Depression, often described as a dark cloud descending, can fog a person’s ability to think clearly, and maintain a pure relationship with God. It’s easy for our thoughts to stray into dark corners of doubt and despair. Here are some profound affirmations to redirect a person’s thoughts to self-love and God’s truth:
- I deserve love. “For God so solved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
- I am strong enough to learn and grow each day. “Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 51:11)
- I can experience contentment in my life. “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” (Philippians 4:12)
- I am able to respond to my circumstances, instead of react. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
- I can look forward to tomorrow. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Positive self-talk and an acknowledgement of God-talk must be done even if a person doesn’t’ feel like it—especially if a person doesn’t feel like it! Affirmations are action-based, not emotion driven. A person must be able to understand and act out of the knowledge of the role of love and joy in their life, even if at any given moment they do not feel joyful or lovable. How a person feels about a truth does not alter its validity. God is the final judge of truth, not a person’s response to that truth. So, from a basis of God’s truth, a person struggling with depression can act upon these affirmations, despite their mood.
In the midst of depression, listen to God instead of despair. Fill your mind with promises and hope from his Word. There are reasons for your depression, but God desiring you to be unhappy and miserable is not one of them. God is not your adversary in depression but your greatest and most powerful resource for recovery. He is totally on your side in this struggle. Bur you must allow him to take control of the battle. You must follow his lead and not your own.
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Excerpts of this blog were taken from Dr. Gregory Jantz’s book Turing Your Down into Up: A Realistic Plan for Healing from Depression.