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DEFEATING DEPRESSION




Perplexity! Stress! Fear! Worry! Hopelessness! Despair! Discouragement! Defeat! These negative forces permeate our society. But in the midst of these negative forces, believers do not have to become victims of depression!


Regardless of the things which are coming upon this earth, regardless of the trials, circumstances, and attacks of Satan upon your mind, you do not have to become depressed like the people of the world who are living in spiritual darkness.


You must recognize depression for what it is--a major strategy of Satan. Satan is using depression in an attempt to stop the progress believers are making in pushing back the forces of darkness in the nations of the world. We are not talking about depression that results from a physical condition--such as a lack of serotonin. We are talking about an all-out attack of spiritual and emotional depression that is rampant in the Body of Christ.


There are multiplied thousands of Christians today who have failed to recognize depression as an attack of Satan. They do not know how to fight and win the war over depression and they are being spiritually immobilized on the sidelines.


Many Christians consider depression a natural reaction when they face difficult trials or attacks of the enemy, such as long-term sickness, marital problems, death of a loved one, loss of a job, or extreme financial difficulties. But the Bible says that believers are to be joyful in the midst of trials, giving thanks in every situation--not depressed.


There are some Christian ministers and leaders who are experiencing “spiritual burnout.” They have been carrying such a heavy workload, pushing themselves twelve to fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, giving themselves unselfishly in meeting the needs of others. In so doing, they have failed to spend time in God’s presence being strengthened and refreshed by His Spirit. They have been so involved in doing the work of the ministry that they have failed to take time with the Lord to be renewed in their minds. Hence, they become tired, discouraged, and depressed. "...depression crushes courage,

And leaves you unable to cope" (Proverbs 18:14, TPT).


Depression is a major tool of the enemy--but you do not have to succumb to it. God has promised you a one-hundred percent victorious mind through the power of the Holy Spirit. Take authority over depression today! Do not allow it to operate in your life, today or any day. The minute a depressing thought comes, begin to praise and worship the Lord and it will flee.


PRAYER:

My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.



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