And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:6
Have you ever been depressed and didn’t have someone there to encourage you out of the darkness? Often the trails we encounter in this life will be private ones, and when no one is around, we must learn to do as David did and encourage ourselves in the Lord.
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
God wants you to know that He cares for you, and there is no problem too big or small for Him. His Word stands beyond time, and His will for you, life will be fulfilled.
When David found himself low, he reminds himself of God’s promise and everlasting Word. Standing on faith alone, David activated the presence of God. And we too can please God and activate His presence as well. “And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 We must “meditate on the word both day and night” (Psalms 1:2) to hear God’s Word and allow it to give us rest.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
God not only wants us to encourage ourselves, but He wants us to help one another.
” Faith without works is dead.” Before you can effectively promote others and offer support, let’s go over seven things you can do to ward off depression and help support yourself when nobody is around.
The next time you’re feeling depression, try these seven things.
- Stop and breathe
- Go into prayer
- Thank God for all He’s done
- Ask God to give you strength
- Ask God to give you wisdom
- Ask God to mend your heart about it
- Ask God to help you adjust your attitude about what’s happening to you.
Once you have prayed about it, open your bible or Bible app, and read some encouraging scripture. Here’s 3 that help.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalms 56:3
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Pslams 56:8
After feeding yourself nourishment for the soul (The Word Of God), you need to affirm yourself with positive thinking. Try the three biblical affirmations.
” I am more than a conqueror.”If God is for us, who can be against us? We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us). Romans 8:31
I extend love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things such as this. Galatians 5:22-23
” I am strong and courageous.”Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Speaking kindly to yourself is exceptionally important. You deserve to be spoken to in and with love at all times.
Last but not least, reflect on the good in life. Sure, it’s not perfect, but focus on what’s going right and improve it. “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.” -Philippians 4:8
I pray this blog and tips will help you the next time you find yourself needing some encouragement. Remember, you’re not alone, God is with you, and this too shall pass.