5-Bible verses on how to overcome anxiety and heal from depression, Biblically
- Refuse the lie of the enemy.
- Obey God, dwell on good things.
- Seek God’s revelation.
- Do “good works” and stop moping.
1. Refuse the lie
Saying “I am depressed” is agreeing to the enemy’s lies. Satan wants to destroy you; he’s the “father of lies” who whispers it’s hopeless (John 8:44). Jesus says the opposite; He will never forsake you. Jesus rebuked Satan’s lies, and so should you in His name. (Luke 4)
The most common tool Satan uses against us is hopelessness and doubt. He plants these thoughts in our minds. If we focus on them, the enemy gains a foothold that can cause demonic oppression. [Signs of Demonic influence]
Rebuke Satan’s lies
“… 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.”
2. Obey God, give thanks, and dwell in His mercy
God says, “Do not grieve (Nehemiah 8:10),” “Do not be anxious (Philippians 4:6-7), “Do not despise discipline… the Lord disciplines those he loves…” (Proverbs 3:11-12). These are not suggestions but commands.
Part of obeying God is to accept His will. We give thanks in everything—including difficult times. Doing so develops endurance so that we may lack nothing. (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 10:36)
Give thanks in difficult times.
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.”
3. Help others instead of moping
Ever notice that it makes you feel good after you do good to someone? Somehow, it causes our brain to produce chemicals that push down depressive ones. Science confirms that doing good work can cure depression.
The context of Isaiah 58 seems unrelated, but it’s interesting how our souls become satisfied when we obey God by doing good to others.
Also, feeling sorry for yourself, self-pity and dwelling on your problem won’t do anything. The problem you have now may be difficult, but there are other people who have worse problems than you have.
Being depressed because of emotional trauma can be overcome, but depression because someone is losing their eyesight or has died is undeniably more difficult to overcome.
“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them and not to turn away from your flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing (satisfy your soul in dry places) will quickly appear.”
4. Read scriptures for revelation
Jesus prayed several times a day and often went to a quiet place to talk to God — so should we (Joshua 1:8). Faith grows by reading the Bible, and we bear fruit of joy when we abide in Jesus, the true vine. (Read John 15)
God’s law (His words) is a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths (Psalm 119:105). Additionally, you can declare words that affirm God’s sovereignty in our lives.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any hurtful way in me, And lead me in an everlasting way.”
5. Remain in the vine
Ultimately, only Jesus can help us overcome our struggles. The battle is the Lord, and Jesus said that if we remain in Him, the true vine, we will bear fruit. The fruits of joy and peace.
As Pastor Paul Washer puts it, “Each passing year increases my conviction that all I have is Jesus. The inward look brings only despair, but one glance at Christ heals all.”
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me, you can do nothing.”
– My Prayer –
“Father in the heavens, take over my heart and mind. I choose to believe in the power of your love and rebuke the lies of the enemy in Jesus’ name. Thank you for the trials of faith. I am joyful and have peace through Jesus, who gives me strength!”