Power over Depression... Take a New Step
“Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you - rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” Isaiah 60:1 AMP
Depression is real! Most people feel sad or moody at times. It’s a natural reaction to loss or to life’s struggles. Everyone experiences times of frustration and distress over unfulfilled hopes and dreams. When things don’t go according to our plans, we can feel disappointed. If we remain in a state of disappointment too long, it can turn into feelings of hopelessness, discouragement and despair. A person can experience a lack of energy (feeling ‘weighed down’) and take little or no pleasure in things that gave them joy in the past. Depression occurs when symptoms interfere with living life.
Satan uses emotions to deceive and lead astray. He works on our minds and in our emotions to try to discourage us from believing God’s Word. If we believe the lies of Satan, they can affect our emotions. They can get stirred up in the wrong direction, forgetting our faith and moving away from the will of God.
Being a person of faith does not mean we will never have negative or ungodly emotions. We can exercise our faith and ask God to help us to have a good attitude, be thankful and not allow our emotions to control us so we can do what is right. How we respond emotionally determines the peace and joy we experience. God can make our emotions work for us, giving us peace and joy as we learn to respond to His Word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to trust Him because He has plans to bless us, bring us into increase and lead us into a better situation.
Arise is a powerful activation order from the Lord. Arise is standing up and taking a new step of faith to activate the Holy Spirit to release the provision of God’s Word on our behalf. God is saying to believers in Christ, “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not here, but NOW, arise and take action.” Arise is an essential part of letting go of past attachments. Arise is to stop over thinking, questioning and discussing past hurts, disappointments, illnesses or unfulfilled dreams. Arise is a waking up state of mind. It causes the ‘how to’ and the provision to appear.
Some time ago I was called to visit a woman suffering from depression. When I walked into the living room, she was laying on the couch. It was dark in the room because the curtains were closed. I noticed several bottles of medication on the table. After the greeting, I asked, “What do you hope to happen by talking and praying with me? Do you believe in Jesus as your Savior? Do you want to live with energy and zeal?”
She said, “I want to live and be free from this heaviness.” I prayed for the Holy Spirit to grant her revelation and motivation for what I was about to tell her. I said, “Take a new step! Stand up even though you don’t feel like it. Say to yourself out loud to stand up and arise. Say out loud, I am walking toward the door.” I said, “Open the door and step outside and look around.” Say out loud, “God, thank you for the beauty of your creation.” I said, “Press through those ‘I don’t feel like it feelings’ and walk down the sidewalk, turn left and start counting out loud. “One, two, three, four, who you goi
ng to fight for?” (This was an old high school cheer song.) I said, “Stop being so bashful. Stop thinking someone will think you’re weird.” I told her to do this routine every day and to continue walking further each day. I suggested she consider another doctor’s opinion about all her medications. A week later, she called and said proudly, “Today, I walked around the block and then I went to the grocery store. I am getting an urge to bake bread again. I will bake bread and give it to my neighbors.”
Taking a new step requires courage and a ‘want to’ to go against heaviness (depression). God tells us He will be with us through water and through fire (test and trials). All situations serve a purpose; God is on our side. We will face obstacles and difficulties (flood and fire). God continues to strengthen us and prepare us for greater good. When we get a revelation of who we are in Christ, we know that with Christ on the inside of us, there is nothing that can happen that is out of His control (John 4:4). Feelings can be changed by action. Remember these words and apply them to your life every day. I take a new step by faith! Amen.