How to Deal with Sadness as a Christian

Isiah 61:3, Psalm 34:7, John 16:33.

Here is quiet a detailed definition of sadness from internet sources; “Feeling down or unhappy in response to grief, discouragement or disappointment; if ongoing, may indicate depression”.

The first thing worth of note is that sadness does not just happen, it comes in response to something. God wants us happy always but the devil is an antagonist of God’s will; he hates it when we are happy and he wants to steal that; “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

The second thing to note is that sadness is a vital mark of depression. Now, depression is quite “psychomedical” but it is also very spiritual; “and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:3 NIV. There is a spirit behind us and of course it is not of God.

Deal with the actual enemy. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Dealing with sadness involves warfare. You must understand that the devil wants to keep you captive under the torment of sadness and its spirit. You need to get angry, exercise your authority and tell him off. Jesus won victory for us already; we are victorious before we even start any war with the devil. He can only fight lost battles with God’s children.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8)

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”. (1 John 4:4)

Dealing with the smoke. The devil is the actual fire, the smoke is the effect of what he has done evident in the grief, disappointment, failure, defeat, fear, pain among others that we feel. These are provoked by tribulation. Here is what God promises; “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John16:33). Again, God promises victory. Changing your attitude (predisposition, response) towards trouble can really make you go through it successfully without all that negative energy generated rather you will happy, strong and transformed eventually. “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope” (Romans 5:3-4)

Delight yourself in the lord. In Isaiah 61:3 God recommends the garment of praise for that spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to preserve your peace and joy. Choose to consciously praise God and you will be out in no time. Refuse to give in to sadness. Declare God’s joy and peace over your life and you will never be sad again.

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4)

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