Scriptures Against Depression

Grief-and-Depression350-webDepression is real, and if you are fighting it you are not alone. Depression seems to have been the bane of many of life’s great leaders. In the Bible, Moses, Elijah, David, and Job had to deal with it. In the world, Sir Winston Churchill called depression his ‘black dog’, and Ernest Hemingway referred to it as ‘the artist’s reward’.

President Abraham Lincoln battled depression and suicide all his adult life. There were times when for his own safety he would not allow himself carry a knife. Read about Lincoln turning to the Bible to relieve his depression. Let the Scriptures help you just like they have helped so many of us. And sometimes depression can be a purely spiritual thing, read this – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God.

Depression is the physical and emotional result of hopelessness – the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. We live in a world devoid of hope, and depression is the emotional product of that reality. The only thing that will actually change one’s life sufficiently as to destroy the cause, mechanics, and effects of depression is God’s hope and His word of hope. The answer is to get God’s hope back inside of you.

Hope will let you again see the ‘future positive possibility’ of your life. Without seeing it you will have no motivation or strength. The good Word of God, and the good word of others to you, can change the outlook and condition or your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it with the Word of God. (Also, confess the scriptures on Hopelessness.) Anyone who is among the living has hope.

God’s hope encourages, motivates, and keeps you on the road to faith, peace, and victory. And if you suffer from deep ongoing depression, seek out and get help. And please read this – Helping Others Is God’s Prescription for Depression. Send me a comment, we love you  and we want to help you. You are important and you have value. You are not alone. With God’s help, you will climb out of this hole.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 Holman Christian Standard Bible

These scriptures on depression will give you hope and will build your faith. Confess and meditate on them to win the fight against depression. The key is not losing Hope. Allow the hope of God to seep back into you. Remember, there is a real Person (God) behind each and every one of these promises. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.

Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 27:14 –  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.

Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)

Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.

Mark 9:23 – Everything is possible for him who believes.

Romans 4:18-22  – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall they seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:6-7  – Nevertheless God, that comforts, those that are depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (7) And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Read how Lincoln Turned to the Bible to Manage His Depression and other articles: Scriptures Against HopelessnessScriptures Against WorryNew Testament Scriptures on Faith & BelievingDo God’s Promises Cover What You Want?Three Ways to Meditate God’s Word

337 comments to Scriptures Against Depression

  • Shandra Morris

    This is for my 16 year old son. Please keep him in your prayers. Hes feels down about us moving so many times due to his dad being a Marine and him losing his friends. He doesnt think his family loves him and he is really pulling away and staying to himself. I know the Lord is going to pull him and us through this but I would love some prayers from those who trust and depend on Jesus as we do. I love my son with everything in me and pray everyday for his breakthrough.

  • lily

    Hi, am 22 and ve been battling with moods and wierd thoughts in my head, sometimes I feeli like there’s no hope for me maybe because of my size and my behaviour, and yet am a saved christian, but now I read all this posts and I realize that I’ve been totally ungrateful, today I ask that God forgives me and delivers me from this darkness

  • Kelly

    I too will pray for each and everyone here on this site I have found today. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for years. Having a downfall of deaths in my family. My mother, maternal grandmother, a set of twin grandbabies died in my arms., my father,a week after him my baby sister. I ended up in a mental hospital for a few weeks. I cried prayed, read my Bible and got back on my feet. They did subscribe medication though, Just last year my baby brother was brutally murdered. I left the place I lived all my life feeling like that was part of my depression. And I was so excited about it. Well been here since July, haven’t found a job, losing everything, staying with different people at 45 years old. Haven’t been without 2 or 3 jobs since 1995 when I was raising 3 girls on my own. Now they are grown but can’t help me cause I was still taking care of them before I decided to live my own life….It seems like it was a bad idea now. Never been married, relationships always ended because of ,they say my attitude, or the crying spells they did not understand. I refuse to go back but, I can’t even afford my medication anymore cause I am financially drained. I am scared also. But god did not give us the spirit of fear and I am holding on best I can. My oldest has 3 kids and in now suffering form anxiety. Please pray for her. I have seen some people going through more than me. So I can’t complain. Lord I thank you. If you all pray for me I would appreciate it. I will be praying for you. Have a Blessed Day!!

  • Earthworm

    thank you for this article…
    I’m currently going on thru depression (for more than half a year) and late as I maybe (don’t worry, I’m not yet suicidal), the Bible seems to be the best refuge for people undergoing this dark battle like me.

    thank you and God bless us all

  • Shannie

    Hi I am suffering from a depression and anxiety I need prayers for my relationship meanwhile I do love him but he went out and cheated on me resulted in him having a baby with someone else. This has torn me up inside nonetheless, I have prayed and ask God to guide and uplift my heart to have a forgiving spirit. I do wish to be with him each day Im trying to cope with i because Im willing to make my relationship work. I just need prayers meantime, Im praying and fasting to God myself for me and trying to keep the faith. Its not an easy road I just want to overcome this heavy burden I need to be like Job in Job 1:12-13.

