Ministering To Christians Suffering Depression

Victory Over Depression Blog

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It’s unfortunate that many in the Body of Christ believe that a Christian should never be depressed. This Is a lie from the pit of hell and must be exposed as such. 

Reality clearly shows that Christians do suffer depression. Some have it a very extreme. (I am one of them, who had depression for over three .) It’s necessary for Christians to know the proper way to minister God’s love to their hurting brethren. This is why I’ve written this blog.

One does not wake up one day and have depression. One grows into depression (often over a long period of time). One, then, needs to grow out of depression. The deep pain one experiences needs to be handled gently and with care. Being sensitive and compassionate is a must for proper care and handling. 

One suffering depression is very fragile and can easily crack. There are certain things…

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How Free Is Freedom?

How Free Is Freedom?

As I lay down in bed, I lazily turned on my phone and listened to Christian songs. It made me meditate and think upon my troubles in life. As long as we are in the world, there are reasons to worry, not that we should, because whatever happens, the Lord is with us. I’ve personally gone through things in life were I felt blessed and supplied by the Lord, it almost feels like everything you need is completely laid at your feet despite the craziness that’s going on.

You just mustn’t let the enemy steal your peace, because once that happens, you give them the right to rule over you, it gives them a reason to steal more from us and believe me, you won’t like it if that happens – health problems, financial problems and even life threatening circumstances becomes more real.

But seriously, how free is freedom? As long as we have freedom to worship the Lord, then, I suppose we are still free. That’s the thing that hit me while I was listening to worship songs.

We have brothers and sisters in harsher places of the world, they are denied their freedom to worship Jesus, and yet they are willing to become lambs to the slaughter just to meet up secretly together to sing songs and worship Him.

That doesn’t mean we must just be contented singing songs and and just reading the Bible. We must grow and exercise our freedom in Christ: defend the poor and the fatherless, commune with the Lord, keep track of the things of the spirit, practice what we are taught and fight the good fight of faith.

6 Ways to Overcome Temptation

6 Ways to Overcome Temptation

Like people setting mouse traps in their houses. Demons have set traps against me on my own home, they were hoping to entice me to open the wrong doors and windows. What’s more alarming is that despite my knowledge of their intentions, it’s still working out. Indeed the enemy is formidable, it knew how to tempt me so that I would make mistakes and hate myself. How should I do to overcome this?

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:1-2

 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

Galatians 5:16-17

#1 Intentional Exposure To The World Is A Bad Idea

Often times, the enemy will try to pull us into worldliness by using ourselves, people or even things of this world to tempt us. The moment we set our focus in this world, sinful temptations will follow and we’ll be in trouble, they will try to ensure that we remain grounded, so that we remain powerless to follow Jesus.

I’m not only talking about normal sins, I’m also talking about being obsessed with TV shows and playing violent games.

No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.

Luke 11:33-34

You will also find the same conclusions if you research behavioral science documentaries. Remove our spots, then we will be free from the enemy’s influence.

#2 Reciting Verses

But what do we do if we are already drowned into our worldly desires? Some of the verses that page cited are powerful warfare tools worth memorizing:

“Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:11

“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2

“Sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

#3 Be Glad and Sing Songs of Worship

The purpose of the enemy has always been to steal, to kill and to destroy. Sin will steal us of our joy in the Lord. Instead of mourning for our sins and hating ourselves, we must be grateful that His mercies are new every morning, yes even if we find ourselves hard headed in doing what we know is wrong. This simply shows that we are weak and we need to find our strength in Christ Jesus. A grateful heart is filled with joy and thanksgiving, it trusts that the Lord will deliver him from his own sinful nature and the evil that tries to chain him into oppression.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23
 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly
John 10:10
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

#4 Rebuking

One thing about demons, is that they work through suggestions, sometimes through our minds, at other times through people or even through the media, it could be anything. Remember that our enemy is formidable, and that we must be vigilant:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Rebuking is as simple as this, “In Jesus’ Name, I command you to depart from me spirit of anger, I burn your fruits and destroy your power over me. You will leave me alone and never return” Be sure to repent of your sins before the Lord as well.
For more information about self-deliverance, check Demon Buster.

#5 Resting in the Lord

 Remember to take your time to return to the Lord after every work moment. The reason we fall is because life in this world can be overwhelming.

#6 Self Forgiveness

Self-condemnation will not help us. Forgive and forget.

Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Luke 7:47

How can you be full of joy if you live in self-condemnation? It is just a way the enemy use to steal your joy. And if that happens, how can we convince the world that we are victorious? That through Jesus Christ we are overcomers? Now you know the answer.

I hope you find today’s blog helpful. Want to say something? Feel free to leave a comment.