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. Fasting and prayer and Gods Word are powerful weapons that God has given us. Quoting Gods Word has a damaging effect in the spirit world because God’s Word is spirit and sharper than any two edge sword, I recommend memorizing Verses from the Bible that counter the bad thoughts that come to your mind then tell those bad thoughts what the Word of God says. For example the devil tells you. “ you will lose your job and won’t be able to feed your children” you then counter by saying. “It is written “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:25‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    Write down verses from the Bible that counter those bad thoughts that come to your mind and tell those thoughts what the Word of God has to say.
    The Devil gives you suicidal thoughts you tell him. “ it is written thou shall not kill”

  2. Thank God for this write up, please does depression make one feel so weak?my legs and hands are so numb with so much pain,I don’t sleep at night,so much palpitations,shortness of breath,my mind is in serious torment,I can’t control my thoughts anymore,they are so bad and so stinky,what do I do?I have been seeking d face of God,it’s so scary

    1. While, I’m not certain, and definitely not medical doctor, I should think those are symptoms of high blood pressure. But thank God for His word that sustains us. No wonder He says in Romans 8:2 that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus had made us free from the law of sin and death. Don’t let the devil take a hold of your mind, because that’s all he needs to destroy you — remember he has come but to kill, steal and destroy — but thank God Jesus came to give us life — life more abundantly. Please, if you’re born again, meditate on the scripture I shared with you and as you do that, rebuke every evil manipulation in your life and continually confess these words to yourself that Christ is your life; Christ makes you sound; Christ makes you sound; His presence makes you whole; Christ makes you indomitable, invigorated, energized and refreshed. God bless you.

    2. Yes sometimes I feel the same way but when I start singing and thanking God for who he is and all that he has done the spirit lifts off of me.

      There is a scripture in the Bible Isaiah 61:3 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.”

      Also, you can lookup scriptures and stories in the Bible related to depression. If I’m not mistaking there is a story of David going through a depression after he committed great sin, once he repented and began praising God the spirit went away.

      1. Jesus is the bread of life ,He will surely see us through.

    3. Yes it does. Also fear makes feel numb too. As we always said here its still the asme principle,THE WORD OF GOD.

  3. Habit, in the name of Jesus be set free by the power of Holy Spirit in the spirit of depression in Jesus mighty name. Amen 🙏

  4. Someone please help me..i have been depressed for almost 2 years now and i sometime feel i should end my life.. i wonder if God loves me

    1. I have been where you are and yes God loves you. Are you in a Church? If not I would find a real Church that is on fire for the Lord and meet with the Pastor. See if there is a Calvary Chapel in your area but you need to get help from a Pastor to pray with you and help you in your walk with Jesus. Do not go this alone!

    2. I felt the same way since my childhood and I haven’t felt any better since all these years. I’ve tried to find happiness, but I failed. I tried to smile, but I failed. All I could do was cry and cry until one day I gave up and tied the rope to my ceiling of my room. That’s when I remembered all the good and bad memories of my life, but I told myself it was time to end it all. But God can speak to you like he did to me. And maybe one day you and I can be happy once more.

    3. The Bible says the enemy comes to steal kill and destroy BUT Jesus came that we might have life, life more abundantly. Do not obey what the enemy of your soul is saying to your mind.
      Lord Jesus You have overcome the world , therefore overcome our mind with heavenly thoughts. Holy Spirit flood our minds and spirit with joy and hope amen.

    4. God loves you SO much! Remember that depression is from the enemy and he uses it to try to knock you down. Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you reveal your love to Habib. Fill him with Your peace and help him to fight the good fight and stay strong in You.
      Habib, you are so loved by God and He is faithful. Ask Him to help you fight this depression and He will give you the strength, With God all things are possible.

    5. In The Name of The Lord Jesus Christ I bind The Spirit of Depression from every one in this conversation asking for help, and I loose love joy peace and strength, the Bible says whatever you bind on earth shall be bind in Heaven, what ever u loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven, don’t be afraid to say it Jesus will do it, surround yourself with true Christians pray every day stay reading and meditating on Gods word give him praise and honor and Thanksgiving, Trust In Jesus he will never leave you or forsake you” Amen 🙌 memorize psalms 23 It helps me always, and watch Depression and sadness Go!!!!

    6. Habib, the Lord loves you. The Lord God has not given you the spirit of fear. Stay positive and always remember that we all passing through this world. Be less concerned with earthly things, read the Bible more often and associate with worshipers of the Lord.Live one day at a time and don’t be too anxious about tomorrow. Caring much about morrow creates fear and fear is the root of all depression.

