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 all had to deal with it. In the secular world, Sir Winston Churchill used to call 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 Lincoln would not allow himself to carry a knife, for fear that he would hurt himself, or worse. 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. 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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Comments 804

  1. Kay

    ColdandWarm warm, don’t worry! Whatever it is will be taken care of and you will be healthy. In my prayers.

  2. ColdandWarm

    Rex, Kay,
    I am nervous because I have many symptoms for breast cancer…
    I really don’t know what to do other than pray…
    I have a doctor’s appointment set up…

  3. Kay

    This came at just the right time, thank you! I’ve been trying to recover post-hospital but am not getting any strength back. I don’t even have the energy to talk on phone or have Pastor visit and I miss church so much. Every night I think I must be a wimp b/c it shouldn’t be like this and the next day I will get out but then I have trouble walking from room to room. Sleep is at best 2-4 hrs every day, I lie there recalling Rex’s words, scriptures, Pastor’s prayers and hymns. I know God will not forsake me. And for that I give thanks.

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      Kay – You will make it. Keep putting one foot in front of another and one word in front of another. How do you want on water? One word at a time. We love you. Rex

  4. lily

    This was a good read. I cried as I read it as I’m still feeling like there’s no relief for me in sight. I’m trying to hold tight to my faith. Getting out of bed is becoming harder and my sleep is suffering. All I can think is how did this happen after coming home with my precious baby. I’m supposed to be at my best. It pains me so bad.

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      Lily – First thing that comes to mind. Give up the guilt of not being perfect. You say, “I’m supposed to be at my best.” We are all screwed up. Jesus is the only one that isn’t. Only He makes sense. “How did this happen?” – It is a demon. Speak to it and don’t speak anything else. Remember, turn it over to God, rebuke the devil, and live one day at a time. We love love love love you. Rex

      Oh, and you don’t have to talk or beg God into helping you so stop. Oh#2, your feelings are lying to you. Oh#3, relax and read some of the other story like articles that may jump out at you. Relax and let God seep back in like into a sponge.

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      Yes, God does not give up on His children. The devil does everything he can to make us ‘see’ or ‘feel’ like God has abandoned us. It is something he and his demons scream at us every day, along with fear and intimidation. Hopelessness is the loss, or blindness, of hope, and without it, we have no motivation, no joy, and no expectation of God working.

      Hope and faith take effort. They do not just come. The Bible says that ‘Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the (spoken) word of Christ.’ They come. Most people are taught that God is sovereign and everything is done by Him, and if it turns out wonderful, well it is because He willed it to turn out wonderful. We had no part in it. But when things turn out poorly, well, there must be some mystical God’s will doctrinal theological meaning to it all. It has to be God’s will, choice, or fault. It cannot be us.

      We live in a world dripping in evil, pain, fear, and hopelessness. Now, we can talk later about why that is the case but that is the reality. The Bible tells us how to get out of this ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ reality and to enjoy a new reality, one of ‘life and life abundantly.’ But it doesn’t just happen because we want it or need it. It comes by faith in God. That requires effort and time. It is a journey. Most want the results but they do not want the effort. The evil that many of us have lived in all our lives does not go in an instant or change by someone from a website (like me) praying some one-time prayer. The Bible is full of teachings about perseverance, diligence, continuing (in the word), etc. That is what this website is about – teachings and tools to help people go down the road to happiness and get answers themselves.

      And yes, many beat themselves blue with effort but are going in the wrong direction. We have to learn His heart and His ways. God is a good God that has decided to require faith and obedience prior to His hand moving. He tells us how through a God-breathed Book and the voice of the Holy Spirit.
      We cannot give up on this journey. He is will never give up.

