3 Biblical Truths to Defeat Depression

3 Biblical Truths to Defeat Depression

Learning who I truly was in Christ was a huge step towards my victory over depression. I talk with people often who don’t really grasp the fact that once they have surrendered their lives to Christ they ARE His children. This is especially true for those of us who live in that black cloud of depression. We are so driven by how we feel, that even if we know the truth in our minds, but don’t have it grounded in our hearts, we will not be able to live out our identity in Christ.

For me, this was a foundational truth that took a while to sink in. I had condemned myself for so long, that I was believing the lies the enemy was whispering in my ear.

“You’ll never be a good enough wife or mother.”

“You can’t control your anger, so why even try?”

“Can God really help you?”

“Why would He want to use you?”

Without knowing who I was in Christ, life did seem hopeless.

So what does it mean to find your identity in Christ? The following verses describe what this means. Let’s take a look:3 Biblical Truths to Defeat Depression

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:21-24).

As I talk with others who struggle believing or accepting who they are as Jesus-followers, I stress to them that it is a process. Your identity is now found in Christ when you surrender your life, seek forgiveness and desire to follow Jesus. There is no condemnation. You are a new creation. You are more than a conqueror.

The process lies in being made new in the attitude of your minds.

It took me a while to understand all of this. And we all still have a lot of questions on how God truly makes us righteous and holy. This is where you have to trust God. Trust that His promises are true.

Knowing my identity in Christ, along with 2 other truths, have been the foundation for my victory over depression. I want to share these foundational truths with you in a free download I created.

This download can be taped to your bathroom mirror, clipped inside your Bible, added to your planner, posted above your desk at work, or anywhere else you need to be reminded of God’s plan for you to no longer live under the constant burden of depression.

3 Biblical Truths to Defeat Depression is available here. Download your free copy today.

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No matter how you feel, no matter what lies the enemy is whispering in your ear, no matter what you’ve done in the past, as a Jesus-follower you have the same identity that Christ has. There is no other power like the power of God. It is already available to you. It always has been.

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3 Ways to Pray When You Don’t Have the Strength

3 Ways to Pray When You Don't Have the Strength

Have you ever wanted to pray but simply don’t have the strength? Whether you have a major decision to make, an illness or death in your family, a life-altering event take place, or you’re simply tired and overwhelmed, it can be difficult to pray.

We have some major decisions to make for our family’s future over the next few months. This can be seriously overwhelming for me. Someone with my personality – aka “needs to have every detail of my life planned out” – either freaks out or freezes during times like this. Neither of these reactions is helpful.

Lately, I find myself unable to pray. Either I don’t know what to pray (freeze) or I’m full of widely varied emotions (freaking out).

Either way praying for me is difficult right now.

Although I’m not communicating with God through traditional prayer, I’ve discovered 3 other ways I’ve been communing with Him.

3 Ways to Pray When You Don't Have the StrengthWorship Songs

I love to worship through singing. One of my favorite parts of attending church is worshipping together as a church family. Worshipping through song allows me to express myself to God in a very personal way, especially when I don’t know what to say.

Complete Honesty with God

When I feel like I can’t pray, I tell God. Being honest with God is the best thing I can do, anytime, not just during times of turmoil. He already knows how I’m feeling, I may as well tell Him. Besides, it is completely cathartic for me to “verbally vomit” to Him. He’s got big shoulders. He can take it.  

Prayers of Others

The support and encouragement our family has received through this time have been unbelievably amazing. When friends and family express their love and concern and tell us they’re praying for us, I know they are. I lean on their petitions on our behalf.

The next time you find yourself unable to pray, try listening to some worship music, telling God exactly how you’re feeling (remember He can take anything you throw at Him), and lean on your friends and family.

Do you have any other suggestions for times when prayer is difficult? Please share in the comments below.

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6 Questions to Ask When You Need to Forgive Yourself

 

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There are times we all make mistakes. Some mistakes can be corrected with an “I’m sorry”, while others take a bit more than that to resolve.

Often those we have offended are quick to forgive us, but we have a difficult time forgiving ourselves. Why is that? We don’t think we deserve to be forgiven or we believe the sin or wrongdoing was too much to forgive.

People who live with depression often take on false guilt, and a lot of it. As a new mom with post-partum depression, I experienced all sorts of guilt.

“I don’t love my baby enough.”

“Why am I so mad when she won’t sleep?”

“I should be breastfeeding exclusively.”

“I shouldn’t be so angry with my new baby.”

“I wish I was happier being a Mom.”

“There must be something wrong with me for how I’m feeling.”

What do you do when you can’t forgive yourself and let go of the guilt?

Asking yourself the following 7 questions may help you work through the forgiveness process.  Read More

A Prayer of Hope When Your Child Struggles with Anxiety

 

By Samantha McDonald, Living With Real Joy

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you’re not sure if you want to scream and cry and throw a tantrum, or if you want to get in bed, pull the blankets over your head, and hide there for as long as possible?

When someone in your home struggles with an illness, physical or mental, it affects the entire house. Any of you reading this right now who have chronic illness in your home know exactly what I’m talking about. As a parent, trying to find the balance between disciplining disobedience and offering grace is very difficult, especially when you have a child with a mental or emotional condition.

The hardest part of all of this is to see how it affects our other children. We’ve spoken a lot about grace and forgiveness in our home, but it’s difficult for adults to understand this at times, let alone a child or a teenager.

I would like to share one particular experience with you that has given me hope.

One evening our middle was having a heck of a time with her anxieties. I’m talking a major panic attack where I thought she was going to pass out from hyperventilating. After trying to talk with her and calm her down I said,

By Samantha McDonald, Living With Real Joy“You know what? Let’s pray. These things you’re saying are lies from Satan, and God does not believe these at all. He doesn’t want you to feel like this so let’s ask Him for help.”

I prayed and she calmed down for the rest of the evening.

I believe God answered our prayers that night. It’s amazing what happens when we simply ask Him for help. This was only something He could have done. I had no way of breaking through the disorder and confusion that she was listening to inside of her head.

This week, when you’re having a tough time, stop and pray. And don’t wait all day long like I did. Pray right there wherever you are. Even if God does not answer your prayer the way you’d like, being in His presence is enough to calm your spirit and give you peace when all else around you is chaos.

Trust me, I know.  🙂

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