Please share this if you know someone who is. Please try these things if you are. Depression creates passivity. Activity helps to keep the mind focused. Depression tires the mind, so passivity is a major threat. Other components like counseling are essential, but the depressed person is the key to the healing process. You need to take ownership for your healing, even if you think that is not possible. Try going for it! Your cooperation will enhance the healing process.
A distraught father once came to Jesus with the request to heal his son, saying “If you can do anything, have pity on us and help us” (Mark 9:22). Jesus didn’t say, “Yes, I will do it.” He put the ball back in the father’s court. He said, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes” (23). He wanted the father to take responsibility for the healing. Fate says, “Whatever will be will be.” Faith changes what will be. So will you.
SPEAK IN TONGUES.
Speaking in tongues can help cure depression if done enough. Scriptures says that “he who speaks in tongues edifies himself” (I Cor. 14:5). No one needs more encouragement than depressed people. It happens when we speak in tongues, not because we sense we are feeling better, but because God promises it. Do it in faith. If you try for five minutes and nothing happens emotionally, don’t give up. Go for an hour if you can. It is touching you deeper than your emotions. Healing is on the way. How long you speak in tongues depends upon how much you want to be built up.
SPEAK TRUTH TO YOURSELF.
During a time of depression my last year at seminary, I carried a piece of paper in my pocket with five statements:
I am free in Christ.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Nothing will separate me from the love of God.
Great is He who is in me than he who is in the world.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Truth confessed works itself into our subconscious. Depression often means that our subconscious works against us. We need to feed it the truth, even if we don’t feel any different. Depression is a powerful negative tool. It took two world-class leaders out of the game–Elijah and John the Baptist. It isolated them and gave them doubts about their future.
The body houses the spirit. A healthy body enhances health in the spirit, and vice versa. “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). Depressed people sleep more and exercise less. Makes it harder to heal. Go for a run or a walk; do some sit-ups while you speak in tongues. It is a bigger part of healing than you realize.
STAY IN TOUCH.
Depressed people self-exclude. John the Baptist was behind bars when depression took him out. Elijah ran south, and he had suicidal and bizarre thoughts, like, “I’m the only one left.” God told him to go back and mentor Elisha. People need people. Don’t crawl in a hole if you can help it.
“Thy word is truth.” Truth sets free; lies imprison. Depressed people are bombarded by lies. The defense Jesus used against Satan was, “It is written.” For many years I carried the Scripture with me on 3 x 5 cards. You’d be surprised how many free moments we have in a day. Fortify yourself in the truth. It works when done for weeks, not just days. Hey, good to do even if you’re not depressed!
LISTEN TO WORSHIP MUSIC.
Satan wants to fill your mind with doubts and discouragement. You can fill it with praise! What you do does impact how you feel, if not immediately, eventually!