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 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 735

  1. Kay

    John, I can understand how puzzled you are by what you are feeling, the same puzzlement our friends probably feel when dealing with our depression, it is hard for anyone not suffering to understand or even appreciate. If you had broken your arm and were in pain you could see the cause of the pain and know it would go away as soon as you had healed, but depression is an insidious, evil malady that the devil inflicts upon us, and often it is impossible for us to accept even the possibility that it will ever end. But how promising that you have searched for relief and found this site! Read prior stories and responses and you will see that God will indeed see us through – not out of, but through – our illness (and it is an illness, not just a state of mind). So please stick with us and let us provide comfort and ease to each other, it is what God commanded us to do. Blessings to you.

    1. John

      Thanks for the kind words Kay. I will be seeking help from my Church on Sunday. It’s the same Church I attending 30 years ago when I was part of a youth group in the 1980’s. When I returned 6 months ago, there was only one person I remembered from the past who was still there. This person and several others from that era still there did not remember me. To my surprise, I was accepted with open arms. A few weeks later I joined a weekly bible study group, composed of several others all my own age. That group and Church on Sunday is something I always look forward to.

      The biggest problem I have right now is facing a move in 4 days. For the first time in my life I will be living alone after a sheltered life in my family’s home. My father died many years ago, and I never had the courage to move out into the world a few years later when my mother re married. The thought of living alone with no job and so much free time is the source of my depression.

  2. ColdandWarm

    Cristine: God bless you sweetie! I am sooo glad you could find what you found here!! I hope that the feeling of freedom you found is still with you, and will remain like that! The Father knows your pain, and He walks beside you through it. Just keep trusting in Him, and know that His plans are larger than ours.

    God bless you! 🙂 ♡

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    2. John

      I agree that depression is real. I’ve been living with it for 6 months since my job ended. You keep thinking it can’t get any worse (like I did yesterday) and then the next day proves you wrong. I can’t see the light of God due to all the evil darkening my world. I have no idea what it is like to walk in the light without depression. For the first 52 years of my life I ignored God and relied on sin to fill the void. I’m not going back to that life, but am finding God’s world a lot tougher to wake up to each day than I thought possible.

  3. Isabelle

    Thank GOD. It was only GOD that helped me to run across scriptures for depression. I allowed the enemy to invade my life, becoming very stressed over situations I couldn’t get controlled over. It started affecting my prayers for others. GOD heard my cry for help, and now HE has delivered me. Thank you for posting hopefaithprayer.com GOD BLESS

  4. Cristine

    Hi, I’m from the Philippines and I stumbled upon your post. Thank you so much for this, you helped me a lot. Earlier today, I was browsing for online mental help. I I have recurring depression since I was young, sometimes it’s manageable, sometimes it can really be severe. Today, I woke up actually writhing as if in pain, but no physical pain was there and I was moaning as if about to cry. That’s when I knew that I really have to get help but with no money at all to spend, I tried to look online for free consultation. What I found out is that only 1 hospital offers consultation for free plus you have to buy medication. I messaged a friend that I just couldn’t take it anymore. I feel like I’m going crazy and I started to cry. My friend was busy so she wasn’t able to reply. I told myself I have to help myself. That’s when I tried searching for bible verses for depression. I read the verses and I started praying but I seem not to able to create in my mind a good prayer so I searched again for prayers to combat depression and I am very thankful to God to open and read this page. The explanation about depression as having no hope or the “feeling” of that just hit me. Like there’s a feeling of freedom because of this knowledge. I read on and I was really crying my heart out. I figured I wasn’t waiting on the Lord, and that I succumbed to wicked ways. I feel afraid of everything, from not being able to work, to family issues to relationships and physical health. All the verses that you shared made my eyes open on why was I being depressed and how to combat those things. Thank you and our Lord for all of these. The last thing I want is to have some friends that I can talk to about life, the bible and about God. I hope I can find those kinds of friends here that I can chat with to share good news or if I or they are feeling weak. Looking forward to hearing from you..

