How to Overcome Depression, Biblically

7-Bible verses on how to overcome anxiety and heal from depression, Biblically


  • Refuse the lie of the enemy.
  • Thank God for your problem,
  • Seek God’s revelation.
  • Confess your sins.
  • Think about these things.
  • Do “good works” and stop moping.
  • Remain in the vine.

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).

But Jesus says the opposite: He will never forsake you. Jesus rebuked Satan’s lies, and so should you in His name (Luke 4).

God said: “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.

Rebuke Satan’s lies


If you believe Jesus can raise the dead, so can He turn your broken heart to a joyful one. But you have to choose to believe. We have victory through Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Ephesians 6:10-11
“… 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. Thank God for your problem

Part of obeying God is accepting His will, which means we give thanks in everything—including difficulties. Doing so develops endurance so that we may lack nothing (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 10:36).

Apostle Paul faced insurmountable challenges and tragedies, yet he never succumbed to chronic anxiety.

Satan couldn’t destroy him because he had nothing on him, and he overcame depression by being thankful for ALL things.

Give thanks in everything


Faith is the antidote for hopelessness. Read the testimonies of Joni Tada, Corrie Ten Boom, Pastor Wurmbrand, Lou Zamperini, or those turning blind, lost their homes, or the story of Job. To overcome self-pity, stop thinking about your needs, but of others.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything; this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”


3. Seek God’s 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.

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way, still you’re there right beside me. And nothing will I fear, as long as you are near, please be near me to the end. (Amy Grant)

Psalm 139:23
“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.”


4. Repentance: Confess your sin

Despite being favored by God, King David had severe anxiety and chronic depression. He feared for his life, along with tragedy and hatred in the family. All these were the result of his sins: adultery, murder, and covetousness.

The first commandment with a promise is to “Honor your parents so that it will all be well with you.” The opposite is true. When we disrespect them, “we will not be well.” Similarly, when David embraced sin, he groaned all day, and his bones wasted away until he confessed his sins (Psalm 32). 

Unconfessed sins allow Satan to devour us. A foothold that, if God permits, can wreak havoc in our lives—that leads to anxiety and depression.

Psalms 32:3-7
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night, your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.


5. Think about these things

A paradigm shift was coined by science philosopher Thomas Kuhn in 1962. It occurs when we replace the usual way of thinking or doing something with a new approach, leading to a significant change in understanding or practice.

The Bible speaks of a similar idea where we focus on what is praiseworthy instead of dwelling on bad things.

Jesus never promised a bed of roses but warned us instead of tribulation and the testing of our faith. Thus, a Christian is not exempt from problems, uncertainty, or even deep wounds that can haunt us and cause anxiety; that is why we are told to focus on what is good.

The most common tool Satan uses against us is doubt and hopelessness. If we focus and verbalize hopelessness, the enemy gains a foothold that, to an extent, causes a demonic foothold. [Signs of Demonic influence]

Instead, we must rebuke negative thoughts, declare victory in Christ, and think of excellent things.

Philippians 4:8
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


6. Do “good works” 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 other people 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.

People who are helpful to others are happier. Helping others gives us a sense of purpose. When you think you are helping someone else, that person is actually helping you.

Isaiah 58:7-8
“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to shelter the poor wanderer—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.”


7. 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.”

John 15:5
“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.”


At times, God may want you to dwell on specific passages, turning them into a favorite Bible verse.” God alone can help us. If you seek Him will ALL your heart, you shall find Him as you read His words. (Jeremiah 29:13)

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 enemy’s lies in Jesus’ name. Thank you for the trials of faith. I am joyful and have peace through Jesus, who strengthens me!”

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