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  • Tips to Defeat Depression - by Aly Hines
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    Tips to defeat depression, HER SWORD | victorious living

    We recently lost an employee at my company to suicide. And the awareness of how many people struggle with depression has been heavy on my heart. As Christians, we can pretend that depression doesn’t happen in the church, but that just isn’t true. I have many women in my life who have struggled with depression, and they are women who LOVE Jesus. Depression does happen in the church, and probably more than we would like to admit. I can tell you all day that you are HEALED, but it won’t make a difference in your life until you receive the healing in the areas you need. Because the simple truth is, we live in a broken world and will not be completely healed until we get to heaven. The blood of Jesus is enough to set you free, but we have to stand firm on HIS word, even when we don’t necessarily feel like it. So I am going to attempt to tackle a hard subject, and give you some tools to use when you are feeling down.

    Mayo Clinic describes depression as “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.”
    Now let me give you my view on depression. There are a few different types of depression:

    1. Physical Depression– There is scientific proof that people have a chemical imbalance that causes depression; this is the type of depression that Mayo Clinic is talking about in the above definition. We cannot discount this depression in the church! YES, God can physically heal our bodies! But I don’t know why he chooses to heal some sickness and lets us endure others. If your depression is physical, these tools can be part of your treatment plan. (If you are seeing a health care doctor, please continue your treatment.)
    2. Mental Depression– We have a war going on in our minds. You can mentally have a case of depression by meditating on the negative thoughts; let’s call this the typical stinking thinking. What you focus on in your mind is what will be in your heart. Therefore, if you are focusing on the negative, you will feel negative.
    3. Spiritually Oppressed Depression– You have a big target on your back, and you are battling the enemy. Depression can mean you are afflicted or getting attacked spiritually. We are in a battle with the enemy. Spiritual Oppression can be closely related to number 2 if we are focusing on the battle instead of the promise of God’s word. God calls us to focus on his truth that He already has the victory, but I know too well how hard the enemy works to get us to focus on the battle.
      “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in heavenly places.”- Ephesians 6:12
    4. Circumstantial Depression– The circumstances in your life are causing depression. You may be in the worst circumstances of your life, for example, you may have had a loved one die, had a bad break up, lost a job. Your depression is caused because those circumstances are consuming you. Remember there is no circumstance on earth that is bigger than God. Also, can be related to number 2.

    No matter what type of depression you are dealing with, or if you are dealing with all, you can overcome this! All four of these areas can be healed by the power of the Holy Spirit! But we cannot just sit back and let the depression overwhelm us. We have to live intentionally, suit up and stand our ground. God has given us the tools we need to defeat the enemy. So when you start feelings hopeless or extreme sadness, or no interest in the things you should be interested in, it is time to go to war.


