Let me be clear about one thing. Faith is not a quick fix for depression. It’s never a matter of “just have more faith and you’ll feel better.” And here’s why…
Faith is not a feeling.
In fact, faith and feelings can often be in conflict with one another. I’ve had plenty of moments when I felt low for seemingly no reason at all, but I’ve learned even in those moments to affirm that God is real, that he is good, that he is love, and that he is near.
Faith isn’t the antidote for depression, but it’s essential to coping with it for the Christian.
The author of Hebrews states,
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
~ Hebrews 11:1 NIV
So, when you can’t seem to see your way out of the darkness, you can keep believing your way through it.
How do you apply your faith in moments of depression?
- Pray about everything. Prayer is an expression of faith. Asking God stretches our belief that he will answer.
- Declare biblical truth. Proclaim what the Bible says about God both mentally and verbally.
- Read more truth. You can never fill your mind with too much of God’s good word.
What if your depression stems not from a lack of faith but from something chemical or circumstantial in nature? That’s okay. You will never go wrong growing in faith.
Furthermore, it is your faith in God’s truth that becomes your shield against the fiery arrows of the enemy.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
~ Ephesians 6:16 NIV
When Satan whispers, “You’ll never be good enough…” your faith will inform you that you don’t have to be good enough – God has adopted you into his family because Jesus was good enough to die for you.
When Satan suggests that you’re still nothing but a sinner in spite of your relationship with Jesus, your faith will remind you that you are forever forgiven, having received the righteousness of Christ and having been made holy.
When those irrational feelings of fear creep up, your faith will point you toward God as your refuge and deliverer.
We walk by faith, not by sight. We also walk by faith, not by feelings.
Faith doesn’t always fix depression, but it definitely equips us to suffer through it with strength.