What is Depression?
Depression is a state of mind in which one may feel down, sad, lonely and sometimes hopeless. There are millions of people in the world who suffer from depression on any given day. Everyone feels down from time to time, but sometimes feelings of depression can become so overwhelming they prevent you from living a normal and fulfilling life. If nothing is done to combat it, depression can go on for years totally destroying your spirit.
What Can be Done About Depression?
Common treatments for depression are therapy and medications. These can help but more often than not are just ways to cover up the depression but not truly heal. I’ve suffered from depression for many years. It was not until I came to realize that I was never alone that I started to truly heal. I’ve learned to count my blessings and be grateful to God for everything that I do have. Over time I found that I did not worry as much about the things that I have no control over. You can heal yourself with God’s help to change your way of thinking.
How God Can Help
When you are truly depressed you can feel like no one is there for you. God is always there for you. Once you accept and realize that you’ll always have God in your corner to protect you, you can indeed lift yourself out of a depressive state. Verses from the bible which show how God can help you in times when you are feeling depressed include:
? 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 hand.
? Psalm 37:23-24 – The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
? Psalm 32:10 – Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in the LORD, loving kindness shall surround him.
? Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your path.
? Romans 8:28 – Realize that all things do work together for good to them that love the LORD.
As you can see from these verses God wants to help all who believe. It takes faith and trust in God to rid your mind of the negative thoughts and feeling that led to depression, but it is possible. These verses also show that God is there to lift you up whenever you may fall, so you are never alone. You also must realize that life is going to be hard at times, and you will have some trying times, but with God’s help you can overcome any obstacle. He never gives us more than we can handle and these trying times will only make us stronger.