    • Invite God into this battle. You cannot and do not have to do this on your strength. You need HIS power, grace, and HIS blood to cover you.
    • Seek God first. – Even if you don’t feel like it!
    • Read his word.– Don’t just read through a book in the Bible. But meditate on his truth. Sometimes one scripture is all you need to conquer a battle. Sit and meditate on the meaning, get the word in your heart. Anyone can memorize a scripture you need to get the word in your heart not your head. (See scriptures below.)
    • Pray! Talk to God about it. If you are having a hard time, tell him! If you are angry, tell him! If you are hurting, tell him! He knows and sympathizes with everything you are feeling. Talking to Him about it can start to heal you. Ask God to heal you! So often I complain about a problem, but am I even asking God to heal me in that issue? He hears us!
    • Get some worship on. Worshipping can change the attitude of your heart. Instead of focusing on what is wrong, just start worshipping Him. Even if everything in your life has fallen apart, God is still good. Thank him for who HE is.
    • Expect healing. You may not be healed yet. You may have physical depression and an imbalance of chemicals. We don’t want to ignore this fact. But we can say I am sick, but God is going to heal me. I struggle with some hard battles, even though I am saved and free. I have struggled with BAD insomnia for over a year. But I have to keep the mindset that God is healing me! Expect that your healing miracle is already in process.
    •  Claim your identity. So much of our battle is standing firm on who God created us to be even when we don’t feel like it. When you have feelings of insecurity and are feeling like having a pity party in your life, you should go right to claiming your identity. You are not your depression! You are not this battle! You are not a failure! You are a child of God. You were created for a mighty purpose. Your life is valuable to God. You are more precious than rubies to Him. You are wonderfully made! God looks at with love and grace and admiration.
      Repeat after me: DECLARE THIS! I am a child of the living God. I am Gods, and He is mine. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I rebuke the thoughts of depression. I confess that I have allowed the enemy to speak into my life. I rebuke any area that I may have given the enemy permission. I claim the blood of Jesus on my life. By the blood I am healed, I am set free, I am washed clean! I boldly speak that the enemy is under my feet, and sin and death no longer have a say in my life. I am a conquer, in HIM. I am valuable. My life is valuable. God is excited that He created me and has a purpose for my life!
    • Confess. Let me be blunt, sin can make you sick. I am NOT saying that all depression is caused by sin because that is not true! I have had people assume I am in sin because I am in a hard battle, and that’s not fair because sometimes you are in a hard battle because you are doing everything right. So I am not saying that! But I am saying if there is habitual sin in your life, it could be causing you to feel separated from God, which could cause depression. God may want to free you from bondage. Do you have habitual sin in your life and are feeling depressed? God may want you to look at the reason you are sinning and heal you in that area. Remember if you are feeling guilt or shame that is not of God. God raises us up, tells us we are better and helps us turn away.
    • Ask for help. It takes a confident, mature, and humble woman to ask for help while they are hurting in the battle. By asking others for help, you are bringing this battle to the light. Remember you are not alone. You don’t have to handle this alone. Ask friends and elders to pray for you. Asking for prayer is biblical, read James 5:13-15! Get counseling or talk to someone! This is your life, and you are important! Take some time for yourself to focus on healing. We don’t want to ignore the problem, tucking it under a rug will only make it worse. We want to get the problem healed! Find a trustworthy Christian counselor or pastor that you can talk to about what may be going on.
    • Stay in community. Isolation makes depression feel so much bigger. Find a strong faith-based community. Surround yourself with others that encourage you, build you up and point you to the arms of Jesus. You are not in this alone!
    • Remember you have the victory in the  battle in your mind. Whether you suffer from physical depression or a spiritual attack, your thoughts matter! We must hold every thought captive. When we are always meditating on negative thoughts, we will be depressed. YOU have a choice on what you think. Every time you think a thought, you have a choice to believe that thought or to rebuke it and replace it with the truth. Start to notice what you are thinking. Are you thinking things like “I can’t do this? I don’t even want to do this. I don’t even want to wake up today. I don’t even care. Nothing matters. etc.” If you notice you are thinking negative thoughts, no wonder you are depressed. We must get into the habit of ending that thinking and replacing it with God’s word even if you cannot feel the truth. If you have to, get alone and yell these scriptures out loud! Taking charge of the battle in your mind is the most important tool to battle depression! You need to battle each thought as they come into your mind.

    Scripture to defeat depression!

    Scriptures to defeat depression:

    • I am from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world! (1John 4:4)
    • I will trust in the Lord will all my heart, and not lean on my own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
    • I choose joy, for the joy of the LORD is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
    • I can have peace. In this world I will have trouble. But I will take heart because God has overcome the world! (John 16:33)
    • Anxiety in my heart will cause depression, But a good word makes it glad. For I will stand on your truth. (Proverbs 12:25)
    • I will not fear for God is with me, He will strengthen me. He will hold me up, He will help me. (Isaiah 41:10)
    • The eternal God is my refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
    • You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light. (2 Samuel 22:29)
    • Anyone who is among the living has hope. (Ecclesiastes 9:4)
    • The Lord knows how to rescue me from trials. (2 Peter 2:9)
    • I will be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. I choose to put on the full armor of God, so that I can take a stand against the devil’s schemes. For my struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore I put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, I can stand my ground! I will stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around my waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 10-17)
    • But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds I have been healed! (Isaiah 53:4-6)
    • God hears my cry. He lifts me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he sets my feet on a rock and gives me a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40:10)

    Remember God is with you. And he is not a God that doesn’t understand what you are going through but He is a God who went through the worst of it all just because He loved you enough. He understands and he wants to help you. Use this trial as a reason to draw close to him, right now tell God that you know he has so much for you to learn right here in this battle. Declare that you will depend on Him to get you through it. Whatever He is trying to teach you in this battle, surrender to Him.

    We have put together a worksheet for you to use daily to intentionally, battle this depression. Every day fill out one of these sheets, you can include this with your quiet time.

    Daily worksheets to fight depression

    Don’t feel discouraged if this process takes some time! Every day draw closer to your father God and use the tools of His word to help you battle those thoughts. Continue to keep bringing the battle to light. Remember we didn’t get in this battle overnight, so we may not get out of it overnight. But when you overcome, you will be stronger than ever!

    **If you are having suicidal thoughts PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 FREE or get to your nearest ER. Your life is precious and valuable.

