Today, I just want to send a short message of encouragement to those who are struggling with depression. Depression is an issue that is not discussed often but one that is very important. In the past two weeks, close to a handful of friends have disclosed their struggle with depression.
When others disclose that they have depression, it is important that we show love and support. Depression is no different from any other challenge that we face in life such as: lack of money, feelings of inadequacy, doubt and even fear. Each one of these causes us to lose our joy.
Today, my encouragement to anyone who suffers from depression is to know that God still has plans to prosper you and give you hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11). No matter how dark today may look, try your best to remind yourself that God’s glory rises to shine upon your face each day (Isaiah 60:1). Each day that you have life is a day that God has purposed and predestined. Though your thoughts may cause you to walk in doubt, God’s thoughts of you say that you are: loved, appreciated and valuable (Romans 1:7).
At times, you may feel like you have to fight for happiness a little harder than others but in those times remember that God is at your side. He sees the struggle of the day and He is ready to fight on your behalf. When thoughts of defeat come to mind remind yourself that God goes before you and He goes behind you. There is power in your voice and that power begins working on your behalf when you use it.
The biggest goal of the enemy is to silence your voice. If he silences you, you’ll have more time to listen to him and instead of God. Each day you wake up, declare that it will be a day of victory for you. Speak a positive word before any negative thoughts get a chance to sink-in.
Whatever you do, know that you are never alone. You have a God who loves you deeply and you have friends that are actively praying on your behalf. Be encouraged to continue down the road of greatness. You are a person of destiny and you have the power to overcome everything that seeks to overcome you (Romans 8:37).
For a great book on overcoming negative thoughts, please check out “Switch On Your Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf. She’s a scientist and Christian who has written a wonderful book on how to literally reprogram your brain by removing negative thoughts and replacing them with positive and Godly thoughts.
God bless you & Be Encouraged!