  5. ColdandWarm

    Kay, thank you but I will not be replying for a long time… God bless you! You and everyone here are also in my prayers

  6. Kay

    ColdandWarm, haven’t seen a post from you in a while, just wanted you to know that you are thought of and prayed for. Amen!

  7. George

    Thank you so much, God’s Word here is Truly a Blessing to me, I have been dealing with this Depression stage of the enemy for a long time not knowing that it is a Trick of of the Devil, I am so Glad that God is God and that He is i N control of my life and I Truly Thank My Heavenly Father and My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

  8. Kay

    ColdAndWarm, I am not at all annoyed, just trying to keep things straight. It is so difficult for a minor trapped n such a situation as yours and it us difficult for us to provide real help, we can only assure you that you are prayed for, that God is watching over you, and that we want you to keep this line of communication open so we can provide as much support as possible. Keep the smile, keep letting us know how you’re doing, and keep the faith!

  9. ColdandWarm

    Kay, yes, and yeah I do. It has been weak since I was really little though, and I am. I got a restraining order against him.

    I have a feeling ya’ll are getting annoyed with me here, and if that is the case I completely understand. It is sooo annoying trying not to get annoyed with me… but I want to say thank you for everything. You helped me more then you know

    1. Kay

      Okay. Is your sickness related to the lung procedure you had recently? It sounds like a lot is happening in your body, do you have a weak respiratory system? I’ve had pneumonia, pleurisy, fractured ribs, so I know how terribly painful it all is. But you know you will get through it so keep your faith – and keep away from your dad!

  10. Kay

    Okay, ColdandWarm, it’s been interesting and knd of fun corresponding with you. When you are able, however, please explain how you go from cheery at 8:21pm, okay at 8:27′ and so near death at 8:29. Unless I am missing something, that’s a hard act to pull off!

  11. ColdandWarm

    I need some prayers guys… I have pnemonia, a collasped lung, pleurisy, and my father tried to choke me so my throat is swollen. I have only been able to get on today to ask for prayers. It has been hard to keep believing God has me in His arms.

  12. ColdandWarm

    But, good thing is, tonight’s “Bible Study ” helped my faith grow stronger, or so it feels as that. I don’t have doubts as I usually do tonight

    1. Kay

      ColdandWarm, I just wanted to add my thoughts about Revelation and some of the other Bible books, because it ties in with my current bible class. You know that the books were written by various people, based on what they had heard or seen, and the happenings in the New Testament very closely match the prophesies that are contained in the Old Testament. Jesus spoke in parables relevant to the people to whom he was speaking – fishing terms to fishermen, gardening to farmers – so they could appreciate what he was teaching. We don’t have that opportunity today so we must delve further to understand.

  13. ColdandWarm

    I went to the Good Friday Service, and came up with many questions, so I asked my pastor and my questions lead to more questions which to lead to more. This is like a never ending journey of questions, and then we got into a study of Revelations, which really opened my eyes, and if you read the words in read before revelation they are words of kindness and grace, but then you go to Revelation and it talks about God appearing with firey eyes, and the whole thing about seeing stars and lampposts… Where did that come from?!?! I don’t remember that anywhere in the Bible. And who wrote Revelations? … I have basically made a theory that if there is one book in the Bible that I am to trust the least, it’s Revelations. It just sounds like some random excuse me if I appear rude, some random crazy guy came in and wrote this to scare us. And I think that if there were another book that could end the Bible that would have been in the Bible and Revelations would be left out with the other books that were taken out. I also heard about Enoch tonight, which was…interesting. I am planning on reading that sometime in the future. Then the gap theory in Genesis. And The whole thing with Lilith. And where heaven is, the answer I got for that varied. One was, it’s inside of you, another is its in a plane. And I have mostly come to a conclusion about my feeling about speaking in tongues, but I am willing to still look at opposing views, but I looked into the Bible and came to the conclusion, that I think that speaking in tongues has happened, but it does not happen anymore, but the apolostles did it, and now the apostles are passed on, and there are so many rules for how to do it, and some who claim to speak tongue aren’t doing it within those rules, and as a result aren’t speaking tongues as it is said in the Bible. This is the summary of why I came to my conclusion, again I am completely ok with looking at opposing sides as long as my beliefs are respected. 🙂