    • Dane

      Forgiveness is a trait of the strong Shannie, a trait which very few truly posess, and although you seek it out, your partners actions may be Gods way of delivering you into the arms of someone truly worthy of your love and affections. Look to your faith, listen to the voices of those who truly love you and feel the lords guiding hand. Forgiveness can be granted by you and by the lord should he truly seek it but even in such an event as true forgiveness being bestowed upon your partner, but you are not obliged by forgiveness to remain in the relationship should your heart and words from the Lord guide you in another direction. keep an open mind and heart to put you on the path of your true destiny, one which you may already be on. Blessing and prayers be with you in this difficult time.

  • Gina

    Hi all, my name is Gina. I am sooo relating to many of you right now and I feel your pain. I, too, am at a loss at this point in my life — feeling so alone, desperate, lonely, exhausted, scared, depressed, etc. I have always been a very spunky, lively, Christian woman with “fire” and an awesome sense of humor, charming, personable, etc. I haven’t been feeling right for the past several years — as if something is definitely “off” because I know me…and my body. I have struggled for about seven years with possible thyroid issues that STILL can’t get clearly and definitively diagnosed, which has been a heck of a battle in itself. I feel that this has greatly contributed to my “depression/anxiety” over the years. I cannot take thyroid med…tried them all, many times, with horrible side effects. I am also dealing with hormonal imbalances, of course, being post menopause, and with that possibly? adrenal fatigue. While I have been to many docs and endocrinologists and getting nowhere (some say I have thyroid disease, others say not sure). Whatever. Yes, I have been under a tremendous amount of stress for various reasons, which will cause and/or magnify issues….but I still feel whatever is making me feel sooo bad, so not myself, not being able to cope w/things lately, major brain fog, fatigue, impaired vision, “waves” of depression and/or anxiety and serious lack of mental and physical motivation — that literally come out of nowhere, unpredictable, regardless of situation or circumstances, good or bad day — is not just “stress”, but more hormonal/chemical. More importantly, I am concerned for my teenager and feeling like a failure as a mom. :( We have moved a tremendous of times over the past four years, been without a place to live, major financial issues, etc. I need to be me again — strong-willed, competent, and not fail as a mom!! I need my life back. I am so frustrated in despair anymore. I am tired of burdening my kids and family with this nonsense and hate not feeling like myself. I googled scriptures for depression and came across this. I feel like I’m in hell. Just looking for answers and support. I get how you all are feeling and am praying for all of you.

    • Sean

      I can relate to a lot of what you posted here Gina. I feel like I need serious professional help. 6 years ago I had a major nervous breakdown, and a nurse practioner got me addicted to a medicine that has and is literally destroying everything in my life. Dear God please us in Jesus Name.

    • Anna Bellow

      Gina maybe your body is rejecting the meds because God wants you to heal you naturally & ge t to the root of things instead of putting a bandage in it.
      You talked about adrenal fatigue. If you havnt already take away all caffeine & give your adrenals a rest.
      Also you mentioned hormonal imbalance. The chemicals in foods knock off our hormone balance . Eat a Paleo diet with no grains, wheat or anything processed. If you need help with thst check out
      God Bless

    • Ashley

      Gina & Sean..and whoever else is looking for encouragement, through sickness or hard times:

      I just wanted to quick send a message, as I see you just recently posted the needs you are having. I am no physician or professional…just a follower of Jesus who also deals with these emotional ups and downs, with that, I want to encourage you.

      I came to this site to find a specific verse for a friend, who is very much in your shoes. I felt I should encourage you as well. The most important thing is to find your identity in Christ. Know he loves you, gave his Son up for you, and although we don’t always feel the peace that says comes with knowing Christ, our souls can find rest because we KNOW(we may not feel) but we KNOW he died for the unbelief we have fallen into because of our physical state. Second thing, Satan is alive and well. He is working in our lives and is fighting against each of us, but God is over even him. I encourage you to read Ephesians 6:10-20. Choose to fight against the evil one, REPLACE each thought with a truth of Gods word, and in His promises you read in His word. Half the battle is mental. He will deliver us from our hopeless state.

      Our pastor asked for he is also in the middle of sickness..

      “1) Pray that we would be ruled by the truth of who God is and what his promises are, not what our circumstances are and how we feel about them.

      2) That God would not just help us endure this trial, but would deliver us from it.

      3) That we would continue to rest in and proclaim the grace of God during this prolonged season of suffering.

      4) That God would guard us from the attack of the enemy who would seek to cripple us with doubts and discouragement.”

      Last, I encourage you to find a church family. It is important to be encouraged daily. They will help carry your burden and pray over you.

      I hope these things have brought a sense of hope, if so…you know the Holy Spirit is working in you, don’t push it away, trust the word the Lord has started in you will be completed!! Don’t give up! Learn to praise Him even in the storm.

  • Yolie

    I’ve been battling this for two years now. Seams a lifetime. It began when we moved to this very cold place. People are not as friendly as they were in the south. I haven’t made any friends. Christian churches are very few. I’m just trying to find a place to talk to someone about this darkness that is taking over my soul. I’ve been a Christian for a long time but I feel God has deserted me and I am having a difficult time trusting any more, having faith, I don’t even want to pray. I’m not sure what to do.

