There are a couple of things that you need to know. First of all I firmly do not believe that Depression is a feeling, it is a state of mind. It is not a choice. There is however, a choice involved. The choice to fight back. In my opinion, depression comes from the Evil one. It is clearly not from God. Job 34: 12: 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. Fight back with the thoughts that God does not want us to be timid. 2 Timothy 1: 7: 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love and self-discipline.
In my experience, depression is the lies of the evil one telling us we are unworthy, we can’t it makes me afraid. Afraid to go out of the house, afraid to do anything at all. It makes me afraid to be with my husband. It makes me afraid to make a choice. He focuses on whatever has just happened and brings back things from our past to support it. For me that is a lot. From neglect as a child and teenager, to physical abuse as an adult; from having a period of homelessness as a teenager, to desperately wanting my family miles away to help me get out of a severely abusive almost to where I took my life to get away-relationship. The evil one will pull things out, throw them at me and use them to prove to me that I am unworthy. THESE ARE LIES. ME, YOU, WE are worthy to feel Joy, WE are worthy to feel COURAGEOUS. WE are worthy to feel happiness. WE ARE WORTHY OF THE PEACE BROUGHT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. WE are WORTHY because we are children of God. Oh and the important part:
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO EARN THIS WORTHINESS. IT IS A GIFT FREE FROM GOD.
Let me repeat that, it is a free gift from God. Ephesians 2: 8-9: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. All you have to do is trust in the Lord. It is not always easy but God will give you the strength. Isaiah 40: 28-29: 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. When we listen to the Lies of Satan, the ones that tell us we are unworthy, we become weak, it is in our weakness that depression sets. However, when we trust in the Lord, when we put on the Armor Of God, we become strong in our Spirit and we soar like EAGLES. You can find information about the Armor of God in Ephesians 6: 10-18. Sometimes the battle is daily. But you can not stop fighting, your fight is easy. All you have to do is put your trust daily in the creator of all things, GOD. He will give you strength. He is your shield Matthew 11:28-30: 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus took our burdens upon him when he died on the cross. This is why we are celebrating Christmas, because Jesus came to earth Born as a baby. This is why we can overcome depression, sometimes a daily fight. Remember it is the Evil one who is telling you that you are unworthy. It is God telling you YOU ARE SO VERY WORTHY. Celebrate His Birth with your whole heart, because that it what it means to Love the Lord your God with all your heart. It means that you do not have to listen to those lies. It means you have the power to trust God, it means that through the grace of Jesus you have overcome even death (Spiritual) There is still a physical death. and everything Satan is telling you is a LIE!.