How To Fight Depression with Scripture
There is no shortage of troubles in this life. We often get down and sometimes we can’t get back up. Depression runs in my family and more than once, I’ve had to pull myself up from a very dark place to be a functioning human being.
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Depression is real and can often be scary. Your thought processes can be considered quite insane. You feel unworthy, unqualified, essentially undone in almost every way. But it doesn’t have to be like that. This post will teach how to fight depression with scripture.
The bonds of depression are real but you can fight depression with Scripture.
No matter what has caused your depression, and I know it can be some very severe circumstances, you can achieve freedom but you’ll have to fight for it.
God has given us an endless supply of promises. A promise to live a healthy life. A promise of heaven for eternity. A promise of an abundant life here on earth.
The Word of God is not only our daily bread, it’s our sword. It’s how we fight back against the enemy. Satan is here to steal, kill, and destroy. He wants you suffering and miserable, just as he is. But the good news is, we have Jesus!
What you need to know is that if Satan can keep you down, then you can’t be effective for the kingdom of God. You won’t be able to do God’s work or bless others.
I suggest you recite these daily and several times throughout your day, get them planted into your Spirit and take at least 5 minutes to pray. If you have more time, then, by all means, use it.
I absolutely realize that you might be reading this thinking that nothing will help, that no one cares or believes in you. Well, I may not know you personally but I believe you.
I believe you can get past this and learn how to deal with it daily so you can be who you are called to be.
I believe in you! You can do this!
1. Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you., before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet for the nations.”
Do you know that before you were even born, God had a plan for your life? The Father thought of you and wanted you. He designed you exactly how He wanted. You were designed by the amazing Creator. Just think of that for a moment. He thought of you and couldn’t have this world without you.
The same God who created all that you see. He wanted you. You are the apple of God’s eye.
2. Psalm 18:2
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Wow! This scripture says it all. God is our rock. God is our refuge. God is our salvation.
Get that in your spirit. Let God be your stronghold, not depression. Not despair. Take a hold of this promise and keep it close. Shout it out each time you feel yourself slipping into that horrible place.
Make God your refuge and cry out to Him.
3. John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This is one of my favorite scripture to recite. We must remind ourselves daily that we are overcomers. We do not have to live in depression. We do not have to live in the sorrow.
Take heart in the fact that Jesus has already done it all. He has taken all the guilt, shame, sorrow, depression and more, destroyed it for us to live in victory.
We are victorious because God says we are.
4. Psalm 42:11
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”
This scripture was written by the sons of Korah and is part of a song to the Lord. The question is why is my soul downcast? If I am made in the image of Christ, the ruler of the earth, the One who designed me, then why am I sad?
You are much more than what those thoughts are telling you. You are worthy. You are valued. Let your soul rise up in triumphic victory and be sad no more.
5. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
Depression is no laughing matter and it’s hard to feel comfort when you're overwhelmed by sadness or grief. Speaking this scripture out loud can bring a comfort like no other. God is comfort. He is all good. Imagine yourself being wrapped up in arms of love and comfort.
Imagine being held in the hands of God. No stress, no unhappiness, just peace and comfort.
6. Psalm 40:1-2
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
My, oh my, what an encouraging scripture! When we turn to God, He listens. HE LISTENS. He does not leave us. He does not turn from us. He lifts us up and gives us a place to stand.
Depression sometimes feels like a deep, dark pit. Yes, slimy even. But if we just cry out to Him, He will lift us out of that state and give us a new mindset. He will never forsake you.
7. Psalm 51:10
“Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
There are times when our actions have led us to the unsavory places that we find ourselves in. Asking God to purify us and strengthen our spirit is one way to start or continue the journey out of depression.
A steadfast spirit is one that will not sway when troubles come, will not give in when the darkness starts to close in. A steadfast spirit is one that remains strong no matter the adversity.
This is achieved by staying close to Him and reading the Word daily.
8. 1 Corinthians 16:13
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
In order to fight depression, we must keep our guard up. We must pay attention to those things that set us off and lead us down the road of darkness.
Being prepared and on the offensive is a mighty way to stay out of depression. But how do we do that? Stay in prayer and read the Bible. Write down the things that cause you to slip under so you can learn to recognize them and release.
Staying active in the fight, learning how you tick and what set you off leads you to the path of victory and righteousness.
9. Psalm 26:4
“ Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.”
The Rock eternal. He is our firm foundation on which we can stand. Trust in Him to bring you out of your mess and into victory.
Forever. That’s a long time. But that is who God is. He is forever your rock and you can forever trust Him with your life. Your difficult circumstances become unimportant in the light of this promise.
10. Ephesians 6: 10-18
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
and with your feet fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
The word stand is in these scriptures three times.
I do believe the Lord is trying to tell us something. We must STAND FIRM. It’s imperative that we not weaken in our walk.
These scriptures pertain to the armor of God. We are told to stand we need to put on the armor of God. This is a daily activity that must be done. Especially when battling depression.
I suggest you physically put the armor on. Do the motions as if you are putting on the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of righteousness, etc. In doing this, you can overcome depression and anxiety.
With regards to this, the physical act of putting the armor on, ignites something in the Spirit. It fills us with not only with strength but a sense of accomplishment.
In many of these scriptures, you’ll notice a theme. The theme of a rock. A rock is typically and hard and stable thing. This is representative of God to us. He’s not going anywhere. With the word of God, you can fight depression with scripture. For more encouragement in overcoming this adversity, EveryDay Health has a great post on how to get things done while living with depression.
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God wants you to live filled with joy and happiness
Not down and distraught, those are the enemy’s plans for you.
FIGHT BACK. Show Satan who’s boss. Through Christ, you have the power and authority over the fear and darkness.
I hope I’ve empowered you to fight back against depression. Take ahold of your future and walk in the victorious life you were meant to.
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Have a blessed day!