Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We are all in a constant war. There is a battle that is bigger and deeper than our minds can fathom. Some are stronger than others, while some are just better at hiding their struggles. We think if we have more money, then all of our problems will go away. In contrary, the richest person may have all the money in the world, but they can still be poor. I am not talking about poor in the sense of material things; I am speaking about the things we cannot see. Inside a person can be dying, starving from something that money cannot buy. While living a life full of endless pursuits; one silent killer that the enemy has been using to kill God’s people is depression.
Depression is real. It is a spirit, an evil spirit that will attack you mentally, physically, and emotionally. It is a state of feeling sad, hopeless, inadequate, and causes high self-destruction. Depression is a leading factor in most suicide cases. It steals the life of people before their time. It is a scary thing to deal with. Someone may look like they have it all together in public but when they close the doors to their home, they break down with tears. They are dark and full of empty thoughts leading nowhere. They are struggling with issues that are keeping them stuck. Someone may laugh with you and appear happy, but inside they are crying out loud for someone, anyone to feel their pain.
Depression makes you sick, mean, and full of negativity. You never look on the brighter side of things, and when you do, you just expect the light to go out any time now. Depression makes you isolate yourself from family and friends. You lose focus on what’s important. If it gets really bad, you start to lose interest in your passions, and in enjoying life. When you do find a little hope, the slightest thing can trigger that emotional state and bring you right back in that dark place. Depression makes you relive the past, horrible, and painful memories and you suddenly feel what you felt three or ten years ago. You drive yourself crazy because you feel all alone. You think no one will understand, because everyone seems to have it together, except you.
Depression will have you wide awake in the middle of the night, arguing with the demons in your head telling you that you don’t belong, that this is it, that you will never be happy again. You will try to seek God, but that depressed spirit will have you halfheartedly seeking Him. Being depressed can be draining; it is death, it is dark, and takes a lot of work. Why? because you are hiding it from everyone. You don’t want anyone to know, it’s too embarrassing. It is true that a lot of people don’t take depression seriously; some think it is all in the mind. People take depression lightly, until they find out the person committed suicide or attempted to take their own life.
Depression is real. It is a sickness, a deadly disease that can spread if you are around someone suffering from it long enough. Their presence is so dark that it will bring you down, which is why a lot of depressed people hide their depression. The coping mechanisms for depression; sex, drugs, music, medicine, toxic people, listen they may feel good and last a while, but since the issue is not being tackled and fixed correctly, one is bound to fall back into it.
A lot of celebrities suffer from this, but they are not the only ones; the “happy” doctor that works late all the time, the “funny” kid in college, the “caring” mother of three, the single father of one. Those are a few examples of many ordinary people who can suffer from depression. No one really mentions depression a lot because like stated before; it is not something that is taken too seriously, until a tragedy is the result of it. There are a lot of causes that can lead to depression; loss of job, loss of loved one, bullied, stress, surroundings, past events, even what you consume your mind with can lead to it. Sometimes there are signs but a lot of the time some may just mistake it for a simple “stressed day”; by the way they act if there is a change in their moods, or their drifting away.
There is a way out of this darkness. One dealing with this can be brought back to life. Even after all of the negative and evil thoughts, there is a way to be free from depression. The only way someone can be truly cured and healed, they must have a great support system for one. Most importantly, they must be freed through God. If God can raise Jesus from the dead, then that is enough proof that He can bring you back to life. When someone is trying to break free on their own, it can actually cause more destruction because this is when coping mechanisms comes in again. They will use whatever that temporarily bring happiness, and then once that high is gone, it is back to where they started.
You may never know a person is dealing with depression, and you may never know a person has dealt with depression. Listen, depression is very real and the enemy knows that his time is almost up so he is working extremely hard to bring people with him. Honestly, there is no medicine, no therapist, or doctor that can truly heal someone suffering from depression; only God. How do I know? I am living proof that He heals. I am an overcomer of depression. God can take a broken soul and a lost spirit and fill it with life.
Psalm 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.”
Before you take your life, give your life to Christ. If you know anyone dealing with depression, PRAY for them first, then ask God to lead you into being their support system. It is not an easy situation and a lot of things are easier said than done. This battle and war that we are living in is beyond our control, and that is why we need Jesus daily and desperately. We must give our problems to Him, because taking on our problems and the problems of this world can be a barren and we can end up killing ourselves eternally. Open up and talk about it to someone, never hold it in.
Ephesians 5:7-14 “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”
Give in to God, not the enemy. God wants to take your broken and weary soul and work His healing power on it. Trust that God has a plan for your life. He has a purpose for you and you do not want to miss out on it staying defeated and under attack. Remember, no matter how hard it may be, you are not alone. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” No matter what you are struggling with, you are not alone. God hears, and He will rescue you from the pain that is inside. Be an over comer with the help of God and His Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
As humans, this is why it is so important to love one another and let the fruit of the Holy Spirit shine through us. You never know what a stranger may be going through, or where they are on their way to do. Challenge yourself today and the rest of the week (the rest of your life honestly), to smile or do something for someone expecting nothing in return. That smile can assure them they are not alone in this world. That smile can save their life.
If you or anyone you know is dealing with depression or suicide, please contact the number below right now.
National Suicide Prevention Helpline
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