“Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” Isa 41:10 NIV
Instrument rated for depression. Depression can cause you to do some crazy things, like walk away from a good job or a healthy marriage, or turn to alcohol and drugs. The dictionary defines depression as “to be flattened vertically or dispirited.” Now you know why sometimes you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. The word “depression” is not mentioned in Scripture. The closest definition to it is “heaviness.” “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop” (Pr 12:25). The toughest battles you will ever fight will be those with your own mind. What’s the answer? Start speaking God’s Word—out loud! “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Heb 13:5-6 NKJV). Pastor Sarah Utterbach points out: “People say, ‘The Lord has promised never to leave me nor forsake me,’ then they go right back to discussing their problem. In so doing they invalidate the power of what God said. The Holy Spirit is authorized to act on God’s Word when you begin to say what God has said.” When you dwell on your problem, it’s like a pilot flying by sight and senses. But when you agree with God’s Word and begin to stand on it, you’re flying by your instrument panel. So get into God’s Word, get God’s Word into you, and start speaking it over your situation. “My word…will not return to me empty…but will…achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa 55:11 NIV).
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