Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 MSG
DEPRESSION IS A REAL THING
Don’t ever let a good meaning Christian tell you depression isn’t a real thing. It absolutely is. Depression and its other various related mental illnesses have been recorded in medical journals as early as the second millennium B.C. Many people who have suffered from depression like symptoms have mentioned feeling as if there is a black cloud hovering over their heads, they feel as if they are moving in slow motion, as if they have no motivation, as if they cannot get out of bed in the morning thanks to a heavy weight on their chests and so on and so on.
In today’s scripture we read with Christ’s being-here-for-us we no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. To me, this stanza validates the depression condition. Reading the words “HAVE TO LIVE” illustrates that mankind does not have a choice. Not only does this scripture validate the depression condition, it illustrates ALL of us without Christ in our lives are living under a low-lying black cloud. This feeling of heavy darkness is the evidence of sin. It is as if without Christ (who is referred to in the Bible as the “hope of glory”) those who do not know him, will only know and feel depressed, a condition Doctors to this day cannot explain or cure.
At the present time, depression is considered to arise from a combination of multiple causes, including biological, psychological, and social factors. Psychotherapy and medications that target molecules called neurotransmitters are generally the preferred treatments, although electroconvulsive therapy may be utilized in certain instances, such as in treatment-resistant depression or severe cases where immediate relief is required.
Other, newer, therapies, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and vagus nerve stimulation, have also been developed in recent years in an attempt to help those who have failed to respond to therapy and medications, since, unfortunately, the causes of depression are more complex than we yet understand, with no single treatment providing satisfactory results for everyone. (The History of Depression, VeryWellMind.com, 2017)
A NEW POWER
In Christ, a new power is found in operation.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV
The word Depression is derived from the Latin depressionem from past participle stem of deprimere which means “to press down, depress”. Christ did not come to depress us further. Christ came to shine light into our souls and to free us from the chains which weigh us down.
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt 11:30
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.” John 5:3-4
“He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.” Psalm 107:14
As you have believed and received Christ, you have been made a new creation in Him. The spirit of life, Christ in his full glory, is like a strong wind which has BLOWN AWAY all your sin, pain, and heavy weights. HIS BREATH OF LIFE HAS BLOWN OUR CLOUDS AWAY.
He (Christ) has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12
But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins. 1 John 1:9
YOU ARE FREED
So how is it possible to live “free” under a clinical diagnosis of depression? The reality is it can take years for a believer to feel the full affects of salvation. Some people feel transformed instantly, some feel changed with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, being water baptized or others may spend their whole lives studying the Word of God and pressing into the transforming powers of God. “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” Phil 2:12-13 TLB. Don’t give up hope! Listen to your Doctors, read the Word of God, trust the process. Read every scripture you can on freedom, joy, Jesus as the light and healing. This walk we walk with Christ should cause you to feel as if you are walking on top of the world, not the world walking on top of you – Jesus died on the cross so you could be SAVED from EVERYTHING even, and especially depression!
Jessica and her husband Jeff have been married for 21 years and currently live in the Silicon Valley with their seven children. Jessica has made it a life long practice to study psychology and theology, Logotherapy and the “Will to Meaning” being her primary psychotherapy focus. Please seek medical aid when and if you are concerned for your mental and emotional state – with the aid of prayer, all things are possible! We at WHM encourage you to share this message if it has blessed you. Wholeness is for everyone! You can also check out our new category tabs on our site www.wholeheartedministries.com for more subjects such as Salvation 101, Marriage 101, Salvation 101, Money 101, Parenting 101, and Minute Motivations. We are working tirelessly to update our site, thank you for being patient with us as we work through this time of transition! You can subscribe to our daily blog here.