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5 Verses to Memorize and Recite

When You Need to Fight Depression

by J.M. Troppello


Depression can linger if you can’t find a way out. When I need to fight depression in my life, I’ve used the following Bible verses to help me fight it. As I’ve mentioned many times, memorizing and reciting scripture verses to yourself can become a powerful tool in enriching your spiritual life.


Consider memorizing and reciting the following Bible verses when you need to fight depression in your life.


1. Cultivate a Humble Spirit


17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:17-18, NKJV)

Cry out to God in all types of situations, no matter how you feel. He wants to hear from you in the good times, bad times, and in between times. Focus on cultivating a humble spirit and call on God when you need Him—especially in times of depression.


2. Be Patient in Trying Times


I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3, NKJV)

Trust that God is in control. Don’t give in to despair. I know that sometimes it can be difficult to find God in all your troubling times. However, memorize and recite Psalm 40:1-3 and know that God will “bring you out of the miry clay.”


3. Trust God Through the Process


You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. – (Psalm 30:11, NKJV)

God will turn your mourning into dancing, if you allow Him too. He will clothe you with gladness. Bring your sadness to Him and ask Him to turn your mourning to dancing.


4. God is Ever Present


And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:8, NKJV)

God will always go before you. He won’t forsake you. Trust that He will guide you through every situation that you go through. Don’t allow fear to control you.


5. God Will Be a Shield About You


But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. (Psalm 3:3, NKJV)

Just picture that beautiful image—God is a shield about you. He will lift up your head. Trust Him to bring you up from the darkness and despair that surrounds you.


Focus on God, Not Your Problems


I know those might sound like trite words—especially if you are dealing with extremely trying times. However, I know that God is good and has been with me throughout all my life. I’ve experienced times of depression. In those times, it has been difficult to find my way out of the pit of despair.


Yet, through it all, God has been my grace, peace, and strength in all of my life.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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