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. Be careful brothers & sisters in the Lord……….

    A Word of Caution for those posting their email address and phone numbers to help others. There is one on here who posted they needed desperate help.
    They contacted me , give very vague responses, ask me to call an international phone number, and now ive been receiving scam emails from the same country they reside in, informing me i will be inheriting large sums of money, and another deceptive email on an enormous business venture.
    I am sorry to say i know who this person is who it originated from on this article, posing as one needing help, because i get so very few emails on this particular email address i use.
    Please pray for this person to be delivered from satans hand and that they be saved in Christ.

  2. my wife is death because of covid , she was 60 years old and , all my family were depress , so for acfew days it was terrible , sleeping 2 hours and all the family with covid , so how we are doing , first cast out spirit of depression and heaviness , if you are not fill with Holy Spirit , you do not understand the truth snd you will not agree instructions in the bible about cast out demons and healing .
    Send me an email and we are a group of pastors , men and women , we have each of us more than 30 years experience , Three books about how to be free of depression , Pigs on the parlor , author Frank Hammond , another book : Healing the whole man , author Joan Hunter. And the last book belings to a ministry that helps in many countries , www. healingrooms.com they have a book called How to minister soecific sickness. Is a manual on how to help in prayer many sickness.
    My email brasiliadocumentos@gmail .com
    We are a group os pastors , we make a team and 3 persons will help you using whatsapp video to pray for you in any country , in english, Spanish and portuguese, We do not charge , we start a way so you be free forever , after you need to be always in contact with us , and to join in our christian meetings once a week .
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    1. I need deliverance and healing for depression. Can you help me?

  3. I agree with every factor that you have pointed out. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts on this.
    God never fails to change someone’s life for the better. So, if you are someone struggling with life right now, you must know that there is always light waiting for you at the end. The light that can fulfill you and provide you with so much happiness and contentment in life, waiting for you to see it.
    You may check my blog The Truths about How God Can Lift Spirits
    Hope this will help. Thank you.

  4. can anybody help me here, i am going through major depression which i think i can not fight it, i have been with it for 20 years now and each day is getting worse and worse, i need help because i have thoughts of committing suicide, i do not sleep peaceful anymore, it’s really worse, my appetite is even gone. please please help me

    1. Maria, bless your heart. I understand how hard it can be and feels like it will not let up. The Lord your savior is a wonderful deliverer. Knowing the truth of what he says in his word by the power of the Holy Spirit sets us free. Please tell me, have you been born again yet? Do you read the scriptures?
      I would like to explain the gospel in detail. If you would like to email me, at pallamay22@gmail.com, I am available. I know having someone to talk to and encourage you is important. Once you understand what you are truly dealing with, it is much oh so much easier to nip in the bud, rather than being a victim with no way out. God has already made a way out for you.

    2. Maria,
      I have fought anxiety and depression for over 30 yrs. I am saved and trusted in Gods word to the best of my ability according to what I had been taught. I was discouraged and wanted to give up and then came across teachings from Pastor Joseph Prince. My life has been changing ever since. Here is what you need to do. Study on how much God loves you. Gods word tells us that His perfect love drives out fear. Depression is caused by some sort of fear, guilt, condemnation, shame. When you give up trying to get delivered and just get to know and understand how special and how much you are loved by your Father God the depression will start to go. Trust Me. Gods perfect love will drive it out.

      1. Pastor Prince is an awesome man of God. His sermons have really helped me and my friends greatly. The love of God is AMAZING!! It truly transforms us.

    3. You must break the cycle. Do you know what may be at the root of it? A divorce, a guilt, or a past trauma? what makes it feel better?

    4. Check out the ministry of Derek Prince. I suggest a YouTube search to start.

      Yea, in all these things we are more than conquerors ❤️

      1. Yes! Derek Prince has wonderful teachings on this as does Joseph Prince! I love both of these ministries they have really been used by Go to grow and strengthen me.

    5. Maria, I hope you are doing okay…I understand how you feel, and I really want you to know you’re not alone. God loves you!

