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Daily Devotional day 1

Depression: State of Mind

You are what you…CHOOSE

Daily Devotional for Depression ~Day 1~

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.”

Matthew 7:7

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.

Revelation 12:11

God is not the author of confusion. If you are constantly battling your thoughts, just know it’s the enemy trying to keep you trapped in a cycle of doubt, hopelessness, confusion, and depression. God gave me two scriptures that I have been speaking over myself to keep my mind clear. 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) “For 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. In ourselves, we are weak, BUT with Jesus, we are strong. We can’t get out of depression on our own. Only with the strength of our Lord and Savior can we overcome our battles.

Philippians 4:13

Everything in life is a choice. Choose to seek out freedom from your depression and your negative mindset. 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. After all, we only get one-so don’t waste it.

What will you choose?

Perfect love expels all fear

There are a lot of scary things going on in the world today. We just had several terrorist attacks and the threats of more to come. How are we to handle this uncertainty? Do we live in fear of what’s to come? Do we hide and try to avoid others just to be on the safe side? No, we can’t bury our heads in the sand and let the enemy terrify us. Psalms 55:5 says, “Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.” We have got to trust God!  If we let the enemy stop us from being free, then he has already won.

Fear will hang on tight and not let go. In Job 14:4, Job says, “Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.” Fear will get a tight grip on us and when it has us, it’s very hard to make it let go. It won’t leave voluntarily. It won’t leave if you ask it to. It will paralyze you and ultimately kill you.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” If God didn’t give us fear, then where did it come from? Why do we have it? The answer is that the enemy is trying to stop us with fear. Fear will keep us from our life and our expected end. Fear will keep us from going out and preaching the good news to all the nations. Fear will keep us in bondage to our mindset.

1 John 4:18 tells us, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.”  We need to remember that Jesus came so that we might have a more abundant life. Not a fearful life. Not a depressed life. Not an unhealthy life. A more abundant life! Again, it’s our choice what kind of life we have. We will sometime have to fight with our own minds to take control over our thoughts and fears. Fight with the Word of God. Then you will have the victory.