I read an article over the weekend about another celebrity who committed suicide and she was only 25. So today I would like to encourage those people who are struggling with this spirit called DEPRESSION. Life’s most challenging situations will sometimes have you feeling “shell shock”. The term “shell shock” was coined by military soldiers serving in World War I. They coined this term to describe their condition.
The first cases of shell shock exhibited a wide range of perceptual abnormalities, such as loss of or impaired hearing, sight and sensation, along with other common physical symptoms, such as tremor, loss of balance, headache and fatigue. There were psychological rather than physical casualties, and it was believed that the symptoms were overt manifestations of repressed trauma.
This is the term I used to describe how I was feeling a couple of weeks ago. There was so much going on in my life. I was grieving and taking care of loved ones at the same time, I’d just started back working in the school system with an overwhelming numbers of students to teach (five in which didn’t speak English at all) and deadlines to meet, there were financial burdens I was facing, fatigued, and I was trying to keep up with event dates for Kimberly Gunn Music. The pressure was so unbearable that I literally didn’t know what I was going to do; I couldn’t sleep. Until that faithful Wednesday as I was on my way to bible study, God began to clearly speak to me. Not realizing it, I had symptoms of depression still functioning and going about my daily routine. Because I was in the midst of the situation, I didn’t have time to stop and wallow in pity. But I felt helpless. I was drained. It felt like I was at war with my circumstances and my situations were winning….
Have you ever felt like that? Like you were in a war and bullets are flying in every direction? Have you ever felt alone? Have the pressures of life left you crippled, paralyzed, feeling like a casualty of war? Do you feel helpless and/or hopeless about your situation? There were three things that God gently and lovingly reminded me in that short period of time that I would like to share with you. When you find yourself in a similar situation such as this, you can always depend on these three things to pull you through.
The first thing you do to combat yourself for war is get in the presence of God. As I was riding that day a song came on that talked about seeking God in the “a.m.”. And as the song played, tears started streaming from my eyes because I missed that intimate time and fellowship with God. And it was something in that moment I longed for. As a Christian, I believe there is no way you can overcome the pressures of life without having a personal relationship with God. Romans 10:13 says that, “For everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” This includes when you are in trouble and you are seeking help. Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells (remains) in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” That psalm goes on to talk about how God is a refuge and a fortress, a very present help in the time of trouble. When you are in a state of depression, you need somewhere to retreat. God reminded me that in His presence is where I can get everything I need.
The second thing I was reminded that just as there are physical wars, there are spiritual wars too. It starts in your mind. 2 Corinthians 10: 4 tells us, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” You have to learn to refute those thoughts and think on positive things. And just like war, you have to dress for the battle. Ephesians 6 tells us about the spiritual we are fighting and how to prepare for war by taking on the whole armor of God. When you are depressed the enemy would have you believing lies and creating situations that are not really there. Each though you have to intentionally think about and discern it’s a fact or truth. Facts may be real but the truth is the only thing that remains/matter. Philippians 4:8 tells us that ”whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” The truth is the word of God. Study the word and become acquainted with what the word says you are and you will help overcome any spiritual battles. Another great resource to help you overcome strongholds and mental battles is Joyce Meyer’s Book, “The Battlefield of the Mind.” This book is highly recommended.
The last and final thing God reminded me was that I wasn’t alone. Depression will have you feeling as if you are alone and no one is going through like you. God reminded me He was with me in this situation. And I know that as long as He’s with me that I can overcome any obstacle/situation that comes my way. When family, friends, money, success runs out, God will always be there for you. And no matter who rejects you, how many times you have failed in a situation, you are not a failure. You are adequate, you are relevant, and you matter. There is purpose inside of you.
If you facing a difficult situation(s) and it left you in a depress state, it will get better. If you are facing pressures of bereavement, financial burdens, illness/diseases, unemployment, success, etc., beloved, you are in a great position. For anything that fester, once pressure is applied, a release comes shortly after. Your situation may have “festered” an ugly infection. But don’t die/commit suicide/give up before you get a release. Allow God to give you the release you desire. Hang in there. Things will get better. Choose life…choose to live!
“I know that I can make it. I know that I can stand. No matter what may come my way. My life is in your hands.”
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