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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. 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.

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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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