Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God

Jesus_cast_out_demons_300_webby Rex Rouis

Even in the midst of blessings, people can have recurrent fits of depression. It comes in like a dark, heavy cloud. We pray, fast, or make resolutions, only to find it getting worse. That is because this cloud of depression is not mental; it is spiritual. It is called the spirit of heaviness.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3

It is an evil spirit—a personality that studies us, knows our weaknesses, and knows how and when to attack. Recognizing the identity of an enemy is a tremendous first step, but then it must be fought.

It shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered. Joel 2:32

Meditate on scriptures like the one above and pray: “God, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ – according to Your Word – I’m asking you to deliver me from this spirit of heaviness in Jesus Name.”

The pressure will lift, but it is one thing to be delivered; it is another thing to stay delivered. It is now up to us to reprogram our minds – to cultivate a different outlook and way of thinking. Before deliverance, we are not able to do it, but now after deliverance, it is our responsibility to do it.

The problem is our mind. The devil reaches people through their minds. The more we trust in our mind, the more Satan is able to use it against us. It is up to us to make our mind realize that it is our servant, not our master. Our minds are affected by our thoughts, so we must take charge of what we think.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but [b]divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, II Corinthians 10:3-5

Remember, just as heaviness is a real spirit, the God of the Bible is a real Person, and He is behind each promise. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you. Read them, study them, meditate on them. They will give you hope and they will change you. It will not come in five minutes. It will take hard work, but it will come and it will work, and it is worth every bit of effort.

God’s deliverance can set you free, but it is your responsibility to fight for your continued deliverance. Take control of your thoughts, and bring them under control and in line with the Word of God. Experience the glorious freedom and joy that God has for you.

Comments

  1. I just want to say that I have been dealing with my depression for a while now, I can overcome it some times but other times it gets the best of me. For example, I have worked my brain to exhaustion all night and laid in bed crying and praying and just trying to make it go away. I know that I am not right spiritually and have a long way to go. So I thought to search for something biblical to help deal with my problem. After reading this page, my heart stopped hurting and I’m not feeling upset anymore. Now I am more certain than ever that the Lord and his word are all I need to get more through these tough times. Thank you.

  2. Im happy I came across this
    It’s about 4:30 am

    I’m a 21 year old girl battling depression. My dad was sick for 3 years . He battled kidney failure and finally gave up last year . The family business declined to almost nothing a day . We spent all we had on medical bills and still haven’t been able to repay the loan he Got and the bank has the papers to our business premises .
    My eldest brother is not mentally stable
    He didn’t finish college because of this
    He screams in the middle of the night , curses my mother out and all.
    I have lost all the close relationships I had . I don’t even have one friend to call my own . I have been disappointed so many times and people just walk in and out of my life . Nobody remembers me

    I have insomnia and lack of appetite. Thought race through my mind literally every minute .i have lost so much weight and my immune system is no longer strong
    I get sick all the time
    I have low self esteem because of how. Lean and unhealthy I look
    It bothers me
    All these makes me sad
    the past two years have been the worst
    I get depressed
    Every single thing makes me over think and worry
    I can’t let go of them
    I have prayed
    I have cried
    But it seems God doesn’t listen to me

    I need help
    I don’t want to go crazy
    I don’t want to continue like this

    1. Author

      Emy -I am so sorry you are having to go through this. The hurt and destruction are from the Devil, not from God. God will help you. Know that fact. Believe that fact. We are praying for you.

      I don’t know what to say except that in God there is a way out of this for you. Realize that fact and seek God with an expectation and a purpose to find the path He has for you. In God, there is a way out to happiness and victory. I know it all looks hopeless but that is because you can’t see the hope that is out there in God. When my dad died I was 27 and I had to sell off the equipment to pay the bills. A business partner stole one of the big machines and I had to sue him. It was terrible but I was a young Christian and starting going to a Church that actually believed that God was real and that we worked on our behalf. Yes, it was tough at times but we made it through and now I look back and see God working in me. I would go out and pray in the spirit (tongues) for hours. There is a way

      Do not look into the future as if there is no way. Look as if there IS a way, because there is, and find it. Seek Him with all your heart. Read some of the articles on this site and allow hope to flow into your heart. The hope will encourage you and motivate you. There is hope, you just have to find it and see it. We love you. Rex

  3. I am in need of prayer. I have recently found out that my husband has been having an affair for the past 20 years. I am so depressed that I cant sleep eat or function at work. I have been praying and calling put to the Lord but feel forsaken. Any guidance anyone can provide would help. I have tried to find comfort in scriptures but it has not worked

