When depression hits, it affects your whole being (body, soul, and spirit). Depression affects your body, but also your soul. Your soul is your personality (your mind, will, and emotions). God encourages us to seek Him for healing and health. “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
People who have prolonged depression have a paralysis of the will and feel that life has stripped them of their choices. They feel stranded in the middle of the storm with no real options. But that is far from the truth. While it is true that life is sprinkled with unavoidable discouragement, you can avoid letting your mind become drenched with discouragement. That is your choice; it’s an act of the will.
After an initial downpour, you can choose to stay in bed, procrastinate, and rely on yourself for relief, or you can choose to get underneath God’s umbrella of protection and rely on Him. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1). You can choose to trust the Lord with your life; He is worthy of your trust.
Even if you don’t feel like it …
- Listen to uplifting and inspirational music. When King Saul needed soothing for his troubled soul, David played music on the lyre.
- “Whenever the [evil] spirit … came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.”(1 Samuel 16:23)
- Keep your living environment bright and cheerful.
- Maintain a clean, uncluttered environment.
- Clear your home of objects associated with activities related to the demonic or the occult.
- Resist long periods of time on the telephone, which keep you from accomplishing what is needed.
- Avoid spending too much time watching television.
- Write thank you and encouragement notes to others.
- Set small, attainable goals every day.
- Look for something you can do for someone each day, and you will experience God’s truth that, indeed, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
“My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.”