  14. ColdandWarm

    Thank you! I have made some progress in self esteem and happiness. I was able to pick myself up and forgive myself after I did something that I hated myself for, and I have been getting more sleep despite the dreams and have been waking up happy instead of dreading the day ahead. I hope I can continue to grow 🙂

    1. munyaradzi M

      Revelations infact the seal and summary of God’s purpose and summary of his plans for man kind. if the things scare you then change your ways, your thoughts and attitude and align with the teachings of Christ.After that you will not be scared about revelations and you will not wish it was not written. If your maker is random, where does that leave you? For their lack of understanding of God’s deeper issues, the ancient philosophers called the Apostle Paul a chatterer . we need humbleness and love and meditation and God’s holly spirit to understand deeper spiritual issues.

  15. Kay

    ColdandWarm, I am glad that you are having such a good time. I know it’s hard to not worry that it won’t last but that’s what we have to do – enjoy the moment and try not to let worry invade your happiness. This is one of the good times that you have to put in a pocket of your mind and when things get you down, pull it out and remember that things will always get better. I’m glad too that you are reading the bible. Psalms in particular has lovely poetic verses, it’s good to read when you want to escape the jumbled thoughts invading your mind.

    I hope you have a happy and blessed Easter!

  16. ColdandWarm

    I have been happier these past few days, which is good because that’s one of the things I’m trying to work on. I am at my Nana’s house, and we read the Bible after dinner and we read a passage about not worrying and trusting in God, but I am finding it a little bit tough, even in the good moments when I can find happiness like these past couple days, to trust that God will let me continue to have this happiness, so I tend to not get my hopes up that it will last because I worry it will be false hope if I do hope. May I have some tips on how to help with this?..

  17. ColdandWarm

    Kay, thank you for sharing that with me. I do not have a long response as I usually do because I have found it is hard to find the right words right now. I know that God saw that wonderful deed you did and was pleased. I will remember that. Thank you

  18. ColdandWarm

    I have tried everything I can to find her. The reason I think she is not alive anymore is that when she was home she was constantly trying to end her life, but I was there to stop here, when she left I was no longer there. She was incredibly strong and courageous, but I know that she very well wanted to end her life, and she had the strength to do it… I do not blame my family much, except for my dad hiding that I had a sister. She wouldn’t open up to anyone and they didn’t have the patience to try. Very few people do. I am doing my best to think kind and goods thoughts, but really all that goes through my mind is why didn’t I look a little harder and see that she was going to leave? I failed once again. But I know that she wouldn’t want me thinking this and I owe her so much so I’m trying.

    1. Kay

      ColdandWarm, I may not know much but I can guarantee that neither your sister nor God blames you for anything. As you go through life you will see that everyone has a story and every family has its relationship troubles. My younger daughter was left in a basket in the street in Seoul, Korea. For years we thought the name we were given was her name but it turned out that it was just a number they assigned to her, they couldn’t even be bothered to give her a name. For years she banged her head in her sleep so severely that we had to see a pediatric neurologist. She will never ever feel loved, only that she was such a bad girl her mother didn’t want her. She also had a skin condition that required me to medicate her head to toe morning and night. Top that off with being ridiculed for not looking American enough, and you’ve got the recipe for disaster. We tried our best, it’s taken me a long time to accept that I helped her as much as I could, and God knows that.

      Sorry to run on for this long, but my point is the old saying, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”, is true and something we should always remember. Peace be with you!

