Scriptures Against Depression

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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 all had to deal with it. In the secular 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?

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  1. catherine Findlay

    Hi there Gail, i just wanted to let you and other readers know that i have now published a book of poems. I just want to let folks see that we can overcome anything when we get in the right mindset, and in my case hand everything over to God. He alone made this all possible by pulling me out of that deep pit i had put myself in.
    Catherine

  2. Kris

    Hi,
    Great site and informative spiritual help tips…but when depression hits it destroys all hope. Thats where I’m at now…and not sure God is still hearing me..I can’t really take much more..I don’t want to quit but can’t see any way out of this hopelessness …it’s awful.
    Bless you all. K

    1. Gail Roberts

      I’ve been where you are at now! It does destroy all hope! The power of depression is so all encompassing! Amazingly it’s over for me now. I can’t believe it because the depression went on for decades. The idea that it was/is a disease wasn’t helpful for me. Ideas can save us. Ultimately it is our thoughts, creative solutions that can save us that come through our conversations with God. I remember times when all it took was to stand up and move across the room, and my mind would change. Depression literally cannot exist with physical movement, like walking, or any kind of physical exercise. When you do any kind of physical movement long enough the mind will be released with very creative thinking. Your entire universe can and will change this way. Other people can help you immensely, there is wisdom and true genius among the common folks around you who have traveled the same journey you are on now. They can and will show you the way!

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      FaithMechanic

      Kris – You actually said it perfectly – “…but (I) can’t see any way out of this…” Depression is the result (the feeling) of hopelessness, and hopelessness is the result of a blindness to the hope that is around you. It is like being in a well lit room and thinking that it is dark. People will tell you that it is lit but you can’t believe them because you don’t see the light.

      I don’t know exactly how the Devil blinds us to the hope that is out there, but he can and once that happens, we become hopeless. Hopelessness is actually ‘hope blindness.’ The answer is to do all you can to see hope again and to build your hope back.

      Walking outside, reaching out to someone, reading scriptures, or doing something that you know you should do but is hard to do can help. All of these can do a little bit to bring the hope that you actually already have into focus. It might not all leave at once but it will start.

      Have hope that there is hope, and that you will see it again. Let that motivate you to start you on the path to looking again. It is there. It really really is. We get stuck when we don’t move. Do something good, anything. God will show you. He is God and whether you see it or not He is close by and is waiting to help you. We love you. Rex

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  4. mufaro

    Hi….I have a problem of a grandose type of fea which is leading me to scarery unwanted thoughts tht haunt and torment me day and night…I belive stongly that God is the solution and he gas been my piller of streangth through this but I swiich between epusodes of rrcovery for bout a week or a few days and thease thoughts come back and haunt me again;becoming worse everytime and I’m afraid of how worsr they will become…after every intence episode of thease thoughts I cry and stay low for the whole day…I loose apetite and ive always been a tiney person and I noticed I’m loosing even more weight and now I think my family have noticed how my apetite flactuates between those episodes..lately I could go for weeks depressed and unhappy and think of surrendering to my familyabout it but I do not have enough courage and the current situation is not appropriate for me to add on but I rilli think I need professional help as soon as possible because I fear I may get mentaly retaded…i ve conluded this by analysing the too many mistakes I make…delayed speech confusion etc and it is affecting my friendships and schoolwork….I rilli fo not know what’s next…I put my lif in Gods hands and hope I am rescured immediately because I cannot bear it any longer…offen my flashbacks of recent events sre all filled with cludy thinking…there is not one day I remember thinking straight…it is rillu killing me inside and I have not told anyone yet to full detail…I once budt into tears while at a church service out of nowhere because of thease thoughtd…I try as hard as I can not to think of thease devastating thoughts but this only agrivates the extent and honestly right now I am tired and weak and worn…its up to God now to rescure me because I do not know rilli whay is next…I’m a 18 year old girl ad doing advanced levrl and it is realy affecting my studies…I have parrents who expect so much rom me and I cannot bear letting them down..I’ve had thoughts of suisde and I ask Hod to pull me out immedietly because I cannot visualise a positive near future with this…please pray for me and I’ll pray for you…

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      Mufaro – As you probably already know this is a spiritual attack of evil. It would be good if you could get someone to pray for you directly and take authority over the demonic forces that are coming against you. There is no distance in the spirit and I will do it from here. If you are not a Christian already read this and pray it out loud – Salvation. Read this book on praying in tongues and God will help you with it – Seven Reasons Why Every Believer Should Speak in Tongues.

      You might not know it but you have authority over this demonic attack through the use of the Name of Jesus. What He purchased for you on the Cross was given to you in His Name. When you use His Name you are using what He fulfilled. Here are two articles – OneTwo.

      Now, I break the power of the Devil over you in Jesus Name. I speak mercy and favor and protection over you and all that you have. You will be delivered from this in Jesus Name. Satan, take your hand of of this beautiful young girl in Jesus Name and leave her NOW. We speak freedom and deliverance over you and you will be free in Jesus Name.

      Speak this over yourself and say this out loud to yourself. You will not feel anything at first, but keep at it. Believing is not feeling. God will honor it. We love you. You will be free.

      Read articles that jump out at you. Let God speak to you. His word to you will give you the faith to have victory. Again, we love you. Rex

  5. catherine Findlay

    Yes Gail thats fine. I share all my poems on Fb and also am waiting to see if a wee collection i have made into a book will pass review, all for God’s glory. And also for the purpose of letting other addicts see there is a way out.