    Her Sword


    Written on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00 in Guest Author/Blogger No comment Read 35 times
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  • God's Solution to the Refugees?
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    I’ve tried not to voice an opinion on the refugee situation. It’s not that I can’t take criticism or am trying to avoid dissention. It’s that I’m praying about it diligently and trying to find God’s will in it.


    I’m saddened and I’ll admit, irritated, by those who always are quick to post anti-Christian sentiments, (some even claiming to be Christians themselves). Calling Mary and Joseph refugees is a pretty hard stretch. Then comparing Muslims to Jews again is a ridiculous argument when the situations have almost nothing in common. When people see something that sounds good, they just jump on it without researching anything. Then there are those who quote scriptures (out of context, of course) or do their best to make the question either liberal or conservative. Lately I’ve seen posts of non-Christians who are pontificating all about God’s will and Jesus’ words, and so on. Those people win the grand prize, since almost everything on which they purport to be experts, is drivel.


    After much prayer, I still don’t have a concrete sense of what is the right thing to do. There are truthful stances on both sides. As Christians, we need to be reaching out to unbelievers with the gospel. These people need Jesus desperately. I’m ready to do my part to share the love of Jesus and even open my home if the Lord leads me to do so. However, what makes us think we will even have that opportunity? The countries such as Germany who have taken in millions, are suffering terribly already for their decision. The outcry there from the refugees is that all people need to bow to their religion and practices.


    If a family needs my help, no matter where they came from or what baggage they have along with them, I will always pray for discernment and wait for God’s leading as to what I should do to help. There are many deceivers (yes, and many scriptures warning about that; funny, I haven’t seen that on facebook) and we need divine wisdom to make good decisions.


    If “refugees” have an agenda to take over and destroy “infidels,” the only way we will have a chance to love on them or share Jesus with them is when God arranges divine appointments for that purpose. It is quite naive and even foolish to turn a blind eye to the negative possibilities. This cannot intelligently be explained away with one scripture verse or one lame comparison to the plight of the Jews.  It is not all about fear. It is much more complex. And many of us have examined the Quran and seen those verses that would cause us to be cautious. Perhaps common sense is a thing of the past.


    My thinking today is that we have not thoroughly thought this through, prayed for God’s direction or gained enough knowledge of facts to make a sound decision. People seem to love bashing those that disagree so they jump on the bandwagon because something sounds good at the moment. Since we’re now told that we are not a Christian nation, then it makes it pretty difficult to think that our leaders will seek God’s direction. It’s being made into a political issue, of course, which again divides us as Americans, just like every other big issue that arises.


    Oh how different things could be, if only we could all work together instead of constantly fighting one another. But then, that’s pretty idealistic in itself. I’ll keep praying today if you will. God just might have a solution that’s not what either side of this conflict has ever considered. I’m counting on that!

    Written on Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00 in Blog 1 comment Read 54 times
  • The Spirit Realm is Stirring
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    Do you sense a change in the air? It’s not just the autumn breezes and golden leaves. I feel something in the atmosphere around me that’s different. I know that the spirit realm is alive and active, whether we can visually see it or not. We spiritually discern the angels warring, protecting, standing watch. At times I sense evil, though I see or hear nothing at all. The Lord is moving, my friends. He is calling out to us to get up and get busy about His business---Kingdom business. Do you comprehend the magnificence of being a child of the King?


    Everyone these days is watching the stock markets, scouring the economic reports from all over the world. We know that change is coming. We have lived far above our nation’s ability to sustain the lifestyles to which we’ve become accustomed. We watch the news in shock at the crime, the perversion, and the wickedness that is a stench in the nostrils of our God.


    At times I grieve over this nation and this world. At times I cry out for God’s mercy, and at times I lose myself in the internet so I can avoid the pain of the truth. Are you numb? Have you heard about so many shootings or wars that you just mentally check out because it’s too much? I fear that we as believers have joined the world in turning our heads and hearts away because it’s too overwhelming. Or maybe we’re just complacent because our job or family or hometown is not affected...yet.


    Sisters and brothers, please believe me that the Lord is calling you in this hour. The spirit realm is bustling about, preparing for what’s to come. The Holy Spirit is prompting you to step up to the plate now---because time is short! He is grieved when we ignore His leading. There are lost souls all around us who need to know Him. He’s prepared those whom He knows are ready. and arranging divine appointments for us to utilize. If we’re playing video games, living on facebook or watching TV, that soul could be lost forever. Pray for boldness! Pray for sharper discernment to be aware when these divine appointments are in front of you.

