Overcome Depression

When darkness comes into our lives, we can too easily become consumed with the situation that causes our darkness. At those times, we have difficulty seeing all that God wants for us to see. During those days when we are shrouded with darkness, we must not trust in our own perspective. Instead we need to see life from God’s perspective. And the only way to have that view is to confront our losses, offer our hearts to God, and allow Him to shed His light on our lives. “Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” (Isaiah 50:10)

  • Confront any loss in your life, allowing yourself to grieve and be healed. The Bible says, “[There is] a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
  • Allow God to cleanse your heart and confess your sins. The Bible says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8–9)
  • Nurture thoughts that focus on God’s great love for you. The Lord says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • Quit negative thinking and negative self-talk. The Bible says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
  • Try to understand God’s eternal purpose for allowing personal loss and heartache. The Bible says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
  • Exchange your hurt and anger for thanksgiving. Choose to give thanks, even when you don’t feel thankful. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  • Remember that God is sovereign over your life, and He promises hope for your future. The Bible says, “For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” (Psalm 71:5)