    • Spirit Filled Doris

      I know all too well, as I moved to Spokane from FL, and finally I am starting to feel the true love of Christ withing His body which is the church. Persevere and hold on to the strong tower and solid rock foundation that is Jesus Christ as He wraps you in His arms and is paving the way as you get acclimated to the harsh cold weather while you can be awe of God’s beautiful creation around you. Pray for the churches and the body of Christ also, they need our prayers. Remember the Word of God is the most powerful weapon against satan’s lies and deceits to take us away from the Lord. Will pray for you and yours. God bless you.

  • h

    Hi Ann,
    God is able to change your present situation.Just a little more faith and you are there.Were you paying your tithe while you were employed? If the answer is yes then be rest assured of a quick financial breakthrough. If you were not,ask God to forgive you and make a vow to pay your tithe immediately you get another employment and your breakthrough will come.There is power in tithing and giving,i can testify to that

  • Anna

    Hi, This is Anna. Please pray for me. I am at the point of giving up hoping to find a job to earn a living for my family. I am in a foreign land with my family. Last May, my employer just left me hanging in the air. He never paid my salary since January 2014 and I have nothing left for my family and esp. for my kids who are in school. I have tried all my best to apply and subject myself to all sorts of interview but to no avail. I am having sleepless nights thinking of our current situation…. I am the only source of strength of my kids and my family…. I don’t know what to do. I have been fervently praying but seems like I am not heard…. At this point, I need your encouragement, your prayers to let me surpass this adversity…..I financially broke and nothing to spend…. Please, please…. Please pray for me that I may find a job soon…. That is all I need to keep me moving forward…. I know that when I can have the means, I can manage everything…. I just need to fish to feed my family to survival…..

    thank you for everything! May God bless us all!

  • Beanie

    Thank you for helping me. It’s really for my son who feels so depressed and it makes me feel low. He’s a Christian but he’s having problems with a wife that’s not a Christian. Please pray for my son

  • Women of Zion

    Satan is a liar, He attack God’s people through depression, pray and pray some more, cry to the Lord, read scripture, speak to yourself in songs and scripture. play uplifting music. remember Tears may last for a night but Joy comes in the morning. We all feel down some times that ok but don’t stay there. last but not least pray for others and some will be praying for you.

  • Hi, my name is Sharnel Dorsey,and im writing you for a scripture that will help me to keep a daily faith, a faith that no-one can take from me(something that would help strengthen me) a word of faith

  • Charles

    I have been suffering from depression and anxiety ever since I was a child and have never found a way to beat it. I feel though that I have brought most of it upon myself. While I try to do good, a lot of the times I’ll do stuff I shouldn’t do to counteract it. So right now, I only have 2 months left on a lease and then I am likely having to move out because I can’t afford to live here anymore because I am unable to find a job here that I can support myself on. I feel like a failure because I am in my early 30’s and have to move back in with my parents with nothing to show for myself and no better off. After thinking that this was a place where I’d be happy, it has not turned out to be the case. There are a lot of times that I wish I could just break down and cry to let it all out but I just can’t do it. I feel like I should pray to get help but don’t feel like I deserve God’s help, so I don’t.

    • Gail

      I’m glad you have your parents to go back to! Imagine not having that? I was back home with my folks at the age of 40 for a while. Our economic system isn’t really geared to meet the expectations that most of us have “to be independent and earn a nice comfortable salary, buy a car, purchase a house, raise 2.5 kids and travel the world etc.” We’ve been programed into believing that we should achieve all these things when the deck is stacked against us. We are the 99% percent and most all of the wealth of our country is sitting in the hands of 1%. We need to look again at the extended family systems where many members of families lived together throughout their life span. There was no expectation that 18 year old’s should move out and leave the extended family system, so the unrealistic economic pressure wasn’t there. For the most part we don’t have the living wage jobs to support these expectations.
      It was interesting to hear you speak of this desire to cry. If you are able to cry there are toxins that will fall out of your eyes in tears, so crying is one of the most healing things you can do as you will get rid of these toxins. It’s smart of you to reach out in a forum to get answers. Writing things down is a healing catharsis.
      One of the most difficult emotions to deal with is “self blame.” With high ideals and dreams for your life, not meeting the expectations that you have for yourself can create a lot of self blame.
      I’ve been working on forgiveness for a while, and it has broken the pattern of depression. It’s easier if you can experience anger for another person. Forgiving this other person makes the practice easier than dealing with the anger at yourself! But when you decide to forgive, you are the one who will benefit from the compassion and caring that comes with forgiveness as you can extend this compassion and caring toward yourself. Keep us posted! You sound like a person with a lot of potential!

  • I being depressed for years as teenager till now that I’m 24 and I’m really try not pay attention to my depression but it’s always there it wears me down so much that I’m so overwhelm I’m a single mom raising 2 kids and I’m tired
    exhausted and hurt that my body feels the impact of my depression I have no motivation I just go one day at a time I know I need to defeat this but don’t know how

  • Michelle Solis

    I am asking for prayer, I am a mother of 4 and raising them on my own with no job very little income and I know that its the Lord that makes it possible. My husband is currently in jail and has been for 4 years, he’s left the Christian faith and it has taken a negative toll on our marriage to the point that I am unsure of where we even stand at this moment. I feel like I have failed him and my children, I know it was his choice to leave Christ but I feel like I didn’t do my part as a Christian wife and mother. I have been without work for quite sometime and I really need one soon. My kids are hurting and missing their father and we are also dealing with my own father being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and he is currently fighting to keep his mobility, I feel like I have so much on me and I am trying my best to keep all this going but I feel like I am just failing on every end. I have faith God will get me through I just ask for your prayers for strength to make through.

