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 need prayer i need to be healed from depression and anxiety and doubts i have im struggling with my faith im trying to read the Bible and im reading a self help book and I try to pray i feel weird and I feel I cant concentrate

    1. Briggitt,
      I just saw your post. I will pray for you. I understand how hard it is to feel that. Are you a new Christian? The Lord is ever present and he hears you. You can pour out your heart to Him. When i struggle and know i cant do something, thats when i turn it over to Him. I sit down and say, God, i cant do this, take over! He said, my power is made perfect in your weakness! So its okay to feel weak because He is your strength. I have more miracles happen when i am at the bottom of my rope and finally admit i cant strive anymore. I let go and take my fleshly hands off it,,,,and THATS when i see Him move miraculously in my life. The apostle Paul said, I will boast in my weaknesses that the power of Christ may rest on me!
      This is the God who parted the Red Sea. Nothing is too difficult for Him. He is the Everlasting God who hears your prayers and the thoughts of your heart. He said i will NEVER fail you nor forsake you. Doubt tries to sneak in, but you KNOW he’s there!
      Ohhhh Lord, theres nothing I can do….. but you are the God of our Salvation. I commit Briggett to you and ask you to take over her walk with you. Please show her how big and real you are …because you are so abundant and mighty and caring, i ask you to reveal yourself to her so she has no reason to fear and or strive to get to you. I commit her into your hands and ask you to completely take over. No more worrying, striving and wondering in this young ladys life. Give her an unmovable faith in you as you show her you ARE the God of Miracles.

    2. Hi Brighitt it may sound strange but maybe your trying to hard to heal yourself with God’s word etc, maybe just take it easy each morning and night ask God for his favour over your life ask him to help you to relax in him and feel his peace flowing through you, it helps to have low Christian music playing in the background. Depression is a terrible place to be in. And it makes you feel so alone and in these times it helps to see who God truly is,, he is your ABBA, your daddy and he loves when his children talk to him about everything ,the good things, the bad things etc, remember he is not just for praying too, he is for living life along side of you. Close your eyes and vision him next to you like a loving father and talk to him because it helps you to grow in him and build a stronger relationship with him. If you go to church, talk to your pastor in private and see if there are any groups he can recommend that you can attend because the worst thing you can do is spend to long on your own with thoughts going through your head that are not godly. Trust in God that you will get through this as long as you hold onto him and remember never be ashamed to ask for help from a doctor or friends or pastors etc love Jenny.

  2. I have suffered from anxiety and depression since I was a small child. I have also been a Christian since I was 9 years old. Please don’t misunderstand what I am about to say….. I just wanted think it needs to be said for anyone that might need to hear it. Yes, I completely believe that the Lord can heal depression. Absolutely!! However, I also believe that God provides antidepressants on our earth. Let me explain. There are different things that can cause depression. There is situational depression that comes on because of something happening in life, guilt, grief, trauma, etc. However, there is also depression that is caused from having a chemical imbalance. In this case depression is a life long illness and there doesn’t have to be anything stressful going on. Those with a chemical imbalance just do not produce the proper amount of neurotransmitters like serotonin, etc. It’s very similar to a diabetic. Their body doesn’t produce insulin properly and therefore they must take insulin. I am very thankful that the Lord has created humans smart enough to make these medications. I believe my prayers for healing have been answered by providing the antidepressants my body needs.

    Now this is not suggesting that everyone that struggles with depression needs antidepressants in order to overcome. But what I am saying is that some people have true chemical imbalances and can go on to live happy, productive lives when finding the right antidepressants that work for them. There is no shame in it. Just like the diabetic, we don’t look down on them because they need insulin.

    I just wanted to put this out there just in case there is someone that has a true chemical imbalance. There is no reason why you have to go on suffering. Especially if you are suicidal or thinking the world is better off without you. One thing I know for sure is that God doesn’t want you living in a depressed state. He loves us more than we can comprehend and wants us together be joyful and healthy.

