“Our experience becomes our teacher.”

Here are 4 ways to avoid the spirit of depression:

1) Praise:

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other 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 and believe me I understand how hard it is to praise God when you feel as if your world is crashing before you but 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: 

“And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to 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 said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do….” – St. Luke 23:3

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