    • LaWanda

      Will keep u n my uplifted prayers!! Read Romans 8:28 & 1 Peter 5:10 God makes no mistakes. Praise ur way through! ! Cause something good will come through ur suffering! !!

    • Antoinette

      God is not mad at you tell God how you feel trust me it could be worse than you think God will turn it around

  • Dominique

    I am a BELIEVER..I am a child of God as I sit in tears I am so depress and broken into..I have sisters and a brother we grew up very close but as we gotten older my siblings don’t bother with me when I need someone to talk to I have no one but God even though he listen I still feel nothing is getting better…I have faith but what is it that I’m doing soooooo wrong…yes my silblings treat me like an outsider and it tears my heart into,yes I date females but one sin isn’t heavier than another, I have tried to leave females alone because I know it isn’t right but it’s just make me feel that I’m stuck and trap in a hole that I can’t get out I feel like I’m in the dark n the light is too far for me to see..I been through a lot of craziness by messing with a female I been put in jail, spending money for court and lawyers getting my cars repossess getting fire from my job because I knew to let go and let God.But why is so hard, why do ppl only think the worst of u and forget about the goodness of,have God forgotten bout me where is he at…I talk to him all the time but I feel he has Turnt his back. As I sit here in tears I still pry that he answer my prayers because once again I feel that I am in a dark corner and no one cares. Please PRAY FOR ME, PLEASE SOMEONE UNDERSTAND ME, I JUST FEEL SO ALONE..

    • Santos Robles

      God is everything never forget that, hold on to your faith no matter what happens never give up for he is always with you and will not let you down.. keep praying start praying talk to him he listens to your every word even if takes a life time it’s worth every second and minute of it cause in the end you week have eternal life..

    • Antoinette

      Dueteronomy 31:8 it is the Lord who goes before you He will be with you he will not leave you or forsake you Do not fear or be dismayed!
      Keep praying God has not forgotten about you but you have to make a choice to change God has given you what you need to change Come on its time

  • Just need prayer for not loosing my faith and not giving up. I am a single mother with 5 kids unemployed got 2 shutoff for light bill and gas bill every agency has no funding callin all around no answers please pray for me what to do.

    • Kara

      praying :) hang in there. Never lose your hope. God WILL make a way!

    • Santos Robles

      Accept God’s Timing
      God gives us hopes and dreams for certain things to happen in our lives, but He doesn’t always allow us to see the exact timing of His plan. Although frustrating, not knowing the exact timing is often what keeps us in the program. There are times when we might give up if we knew how long it was going to take, but when we accept God’s timing, we can learn to live in hope and enjoy our lives while God is working on our problems. We know that God’s plan for our lives is good, and when we entrust ourselves to Him, we can experience total peace and happiness. May God Bless You Always and Never lose Faith…

  • don

    i am asking anyone for a hand (prayer).i have gotten close to a family that (i think) was my christian friends,,,only to have the husband in the family wreck my van and destroyed it now i must fix it myself and find new friends as they now laugh in my face cause they won in court and never had insurance
    i have not been able to wrk since a tree fell on me in 1999. i live in constant physical pain ,,,now it is emoyional

    • Rose M

      I will be praying for you
      The number one to put your
      trust in is God ! He has all the
      answers put him first and every
      thing else will fall in line
      God Bless

  • lashae

    I been batterling anxiety and depression for more as17 years I got into a relationship with someone that wasn’t right from the beginning I was loss about a lot of things I ask questions and couldn’t get a definite answer then things came to pass and I was destroyed about things so its seems if tho I haven’t gotten over this and my life has been a rollercoaster ride every since from bad relationship ,financial, drugs, alcohol abuse,just anything wrong that could happened I need deliverance I’m drowning in debt children not doing right problem with my hands car not working right bills I can’t pay no money unexpected bills friends tuning back on you when you need them the most I’m misserible at my job no peace lord help me

    • Santos Robles

      Entrust your life in God and don’t look back, for he will give you eternal life and all things on earth will come to pass for we are not in control of everything and must allow him to take control give all your burdens to him pray and keep your faith …

  • Angela Nelson

    Hi.I have a prayer request.I am struggling with depression.Please pray the Lord would lift it.I will also pray for you to be delivered.

    • tara

      I will pray for you.. remember that the Lord is your strength, wait on the Lord! Please pray for me and my children I have five children and I have just left out of an abusive relationship and am starting all over

  • [email protected]

    Like Larry I have battled depression several times over the last decade. I can feel it starting to take control of me again. I pray that the Lord give me the strength and knowledge to catch it in it’s tracks and for me not to go into a depressive shell like I have in the past. I need to be there to support my family and to show them I can defeat this.

    • I agree with you in Jesus Name. I bind that spirit of hopelessness and depression in Jesus Name and cast if off of you. I loose you in the joy and peace and grace and mercy of God. I speak protection to your heart, your life, and your family. You will hear from God and you will be blessed.

