This Week’s Thought: I’m so depressed.
This week we’re fasting from the thought that says, “I’m so depressed.” So often, depression is anger turned inward at ourselves for our shortcomings and mistakes.
Perhaps you’ve thought: “Life’s a drag; what’s the point of anything; I’ll never be happy.” These thoughts are designed to rob you of the joy and confidence that produce supernatural strength in our lives.
Let’s put an end to this way of thinking:
1. Stop condemning yourself. Condemnation is a mindset that robs you of joy and peace. Romans 14:22 says,”Happy is the man who does not condemn himself…”
2. God’s still working on you! Philippians 1:6 says lighten up on yourself. He began a good work in you; He’ll finish it! Trust God that you’re making progress. You’re not standing still.
3. Tap into the power of believing. 1 Peter 1:8 says: “…though you do not see Him now, you BELIEVE in Him, and are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy.” Believe the promise of God regardless of what you see; and depression will begin to leave.
4. Recognize and eliminate negative thoughts, one at a time. For example, if you think “this will never work,” replace it immediately with: “It will work, because God is perfecting (completing) whatever concerns me.” (Psalm 138:8)
5. Surround yourself with positive people. Positive thinking and speaking is contagious; just as negative thinking is. Only be around those who create an atmosphere of victory with their words.
6. Remember, you are not helpless. Thoughts of helplessness bring depression. The Holy Spirit is our Helper. (John 14:16-18; John 15:26; John 16:7)
THINK IT & SAY IT:
I will never be depressed another day in my life I decide to stop condemning myself and beating myself up for my shortcomings. I believe God is working on me every day.
I am not a negative thinker. I am positive. God is for me, with me and in me, therefore depression cannot stay. I command every ounce of depression to loose me and let me go; be removed and cast into the sea, in Jesus’ Name!
The joy of the Lord is your strength,
— Gregory Dickow via www.thinkingfast.org