If you are battling depression or suicidal ideation, this is for you. If you know someone who is struggling, this may help you to understand his or her struggle.
Some people are fortunate to have these words spoken over their life; others are not. Regardless of the category you fall into, I’m speaking them to you now.
1. God cares.
I know it feels like He does not care, but He does. The enemy wants to convince you that God has turned His back on you or that His love is somehow now unavailable to you. The devil is a liar.
The truth is that God has not turned His back on you. Even if you cannot feel His presence or the hope that it brings, He is there. God’s love is perfect. He cannot hold back His love from you; it’s unconditional, unwavering, and unchanging. He loves you so much that He sent His only Son for YOU. If He didn’t care, would He have done that?
You may not feel like He cares. I’ve been there, I know. This is the moment where you have to choose to cling to the promises He has made and trust Him. God cares about you and He cares about the darkness you are facing.
2 Kings 20:5b – “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.”
2. Your life has purpose.
God is incapable of creation without purpose. A leaf on a tree, a bumblebee, ice cream (my favorite), a spider (not my favorite), water, oxygen; it all has purpose. There is no possible way that God created you and didn’t place greatness inside of you. Depression is all consuming, making it difficult to feel like you have any purpose other than to feel depressed.
I remember feeling purposeless. How I felt during depression was paralyzing; the person who lived by purpose was nowhere to be found. I had to fight to remember my purpose. It’s been three years since I walked through depression, and I’m still fighting every day to awaken elements of my purpose that seemed to deaden as I battled the darkness. Whether you’re depressed or not, the enemy spends a great deal of time trying to distract you from your purpose, in hopes of convincing you that you don’t have one at all. Again, the devil is a liar.
The truth is that you have a purpose. With every breath you take and every beat of your heart, God is telling you that He placed purpose inside of you. There is no need to fear missing that purpose or not being good enough for something great. He gave it to you, which means He will take care of you. If you commit your life to Him and do your best to honor Him, He will make sure that you do not miss your purpose.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 – “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”
3. You are worthwhile.
In counseling, the most common thing I hear people say, “I’m worthless”. Nothing breaks my heart more than someone believing something so hopeless about his or her precious life. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or how you feel, Jesus sacrifice made you worthy. I believe the root of this belief goes back to identity. If you know who you are, who God created you to be, than your worth is never in question.
The truth is that you are a daughter or son of the Most High God. You are an heir to the greatest Kingdom there ever was and ever will be. Whether you live in a cardboard box or in a mansion, God’s view of you doesn’t change. You are still His son or daughter. Claim that identity; no one can take it from you. The enemy will try, but he has no ground to stand on. He lost his inheritance; don’t let him take yours.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 – “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”
4. You are not alone.
I don’t know if there is a more unbearable feeling than being alone. Honestly, I think it is my greatest fear. Whether you are physically alone or simply feel like no one understands you, it can be terrifying. The enemy loves the isolation that being alone creates. Sometimes we isolate ourselves, but other times, isolation is thrust upon us by a situation. BUT you have a choice; a role in the process. It is up to you to choose to fight isolation.
The truth is that you are not alone. Regardless of how you feel, speak that truth into your situation. Even if you feel like you are physically alone, God is ALWAYS with you. There are seasons when you will feel His presence so tangibly, but there are some seasons where you have to fight for it. It’s not because He has left you, He is still there. In these seasons you have to hold onto what You know to be true about His presence and fight through the darkness. When it comes to physically feeling alone, you cannot sit in isolation hoping to no longer feel alone, you must get up and find people or a place to belong. Ask God to bring life giving people into your life, He will do it. Break the spirit of isolation and fight for the truth.
Deuteronomy 31:8 – “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
5. It’s time to fight.
Your best defense against the enemy is the truth. He will fight you with facts; you must fight him with the truth. Maybe you are depressed. Maybe you have thought about killing yourself. Maybe you tried and failed. Those are facts. They are things that have happened or are happening, but they don’t define you. They are not the truth. The truth is that God is not done with you. This battle is part of your story now. You will arise from the battlefield stronger than before; ready to wreck havoc on the enemies plan.You are an overcomer. God has gone before you, He is with you, and He will never leave you. That is the truth. Fight for your life, it’s worth every ounce of strength you can muster.
Judges 6:12 – “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
5 Truths – Hold them close to your heart and don’t let them go.
God does care.
Your life has purpose.
You are worthwhile.
You are not alone.
It’s time to fight.
– Meg Hope