Freedom From Depression: Part 3
God cares about you and your depression.
Psalm 23: 4 – “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
The King James Version reads, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” When we are bound by chains of gloom and depression, we feel like life is over… like death has swallowed us. We have zero hope. Everything around us bears no promise of a brighter future. We feel trapped.
But guess what? Jesus Christ is the one who raises the dead! He conquered death Himself! He specializes in doing what is humanly impossible (Matthew 19:26). When things are darkest and you see no way out, the truth is that there is always a way out. You cannot see the whole picture simply because you are human. Jesus says, “I am the way” (John 14:6). With Christ, there is always a way!
So how do you get out of the grips of fear and darkness? Every word counts in this verse. Note that: “for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” The answer is for (because) you (the Lord God almighty) are (presently) with me (my personal companion). THIS is how you conquer depression and move into God’s marvelous light!
Psalm 23:5 – “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
Who are your enemies? Really, the only enemies we have are Satan and his demons. They are the ones who plant ideas of doom and gloom. They plant seeds of doubt, prompting us to ask, “Does God really care about me?” He did it with Eve. He does it to this day. Satan is the prince of darkness, and when Christians are overtaken by doubt, it is Satan’s doing. Cynicism is his natural language.
When we first become aware of the clutches of depression, we need to turn to God and say, “Lord, this is not of you! Come to my aid!”
What this verse is saying is that God prepares a place for us, not sheltered from our enemies so that we might feel protected from them, but in the very same room with our enemies! Because the truth is that they hold no power over us. We can take a stand and refuse to let Satan bind us. How? Because Jesus already defeated him! We can say with confidence, “In the name of Jesus Christ, you are overcome, Satan. I am not going to be fearful. Christ defeated you on the cross. He is alive. And He lives in me!” Therein is our hope and our ticket to freedom: Christ’s blood shed on the cross for me and for you.
Your enemies are Satan and his demons, and they are looking for ways to trip you up, or paralyze you with fear. Are you going to let them win? Do you trust God enough to let go of your circumstances and let Him take care of them? You should also talk to someone else, and you can talk anonymously with one of our caring volunteers by clicking the button below.