    1. Hi Anisha
      You got to understand that we are in a spiritual battle. The enemy (Satan) comes to kill steel and destroy everything that is dear to us. It is easy to speak scripture and to give advise , but the person going through such situations has already done every thing they know accordingly with apparent no tangible result. My wife and I have gone through situations where we had done everything we new and that is why I can talk to you. The following point will help
      1) Remember God is your creator and He loves you dearly to the extent that He has made an eternal Mansion for you in Heaven with no sorrow.
      The sorrow we share is confined only to this world and will end with our departure from this world.
      Your husband is under bondage by a sprit called the spirit of lust. Same is the case with his lover.this is the root cause of his unfaithfulness. Having identifying the root cause what do we do.
      a) We can separate and go our own ways. Then we would not be the over comer whom God expects us to be for which he has given us all the spiritual weapons needed.
      b) We can take the challenge and destroy the works of darkness and set the captive free.
      Jesus Christ has already crushed the head of satan.That means satan has no authority or power over the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. When we accept Him as your Lord we come under His divine protection and no weapon formed against can prosper or have victory over us but we need to appropriate this truth. He said we can cast out demons in His name as demons have to obey Gods name and depart.
      This is a spiritual battle and Spiritual battles are won with the mouth by speaking what God has said.Out tongue is the sword which destroy the works of satan. If we speak words contrary to what God has said then it will work against us.It is a two edged sword.
      Now we got to speak to the spirit/spirits (in this case the spirit of adultery, lust, fornication unfaithfulness etc) You dirty defeated demons leave my husband’s life now in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth who crushed the head of satan and took back all power to Him Self.
      Remember the demons will try to hold on as done for 20 years. But everyday you got to command the demons to go until you see the change. Speak against the spirit that is operating through this women and break its power over your husband’s life. Command this spirit to go back to the pit it came from always in Lord Jesus’ name.
      Thank God after every prayer for His Power and Promises in His word which will never return void.
      In seven days you will see changes begin to take place in your husbands life at this stage don’t be relaxed because there is a next stage of your husband filling this void with God’s Holy Spirit so that the demons cannot return. He thankful as God will never fail you.
      Blessings
      Harin

    2. My dear, I have been through something similar: My ex husband cheated on me, then married his mistress within two months of our divorce being finalized. Now my poor young son sees them as his other “family.” This is now part of our lives, forever. 🙁

      I’m gonna give you a quick summary of my drama, but only to make a point that will hopefully help you…

      I have been dealing with this for the past two years. My partner of 15 years lying aobut his mistress, leading me on to think we still had a chance of mending, and then dumping me. Then relentlessly pursuing a divorce despite my pleas to hold off while I get my life together, and now the end result of him remarrying his mistress VERY quickly. This whole time lying about there being “someone else,” while exposing my son despite my declarations to not expose him to a girlfriend or boyfriend.

      I tell you this Anisha to let you know that this despair, this disconnected feeling from God, this is because you have DEEP emotional wounds that will need time, time and more time to repair. Unfortunately this cannot be rushed. I’ve been through this personal hell for two years and I’m just now healing. Actually, I started saying I was “healing” last February, and now I am still feeling the daily sadness. Except that now, the sadness can be somewhat relieved and conquered with God. I was just like you: Wanted to just sleep the day away, now wanting to face the pain. The heart pain was the worst, never went away for so long. But it WILL PASS, you just have to accept that this will take the time it’s going to take. But in the meanwhile, keep calling to God. Keep crying out to him, desparately asking him for his healing and grace. You will feel a good amound of relief one day, its just that we have invisible emotional wounds that are as painful as our leg being cut off. They have to have time to mend.

      Try and stay busy, make new friends. If there is an Intensive Outpatien Program (IOP) you can get into with your medical plan, get in one. You will see MANY women that have been cheated on, and you can relate to them. Easier said than done, I know. But one day the pain will subside, little by little, and you’ll be able to sleep again. Just know that God is in your corner. It may not be the ending that you wanted, but you WILL get through this and have somewhat of a normal life one day. I’m still struggling myself, still am having some bad luck and feel lonely at night. Yes I have much healing to do, but am MUCH better than I used to be. MUCH better. And you will be this way too.