    6. Maria, where are you? The Lord is your deliverer. All through the scriptures, he says he delivers and saves. Its HIS power that does it, not our own strength or might. I went through years of depression and he saved me. He can do the same for you. You see that u dont have the strength to deliver yourself, because HE wants to do it for you. Once you understand the tactics of the enemy, and see that you are dealing with a lie, its much easier because you combat a lie with the TRUTH, the Word of God. Its like coming to the end of your rope, where u know u have no might in yourself, but turn to the Lord, he then moves in to save you. I struggled and struggled for years trying to fix it but didnt know how. Nothing seemed to work, UNTIL he showed me the TRUTH.
      You shall KNOW the TRUTH….and the TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. If you are born again and have received the Holy Spirit, you have a Spirit of Power. Sometimes the best place i have been in is when i have been completely weak and unable to save myself, and i sit down and say God i cannot save me, i have no strength left, i cannot do this, i need you to take over. Thats when i see miracles because, he said,,,,,MY POWER IS MADE PERFECT IN YOUR WEAKNESS.

      Please, email me. Pallamay22@gmail.com. Once u understand what you’re dealing with and the enemy’s tactics in trying to convince u there is no help, you will see the truth of what God says. Once you realize he has given you the power of the Holy Spirit, and that he has already given u all you need, you wont be whimpering in desperation like i was for years and years. He wants you to UNDERSTAND what He has already done for you in Christ. Don’t suffer alone, God isn’t doing this to you. He loves you soooooo much. There is ALWAYS hope with God. Dont allow the enemy to convince you there is no way out. He lies. God says there IS a Way out! He said I AM THE WAY.
      I just spent time emailing a woman back and forth. Talking about it helps. She is seeing God move in miraculous ways, she feels much much better and can see the Lords hand in her life. Lets talk!

    7. Maria,

      I am terribly sorry that you are experiencing this. Know that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Only GOOD things come from God which means in our thought life, only good thoughts are from God. Depression comes from the enemy. Try to pray to Jesus to take the depression from you. Seek Christian help, I would suggest seeing a Christian counselor and speaking with a pastor. You could simply email a church with your struggles and the pastor may come to your home if you are unable to make it out. Seek out other Christ followers. You need to be supported during this time and to have people who can pray protection over you. Renounce any sin/evil that you have been involved in in your life, and read God’s word, The Holy Bible. That is your armor against the depression. If you are not a believer in Jesus, accept Jesus’s gift for eternal life into your heart. Believe that He died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead three days later. He wants to and can help you. Please hang in there, your life is worth living and has great purpose. Books that may help you are “Victory Over Darkness” and “The Purpose Driven Life”. I would also recommend contacting these prayer lines if you are alone and feeling depressed. They have helped me greatly during a very difficult time:

      CBN Prayer Line: 800-700-7000

      Billy Graham: 888-388-2683

      Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    8. Hi Maria, I empathize with you in your pain. Tell me what is troubling you to keep your mind in such despair. I have been experiencing this too and I hope you read this to let the pain you’re feeling out.
      Sincerely hope to see your thoughts in the comments.
      Cindy

    9. Maria, suicide is not the answer. It is a spirit lying to you. Blake Healy sees in the spirit. Go see him at Bethel Atlanta in Tyrone, Georgia. He will tell you that you have angels with you and a demon lying to you.

    10. Maria, I hope and pray that you come back here and see my comment. If you do, it will be a miracle from the Lord, He answered my prayer. Please leave your email address in reply… and then we can talk further. I pray you will trust me. I am a child of God, and I have suffered deep depression most of my life. God bless and keep you. – Sabina

      1. Hi Sabina,
        I am in the exact same situation as Maria. I am in such a deep, deep depression, and I feel I can’t go on any longer. Could you email me as well? My email address is heidihgeary@gmail.com.

        1. Heidi, I just got your comment and I will email you today right after I reply here. There is hope in Christ… HE is LIFE. Never choose death… that will take you to a forever separation from Life. God bless you, Sabina

        2. I am going through a deep deep depression that I’ve had before and I’m trying everything to be delivered from these suicidal thoughts. I feel like life would be so much easier without me and to be free from the responsibilities. Many believers are trying to help me and pour into me but they say I have to fight and I’m so tired. I just want to go home to be with my Lord and Savior. I’ve been told to meditate on the word, read more, seek more and rest in Him. With severe anxiety it’s so hard to do this. I get a little relief and then I hear the thoughts of killing my self again and I’m in bed all day. I feel guilty like I’m not a good enough Christian, I’m not reading the word enough because I have no motivation. I’m tired please help. God bless your hearts.