      Depression is the feeling of hopelessness, which is a blindness to the hope that you have in life and God. It robs you of the good that actually exists all around you. Fight it with the Word of God. We have a confession on this site – Confession Change Your Life. Get it and speak it over yourself over and over and over. Say it until it gets inside of you. God’s word will drive out the darkness if it is driven into your heart.

      I am praying for you. We love you and God loves you, and He wants to help you. Expect Him to help, that is faith. He will help you. You WILL make it out. Rex

  • Many in this forum and elsewhere in the World are battling depression, me too. For me, it comes and goes and when it does, it seems that the World has crumbled on me and I am hopeless and defenceless. I find it very hard to focus on God and His love for us but I still believe that our sufferings are miniscule compared to the Passion Jesus suffered for us and with the shedding of His Precious Blood on the Cross, He has redeemed us all. I am also reminded of the footsteps in the sand. Where I see only one set of deeper ones, I know Jesus is carrying me in His arms and I pray for all who have expressed their inner most thoughts and feelings here that with me, we shall not give up hope in Him. For I know and believe that Jesus will never fail us when we hang on to Him with even a tiny sliver of hope. May God be with all those who have shared their prayers, feelings and thoughts here. In Jesus’ most powerful name, amen.

  • jazz

    I understand adults say that children shall not be stressed out and depressed. However, when you are a child that must deal with adult situations you fall into a deeper depression. Here I lay in bed wondering why this must happen to me. Become homeless have to take of my mother that is battling cancer, take care of my two siblings and recently dropped outn of school because of all the stress of work 3 jobs paying extraneous bills. Im tired I feel so alone. And I just need help. I keep praying and asking for a change but it seems like everything is just get worse and worse. Cancer homeless bills I cant pay. To young for this stress and I just want it allto go away.

    • Michele

      Jazz, I’m so sorry for all that you are going through. I pray for you and your family. You are truly courageous.

    • ErikaE

      I pray that everything begins to turn around and work in your favor. Please try to find a church or support group to help you. You should not and do not have to do this alone. There is help. This is not my called profession but, I am willing to help you locate resources. Which state do you live in?

  • When will my feeling of being overwhelmed go away? Everyday I pray that god give me the strength to overcome or the gifts to handle my troubles. It seems like my financial picture creates soooo much stress in my life. I am a single parent, three months behind on my mortgage, the bank “misplaced” one payment that I am trying to find the receipt for, my cat had a blockage that cost me a thousand dollars, was $800 behind on my water which was shut off, my car needs repairs all the time, my sons dad abuses drugs and alcohol, it’s just probably a natter of time before he loses his job and what little child support I got is gone, my house is in need of repairs, am in debt up to my ears, ESP with payday loans. My teeth need dental work (about 2 thousand dollars) When will it all end?

  • In need of help

    I’m so depressed. It seems as if most aspects of my life are effected by this. I have not been able to shake this feeling since September. The sad thing its that it has worsened. My friend and my cousin both passed in a week of each other. I can’t seem to bounce back. I am the caretaker of my father. Lately, I have just lost interest I’m most things. I have no one to speak to. It can be so overwhelming at times. I have been praying about this. It has not lifted as if yet. I need deliverance/help quick.

    • Connie – I will pray for you. You have a tremendous amount on your plate. It really can feel overwhelming. Sometimes when we go through a terrible life event, or though several of them, evil can use that to alter your view of life and hope. You do need deliverance. Not because have anything bad or have done anything bad, but because something bad is trying to attach itself to you and drag you down. Sometimes, but not always, depression can be a spirit and must be dealt with as a spirit. I speak peace and deliverance to you in Jesus Name. I will send you an email. Rex

    • Gail

      I found this site and a woman named Fiona had great things to write about surviving a serious illness! “Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day!” Get some time away from the care of your loved one. All things pass!

