Topic: Freedom from Depression II
Personal Daily Confession:
I confess today, I am living in the promises of God. The love of God radiates in and around me, my destiny is filled with His praise. I am blessed in my going out and my coming in in Jesus’ name, amen.
Memorise: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. – John 14:18
Bible Reading: Psalm 40:1-5 (KJV)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Yesterday, we looked at how a relationship with Christ can drive depression away from a person’s life.
However, once in a while, Christians also get depressed. A Christian may get depressed when life’s challenges make them lose sight of how great God is or how much He loves them.
I have experienced this before. I was already the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God then, and the Church was growing, but somehow, I felt the people I was patronizing did not care about me.
I felt I was labouring in prayers and fasting for them, but they didn’t care, so I decided that I was going to resign as the General Overseer of the Church.
With my decision made, I took a nap and when I woke, there was a young girl who had come to see me. She said God told her to come and give me a cake.
I was so touched by the gesture that even though I don’t like cake so much, I ate that one.
Then God said “I thought you said no one cared”. I realized that I had paid so much attention to appreciation from the people that I did not remember how much God cares for and loves me.
Now, when as a believer you are feeling depressed, what you need is to go deep into the presence of God because Psalm 16:11 says:
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
You cannot be engulfed in the presence of God and not feel His love and care for you; that love you feel will bring joy to your soul.
How can you get into the presence of God? Simple. Through praise and worship.
David said in Psalm 100:4 that with thanksgiving, you enter into the gates of God and with praises, you enter into His courtyard.
When you praise and worship God for a long period of time, you will feel His presence come down greatly and since in His presence there is fullness of joy, you will begin to feel a joy that is beyond understanding.
That is why Isaiah 61:3 says a garment of praise will replace a spirit of heaviness:
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;…”
Thursday Prayer Point:
Father, please give me a garment of praise in place of every heaviness in my heart
I decree this day a new light is shining over all that concerns me and I am moving from glory to glory no failure or disappointment, in Jesus’ name
I decree this new day nothing will stop my praise and testimony in Jesus’ name
I decree, let every source of sorrow and depression in my life dry up, and let me experience Your unspeakable joy, in Jesus’ name.
Bible in One Year: Mark 13