Despite circumstances in society and in life, you can train yourself to block depressing thoughts and fill your mind and life with indescribable joy if you accept Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, as Lord of your life.
1. KEEP DARKNESS OUT OF YOUR LIFE
Don’t go into spiritually dark places. Don’t sing dark lyrics, don’t watch horror movies or depressing TV shows, and don’t read dark stories. (Don’t entertain children with violent movies or horror stories!) Don’t tamper with spiritual darkness (mind games, witchcraft, metaphysics, voodoo, etc.). Avoid all forms of hate. Never incite bullying, racism or division. If you realize you have joined a hate group, quit, immediately. If you are an actor, never portray a dark character in an acting gig, regardless of the pay. Guard your spirit and mind, at all times, by engaging in sensible, optimistic and light-hearted activities.
2. BE SUBSTANCE-FREE
Don’t wallow in your sorrows with drugs or alcohol, which only exasperates depression. Problem-solve by seeking answers from The Word of God. Read “How to Hear God to Prosper,” a quick read with a simple overview of life. Recovery does not have to be a crutch for life. Once you get answers from God, you will gain a fresh perspective to be delivered from addiction.
Be kind to your body and eat sensible foods—get a good intake of vegetables and fruits into your body to give your mind a healthy attitude that doesn't give up or give in to depression.
3. LIVE CALM
Instead of listening to loud, dark and edgy music that sounds like noise, take walks in the park. Live a sensible life, personally, and professionally. Your spirit and mind are delicate, so live a life of calmness. And look to God for stability in life.
4. KEEP YOUR EGO IN CHECK
You are NOT God and if you ever let people think you are God, you will end up in a dark place because you reject God's protection when you fail to honor Him, as supreme alone. He shares His glory with no one, because no one can match Him in love and power!
5. SUBDUE YOUR FLESH
Don’t engage in physical activity that is sensual, such as provocative dance. Don’t obsess about your body—and avoid altering your body with piercings, tattoos, etc. Avoid pornography. Find a mission or create an activity to help others.
6. AVOID VIOLENCE
Avoid violent activities and environments. Don’t go to places where violent incidents are likely to break out. Seek the peace of Jesus. Don't fall for societal hype, rooted in retaliation.
7. SELECT FRIENDS WISELY
Don’t associate with people who bring you down, who live in worlds of darkness. Associate with people who have uplifting attitudes, and who engage in sensible activities, to make a difference in the world.
8. IT IS UNWISE TO CURSE GOD
There is no good in using God's Name in vain. Keep God’s Name holy.
9. STAY IN THE LIGHT
Let Jesus Christ, the God of love, be the Light of your life. Jesus, the Light of the world, is the only One who can overpower darkness and fill an empty void. Read “How to Hear God to Prosper,” a quick and uplifting read, for answers to today's life challenges.
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