    7. FOR GOD SOOOOO LOVED THE WORLD (that includes you and me) THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM (Jesus) SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. John 3:16

      Depression makes us feel unlovable, hopeless and unworthy and wants us to wallow in self pity. These are all the things Satan wants us to feel. He is just the opposite of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Whenever a sinful thought enters your mind that isn’t from the Lord God Almighty, immediately take charge and change that thought. I don’t know if you are a believer in Jesus Christ. If you aren’t, I hope and pray you accept His sacrificial gift of love today. Christ shed His righteousness blood so that we can have or sins forgiven and have fellowship with God, AND live in heaven with Him when we pass from this earth into eternity.

      If you realize you are a sinner (Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;)
      AND
      “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9 King James Version (KJV)

      I asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life when I was just 6 years old. YAY!!!! I’m so glad I accepted Him as my Savior that Christmas day. That was the best gift I could have given Him!!! He is my all in all and has been with me all these decades later. I still call Him my LORD and my Savior. He has helped me all the time I cried out to Him. PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME

      I pray that you will trust in Him also. May God bring the healing to you

    8. Yes God do love you. And the Devil is a Lie . He is the father of Lies. He wants you to think you don’t have anything to live for because you do. You may be in the valley right now but this too shall pass , every season brings forth a different fruit. You may be in the season of lack or Gloom. But the season where the sunshine will shine upon you it’s coming very soon. Speak that is here already. Lean not to your own understanding. Study the word of God speak the word over your lufe daily. Be free in Jesus name amen… with much love your sister

    9. Habib it comes on me every morning but I also have a difficult time with praise . I know I need to fight it with praise “Garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”

      I wake up with heaviness/depression and then I attend an only study on youtube. It’s praise and worship at the beginning and I have to make myself praise.

    10. Habib your mind will and emotions are the devil’s playground. If you don’t take authority and refuse each negative thought then they will play over and over until you change your thoughts and your desires so that God’s unlimited grace and mercy overflow in your life and His Word flows constantly out of your heart. God chose you Habib. He loves you loves you loves you. You are His own.. Chosen from the beginning of the world.. Chosen for God’s own plans purposes and pursuits. Pursue God and He will pursue you. If you’ve been messing around on the devil’s playground of sin that can be what has led you to question His love and maybe also His forgiveness to you. If you get off track with following God then repent.. Turn away and get right back on track because if you had been the only one on Earth God’s love for His creation is so great so far-reaching He would have died for you alone. You are that important to Messiah. Don’t question the validity of God’s love for you but your love for Him.. To give your heart entirely to Him and live whole-heartedly for Him.

      1. I don’t think a rebuke was the right way to go on this one. We must know when to rebuke, when to reprove, and when to exhort and build up. But I believe that God will get the glory nevertheless. God bless you.

    11. Yes, Habib, God loves you baby, you are the apple of his eye! He thinks Good thoughts for you, to prosper you, to give you hope and a future. He promises this in Jeremiah 29:11. Never let that old defeated devil convince you that you are not perfectly loved. I’ll be praying for you.

    12. Habib,
      I grew up Catholic, stopped going to mass when I was 16. I’m now 53. A few years ago, I believe God had a hand in my life and my depression. I ended up talking to a local Pastor for about an hour, and we prayed about my depression. He gave me some very wise advice…simply “read you Bible” – so I started to. I found some great passages, the awesome wisdom of Jesus, and memorised a few passages. One of these is Matthew 11:28 – 30 (KJV)

      What worked for me was to ask Jesus to lighten my load (yoke) with this passage in mind –

      Matthew 11:28-30 King James Version (KJV)

      28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
      29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
      30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

      Along with the above, also take the time to really understand Mark’s verse below –

      Mark 11:24 King James Version (KJV):

      24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

      that is (in this case), thank the Lord for lightening your yoke, instead of asking him to do it. I’ve done this with a few healing requests of the Lord, and He has granted such healing, and very quickly too.

      I’ve been in the dark places you are in, and for tens of years. Praying about the the above passages with the Lord, asking God to ligten my yoke, really worked for me. It did not lift my chronic depression 100%, but it made it a lot more bearable – it lifted the feeling of being very heavily weighed down physically every time I wanted to move, stand up, etc.

      I pray your (mental) health has improved, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  5. I been battling depression for while now I going through all these meds It still clings too me

    1. I know what you are saying. I have so many meds in my drawer. That’s how I know it’s spirit and I attend an online study every single morning. Search Fitz Houston on Youtube. He starts with praise and I honestly wake up so heavy and depressed and don’t want to praise (that’s the enemy).