    3. Leave his butt and move out with your life. I know it will be hard but you move out. I have been there what help me get through it all was God, going to church praying, and being round love ones

    4. Author

      Anisha – I agree. Seek God and He will give you direction and a plan. Leave him. You are worth much more than this. You have lost 20 years with him, don’t lose any more. We love you. Rex

  4. First of all I Thank My Lord whole heartedly for showing me this page…
    I have been blaming God for all the bad things happening in my life and i fell into depression….Now after reading this article i felt great peace and grace in my mind….I truly felt the power of the Word of God….
    Thank you Lord…
    May God Bless the person who wrote this….

  5. Its so comforting to find a page where you can share your fears. I’m a girl of 19years. My mum died when I was 18 and since then I’ve been feeling that I’m no good. Like since she left nobody loves me. And that I’m just occupying space in this earth. I even feel like I can’t pursue my dreams anymore because she was so loving and encouraging. I did a lot f things with her. She was my world. And I thought my world was gone . I hated to even look beautiful. I hated to wear nice clothes and all. And everything just reminds me of her. But today I’m happy that I’ve found this page and I pray God will heal my heart. I’m so grateful I found this page Thank You Lord.

    1. God bless you, Sonia. I pray you daily draw strength from the Lord Jesus, and His comfort, love and peace immerse you through your grief. I offer my condolences at the passing of your precious Mother. Our Heavenly Father will pour out all you need. Jesus promises, “I will never leave you, I will never forsake you.”

  6. Even worse i has some woman harassing me in my mind everyday causing me to come close to commiting suicide because god won’t permanently remove this woman from my mind i never gone through anything like this he used to save me from these things this is far worse i’m tired and I can’t even take anymore of even being here dealing with this same stubborn spirit i been wanting her dead god still bring this crazy mess to my mind even if i am beyond angry past angry I’m going through this same mess every single day

    1. To Kimberly – Wow, you have an actual “woman” label for the evil spirit that is mentally torturing you? I don’t have a man or woman label attached to mine. I’m blessed that mine doesn’t actually “speak” to me, just infests my mind with negativity, to the point that the thought of suicide has been daily. But I’ve been placed with these thoughts since I was a preteen, and now I’m in my mid thirties. And you never get used to it.

      Id like to recommend alternative medication to you. I’ve tried Prozac, Wellbutrin and other antidepressants, but these don’t help me with lessening the feelings and messages of torment. But if you can afford it(and if it’s legal in your state), Medical Cannibis actually works wonders! It temporarily gives you a more relaxed and positive perspective . It lasts for hours., and all you need is a little bit. It keeps you focused.

      But first and foremost, You also need God and Jesus. This is the FIRST thing to pursue. The medication is just something to help you get through the day to day mental torment. But God will get you through the OVERALL torment in the end! 🙂

      I am sorry if mentioning this medical alternative is “offensive” to anyone, I’m just passing along information that helps me get by in this trying time. God bless all!

    2. Hi Kimberley, and anyone else reading this reply that is suffering. I am a reborn Christian, am still new to this but I have a hunger for God and I am learning more and more each day. The things that I have learned are that God wants all of us as Christians to 1. Heal people, 2. Cast out demons, 3. Cleanse the lepers, and 4. Raise people from the dead. Sounds crazy i know, but this is nothing for God. I have had some success in healing and when it comes to casting out demons i have also had success in helping my wife as well as a friend so far…all this of course through Jesus, not physically me, God works through us. My wife has been struggling with negative thoughts and hating herself for years, ever since i prayed for her she has not had a single negative thought since. The friend has suffered with night terrors for years and would go through bouts of depression and again….nothing since i prayed for her. The way in which to pray to get rid of the demon is basically to tell it to get out, in Jesus name. They have no ground to stand on and must obey. You can either try do it yourself, or get someone else you know that is a Christian to do it for you….as long as the person praying believes and has faith!

      Just as a guideline, this is what i did with both my wife and the friend: lay hands on the person (just put your hand on the person, it is the same for healing) and begin to pray. I said something along the lines of “Heavenly Father thank you for Natasha, i know You love her dearly and You dont want her to suffer any more, i now speak directly to the spirit of oppression (this site mentions spirit of heaviness), in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour I command you to get out right now, i command you to leave this body and go directly back to the pit, in Jesus name. I speak to any and all spirits attached to this body, in Jesus name I curse you, i bind you, and i command you to get out and return back to the pit, right now, in Jesus name. Thank you Lord. Amen”

      Its a good thing to say in Jesus name often so as to point out authority to the demon. I did this, and my wife and friend are rid of the demons that were causing them to suffer. I am not saying the way i did it was perfect, but it worked for me.