          1. Christina, i am available to talk also. My email is pallamay22@yahoo.com. I went thru depression for 30 years and the Lord delivered me instantly. I have some good info to send u beloved.

          2. I struggled with depression since my teen years. . One day, about seven or eight years ago or maybe longer, I called a church that I go to occasionally. A woman there, whom I never met before, prayed for me over the phone. I literally cried. That woman had a lot of faith. I have been free from depression ever since then except for some very small minor bouts. I really believe in angels and demons and that demons torment people with suicidal thoughts. I would recommend calling a church or organization that you know is spirit filled and asking someone to pray with you. The 700 club is very good too.

        1. Did you ask for an email reply? What did you say or ask?

          Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂

    11. I have dealt in Deliverance for many years…call at 717 284 2724…. That’s Jimmy Clanton Ministry..also on facebook..I can help you, Maria…

    12. Holy Spirit can help. Have you received the Holy Spirit? Try dark chocolate, 5-HTP. The therapy waves head I heard about. I forget what it’s called. I pray so much you feel better. Rebuke the spirit in name Jesus. I know medicine does not help! Never give up!!!!!

    13. Hi Maria, I hope you have been doing better. It is now May 26. My husband and I have a Deliverance Ministry [ Deliverance In His Presence]and we minister to many people dealing with these afflictions. Please feel free to contact us at DELIVERIHP@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

  5. Depression ‘CAN’ come from a spirit, but most times it comes from ‘Trauma’. I went through countless deliverances for demons, when I probably had no demon at all. Going through a traumatic heartbreak, caused a morning depression for me, damaging the hippocampus part of the brain. Trauma is EMOTIONAL damage, which many faith practitioners fail to recognize. Many groups simply blame it on demons, SPIRITUAL. The only thing that makes me feel better is physical touch/cuddling and love and prayer. Physical love and touch is something we cannot obtain from God directly.

    1. Hi dear, I absolutely understand where you are coming from. Whether it is spiritual, physic, demons or otherwise, God can help. Ask Him to remove it. Ask Him persistently until He removes it. He did that to me. He can do it for you. Try Him. Trust Him. May God bless your prayers.

    2. Thank you for sharing your experience. I know God lead me here. I have someone in my life that is going through depression. I was a believer that felt like it was a spirit that needed to be cast out. I will be more gentle with them. May God Bless you in your journey in recovery.

      1. It would be easy to dismiss depression as nothing more than the result of trauma which can be overcome with cuddles and love. Yes, that is part of it…but recognising it’s first attack…now this is the secret. I say ‘It’s’, because in my experience the entity of depression sneaks in like a thief, bringing its companions. We may not notice it’s full impact immediately, but over time as we dwell on our feelings and emotions, it takes it’s grip. I have been down this road for 52 years. It’s recognising the first attack, and nipping it in the bud. Once it knows it has been recognised, this is it’s greatest fear. Address it as the entity it is. You have the power to do this. As you would not tolerate nasty people in this world who attack you, do not tolerate this thing either. Be angry at it. Command it to leave your home. Take personal communion, and take your Bible touching your four walls. It has entered your home. This is not the same as possession. It is an attack on you, but responds to being attacked back! It doesn’t like being recognised! Kick it out. Threaten it with the pit. Make it fear YOU as master, let your spirit rise up, it cannot be master of YOU. It works. To let this thing dominate you, will eventually turn you mental. Recognising it, and dealing with it yourself, is the key.

        1. Wonderful advice here. Resist it with the continuous application of the Word, through teaching (lots of great teachings here, including E.W.Kenyon, Charles Capps & others); confession of the Word, and prayer. Support & love are very important. Reach out to someone who can help. God’s love is the crucial ingredient. God bless you!

    3. Your are so LOVED BY JESUS!
      WE ARE!….I AM A MISSIONARY IN SOUTHERN CHINA THAT ALSO HAVE BEEN GOING THRU DARK DEPRESSION AND ANXITEY.
      WE ARE NEVER LEFT ALONE BY GOD
      HE IS ALWAYS THERE BY ARE SIDE

  6. Rex,
    Will you please provide me with your mailing address for a donation since i don’t like using my credit card over the internet?
    Also, will you remove my email address i posted on my Comment dated Sept 23? Heidi already has it, and i realized i shouldn’t let it just sit there online. My mistake. Oyyy.
    You have a wonderful website, so many are being hit with depression and anxiety who don’t know what to do with it.
    Thank you!

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