Depression is an ugly monster! I've had a lot of experience with it. Sometimes unknowingly...meaning you can be depressed without realizing it at all. I now recognize the signs and symptoms of it, and nip it in the bud as it tries to arise (and rule) again. Let's call it as it is, folks: it’s a demonic presence! Ready to rob you of your precious joy that the Lord gave you. And your peace. The Lord told us in the New Testament during His ministry on earth (as a warning),
"The thief (the devil) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have Life, and may have it in abundance." John 10:10
Jesus assures us that His coming (and dying in our place, for sin) gives us life, if we receive it from Him. It's a free gift! Thus Jesus IS the answer to the devil and his schemes.
Luke 10:19 NIV
"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you".
The devil is a defeated foe! All our fights are 'fixed'; we are "MORE than conquerors, in Christ!" - Romans 8:37.
Do you know the signs of depression (persistent, nagging heaviness)? The signs are:
♢ Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
♢ Fatigue and decreased energy
♢ Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
♢ Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism;
♢ Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
♢ Irritability, restlessness
♢ Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable;
♢ Overeating or appetite loss
♢ Persistent aches or pains; frequent headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
♢ Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
♢ Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
One of the key points to experiencing lasting change for me has been to increase my self-esteem and self- confidence. This boost has come about (and is still a process) by friends, pastors, and other encouraging women God has placed in my path that have been great examples of being confident in who God made and designed them to be. I've taken some time to discover who exactly I am - not just in ministry, but 'naturally' too. I asked myself questions, like: What are my goals? What steps do I need to take and what changes are needed to accomplish them? What do I really want out of my life? What are my standards/boundaries (in different areas of life), and am I upholding them well? I also asked: what really causes me to be unsatisfied with my life right now? I prayed and asked God to reveal to me the parts that I could fix, and to show me how; the rest I learned to entrust in His care and guidance. Some personal things I began to check out and evaluate were:
• My finances/budget (money mismanagement = stress),
• Organization - my responsibilities and extra-curricular activities, etc. I had to let some things go, and accept that I was NOT a superhero. Instead of having 5-6 full nights a week after work, I managed to cut things and get down to 2-3.
• Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries; towards myself, and in all my relationships.
• 'Upgrading' my physical appearance, and taking more time and care for it: let's face it; a lot of things we complain about (our weight, hair, etc.) we CAN change or learn to change.
• Allowing God to show me my 'changeable' flaws, without getting offended: listening better without being a motor-mouth (which improved my relationships), praying for others (not just myself), changing bad habits, and receiving good advice and well-meant criticism.
Each area of my life where I felt heaviness and experienced a lack of interest or commitment I asked God about; I wanted to know the root cause.
Let us pray:
Father, you said as we delight ourselves in you, that you will give us the desires of our hearts. We know that you came as Acts 10:38
tells us: to destroy the works of the darkness and heal all those oppressed and depressed by the devil. I pray for my sisters and brothers, any one of them that is struggling with this spirit of depression -- we break the ties to all symptoms of depression in the powerful name of Jesus. Lord, you said whatever we bind (forbid) on earth is bound in heaven. And whatever we loose (release), it will be loosed in Heaven (Matthew 18:18). We bind up depression and we loose victory right now in Jesus name. Amen (so be it)! I rejoice with you, for your victory over depression.
Trust that the Word of the Lord is powerful, and all you need. It will not return to you void. Never give up! We are here for you, to agree in prayer.
If you have access to anointing oil, place some above your doorways, including your front door. A friend of mine also anoints his pillows from time to time. Again, the oil has powerful representation and is biblical, but the Almighty and Sovereign Lord does the work!
Prayer for Peaceful Rest
Dear Lord Jesus, please show me how to relax in the peace of your love. Lead me in to your sabbath rest (Hebrews 4:9-10), that is promised and provided for your children. Clear and renew my mind and thoughts, and bring serenity to my heart and renewal to my spirit.
In your loving embrace, I ask that you bless my dreams, cleanse my subconscious and wash my thoughts with the purity of your touch. Please minister to my heart (Psalm 51:10), mind, body, soul and spirit as I rest in your presence and care tonight.
Please send forth your angels - your ministering spirits to stand guard over me as I sleep. According to the power given to me by the Lord - I destroy and annul all curses, word curses, hindrances and demonic influences that have been sent against me, and anything that affects my ability to experience a peaceful night’s rest. I plead the blood of Jesus that was shed for me, over all demonic gateways I may have opened through unrepentance of my sins. Thank you Lord for my forgiveness and righteousness in you! I bless your Holy name, God. Amen.
Prayer for Inner Healing
O Lord my God, I cried to You and You have healed me.
Isaiah 53:4-5 (AMP)
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the
mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, Casting the whole of your care [all
your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for
you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Is there something in your past that is causing problems with your
emotions or thoughts? I believe we can all relate to those times we struggle with wrong thoughts and the unhealthy and sometimes toxic emotions and feelings they create. Sometimes this over time causes depression or other conditions that keep us from enjoying the gift of life, and from being whole or complete. Life becomes a task, as we suffer through carrying the weight of emotional trama on our shoulders. God can and will - as we open up, become less defensive and easily offended - show us exactly where and why we hurt, and will lead us to victory, freedom, and life! Ask him today - now even!
Let's agree in prayer.
Lord, you are the doctor and physician of my soul. Send forth your healing power into every area of my inner-self. I surrender to you all areas of unforgiveness; I choose to release and forgive, especially since you have forgiven me! I trust You to help me with this, where difficult, and to show me how to release things. Please heal where hurtful past have caused anger and bitterness to form and fester, causing harm to my physical health and my relationships.
I ask for your grace to forgive every person in my past who has ever hurt me or spoken unkind words against me.
and I ask for your loving grace to heal all the circumstances where I failed to receive the love, affection, support and respect. I ask to be set free and washed clean by the power of your purifying love. I forgive myself for my past mistakes and failures, and I ask to be set free from all destructive consequences, thoughts, doubts, guilt, shame and self-condemnation. I forgive those who I have vowed that I would never forgive. I break those vows right now by the power of your name Lord Jesus.
By an act of my free will, I choose to forgive everybody, including the person who hurt me the most. I release my desire to receive an apology, my need to be justified in my actions and my need for others to acknowledge the injustice.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit, I ask you Lord Jesus to fill me with your love, peace, patience, kindness, generosity and self-control. May your healing hand rest upon me now as I bless all those who have hurt me. I desire to be kind and compassionate to everyone, forgiving them just as you have forgiven me. Amen.
About the Author
Davina is a working mother of three, who believes in introducing the true love of Christ to those she encounters, and desires to give the gift of this love to those in need that God has lead her way. She attends The Point Church of Trotwood, Ohio. She is a member of Young Women In Ministry, and is also an avid baker! See her treats at http://www.deesdelightsforyou.com