      Please go and watch vidoes of Todd White and Tom Loud on youtube. They heal people and cast out demons and i have learned quite a lot from them. They are two of many people that do this. Curry Blake is another incredible man of God as well.

      I pray this message finds you, as well as many others, and more importantly i pray that it helps you!!!

      God bless!!

  7. I lost my husband in a such a sudden death, (he had a heatstroke on the first day of work)but 2 months before his death I spent 3 months in ICU with my daughter fighting for her life,I recently beat thyroid cancer and I’m raising my kids alone,It’s extremely depressing and hard for me to sleep eat and focus on day to basics,sometimes I find myself crying in places uncontrollably,I fake it to make almost every day,please pray for me and happiness in my household.
    May God bless you all.
    Tiana

    1. Jesus comfort this family and do something new for them bring them closer to you and fill them with your love and power!

    2. Lord, I pray for Tiana today. I ask that you deliver her from the spirit of heaviness and bring new light to her mind. Let her see the value she has in her and her value to others. Lord help her to let her light shine in spite of the darkness. Your word says that you want us to have life and have it abundantly and we are claiming that right now for Tiana. We rebuke this spirit of depression and darkness in your holy name! Amen!

  8. Please pray for me and my family, I’m battling anxiety, frustration, depression, having trouble controlling my thoughts of just not wanting to be alive anymore, my husband ha been through years of illnesses, and it’s been hard on me and him, it really is a test of faith! And our three dog’s need prayer also, I’m so angry all the time and don’t know how anybody puts up with me, our oldest dog, has an enlarged heart and a bad back and she is on medication for her heart, so many times I can’t get her to eat, and it frustrates me so much, everything frustrates me anymore. Please pray for us all! I just want some peace and patience in our life’s, please pray our dog Kolty, gets her appetite back, dogs can’t tell us their in pain, please pray , thank you in God’s love! Brenda , Arthur, Kolty, tweet’s and Shiloh , our three little dacshund’s.

    1. In Jesus name
      I pray peace over you over your husband over your dogs. Wake up In the morning and speak good over your family and listen to good uplifting music

  9. Your Comment Plz pray for me im going through depration from many years lots of pain i pay my physical body i suffering from M.D.R diases wich is called multi drugs resistence it was very hard medicine to took for me i living in small village india.

    1. Author

      If I understand your question – Why does God allow favor on those that do know Him or serve Him? Well, the Bible says – In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. Matthew 5:45

      There are general good and bad that happens to all, then there are specific consequences and blessings that happen to individuals based on their sowing and reaping. Don’t think that there are not consequences for our actions, there certainly are. He just gives us plenty of grace time before the big bad ending. Eternity is forever.

  10. Please pray for me. Even though I know what the Bible says about the last days, I still get overwhelmed and saddened by the horrific things happaning in this world. Please help me find. Peace while I do Jesus work on earth.

    1. Dear Michele,

      The days we live in are very trying, and can weigh our soul down with all that we witness and heart. What we must strive to do is to keep our eyes focused on Jesus, our soon and coming King. As you said, “while we do His work”, we must keep on encouraging one another, and ourselves. I encourage you to spend time each day just thanking the Lord that He is with you, and that He will never leave your nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 3:16). Go over scripture that speaks of God’s Presence with us. The Gospel of John and the Book of Ephesians will strengthen you and give you courage. I pray for you now that the peace of God which passes all understanding will mount a guard over your heart and your mind, in Jesus Name. (Philippians 4:7)

      Hebrews 12:2Amplified Bible (AMP)
      2 [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, [a]disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

    2. We know that God gave Satan this world he is the prince of it but God is still in control he allows what he may but we must press forth in faith to do his will. Believers are the light in this dark place. Be encouraged

  11. Iam ready to fight back my husband has lately been depress has’t been in church for a iong time i get very fustratate with him but i ask the lord to help me to help him .send me advis please .i am still going to church with my kids my name is celia.

    1. Keep going to church you will look back one day and be sad if you don’t keep doing right for your kids. Your actions could and will harm them as they grow up you won’t see until later so stay strong in faith lead your family

  12. I would love to talk to you and help you work through things within your mind to fight the depression within your life. Please contact me if you like! Know that God cares and I care and I’m fighting in your corner 100 percent! God is willing and able to help you through the storm!!
    Blessings
    Kelsey Karnes
    Psalms 40:1-3

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