    As for me, I am extremely grateful for having medication that helps me live healthy and happy. I thank our Lord and Savior every day for providing me with the medication I need.

      1. Dear Dawn, the Lord is with you. Please read 2 Timothy 1.7 about the spirit of fear. Within that sentence he says he GAVE YOU the remedy. I was delivered when I finally understood that I actually HAVE what he says he gave me. No longer can the enemy overpower you because He says what i have given you TRUMPS it all!
        People wonder, as I did, why when they pray they dont get an answer. They keep asking and pleading for God to move as if its something he will do in the future, but this scripture tells you exactly what he has already given you, which means HE ALREADY GAVE IT TO YOU. The Spirit He gave us is a SPIRIT OF POWERRRRRR. You are the one with the power over depression right now.
        He says he gave it to you…! He is so abundant, no more pleading with Him as if trying to convince Him to help , he already did when He gave us His Spirit abundantly!
        GOD HAS GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF POWER.

  3. My name is Habib from Ghana and I’ve been battling depression for almost 5 years now and I need your prayers

    1. Hi Habib.May God deliver you from the spirit of depression and give you peace.Amen.

    2. Habib , I pray for you in the name of Jesus. No matter your circumstances, God hears your cry and has delivered you from sickness to health, from darkness to light. He will never forsake you nor leave you. He will never, ever abandoned you. He loves you more than our human heart and mind can express and understand. He feels your pain, sadness and he know your needs. He has already answered your prayers. Stand strong and keep believing. You are not alone !

    3. I agree in prayer with the others. Habib, God has made numerous promises to you. Understand they are ALL true according to the Word. He is no liar. You use His Word against depression with full assurance, KNOWING the Word of God reigns over all. Resist that heavy spirit, stand firm, allow the Word to fill your heart, and dont accept ANYTHING less. It sits there after you pray to “challenge” you and defy the Word. Dont allow it to keep sitting there. Faith in your heart, believing God no matter how the symptoms feel……will thrust it out! It sits there to test you. It wants you to believe ITS symptoms rather than the Word of God. Do you understand it is a SHOW DOWN? Dont get up and walk away thinking it doesnt work, because it DOES work. You command it to leave in the name of Jesus and STAND your ground. Say i dont believe your symptoms, i believe the Word of God over you. You KNOW his Word is truth. Pick even ONE promise and stand, do not budge, be FULLY convinced in ur heart. Allow the Word to FILL your heart believing it no matter what, and it will thrust it out. Time for a SHOWDOWN. No more wishy washy doubt, not even an inch. Resist the devil and he WILL flee.
      Look at all his promises, just pick one and stand ur ground…….

      In my name they SHALL cast out demons.

      At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow of things in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that He is LORD (MASTER)

      He HAS delivered us from the POWER of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of his Son. (Past tense)

      God has given us a SPIRIT OF POWER.

      If you have faith and DOUBT NOTTTTT you shall say to this mountain be removed and IT WILL MOVE.

      I give you power OVER ALLLL the power of the enemy.

      Take the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Stand ur ground and face the enemy head on with His Word.

      Read the parable of the seed & sower. One of the 4 examples show the heart where the Word didnt go deep enough. It says when trial or tribulation arises BECAUSE OF THE WORDS SAKE, it produced no fruit. It was the heart that allowed the Word to go DEEP DOWN that produced the fruit.

      People allow depression to bully them, nit understanding its you who has power over it. It challenges and defies because it wants you to doubt and back off. And when you do, it knows it won. It got you to believe IT rather than the Word! You see???? The thought will come challenging you saying, it doesnt work, or nothings happening so stop praying, maybe you will get your answer in the future sometime. It WANTS you to walk away from it. But dont, press in not giving it even an inch. IT WILL LEAVE.
      As you command it to leave, it will try its hardest to stay, symptoms may get worse as you press in, it will use whatever tactic to get u to stop. Dont stop but press in. It must leave NOWWWW in the Name of Jesus, and it knows it! Buttttt, it knows that YOU DONT KNOW IT, and THATS why it sticks around.

