Depression is a tough issue, and this time of year is especially hard for some due to the lack of sunlight and more time spent indoors. In the past few days, however, I’ve seen a couple of my friends discovering freedom from depression even though it is normally so common for them at this time.
I know the situation is different for everyone and there’s not really a “pat answer” that solves every person’s situation, but I believe there is tremendous power in testimony. Just today, as we held our Wildfire School of Supernatural Ministry, one of my friends was talking about how depressed he’s been lately and how he can’t seem to break free from it.
I think it’s important to note here that being depressed does not make you less of a Christian or somehow less loved by God. The fact is, you’re just going through a rather rough season in your life, and God is right here with you. It is true that He wants to help you out of your depression–and I believe He will–but that does not mean that you’re involved in some sort of grave sin that has made God hide His face from you. On the contrary, He is paying even closer attention because He cares about you so much!
Anyhow, as our meeting went on, we all spent some time practicing “hearing God’s voice” and sharing insight with each other. That’s when I noticed something rather curious. I would have expected that my friend’s depression would have started lifting as people shared words of prophecy and encouragement for him. To some extent, I think that helped; but this did not appear to be nearly as effective as when he started prophesying and encouraging the rest of us!
Admittedly, this took some serious effort on his part–he had to break past the emotional struggle and choose to actively embrace who he is in Christ. This meant putting his faith into action.
And here’s a part of the story I find really fun: he is rather new to the whole concept of hearing God’s voice, and yet he was having visions and receiving impressions from the Lord that ministered to several of us! You do not need to be some sort of “super-Christian” in order to hear God’s voice. You can be a developing Christian struggling with depression and still hear Him! As a matter of fact, ANYONE who is a Christian has alreadyheard His voice!
John 6:44-45–No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.”(NAS)
If you’re a Christian, then you’ve already heard God’s voice, and the lines of communication are open between the two of you. So let Him speak to your heart, but also let Him minister to others through you! Get into a small group of believers where you can actively participate in interactive ministry. I can’t guarantee that all your struggles in life will vanish, but I can certainly say that the heaviness on your heart will begin to lift! As I mentioned above, there is something liberating about being a vessel of the Lord and allowing Him to use you to minister to others; but we must choose to take action.
And what if you’re not a Christian? Well, I believe God is speaking to you and calling you today! It’s easy to be depressed when we’re overwhelmed and physically worn down–even for a Christian. But when we start realizing who we are created to be and begin acting on it, the cloud begins to lift. The Bible calls the Lord “my glory and the lifter of my head.” He raises you up! Turn to Him today and ask Him to begin showing you your true identity!