Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Trading truth for a lie

Probably the biggest problem as a Christian with depression is trading truth for lies. The enemy knows when we are weak. He knows where to hit us and he does, with everything in his arsenal. And somewhere in our desperate search for normalcy we find it easier to believe what he's selling.

"You're a failure."

"You're going to struggle with this forever."

"What's the point in fighting?"

"(insert lie here)."

We're feeling it, so it must be true, right? Wrong! When you're depressed, feelings don't make sense. Heck, half the time feelings don't make sense when you're NOT depressed. You have to fight the lies with what you know to be TRUE, despite how you're feeling. Giving even a little playing time to those thoughts will cause them to escalate into full fledged ideas that take root in our hearts and minds, masquerading as truth. Before we know it, we have traded Truth for a lie.

Today is a hard day. No sleep last night makes it harder to cope and easier to believe what he's selling. If I choose to believe it, even for a second, I would curl up on the sofa and stay there all day.

I am choosing instead to believe God's Word, regardless of how I feel.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you. Isaiah 26:3

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath is the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will know no fear. Even if they attack me, I remain confident. Psalm 27:3-4

These things I know beyond a shadow of a doubt to be true. So take that devil!


  1. Angela, I'm praying for you. For strength and contentment with this phase in your life. I was just reading in....(don't roll your eyes!) a Mitford book last night about THANKING God for the valleys and lows in our life. Because they produce such amazing things in us.

    Been there.
    Love ya.

  2. So, from the previous comment you're an eye roller too? (smile) I just wanted you to know that I'm praying for you. I deal with depression also and have been reading your bog for some time, but seldom comment. A friend once told me that "feelings follow focus". It's true. Basically what you are saying today on your post.

    Hope you have a great rest of the week.

  3. think on these things
    I appreciate this post so much, and I appreciate you so much too! :)
    Keep on focusing on the Truth!
    I continue to keep you in my prayers!

    Grace and Peace,


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