Need hope? Struggling with depression? Many people are, including Christians. But the truth is, there is hope if you are struggling with depression. 

As I share in my latest book, “Conquering the Spirit of Death”, depression has a strong link to the spirit of death. Like any other emotion, it can come upon anyone, but it’s a problem when it lingers. I believe it lingers when we live in the emotional realm of past hurts and disappointments. Reliving the painful moment over and over again is a trap of the enemy to bring us down to his level of defeat where he can easily cause further harm.

Reliving the pain of the past is like a cow regurgitating its food. It keeps coming back up. The enemy will use the pain of the past against us if we allow him to–don’t! Next time satan brings up these hurtful memories of the past, spit the memories out, tell the devil to leave you alone, and to be silent, because you are not going to chew on the cud of his negativity any longer.

Depression comes upon people for many reasons and not from past hurts only. What about living in crushing circumstances? In today’s society people are fighting just to hang onto their businesses, ministries, and dreams. And no matter how hard they fight they appear to be losing. And this is another way depression is taking hold of people today. 

Depression is a pressing down of the spirit, it lowers the ability of the soul, the mind, and the emotions to carry us through life’s situations. It prevents the supernatural strength of joy to lift us up to higher ground with Jesus. It drains energy and strength from our entire being. It’s a life-stopper. Very troublesome things happen to everyone in this life, but it doesn’t mean we have to live in a depressed state forever.

There is hope to overcome depression–Jesus. Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV) tells us,

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

When I read these words, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire,” I get this image in my mind’s eye of a pit filled with quicksand and someone stuck in the middle of it. The more the person tries to get out in their own strength, the farther they sink. It’s a frustrating place to be because no matter what, the person continues to sink.

In order to escape this pit of sinking sand, you have to remain calm and still and allow someone to come and pull you out–rescue you. This is what Jesus, the Rock of our Salvation does for us. He extends His hand; and at that moment we have a choice to make: grab hold of it or reject His help. I pray you will grab hold of His hand today and accept His help–His hope and break free from this strong link of depression. 

Let’s pray. 

Dear Jesus, 

As I reach out for Your help and grab hold of my Savior’s hand, I confess what You already know, “Yes, I struggle with depression.” Forgive me as I have allowed my thoughts to linger in the past hurts and in the present day situations. I have allowed the unrighteous acts of others to control my life to where I have stopped living life as You would have me to live–with joy. Help me to walk in forgiveness towards others that have caused such pain and suffering in my life. With Your help I believe that all things are possible, my situation too. Lead me in the plan of God that will see me through to the other side of what appears to be a hopeless situation. I accept Your help and will not try to walk this out on my own, but put my hope in you.



Becky Dvorak is the host of the dynamic teaching program, Empowered for Healing and Miracles, featured globally on the It’s Supernatural! Network on ISN. Join her on Mondays at 8:30 AM and 8:30 PM EST.

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