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 struggled with a demon of depression on and off from age 15, I am 62 years old now. A few years ago I was at my lowest point when my husband and I were both laid off from work. I just wanted to lay in bed, I felt so helpless, I just wanted to die. I called a local church and asked for someone to pray for me. The Lord directed me to the perfect person, she prayed for me and I was delivered from depression. It’s a wonderful miracle. My advice to those struggling with depression would be to reach out to someone that is a strong believer. Stay in the Word, Surround yourself with Godly people.

  2. I’m numb depressed I can’t feel anything nor hear God or any of my thoughts I need help

    1. Honey, I will pray for you. I don’t believe that’s what God wants for you at all!!! Do you have believers that can surround you and lift you up when you are so low. That’s what the community of faith is all about!!!

    2. Spirit of heaviness that is oppressing Honey, I take authority over you in Jesus name. Come out of her! Come out of her and do not enter again. I now bind you in heaven and on earth, as God has authorised me to do.

      Honey, I loose the atoning work of Christ upon you. By his stripes YOU ARE HEALED! Heaven and earth may fall away, but his word endures forever – the word of the Lord is LIVING and ACTIVE and sharper than any two-edged sword. Daughter of Abraham, you are God’s beloved. The creator of the universe calls you by name – He has numbered every hair on your head. He loves you with a reckless and everlasting love, and longs to heal you and tenderly embrace you. He has bourne your suffering upon His body – cast all your cares upon Him. He cares for you and is with you – may His face shine upon you forever. May He prosper you and keep you, giving you a future and a hope!

      God bless you, beautiful daughter of Abraham. Xxx

    3. I had a panic attack and felt the spirit of heaviness trying to attack me, I felt so helpless, I am only 21 and I try so hard to do the right thing but I’ve been running from God, and now I’m tired I broke down today and prayed in the car for god to please heal me, to make me better, and to take the lead because I cannot do it on my own! But I say this to say, you will overcome and you will here gods voice, God tested my faith tonight with this panic attack. I’m so excited to go get prayed for in a couple hours at church and to come up with a prayer plan and a life plan! Because I wanna be prepared when Jesus comes, there’s a war and the devil is trying to lead us to believe that we’re so far into depression and anxiety that we can’t even think about that’s what God is here for, he sent his only son to die on the cross for our sins. I’m praying for you ❤️🙏🏾 You got this battle

  3. I struggle every day everything hurts emotionally and physically I am so tired of it everyone who has claimed to love me has betrayed me and hurt me family friends literally everyone I am alone and so empty and void of any happiness in life the thought of waking up tomorrow makes me as sad the fear that at almost 38 I have nothing and never will haunts me no place to go and rest my soul I feel like all my edges are jagged and fragile it’s a struggle for me to even draw a breath anymore I’ve prayed and prayed and begged God to save me from this so far he hasn’t I just want to go home to him now I have for a very long time I know I was saved because I felt him Pierce my heart and soul and I am beyond grateful for his grace and mercy but I am suffocating and drowning down here and I don’t know how much longer I can hold on

    1. Bless you Linzie,
      I pray that God pours out his love into your heart….that he shows you how much he loves you… that he teaches you to see yourself through his eyes.
      I too have suffered on and off for many years with feelings of self doubt, self worth, hatred towards myself, but I know that only stems from trauma that I experienced in childhood.
      I gave my life to Christ 10 years ago….I’m now 56…and I’ve hung in there, thick and thin.
      Just know that there are people who are praying for you, who love you and as a brother in Christ, I love you too.
      I pray the peace that transcends all understanding be with you this day. I bind anything that is not of Christ in you, under the foot of the cross. I bind depression and I command it to leave you, I bind the spirit of abandonment from you in the name of Jesus and command any further action of the enemy null and void.
      In return I pray that the light of God floods into your heart and mind and I ask God to comfort you in his grace and love.
      I pray God renews your mind and brings joy in the place of despair.
      You are a wonderful child of God Linzie, made in his image. Be strong and take courage that others are in this with you.
      Peace be with you.
      Simon

    2. I am praying for you in the mighty name of Jesus I rebuke any strong hold of depression I speak that you are healed and whole In the mighty name of Jesus please do not feel alone there are people that care about youI am one who doesn’t even know you but I completely understand how you feel I have been fighting depression for years

    3. Hey Linzie, I am not sure if this is for you or not. But sometimes God puts a thought in my mind and thought I would go with it. I noticed your comment and an image of my devotional on my phone popped into my mind. So here is the devotional I read this morning.

      “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified, the Lord of glory” 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 NKJV

      The devil thought he defeated Jesus through the cross. Yet, by the hidden wisdom of God, the cross was the way made for our salvation. The devil thought Jesus was ruined, but the cross was used to cause Jesus to reign. Satan didn’t see it coming and had no idea he set up his own defeat.

      Let this be a reminder of how awesome God is. He will show you no matter what it looks like; He is always in control. He has hidden wisdom for your situation and is always steps ahead of your adversary. If you remain in faith, He will show you Who He is and what He has ordained for you.

