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30 Bible verses to overcome depression and mental illness

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If you are struggling with depression, mental illness, or sadness for any reason, take comfort in the power of the Word of God.

In this article, I have compiled a list of powerful Bible verses that can help you overcome these challenges and find joy and peace in your life. As you meditate on these scriptures and internalize their teachings, you will begin to transform your mindset and adopt a “mind of Christ”. This means that you will begin to view your circumstances through the lens of faith and hope, rather than through the lens of despair and hopelessness. So, take heart and allow the Word of God to renew your mind and lift your spirit!

1.) “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” – Psalm 55:22

2.) “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.” – Psalm 42:11

3.) “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

4.) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

5.) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

6.) “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

7.) “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10

8.) “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4

9.) “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11

10.) “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” – Psalm 28:7

11.) “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

12.) “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4

13.) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

14.) “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:2

15.) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

16.) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27

17.) “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

18.) “The LORD is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1

19.) “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29

20.) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

21.) “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

22.) “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” – Isaiah 61:1

23.) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

24.) “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” – Psalm 34:17

25.) “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7

26.) “The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” – Psalm 145:14

27.) “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” – Psalm 94:19

28.) “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6

29.) “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

30.) “But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” – Psalm 3:3

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