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4 Ways to Avoid The Spirit of Depression

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Whatever you’re going through right now, please know that you don’t have to go through it alone.

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4 Ways to Avoid The Spirit of Depression :

1) Praise:

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” – Acts 16:25

After Paul and Silas were beaten nearly to death for their faith, they begin to praise God and sing hymns while in jail. God encourages us to do the same thing, when you begin to feel the spirit of depression come over you begin to praise God! I know this sounds crazy. Believe me I understand how hard it is to praise God when you feel as if your world is crashing before you.

The word of God instructs us in Isaiah 61:3 to put on “…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”

For example, when you get up in the morning it takes effort to put on your clothes. Your clothes do not just automatically appear on your body. As it is naturally, so it is spiritually, it will take effort for you to praise God in the midst of a depressed state.

2) Worship: 

“Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her.” – 1 Samuel 1:19

Hannah suffered a form of depression due to the fact that she greatly desired to be a mother but she was unable to conceive because the Lord closed her womb (1 Samuel 1:5).

After being teased and taunted by Peninnah, who did conceive sons, Hannah cried and stopped eating because her heart was grieved sore. She went to the temple to pour out her heart to the Lord and petition to Him to bless her with a son.

After she worshipped the Lord, He blessed her with her heart’s desire and she conceived that very night.

Sometimes we have to get to the point of total surrender to the Lord. We have to empty ourselves out completely to God in worship before He can fill us up with our hearts desire.

Worshipping God takes us from worry and depression to peace as we place our life in His hands.

3) Forgiveness:

“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.….” – Luke 23:34

There are times when we must forgive others who have wronged us even if we don’t get the apology we feel we deserve. An unforgiving heart will lead to a bitter and depressed spirit. That’s why it is vital that we forgive others and then turn around and forgive ourselves.

The devil’s job is to kill, steal and to destroy. He will do his best to make us feel guilty about the sins we have committed but we must rebuke the devil immediately and remember we have been forgiven the very moment we asked God for forgiveness.

God’s word encourages us in Hebrews 8:12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds  I will remember no more.” 

4) Count it all Joy: 

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” – James 1:2

This scripture encourages us to count it all joy when we find ourselves in different trials and circumstances. When we focus on the joy in our trying times, we will avoid failing into the pit of depression. Responding to our trials with a joyful heart that doesn’t mean everything is perfect or going great but it means we trust God and realize he is in control of the situation.

We can be joyful in the fact that whatever we are going through right, it’s working together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Saviela E. Thorne

Saviela E. Thorne

Saviela is the author of "Seasons of a Woman's Life: Devotionals to Empower Women to Become Overcomers". She loves to encourage and empower women through her life experiences.
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  1. Mercy Atamuno

    June 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    God continue to bless u.

  2. Christie

    June 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Thank you! This has helped me more than you know as tears of joy stream down my face. God is sooo Good! Thank you for following and listening to our Father so you can help His people.

    May Blessings upon Blessings shower you, your family and your readers.

    Christie

  3. Barbara Allen

    June 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Amen I believe

  4. Mitzi Hollins

    June 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm

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  5. Susan Chongwe

    June 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Ackson Lungu come see this…. Hope you will be encouraged

  6. Angie Cummins

    June 8, 2017 at 4:36 am

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  7. Arielle Elena

    June 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm

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  8. Josephine Cloud-Turner

    June 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Amen!

  9. Vimbai Musundire

    June 7, 2017 at 10:13 am

    The joy of the Lord is my strength.Amen.

  10. Maki Molefe

    June 7, 2017 at 6:54 am

    That’s true

  11. Terry Daley

    June 7, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Thank you Jesus Amen

  12. Collet Klaasen

    June 7, 2017 at 5:47 am

    THEN WHY DO I FEEL SO ALONE AND REJECTED

  13. Jenny Wallace

    June 7, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I really needed this right now.

  14. Lucy Razafy

    June 7, 2017 at 5:24 am

    It touch me. Thanks

  15. Shunte Deckard-Ware

    June 7, 2017 at 5:13 am

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  16. Lily Rostomyan

    June 7, 2017 at 4:17 am

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  17. Dannie Marie

    June 7, 2017 at 3:12 am

  18. Luz Barrett-Hayes

    June 7, 2017 at 3:11 am

    All four means God got all of it amen

  19. Ronnelene Dolendo

    June 7, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Carnette Hernandez

  20. Sheila Strong

    June 7, 2017 at 2:44 am

    May God, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior bless us all.

  21. Connie Boyd

    June 7, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Amen so true Amen and Amen

  22. Diann Bond

    June 7, 2017 at 1:37 am

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  23. Lisa Holman

    June 7, 2017 at 1:33 am

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  24. Rose Young

    June 7, 2017 at 12:53 am

    So true

  25. Toma Blue

    June 7, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Moe Moe ❤️

  26. Meghan Jacinto

    June 7, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Chris Jacinto

  27. Nomaphelo Magadla

    June 7, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Please pray for us in Cape Town – South Africa the storm is terrible

  28. Ezekiel Zhizhi

    June 6, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Beware of the smooth places of the way. If the way is rough, thank God for it. Afflictions, though they seem severe, in mercy often are sent.

