As someone who has dealt and depression first hand and second hand, I know how difficult it can be to carry on when all you want to do is just give up. While depression is very real and should be taken seriously regardless of your age, gender, or situation, it is not more powerful than Christ. In Christ, there is always a way out. God has armed us with His Word so that we can fight the devil’s lies with God’s truth. In this post, I am sharing 30 powerful bible verses to fight depression and live life with peace and hope.
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DEPRESSION IN CHRISTIANS
Something that many people try to omit is that depression can exist within the Christian community. While God intended for his children to live life in his perfect liberty, there are situations in life that can pull us into depression.
Tragedies, loneliness, disappointments, heart breaks, grief, addictions, sin, and any open doors to dark spiritual forces can lead to depression. So while we’re living on this earth, we’ll always be exposed to these things. However, there is hope in Christ. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “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.”
Now, is it a sin to be depressed? No.
Depression is an illness just like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses.
Is it abnormal for a Christian to be depressed? No, it can happen to any of us.
HOWEVER, we can not let depression dominate us, overcome us, or worst stop us.
We don’t have to accept depression in our lives. That’s the difference between dealing with depression alone and dealing with depression with God. God gives you a way out.
FIGHTING DEPRESSION AS A CHRISTIAN
God doesn’t want us to live life oppressed or depressed.
He wants us to FIGHT against the spirit of depression. Because if you didn’t know, depression is a spirit. And this spirit doesn’t come from God, it comes from the devil.
So, if for whatever reason you allowed this spirit to enter your life, God wants you to fight against it now. Maybe you weren’t able to prevent it from entering your life then, but God is giving you the weapons to rebuke this spirit and live life in peace now.
You don’t have to accept depression.
John 8:31 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Maybe you have been a Christian for years, but you have never really developed a personal relationship with God. Oh yes, there are many people who identify themselves as Christians, but don’t actually live a godly life.
Well, freedom doesn’t come from identifying yourself to a certain religion.
Freedom comes from knowing Jesus.
TIPS TO FIGHT DEPRESSION AS A CHRISTIAN
1. Develop a personal relationship with God.
Don’t settle with just knowing about God through what you have learned about God from others. Strive to know God through what you experience with him yourself. Because it’s one thing to know about someone and another to know them personally.
And the closer you are to God, the easier it’ll be to live in His truth, liberty, and peace.
2. Pray to God continually and fervently
Prayer is always important, but when you are dealing with spiritual forces, you have to rely on prayer even more. When I was dealing with depression, the only thing that gave me peace was prayer. It didn’t matter how empty, sad, or lost I felt, every single time that I prayed to God, I always came away feeling hopeful and joyful.
Opening up to someone can be difficult and sometimes risky for many reasons, but you can never go wrong when opening up to God. God is the one person who will listen to what you have to say for as long as you need and provide you with comfort afterwards.
So, develop the habit of talking to God daily. And every time that you’re feeling anxious, sad, or empty, go to His presence. He will never forsake you or reject you.
You can never pray too much or bore God with your problems.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
3. Simply worship God
Many people underestimate the power of worship, but worship is one of the most powerful weapons a Christian can possess. If you recall, King Saul was only able to find peace in the midst of worship. Every time David played his harp, Kind Saul had peace in his heart. Another scripture that comes to mind is the story of the battle of Jericho. Although the walls of Jericho were strong and indestructible, the Israelites were able to make the walls of Jericho fall down through worship. The walls came crumbling down when the Israelites starting shouting and worshiping God.
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4. Fight the devil’s lies with God’s truth
The last tip I can give you is to read the Bible a lot. Don’t just read a verse and call it a day. Instead, make it a habit to read the Bible frequently and intentionally so that when the devil throws lies your way, you can easily destroy his lies with God’s truth. The more you read scripture, the more verses you will be able to use in your defense.
James 4:7 says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Submit yourself to God by delighting in His word and resist the devil by fighting his lies with scripture. God has promised victory to those who submit and resist properly.
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30 POWERFUL BIBLE VERSES TO FIGHT DEPRESSION
Since one of the best way to fight depression is by using scripture, below I’m sharing 30 important reminders inspired by 30 of my favorite bible verses to fight depression.
1. GOD RESCUES THE OPPRESSED
Psalms 9:9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.
2. GOD WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU
Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
3. THE LORD THINKS ABOUT YOU
Psalm 9:12 But I am poor and needy;Yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.
4. GOD IS YOUR KEEPER
Psalm 121:5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
5. GOD WILL PRESERVE YOUR SOUL
Psalm 121:7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
6. GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU
Joshua 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
7. GOD WANTS YOU TO BE STRONG
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
8. GOD GOES BEFORE YOU
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
9. GOD HAS THOUGHTS OF PEACE FOR YOU
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
10. GOD WILL STRENGTHEN YOU
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11. GOD WANTS TO HELP YOU
Isaiah 41:13 For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
12. YOU CAN FIND REST IN JESUS
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
13. THERE IS PEACE IN JESUS CHRIST
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
14. YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
15. CAST YOUR ANXIETY ON GOD
1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
16. THE LORD IS YOUR SHEPHERD
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
17. GOD WILL DELIVER YOU FROM ALL FEAR
Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
17. GOD WILL DELIVER YOU FROM ALL FEAR
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. (NKJV)
18. THIS BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GODS
2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
19. GOD IS WITH YOU IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE
Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. (NKJV)
20. GOD’S PEACE WILL GUARD YOUR MIND
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)
21. GOD TRANSFORMS WEAKNESS INTO STRENGTH
2 Corinthians 12:10 – Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
22. GOD IS YOUR COMFORT
Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (NKJV)
23. REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)
24. GOD IS PRESENT IN THE TIME OF NEED
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NKJV)
25. THE WORD OF GOD HEALS
Psalm 107:20 – He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. (NKJV)
26. GOD CAN HEAL YOUR HEART
Psalm 147: 3 – He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. (NKJV)
27. THERE IS HOPE WHILE YOU’RE ALIVE
Ecclesiastes 9:4 – But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. (NKJV)
28. GOD WILL RENEW YOUR STRENGTH
Isaiah 40:31 – But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (NKJV)
29. FIND JOY IN GOD’S PRESENCE
Psalm 16:11 – You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (NKJV)
30. GIVE YOUR FEELINGS TO GOD
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (NKJV)
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I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyed reading this selection of bible verses to fight depression. Let me know in the comments below which bible verse you like to go back to when you’re feeling sad, anxious, or afraid! Also, what other verse would you add to this list of bible verses to fight depression?
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