Depression among teens rising
Kristen Anderson committed suicide at the railway train but survived. Recently, a 15-years old boy crossed the Glen Ellyn railway to die and 20 students in India committed suicide after failing in an exam. Satan aims to destroy God’s children, depression and anxiety are his tools (John 10:10).
When Corrie Ten Boom was praised for her faith in surviving depression during WW2, she said it wasn’t her faith that saved her, it was Jesus. Faith itself belongs to Him. Jesus is the author and perfecter faith (Hebrews 12:2). Faith can set you free!
3 Biblical steps in overcoming depression, according to the Bible:
1. Refuse the lie
Saying “I am depressed” is like agreeing to the lie of the enemy who wants to destroy you. The “father of lies” tells you you’re alone, has no purpose, and worthless (John 8:44). Jesus tells you the opposite, He will never forsake you (John 15:9-17). When the enemy was giving promises to Jesus, He rebuked the lies of Satan (Luke 4). He ignored his lies.
“Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.
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2. Ask the Holy Spirit for a revelation in the Bible
Jesus prayed several times every day. He often went to a quiet place to talk to His Father in heaven and so should we (Joshua 1:8). However, how will He hear if your heart is filled with doubts, pride, and selfishness? Confess your sins directly to God, He’s ready to listen (1 John 1:9). Ask God if there is a sin in your life that is causing you to be depressed.
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened”.
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3. Obey God: “Do not grieve”
The Lord commands us; “Do not grieve (Nehemiah 8:10),” “Do not be anxious (Philippians 4:6-7).” It’s not a request, it’s a command. Instead of moping and self-pity, think of others who are less fortunate than you. Many times, depression is rooted in “selfishness,” we become the center of affliction forgetting that others have bigger problems. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things”.
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Important Bible verses for depression
1 Peter 5:6-7 – God will lift you up in due time, cast your anxiety.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – God will comfort us from all kinds of troubles.
Isaiah 41:10 – Do not fear or be dismayed. I will strengthen you.
John 16:33 – In our troubles, Jesus can help us overcome.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord!
Psalm 40:1-3 – I waited patiently, the Lord heard my cry.
Psalm 42:11 – Why are you downcast? Put your hope in God.