Personal Insight Into Victory Over Depression – Part 1 – Living Above Yourself
You can substitute any word, trial, or obstacle in place of depression in your own life. The essential point of this part is that once you (1) know, (2) understand, and (3) apply by faith daily what your true identity is, you will live above ALL your circumstances.
My own obstacle was a very severe one. Depression really stigmatizes one effectively. You basically live down and out, secluded from daily living. Often you stare into space focusing entirely on your adverse circumstance(s). You stare into space looking for an answer. None will come because space in empty. You live secluded in your home, always keeping the window blinds and shades closed tightly so no light can enter. You cry often everyday. You attempt to sleep throughout the day, hiding under your covers, hoping that when you awake all your problems and depression would only be a bad dream. But, it is reality, and you must face it as reality.
Depression will not go away until God basically grows you through it. Yes, depression is truly a dark world; a world run by Satan himself. No wonder it is lonely and dreary. One with depression really desires to escape it, but does not know how to. This is where this study comes in. I will show you THE WAY, which you already know. Only the Holy Spirit within you has THE ANSWER. You must look within for it. You will discover that the Holy Spirit not only has the answer; THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE ANSWER.
In this part, I will specifically highlight the truths that God provides to live above depression. Many of these truths I have already previously stated in other blog entries. They are really not new; they are only needed for a now moment. God’s grace is only effective for the present moment, neither for yesterday nor for tomorrow.
Jesus strongly urges us to live one day, one moment at a time. Meditate often on His words from the Sermon of the Mount in Matthew 6:25-34. “Therefore, I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” As you meditate on Jesus’ words, God’s grace and love will only become real to you in the present moment.
The truths you are about to read I learned from my personal experience. You will identify many symptoms and forms of depression. Each is specifically unique for each individual. What is characteristic for one person may not be characteristic for someone else. (For example, I was neither hospitalized nor did I ever take medication for my depression. However, I do assure you, I was very depressed for 17 years, seven very severe.) I share with you the first-hand truth that God taught me. He then grew me through depression. Depression, like my flesh, is now in the past – dead and buried. All that is left is only ONE final and complete solution for freedom from and over depression. The solution is 100% Jesus Christ, not 99.9%.
In Jesus, you will be totally free from depression and every other obstacle you encounter. It is not a foolish type of freedom where you can go out and sin like the devil. You do have that choice. But, as you grow more in love with Jesus everyday, why would you knowingly choose sin?
When Jesus sets you free, it becomes a freedom in maturity. His freedom draws you deeper in love with Him. You mature in life, as you grow daily in the freedom of knowing and loving Jesus as God residing in your heart. It truly is freedom because you personally choose the road you go down. It is a flesh vs. spirit choice. The mature choice is the narrow road to Calvary. It is a free and a very painful choice. Remember: Calvary’s cross symbolizes death. You have the opportunity to die daily to your flesh, especially depression and its deep hurts, so the love of Christ can grow in you. This is why it is the mature choice in your freedom. (It is a copout to choose the wide road around Calvary. Christ’s love will never grow in you as long as you do not permit Him to crucify your flesh.)
By time you complete the parts, you will clearly understand that Jesus has given you a new identity, Himself. His love will then motivate you to live your new identity. Jesus gives you an entire new nature.
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
You will be desensitized more and more to your old way of thinking. You will only see it as dead. You will clearly see your depression as dead on the cross. You will picture Jesus on the cross and literally see your depression there. Then, all you will be focusing on is life – God’s life in you. Your new identity becomes your daily victory over all your depression. It is His resurrected life.
Your new identity in Christ becomes your daily victory over all your depression.
However, you must grow and mature into your new identity. So be gentle and patient with yourself. It is only God Himself growing His love and grace in your new identity.
Paul writes in Philippians 2:12-13 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”