Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God

Jesus_cast_out_demons_300_webEven 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.

22 comments to Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God

  • Stacey

    I’ve suffered from depression for many years, and lately, it has gotten much worse. I, like many of us, have issues, and the spirit of heaviness is consuming me little by little each day. There are days when I don’t want to go on anymore and seriously consider ending my life, but I know if I do this, I will never see the Kingdom or be with my mother in Paradise. There are other emotions besides depression that are consuming me, and I ask that those who truly believe and trust in the Lord to please pray for me. I’m trying to win this battle, but it doesn’t feel like I’m going to.

    • Beatrice

      Stacey I also have had a hard battle with depression and the devil is a liar, he wants you to believe that killing yourself is a solution to find some sort of end to the hardship but if not coming to Gods Kingdom the real hell in mind starts after death!! I recommend you to read a book I just have read ‘Driven by eternity’ by John Bevere. It helped me a LOT! And a preaching by David Wilkersson on youtube ‘the private war of a saint’. I want to PRAY for you but you need people close to you that can PRAY for you and stand together with you in the battle! Dont give up!!!

    • Stacey…inside of your born again spirit is where the powerful Father, Son and Holy Spirit HAVE come to live. Like most who are under oppression, we TRY to fight this with “feelings”. This is useless!!! Your two most powerful weapons are THE BLOOD of Jesus that HAS redeemed you (in spite of how you feel), AND the WONDERFUL NAME OF JESUS, which is above EVERY name. In your soul (Mind, Will, and Emotions), you must make a choice to first take in God’s Word and what it says about you. Then you must CHOOSE to use those TWO very powerful weapons against satan EVERY DAY until he leaves you. If I may offer a confession for you…”I, Stacey, am born of God! I am indwelt by God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. I AM redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. That precious blood IS my VICTORY over depression and I claim my God-given victory TODAY. I use the mighty Name of Jesus against you depression. I speak to you and COMMAND you to leave. If I must do it a thousand times a day, I WILL do so, and you WILL LEAVE ME!! I REFUSE to live by these depressed “feelings”. They are not greater than my Savior! I repent of believing that they are!!! Jesus died for me before I was even born. I have answers. I have help! I have GOD!!! God, thank You for loving me, living in me, and always being with me! I repent of listening to satanic lies that bring depression. I CHOOSE to live today. I CHOOSE to walk free today!! I give glory to God that VICTORY IS MINE!! In Jesus Name, AMEN!!””

    • LB

      Stacey, I understand your suffering. I have fought with depression and anxiety all my life. When I have felt no desire to keep going, I realize it is not my life I want to end, but it is the suffering I want to end. And there are ways to get relief. Praying is very powerful. The prayer above has helped me recently a lot. We must let go of the guilt,or sadness or whatever is lying to us that tells us we are less than beautiful children of God. Everyone makes mistakes, but we are forever forgiven for them. Find sanctuary in that love and look for ways to help yourself as well. Learn to love and care for yourself. You are a beautiful soul. Look to God and ask to help you see that in yourself. Bless your heart! You will get better, I promise :)

  • kim

    I’ve been suffering for many years. I pray everyday, multiple times, but this dreaded spirit doesn’t fully leave me. My dad suggested a few days ago that I start meditating on the word. After reading these scriptures, I believe God will pull me out of this darkness. This is encouraging.

    • Kim – Prayer is good but the only type of prayer that moves the hand of God is believing prayer. And believing prayer only comes by putting the word of God inside of you. It gives you the strength and motivation to go on (hope) and then it produces the faith in the heart to deal with it.

      Keep putting the word into your heart. Read the articles on faith, and speak out of your mouth the confessions we have especially the one titles “Confession – Change Your Life.”

      And spend time with Him, like you would a good friend. He will talk to you and when you hear, faith will come. God bless you. We love you and God loves you. Rex

  • Jaylib

    I like this message. I just don’t understand the Jesus part or anything about him. I speak to God daily. He’s never mentioned Jesus. Only man has. And men are wrong more than they are right. And if I never understood him, God would be ok with that. This isn’t Jeporady. There’s no exam to find out what you know or believe. God loves my wretched self. I don’t know why.