  19. ColdandWarm

    A few years ago my sister came home and that was the first time I learned I had another sister. That night I sat in her room and we talked about who we were, and our story up to that point. She used to live with my dad, but her mom took him to court and got full custody. Her mom was then married to another who very badly abused her when she lived with them, then her mother passed and her mom’s husband didn’t want her, so my dad regained custody. While she lived with us she constantly tried to end her life, and she burned herself and continued to self harm. She was not one to open up very easily, and she didn’t talk about what was going on to anyone in our family except for me on rare occasion. I only saw her cry once in the middle of the night when she walked in my room and sat on my bed and took me in her arms and she cried. She was so incredibly strong and sweet, but no one took the time on her since she didn’t open up very easily. One morning we woke up and I looked for her, and went into her room and saw a note on her door that said she had to leave. She couldn’t handle the things life gave her, and she couldn’t continue to break the family because she couldn’t handle the things going on. From that day foward my family has not brought her up. Her stuff was out of the house within a few days and everyone acted as though nothing had happened. It has been an unspoken knowledge that she probably isn’t alive anymore, and today is her birthday. Everyone goes on with their world as normal. But that day my world stopped spinning. No words are to be mentioned of her today just as every other day, but my world is never the same without her. Very few people even know I have another sister because it hurts me to even remember back then. And today sucks, but I’m trying to be happy because I know that is what Dez would want. Please pray for her, wherever she may be right now.

    1. Kay

      ColdandWarm, my God, how much more will you have to take?! Obviously you are a very strong girl because you have gone through so much and are still so smart, kind and compassionate. Since you don’t have any actual knowledge of your sister’s whereabouts, why don’t you think positively that she is well and having a fine life. You can do a lot of searching on line, there are probably even sites that give you directions on how to find people. Your family doesn’t have to know what you’re doing and this would be a good project for you.

      I think you should also try to think kindly of your family. I’m sure they were upset and hurt about your sister and they probably were trying their best to help her. So think good thoughts and talk to God about it and know that we all support you.

  20. ColdandWarm

    Do you by chance have an article on dreams on this website? I am having some trouble with nightmares. I am usually able to determine why I had it, what it meant, or what I needed to process, but the dreams I have make me scared of every touch and sound, and break me inside every time. I need some help.

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      FaithMechanic

      I pray for you to have a peaceful and protected night’s sleep in Jesus Name! We stand against the wiles of the Devil concerning you. We all love you. Rex

  21. ColdandWarm

    I listened to one of his witchcraft videos… it took me awhile to form an opinion that is why I didn’t reply right away, and I still don’t have a solid opinion, but I do have a question or so. First of…that was all honestly a little hard to believe. Second, why is all this witchcraft stuff directed towards women? Does it happen to men?

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      Oh yeah, demonic stuff happens to men, sure. Men and women have different issues to deal with. Witchcraft is his topic here and its issue is mostly control, which women tend to have more of an issue with. Men other stuff, or they exhibit their control in more physical ways.

      I have prayed for people that started to throw up all of a sudden, with this terrible black stuff. One day, we had a young guy call our church to get delivered from demons. We prayed for him and he puked gross stuff into a big bucket. Afterward, he was absolutely set free and was a completely different person – immediately. He started witnessing about Jesus every day and eventually went to Bible school. We still talk once or twice a week. He called me today, but I was on the phone. It really works and it is real. There have been other times too.

      Most everything you see is controlled by things you don’t see. We aren’t to be paranoid but we are to be alert. I had an old tribal mask from Africa. I felt God told me to finally get rid of it. Things can carry evil or demons in some way for fashion.

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      1. Kay

        ColdandWarm, I’ve been following the exchanges between you and Rex. I know nothing about the witchcraft stuff but I do know something about “they” and ” them”. While we do have to follow family and polite social rules, don’t let “them” overpower you. When they don’t know what to do with you or cannot diagnose you, it is their lack, not yours. The only voice you should listen to is God’s blessing you!

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  22. ColdandWarm

    It was a doctor. Basically I either have severe depression, mild depression or phsycotic depression. They want to put me on anti depressants but I told them you can’t fix broken hearts by drugging me up just cuz u don’t know how to handle feelings… they did not like that very much….

  23. Kay

    ColdandWarm, now who told you that? Was it a professional? They love labels. Don’t get too excited, wait and see and chill!

  24. Kay

    ColdandWarm, so now you know what to do – pick up those pieces with loving hands and put them all back where they belong and praise God for giving you such an enormous, beautiful and loving heart!

  25. ColdandWarm

    I spent a few hours praying…basically just pouring out my heart… before I wanted to cry now I don’t, but I don’t know what I feel. I feel empty

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