  29. KiKi Dawn Harrison

    June 6, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    And number five
    Seek professional help

  30. Stacey V. Jepthas

    April 19, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Esmerelda Ramklass

  31. Rhonda Styron

    April 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Ashley Styron read the top of this too

  32. Dorah Ntombizethu

    March 31, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Amen

  33. Christina Gilpas Martinez

    March 31, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Susana Contreras

  34. Karen Lau

    March 31, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The joy of the Lord is my strength…..Amen

  35. Nozuko Zuzu

    March 31, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Amen

  36. Thato Radebe

    March 31, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Beatrice Masingita Mohononi check point no 4. Amazing

  37. Donna E Black

    March 31, 2017 at 4:50 am

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  38. Taylor Fields

    March 31, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Needing this

  39. Pamela Andrews

    March 30, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I really needed this. Thank you so much!

  40. Leah Pearl

    March 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Nektaria Mappa xx

  41. Dee Young

    March 30, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    AMEN

  42. Heather M Roberts-Roller

    March 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Eryka Marlene

  43. Lisa Landry

    March 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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  44. Nicolle Valles

    March 30, 2017 at 5:02 pm

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  45. Quanya Knighten Lane

    March 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Rece Geechie

  46. Kathy Simms

    March 30, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Amen

  47. Naa Adei Ashalley

    March 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Selina Nana Celine

  48. Khanyo Mnyango

    March 30, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you…I’m seriously in Elijah stage…when he asked God to take his life. But this has been helpful

  49. Donette Romain Lowenfield

    March 30, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Amen

  50. Sonya Alexander

    March 30, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you Jesus

  51. DeOnna Yancey

    March 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Ty’Liyah Monroe

  52. Mary Demmer

    March 30, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Amen !

  53. Lerato Mamaoratile Mamabolo

    March 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    ive been struggling with ths condition since 2014 its reaĺly troubling me

  54. Krung-krung Park Seon

    March 30, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Amen.

  55. Martina Kpetigo

    March 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Amen

  56. Dannie Marie

    March 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Amen

  57. Jollie Kitra

    March 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Amen

  58. Seboladi Moeti

    March 30, 2017 at 11:43 am

    It is very painful to me because i thought we ar going somewhere but it looks like is falling apart

  59. Seboladi Moeti

    March 30, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Pls pray with me i’m in a relationship with a devorced brother from mönday he is no longer taking my calls

  60. Kim Colclough

    March 30, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Lia Wilkins

  61. Laurella Scaggs

    March 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Amen

  62. Bella Gates

    March 30, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I need this so much… in the name of jesus

  63. Dee Jones

    March 30, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Amen

  64. Anne Margaret Reid

    March 30, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Isaiah 61:3 reads: “to give us the garment of praise (instead of) for the Spirit of heaviness”. A gift from God, not an act on our part..!!

    • Saviela Edwards Thorne

      April 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      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; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord , that he might be glorified.
      Isaiah 61:3 KJV
      http://bible.com/1/isa.61.3.KJV

    • Saviela Edwards Thorne

      April 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      It’s there for us to use but we still have to take the necessary steps for us to utilize what the Lord has made available for us. I hope this clarifies your concerns with my statement in my article.

  65. Winnie Calvert

    March 30, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Amen

  66. Julia Juliana Nujoma

    March 30, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Amen

  67. Art Sansait

    March 30, 2017 at 9:13 am

    DEPRESSION CAN BE CURED BY JESUS CHRIST THRU HIS GOSPEL OF DELIVERANCE.
    TRY IT BEFORE YOU MEDICATE.

  68. Rosetta Van Eeden

    March 30, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Amen

  69. Terry Daley

    March 30, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Thank you Jesus Amen

  70. Christina Gi

    March 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Please just pray for me as I miss my son and my heart is breaking and I want him to live with me 24/7 again instead of how it is now…. I’m deeply hurt

    • Imelda Chico

      March 30, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Ok I will pray for you. Where is son now?

    • Christina Gi

      March 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Thank you. DCF has my son with my parents and away from me. I still see him but I cannot spend every night with him which breaks my heart as he is only 4 years old and needs mommy there all the time. I feel like it’s affecting our relationship and DCF got involved off of lies and no proof my son was abused because he wasn’t but now I’m paying child support I can barely afford and it’s just way difficult.

    • Sennie Hlubie

      March 30, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Ooh I’m praying with you….that’s heartbreaking

    • Nicole Dangler Toole

      March 30, 2017 at 9:25 am

      I’m going through the same thing with my daughter! They lie about you, while they say” we are working on reunification”.

    • Imelda Chico

      March 30, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Just keep trusting our God. He see what’s going on to you All thing is possible to Him.I will pray for you.

    • Lucy Iola

      March 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      prayers

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