  5. ColdandWarm

    Prayers are sent your way! Do not give up! You can find the strength and courage to keep going through God. Go to Him Enitan.
    I am praying! God bless! ♡

  6. Enitan

    The bible passage that ministered to me is 1 Peter 5:7

    I have been struggling to enter medical school for the past 5 years,, my whole family has written me off. It’s not like I am not trying or studying hard for it but the problem is I have completely lost confidence in myself and I feel like giving up.. Nobody knows anything about me not even my family, I have been living a lonely and secretive life since I was a child. Please pray for me for God’s mercy and compassion over my life so that i can have a good cause to smile again cos I feel so down now I don’t think I can lift myself up again. Thank you 😭😭

    1. Nicole Hodges

      Your family may have written you off but when you Jesus as your Lord and personal savior yoou became a New Creature in Christ. God has Never left you and if you stay focused on him and what he says about you he will continue to cover you and take care of ALL of you burdens.
      Stay Encouraged and you must Know that he is the light in the mist of darkness.

  7. ColdandWarm

    I am praying for you sweetie.
    Depression isn’t easy and your situation must be so incredibly hard…
    Kay is right though; listen to Rex, he is very wise.

    I am so glad you are out of the hospital!!!! Bless you

  8. Kay

    Lily, listen to Rex! He is so faithful and wise and understands depression, truly the “lies of the darkness”.
    Rex, I am home from hospital but recovery will take longer than expected. Meanwhile, the night demons crawling in my stomach as I pray for blessed sleep have caused me to talk more deeply with the Lord, I remember your words, and I know that once this is over I will be even closer to God. Love and blessings

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      Kay – We love you so much and we are praying for you. I have heard that New York pizza will get rid of the demons crawling in your stomach. Maybe not… I pray that your sleep will be sweet and full. rex

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      Just know that we are with you in the spirit every step of the way. We love you and we are with you in every way. There is darkness and gross evil in the world. We are believing that it will have no power over you in Jesus Name. Relax and let God love you and put hope and peace back into your soul. Don’t beg Him but expect Him to do it. Let yourself (make yourself if need be) see goodness and expect it.

      Remember, you have no past, you are expecting a great future, and you are living one day at a time. With God by your side, and as much of the Word of God that you can put in your mouth, start moving forward.

      Point your finger toward the darkness and tell it to go to Hell and call it the worse word you can ever use. Then smile at God and tell Him that He and you are going to make it. We are going to make it in Jesus Name. Rex

  9. lily

    I’m really in a bad place . It’s haRd to care for myself and the baby. I don’t know how I ended up Back here. I’m in a desperate place .

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  10. ColdandWarm

    Thank you, I missed yall too.
    I had to take some time away (which turned out to be more than expected) to just figure out where I was going with life, figure out what exactly I believe and just sort through all the things that are going on. If I didn’t I would’ve probably gone crazy.

    I’ve been volunteering a lot with animals lately.
    Someone poisened this poor dog so he is super protective and trusts no one, and earlier this week he came up to me and stuck his head between my arm and now we are inseparable 😛
    It breaks my heart what happens to some of them though. And how much it takes to earn their trust after that

    1. Jennie

      I thank God for the scriptures. I feel like I was in denial of depression,but I have been feeling very heavy and useless. But thank God for His word that brings hope,

  11. ColdandWarm

    Oh sweetie 🙁 I’m so sorry 🙁 🙁
    It breaks my heart to hear that!
    Just please try to remember that God works in ways not known to us.
    While our plan leads to happiness and comfort in this world; His leads to eternal happiness and comfort with Him.
    I’ve had many come to me to talk, and I have told people many many many times that we live in a broken dark world filled with sickness and evil, but all the trials we face in this world lead to a eternal life with no tears or troubles if you keep your eyes on Him.
    So don’t advert your eyes or attention to the pain or the negative Kay. Please don’t, keep your eyes on Him. He gives us rest in troubled times and he gives us serinity in choas. Look to Him for that Kay. I know its hard…. but my prayers (and my Pastors prayers) are with you ♡

  12. Kay

    Cold&Warm, good to hear from you and Rex. I need prayers. I’m in the hospital, am so sick, I’m almost praying to die. Please remember me.

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  13. ColdandWarm

    Hello once again Rex and Kay!
    Thank you for continuing to spread love and hope on this site.
    God bless you guys.

