Breaking Free from Depression

Everyone knows what it’s like to feel lonely, depressed and afraid. The pressure against our emotions can be overwhelming at times. Who hasn’t felt the waves of darkness try to take over their soul? I think we’ve all felt that at times. The devil wants to get you into a place of darkness and keep you there so you will lose hope and quit.

The truth is that Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil (1 John 3:18), but we lose sight of that at times. So what the enemy tries to do is paint a hopeless, dark picture of your life so you become discouraged, lonely and depressed. You may be in a place like that right now. Or perhaps you know someone that is in that place.

So how do we break free from that place of darkness? Psalm 119:30 says, “The entrance of His Word brings light.” As we flood the light of God’s Word into our heart, darkness, loneliness & depression flee!

David sure knew what it was like to go through these times of darkness:

The enemy pursues me; he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness

like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. Psalm 143:3-4.

But notice, as this darkness sweeps over his soul and overwhelms him, he remembers the Word of God. Let’s look at how he breaks free from this depression & darkness:

In fact, here are seven simple steps out of loneliness, depression & fear based on Psalm 143:

      1. Remember what God has done.
        “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.” (Verse 5)
        Deliberately go back and look at what God has already done for those in the Bible, and deliberately go back and look at what God has done in your life.
      2. Worship God.
        No matter what it feels like, lift your hands and voice to God in thanks. Worship Him because He is so good; even when things don’t look so good.
        “I spread out my hands to you.” (Verse 6)
      3. Listen for God’s immediate response.
        In fact, ASK for a quick response from God; and expect to hear an answer; expect a door to open.
        “Answer me speedily.” (Verse 7)
      4. Greet your day meditating on God’s love for you.
        This sets the course of your day.
        “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” (Verse 8).
        The greatest happiness in life is the assurance that we are loved. Find one verse each day about God’s love, until it drives out all fear and loneliness.
      5. Ask God for wisdom!
        Ask Him to show you the way you should go today!
        “Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” (Verse 8)
      6. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you, teach you and empower you today!
        “Teach me to do your will,…may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Verse 10)
      7. Remind God of His covenant.
        He swore with His blood that He would keep His promises to you. Ask Him to deliver you completely out of the specific trouble you are in.
        “For your name’s sake, LORD, preserve my life;in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.” (Verse 11)

 

Remember, it’s the entrance of His word that brings light. Darkness has to flee when you turn the light on. Never forget that God loves you; He’s with you; and He’s on your side. When you believe that, everything’s going to be alright!


Breaking Free from Depression

  • Rob Crandall

    Thank you very much. I really appreciate this message.

  • Frederick Odem

    Thank you Pastor Dickow, for this teaching.It has shed light for me, I don’t want be popular or make people like me.I just want to be a good steward and obedient servant to our Lord Jesus Christ.To Him be all Honor and Glory.amen and amen

  • Maricia guerrelus

    Thanks lord for this day; I learned a lot today on this message for u lord, u used his mouth spreak to me
    And may u continue speaking to me and save me
    From who Iam lord. Keep on using Paster Gregory
    So he shall keep doing will.

  • Maricia guerrelus

    Please pray for me have been in the USA for more then 20 years with
    No green card and I’m on deportation. Thank you

  • Amen..that is a very encouraging word today,it will keep my thoughts in line today!

  • this really helped mei was born in depression, really, it was the essence of my life. I never enjoyed anything everything was to be endured. this is starting to free me from the chains thanks

  • Mary Stead

    Thank God for this blessed message and annointed ministers such as Pastor Dickhow. God bless you

  • Bernard Steward

    I am a sinner I have done alot of bad I have told alot of lies. I have asked God to forgive me I have asked God to renew my mind. I am afraid that he has turned his face from me.Please pray for me.Please pray for my mother and my family that he would strengthen my family in this terrible time of need. I think that I will be going away for a long time and just want my mother to be safe and comforted.

  • Diane Muniz

    Thank You Pastor Gregory! I needed that so much. Every year around this season when it come close to the holidays. I get depression. This year I want to fight it.

  • I am really sorry for the long stay without connecting to your email sent me. This because the course of internet connection is highly. But with the little I have I must try I connect with you. This is because all your writing and message increases my faith always and christian life. May the Grace of Almighty God keep you to continue in his good work that he ordain us to do. Remain bless in Jesus Name.

  • COSMOS CHIKELU

    THANKS SO MUCH, FOR THIS WORD OF GOD CAME TIMELY, I AM IN DEPRESSED SITUATION IN THE PLACE OF MY WORK, A TARGET IN SALES WAS GIVEN TO ME THAT IF CAN’T MEET UP BY THE END OF OCTOBER I WILL CONSIDER MY SELF OUT OF JOB, AND TODAY IS 28 OCT REMAINING JUST 3 DAYS BUT I BELIEVE THAT GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS. I NEED YOUR PRAYERS AS I DON’T WANT TO BE DISGRACED OUT OF OFFICE,THE PLACE I WAS POSTED TO HEAD A GROUP TO SERVE GOD IN A COMMUNITY, I AM FACING UNECESSARY OPPOSITION, MY HEALTH AND SOME OF MY HOUSEHOLD ARE NOT SOUND BUT I PUT EVERY THING IN THE HAND OF GOD

  • Aloha Pastor Gregory Dickow, I would like to extend My Gratitude by saying, Mahalo Plenty for taking the time to share & explain the Word of God. I truly appreciate the way you articulate the Word of God bringing understanding and providing the tools to apply in everyday practical living. You don’t only preach,you teach & guide us through the Word of God. Mucho Blessings to You, Your Lovely Wife & Ohana. You’re Loving Me back to Life! bringing help, hope & healing to not only the Body of Christ, but to many Lonely Hearts & Depressed Lives. Thank you for your Love , Devotion, Spiritual Insight, Encouragement & for Serving the Lord! I have a Life that can face everyday! Aloha Pumehana in Christ…

  • George Kunzman

    Thank you for this devotional. I thank you that it is free as right now, I have no money. I commit to giving to your ministry as I pay off my debts. Thank you again.

  • Karen Barlow

    I am a counsellor. Can I suggest you add in some practical things such as exercise to release good hormones from the brain, and to burn off cortisol. Also people need to get outdoors and look at God’s creation. It stimulates the brain. They need to spend time with people …face to face…not on the Internet. They need to do relaxation and meditation. They need to have some fun and laugh land watch comedies. This release good hormones from the brain and they go through the body via the blood stream and make us feel wonderful.
    Can I further suggest you do some research on the brain. Look up The Healthy Mind Platter by Dan Siegel and anything else he has to offer. When we learn about the brain and how it works we begin to understand why we feel good and why we feel sick. Please just don’t talk about spiritual stuff. We need body and mind info to make a dent on depression.
    Kind regards