      Do you ever find yourself buried in hopelessness? Fiona shares her journey through this emotion.
      “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:24-25)
      I think that out of all the bad feelings one can have in this life, hopelessness has to be the worst. It causes us to lose our motivation for even the simplest things in life, like eating or taking care of ourselves. It can feel like a black cloud has enveloped you and that there is no end in sight. Life becomes harder than usual, and as much as others may try to help us, their words fall on deaf ears.
      For those who struggle with illness and pain, these feelings of hopelessness can be overwhelming. Before I was finally diagnosed several years ago with having a rare disease called Primary Immune Deficiency, I was feeling utterly hopeless. Even though I knew the Lord and had walked with Him for many years, the not knowing what was going wrong with my body really scared me.
      Instead of trusting God, I allowed that black cloud to close in on me and it felt like God had walked away from me, leaving me alone to struggle with the hundreds of questions I had that seemed to have no answers. It didn’t help that the doctors I went to had no answers either. And the answers they did have seemed so canned and made up, as if they just wanted me to be done with my office visit and go home. Some of them did show compassion and concern, but the fact that even they couldn’t figure out what was going on seemed to only make things worse.
      One day when I was really in a bad place, emotionally, I felt God tell me to go to my Bible, which had laid unopened for many, many weeks. I hadn’t read it because I felt as if it didn’t make a difference and all it did was remind me of how hopeless I felt and how God wasn’t giving me any answers.
      He led me to 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 which says,
      “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
      As I read this, I realized that my hope had been on the wrong thing. I had placed my hope on man finding the answer to my problems rather than on trusting in God. I repented before God and asked his forgiveness for allowing hopelessness to become an idol in my life and allowing it to replace my faith and trust in Him.
      I’d love to be able to say that I was soon diagnosed, but it actually did take longer than that. But on the day I finally received my answer and was able to begin treatment, I knew that He was finally answering my prayer–but only after I had learned the lesson I had needed to learn.
      Unfortunately, my disease requires that my treatment will be daily for the rest of my life, but rather than focusing on the inconvenience of spending four and a half hours every day giving myself my infusion, I am now choosing to thank God for the medicine and that the sense of renewed hope that I had lost for so long has returned. I believe He knew that I needed to learn that my hope has to be in Him, and Him alone.
      I’ve learned that without Him in my life, all there is is hopelessness. God is hope, that’s what He offers and that’s who He is.
      Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that whenever I get feeling down or discouraged that you’ll remind me that you are a God of hope and possibilities. Help to remember that it is I who allow myself to become hopeless when I focus on my problems rather than on you. Amen.
      About the author:
      Fiona Burky is a retired Licensed Clinical Counselor who lives in Ohio. It is only by God’s grace and strength that she has been able to endure her multiple health issues. You may view her blog at:
      When you are anxious with feelings of hopelessness, music can make a significant difference. We hope you enjoy “Your Love Never Fails with lyrics” by Jesus Culture.

  • Neli

    I am in love with a guy who loved me a lot infact more than i did…But suddenly due to my uncaring attitude and harsh words he has left me…stopped talking to me…I always loved him and was loyal to him…did everything that he wanted but now he is angry and upset of my past sayings. I asked for forgiveness….but things have hurt him a lot and so he asked me to move on….This part of his i had never seen and so it is very difficult for me to digest the fact that a very spiritual person like him can’t forgive…there is no means to communicate to him now as he is not ready to speak….I want him back just like he was before…Praying to God to change his heart and help him to forgive me….Please pray for me…

    • I hope things do get better for you, I pray God will help you. but I want you to know make sure what you want is by Gods will, God may have a better person in store just waiting for you, but you must be patient about it. pray God softens his heart for him to forgive you, because if he doesn’t he wont be able to enter the kingdom of God, because God forgave us, and we need to forgive each other no matter how hard it is. Have a patience there might be a benefit out of this, and you might see a different perspective towards him, and Gods will. don’t think about you want, but let God lead you because he has a way better plan. and a beautiful life for you if you just listen to his soft voice speaking in you. listen carefully, read his word, and let others speak bc they God might be speaking though them. I encourage you never give up, and God bless you!

  • Gerry

    It’s seems we are not alone when it comes to depression. Everyone on this site can personally have victory today. Just believe in a loving creator and feel the power.
    Your circumstances are changing…God is working with you. Believe it!

  • Rain

    I’m at my lowest nowadays, having terrible headaches and would easily get angry and shout or ignore as if I dont hear or see anything. I’ve been very blessed and I’m grateful but I feel like I’m not good enough or everything’s not good enough. I was looking for bible verses on anxiety and depression and come across this site and was able to relate to MariY. I feel better after reading the verses and depression is a spirit – it must be fought with the Word of God. Thank you! Please help me pray to overcome these negative thoughts and feelings. I dont want to lose my family’s love and I want my son to see me as a loving, kind and compassionate mother.

  • troubled me

    I’ve been dealing with depression for most of my life. I am a 36 Year old male who for the most part has ruined just about every aspect of his entire life… one form or another. I have three children from two different woman. I am now in route to destroying the relationship I have w the mother of my four year old son. Just as with my first relationship (the mother of my first two children) I pretty much would eventually fall out of love…. and lead a pationless empty life. To make matters worse I have now met another woman whom I have engaged in a full blown relationship with, while not entirely calling it off w my current partner. On the one end I love this new woman dearly. There are things about her that trouble me a bit….. her status is so much higher than mine. Despite that I love her and feel that with all the experience I’ve gained….I could really make it work this time. I had a vasectomy, so more children is out of the question. Overall my guilt is eating me alive. I did call it quits w the relationship I was in but like I said…..I did it while being in another one already. My emotions are running wild. I’m so conflicted. If I call off what I have now and stay…I feel I’ll never forgive myself and be miserable anyway. My instincts fail me….I feel like I don’t deserve to be happy and never will!

    • A

      Seek out relationship counseling as single person. You are not the first person to deal with all you described. Talk, get familair with Holy Spirit…and listen to Gods order your steps….Read Psalms…over and over. See Ps 34:18, 19. Peace be unto you.

