I used to feel paralyzed in my days of depression.
I perceived this condition to be something that I had been dealt, and not something that I could actually fight against and resist. The following 4 weapons for depression have strengthened and protected me from returning to the unbearable depths I used to frequent.
The reels of my mind were wound up tightly, constantly replaying real (and imagined) hurt, discontentment, shock, regret, and a LOAD of other things. I had no rest, and lived in constant fear with all guards up.
With time, I couldn’t pray or praise if I wanted to. I was imprisoned and being in that dark place of depression became my comfort and coping mechanism. I was so weakened that I couldn’t fight effectively. What I have learned is that the spirit of heaviness (Depression) hates praise and outward focusing. Depression thrives on isolation and self-pity (which is totally inward focused). It loves to be magnified so it is the ONLY thing you think of, focus on, and feel (hence the description “heaviness”).
Like venom, ongoing deep depression slowly paralyzes and incapacitates you until it births emotional, spiritual, and even physical death.Tweet
Does using these 4 weapons for depression somehow mean no more valleys? No. What it does mean however, is a shift in the pursuit. We no longer focus on simply a life with no trials or circumstances that lead to depression. We understand and accept that there will be troubled times:
Our pursuit shifts to “taking courage”. The more you practice using a weapon, the better you become at it. Valleys don’t go away, but you begin to navigate them differently and your focus is properly placed on the One who has conquered and crushed depression – Jesus Christ.
With any weapon, you have to choose to pick it up and use it. After being set free from several spiritual strongholds, I became empowered to choose to fight and to pick up the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) against the attack of depression. This sword (the Word) contains all 4 weapons for depression (and even more).
The following 4 weapons for depression are biblical based, practical, and incredibly effective when you understand their value spiritually, and choose to use them:
1. Praise – Choosing to take the mind off of self, and all that is bad, and praising God that He is still good and still God.
2. Gratefulness – Zooming in on all that there is to be thankful for.
3. Contentment – The absence of obsession over what “isn’t” and choosing to be satisfied with that “is”.
4. Release – Making a conscious effort to stop fretting over what cannot be changed.
When you feel the fiery dart of heaviness coming on, remember to pick up these 4 weapons for depression and fight your way through!
Until next time,
Hey there! Moved by what you’ve read/heard? Subscribe to this blog by adding your email address here: https://wordpress.com/view/markedlife.wordpress.com (be sure to scroll down after clicking the link!). You’ll be the first to hear about updates as they are posted!
Never miss an episode. Visit www.shesmarked.com to listen and subscribe! Available on all major platforms.
Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HannahtheBrand/
Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/its_hannahthebrand/
Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hannahskyye
It’s been far too long since I’ve been in this space! Lots has taken place since my last entry, and I can’t wait to eventually share some of that with you all. I have been active on my Facebook and Instagram accounts however, which brings me to the reason for this post! I’d like to … More Start it Right 2021 GIVEAWAY!!!
So, I recently did a thing… I released my first eBook, “Through the Turbulence (Prayers from the Diary of a Broken Heart)“. Though it’s an eBook, it really is more of a raw honest prayer diary. I never drafted these prayers with the intent to publish them – some of them were far too personal … More NEW eBOOK! “Through the Turbulence – Prayers from the Diary of a Broken Heart”
I recently celebrated a milestone birthday (can you guess which one by looking at the title of this post?) I learned a few things on this journey, most by experience, and some by God-given wisdom and insight. If you’re anything like me, when receiving information, you value courtesy and mildness – but you also like … More Birthday Edition – 35 Harsh (but real) Truths & Reminders