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  14. ColdandWarm

    I am so sorry for your situation. Things like that are never easy, buy they are made a thousand time’s easier with God. I am praying for you ♡

  15. ColdandWarm

    JenC, I am glad you found this site!
    People here are wonderful!
    God bless you ♡ 🙂

  16. Kay

    LeeAnn, you said it so well – being human, sometimes things get the best of the best. That is evident from many of the postings here. I pray that life goes well for you and your family and urge you to read some postings and the scriptures cited here in and keep faith above hopelessness.

  17. LeAnn Mason

    ( Masonkeller ) I’ve been finding myself off and on for the past two months going in and out time where I’m feeling really down, I haven’t worked since February of 2016 I stopped to finish school and doing that time till May 2016 when I finish I was okay. You see I’ve just entered a field where I don’t have any experience and it been really hard to find a good job. Income is very tight no room for anything else it’s been a at home everyday summer for the kids just seeing them that way puts pain in my heart. Having to go back on government food and medical assisting after years of beening able to maintain well there is shame and not telling my family cause they are just maintaining themselves. Now school is right around the corner, uniform and soo much more the last thing I want is a hand out . But I really could use prays for the place of employment that God has for me and that in the mean time straight to maintain. I know my father has me and my family , but being human situation sometimes gets the best of the best. Masonkeller

  18. Kay

    Autumn, you are right to trust God to get you through this – always remember that we all have experienced your type of pain and we are still here!

  19. lily

    Your words …soothing in this time of difficulty . Thank you rex. I am trying and will continue. God bless your soul and your walk with cancer I will pray upon. Thank you for understanding me . Thank you so much

    You are truly one of God’s angels

    1. Autumn Summers

      Wow, first I pray for everyone that their sorrow be replaced with hope, praise and gladness. I too have been struggling recently at a few disappointments. I was duped by someone who claimed he cared about me. I have forgiven everyone and want God to take over my entire life, mind body and thoughts. My focus will be on Jesus and he is my refuge. I have never experienced this type of pain but an trusting God to get through it. Everyone else will as well. The scriptures are very helpful. God bless all.

  20. lily

    I’ve been so down today everyone afraid of falling deeper into the pit. I can only keep thinking that this time last year I was freed of the first episode I’ve ever experienced. I really can’t tell what’s going to happen in the future or what’s pregnancy hormones. I don’t want to dwell as Rex said but I just can’t take feeling so down. It isn’t fair to feel like that . Tomorrow I go in to be induced for my pregnancy and how can I get through that with such a vulnerable ND weak feeling mind and body right now. Sometimes I feel alone in this because not everyone understands

    God bless everyone
    I just wish I were happy like before

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      Lily – Pregnancy and childbirth notwithstanding, I think I know exactly what you are going through. You don’t have to be perfect in all this. Lean hard on God’s grace, favor, and mercy. You don’t have to do it yourself. Turning it over to Him is what you are to do. The next thing to do is to go to bed and get as much rest as you can. God will do the rest. Remember, one day at a time. You have no past and He has your future. Capiche?

      By the way, I am on hormone therapy for some remaining cancer. I agree, hormones are a real, um, bummer. I could not use the word I wanted to. I am praying for you and we love you. You ARE going to have a great day tomorrow. Praise God, and hell with the devil. Rex

    2. Kay

      Lily, I thought of you today during church service. We sang a wonderful hymn, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”, which actually speaks to depression sufferers in general because we are all seeking to walk closer to the Lord and we all have to keep our daily struggles in perspective, we should never give them enough power to distract us from our goal, they are so mortal but He is not, He is our reward. The words I particularly like are: “I am weak, but Thou art strong; Jesus, keep me from all wrong; I’ll be satisfied as long As I walk, let me walk close to Thee. Through this world of toil and snares, If I falter, Lord, who cares? Who with me my burden shares? None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.”

