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Depression is ultimately about Pride - a focus on self. Whether you have the arrogant pride of the self-important person such as Nebuchadnezzar or constant thoughts of worthlessness and failure, the focus is on self. Focus on self is Pride.
Satan really only has one strategy - to get our focus off the vertical (God) and onto the horizontal (the world; self; circumstances). If he can do that, he knows we will live defeated Christian lives. Jesus said the greatest commandment is the love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, minds, soul and strength. Victory and abundant living come from living a lifestyle of worship, and that is a constant vertical focus.
Because of painful experienced from our past, we have sometimes come to believe in lies. The abuse or dysfunction of our past tells us we are unlovable; no good. This is a lie. The entire Christian life is based in believing, by faith, the truth of God's Word over what our subjective feelings often suggest. Our feelings are the shallowest part of us. John 3:16 tells us that God loves us more than we can imagine. We need to live in that TRUTH rather than the lies Satan would have us believe. He is the "father of all lies", and "the accuser".
We often reason from ourselves up to God rather than from God to ourselves. The Holy Spirit never reasons this way - He always reasons from God to us. We make a mistake when we define who God is through ourselves. Isaiah 55:8 tells us that God does not think like us nor does He act like us - He is not like us (praise God !). To say that we are unlovable by God due to our feelings of worthlessness is to reason according to the wrong economy. The best therapy for depression is to do something nice for someone else. Get involved in serving. Your mind will get off yourself and your circumstances and you will feel better.
To focus on our failures is to live under the bondage of LAW rather than the freedom of grace. Grace is about surrendering the idea that I can ever be "good enough" in my own efforts, in myself. In ourselves we have no righteousness whatsoever. ALL of our righteousness comes in Christ (Gal. 2:20). To understand that and to believe it is to walk by grace and not under Law. There is no depression in grace - it is not a Godly emotion.Type your paragraph here.
Thoughts On Depression