopelessness. I lived in hopelessness for so long. It makes you numb. Ecclesiastes 9:4 says, “Anyone who is among the living has hope -even a live dog is better than a dead lion.” When I read Ecclesiastes when I was going through my depression, it made me laugh. A depressed person knows another depressed person wrote this book. For some reason God used this book of the bible to show me that even King Solomon struggled with depression. I’m not alone and there is hope. Romans 5:5 says, “Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
The way you believe will either keep you bound or set you free. If you are a superstitious person and you believe that you will have 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror, then bad things will probably start happening in your life if you break a mirror. There is no such thing as ‘luck’. We are blessed. We are not lucky.
When Jesus healed the blind men in Matthew 9:28, Jesus asked them, “Do youbelieve that I am able to do this?” and they replied, “yes, Lord.” And they were healed.
I have struggled with why some people get healed and some don’t. I believe that Jesus is our healer and that He can heal us. I guess my question is ‘will He’? This is something that I have been dealing with most of my life. God showed me this verse in Matthew 8:2-3, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, “I am willing,” He said, “Be clean.” “Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.” I believe that Jesus is willing and He is able.
As I was researching and
studying, God showed me several things that I was doing that was keeping me
bound to my depression. One
way I was sabotaging myself was the way I was thinking.
always had a problem with worrying and thinking negatively. I have to fight to
be positive. I realized when I was researching my depression that, IT IS A FIGHT. I had to fight for my
mind. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”
One thing that really hit my spirit was when I read that King David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:6 says, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” I really started thinking about that. He didn’t need other people to build him up and encourage him. He didn’t need other’s advice or comments of affirmation. He built himself up in the Lord. It couldn’t have been easy for him and It’s not easy for me to do, but it is possible. I know because I have done it. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us, “We demolish arguments and every pretention that sets its-self up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Think about your blessings not your problems or flaws. Everybody has them and it does no good to dwell on them. Has anything ever gotten better by letting the bad stuff control us? No! We must control our minds!
Just to clarify, Depression is not just feelings that you have for a while and they leave. We can have different moods. Depression is not being moody. This is something that affects your life, your family, and your health—it affects every area. That’s why so many people are on medication to try to control their depression. It’s a lucrative business for the drug companies and pharmacies. I’ve seen commercials where you have to take medication to help boost or treat the side effects of another medication. I think, in most cases, medication just masks the problem and people never overcome their depression by medicating themselves. You are not going to overcome Satan with a pill. And that’s a bitter pill to swallow!
DEPRESSION is defined in Webster’s dictionary as a state of feeling sad; a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping; feelings of dejection and hopelessness; and sometimes suicidal tendencies.
God instructed me to write a book while I studied and researched about my depression. He told me to seek out my deliverance. And that’s exactly what I did. Matthew 7:7 (NIV)says, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”
When you are struggling in an area, you need to research
it. Read scriptures about it and books about it. Listen to sermons about it.
Pray about it. God is faithful to give you the answers if you look for them and
seek them out.
In December 2015, I was asked to give my testimony at a women’s meetings. Fear almost overwhelmed me. I didn’t know if I could do it. I believe that was my test! I had been praying and asking God to use me to help others and to give me words for people and asking Him to lead and direct my path. I was telling God that I trusted Him, but if I said no, then that would be a lie. But, if I said yes, then I would be committing myself to do something that I didn’t know if I could do. I did say yes, and I did get through it. I am not a public speaker, but I gave my testimony out of obedience to God. I believe if God called me to do it, He will get me through it. Revelation 12:11 tells us that we are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
God gave me two scriptures that I have been speaking over myself. One is 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV), “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” The (NIV) says it like this, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love, and self-discipline.” That tells me that I am a woman of power. I am not timid. I am not fearful. I have self-discipline and a sound mind!
The other scripture is Philippians 4:13, (NLT) “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Speak these powerful verses over your life as well and you will soon see changes in your mindset.
Everything in life is a choice. Choose to seek out freedom from your depression. I found my freedom by seeking out my deliverance and I know you can too. It’s not easy and it will take time, but you will see changes in yourself and your attitude towards life if you don’t give up. Count your blessings and enjoy your life. What will you choose?
Freedom from depression, fear, anxiety, and helplessness