Is There Really Healing 
For Depression?

Still Wondering if You Can Ever Be Totally Free?

Christian Depression-bird flyingYou may have been told by a doctor that there is no real healing for depression.  That the depression you are fighting is due to a chemical imbalance, and will always require medication.  

I was once told the same thing.

The issue is that, science looks at you as a one dimensional being - a physical body.  

Because the real you is not just a physical being, looking in the physical realm for answers to any problem can never really give you the whole truth.  

All things going on in the spirit realm have counter-effects that appear here in the physical realm - Effects that we can see and feel here on earth.  

Poverty is a great example of this.  We find it in the curse (Deuteronomy 28:16-19, 38-40), so we know it is a spiritual issue.  But, we can also see the counter-effect of that spiritual issue every day here in the physical realm.  

All sicknesses are the same way, including depression.  They are curses that manifest themselves in physical ways, which is why we can actually point to the physical causes through science.  

But, science can never really get to the root of a spiritual problem.  That is why doctors will tell you that there is really no healing for depression.  But, thankfully, the doctors are wrong. 
God has two powerful prescriptions for healing depression.  And His prescriptions don't have any crazy side effects!

NOTE:  I'm not telling you to pour your depression meds down the drain.  I'm not a doctor, and am not qualified to give you any medical advice.  So, this is just spiritual advice - Pray and seek God before you put any foreign substance into your body.  If you are already on medication, pray and ask God BEFORE you stop taking it.  He knows what you need better than any doctor, or even you.   

Christian Healing for Depression

Prescription #1: Praise and Worship

One thing that has always shocked me is that David, who God said was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22), also battled with depression.

Why are you cast down, O my inner self?
 And why should you moan over me
and be disquieted within me? 

- Psalm 42:5a (AMP)

How could David have possibly been considered a man after God's own heart, if he allowed himself to be depressed?  

That is what many Christians would wonder.  Many times, people think that being depressed is a sign of spiritual weakness.  But, it is not.  

It is a sign of a spiritual attack.

healing for depression-sky and mountiainsSo, what did David do when he found himself in a spiritual battle with depression?  He said to himself:

...Hope in God
and wait expectantly for Him,
for I shall
yet praise Him,
my Help and my God.

- Psalm 42:5b (AMP)

Then, He cried out to the Lord:

O my God, my life is cast down upon me
[and I find the burden
more than I can bear];
will I [earnestly] remember You
- Psalm 42:6 (AMP)

David decided that He would praise God anyways.  That He would turn his mind to the remembrance of things God had already done for him, and trust that He would come through for him once more.

Why is praise and worship such an important part of healing for depression? Because it has the power to Confuse the Enemy!

See, part of why the devil wants you depressed is that depression makes people selfish.  They become focused on themselves and their pain.  In fact, over time, it begins to feel like their pain is all that exists.

He is not expecting you, in this midst of all of this pain, to find the strength to praise God.  To praise Him, when it almost feels like it physically hurts to say 'Hallilujiah'.  To whisper 'He's Worthy' when, at that very second, you're not even sure He still is.

Your praise can be a powerful weapon in your healing for depression battle.  That is one of the reasons why you may be feeling opposition when you try to praise God - Satan realizes God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3).

But, how do you get the strength to say, as David did, "I shall yet praise Him," (Psalm 42:5 AMP).

You begin to put on the armor of God.

Prescription #2: The Whole Armor of God

In our online Bible class on renewing your mind, I explained the power of understanding that your mind is a battleground.  The Bible says that, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).  That's why there are two entities literally fighting for the territory of your mind - God and Satan.

You see,you aren't just battling depression.   You are actually fighting something much bigger.

...we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies,
but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,
against mighty powers in this dark world,
and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

Healing for depression is really a spiritual battle.  And Satan would love to steal your joy, and keep you paralyzed by this spiritual disease.

But, God has not left you defenseless against spiritual attacks.  He wants you to "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil" (Ephesians 6:10-11 NLT).

But, how do you do that?  And how does the armor of God offer healing for depression?

Your Heavenly Father promises that, if you put on this spiritual armor, you'll  be able to resist the enemy in times of evil, and will be the last man standing once the battle is over (Ephesians 6:13)!  

Here are the different parts of the spiritual armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17).

Your Defenses

Your Offense

Of course there is so much more to be said for how to use the armor of God to break free from mental strongholds.  In fact, when I teach about this in our online class, Who's Controlling Your Thoughts, it takes me over an hour to go through each of the parts of your armor, and explain exactly how you will use them to win the battle for your mind.

But, I pray that the truths that you've learned here will start you on your journey to receive healing for depression, and begin walking in victory!

Depression Bible Study Lesson 2:
Is There Really Healing for Depression?

Reflection Questions:

  1. Do you believe that depression is more of a spiritual battle, or a medical battle?  Why?

  2. Have you ever had times when it felt like it would physically hurt to praise the Lord?

  3. What parts of your spiritual armor are a bit rusty?  How can you strengthen them for your battle with Satan for your healing for depression?

Renewing Your Mind Class - Break Free from Christian Depression

Christian Depression Bible Study
Lesson 1: Waging War Against Christian Depression
Lesson 2: Is There Really Healing for Depression?
Lesson 3: Bible Scriptures for Christian Depression Help

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