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.


  1. Praying everyone and their famoly/friends who is dealing with Depression and Anxiety. Please pray for me as well….. May the Pesce that surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds thru Christ Jesus. Anyone who is interested in a prayer partner please email me. GOD BLESS you all and… Thank you to the facilitator of this website….

  2. In Jesus mighty name i plead the blood an bind an rebuje all spirits of depression an anxiety in Jesus name an cast it out by the power an authority of jesus christ amen

  3. Prayers for my son an daughter an my mother his name is Bryan an my daughters name is christinia an my mothers is doris prayers for healing in the mind body an spirit the enemy is trying to attack their minds an bodies i pray for healing an restoration. Also pray foe my sister in law she was told she had cancer an she has been taking treatmwnts an is having fluid fill up on her lungs i pray for gods2 devine healing in Jesus name. I pray for all who have been stricken with any cancer sickness disease an bind it off their lives an out of their bodies in Jesus mighty name. Amen

  4. Susan i will pray for you now and i kjow God is more willing to reach you than you think. Make sure you have a sound christian friend around you who will keep speaking the words of life out to your hearing because at this time i know you can only do little, so never let yourself be idle please if possible you can stay with your christian friends that are sound in the word of God but if its not possible always call them and tell them how you are keeping up, it doesn’t matter even if you call four times a day, you need it for now. You are beautiful and blessed.

  5. I’m coming through along with my little granddaughter wh is 11 years old. I’m a believer I had open heart surgery 5 months ago and a stroke after that and the Lord has kept me. Lately having some depression hanging onto God. Need prayers and word to stand on . I know God is with me. And my little grandaughter believing God for deliverance and healing. Please pray for us my name is Susan and my grandaughter is aaliyah

    1. The Lord is your strength. do not be afraid for he is with you, and he shall order your steps

  6. The spirit witnesses with our spirit that we are born of God.
    Having then the virtues and character of God imparted to us , we are those who walk in spiritual abundance.
    As more than conquerors, the battle is won even before it starts.
    Depression is not the fruit of the spirit and does not belong in our walk with God.
    Acts 2:1-6 Gods church established with great power and Godly authority. Believers no longer under the dominion of sin.
    Look for the Church that walks in truth and you will walk in true Liberty.

  7. Dear Christia,

    You have so much suffering. May the Lord deliver you. Find a book by Smith Wigglesworth and read it. Get someone with a genuine gift of healing come pray for you and your son.

    I will pray for you and your son for the next 30 days for deliverance.

    Your faith will make you well, Christia !

    Kind regards,


  8. Praise the Lord,
    I have been suffering from depression for quite sometime and I am on medication and it is not helping me much ,however, I am fully trusting God for my total deliverance .I am praising God and claiming His promises for total deliverance. I am an elderly person and I covet your prayers for a healing from this difficult situation. God bless

    1. Actually God will heal you be honest with God when you have a sad spell write it down and date it I honestly feel our brain remembers things that has happen in the pass via good , or bad until you can release it and ask GOD to show you how to move forward give it to him I mean really tell GOD he will fix it focus on love and love like you have never been hurt as soon a you feel a dark spell say God I trust you be blessed

      1. JANN–A little thing for some, not for others– your “honest with God” piece is not carefully written, not what one calls “proofread”. For some like myself that can make your comment most difficult to read and benefit from. Please think of this when you write. Bless you.

    2. I have PTSD and most of the time I overcome the effects and at times the effects overcome me as they did today. Fortunately I have a very loving and caring adult daughter who lives over 600 miles away. Today She knew it was one of those days that I was experiencing depression, and sent this email on Depression is a Spirit. God bless You Sabrina. UR my angel

  9. I understand just go before the Lord in prayer and say God you said you would give me beauty for ashes God I no your working on my behalf and just began to love read your bible out loud keeping praying don’t give up you will provel this to shall pass be blessed

    1. A little thing for some, not for others– your “honest with God” piece is not carefully written, not what one calls “proofread”. For some like myself that can make your comment most difficult to read and benefit from. Please think of this when you write. Bless you.

  10. Please advise me. I am suffering from a dark depression that has overtaken me for years now. I don’t understand how to take captive every thought and tear down strongholds. I’m confused. I ruminate on the sad and negative. I cry daily for two years now. Please someone teach me the right way to finally rid myself of this depression. I believe the thoughts of I’m not good enough, I’m not deserving, I’ll never get better, etc….I don’t know how to fight these thoughts. Some days I have suicide thoughts. Please help me. My family needs me.


    2. Chris, I to suffer from severe depression, many years ago when i was only 22 my depression and evil thoughts were so bad that when i even seen a picture of Jesus i could see in my head an image of me as if i was flipping someone off except it was Jesus. It broke my heart so bad that i would crawl in the floor from the anxiety attacks. This went on for a year or more, then i finally talked with my preacher, more then once, the next time i spoke with him my husband and mom had to basically stay by my side day and night, my mom even moved in with us to take care of our two kids. My pastor told me on that day, that the Lord said it was OK, to ignore those thoughts, i could not imagine that, how could i ignore that? he is the most important person to me, i love him so much, i can’t just act like that doesn’t matter to me.. it took me months to accept that, i slowly started ignoring each thought, even when it felt so wrong, i would say that’s not my thought, that thought didn’t come from my heart and i would just do that until the next thought, that may have been only a second away or a day away i ignored it all over again. Then finally the thoughts went away. I am now 47 years old and when satan tries to pop a few bad images into my head, i just ignore it. It’s because it upsets us so bad is why satan uses it to try to destroy us. Please take this advice and just let it go, God said you are worthy, he doesn’t lie. I have been severely sick with pain and at least 10 other diseases ,for 13 years now. I have prayed to be healed for all 13yrs for me and my son, i also pray for him he is severely sick with an genetic disorder there is no healing for, except God. Him nor I have not yet been healed, it is hard, it has started to bother my anxiety again, i’m struggling with my faith, i know it is satan again trying to keep me upset, if we stay upset with worrying about this and having anxiety about it all, he keeps us from serving God. I have to tell myself this everyday, but i believe one day we will be healed. Praying for you, God Bless.