      My prayer for you…..
      Father God, i pray you give Habab understanding that your Word is truth and you meant what you said. Remove even the smallest doubt from his heart and allow him to see the complete victory in your Word as the Spirit of God manifests when he uses the Word against this enemy.
      And in the name of Jesus, the name of our salvation, I command this lying spirit to leave Habab right now. Not next week, not in a year from now,,,,but right now. You are a liar depression and we shine the light of truth of Gods Word on you. Bow the knee as u know who is LORD and MASTER that u must submit to. No amount of your symptoms will make us believe you, WE BELIEVE GODS WORD over you. We believe God and you are defeated and you know it. God gave us a Spirit of Power over allll ur power and his presence is here right now that thrusts you out and makes you flee like lightning. Gods word says you ARE cast out which means you are leaving according to our Gods glorious Word.
      Father i thank you for complete deliverance for Habab once and for all right now according to the power of your Word. I praise and thank you from the bottom of my heart that we HAVE salvation in your name and theres no higher truth or power that can keep us from the manifestation of your Spirit through your Word.

      1. As you I had depression and anxiety been battling for almost 30 years two months ago I got SARS another form of covit though I was gonna died I stopped taking all my psic meds all of them. I’m still struggling but getting better praying God helps me to get rid of the spirit of depression meds just covered it up God made us to have a Sound mind. He never mentioned drugs for 30 years I took five to seven different pills per day while all this time all I needed was knowing the blood of Jesus covered me.

        1. Patty, you have been through a lot! And amen the blood of Jesus gives us confidence to approach his throne as He said and find grace to help in the time of need. I was set free instantly on that scripture about him having given us a Sound Mind.
          For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but He has given us a SPIRIT OF POWER, of love, AND A SOUND MIND. I realized he already gave it to me, that means i HAVE IT NOW! Not something he is going to give us in the future. It says he already gave it to us. Love that!
          I pray with you thanking the Lord that you are blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, and thank Him that He GAVE you a SPIRIT OF POWER and the SPIRIT OF A SOUND MIND. I ask you heavenly Father to complete the work of your Holy Spirit in Pattys life that she has revelation of what youve already given her. Thank you sooooo much Lord that youve already equipped us with all we need when you placed your Spirit in us and us in Christ and for complete healing of her mind and also her body from the SARS!

  4. Hi,
    I am going through a deep depression an urgently need help.I have lost the will to live.
    Please somebody help me.

    1. Hi Edwin, I would highly recommend taking all natural Lithium Orotate supplement. It has done wonders for the emotionally challenged. I have seen reports of people being healed very quickly. The Lithium reduced the anxiety and calms the mind.

      1. I completely agree with your suggestion! Also Edwin, have your vitamin d and iron checked.
        We are human, yes we lack faith at times as we are limited in our ability to comprehend who God is, but taking vitamins or supplements does nothing mean your less of a Christian either. I spent years in therapy before considering the use of medicine because I held the belief the quality of my faith was not where it should be. Not true at all. We are humans-that’s the issue. Our bodies are imperfect. Sometimes we need to take medicine. Pray about it! It was a humbling experience to learn to be human. “They we’re so heavenly minded they were like nothing of earth.” That quote has to do with the Pharisees. Legalism will cause so many problems. I am a survivor of legalism. Should you use medicine just continue to see God in all you do. Pray w/o ceasing.

