Depression Is A Choice

I was reading Psalms 3 today and I couldn't help but think how anointed it is, even now, for those of the Lord who feel like their faith is not where it should be. Take a moment to read it…

 

Lord, How they are increased who trouble me!

Many are saying of me "There is no help for him in God."

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His Holy hill.

I lay down and I slept; I awakened again, for the Lord sustains me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me and round about.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheek; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongs to the Lord May Your blessing be upon Your people!

 

Today is my best friends birthday. Many times she has told me how much I have lifted her spirits and renewed her faith. The truth is that she showed me 20 years ago what it is to be truly courageous. She was seven months pregnant with a child she had prayed for years and years. It should have been one of the happiest times of her life. Out of the blue, her husband with whom she was very much in love was killed at the hands of a drunk driver. Most people would have given up, wrung their hands and asked God "Why, me?" She stood tall and made the choice to go on with her life with her new baby in joy. It wasn't easy, but she did it. I learned then that life was about choices.

 

In Psalms 3 the psalmist makes a choice. Despite his depressing situation he doesn't give up. He lifts his head because he has confidence in the Lord to rescue him out of his situation. Maybe you are where the psalmist was today. Maybe you have friends and family who think that you are crazy for continuing to believe in God coming to your rescue. Perhaps they think you are a religious nut. Like the psalmist you can ignore that because as a child of God you know that your help comes from your Heavenly Father.

When lives situations depress us it seems like everything around us is falling apart. Sometimes we can hardly drag ourselves out of bed in the morning. We lose our strength and our will to go on. We become depressed because we are looking at our situations instead of looking to the Lord.

 

God wants us to learn to trust Him, no matter what situation we are in. I am reminded of Abraham, who had been shortchanged by his nephew Lot. God came to him at that moment and told him to "lift up" his eyes and look around him in all directions. God told him that he was giving Him all the land as far as his eyes could see for his inheritance. In Psalm 24:7 the psalmist says "Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in." Do you need to lift your eyes up today? Are you looking down, depressed and gloomy? Look up because God wants you to keep your eyes on Him. You can choice to do that now, and tell the devil to buzz off.

 

We all get tempted at times to give up; I have had those moments in my own life. Times when I thought, "Oh, what's the use in trying, nothing will ever change!" But true victories have come in my life when I repented for that attitude and told God in prayer, "No matter what happens, Lord, I am going to stay faithful to you!" You would be surprised at how many times my situation turned around once I decided to walk in the joy of the Lord, regardless of what was going on in my life.

 

No matter what is going on in our lives we have two choices. We can give up and quit or we can keep on going. If we decide to keep on going we have two choices. One is to live in depression and misery; the other is to live in hope and joy.

 

Choosing to live in hope and joy doesn't mean that you will never face any more problems or disappointments. It simply means you have decided not to let them get you down. God is faithful to His word. He promises to see us through each and every situation. He will give us abundance and joy again for that is the nature of God. Make up your mind today that you are going to quit giving in to your moods. Find joy in each and every moment, even if you have to create it yourself for others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For We Know That Nothing...No Thing..  is impossible with God