    • I pray God will help you in your time of struggle and trouble, you may feel like you messed some stuff and life turn around and your really at the bottom. Don’t let your emotions control its the number one thing that can bring each and every person down, no one can hurt you more than you can hurt yourself. Control your emotions and don’t let your thoughts, control you and bring you down. Look at what is more important to you in your life, number one should be God, God is here to help you in your struggles, and depression, you need to turn to him and let him control your life, then you will realize how life is turning around completely, pray listen to his voice, read the bible to understand his message towards, psalms is very amazing David went through at lot as your going through. next thing what is best for you children, don’t follow the desires of your heart, after woman or etc. Your children do need you, as a father, the father is the man of the house. connect with your wife’s, and look at what there going through and help them. your kids will need lots of love and they need a foundation, plant the seed in your kids of love ,faith ,courage, self control, joy ,obedience, respect ,and peace. mothers cant teach respect, obedience, and etc to children alone they need a fathers help. Work thing out, for there to be a understanding and a purpose for everything, put your thoughts together, get thing together, and let GOd lead you, this will be a journey, that you will remember for a lifetime but please never give up, you can do this, God will strengthen and build you to become a good father to your children. Don’t think about yourself, think about what your family needs are, once you start caring and loving, others will start loving you more and more and caring about you, it all starts from you changing you life style and letting be in God control. Stand firm, and build your house on strong foundation, so when hard times come your house will stay as one. I will be praying for you God bless.

  • Jeff

    I am never comfortable…feel like I will never be ahead or happy. Lovely wife, two lovely children and a third on the way. I can’t find a job that pays me a decent wage, drowning in debt and my ex-wife is burying me with court and legal fees. I’m in a financial pit and it’s killing me.

  • MariY

    I ask that you all pray for me … I have been battling this depression for 8 yrs . My biggest fear is that my 6yr old will become a product of my depression . God has been real good to me blessing me with a wonderful partner but i fear he will leave because of this depression . Please break me free my holy father .

  • Renee

    I am suffering deeply from depression. I want help. I am scared that if something doesn’t change soon I am not going to make it. Please pray for me. I have a twelve year old daughter and she is all the family I have. I am in a very dark place without family or close friends. I came across this website in search of help. I am trying but I am tired. I have been through so much pain and I can’t take anymore. I have lost everything including my courage, confidence, faith and hope. I don’t know why or how this happened but it is real and I would not wish this on my worst enemy.

    • Eliza

      Renee, It’s 3 AM and I stumbled upon this site while looking for scriptures for a friend and I just happened to read your comment. I hardly ever comment on anything but feel compelled to relay a message to you. My friend, you are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ! The victory is already yours. The battle against your depression is won, it was won at the cross with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. You were bought at a price. You are His treasured possession. He loves you, will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be deceived; you are not alone in this. He is with you and promises to walk through this storm with you. I know what you’re walking through is real and feelings of defeat may overwhelm you, but that is not so. When your faith runs out, ask Him to supply His. When your strength ceases, request His. His strength is made perfect in your weakness. You were made on purpose for a purpose. One of those is that you were most definitely God-willed and purposed to be your 12 year old little girl’s parent. She loves you, admires you, and needs you. Nobody can love her better than you. I do not know you, Renee, but my heart sends you lots and lots of love! “You are stronger than you know, more talented than you think, and more loved than you can imagine.”

    • Love

      First, I would like to say that I have felt exactly how you are feeling. As a matter of fact I still experience bouts of deep depression from time to time and I know that it is not easy at all to get through but I want to let you know that you can get through it with not only prayer but by getting out more, becone involved in various activities, support groups, etc., in an attempt to take your mind off of your problems/worries etc. Depression can feel like a constant struggle and it is something that you continuously have to work on. Renew your mind by meditating on God’s word, think positive and surround yourself with positive people. I pray that you will overcome your depression and be able to lead a happy and successful life. You can do it! :-).

    • Brandi

      Praying for you. Stay strong. Your daughter needs you.

    • S H

      Please, get help. Reach out, go to church and talk to someone, find out if you can get some counseling. I’ll be praying for you.

    • F

      Please go to a DOCTOR! Yes, God can help but you need a doctor to bridge this. PLEASE! It does not mean you are weak or not a Christian. For your daughter, please.

  • dave wilson

    I went through a severe depression earlier this month.I picked up a book on spiritual warfare and read it and prayed and ready and prayed…pray pray pray..meditate on the scriptures and learn of the bad spirits and how to pray them away in His name.It really helps the healing process.

  • concerned friend

    Two days ago, Someone I dearly love told me that they are feeling depressed. I didn’t even know what to say or how to respond, but I tried to give the best advice I could and when I ran out of advice I just started to pray. I’ve been praying so hard and calling on God and the power in His name to take away all of the worry and heaviness that the devil is trying to use against my friend. Today I googled “Christianity and depression” and this article popped up. It is so powerful and I can’t wait to share it with them. Thank you so much.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on depression and relationships. How to save a relationship affected by depression…how to support the one suffering through depression.

  • Gail

    I’ve gone through a miraculous healing:
    Speaking of depression, (a social construct), I’ve learned recently that I’d considered myself to be a victim and had lived most of my life with a “victim mentality!” Recently when I decided to google “victim mentality!” This is one of the articles that came up! I’ve gone through a miraculous healing based in part upon some of these readings:

    I was reading about a paradoxical reaction to drugs/medications that can happen with anti-depressants:

    I hope this is useful to someone!