      God is with us and forgives our trespasses so why should we worry? If we feel guilty or inept, God erases our faults, so why shouldn’t we? When we have that support we can get through anything. Say, “God, I’m tired of worrying, I’m tired of feeling depressed, I am so tired of being so tired! Please lift me into your sunshine.” Believe He can do it, and He will!

      I pray that you and your baby are well.

  21. Kay

    Rex, this is one of your best. You continually find the heart of the matter and help us to handle it. Thank you.

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      Kay – Thank you so much. Your gracious words are so encouraging. We all need that, especially in the day we are heading into. We are going to have tremendous victory in the days ahead but it will take focus and the direct leading of the Holy Spirit. Exciting and dangerous go together, and Christianity, true Christianity, is no exception to this.

      We love you and thank you for all your wonderfully supporting comments to the people that visit this site with needs. They need you and God needs you. Rex

  22. lily

    I am sorry you are experiencing that. In situations like this you will have to continuously remind yourself that while you will be impacted emotionally , the decision this woman has made has become a situation that is out of your complete control. You can ask God every morning every night to give you the strength to emotionally withstand this hard time of not being able to see your flesh and blood , but also ask God to soften the heart of this woman to have compassion toward the situation. It is tough yes and you will need to pray and talk to God constantly to remain uprooted and faithful that one day you will be able to connect with your daughter as you wish. You see , there is the serenity prayer that says god grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change but this is by far more complex than that line but it can help in bribeing slight ease to you to realize that you are working with a difficult person. I will pray for a turn around for you but until then pray for emotional resilience during this time ND believe that God will turn this situation around and that your daughters purity Will never be detured in believing that you aren’t a good father. Pray for your daughter. Talk to her aloud until you are able to see her and ask God to deliver each and every word to her soul.

    Hang on

    We are here for you

  23. Adeleye Bamidele

    I just stumbled on rhis website two days ago and since then my life has changed. I have a daughter out of wedlock. The mother was suppose to be my wife but she is a very hot person. She hates my mum and my family. She gave birth and till now she wont allow me see my daughter. I have lost hope in seeing her but i believe one day i will see my daughter. She wants her to believe that i dont care about her. I need wordsto be strong. What shoukd i read daily for her and be hopeful.

  24. lily

    By the way lily is my middle name and April is my first so I’m sorry Rex and k if I confused you. I’ll be using lily going forward

  25. lily

    Rhissey, thank you for sharing your story here. I, too have battled Ruth the question of whether one needs to attend a home based church to be filled or fully protected with the word of god. I know that with the baby on the way it might be tough to get there and really strengthen that foundation inside of the church and always wonder if that is what makes me more vulnerable to the devil trying Me.
    In the past I would tell you that your personal relationship with God is strengthened within you and your direct connection with him. The church is more so one of the homes that people gather for guidance in a group and leadership from a pastor. I will await Rex to reply however because I’d like to know.

    Battlefield of the mind is the first book that was brought to me as I sat in the hospital not understanding how I would get out or why depression plagued my life. It is a good read. It takes Alot of focus to turn your mind toward it but is worth it .
    I will also pray for you rhissey. Continue to stand in your desire to know and be closest to God and god alone. He loves that

    Heart fully,

  26. Rhissey

    Rex, thank you for responding, you are doing good by God!!!

    This is such a difficult thing to deal with and even admit to it! I’ve always been told you are suppose to pray a prayer once and it’s done God will take care of it!!!
    It seems to me that I can continue to pray these prayers to continually rebuke the darkness!

    A little background on my spirituality, I was born and raised in a Catholic Church, went to Catholic school and was very active in the church. When I was 18, I decided I’m not a Catholic although I still am Gods child and am very much so a believer. I have a funny feeling that’s when the dark came in. I was confused because I felt Catholics were misinformed about God. It was so mind boggling to me that I could walk into church and not feel safe but feel more condemned then before I walked in! It is a painful thing to feel rejected by the only church u have ever known!

