Some believers are depressed because of past failures. Satan brings up their past sins and uses these thoughts against them. Some people are depressed because of guilt over bad habits, temptations, and sins they have been unable to overcome. They have struggled to be free, but when they continue to fail, their hearts and minds are filled with guilt.
Many Christians today are frustrated, worried, and depressed over financial problems. They have overdue bills and other commitments they are unable to pay because their income is insufficient to meet their basic needs.
Others are deeply distraught and depressed concerning their marriage relationship. There are those who have unsaved spouses and there is no peace or harmony in their home. Some have mates who have left them for someone else or have asked for a divorce. Others feel their spouse no longer loves or appreciates them. Some are living in abusive situations.
On the job, there are thousands of Christians who are depressed. Faced with a heavy work load, pressures, demands, and deadlines with which they are unable to cope, they are worn-out mentally and physically.
Others are depressed because of pain or sickness. Research indicates eighty-three percent of patients with chronic pain are depressed. Long-term illness fills their minds with doubt, worry, and self-pity--all of which lead to depression.
Depression is not a normal reaction for believers facing adverse circumstances. We must realize that depression is not an acceptable reaction to problems. We must recognize it as more than a leading cause of major illness. It is time that we go to the root cause and recognize depression for what it really is:
Depression is a spirit that Satan is using to attack our minds!
You are not a helpless victim of depression. Regardless of the great distress and perplexity--the stress, fear, and hopelessness that surrounds you--you do not have to become depressed. Set your mind for
Refuse to allow Satan, others around you, or your own thought life to program your mind for failure, defeat, or depression.
From this day forward, determine that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will not allow your mind to be ruled by depression. Set your mind for victory!
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.