How to cope with depression as a teenager


Biblical steps to overcome sadness and depression as a teenager

1. Ask Jesus to help you

A lot of what we think in our life will change in time. That is why we need “godly parents” who can guide us. God is our “Abba Father,” and He hears the cry of His children. (Galatians 3:26)

However, not everyone is God’s child but only those who belong to Jesus through faith. When we abide in Jesus, we bear fruit that includes love, being joyful, and having peace. (Galatians 5:22)

Ask Jesus to strengthen your faith, give you a repentant heart, and change how you think about life. Jesus has your back and will never turn away those who seek him. (1 Peter 5:7)

Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus has your back.


2. Ask God to reveal your hidden sin

Trauma, financial rut, or bad relationships can cause depression. However, the most common root cause is sin. For example, the “sin of disobedience.” We often want to do things our way, causing us to disobey our parents, which can lead to depressive consequences.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you hidden sins that may have given the enemy to gain a foothold in your life. When we have unconfessed sins, Satan can throw lies in our minds that cause depression. (John 8:44)

Sin can be in the form of disobeying parents or hating someone, including ourselves—among other reasons. This leads to unforgiveness that “imprisons our hearts” and hurts everyone around us.

We must also forgive ourselves for failing others—it’s easier to do so when we humble ourselves. That is why Jesus said that when we pray, we must say, “forgive us our sins, as we forgive others.” (Matthew 6:12)

Psalm 139:23
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive others.


3. Do not be lazy; adopt a structure

God wants us to persevere so we can be emotionally mature. However, the enemy wants us to be lazy, spend long hours with video games or social media, and be unproductive. Being idle is like a cub— left alone as prey for the enemy to devour.

A “lazy Christian” doesn’t want to attend church or belong to a small group, no wonder Satan can influence them even more. You need a daily structure to help you move forward to combat idleness.

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. We command such person be encouraged in the Lord Jesus to do their work quietly and earn their living.

Five structures you need in your life:

  1. Pray and read the Bible the moment you wake up.
  2. Fix your bed to start your day with discipline, just like they do in the military.
  3. List your to-do list and Bible verses using post-it.
  4. End your day by thanking God for everything, including unfavorable circumstances.
  5. Do not be alone in your struggle; join a small group or seek discipleship.

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