Victory over Depression

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Anyone can feel “depressed,” discouraged about life. Overwhelmed with problems. Impacted by world events. Each year nearly 15 million American adults experience a major depressive disorder. No one is immune, for this impacts the old and young. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median age when depression disorders strike is 32, with women more likely to be victims than men.

Depression has been proven to be a significant byproduct for those with serious illnesses. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than half of eating disorder patients experience depression. But so do a high percentage of cancer patients, and those who have had strokes and heart attacks.

Christians are not immune from depression. We all face challenges and trials. We can be discouraged about our job, family, or marriage. We can be overwhelmed by financial needs, sicknesses, and disease. We can feel defeated by sin and mistakes we have made.

But God has given us the power to be free from depression. He told Isaiah that we might go through waters, rivers, and fire. But we are to realize that He is with us in every situation (Isaiah 43:1-2).

When we start to feel depressed, when we are “cast down,” the Bible urges us to focus on God, to remember we can hope in Him and trust Him no matter what we face.

If you feel overwhelmed by the weight of your burdens, turn to Him. Remember that you don’t have to fear. He is with you, right by your side. Commit your needs to Him. And, start praising and worshiping Him! You are His! And He has promised to take care of you.