    2. Edwin, are you born again in Christ Jesus? Gods word says “My power is made perfect in your weakness.” Paul said, “I will boast in my weaknesses that the power of Christ may rest on me.” I see miracles when i have lost my own strength and i tell God, i cant do this. I totally let go, and hand it over to your Spirit.
      Who has the power to knock out depression? The Spirit of God. Understand, God has given you power over it.
      2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, God HAS GIVEN us a SPIRIT OF POWER. “You shall receive POWER after the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” Jesus said, “I give you power over ALL the power of the enemy.” Understand, when you received the Holy Spirit, God already gave you all the power you need. We keep praying for God to give us power over it, but his word says he has already given it to us. The devil persistently attempts to deceive that he has power over you that leaves you frightful as you seek a way out, wondering why God isnt answering. But know that he HAS in fact already given you all you need in Christ when you were born again. He has seated you in heavenly places with Christ, far above all principality and power. He has given you His Holy Spirit which IS his power. You already have it. I had to stop wailing in desperation for God to give me power, and understand he already gave me all the power i need. You are the one who has power over depression because he gave it to you way back when he placed his Spirit inside you.
      Dearly beloved, God has not turned a deaf ear to you. He wants you to comprehend what he has already given you. To understand what it means to be In Christ and Christ In you. I was set free when i understood i had power over it. It could no longer deceive me. I said to the depression, oh no you dont, God gave me power over you by giving me His Spirit.
      Typical scenario how the deceiver works >>>> you pray and pray for power and deliverance but feel you get no answer. The heaviness then just sits there tormenting, and you wonder why it isnt leaving. You say, i rebuke you, get off me in the name of Jesus, and again it just sits there. Many give up at this point. Then they make a mental agreement that it doesnt work. Understand, it DOES work. The thought that comes to your mind, says it doesnt work. Do not believe that thought. The Word of God says, it does. So i say to myself….no you dont devil. It does work. In fact, God has given me power over YOU! The devil lies through persistence, he doesnt want to give up his post, so he makes you believe that it doesnt work. Hes holding on for dear life in deception. His job is to deceive that Gods word doesnt work. Dont give into his lie. Here is what i do when the devil just sits there, defying, and not budging.
      I say, i cast you out in the name of Jesus. And it just sits there. Then i say, no, you dont get to just sit there. The Word of God trumps you and his word says you must bow to the name of Jesus. And it just sits there, or the feeling even gets worse. Then i say repeatedly, God has given me a Spirit of Power over ALL your power. I dont back down. And it sits there. I say the presence of the Holy Spirit is here right now indwelling me and his presence overpowers YOU. And the symptoms remain or even get worse, so i say, i dont believe your symptoms and feelings of depression, I BELIEVE GOD, and NOT your symptoms. I believe God, i believe His Word. I believe God and not you. I believe God!
      This recently happened when anxiety was trying to overwhelm me and i realized it was a spirit. I did this and as i was praying commanding it to go, it persistently defied to deceive me it wasnt working, but i pressed in. Then i began having chest pain like a heart attack. So i pressed in even more how God gave me power over all its power. I wouldnt back down from the Word of God, but quoted it even more. I said i do not believe your feelings or this chest pain, YOU LIE. I BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD. I BELIEVE GOD, and kept repeating it. And then suddenly it left, the chest pain stopped and the anxiety was completely gone.
      His whole job is to lie, to defy the Word of God, and he does it through persistence. Or to make you believe theres a reason it has the right to stay tormenting you. He lies saying, it doesnt work, or God is just putting you through a trial, or God doesnt respond to you because he is angry with you. All lies. Understand the Word of God is the authority, not your feelings, no amount of the enemy just sitting there has power. Gods Word trumps it all. He has given you a Spirit of POWER. You need to get this. YOU are the one with the power.

        1. Tonia, amen. Just to let you know, pallamay said some that come on here have emailed her under various names, but they are very very vague in their responses after reaching out to them, but keep looking for you to keep emailing them. Some dont respond back. Several inquirers were from the area of Nigeria, tried to get a phone number, and began receiving million dollar inheritance emails.