    • I understand that Jesus’ name is used because he is the Christ, the lamb, the sacrifice made by whom’s blood spill delivered our souls. The devil knows this, and wants us to walk away from the light… But the mention of deliverance on Jesus (the Christ), makes the devil squirm in anger and go away. We must stay in control of our mind before any signs of depression show up.

    • to Jaylib (Feb.18th)…I encourage you to read the Book of John. In this Gospel you will discover the relationship that Jesus had with His Father, and vice versa. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that …”every scripture is God-breathed…” Man was the pen that God used to inscribe His thoughts to us. John 3:16 says that “God so loved the world He GAVE His only Begotten Son, (Jesus), that whosoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” Be not deceived about Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! God bless you and may you come to the realization that there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They all love you.

  • This has really helped me understand….the attacks we have to over come in our minds a battle which I put down to a chemical in balance but now realise it is spiritual x

    • Claire – Keep reading about faith in God and how His deliverance works. It is through the Blood of Jesus and the Name of Jesus. Keep speaking His word and seeking Him.

      Faith (and the resulting salvation power) comes by hearing and hearing by the (spoken) word of Christ. Keep at it. Speak to that problem in Jesus Name. Command it to go. And do not take no for an answer.

      He gives us His Name to enforce His word in our lives. God bless you.

  • YES!!! This is so true!!! Please pray for a friend of mine, Rachel, She was a catholic and she just got saved on Thursday Novemeber 12, 2013. She REALLY needs prayer…… but one thing is for sure….. a catholic getting saved is ONE HUGE STEP!!!!
    -Michaella

  • Its me again, Michaella!!!! Thank you so much Sir. This realy makes me feel better!!!! I am the one that you talked to in the other page on fear….. (Blank Please!!!) THANKS!!!

  • GERALDINE GOODIN

    Yes, this is exactly the method I used, to over come depression and hopelessness. It is a tactic of Satan to make us believe we can’t cope with life.
    If you use this method you will not lose this battle with our adversary the devil.

  • Paul

    I know all too well that depression is one of the many ways, the evil one attacks the mind, thoughts and ultimately our soul. I used to jog everyday….a few days in a row, this huge Rotwiller, chased me bearing all fangs as I could feel his breath on the back of my legs as my jog went into a full sprint….his owners doing nothing. One day, I got an old broom handle….as it was the previous days, the Rotwiller charged me….I ran to get a head start, only to turn with both feet planted, driving the Rotwiller back on his hips as I struck him with the stick. Depression is much the same way, thru the Word of God which is sharper than any two-edged sword, I no longer have to run and be controlled by this….I am a victor….by His stripes. But I always was a victor and never claimed it. I boldly claim it….not because of my righteousness, but because of His blood that made me righteous. Thank you Lord that I don’t have to run anymore!

    • Gabriella

      I’g glad you overcame, but I think a dog still constitutes as flesh and blood so you don’t have to whack the naughty pup! Our weapons are not carnal dude… I remember one time I was on my roof having quiet time in the Word and didn’t notice I was under a bee nest and was starting to notice these bees trying to be like ‘you’re on my turf human’. I got a little nervous and then one bee who seemed to be going about his business flying away from where I was suddenly stopped, turned around and zoomed at me. The Holy Spirit just rose up in me in an instant and I jumped to my feet and pointed at the bee saying something in tongues. The bee stopped dead in his tracks a flew quickly away.

  • camiigsoul

    God works in amazing ways. I have been going through a difficult few months and this post sums it all up for me. Not that I knew it already but when the problems starts becoming heavier one may start to loose focus on the what is the main focus, its not an easy walk but with patience determination and perseverance it becomes easier. Constant communication with God

    • Yes, the more we learn about God’s word and the working of the unseen spirit realm, the more this natural visible world makes sense. Concerning God and His world, we are like a house pet looking at a light switch and not able to figure our how the sun came up in the room when someone flipped the switch on.

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