Out of the Darkness into the Light: A Way Out of Depression

by Jan Willis

Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.
Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities
and the powers of this world’s darkness,
against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.
That is why you need to put on God’s full armor.
Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong.
And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.”
Ephesians 6:11-13, NCV

Several components contributed to my spinning into the pit of depression. Physical, emotional, and spiritual weaknesses made me an easy target. Despair, defeat, and deception drowned me in hopelessness. Physically I unknowingly suffered from low thyroid, anemia, and exhaustion—all factors in mental health. Emotionally I experienced the trauma of being the target of work place abuse, having a daughter sexually assaulted, and watching cancer take the life of my mother. Spiritually I no longer met alone with God, reading His Word and talking to Him in prayer.

I believed every fiery deceptive missile the enemy shot at me. Satan bombed me with whispers of twisted or partial truth. He attacked through those around me by channeling his deception through them. Abusive supervisors and clients verbally crushed me. He twisted God’s words to convince me I was not perfect or good enough for Christ’s love. I believed my family would be better off without me. Bound by the enemy’s lies and stripped naked of all hope, I lay curled in a fetal position awaiting the death I believed I deserved.

The evil one and his army know of their coming annihilation and of Christ and His army reigning victorious. Undeterred he continued his battle for my heart, soul, and mind. Lucifer desired to kill, steal, and destroy my hope, joy, abundant life, and godly testimony. Earthly weapons provided no protection against these attacks. Only God’s complete armor could cover me against the spiritual powers of the deceiver and his army of demons. Christ Jesus showered His love upon me through those who love Him and who had come to Him in prayer for me.

Before the darkness suffocated me, God’s light flooded the pit, and loving hands reached in pulling me into a warm embrace. A gentle voice whispered loving assurances, and yet the same voice thundered against the destroyer and his army of angels. God’s angels surrounded me, beating back the attackers of my soul. Tender hands of family and friends ministered to me. Prayers poured over me, and Truth flowed into my life, replacing the lies. I accepted the help I needed medically, emotionally, and spiritually. I clung to faith, hope, and love.

Today I stand firm in my faith. I keep myself in close fellowship with Jesus. He is my best friend, and He promised to never leave me. We mop, scrub toilets, grocery shop, sing, and dance. We study His Word, pray, and worship together. I again worship and fellowship with others who love Him. My family and friends recognize when I’m under attack and coming along side me. They storm the throne of grace in prayer and speak Truth into my life. I receive medical care and medications. The deceiver continues aiming torpedoes at me, but they are deflected. I cover myself with the complete armor of God.

© Copyright 2015 by Jan Willis

In a couple of weeks, Jan will share with us how the armor of God protects us in life’s spiritual battles. So be sure to check back here on November 10th, or follow this blog by email. To get to know Jan a little better, check out her bio and links below! A link is given to her blog about hope and healing.

 

Jan and her college sweetheart Dan have been married for 43 joy- filled years. She is mom to four God-loving children and the grateful Memmer to their spouses. She revels in joy as Mimi to nine precious and practically perfect grandchildren. Besides writing she gardens, reads, sews, crochets, knits, and manages the books for Dan’s business. Her heart’s desire is to honor Christ with her life and be used by Him to lead others into a saving relationship with Him. Jan is a member of Word Weavers International, Palmetto Christian Writers Network, and Believers Trust. To contact Jan, email her at janwillis@sc.rr.com, and visit her blog, Jan Willis: Hope and Healing, at jankwillis.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments (10)

  • anon

    That is a simple and Scriptural way to look at depression. Body. Soul. Spirit. Sometimes all 3 are involved. When I eat, I feel better. When I am assured of others' love and care, I relax. And when I meet God in His Word and through prayer, I can cope with the effects of the darts of the wicked. It's not easy, and it takes time to even get my head above water. But the power and grace to emerge from depression is there. Great blog Jan! Well written and flowing with gentle wisdom.

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, Marlene. I'm praying for you to sense His Presence, power and peace.
    Blessings!
    Jan

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    Depression is so dibiliatating. I went through a season of it for the first time ever in my life this past winter. We moved from Ohio to Tennessee as missionaries and I felt so isolated and alone. God literally took me out of that darkness after a friend prayed over me. I can't really explain it other than for months I felt scared, alone and defeated the next moment I felt alive, light and back to my old self.
     
    http://Unveiledandrevealed.com

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing your story, Brianna. Praising God for the victory!
    Blessings,
    Jan

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    if we stand by Him and stay close to Him in the bad times, He will give us all we need to get through....

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    Andi, thank you for your encouragement to remember He is in us and empowers us.
    Blessings,
    Jan

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    What a stirring post, Jan. Your words spoke to my heart and encouraged me to draw closer to Christ. Thank you!!

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, Sherry. My prayer is God will be glorified and others will draw close to Him.
    Blessings.
    Jan

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    Prayers for you, sweet sister, that you continue to see your worth, and draw closer and closer to your Heavenly Father. He has such an amazing plan for your life. Chase him.

    Oct 27, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for your encouragement, Brittany. My heart's desire is that others see the beautiful works the Lord creates even from the ashes.
    Blessings,
    Jan

    Oct 27, 2015

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