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20 Ways You Can Overcome Depression Biblically

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Depression is a very serious condition that may sometimes lead to suicide. There are many misconceptions about depression, but it should not be viewed as a sign of personal weakness or a condition to be ashamed of. It affects millions of people worldwide and can happen to anyone at any time. Despite this, there is hope for those who suffer from depression through the Bible's promise of God's unfailing love and ability to heal us through His Son Jesus Christ.

In the following paragraphs I will discuss twenty ways you can overcome depression biblically:


1) Recognize that even though you may feel alone, you're not the only one ever experiencing something like this - In 1 Corinthians 10 it says "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." (v. 13-13).

2) Call on Jesus Christ - The Bible says "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace." (Col 3:15 NIV) and "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).

3) Talk with someone about it - You'll find that many people will be willing to help you since the Bible says "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Pro 17:17 NIV). People who encourage others are blessed by it - in fact, Jesus Christ told us when we care for others He will care about us. It also goes on to say in Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

4) Remember that your problems don't define you - In Psalms 139:13-18 it tells us about how God knows everything about us even before we were born. Nothing can separate us from His love. Also, in Romans 8:38-39, it tells us how nothing can separate us from God's love.

5) Remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made - Psalms 139:14 says "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." That means even if someone has flaws, they're still worthy of being loved. We all have the hope of eternity with Christ after we die (Revelations 21).


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6) Find something to do that makes you feel useful/helpful - The Bible urges people to look for ways to be about their Father's business (Luke 2:49). No matter what your current circumstance may be, there is always a way to serve others and glorify God.

7) Remember that your issues aren't as bad as someone else's - In Matthew 7:1-2 it says "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged." None of us are perfect (Romans 3:23). Also remember Romans 8:28 which states "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (NIV)

8) Ask God what He's trying to teach you - Too often people assume they understand everything when they don't, but Psalms 103:11-12 says "For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." If we humble ourselves and admit that we don't completely understand everything there is to know about life, God promises to enlighten us with His wisdom and lead us down a right path.

9) Remember that it's normal to feel this way and lots of people struggle with this at some point in their lives - The Bible says "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28).

10) Taking into account that several diseases – both physical and mental – are difficult to treat, it is worth remembering about our faith in God. The Scripture says that He can do all things (Joshua 1:8) and the power of his love never fails (1 Corinthians 13). If you are one of those people who believe in God, try to understand what kind of spiritual help may be useful for you.


11) Put your trust in God and wait patiently on Him – When we feel down, it's difficult to stay calm and put our trust in God because it is so easy to focus on all those problems which you cannot solve; feelings of guilt, anxiety or sorrow can make you impatient. If you are facing a hard test of patience, it may be very beneficial for you remember verses like Psalm 37:7-8 which states " Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes." (NIV). As we know the best things come to those who wait (Isaiah 64:4), we need to be patient and calm till God works in our favor.

12) Don't compare yourself with others – When you are depressed it's very easy to get discouraged when you see how people around seem to manage their lives better than you; they may have more money, more successful career or better appearance, but God never compares us with others (1 Corinthians 10:12). Our life is like a flower which has its own beauty and worth (Matthew 6:28); if God sent rain on some fields he did not send rain on yours that doesn't mean there is something wrong with your flowers. So don't compare yourself with others, try to find what strengths and weaknesses each of them has and accept your uniqueness because only in this way can you develop properly.

13) Consider others more important than yourself – If you are depressed, it's quite natural to neglect your health and well-being. You may focus only on your problems and forget that there are other people who need your attention; try not to give priority to self-pity over service (Philippians 2:3). Don't just wait till everything gets back to normal without taking any action, show kindness to others. Do something useful for them because the Bible says "Love is always patient" (1 Corinthians 13:4). And remember one of our main goals in life should be to help people around us because God created us as his diverse instruments for many tasks.

14) Remember about cherished times with friends and family – The Bible says "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15). When you are depressed, it's easy to isolate yourself and don't want to leave your room, but remember how many good times you had with family or friends. Think about trips, parties or some other events that brought joy into your life; do not forget even one detail of memories because they will act as a source of warmth and comfort for you.


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15) Focus on what you can change – If everything seems black, think of something that might be changed if only you made an effort; focus on a positive aspect which may improve a bad situation. Remember that although getting out of depression is hard work, God always helps the people who help themselves (Proverbs 3:5-6).

16) Think about what you can do to benefit others – It is easier for us to forget the pain of our past and think only about how we can be useful for other people; involve yourself in charity and make your life more valuable. This may also help you overcome stress and bad feelings because it will give a sense of purpose and meaning to your life; as we know "A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!" (Proverbs 15:23).

17) Stop feeling sorry for yourself – The Bible says that God loves those who do everything they can, even if things don't go as planned (2 Corinthians 8:3). So if you are feeling depressed, remember that God is greater than any problem you may have (Romans 8:31), and do not feel sorry for yourself because it will only make your depression harder to overcome.

18) Read biographies of famous Christians – As we know one of the most effective means of encouraging someone who is discouraged is talking about another person's success by reading biographies or autobiographies written by well-known Christians. Knowing how others overcome their problems will give hope to us as well, so remember some sources where you can find biographies of Christian leaders.

19) Do not focus on physical causes – If you are feeling depressed, it's easy to think that your bad feelings are caused by something physical. But remember that many times our problems are related to things like alcohol or drugs, so try to find the reason for your depression and deal with these things first, for example if you want to stop using alcohol or drugs , then visit some information sources about addiction treatment . And after you eliminate all physical causes, continue reading other tips on how to overcome depression because probably there is another cause.

20) Try doing something positive – Sometimes we don't even feel like trying anything new because every activity sounds uninteresting but this is a wrong way of thinking. The truth is that when we do something good for others it makes us happy and useful at the same time, and this is a great feeling. So if you find some activities which you haven't tried before and they seem interesting to you, go ahead and give them a try – remember that we should not just sit around and do nothing because the Bible says "He who sits still will remain poor" (Proverbs 10:4).

So remembering these tips on how to overcome depression, make sure to put as many of them into practice... But even though it might be hard at first, with God's help your life will change for better; as we know "A man's steps are directed by the Lord. How can anyone understand his own way?" (Proverbs 20:24).


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