      Just when it seems like you will see defeat and failure, when it seems like the devil will ruin you, God will use it to make you better, take you higher and cause you to reign. When what you’ve gone through appears wouldn’t have any benefit at all in your life, like making the greatest chess move, God is going to bring you great victory.

      “Come up higher. Come up higher, and then you will see. I am working it together for your eternal victory”, says the Lord.”

      Prayer: Father, I give You all the praise and glory right now! I’m excited and encouraged today. You have hidden wisdom operating in my life. You know exactly what You are doing. You will make something out of all that I’ve been through. Let it break forth. Help me to remain in faith and walk out my purpose. Continue to shape me in the image of Your Son. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

      Study: John 1:12, 1 Corinthians 2:1-10, Acts 4:12

  4. I’ve had depression and anxiety since I can remember as young as 3years old 😥

  5. My LORD. I have so many people pulling for you and praying for you in the name of Jesus.

  6. I have struggled with suicidal thoughts for nearly two years. My sleep is disturbed and sometimes I will wake up in the night with these thoughts. Even if I sleep well I usually have them in the morning. Today I have had thoughts of suicide and despair all day. One thing I see from some of those who posted here is that they are tired. This is true with me also. There is no rest from these feelings, and the desire for suicide is actually the desire to rest. If I knew there were a drug that would give me a week long vacation from depression and suicidal thoughts I’d take it. But there is no drug for that. In fact, I no longer see my psychiatrist because no medication he prescribed was working.

    I have been through deliverance from demonic spirits for this. I have developed more scriptural depth and I am careful how I speak about the problem because you can speak things into existence both negative and positive. In Jesus’ name I believe I am healed of depression. However, I don’t see the promise yet fulfilled in my life. But I am holding on to what I believe God says and did at the Cross for my deliverance.

    This is all I can do now.

    1. I love you Tom. I know how you feel. I have struggled with this spirit for all my life. I have been delivered from suicidal thoughts….. but still and my struggling with the spirit of heaviness. We must lay down our flesh and fast and pray. Just know I’m you have my prayers I know how you feel but God knows fully. You are loved brother loved more than you know. I pray He touch you and embrace you with his love.

    2. I love you brother. Blessed are the poor in spirit for he will deliver us. He will lift us. Let us trust and obey Him.

    3. I am praying for you keep speaking gods word in Jesus name I rebuke any strongholds of depression in your life keep reaching for Jesus he will never leave you or for sake you

    4. Hello well i deal with depression and anxiety and take medication and see my psychiatrist. I think my problem is that i feel into emotions with a girl i was sleeping with. I found out she has slept with lots of men. I feel into temptation and believe i was in some soultie with the woman i slept with. I was baptized over 9 years ago and maybe five years ago ive battled with depression and anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I believe it’s because of some sin we have done that may have cause us to be in this state. I believe this problem we have is spiritual. Remember the bible says that we need to renew our minds and not conform to the pattern of this world. I believe if u stay obedient to the word the truth will set us free. Pray without ceasing. Seek god’s face daily and i believe in his time he will make his deliverance. And if you still feel suicidal also seek medical help. And be anxious for nothing that’s all i can say for now. Walk in the spirit and you won’t gratify the desires of the flesh. God bless you.

  7. I myself am thinking what’s the purpose of me being here. I’m drained, I’m tired, I don’t wanna fight anymore. I lost my children and I did no wrong to them. I lost my husband, I never cheated on him but he cheated on me 6 times. My family has no care or concern for me. I’ve had a brain bleed, I get seizures now. I have an infection on my body 11 years now that splits my flesh on its own. There’s no cure for it. I have no source of income. I panhandle and shoplift to eat and I hate the fact I gotta do it. I’m homeless now because of an illegal lockout. I lost everything I had. I’ve been raped during a seizure. I had a very extreme abusive childhood. Mentally and physically. My innocence was taken from me when I was a little girl. And there’s so much more I’ve been through. Tonight is another night I sleep outside and hungry. I have no one to turn too. I tried to get help. Its not safe being a female and homeless. I may not deserve anything in life, but I know I deserve my grave. Please Lord, come take me home with you. I beg you please. I’m tired. I can’t take this life no more. I DON’T WANNA BE HERE ANYMORE!!!!!

    1. My dear, I am so sorry to hear of your trials and troubles, but hold on to the Power and Promise of God’s Holy Word! The devil is a liar, seeking whom he may devour. You are not alone…I will be praying for you…Cry out to the Lord, He is faithful, Find any thing you can to praise Him for. The enemy is a ferocious liar in this season but “All Power belongs to God.”” God gave us power to trample over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall harm us.” We need to arm ourselves with His Word. The enemy is on the hunt to see whom he may lure away from God. The Word guarantees, ” nothing can separate us from His love.. no principality!” We can always” come boldly unto His Throne of Grace to obtain mercy in our times of trouble” Continue to call on The Mighty Name of Jesus and believe God,” He is not a man that He should lie.” Be well, healed and whole by the Precious Blood of the Lamb, Jesus! One day, if you just hold on and trust Him, He will use you to help someone, and you will be able to testify about how Good The Lord Is, hold on!