  6. Jesus name is powerful than every sickness in this world.Please let’s used it every time.

    1. john I feel your pain. Remember the devil has already been defeated and has NO POWER over you! he is a liar, your depression is a lie! don’t accept the lie. the depression is not from you! he has already lost the war! once you realize this like I have you will get better. I will pray for you. remember we are already victorius !

  7. Brother thank you for the study I ask for prayer for my 19 year old daughter she has social anxiety so the medical establishment says she refuses to socialize with family member and is constantly isolating herself in her room

  8. Please pray for me. I have had depression for many many years. I feel tortured and defeated. I have been prayed over by my Pastor but it keeps returning. Don’t know how much longer i can go on.

  9. Depression is an evil spirit. We, as Christians have been given the authority by JESUS CHRIST to cast out all evil spirits and demons.
    Say, “In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you spirit of depression I cast you out of my life right now .
    Get out of my life, in Jesus Name, and return nomore.
    I ask the Holy Spirit to fill my life and I plead the Blood of Jesus to cover me from the top of my head to the tip of my toes.
    Read aloud Psalm 23 and 91.
    You don’t have to be afraid of the devil, demons or evil spirits. They are afraid of us because we can cast them out. We have authority over them. We have the NAME OF JESUS that they have to submit to. Amen.

  10. There is Hope! His Name is JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD!!! Philippians 4:6-9. Verse 6-7. Be anxious about Nothing! Verse 8-9. These are the things we should think about. These are the scriptures that keep me sane!!!

    1. Depression is not reality, it is a distorted felling that the Devil has the power to make you feel. He is an imposture, he is an expert scammer. He is the best scammer around and you can take all the meds you can get but it only puts a bandage on the hurt. Believe with all your heart in God that he will help you and pray, pray, pray. You will must be stronger than the imposters. It’s tough but I know you can do this. Think positive and plant a seed in your heart that God will help us all do this. Remember the more you are tempted the more the Devil has to loose because Gods has a plan for your life. The devil wants to take away your hope, belief. faith. I know this first hand he tried to take my life and own my soul. Think positive, read positive books and put God first in your life.

  11. i am so thankful to find this teaching,i will be praying every day till i am free from the spirit of heaviness.Praise the Lord for this teaching.to know it is spiritual and not mental is in it self freeing.

  12. I have been battling with depression for years now. Getting on and off medication. My Momma killed herself in 2008. She battled with depression and other mental illnesses.

    I am sick of this! I don’t want to die. I want life and life more abundantly! I do have thoughts of wanting to die. I hate it. I just want it to go away. I will stay in the bed awake and just stuck, not wanting to face anyone. I have the way I feel inside.

    Father God, I ask in the might name of Jesus… according to your Word… i am asking and thanking you for delivering me from the spirit of heaviness!!!

    1. I pray for you to be delivered from the spirit of depression Natalie, In Jesus Holy Name!!! My Mama committed suicide on New Years Day 2011, I know the pain is unbearable when you lose a loved one that way! May the Lord be with you and give you peace and joy and strength and I pray the spirit of heaviness be lifted off of you in Jesus Precious Name, Amen!!! Jesus is going to Rapture His Bride very soon Hold on Sister!!! God Bless You!! I Love You and Jesus Loves You!!

    1. You are so true. You cannot shake it because it is not natural it is spiritual. Spiritual battles must be fought with the word of God. Read Ephesians 10. Use your phone to speak prayers for deliverance of Oppression and depression. And scriptures will come up. But do you must fight the the Devil with the word of God this is the only thing that will shut him down from speaking to your mind like a fax machine. There’s power in the word of God. Speak your way to your deliverance then walk in it. Be blessed

  13. I dont want to be evil and go to hell but i not a evil and i dont think depression makes you a bad person but yes it can make you negative and have bad moods but there has to more real unstanding about the stressness and why people are upset they have no one to help or talk to them with real unstanding that’s what i think but faith and jesus will help us but people get sick of nothing happening they give up and move on but he loves you it will happen for those suffering but depression is not evil just a mental life emotions trait we go through

    1. Depression does not mean you are a bad person, it means that there is a spiritual stronghold that is making you emotionally, and physically weak and possibly sick. It leads to a whole host of other types of issues and needs to be dealt with at a spiritual level. These mind binding spirits attack the body of Christ and those who don’t know Jesus. They are designed to destroy you and keep you from fulfilling God’s calling on your life. Medicine, although it takes the edge off is not the answer for a spiritual problem. Joel: 2:32, 2 Cor 10:3-5. Hope this helps to clarify for you. May God Bless You.

  14. Jesus is lord,he will surely make way for all of as in this platform

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