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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?

It’s a new year, it’s time to forgive

Forgiveness is defined as the act of forgiving; the act of ending anger at. To forgive is not just a thought, it’s an action. You must physically forgive others, not just mentally replay the actions of how they hurt you or offended you or mistreated you. God will judge them, it’s our place to forgive them and let it go. Matthew 6:12 says, “Forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors.” Everybody sins and falls short of the glory of God, we have all hurt others and need their forgiveness just like we need to forgive others for hurting us in the same way. Have we been any better than the people that we refuse to forgive. Be honest…

Jesus tells us later in Matthew 6:15, “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” This doesn’t mean to let people keep hurting or abusing us, but it does mean to let go of the hurt and anger in your heart so that God can heal you and set you free. Sometime only God can help us to forgive. Some hurts are so deep and have been there for so long that you wouldn’t even know how to start letting them go. The only was to move ahead and be happy is to forgive.

If you need to ask God to help you, then ask Him. He can’t help unless you ask. The devil forces himself on you and lies to you, but God is a gentleman and will only intervene when asked. You are free to choose. Do you choose to forgive? Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Choose life, choose forgiveness, choose happiness and move forward this year!