    2. I hope ur not hanging out with potential homeless drug addics.. I feel bad about ur lost of ur family. First seek the kingdom of god and all his righteousness and everything will be added. Attend a church and speak to a pastor and tell him of your stituation perhaps someone can give you hospitality. Try to get a job and have faith that god will give u strength to keep one. Renew ur mind and have accountability with christians. Even christians struggle but remember the word says i will dwell in the house of the lord forever. Dwell in a church and attend service and God will honor his servant. God bless u.

  8. Yes, I too know this spirit it is with me constantly. I think sometimes that I am trying to cure my depression with my own insanity so it will never work. Please pray for me as I pray for you.

  9. Hi everyone. Sorry if this will be long. I’m Twinkle (not my real name) and I’m in my first year in college. I also want to take my own life.

    I guess it started when I discovered that I had pretty bad anxiety, to the point that I couldn’t even enter offices because of it. I’m also alone most of the time- I couldn’t summon the courage to talk to most people.

    My ultimate trigger though was when a batchmate and good friend of mine took her own life last November. Everyone loved her- including me- and it hurt to see my friends, who were exponentially closer to her than I was, break down between photoshoots for our then high school graduation. It really hurt. It affected my academics and personal life once more. Yes, I mean once more. I was then just beginning to recover from another suicidal episode a few years back.

    My mind goes crazy sometimes. When I walk into our kitchen, all I can think about is how freeing it would be to stab myself with a kitchen knife. When I see buildings, I want to jump off them.
    I know I’m not ok, but I really don’t know who to talk to about it. When I was in high school during my first suicidal episode, I talked to some people about this that honestly I wish I hadn’t talked to. For this one I’ve also talked to others, but because I’m feeling all down again I’m really ashamed of telling them that I’ve relapsed to suicidal thoughts. They’re Christians too. How would they react if they found that someone who supposedly is a beacon of light is actually being consumed by her own darkness?

    I don’t know if I’ll ever be free of this, but I’m trying to trust God with what little faith I have left. But I’m exhausted. I don’t want to try anymore. I don’t even know how I made it to college, and I don’t know if I’ll still be here the day after tomorrow. I’m planning to do it soon.

    Please help me. Please pray for me. I really don’t think I can do it anymore.

    1. Call on the name of Jesus whenever you have those thoughts. Plead the blood of Jesus over your mind. Don’t overthink it. Just know that I saw your message and it tugged on my heart to reply. Take care and God bless.

    2. Twinkle, do not give up, I will be praying for you…Please read Proverbs 3…There are clear instructions about life and understanding…” Lean not unto thine own understanding.. but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Beloved try and shake your mind out of its own reasoning about your life and recent/past events. ” Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart.” In sadness and hopelessness, we are not seeing the picture or plan as God sees it. Re read Proverbs 3 until something clicks. Our minds must be renewed daily… but the refreshing wash of God’s Word.. nothing else, because the ‘else’ might be a lie, God is Love and God is Truth.

  10. I am so depressed that I can’t move. All I do is lay in bed and weep. The oppression is so intense. I can’t even begin to open a bible and read it.

    1. PRESS with every ounce of energy you can grasp!
      FIGHT- 🙏🏽🙏🏽♥️🙏🏽🙏🏽

    2. I will pray for you, the fact that you do not want to even open up your Bible… confirms to me.. God has something important and meaningful to convey to you… and the devil doesn’t want you to know it. The enemy is against God… he is so happy to know you and everyone else here is so down in the dumps, we can’t even trust The Lord. We cannot let him win. The devil is a liar, God says so.. so it must be true. Read our Instruction Manual…( Bible:) God loves you abundantly… love Him back!

    3. I know the feeling of depression I have suffered from it for years you must push yourself to be around people or friends to get outside to go for a walk most of all to open the Bible and read God’s word there is so many people in the Bible like David or Elijah they were scared and suffered from depression and oppression but when you call in the name of Jesus he is there he will never leave you or for sake you there are healing rooms that you can get prayer which really worked for me in every state just google healing rooms

    4. I am praying for you in Jesus mighty name I rebuke depression I say it has to leave you in the mighty name of Jesus. There are healing rooms or healing ministries that should be around you just Google it please do not give up there are answers start praising him put on some Christian music it does help God’s word works

      1. Thank you for your prayers. My depression has got much worse. I sleep all day to avoid the pain. I can’t shower or function in any way.

    1. Butch, I pray to Jesus Christ you are released from the grip of the enemy and the spirit of heaviness is taken from you. Surrender to Him and he will heal you. God bless you.

    2. The thing about depression is that no one can help you but yourself.
      I know because I was once there. You absolutely have to force yourself to get up, use your voice to worship the Lord, read the Bible, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, taking every thought captive, and recognizing whether it is building up or tearing down, build up your spirit man by praying in the spirit and resist the devil he must flee. You are in a battle and you’re not going to win by laying down to the enemy…. you must fight!!!! I’m free today because I did it and you can too!

    3. Butch, you don’t need a miracle, you need to obey the Word, the Bible. It says you are to Submit yourself to God, (allow Jesus to be the Lord and Master of your Life. Surrender your control). Then…you can resist the devil and he must flee (run away as if in terror) from you, Butch

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