    Anyways I decided I can believe in God and his glory without all of the judgements and guidelines I was taught and learned in that environment. Well I can honestly say I haven’t been to any church for years.
    Do you think one has to go to church to be filled with the Lords word? If so I haven’t been doing it right!

    I am also reading a book called “the battlefield of the mind” by Joyce Meyers. Very good read for those who are plagued by depression. It really put the darkness into perspective for me and made me feel a totally different way about the depression and how to let God help me!
    I know the hopeless too well and I do not want to live that way! I want to be fulfilled from the inside out and thru all the prayers even if there is still a sense of darkness I have confidence that the Lord is with me every step of the way!

    I struggle because I don’t want to be a part of a “religion” I only want to be a part of the word of God. Life is hard enough without feeling condemned for feeling some kind of way…

  27. April Simmons

    Rex and k,I couldn’t thank you enough for your insights and perspectives. Sometimes being deeply rooted in something ..u become engulfed only with the emotional component of it but you guys are such blessings from above for every word of insight you have given me . Rex your advice guided me this morning as I made it habit to connect with God so many times today. I really needed him. You made a good point about not looking back into the past because I tend to do that a lot and that generates a lot of my fear of returning to that really dark place i came from. Kay, yes once you have had a major depression it’s so hard distinguishing sadness or what’s normal or what’s situational or what isn’t. It all becomes so blurry. I am going to remember the light that led me out of my last moment and become stronger in the word of God. I’ll be needing you guys for words of encouragement. Don’t go anywhere as I’m here for everyone also.

  28. Kay

    Lily, you are stronger than you think. Sounds like you fought back from the black hole and got out of a bad relationship, which of course caused a change in your life situation. Now you are dealing with pregnancy hormones and are probably feeling overwhelmed and, I’m sure, you are so fearful of slipping back into that hole. Read what Rex has written, go back and read the scriptures he cites, think of the future with only positive thoughts, remember the strength that led you to daylight before and concentrate on that, remember that you are much stronger now than you were before because you’ve already experienced success, ask God’s help and, most importantly, accept the help I know he is ready to give you. Together you can make it! K

  29. lily

    Thank you faith for your reply. I truly have been talking to God . It is so tough when you’re burdened in the heart to see anything getting better and just to think this time last year I was on cloud 9 from coming out of my first episode. I like the name faith mechanic. I need lots of faith right now. Do you think I’ll get better again

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      Lily – Of course you will get better again, and better still from the last ‘good time.’ It will take focus and determination but it will not be as tough as you could (and probably do) imagine. Focus on God one day at a time, without the track record (both good and bad) from the past and without the oncoming pressure of the future. Put blinders on to look solely what you have to do at hand. And keep yourself full of the hope and expectation that runs through the Word of God. Manage your thoughts. It will get easier. Choose to look on the bright side while doing what you have to do in the nasty day to day. We love you. Rex

  30. lily

    I joined this chat last year when I had a very bad first episode of major depression . I didn’t understand it at first because it took over me mind body and soul . I ended up on medication , some time in the hospital and then detoxing. I felt much better after a couple of months. Now I feel I’ve been plagued again but interesting enough I’ve been researching situational depression. I haven’t battled depression my whole life. First episode was age 27 when stressful events happen which triggered it but doctors say all you need is a trigger. Now I’m here again wondering if I should seek help now or if this is truly situational what I’m feeling. Right now I’m 40 weeks pregnant. I experienced my pregnancy alone after ending my relationship since February. I was recently assaulted by a tenant on my premises with a knife to stomach and evacuated immediately only to be at families house where I have no place of my own now. I’ve been working my entire pregnancy because I don’t get maternity and have just felt a little alone in this process. I have been feeling really down off and on and have been wondering if this will go away once my situation improves or if it’s just depression I’ll never get rid of. Situational depression is tricky guys because situational depression can trigger a depressive episode so it kind of meshes together. What do you guys think I’m experiencing …

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      Lily – We will pray for you. Just know that people love you and care for you. A lot of stuff is going on, who knows. Try your best to stay in the peace of God. It is a peace that ‘passes understanding.’ That means that it is not escape or denial. It can look at and understand all that is going on and still be peaceful. That is God! Talk to Him and spend time with Him. Expect Him to help you and let His love flow into you. Push back the fears and the hurt and let the hope and peace flow in. We are praying for you. Rex

  31. Rhissey

    I agree! Not to make light of anyone else’s journey, but I often wish that I had situational depression. Then at least I could recognize it for what it really is!