  • nea

    Please help me Dear Lord please forgive me please let these test come back negative I know you won’t put me through more then I can bare please Lord I can’t sleep or eat I barely. Made it out to work I want to give up completely my boyfriend of 9 years cheated on me and left me for someone at. His job I thought it would get easier it’s been 5 months now and I need help

    • Nea – I am praying for the grace and favor and mercy of God to be all over you in Jesus Name!! I speak peace and love and acceptance and forgiveness and hope to you. Lord, I ask for your mercy and grace on this test. Free her from this circumstance, and set her free from this guy in every way – thank you Jesus Christ, Lord God.

      Nea, no matter what, you ARE going to have a wonderful future in Jesus Name. This is His promise, not mine. Follow Him, seek Him, speak His word to yourself daily to build yourself up daily. Stand strong in Him by standing strong in His word. We love you and are for you and are praying for you. Go girl in God!

  • Carol

    would you please pray for GOD to take this depression away I struggle with every day.
    I have been really struggling with it for six years now. I am functioning now which I didn’t for several years but still depressed and don’t feel any happiness. I have been on a lot of meds, overmedicated and now I am only wearing an ensam patch and taking clonazepam and sleeping pills because a side effect of the patch is insomnia. They don’t want to try anything else because of everything I was on and I am very drug sensitive. They took everything away for a while and I really sank, cried most of the time,stopped talking and doing anything.

  • Susan

    Jennifer, if it’s of any comfort, I’m in the same position as u. Feel hopeless, but Jesus is our strength and He’ll sort this mess out.:-)

  • Dave

    Really helping me to heal..Thank you oh Lord

  • Micki

    Thank you for supplying these verses. My 32nd birthday is tomorrow, I am unemployed and feeling like I am worthless.

    Without these verses, I would be in a lot more despair. I just hope by reading them nighty, as I do, it will lift me to a place of hope and peace.

  • jennifer

    ive never felt so low dear god. please pray as I am in a failing marriage and have three sons who need me. I feel like you gave up on me and turned your back on me. please help me see the light heavenly father

    • Dave

      Jennifer ..keep reading the verses here on depression.Pray for the hopelessness to be replaced with Hope..command the spirit of depression to be gone in Jesus Name..Pray and dwell upon this..I am going through this with family talk with those who feed you support.

  • Karen G.

    Asking for prayer. My oldest child stopped talking to me 2 1/2 years ago. She won’t give me a reason. Thursday is her birthday. She will be 33 years old. This is killing me. I feel like I’m barely holding on today. Thank you for the bible verses.

  • lynsey

    Please pray for me. I am a Christian mother of three small boys suffering depression at the moment. It is affecting my marriage. I am saved 16years today and feeling so low. Thanks in advance x

    • Lynsey – I will pray for your deliverance in Jesus Name. His mercy and grace is sufficient! However, there are some things that you must also do that will help. Being saved does not mean that we will not be attacked by the devil. We are told to resist him with the word of God. The Word builds faith in the heart and it also changes our thinking – We are to ‘think on these things.’ It is the only long-term solution.

      Take a look at my response below and go to the linked articles. Depression many times (not always) is a spirit and must be dealt with accordingly. Read the articles and speak the word-of-God confessions. They will build God’s strength into your heart and will relieve your soul.

      Walking as a Christian is not only a walk of submission TO HIM, it is also a walk of authority IN HIM. It takes both to be victorious in Christ. After all, we do live in a war zone.

      We love you and we are believing for you complete long-term deliverance in Jesus Name!! Have hope, you will make it.

  • Meagan Bonany

    I really need some encouragement. I’m a christian, I’ve been saved for a year and a half now. I suffered from depression for 2 years then got saved and it seemed to have been gone but about 5 months ago I was attacked by the same spirit, I tried to hide it from my family but yesterday I had a severe anxiety attack. I was weeping, shaking and drooling, I thought I was loosing my mind. I’m so confused, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m serving God, so why am I feeling like this?

    • Meagan – We will pray for you, but just because you are serving God does not mean that the devil will not try to hinder you. The devil attacks you at your weak places see – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God. When we become a new Christian, it is like being a newborn and nothing is expected of us, but as we grow, we must take on more responsibility for our lives.

      The good news is, there is deliverance, but it takes work. I can’t snap my fingers and make it all go away, but I can lead you to the materials that can make it go away forever. Read the Bible and learn about the authority that you have in Jesus Name to handle these things. Then keep putting His word inside until you have the faith and authority to use it. That is the reason for a site like this, to spread materials that teach people that we do not have to put up with these terrible things in our lives.

      Look down our articles to the right and see which ones jump out at you. I have had people comment back to me to say that just speaking through these scriptures delivered them. One young man had terrible fears all his life – gone in an instant – Scriptures Against Fear. At the very least, they will give you relief. Look at the following scripture lists – Scriptures On Protection From Evil, Scriptures On Fighting the Enemy, Confession – Walking In Victory, Confession – Change Your Life. And read – Dare To Believe, Then Command – Wigglesworth, and more.

      You have the authority in Jesus Name but you have to learn how to use it. We are with you. The issues that you have are not YOU; they are something outside coming to hurt you. You must take the word of God and resist it. You are able in God’s grace and power.

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