Before we find out the best cure for depression, we have to find out the causes of depression first.
The ultimate causes of depression are spiritual.
The primary cause for depression is bitterness, and secondary cause is regret, and the third cause is the sum of the negative emotions that trace their roots to the spiritual causes such as a verbal curse, demonic attack, or generational curses.
Depression is just the symptom. Biochemical and genetic disorder that contribute to the depression phenomenon are also the symptoms, not the causes.
Drug for depression only suppress the symptoms, not curing the problem, but chemical drug always introduce side effects that might be just as bad as the depression itself, or worst.
The great cost of bitterness
Unforgivingness produces bitterness. In a parable, Jesus compared God to a master, who forgave his servant an enormous debt that he owed him, but that servant turned around and put a fellow servant in jail for a small debt:
32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses. Matthew 18:32-35
If anyone refuses to forgive someone, God will deliver him or her to the “torturers”, which could be diseases, mental illness, demons, or other curses.
It might feel unfair to us, but we owe God even more. God is the ultimate victim of our sins. We sin against Him so much that we deserve to die for our sins, but He sent His Son to die on our behalf and the Son was tortured and humiliated by sinners.
If the problem of unforgiving persists, bitterness will soon develop a life of its own. From time to time it will come out and complain about what so and so have done to you, and how bad and how much the wrongs had cost you. The complains will repeat over and over again, lest you forget, and if you forget, it could be worst, because the repressed memory will continue to poison your system but you don’t know why.
It will manifest into different form of negative emotions, physical sickness, and mental disorders. It’s compulsive and contagious.
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15
In my first and second year in college, familial problems from the past re-surfaced and produced intensive feeling of depressions. It wouldn’t go out easily, but it just multiplied whenever I tried to analyze the problem.
Later, I also struggled with what some Christians did to others and God but they didn’t look like they understood the impact of their actions. I couldn’t accept some of the vicious things that some of the Christians spoke against each other, and when I was the direct victim, it was even more difficult because it became personal.
There was periods of time when I had to forgive hundreds of time a person who didn’t know he/she was sinning against me, or that person might be slightly aware but didn’t understand the impact of what he/she was doing.
As a result, that person kept repeating his/her attitudes and offenses and I had to keep forgiving him/her over and over again.
I know forgiving can be super hard, especially when you still feel very hurt even after you had decided to forgive a person and told God you already forgave. The hurtful memory might resurface again, and you forgive, and it resurfaces again, and you forgive, and so on for many times that you doubt if you had really forgiven that person.
Sometime you don’t really understand the depth of the offenses that someone has committed against you, so the first time you find it easy to forgive, but later your mind and heart might be able to slowly grasp the real extent of the offenses, or that the Holy Spirit illuminates how much the offenses have truly cost you so you realize the harm was bigger than you initially thought.
The Holy Spirit does that because He wants you to fully forgive.
It can take multiple attempts to forgive one offense.
The devil might also come and accuse the offender and try to make you dwell on the offenses. If you take the bait from the devil, which always seems appealing, you will fall into difficult battle with bitter thought, and even depression.
I had taken Satan’s baits too many times. I had had depressive thoughts and even suicidal thoughts, even though I forgave every time I was offended.
Finally, I learned that it takes faith to forgive. Satan will try to point to your hurtful memory and convince you that you haven’t forgiven someone, but you can call it a lie to make it stop. You must believe in forgiveness and God. If you decided to forgive someone before God, you had to have confidence that it was done.
Tell the enemy this, “I forgave that person for that already! Get thee behind me!” See My post, Quote About Faith, to learn how to fight the lie of the enemy with faith.
Devourer that devours your joy and goods
If your productivity at work, ministry, or school get “regularly” destroyed due to reasons such as health problems, emotional problems, gossips, office politics, relational conflicts, bullies, distractions, or many other “misfortune” that seems to harass you on purpose, then it is normal to feel depressed due to ongoing loss of opportunities and mediocrity.
It might seems like there is a conspiracy against you behind the scene, and there is.
The Bible mentions a spiritual foe, the devourer, that can devour your produce – your bank account, your school GPA, or any other accomplishment:
11 “ And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts; 12 And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:11-12
If you fulfill a certain condition, God can rebuke the devourer for you. The condition is in the follow:
6 “I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:6-12
The main condition is to put God first. Give your first fruits to the Lord, respect His Word, and obey it. If we do that, then He will rebuke the devourer for us.
We should give at least a tenth of what we earn to the servants of God, so they have the resources to expand the kingdom of God. Same for a church. If a local church wants to prosper, it has to obey the same rule, which means her members should share some of their financial resource to missionaries, and to other ministries for the sake of the Gospel.