    I often hear of people who are depressed because of circumstances that are less then desirable. Things that happen in their life that have sort of put a fork in the road for them! To me this is Gods way of telling you he has bigger plans! I think often people don’t embrace change, but lose faith because of change. That is what I truly believe causes situational depression.
    Me on the other hand I am constantly reminded of and to a point haunted with the whole “why are you depressed? You are beautiful inside and out, you have a great job, supportive family, you have everything anyone wants, you have no reason to be sad” … It is true, I know all of this, and I refuse to let the flesh world affect my mental stability. It is far more complex then what people can see or what they know about me. It’s incredibly hard to cope when u don’t even know what you are coping for.
    Everyday I embrace, and am thankful to just wake up! I know deep down to the existence of my soul that I have a purpose! I know God doesn’t make mistakes, so I fight for that reason! I can honestly say without God and the strong spirituality surrounding me by the Holy Spirit I would die. I would have no reason to take another breath. I thank God everyday that he wraps me with his love and has confidence in me.

    There are days like today tho, where it feels like death has already bestowed upon me. I’m just waiting for God to make that call for me to join him in his Kingdom!

    Thank you for responding Kay, you are truly making the good Lord above proud!!!

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      Rhissey – Your non-situational depression is a spirit! Do all you can to get rid of it.

      Let’s say you find yourself walking down and dark alley at night. You feel fearful. It is natural to feel this way. There is potential danger and this is the alert to be careful. Okay, fine. But what if you are sitting in your chair at home like any other day and suddenly you feel fearful. You have a terror attack for no good reason. Well, there is a reason, a spirit is on attack and fear is his weapon. I’ve had these in the far past.

      The darkness of this evil blocks you from seeing the bright goodness and hope and love that is all around you. It is there but you can not see it because you have been blinded to it. This is what hopelessness is, a blindness to hope. The feeling of hopelessness is despair and depression – the feeling of ‘there is no way out, no hope.’ It feels like death because it is death and yes, it makes you want to give up and go on to the Kingdom. That is its purpose and result, if left alone to work. Realize what it is and what it is lying to you about. Derek Prince had the exact issue and he talks about it in the article – You’ve Got To Have Hope. You can’t fight it yourself. You have to actively fight it in God, aggressively. Imagine life without this thing. Use that vision as your motivation to attack it. You and your family deserve it. We love you, we really do. Rex

  32. Kay

    Rhissey, I am not qualified to offer a professional or medical opinion but I can tell you from my personal experience that the “reason-less” black cloud is the constant depression that haunts so many of us, it’s like a way of life – we wake up with it and we go to sleep with it. It’s actually worse than when we’re depressed because of something happening because there is nothing for us to fix or correct, there’s no solid action for us to take. This is when we need the word of God the most because our confusion over what is causing our depression leaves us so vulnerable and open for Satan to walk right in and make it all worse. Stay with us, we care.

  33. Rhissey

    Ok, curious I am diagnosed with severe depression and let me tell you it is SEVERE! I know all about how these thoughts are the devil lying to us, I totally believe that!!! And when these thoughts come, I’ve learned to get to reading the word ASAP to put me back on to a path with light!!!!
    Since I now know to do that I really am paying attention to and am aware of where these thoughts are coming from!!! Here’s my predicament, I’ve noticed now that sometimes I have not these dark thoughts, but yet I’m depressed! I mean all the physical signs, but no dark thoughts other then being sad cus I feel this way with no ill thoughts! Does this mean it’s not an attack on my soul from evil; and it’s just what the docs say is severe depression??
    I’m confused on this one, can anyone give me more insight in regards to this????