          1. I’m gonna try this. Depression since I was 12 1/2 and I’m 24 now, I don’t want suicidal thoughts and anxiety to distract me from trying to live my life. It’s so overwhelming I don’t want to pray because I feel like I have done it enough and God won’t take it away, I almost given up. I’m gonna try to fight again but this torment is too much

            1. Desmond,
              I know how you feel. I went through it for years. Let me say, its good that you understand you cant do this. Only the Spirit of God can.
              You said you want to give up praying because God is not answering. I also had to come to terms with the silence not understanding what on earth is going on. Look at these verses showing he has ALREADY GIVEN you POWER over depression.
              He isnt giving you another answer or another solution because he has ALREADY given you all you need in Christ. You are complete in Him. Look here.

              1). God HAS GIVEN US a SPIRIT OF POWER (2 Timothy 1:7)

              2). I GIVE YOU POWER OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY (Luke 10:19)

              3) Wait in Jerusalem until you are clothed with POWER FROM ON HIGH. (The HOLY SPIRIT) (Luke 24:49)

              4) YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER AFTER THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU. (Acts 1:8)

              5) HE HASSSSS DELIVERED US FROM THE “POWER OF DARKNESS” and translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. (Colossians 1:13)

              Desmond? You as a child of God received the Holy Spirit when you believed on Christ Jesus. You received the “Promise of the Father.” When you received the Spirit of God, you received the POWER OF GOD. He ALREADY GAVE YOU ALL THE POWER you will EVER need. He indwells you. You keep praying and praying asking God for something he ALREADY GAVE YOU. The power of the Spirit ABUNDANTLY.
              ******Understand what you have been given and who you are in Christ.***
              That measly depression that feels so big and bad? Its a speck compared to the power you have living in your spirit. The depression lies to convince you it has power over you.
              And you cry thinking you have no help.
              WHO has more power? You do. GOD GAVE YOU A SPIRIT OF POWER OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY. You have NO reason to whimper ever again.

              Its YOU who has power over the depression. By the Spirit of God indwelling you.
              Remember the verse, when you pray believe you receive it and you shall have it?
              Believe and KNOW you have Gods SPIRIT OF POWER, know it, understand it, be convinced, and He WILL MANIFEST.
              YOU my dear are the one with POWER over depression.

              Sink the enemy boat, its you who has the power. He will torment you until you understand, acknowledge and believe that God Almighty gave you His Spirit of Power that defeats all works of darkness. Don’t wander around in the wilderness for 10 more years. BELIEVE God has given you power by His Spirit.
              The mere presence of His Spirit shatters the evil one instantly.
              Its knowing, not hoping. Know you have already been given power by the Spirit of God and don’t ever let that go.
              You didn’t think you got an answer, but you did. He answered that prayer before you even needed it. Thats how incredibly abundant He is.

              P.S.
              He HAS blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
              He HAS given us ALL things we need that pertain to life and holiness.

    3. Hello Edwin, I can relate you, me and many others are in this battle together. You are not alone though it may feel like you are. Try reading a book watching a movie listening to upbeat music or going for a walk or get outdoors if you can. Do you have any pets? Please remember that what you do has a rippling lasting affect on those around you. Are you having suicidal thoughts?

      1. Hello Edwin,

        I’ve written about this spirit of depression on various occasions if you look it up. The Bible alone will not be enough to cast out this spirit. You’re up against an intelligent and invisible foe. It’s assignment is to destroy you, which is enough to make you angry. You have been given the authority by Jesus Christ to defeat this spirit. Are you able to track down a devout Christian or a minister that believes in deliverance? If not,  put your whole life into the hands of Jesus. Take Him as your Lord and Master.  Refrain from any association with the occult. Repent of any immoral lifestyle, as this will weaken you spiritually. Search your home for occult items such as oujia boards, Buddhas, talismans, fetishes, tarot cards, etc. Regardless of what doctors say, depression is a spirit. Then, either at a church or on your own, take in communion. Take your Bible and walk around the four walls, pleading with Jesus’ blood to save you. Then approach the demon directly and command the depressive and suicidal spirit to leave. It may take several tries.  Request that the Holy Spirit help you.  

