It was years ago that someone close to me was suffering from depression that always hit her whenever she ate pineapple. I explained that this wasn’t the way God had made her and that a spirit of depression was coming on her. We ordered that spirit to depart in the name of Jesus, prayed and the spirit immediately lifted and she never suffered depression again.
I tell you that because I want you to understand that a demon is a spirit that wants to torment and torture you, to keep you from knowing Jesus as your Lord and Saviour or, if you are a Christian, to stop you from serving Jesus effectively. We are actually dealing with another person or being when someone is being afflicted with depression. When you grasp that, you are well on the way to seeing that person free of negative controlling emotions and attitudes.
We can tell someone is harassed by a demon when we see them manifest many different behaviours such as if they are being enticed to do evil, if they have repetitive bad thoughts, if they are tormented by feelings of not being good enough, feelings of rejection, fears, if they suffer from addictions, if they have impure thoughts or if they feel weak, sick and tired all the time.
Deliverance from a negative spirit is as simple as calling on the name of the Lord and commanding that spirit to go: "And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD will be delivered” (Joel 2:32 NASB 1995). That word “delivered” means to be rescued, to escape, to leap forth.
We are beings of flesh and we are all rebels. Adam didn’t have any children until he had rebelled against God and we all inherit this characteristic. We can’t fight an evil spirit with our flesh. We need first of all to discern if the behaviour is from our flesh or is an evil spirit.
In and of ourselves we can do nothing to free us of the influence of a negative spirit. Only Jesus can and “who the Son sets free is free indeed” (John 8:36). Once the spirit has left, the person is left with “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isa. 61:3 NIV).
Why don’t you turn to Jesus and firmly order that spirit of depression to leave in His name?