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 over time. That is why we need “godly parents” to guide us. Even without parents, we have God—our “Abba Father,” and He hears the cry of His children. (Galatians 3:26)

However, not everyone is God’s child; only those who believe, repent (metanoia), and abide in Jesus.

Ask Jesus to strengthen your faith, give you a repentant heart, and lean not on your understanding. 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 heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus has your back.


2. Ask God to reveal your hidden sin

Trauma, finances, or bad relationships can cause depression. However, depression is often rooted in a rebellious and disobedient heart.

We want to do things our way, causing us to disobey our parents, which can lead to depressive consequences.

Unforgiveness is also a sin that “imprisons our hearts” and hurts everyone around us. But love covers a multitude of sins. Hence, we must also learn to forgive ourselves for failing others.

When we live in sin, we open the door to Satan’s lies and dark depressive spirit. (John 8:44). Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal “hidden sins” so the enemy won’t gain a foothold in your life.

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

Matthew 6:12
“forgive us our sins as we forgive others.”

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive others.


3. Do not be lazy; adopt a daily routine

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.

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 persons 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 the day with discipline—just like 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 dire circumstances.
  5. Do not be alone in your struggle; join a small group or seek discipleship.

Remember, all these will amount to nothing unless you are connected to a power source. Apart from Jesus, you cannot be victorious.

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