“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty of ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; the they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified,” (Isaiah 61:3).
Before I start this chapter, I must emphasize this verse is how God delivered me from depression. Deliverance through scripture and prayer is my personal testimony. Remember, everyone receives deliverance, breakthrough, or healing in different ways. If you’re suffering from depression, I urge you to see your doctor and follow his/her instructions.
In 1992, soon after my son Joshua was born, the doctor diagnosed me with depression. By then, I had buried my pre-mature son, Anthony (1988), and my mother (1989). I was miserable. I went to my doctor and told her I was experiencing overwhelming sadness. She told me I had a textbook case of depression. She prescribed Zoloft and sent me on my way.
I took the medicine for maybe a week or two and then stopped because I didn’t want to depend on a drug for happiness.
I dare not make light of what you’re going through. I don’t want to seem unrealistic. I know how difficult overcoming depression can be but I believe the Word of God. I believe God can heal and deliver us using unconventional methods. Don’t believe me? Let’s ask Naaman.
Do you remember Naaman’s story in 2 Kings 5? The Bible teaches Naaman was a Syrian soldier and a “mighty man of valour, but he was a leper,” (2 Kings 5:1). To make a long story short, Naaman heard about a prophet in Israel who could heal his leprosy. Naaman went to the Elisha and was instructed to wash seven times in the Jordan river (see 2 Kings 5:10).
Naaman wasn’t happy with those instructions and went away angry. Thank God, his servants were men of wisdom. They convinced him to try Elisha’s method and he dipped himself seven times in the Jordan river. Praise the Lord, “…and his flesh came again like unto the flesh a little child, and he was clean,” (2 Kings 5:14). Imagine what would have happened if Naaman ignored his servants. Naaman would have remained a leper. Instead, he heeded wise instruction and received the healing and deliverance he so desperately needed.
God heals by both conventional and unconventional methods. If He healed Namaan by the dirty Jordan River, then He can heal you from depression in unconventional ways as well. When I found out cancer had entered my body, I kept praying God would heal me miraculously. I made up my mind how my healing was going to come and I rejected anything else. I tried to rationalize with God: “Lord, imagine the testimony I will have when I am able to tell people you healed me without chemotherapy. People will know the power of God.” To be honest, I wasn’t so much concerned with boasting in God, I was afraid of taking chemo and losing my hair!
Overcomers have gotten to a place where they allow God to move in their lives in whichever manner He desires. Remember, Overcomers place their faith in the power of God. My faith was not in chemo. My faith was in God’s power, His strength, His ways. Place your faith in God’s power too. Always remember God “…is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…,” (Ephesians 3:20). Trust Him!
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