  6. catherine Findlay

    Here are some of my poems, this first one is from 2011….On the Edge!

    Standing at the ecge of the abyss

    Wanting to jump, there must be more than this

    I don’t understand

    I need Your help Lord

    Catch me before I leap and leave this land

    The mess I’ve made

    The lying games I played

    Stealing, lying, just to get

    The next drink to oblivion

    Crying myself to sleep

    Hating, feel only disgust for me

    Supposed to be model daughter

    Minister Dad, No I just bad

    Bad,sad,great life I had

    Till ugly drink made it stink

    Lord, from the brink

    You caught me

    No longer I think

    Of that person I was

    I’m renewed, refined

    Oh God divine

    Your child returns

    Written in 2010…..
    Look at me!

    What do you see when you look at me?

    Bloodied face, tousled hair

    Crying deep inside myself

    What do you see?

    To you am I just a washed up alki?

    Don’t give a second glance

    Not even a chance

    To talk to help you understand

    I used to be like you

    Clean respectable

    Good job, polished shoes

    Can you see that?

    Still have a family,only just

    Welfare services now a must

    Wanting the pain to go away

    So back to the bottle i again stray

    God, where are you?

    I cannot see

    But I know this is not where I should be

    All these thoughts around my mind

    Please can’t you see

    The real me

    Through all the blood and dirt disguise

    I could be you, you could be me

    We are not really different you and me

    Just a person who took the wrong road

    Who needs to find her road back to God

    2012
    Fill Me!

    The calmness of my heart

    Is a new feeling for me

    To sit with You in the quiet

    Just listening, letting You be….

    Letting You be in my head

    Filling my heart with Your love

    Such beautiful sounds and thoughts

    You send down upon me from above

    Lord, I feel You changing me

    I want more and more

    Pour out Your anointing oil

    And allow my heart to sore…

    Keep filling me Lord

    And each new day

    I will speak from Your Word

    And honour You in all I do and say

    AMEN

  7. catherine Findlay

    Dear Gail,
    I am going to work soon but when i have time i will gladly post some of my older ones when i was in a dark place and also ones that show the difference when God pulled me through. I was a Christian before all my alcohol troubles. A ministers daughter. Depression, alcoholism knows no bounds. But thanks be to God He never takes His hand of us when we turn away.

  8. catherine Findlay

    A Light Shines Through Your Darkness(For Times Of Depression and Despair)

    In the darkness of our sadness there is a Light

    A Light that shines through for me and you

    Whatever troubles our hearts

    God’s Love always shines through

    In the dark recess of our minds

    When we go through some hard times

    God’s Love shines through for me and you

    No matter the trouble and sorrow

    He makes sure there’s a brighter tomorrow

    We need only look up, not down

    Knowing we move onward to the Crown

    So my friend don’t feel alone

    That all hope is gone

    Cling to that faith that’s seen you through

    Pray with me , and for me, and I for you

    1. Gail Roberts

      This is so beautiful! Thank you for posting this. I was going to ask you if you felt comfortable posting your poetry! I kept thinking about asking you so this is great! I’ve never had this kind of gift! I’m a bit of an artist and I can play music and even write songs, but I’ve never been able to write poetry.

    2. Gail Roberts

      I’ve created a little file for all of these poems that you’ve written! I want to take my time going through them, and want to review them when I get a chance. I have a cousin whose been in big trouble with alcohol addiction and I might forward one or two of these to him if that is OK?

  9. catherine Findlay

    I have been on anti depressants off and on most of my adult life. I ended up an alcoholic for over 10 years but have been sober for over 5 now. I suffer chronic pain and have to work as a cleaner and it doesnt help painwise. I also have problem at home which i have coped with for 23 years and every now and again it gets to me. I am a Christian and hide this very well but when alone i crumble. I write poetry about my alcoholism and how God pulled me from it, to help others but this depression keeps coming back. I am not on anti depressants at the moment. Keep bursting into tears for no reason and hide at work qhen i feel it about to happen

    1. Gail Roberts

      You mention that you burst into tears and you think there is no reason. There are reasons for your tears though you may not be able to access those cognitively right now. Physiologically extremely powerful toxin’s literally fall out of the tear ducts when we cry, so God has given you this mechanism for healing and you may notice that there is a sense of relief after tears. Sometimes there is greater angst when we are unable to cry. Tears are a gift even if you can’t access the reason now. I would have taken anti-depressants myself except that I witnessed years of prescription drug abuse perpetrated against my brother by psychiatrists. He got worse and worse, so over time I began to believe that something was terribly wrong with psychiatric practice and the cocktails of toxins they routinely give to patients. They will tell you that you’ve got a chemical imbalance to get you to take the drugs, hopefully for life, and then the pharmacists can laugh all the way to the bank.
      I’m very sorry to hear of your chronic physical pain. I have more physical ailments in my life now that I’m older, sometimes I wonder if they act as a safety valve for my emotions, but I don’t have to work right now and have been able to afford very cheap acupuncture. You mentioned the problem at home that you’ve coped with for 23 years. You may not be able to divulge or write of these events in a forum, but journaling about this can be powerful if you haven’t already. God can work with our pain more easily if we are able to express it more easily.
      If you can put your successes with abstinence from alcohol to work for other people, you will definitely help other people, but most of all yourself. This will work much better for you than anti-depressants. I like your line, “God pulled me from it to help others.” This is your ticket to health and empowerment, and maybe even a new line of work. Let us know how things are going!

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