The following is the rest of the Chapter on Depression that was run previously from Charlotte Barton’s book, “No More Chains of Anxiety, Worry, Stress or Depression.”
Stop Moaning, Groaning, and Belly-aching
The next part of the definition of depression that I want to discuss is “the condition of feeling sad or despondent.” We are human, with fleshly tendencies in which we tend to let our emotions rule our thoughts and actions. Satan uses our “sad or despondent” emotions as an open door to bring depression upon us.
Ever talk to yourself? I like the way David spoke to himself in Psalm 42:5. If he had a mirror I could picture him pointing to himself in the mirror and speaking that scripture aloud with authority so that Satan could hear him and to get the Word of God deep down into his spirit stirring up faith within him,
Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God. (AMPC)
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. (NKJV)
It was like he was saying to himself, “What is wrong with me? Why am I letting my inner emotions control me? Why am I moaning, groaning, and belly-aching when that won’t change one thing, but only make matters worse? Just hush up the sad or despondent kind of talk. For my hope is in my God. As I cry to Him, I expect Him to deliver me. Though I may not feel like it, I WILL praise my God, for He is my Help in my time of need! I will not let negative emotions prevent my praise from going forth!” Night to Light
In the Bible the word “night” often represents a difficult time in life. A time of depression is a period of “night. Are you in a night time of your life? Hang on, Child of God, light comes in the morning, for God is the Bright Morning Star. It is comforting to know that God is your source of Light Who will bring you through. Look at what David said in the following scriptures:
Psalm 77:1-2, 6 (AMPC) 1 I will cry to God with my voice, even to God with my voice, and He will give ear and hearken to me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek (inquire of and desperately require) the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out [in prayer] without slacking up; I refuse to be comforted. I call to remembrance my song in the night; with my heart I meditate and my spirit searches diligently:
Psalm 42:8 (AMPC) Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
It is important to remember the song that is deep down in your spirit. Call it to remembrance, causing your mind to purposefully remember the Might God you serve, causing your mind to bring forth a song of praise DURING the night. Let it rise up and come forth as a mighty praise from your lips as a proclamation that God IS bringing you out of the night in the name of Jesus, and His loving kindness will surround you with a “daytime” season of life. Depression is a Name
Doctors sometimes classify depression as a “disorder.” One of the definitions of depression stated is was a “psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anhedonia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death. It is also called clinical depression.”
That is exactly how Satan wants you to lie. Clinical depression is a name of a disorder. But I also know that the Bible says that Jesus is above every name and clinical depression must bow at the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:9-11) and is under the feet of Jesus (Ephesians 1:19-22). As a Christian and a Child of God, you have the authority in the Name of Jesus Christ to bind that “sickness” and loose peace joy, and happiness upon your mind and life (Matthew 18:18). You have the right through the name of Jesus to break any chain of bondage that has you bound and claim God’s deliverance. God is a Healing God. Claim His healing, for by the stripes of Jesus that He took upon His back for you before dying on the cross at Calvary, you are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Time to Humble Yourself God desires you to “humble yourself ” and come to realization or come to a point of admitting that you cannot become freed from the bondage of depression on your ow. But it is a choice. You have a choice to make a change in your life or not to make a change and continue living in depression. You have a choice to turn to God for your source for help or not to turn to God for your help. God said through His Word in 1Peter 5:6-7,
6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, 7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (AMPC) 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (NKJV)
Humble yourself today at the feet of Jesus, cry out to Him Who is your only source of complete help and deliverance. Cast your whole care, not part, but all your need for complete deliverance, healing, and restoration. Lay it all at His feet once and for all, not picking it back up again, and again, and again, like we often tend to do with things in our lives.
The Reduction Effect
Another correlation between the definition of depression and how Satan uses it against people, is that the definition stated, “a reduction in activity or force.” Wow! Does Satan use the spirit of depression to hinder a person from going forth in what God has called them to do? Yes! He definitely wants a reduction in activity in the Kingdom of God and in that person’s force or authority given by Jesus Christ to go against the Kingdom of Darkness.
God is Waiting for You God does not want you to live in a state of depression. He wants you to live a life abundantly in Him. Jesus came to earth and died and arose so that you can have life more abundantly (John 10:10). He is waiting for you to turn your need over to Him. He is waiting for you to cry out to Him. Psalm 34:17 says,
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles. (AMPC)
The word “righteous” does not mean “holy, without sin.” It means him who is upright and in right standing with God”. For example, this is shown in the explanation brackets of Psalm 5:12 – For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor). (AMPC)
This is seen many times throughout the Bible for the word righteous. That is what it means. When you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, living according to God’s Word, walking in relationship with Jesus, then you are covered by His righteousness, covered by His blood. You are justified and made righteous through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Yes, we all sin at various times, but His blood that He shed on Calvary cleanses you as you call out to Jesus for forgiveness. You are righteous in His sight. God does not see the sin. The sin has been washed away. God only sees the blood of His Son, Jesus, covering you, His Righteousness in you and His covering.
Therefore, as you cry out to God, He hears you, and will deliver you out of all, like Psalm 34:17 said, not just a little bit, but all of your distress and troubles, and that includes the depression that seems to hold you captive. Whether you consider depression to be a state of mind, illness, or oppression of a demonic spirit, you can be freed today! For the Lord is your shield from these attacks of the enemy, He is your glory, your Light that shines into the darkest area of your life, and He is the lifter of your head out of depression (Psalm 3:3). Victory can be yours today, in the name of Jesus Christ, as you claim it and stand on His Word!
A prayer to come into agreement with:
Abba Father, I thank You that I can call upon You and You hear my heart’s cry. You see the tears that I shed. You know I want to be free from depression or the attacks of the enemy that tries to place depression upon me. I refuse to be defeated. You are the victorious One. I ask that You heal me and set me free from any attachment or weight of depression. Free me from the bondage of any such oppression. Loose those chains now, in Jesus’ mighty name! Fill me with Your peace and joy. I thank You and give You all the glory! Amen!
Charlotte Barton is a pastor and author from Norris City. This chapter was taken from her latest book, “No More Chains of Anxiety, Worry, Stress or Depression” available from the author and