It is so easy to get depressed in today’s age. You switch on the television and there is something bad happening on the news, or you live a fast-paced life and you don’t stop and recharge your batteries every now and then.
Studies have shown that depression is the leading cause of suicide, and the sales of medication such as anti-depressants are going through the roof. Children as young as 2 years of age are being diagnosed as depressed and the people are helpless, with nowhere to turn.
There is hope in Christ, do not let your heart be anxious, trust in the Lord and his goodness. Depression is often a result of constant stress and anxiety, and anxiety is often a result of fear. But the Bible tells us that “we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV) The Amplified Bible broadens that even further to help us understand what a sound mind is. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”
According to Paul, we have been given the spirit of a calm, well-balanced mind. That sure does sound like the opposite of an anxious or depressed mind.
Here are some scriptures to meditate on and that will help to move from a depressed mindset to a calm, well-balanced one:
1. Psalm 34:17-18
17 The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears,
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart,
and saves those who have a crushed spirit.
2. Isaiah 41:10
Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you.
Yes, I will help you.
Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
3. Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
4. 1 Peter 5:7
casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.
5. Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says Yahweh, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.
6. Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in Yahweh with all your heart,
and don’t lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7. Psalm 143:7-8
7 Hurry to answer me, Yahweh.
My spirit fails.
Don’t hide your face from me,
so that I don’t become like those who go down into the pit.
8 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning,
for I trust in you.
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
for I lift up my soul to you.
8. Psalm 30:5
For his anger is but for a moment.
His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may stay for the night,
but joy comes in the morning.
9. Philippians 4:6-7
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
10. Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
In the psalms the psalmist speaks to his own soul and says “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.” (Psalm 42:5). The psalmist here demonstrates something powerful and that is that we can pull ourselves up out of the pit of darkness and despair. How do we do that? By hoping in God.
It is so easy to look at a situation that seems bigger than us and become depressed, yet in Psalm 121 we see where our help comes from. “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Lift up your eyes, look to the heavens and see how God will change your situation.
In closing, remember that you have the mind of Jesus Christ and he is the Prince of Peace.