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Victory Over Strongholds

You can decide that you are not going to let depression take up residency in your mind

Victory Over Strongholds
The Stronghold of Depression – Part II

Scripture Reading: Psalm 42:1-11

Key Verse: Psalm 42:11
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Let’s follow up on some of the concluding thoughts from yesterday’s devotional.

During times of depression, our thought life is negative. As we looked at yesterday, thoughts cause our emotions, and negative thinking not only causes depression but keeps us stuck in a depressed state.

If you are battling depression, take a moment and think about what you have been thinking about. My guess is you will find that your mind is filled with negative thoughts.

Ephesians 4:27 reminds us to “not give the devil a foothold”. Once we catch ourselves thinking thoughts that are doubt-filled and negative, we must act.

The Apostle Paul told the Philippian believers what action to take:

Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Paul reminds believers that they are not victims of their thought lives. They can replace negative thoughts with positive and uplifting thoughts. Paul also reminds believers that they need to put into practice these principles, and then the peace of God will be with them.

It is not easy to start thinking positive thoughts when you are feeling depressed. But just four verses later Paul wrote:

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Believers are not immune to feeling depressed at times, but we need not stay there. God gives us His power, through Jesus Christ, to take a stand against negative thoughts. Jesus reminds us to turn to Him, during these times:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

The Apostle Peter, who had faced times of anxiety, reminds us:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

If you know what is causing your depression, give it to the Lord. Remember that God cares for you and wants to help you! Paul calls God the Father of compassion and comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Let God be that for you!

Father, You know the heavy weight that I am carrying. I come to You now and give it to You. I will praise You for being my God of compassion and comfort. In Jesus’s Name, amen.