    I’m preaching to myself friends! But God is pushing me, reminding me, stirring up His Presence inside me, to be alert. He wants me to push you as well. Take a deep breath as the Fall winds blow, listen with your spiritual ears and wait attentively to receive what He is leading you to do. The time is short. You have a mandate to live out His plan, follow His directions, and spread His message!

    Written on Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00 in Blog 3 comments Read 198 times
  • Forever...God is Faithful
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    Today is a day of gratitude. Many of you have prayed for my husband throughout this journey with cancer.  This trial of over four years has been one of sadness, disappointments, sickness, changes in our household, in our marriage, and in our thinking. I would guess that we will be realizing the lessons from it for years to come.


    First, I want to say thank you to all of you for your constant encouragement, prayers and love. You will never know what a few kind words can mean on the darkest days. I love you and I appreciate you in countless ways.


    My husband has been declared in remission! We’ve learned that malignant melanoma, stage 4, is usually a death sentence, especially when it goes to the brain. However, our God is more powerful than melanoma!! Yes He is.  We give Him all the glory!


    From one day to the next, none of us ever knows what trials we will be asked to endure. One phone call, one blood test, one letter in the mail….life can turn upside down. If you believe you are immune, think again. Those who claim that God doesn’t bring or allow these things don’t really know God. His plans and purposes for us go so deep that only He knows what will change our hearts or conform us to the likeness of His Son. And these refining fires spread to our family and friends as well. We are always a work in progress. And we know that God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are calling according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28)


    One night, instead of pleading for my husband’s life and healing, I simply surrendered him to God. I told God that no matter what His decision, I would accept it and praise Him and be thankful, for I know His purposes are always best. I meant it. When I released that fearful pleading, a peace flooded my soul.


    The beauty of living with the Spirit abiding inside us is that His power moves and conquers devils and diseases. The battle is the Lord’s. We can rest in Him, knowing that no matter what comes He will sustain us. Not only will He sustain us, but He will meet all our needs according to His riches in glory. Why would anyone choose to live without Him? I can’t imagine.



    Written on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00 in Blog 4 comments Read 279 times
  • How are you really doing today?
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    How are you doing these days? Today I feel the need for a personal check-up. One would think that since I spent years as a counselor I would stay on top of these things but truthfully, I get bogged down just like everybody else. As I examine myself and force my vision to focus in on the uglier things, it’s not fun. Maybe it’s time for you to do an assessment for yourself too. Sometimes I’m listening to someone spewing out all their resentments and hurts and I think to myself how much better off they would be if they would only let it go. Then, while pointing that finger, I have to see those three fingers pointing back at myself. It’s so easy to identify dark issues in others, but when it comes to ourselves we are full of defenses.


    Since we know how emotions affect our health, we need to do a self-evaluation on a regular basis. How do I define regular? At whatever interval keeps you in a state of peace with God, yourself and most others. You maybe wondering how to do that assessment. The other day I heard someone on the radio say, “What is deep within you that you know, but you won’t allow yourself to recognize that you know it?” Interesting question. I began to ask myself that, asking God as well, and really soul searching for the answer. The result was that I dredged up some emotions that had been eating on me, but I was avoiding dealing with them.


    Here are a few questions to guide your introspection: (Honesty with yourself is mandatory)

    1. Who have I not forgiven fully? And why haven’t I let go of it by now?

    2. What is the real reason for my irritation or frustration in some identified area?

    3. When I’m sleepless or stressed, what is the bottom line reason?

    4. What am I afraid of?

    5. Am I eating healthy? Am I getting enough exercise to be healthy? Why not?

    6. If I could do anything I wanted today, I would _______________

    7. What is the real reason I’m not doing that now or planning for it?

    8. Am I continuing to dream and/or set goals for myself? Why not?

    9. How am I my worst enemy? What are 3 steps I could take to change that?

    10. Have I spent time with God to invite Him to help me with these issues? Why not?


    These are only a few guiding questions, but they do assist me in identifying where I am losing ground and why. It takes some brutal honesty because if you blame others or money or even God, more honesty is needed.

    Remember that we are body, soul and spirit. When one part is ailing, the other two suffer as well. I’m writing this to remind myself. I’m in a season of being a caregiver which drains my energy. Therefore, I must make an intentional effort to keep body, soul and spirit balanced and as healthy as possible. It doesn’t just happen on its own. I must humble myself before God and others to admit I’m not superwoman or super-Christian and accept help and keep my eyes on the prize. I am fully aware that “I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13

    Written on Monday, 12 October 2015 00:00 in Blog 3 comments Read 376 times

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