Anxiety & Depression
Yeshua said, "Let not your heart be troubled." THIS IS A COMMAND. He said that He has overcome (conquered) the world (John 16:33). Therefore, we are not to let anything get us down, either with anxiety or depression.
Yeshua listed rumours of war and actual war itself among the things that we are not allowed to become anxious or depressed about. How much less should we let ourselves get depressed about losing a job or getting dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend or being rejected by our parents, never mind such things as weight gain, hair loss, or cracked heels?
Depression is a gateway to all manner of sin. Many people overeat or eat unhealthy foods, which is the sin of gluttony, because they are depressed. Anxiety and depression can give place to a hair trigger temper because one is upset over things not working out the way they would have liked or they fear that their hopes will be disappointed. It can be conducive to letting one's home or car become disordered and dirty due to lack of motivation; this is sloth. It can destroy godly vision; without a vision, the people perish (cast off discipline). [Proverbs 29:18]
Depression or anxiety can be used as an excuse for drunkenness or taking drugs, and for smoking cigarettes. It can be an excuse to look at pornography or read unwholesome books in an attempt to fill the need for excitement, romance, and/or companionship, which are legitimate drives, but have not been satisfied.
Depression can be a gateway to extreme self abuse, such as cutting, and extreme abuse of others, such as molestation and rape. If we cut the enemy off at the gate, by not allowing ourselves to be depressed, he won't be able to gain access to our lives with such devastating sins.
Legitimate remorse and regret is good, but there is such a thing as morbid remorse, the sort that immobilizes progress in our lives, and is yet another form of depression. When we've made mistakes, we have to pick ourselves up and move on, putting the past behind us through receiving Yeshua's forgiveness, that we may get back into the race for the prize of achieving the good destiny that God planned for us before He even made the universe that He gave us to live in. Otherwise, we will just go over the same ground again and again, wishing we had done things differently, and not attending to what we are supposed to be doing now.
Giving thanks in all situations, in obedience to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, and praising God, regardless of how we feel, are weapons that God has given us to beat back the insidious invasion of anxiety and depression, which operates like a soporific gas, allowing the enemy to sneak into our lives with all manner of sin. We really do not have the excuse that we overeat, drink, do drugs, read trash, watch trash, etc. because we are depressed. Yeshua said, "DONíT LET YOURSELF GET DEPRESSED."
Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Read Andrew Wommack's excellent article about THE EFFECTS OF PRAISE.