A devourer is a real creature. It is a class of demons and fallen angels who specialize in sabotage.
Demons and fallen angels are always waiting outside, plotting and waiting for the chance to steal, kill, and destroy (Psalm 10:8-9; John 10:10). It is God’s protection that keeps them at bay.
God’s protection is the default mode, even for the non-believers, but sins can open doors for the devils and invite them in.
If they get the legal right to enter into any area of our life, they will enter and stay there and make it home.
If you have an intimate relationship with God, He will put a hedge around you and protect you
Everyone is born with a hedge of God, see the follow Bible verse:
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” 9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” Job 1:8-11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalm 84:11
In the first Bible quote above, Satan literally complains to God for putting a hedge around his servant, Job. Job is a godly man who is informed about the spiritual reality, so he always pray for protection over his family (Job 1:4-5).
The prayers for protection really do work. Satan can find no legal right to attack Job.
If you are a child of God, your default mode is blessedness and safety. If you are depressed, it suggests the enemy might be present.
The enemy is present for a reason. Make sure you didn’t give them the legal right to attack you. A legal right opens a hole in the hedge to demonic force.
An example of demonic legal right is an unconfessed and unrepented sin.
Hidden sins will sap away your joy and strength
Guilt is one of the main causes of depression.
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.
5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32:1-7
A hidden sin could be a forgotten sin. Sometimes I hear people said they have forgotten something they did to others and they prided themselves on their ability to forget the negative.
The sins are still working against their systems even though they have forgotten about them. Moreover, those who hide their sins will not prosper, which leads to depression due to ongoing failures and mediocrity (Proverbs 28:13).
13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13
I observed that many people have been hiding their sins, but they still manage to tough it out through sheer willpower and positive thinking, and with some smiles on their faces too. They pride themselves on their willpower and positive thinking, but this is the way of the world, not the way of God.
There is a class of demons that specialize in guilt. They are called the spirits of guilt. If sin is not properly due with, a spirit of guilt could enter the sinner and cause excessive guilt, which opens door to other demonic spirits and ultimately bring about a total destruction of the person in the long run.
Repentance that leaves no guilt and sorrow
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Depression is worldly sorrow, but godly sorrow comes from conviction of the Holy Spirit. Godly sorrow produces genuine repentance. Repentance leads to reconciliation with God and allows the holes in the hedge of protection to be repaired.
If we want to maintain an intimate relationship with God, we have to repent on the spot whenever we sin. At first we might have to do it everyday, but as we mature in Christ, we will sin less and less.
If you still feel guilty after you repent, it indicates the present of the spirit of guilt. The last link above is linked to an article that shows you how to deal with false guilt that comes from the enemy.
Although you might have started living right before God, the past is gone and will never come back. Whatever wrong choices you have made and whatever was lost in the past might still upset you. I totally understand because I was also a victim of regrets.
Here is some of my other posts that will be useful on dealing with regrets.
How to deal with the thefts: Satan and his demons (Don’t regrets, get back what they have stolen from you 7 folds!! You can do that, click to see how!)
Still feel negative?
Many time Christians have to wander in the “desert” for a while. A desert experience is a trying time. Every Christian will have to go through a period or multiple periods of desert experience.
God designs the desert experience to test and train each Christian. If you are experiencing prolonged period of unanswered prayers, mediocrity, failures, illness, or other misfortunes, a desert experience could be the reason.
Of all the books on waiting for God while dealing with the desert experience, I found the ebook, Waiting For Your Ministry, by Grantley Morris, to be the most inspiring and encouraging.
The author himself went through years of desert, and had been struggling with depression. By praying and seeking God diligently, he found valuable insights in the midst of failures, mediocrities, and many negatives.
After he wrote the book, he was still in the desert! He had to read it over and over again to keep himself from drowning in depression! That’s why I found this book amazing. You can download the book here. (The webpage of Grantley might not look sophisticated, but the content is good)
Please don’t think that it is the end. You know that life isn’t that easy.
Generation Curses and Verbal Curses?
Curses can destroy your destiny in many ways. Most of the time you won’t even notice the effects.
There is an entire world on this topic. If you are unfamiliar with curses, then you might read an online text version of the book, Turning Curses to Blessings, by Carl Fox.
Here is my journal blog entry that explains how my life was cursed, even after I had long become a Christian, but was uninformed about curses: My life Was Cursed
And I highly recommend the book, Blessing or Curse: You can choose, by Derek Prince. Of all the books that talk about curses, that one is probably the best.
Finally, get on the offense!
Now we have discussed so much about how to cure depression, but they are mostly remedies. We need to get on the offenses too. See my article on Parable Of The Mustard Seed to start replace depression with blessings – tangible blessings that you can enjoy starting now!