    4. Try and get to a professional fast Edwin. I am experiencing a bout myself, and plan on seeing someone soon. Know there is always help. Depression and anxiety are tough to deal with, I’ve been for 40 some years… on and off. Say your prayers and come to the Lord. I have decided to come back this day… and keep this as a reminder of my wayward thoughts and life.

    5. I understand. Lord I don’t know how you do it but would you help Edwin and I? Will you help us fight the fight going on in our minds that tell us what’s the point? Will you fight for us like only you can? In Jesus name amen.

    6. Hi Edwin, you must play healing scriptures day and night if you can. Start with Kenneth Hagin on healing scriptures on youtube. Implement praise and worship in your schedule. Daily and regular basis. Fill yourself with the word of God. Fill your home and car with praise and worship music. Praying for you.

    7. Hi Edwin. You are not alone. What is happening to you happens to us all in varying degrees and is part of the lot we suffer as a fallen race – HOWEVER, we can still fight it’s effects. I am 76 years old, and have arthritis. I live alone, my two children far from me. I have no neighbours. The other morning I woke in a state of deep depression. The night before I had been watching a video of Michael Heiser’s deep teaching, in which he reminded us of our position as born again Christians. We are more than what we believe we are. In our frail bodies we are a little lower than the angels, but once we have been translated at Christ’s coming, we shall be above the angels, as the bride of Christ and also the ‘sons of God’. With this in mind, I rebuked the dark spirits of loneliness, depression, morbidity and hopelessness. I reminded them who I was in Jesus Name and they had no rights over me! This seemed to work the trick fairly quickly, because I felt the dark cloud lift almost immediately. Dear Edwin, God has a plan for you. Mine to to write. I have a book published called “The God Ultimatum”. It’s encouraging and prophetic, available as an e-book with Amazon, Kindle, Google books etc. Remember you have the power to defeat the enemy. Much love, Virginia.

    8. Edwin,
      I received your email. I will pray for you. I am sorry but I cannot respond to anymore emails from the area of Nigeria because every time i do, i start receiving email scams from that region. They want me to continue emailing back and forth, yet give me very vague responses. Seven people here have responded to your request for help, but we havent heard back from you. Please, understand the enemy does not have power over those in Christ. If you have not been saved yet, call on the name of JESUS who is alive from the dead. There is salvation in his name. Ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit, which is the power of God. His word says, if we as fathers being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ASK him! You receive eternal life by believing in Christ who defeated death on your behalf. The devil can only deceive that he has power over you, but understand the truth…that the Holy Spirit given you has power over him. YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER AFTER THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU. Believe you have power over it. Only believe. The Spirit of God will manifest.
      My prayer for you….to understand salvation in Jesus Christ first. Second, i declare the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit, that depression is overpowered by the presence of the Holy Ghost which has already been given us. And by power in the Name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, we cast you out of Edwins life. The spirit of depression may not remain to deceive but is thrust out by the Spirit of God who gave us power over ALL your power. I believe God and not your symptoms. Those symptoms come from a lying spirit, but I resist and refuse them with the truth of Gods Word, and thrust the Sword of the Spirit at you again, depression. The truth is, you lost all power by Jesus rising by the power of Gods Spirit. That same Spirit we have received thrusts you out. PRAISE be to you God that you HAVE given us power by your Spirit and we no longer need to continue asking for the precious precious promise you already gave to us. TO GOD BE THE GLORY from the bottom of my heart.

      1. Edwin, thank u for the email agreeing in prayer! The key is KNOWING God already GAVE you power by His Spirit as his word says. Not hoping for it to show up,,,,because he says you already HAVE it. Power by Spirit over ALLLLLL the power of the enemy. Its understanding what you HAVE from God.

        Dont let the enemy come around with those feelings and symptoms. It is out to test you, to make you DOUBT you have power. Blast him that its YOU who has power over Him. No more crying, pleading for God to give you something he already gave you. You stand and Know you have power by His Spirit and the Spirit of God WILL manifest.
        Do not waiver even for a second. God wants you to know, to fully understand what he’s given you.