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      Rhissey – Just like how the Bible describes us, ‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful’ Psalms 139:14. We are complex body, soul, and spirit beings. I don’t pretend to know even part of it. How is it that each part affects the others? Our spirit affects our soul and then our body, and vice versa. How can someone, and I have seen it plenty of times, have a spirit driven out of them and then a truly physical malady immediately goes away. There are so many things going on behind the scenes in the spirit that we do not have a clue. Except to know that faith and prayer works and truly affects this realm, which in turn affects the physical. I know this is gross but I have seen people have a spirit cast out of them and then throw up this terrible black stuff. What is that? Derek Prince believes its the connection stuff or nest if you will for the spirit. Whatever it is is crazy.

      I could go on and on. There is so much we do not know. We are like a pet turtle looking up at a light switch and wondering how the sun comes up when it is touched. I know turtles don’t wonder but you get the idea… There is so much going on behind that switch plate to make light come on. So much to know and understand!

      Anyway. The negative evil thoughts you mention are truly of the devil, but the general dark depressed feelings are also from him and his guys. It may not be a direct action but it is a effect of their work. It must be resisted and responded to with the power of God. No nice little churchy stuff but real life kick (butt) effort in the Word and the Spirit of God. God can do it. I have seen it and we have seen it here but a casual approach will not be enough. It takes thinking good thoughts like Marie is talking about in the comment below this, but much more. Confessing the word of God, praying in the spirit, making sure unforgiveness is out of your heart, etc. These things are all somehow connected in the spirit. Someday, we will look back and say, “Wow, that is so simple; we should have just done exactly what the Bible said to do.” Read these articles: Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God, You’ve Got to Have Hope, The Power of the Name of Jesus, The Real Christian, Christ’s Dominion, Cast Out Devils, and Seven Reasons Why Every Believer Should Speak in Tongues. We love you. God is big enough. Rex

  34. Maria

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


    I am filled with LOVE * I love and approve of myself because GOD does not make mistakes, and I am HIS gift! * I Trust in GOD! *
    Every moment is a gift and miracle from GOD and I can make use of my time by thinking positive thoughts and creating loving ideas which will become
    manifest for GOD’s greater glory!* All depression and sadness is a just a lie from the enemy who seeks to ruin, kill and destroy our emotions, and is Easily Overcome by the TRUTH who is the LIVING GOD! THE TRUTH IS LOVE AND JOY! We are victorious in HIM!
    I am safe * I am whole * I am healing * My body is designed to heal naturally all by itself * My loving thoughts travel and heal others * My holy intentions travel and bless others * GOD cares about my life and my feelings * By my free will I choose love, light, holiness and obedience to GOD* I am a citizen of Heaven * Life is exciting * Life is a chance to create a personal miracle that only I can create for the world* My life matters* I don’t have to buy into or believe the negative and destructive lies the devil spreads around the world because I AM A CHILD OF GOD AND I CREATE NEW POSSIBILITIES IN LIFE WITH JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT* The precious blood of Jesus covers me at every moment * I am filled with the HOLY SPIRIT*

  35. Maria

    Praise Jesus! This is a beautiful and wonderful site. THANK YOU!
    We must think, and speak only positive, holy words and thoughts.
    We are free and blessed, we are strong and anointed, we are blessed loved, because each and every one of us are HIS children.
    I am the head, not the tail! I am above, not below! I am a child of God, not of the world! I am a success, not a failure! I am a winner, not a loser!
    I am happy, not sad! I speak love, not hate! I believe in miracles and blessings, not curses! I choose love, not hate! I trust God, not the world!
    The Holy Spirit lives in me! Jesus lives in me! God lives in me! I am His beloved daughter. His mighty and holy arms protect me every minute of my life.
    All of my possessions, family, and territory belongs to God, and He blesses all of it because He loves me! I praise you, my God and Creator! I love You and I trust in You, in Jesus’ holy name I pray! Amen

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