      1. Dear Christia,

        You have so much suffering. May the Lord deliver you. Find a book by Smith Wigglesworth and read it. Get someone with a genuine gift of healing come pray for you and your son.

        I will pray for you and your son for the next 30 days for deliverance.

        Your faith will make you well, Christia !

        Kind regards,


      2. Chris,

        No offence intended, whatever sins you have, confess them and ask Him for forgiveness. Otherwise the intercession will not go through.

        Please try your best to find a preacher or pastor or church leader with the gift of healing to pray over you.

        Absolutely do not be alone in this. Confide in someone who loves you.

        Kind regards,


    3. CHRIS, make a vow to do as I have, to search and research the internet re depression; I’m past 70 and some days really, really feel it! But Chris, our families need us to fight this horrid spirit. Feel no embarrassment in asking others you can trust to help you and pray with and for you. Not everyone will rush to do so but seek those who will. Our very lives depend on our determination, right? You deserve the help, go for it !!!

    4. Hi Chris,

      You need to get a pastor or church leader who has the gift of healing.

      You cannot do this alone !

      Alternatively, you may also consider seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist.

      Whatever, do not this alone.

      I will also pray for you.

      Anyone reading this, please also pray for Chris.

      I will do this for you for 30 days.

      DO NOT BE ALONE in your this ordeal, Chris !

      Kind regards,


    5. Chris,

      May I have your full name so I can pray for you.

      Please try your best to find a preacher or pastor or church leader with the gift of healing to pray over you.

      Absolutely do not be alone in this. Confide in someone who loves you.

      Kind regards,


  11. We started a group in our chaplains home 8 or 10 of us..we meet every Sunday..we practice what Jesus tells us to as far as praying for each other. It is absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend it. Especially since the shooting that took place here in Nashville in the church was just down the street. Theres a reason I saw this today as I read your comments. May the power of Christ be with you in the form of the Holy Spirit who is our comforter snd guides us in all the truth..all we have to do is ask

  12. Multiple negolife events lead me spiraling into the darkness and heaviness of depression. I was oppressed by depression for several years and ultimately ended up being on 3 antidepressants and considering shock therapy. I fully believed the medical definitions and explanations for depression until I was delivered.

    I spent several days reading scriptures about my legal rights to have what is promised to me because of my faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Then I set my spirit in agreement with several deliverance prayer videos on YouTube that dealt with depression.

    I knew the moment it left. I flushed all of my antidepressants. I know it was a spirit because I did not experience one day of withdrawal symptoms. Anyone coming off of that medication knows the withdrawal is a nightmare (another indication of demonic oppression, but that’s a different story).

    All glory, honor, and praise to my matchless God for making His grace abound. I am so grateful for blessed hope and that I was not consumed. Praise God for Jesus and His precious blood that was shed for me!

  13. Please pray for me, I have been battling depression for while. I have experience so many hard things, that is what lead me to where I am. I can’t even pray because my mind is so clouded, but I’m trying very hard. Pls help me. May the peace of the Lord be upon you all.

  14. Blessings to all who are struggling. I have lost my job and my wife is divorcing me and attempting to take my daughter from me. I ask Holy Spirit for the strength to avoid succumbing to the haunting depression. Allow me to take my suffering as a man, without self-pity, without anger, without depression, but with deepened faith and steeled resolve. I ask in the praise and glory of His name.

  15. Please pray for me, for my healing, to be whole again and the spirit of depression to leave my mind in the name of Jesus.
    Thank You and God bless

  16. Depression has consumed my life. Im losing my home that I have raised and still am raising my children. This is due to the inability to take care of paper work to saved my home. After a grueling 48 hours of trying to focus and avoid many distractions, the paper work will be sent. May be a little too late as an auction date is set for July 2 , 2018. I have let depression destroy what I have worked so hard to keep. I have faith that good had a plan. I put my trust in him. I wish I had read about this heaviness sooner. In the name of Jesus, I ask that this heaviness be lifted, no matter my outcome. Im taking back my mind! Amen.


  18. Then there’s Proverbs 12:25 New King James Version
    25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
    But a good word makes it glad.

    How about King David:(Psalm 51 and Psalm 32: 1-5

  19. I went to a Catholic Church this morning and the priest told me to ask Jesus to take the spirit of depression away from me. He told me to say it many times. Everytime the thought comes along, I am to say, ¨Jesus, please take this from me!¨ I do believe HE will do it in his mighty name, amen!

    1. MR.ELLIS–it matters not if it was a Catholic Church or that it was a priest–if you had no results. To say a phrase can be only a formula if you’ve no evidence of mercy in action. Now, months later, has the Spirit of God set you free? A testimony is effective IF your obedience has seen results. We pray it is so. Please tell us. jp

  20. Praying and learning about the spirit of depression as I watch my great friend suffer from it. It’s terrible to watch but I’m learning to fight a spiritual battle along side my brother. If anyone happens to see this please pray for my awesome friend, Duane. I’d love to see him be set free.

  21. It is the name of Jesus and our inheritance as His sons and daughters that give us the authority to tell evil to leave.

  22. I got delivered this way: I went to a Catholic confession and to the end I added “Also through this confession I’m asking Jesus to free me from the spirit of depression”. And it left. I guess the sacrament of confession has the power to break those bonds.

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