        Its like the enemy coming around saying your sins aren’t forgiven. You would say oh YES they are by Jesus Christ. If he can get you to doubt that, he sinks your boat. You are being challenged by the spirit of depression. Are you going to believe God or the lies of the symptoms tormenting you? Believing God is what got the Israelites into the “promised land.” Doubting will leave you wandering in the wilderness, crying, falling down and complaining.

        Whenever symptoms try to overwhelm you, understand, its trying to flex its muscle to convince you that it has power and you dont. What you are fighting is a lie. You combat a lie with the truth. And the lie tries its hardest by making you believe its not leaving. Press in even more, dont back down. I dont care how bad the feelings are, do not back down, rather declare all the more knowing the truth that God said you have power. I say…..i believe God and not your symptoms. I believe God over you. I believe God, not you. I believe God. Its a confrontation, and it attempts to persist and persist, but know it WILL leave. You will see it leave! Do not back down.

        God says he HAS blessed you with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Wow

    9. Edwin

      Don’t you do that shit. As my mom would say., you better get a hold of yourself. GOD has not given us a spirit of fear but of power. Resist that devil and he will flee. He has too because GOD said he would. I know I make it sound easy and it’s not because our flesh is in the way but you can do it. I am praying that you get delivered from this spirit of depression. GOD said it best, will thou be made whole? Only you can truly answer that!

  5. Back in July of 1983, I turned my back on the Catholic Church. It was the third Sunday of that month. After Father McBride scolded the congregation for what he perceived as their unwillingness to cough up the appropriate amount of cash in the previous week’s collection (“$5’s and $10’s are nice, but each person should give at least $20 per week” ), being thirteen, full of self-righteousness and thinking I didn’t need anymore of this, I decided that the Catholic Church was not interested in me spiritually and was only interested in what I had in my wallet.

    Sunday Mass was not for me, or so I thought.

    Within six months of that decision, I was completely under the spell of the Spirit of Depression. I was all of fourteen and full-blown depressed, and I wasted the next four years of my life until I got help.

    The Spirit of Depression is not to be trifled with. It’s no joke.

    I was in a car accident late in my senior year in high school, and while in recovery my doctors became concerned about my state of mind. They informed my parents, who agreed to have me tested, and I was diagnosed with Depression.

    With plenty of therapy over the next two years, I found my footing again. While in therapy, I returned to Sunday Mass and started reading Scripture. By the time college was over, the Spirit of Depression was no more, and I haven’t looked back since.

    My one regret in life is leaving the Catholic Church when I was thirteen. I thought I was making an educated decision, but instead I was missing out on all the training I needed to combat the devil and his minions. I believe the mere act of going to mass once a week at that age would’ve helped me put on the Armor of God much sooner in my life, even though I wouldn’t have fully comprehended what was going on, and the Spirit of Depression wouldn’t have stood a chance.

    Even today, I’m still prone to attacks, but I can see the Spirit of Depression coming and I do what I need to fend it off.

    While the Spirit of Depression is relentless and will never go away, putting on the Armor of God has allowed me to defend against it, and the Spirit of Depression will never win.

    It had its chance, but no more.

    1. Dear Vince,
      Thank you for your amazing testimony. I too have been toying with the idea of leaving the Catholic Church, mostly because of my depression. Your post has inspired me to stay. God bless you.

      1. Hello Heidi. I was born and raised Catholic, and taught it was the true church and anyone outside of it was doomed. However I discovered that Catholicism does not teach the true Biblical Gospel which Jesus described, of how to be saved. Jesus told the priest Nicodemus he had to be ‘born again’. Jesus scolded him because he should have known better. A person can be so tied up in religion, that they are unaware of this fact, and miss out on a personal relationship with Jesus.
        To be born ‘of the spirit’ means your own spirit unites with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said this must happen to you to be saved. You are not born with it, or get it at baptism, or confirmation, neither does it happen by following religious rituals. You get it by a once and for all decision on your part, to accept Jesus into your life as your own personal saviour; not simply the Saviour for the whole world. A moment in time, where you invite him into your life. A one on one with Him, and not through a priest. It means to turn your life around, and stop doing what you know is wrong – called repentance. Attending confession and performing an act of penance are not the same, because most Catholics go out and repeat the same old sins.
        I didn’t know I had to accept Jesus into my heart to become born again. I just accepted I was a Catholic and that was it! Jesus says to us: “Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20. That scripture opened my eyes. I had never opened the door (of my heart) before, because I didn’t know I had to. Once I spoke to Jesus directly, not through a saint, or Mary or a priest, the joy that came into my life was indescribable. I was truly born again. Religion cannot save, only a personal relationship with Jesus can.

      2. A Catholic church does not preach the truth you must be born again of the water and the spirit find a church that preaches truth.. Acts 2:38

  6. 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.

  7. 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 .
    Without this we can not help you as. Is need , because all born again christians need to worship and grothw to be mature .

    1. I need deliverance and healing for depression. Can you help me?

      1. Dear Tina. When it comes to breaking free from depression, I believe that every bit of counsel helps. The problem is, that this hidden enemy, has a habit of creeping upon you slowly and undetected, and before you know it, you’ve fallen into deep despair. The key to being set free – at least for me – is to recognise that it exists at all, and because it is a spirit, it is a difficult foe to battle. We must understand as followers of Jesus that we do not fight a spirit in any physical way, because it’s a spiritual battle. First, we don’t have a spirit inside somewhere, we ARE a spirit, wrapped in a body of flesh. As a result, in order for us as a pure spirit being to overcome a wicked spirit we must understand and know, that they are able to see us in our true form. Because we are spirit beings, living in a fleshly suit, we have been given authority to conquer lesser spirits than us if we are believers. We are superior beings to them belonging to the Master. If we use our authority, they shrivel and vanish, once we recognise our power. As such they are NOTHING and have no power over us. They reason they control us, is because we don’t know about the power Jesus has given us. The result? We live wretched lives, tormented and enslaved. TELL THE SPIRIT OF DEPRESSION IN THE NAME OF JESUS THAT TODAY IT’S ASSIGNMENT ON YOU IS OVER! FORBID IT TO OPERATE IN YOUR LIFE ANY MORE. TELL IT TO LEAVE IN JESUS’ NAME AND TORMENT YOU NO MORE! TELL IT TO GO TO THE PLACE WHERE JESUS CHRIST SENDS IT! Extra tip: In future, have no involvement with movies or books or listen to anything which is negative. Remove objects from your home which could attract negative spirits from coming close to you.

        1. Perfect response, Virginia. In John 16:33, Jesus said He’s telling us that there’ll definitely be troubles in the world, but we shouldn’t bother cause He has overcome the world! He asks in Matt.6:23 that which one of us,by worrying, can add one inch to our height? Nobody! Also, note 1 John 5:4- Jesus is born of God, that’s why He is an overcomer and if we are also born of God, we’ll be overcomers too! Ain’t no problem too big for us to handle with this mindset.Praise God.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    14. Hi Maria. I hope your life is dedicated to Jesus, because only He can help. As a believer, your spirit is more powerful than any evil shrivelled up ugly demon of depression that has control over you. Realise, that your spirit is a beam of radiance under the protectiveness of God. Whilst we cannot see demons, they can certainly see us, and shudder and quake when we confront them. They only have power because we do not recognise the power given to us by Jesus. Therefore stand up and recognise who you are. Invoke Jesus to send them to wherever He desires. Tell them to go immediately and not to return. Have communion at your home. Take your Bible and place it on the four walls of your home. Clear your home of anything dark or negative which could attract demons – movies, books or objects which could attract them. If this doesn’t work, seek help from a Minister who is familiar with deliverance.

  10. 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

  11. 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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