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. Excellentt article!!!

    I am reading some of the comments and I had to respond to this being what I do know about deliverance and having been delivered from the spirit of depression myself.

    Does the fight ever stop? I say no!!!! It never stops because Satan wants to steel, kill and destroy us. So as long as we are here on this earth living, Satan will not stop trying to attack us. This is Why we are warned to put on our full armor of God.

    In the past as a new believer, I always asked “Why do we have to fight and Jesus already did it for us on Calvery.” And my husband explained it to me this way “You could have all the money in the bank, it is yours, but you still need to access it if you want it.” So we already have deliverance and victory over the enemy because of what Jesus did for us on the cross but we have to access it through prayer!!!!

    So take a hold of what Jesus did for us already through prayer and using the weapons explained in Ephesians 6:10- and know that you already have the victory.

    This is why I see so many Christians not operating in victory… Because they don’t pray, not in the word, not operating in faith and don’t understand the weapons in spiritual warfare….Its a combination of things. We have to mature. We can’t just say we are saved and don’t apply what the word says.

    I have so much more to say but not enough time. I pray that the Holy Spirit will illuminate our minds and heart and give each person deeper revelation about this topic because He desire us to walk in the victory He already provided for us.

    LOVE

    1. I love the explanation your husband told you! Thank you so much for sharing! This has helped me understand!

    2. Your article is very informative and helped me understand depression in a very deep and meaningful way. Thank you.

  2. Thanks everyone, I also need a prayer partner. At least to continue to encourage ourselves in the lord until we are completely victorious. My email is opebabie@yahoo.com.
    Thanks

  3. Victoria 😀Yes you are right let used the sword of the Spirit to break the spirit of Depression

  4. Jim we are not to fight for deliverance because the bible says we have already been delivered. What most christians find hard is putting their faith to use. Just believe that jesus has ALREADY DELIVERED YOU FROM DARKNESS by meditating on that word over and again. Then confess it with your mouth always. Like someone said here which is very wrong # MY DEPRESSION. Why are you personalizing depression? Its because you dont know your new life in christ. Please, feeling depressed shouldn’t make you confess contrary to God’s word. When you accepted jesus as your saviour it didnt come with depression so, thats how you know its the devil testing your faith.

  5. fight for continued deliverance??????? so the hell never stops????? this is an uplifting message???

    1. Jim, It is the spirit of heaviness that never stops trying to take over your thoughts and emotions, but you don’t let him. The more you resist him and declare God’s truths (believe and live out your belief) the weaker the “spirit of heaviness” gets in your mind. It takes 21 day to detox your thought and replace them with good, healthy, Godly thoughts as we apply God’s word to these thoughts. Look up Dr. Caroline Leaf on youtube and watch her 4 videos on 21 days to detox your thoughts. I feel your pain, but there is a way forward, there is healing in God’s truths.

    2. We don’t fight for continued deliverance, we fight the good fight of faith in Jesus through His Word, we use God’s Word as the sword against the spirit of heaviness, it is a spirit that plagues us and knows everything about us that is why it can trip us up so easily and get us discouraged. Focus on Jesus when depression comes knocking and take your eyes off your circumstances, the Lord told me years ago when I asked Him why are so many depressed and what is depression? He answered me and said “it is when you take your eyes off Jesus and put them on your circumstances.” He also lead me to find the scriptures that talk about it being a spirit we battle We do that spiritually with the spirit filled Word of God. Use God’s Word speak it out loud then we get the victory over the spirit. We do this for anything the enemy throws at us. We don’t have to be delivered over and over and over again, we already are by the Blood of Jesus. It is our Faith that is being tested, our faith in the power of the name of Jesus and His Word.

  6. Please read the word of God and put the word into practice. Because the word of Christ has power to change every situation.

  7. Welcome Brother Blessing Stephen, May the good lord continue to favour you and grants all your heart desires 🙏

  8. I just want to say thank you so much for this platform of helping people deal with depression I spent 3 years with depression always feeling anxious and having insomnia, I prayed , fasted , it got worst I lost hope of finding solution to this then I came across this platform I never I found a solution , nobody understands what am passing through I have been on this road alone . Thanks

  9. Yea 😀you are right, Our lord Jesus has given us power to deal with every thing contrary to his words.Please let’s all put his word into practice 🙏

  10. Dear Blessed people
    Our heavenly Father God who created the heavens and earth did sent His Only Begotten Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus. We all agree He Christ died in our stead so we have abundant life. My main focus is The Lord gave us power against all unclean spirits
    Luke 10;19
    Luke9:1
    Mathew 10:1
    Mathew 10:8
    James 4:7
    We are all as believers The Body of Christ. Christ can no longer perform the casting out of demons whilst He is seated at The right Hand of our Father. BUT we do that in The Name of Jesus. Ephesians 2:6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. Because of this verse and all the other verses that gives us power let us be bold and submit ourselves unto the Lord and RESIST the devil and his cohorts in The Name above all names. eg Anxiety, depression I resist you in the Name of Jesus!!! By saying this believing you are fighting the good fight of faith. It may not happen overnight but this is where we hold on to our confession Hebrews 10:23 Let every man or situation be a lie and God be true. We are more than conquerors dear saints, do not loose hope victory is certain Sonia.

  11. Sonia, May the lord Jesus sets you free from every obstacle in Jesus name.Amen🙏

  12. I am needing prayers to beat anxiety I have been better but today right now is just getting to me for some reason my heart feels weird like it’s burning. Jesus please deliver me from this monsters they are too much to handle I have been dealing with this for almost 3 months lord hear my prayers please please help all prayers needed

  13. Lord God in heaven, please deliver me from the spirit of depression. ( and anxiety). I pray for you to help me to read your word, meditate on your word and renew my mind to think in agreement with your words of truth. Please help me to guard my heart and mind as well. I pray these things in Jesus’s precious name. I am willing to be a prayer partner too if anyone is interested.

  14. God, please deliver me from this spirit of heaviness in Jesus name and help me to walk in peace with you.

  15. Please god help me get out of my anxiety/depression in the name of our god amen. Prayers needed

    1. Sonia what you need is a teacher to teach you about your authority as a christian and all that came with your new life in christ. The book of colosians says we have been TRANSLATED/DELIVERED from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of our saviour jesus christ. You must learn to exercise your authority as a believer and not depending on peoples prayers. You have that power in you ie the holyghost. So rise up like a soldier chew the word of God related tobthis depression and speak forth the word ” 2 cor 5:17 am a new creation old things are passed away ie anything relatedbto the old nature is passed away, keep saying it until sth happens. You are a soldier of christ and you are soo loved.

    1. Oh lord may your mighty hand set everyone in this platform free from the spirit of DEPRESSION 🙏🙏🙏

  16. Debbie, may the good lord grants you favour and set you free from the spirit of DEPRESSION today in Jesus name 🙏.

    1. Debra have you received a prayer partner? I don’t know how this works but if you don’t I will stand in prayer for you

        1. Hi Sonia. I’m Jacqui. Have you found a prayer partner? I could pair up with you. I’m not sure what a prayer partner does but I can pray with you, if you like.

          1. Sure jacqui I really don’t know but we can become partners and beat this monster. I am going through anxiety and it’s a bad bad thing to deal with. It’s neen almost 3 months but I am here facing it and I will overcome it. Hoping & praying it is soon. soavila1@yahoo.com email me

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