In this series we focused on the lies depression tells us. To have victory over depression we need to counter those lies with the truth. In this last article in the series we are going to look at how to be set free from lying spirits and their allies in depression.
Depression lies about both who we are and our value. The spirit of depression is a cruel master and like other cruel masters it relies on force and control to destroy us. Getting out from under this force and control is not an easy task. It can be a long, painful journey to freedom.
Or it can be one of discovery and light.
The traditional way out of depression involves medication, therapy, and support. I know because I used to be involved in this world. Exploring triggers and self-doubts takes a long time and there are many revelations that help along the way.
Medication helps victims cope with symptoms of depression and can be essential in preventing suicide. Support that promotes growth and positive self-image is a well-used and effective technique as well. And these things work up to a point and not all the time.
There must be a better way!
Good news, there is a better way. The heart of the matter is identity. Am I a failure or a success? Am I who my enemies say I am or am I who my friends say I am? Am I who depressions claims I am or am I who God says I am?
Who you believe you are is who you will become. That is why the lies of depression are so powerful. And so dangerous.
- I am not good enough
- I am not strong enough
- I am not loved enough
- I am not worth enough
- I am not needed enough
- I am good enough for God to rejoice over me with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)
- I am strong since the joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
- I am loved so much that Jesus took my sins upon himself (John 3:16)
- I am worthy by faith not works (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- I am needed and necessary (1 Corinthians 12:14)
This all well and good but what if you are not a Christian?
Every one of us, Christian or not, was wonderfully and fearfully made in the image of God. Jesus counted every one of us worthy to die on the cross for us. Every one of us is loved by God even those who are his enemies. And every one of us was put on this earth for a purpose. We all have good times and bad times. Some of us have horrible times and terrible things happen to us.
God doesn’t cause these bad things to happen. They are a consequence of sin which entered our world through Adam and Eve. Whether we cause our disasters are whether they are thrust upon us they do not have to define who we are.
Do you know anyone who is conceited or arrogant? Usually they are so focused on their circumstances or success that they can’t be humble. The same process is true with depression with opposite results. We can focus so much on our situation or circumstances that we actually believe we are a failure.
God did not give us an identity of failure but of success. Success through Jesus is way different than the comparative success of the fallen world. Why let an evil world determine your self-worth?
Lift your eyes above your circumstances unto the Lord. His word and his love will soon show the truth about who he is and who you are.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made and you are not who depression says you are. You can be free if you are willing to accept the truth that Jesus can and desires to set you free. Become a child of God and believe the truth about who you really are.
If you decide to do this just say this prayer or one similar to it.
Dear Lord, I admit that I have sinned against you and I am sorry that I have not believed your truth about who you are. I turn away from the things I am doing or thinking that bring harm to myself or others. I accept your offer of salvation and ask that you be the lord of my life. In the name of Jesus, I ask this.
If you have said this, you want to seek out a Bible believing Christian church or organization that will help you grow in the truth and freedom of Christ.
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Andy Becker is a retired counselor and author of The Travelers, a fictionalized account of spiritual warfare (available on Amazon). He and his wife, Stella, lead Lighthouse Ministries which offers love, hope, and encouragement to one of Canada’s poorest and roughest neighborhoods, North Central Regina. His book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca