The Secret in Fighting Depression


Good day Bro. Eli.

I have a problem stopping my habit of smoking. For the past three years I already stop my habit o f smoking, due to listening to your doctrines, somehow I managed to stop the habit. But few months ago I was diagnosed by my psychiatrist that I have Schizophrenic problem related to depression. I have so many problems back then with my wife and taking care my child and family because I was jobless. I was so frustrated Bro. Eli and very depress, so I was back to smoking again. I just want to ask, is it sinful to God that I have vices such as smoking. What kind of sin that I committed? Is it a deadly sin? I know deep in my heart that I am committing sin.

Please help me Bro. Eli. Thanks and God bless.


Dear Duke,

The life, principles, and outlook in life of somebody who is learned of God’s word are very much different from those who are deprived of it.

Life is meant by the Giver for us to use in worthy and profitable good.

(Ephesians 2:10) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Even the qualities of our person were given to be beneficial to others, not only for our own interests.

(1 Corinthians 4:7) “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”

(1 Peter 4:10) “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Even the fruits of our toils must benefit others.

(Ephesians 4:28) “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

Our bodies and faculties must be used by us as instruments of God’s righteousness.

(Romans 6:13) “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

There are those who destroy their bodies instead. A Christian is willed by God to be in health so that he can willfully and courageously utilize his body in his service to others.

(3 John 1:2) “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

smoking.jpgSmoking is detrimental, not only to the body, but, also to the mind. It will not relieve depression in the long run, but aggravate it. A recent study states that:

“Long-term tobacco use associated with dulled thinking and lower IQ, study finds
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Smokers often say that smoking a cigarette helps them concentrate and feel more alert. But years of tobacco use may have the opposite effect, dimming the speed and accuracy of a person’s thinking ability and bringing down their IQ, according to a new study led by University of Michigan researchers.”

A healthy mind needs a healthy body — and vice versa. Depression weakens the immune system; which will make you prone to a number of debilitating diseases. You must discover, within yourself, the cure for your depression. Financial difficulties and other family problems are not enough reasons to be depressed. As I have said earlier, a Christian’s outlook in life is very much different from those who are not knowledgeable of God’s word. The secret in fighting depression is to be content in whatever situation we are into.

(Philippians 4:11-13) “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

The secret is, if we are content because of our trust in what God can do for us in hard situations in life, we will merit His mercy and His loving-kindness.

I can understand your situation because I was also once a chain-smoker; but having understood in an instance that I am destroying my body which I need to serve my God and my people, I, without hesitation and reservation, threw the last pack of cigarette and my ‘Zippo’ lighter at the Pasig River as I pass by Quezon bridge in Quiapo, Manila; and promised my Creator that I will never again smoke. That was twenty long years ago.

(Galatians 1:16) “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood…”

God is always watching and waiting patiently for us to realize our mistakes and misdeeds and H e is always ready with open arms to receive us and put us under His loving care and guidance.

(Malachi 3:7) “Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts…”

Renewal can not be achieved without God’s intervention.

(Jeremiah 10:23) “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”

God is greater than all your problems and miseries. I ask you to trust Him and try His ways, and you will never regret considering all the words of God you have read in this article.

(1 John 4:4) “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

May God bless you.




66 thoughts on “The Secret in Fighting Depression

  1. Very nice post.

    This are my favorite parts:

    “God is always watching and waiting patiently for us to realize our mistakes and misdeeds and H e is always ready with open arms to receive us and put us under His loving care and guidance.”

    “The secret is, if we are content because of our trust in what God can do for us in hard situations in life, we will merit His mercy and His loving-kindness. ”

    To God be the Glory!

  2. This is very comforting. Another sensible words from Bro. Eli. If one leaves all his worries to Christ Jesus, our Lord, then one have no worries at all.

    There are times that depression may be a result of hormonal imbalances, still it can be cured with medical prescription.

    But best of all is to call Him through prayers for He is the cure to all our ailments, may it be in spirit or physical health.

  3. Hi Mr. Duke,

    I’m one of the many witnesses that what Bro. Eli is saying is true, that man cannot make renewal without God’s interventions (Jer. 10:23). I too had vices before but after accepting the teachings of the Bible that Bro. Eli preaches, a lot of changes happened in my life. My outlook towards life, my relations to other persons, and a lot more.
    Trust in Him, He will not let anything bad happens to you.


  4. Hey Duke,

    At one point of my life….my wife left me……Period!!..also that time i was jobless…that was the time every people in our house left for each of their reasons…my parents decided to just stay in our farm at Camiguin one and only younger brother with his wife decided to live in his wife home….my cousin who are also stayin in our house left to live in New York USA….i can say i am home alone at that point…and yeah that was really a very depressive moment….

    Just probably like you..i turn to alcohol,cigar,womens…but there come a time i realized it was all wrong…that until that point of my life, i was able to hear a man talking on a television program,and his name was Brother Eli Soriano…

    And that was the start Duke, now I knew a man 3years ago, if its still me, then I am not me now…

    I decided to follow all the programs of brother Eli on TV…then there came a time I decided to join the doctrines which the congregation in which brother Eli is the presiding minister…until i became a brehtren in that congregation…and then DEPRESSION was never an issue………

    Hey Duke!…i hope you continue reading all the articles of brother Eli…and i tell you!! will be always good with the mercy and grace of GOD..


  5. Dear Luke:

    You can do it with God’s help just trust the Lord so that you can stop smoking 100%, just continue listening with Bro. Eli Soriano’s preachings and you will learn many things about the bible and the real meaning of man’s life here on earth. We are not just meant to live in this world and do all the things that we wanted but we are facing another destiny to come after death that’s why we must seek God’s righteousness first and His kingdom.

    It is for your own good too!

    May God bless you!

  6. To Duke,

    You are just a few steps away from the door of the Church of God so please don’t miss watching Bro Eli on his regular TV program @ or or because constantly hearing the Words of God will ease your stress and you surely overcome and find solutions to all the problems you are experiencing.

  7. Nothing is safer than to believe, to trust and to faithfully grip in God’s powerful words. He never ever will forsake us as long as we abide His commandments. I thank God for giving us Bro. Eli who makes us realize the simple yet profound importance of the life that God has lend us.

    We miss you sooo much, Bro. Eli!

  8. To bro. Eli,

    Thank god for replying to my questions. I am now ready to face the new chapter of my life…..

    To God be the Glory Forever and Ever!


  9. Bro Eli,

    I have a kind of question i threw before in my head, in resemblance of this kind of psychological problem…..

    It is answered by this article….i got also almost desame experience……..of so called depresion in different kind of manifestation, ive been gone through with this also untill to the extend to looking forward the management of it by attending the siminars that related into it yet, there’s no like the comforting feeling each time i heard the gospel of GOD during the services of your congregation, the topic that you open up
    is quite enough to answered all my questions and i felt relieved…..
    Through that i myself believe there’s no other preacher like you, tackled all aspects of human being from spiritual to physiological needs everthing is based on the scriptures…….even great psychologist, councillors could not do desame thing and the management you been thought us….management thought by GOD on the scriptures that was been revealed in you.
    You’re blog is really helpful…..full of sense and full of LIFE!


  10. i tried smoking before but i learned how to stop because i realized how hard to earn even a single “peso” in our country. (but our beloved GMA does not seem to understand our situation…)

  11. Thanks be to God that there are persons like Brother Eli that cares for the welfare of other people, even if he’s not in relation to that person. And most of the time, Bro. Eli is more than willing to give his help to those who are in need of it. God is really great for even if I don’t see him, I can feel His loving kindness through such person.

    So to those out there who continously persecute Bro. Eli and tell lies against this man, no wise man will believe them. Bro. Eli is able to teach his fellow how to love others without reservation. And we are ther best person to testify this for we have been feeling it through this blog, haven’t we?. Want to know who Bro. Eli is, know his fellow!! And we’ll prove it to ourselves, Bro. ELi and company don’t need to speak it, we just need to take a look, feel and see for ourselves. Our conscience will tell how different these people are from others who speak fluently and ‘pleasantly’.


  12. Hey Duke,

    What Bro Eli had said unto you is a real truth and for sure you can hold onto it. Same thing happened to me I was a chain- smoker and tried 5times to avoid smoking but we cannot doit by ourselves alone without God’s help. but upon listening to Bro Eli’s doctrine based on the Bible in the TV I am totally enlightened and stopped smoking for more than 5 years now and whenever I smell cigarette fumes even far from me it seems I’m choking. And that’s the sign that nicotine is no longer in my system. Keep on listening to Bro Eli.

    Thanks be to God.

  13. Bro Eli, thanks be to God for your post. It’s very helpful even to me. I am also having problems with depression. Sometimes, however I try to fight it, depression still beats me. I’m currently taking medicine to fight depression and schizophrenia. Brother, if I may ask, do people like us who have some mental problems still have the right to have a girl? You know, sometimes, thinking that I can never have a wife makes me sad and worsens my condition. I hope you can help me.

    Take care always bro,

  14. Dear Duke,

    Brother eli is right. We can not solve our problems by our ownselves. We constantly needs God’s intervention if we genuinely desire to overcome problems and become a renewed person. Me too had a serious problem recently and I was deeply hurt, as in, i always found myself crying everytime when i’m alone. But I never loose my trust in God, I pray to Him and beg for His help. Now, I feel better and renewed. I suggest you should indulge yourself in constant communication to Him and trust Him all the way. I am sure you will get through all your troubles. Remember the line in a song:

    “and you cast all your burdens upon Me, those who are heavily laden, come to Me all of you who are tired of carrying heavy loads, for the yoke that I will give you is easy and my burden is light ….come to Me….and …I will give you REST.”

    till then and cheer up Duke!….and quit smoking, right?

    in Christ,


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  16. To all who replied in the blog,

    Thank you very much for the support… I feel so very inspired and feel blessed that there a lot of kind people out there who can morally support one another…

    Thanks be to God for this blog…. More power!!

    I hope this article will help other people who suffers the same condition that I have (Schizoprenic/Depression)…

    I was once a healthy person back then when I was young…. full of inspiration to other people…..who can help me and support me when I need it…

    But when you are getting old… things are getting different and hard to manage.

    I’ve learned through bro.eli’s advice by giving inspiring words and verses in the bible…. I can only surpass problem through God’s help and intervention.

    Glory to God forever and ever. AMen!!!

    with brotherly love,


  17. Hi Duke,

    What Bro. Eli has written is a complete advice. But let me just add to it, listen to him because if you do, as if you have found the greatest treasure ever. like when I find Him. God bless.

  18. To Ken (Comment # 17)
    QUESTION:Brother, if I may ask, do people like us who have some mental problems still have the right to have a girl? You know, sometimes, thinking that I can never have a wife makes me sad and worsens my condition. I hope you can help me

    Brother Ken, Thank God for this blog that I can come across a person like you having the same condition……
    until now I’m still taking my medication…. and I’m happy that for a month or two I’ll be able to stop taking the medication as sepervised by my psychiatrist….
    For the information of other people who support this blog… Schizoprenic and Depression is a very hard state…. you can almost lose youre mind or unable to function very well effectively…. Youre mind are hearing voices…. that leads a person to act differently….. Have you watch the movie “THE BEUTIFUL MIND” by Actor Mr. Russel Crowe…. Its same condition that affects my mind too…


  19. ANSWER: Brother Ken, when my wife and I go through the struggle fighting over to this Illness of mine…. For me its the most hardest and painful stages in my life…. We always quarrel every day and almost lead our marriage to disaster. I still remember the fight we have back then, that I almost kill her bec. of my schizoprenic condition… (Hearing voices).
    I regret everything what I have done back then…. The medication surely help me to put cure me in some way.. But the pain that I have inflicted both for me and my wife suffers a lot.
    But in the same manner I thank God that I have a very understanding wife…. who can take care of me…. Even though i have hurt her phisically she still remind me that I MUST NOT to GIVE UP to this struggle of mine! I love my family… and I cant imagine that I have suffered a lot bec. of the Illness….


  20. I want to tell you brother ken that there is always HOPE for us… not only for us but to others having difficulties in life….. Even bro. eli has problem and the same with millions of peple around us.
    Marriage is another chapter of one’s life to face with.. Having a partner is another thing than being a single… It is more advantageous when you are SINGLE than being married…. YOU CAN ASK BRO. ELI REGARDING MARRIAGE….
    You can serve God more when you are Single.
    I suggest you that you look for someone that can Understand youre condition… It is much easier to go through a relation with somebody that you can mutually understand you…. and welcome you whole heartedly… Our Illness is not a deadly decease… its cureable…. there is always hope for the better life…. believe me I’ve gone through it….
    Hope this will help you.. Thanks & GOD BLESS.


  21. Nice one Ken. I believe you learned a lot of things from our preacher!

    Reading your posts, I am really inspired!!! May God bless you always.

  22. To Duke,

    What i know….we are created by God who created great things in this great world, so we should do to follow how God’s created us in His will. Meaning He is the great authority to ourselves to listen and follow His words…….

    read the Bible and will tell you that Bro. Eli Soriano is sent by God……he is the true preacher!

    to God be the Glory!

  23. When I am depressed, I look in the sky and see how beautiful God’s creations are, that includes myself.

    How can I preserved myself as God’s creation? Of course by following His commandments. And if ever I commit mistakes, I will admit it and try not to commit it again.

    If people tend to prostitute itself or its own kind, why blame it to yourself or to God or blame it to everyone except yourself?

    How can we stop prostitution when you sneak on porn sites? Or when you watch porn in the middle of the night. Or when you peep a girl between her legs seating infront of you when the opportunity calls for it in a public utility jeep, for example.
    When you do not take part in helping the real Christians to propagate God’s Word. Or when you do nothing but just rely on your own understanding?

    You have a part to share to stop prostitution.

    Little do you know that False religions are in itself a prostitution den too!

  24. to duke:

    with the help of Almighty, believe that God can make a turn in our lives.

    continue your listening habit, if the seed/words of God planted in your heart – then there’s no more hardships to obey God’s law, it’s just like a melodious sound to your ears and left your vices with it’s damaging nicotine.

    millions have done it already with God’s help.

  25. duke,

    you know Bro Eli is really a great preacher i, myself, had proved it and now i am a member of the organization which he leads and until now i am very thankful to GOD that he chose Bro. Eli as his messenger in these last days. Good Day!!!

  26. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”

    -Philippians 4:13 –


  27. wow! i was really moved with the answer of our God sent preacher of course no doubt about it.. that everytime that you will ask him questions he will answer you the way you will not expect it!and Thanks be to God for i have known him… ive learned how to value my life the way God wants us to do. words are not enough to explain how much this article lift up my spirits… thanks be to God!

  28. pray always, learn to call God in every trials and difficulties, happiness and sorrows that happens to our lifes. and say God is working with me. Amen… PURIHIN ANG DIYOS

  29. Spend our money wisely.

    Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

  30. Just a Comment: 🙂
    It’s really impressive of Bro. Eli Soriano to have time to care for other people when this time there’s no one who could be such as sensible as him. This is such a blessing for all who cares for their souls to be enlightened by God, just keep on watching UNTV or visit his blog and you’ll never be disappointed or dismayed but you’ll have hope, and pretty soon one day you might have seen the light of God that this world’s lack in.
    Glory be to the Most Holy God of Abraham!

  31. Please do post my comment for it is the only thing I can do to help other people to seek the kingdom of God. To be a little help of Bro. Eli. Thanks be to God!

    It’s really impressive of Bro. Eli Soriano to have time to care for other people when this time there’s no one who could be such as sensible as him. This is such a blessing for all who cares for their souls to be enlightened by God, just keep on watching UNTV or visit his blog and you’ll never be disappointed or dismayed but you’ll have hope, and pretty soon one day you might have seen the light of God that this world’s lack in.
    Glory be to the Most Holy God of Abraham!

  32. Brother Eli we are very thankful to God for giving us an honest preacher at this times despite so many false preachers out there He sent someone like you who cares for people with all your heart and soul. To God be the Glory!!!

  33. i really agree with what bro. eli said in his blog…………….

    its so comforting to the mind……………………..

    gives you peaceful mind………………………(Fil. 4:6)

  34. Hey Duke, my congratulations for you have taken the first step on believing to God and that is when you wrote to bro Eli about your problem. You see its good thing that despite your desperation you still manage to think the better way of consulting to the most sensible preacher in this earth. May you have understood your answers from God with His instrument of Bro. Eli.

  35. Hi Duke and Zoennej,

    I too have pathologic depressive problems. Though I haven’t consulted a psychiatrist, based from what I had learned from my course, I do have (probable) signs of bipolar disorder, yet undiagnosed by professional advice. It’s just a miracle that whenever I’m attending the church gatherings, my manic-depressive cycles seldomly attacks, but when I feel His spirit working on me, I am overcoming my depressive state and easily recover from it, and I’m doing everything just to hide it from others. I don’t want to elaborate it all here (since messages are sent, not their meanings), but just read your psych textbook, and you’ll find that out.

    God is more powerful than my disorder, so I’m still able to cope with my depressive states (as if I looked normal), so I glorify Him for making me survive this long, for without Him, I would have done before what I don’t want to mention here.

    Glory be to God!

  36. WOW!!! this word really explains how great is our God and his teachings, and Thanks be to God for we have our Bro. Eli, who really cares for our spiritual & physical being..

    DUKE …juz continue studying the doctrines of our Lord Jesus Christ through watching & listening w/ Bro.ELi , it will helps you ease ur burdens..


  37. thank GOD that i have found this post…
    this will serve as another moral booster on my part…
    Bro. Eli is truly the only sensible preacher & proved to be the God-sent messenger in this dispensation.

  38. To Duke,
    I’m happy for you and glad that you’re going on the right track , keep on attending the services. The services itself not only has a great therapeutic /treatment effect but also it’s soothing to the mind, body and soul. Perhaps the reason why patients with the same condition keep on coming back to their psychiatrist doctor is because they (the patients) do not or can not find that really soothing treatment comfort that they are longing for . No offense to the psychiatrists .Psychiatrists are there for the right diagnosis and treatment of a particular condition . But it’s not enough. A lot of people who are mentally fit can go mentally unfit anytime because of the presence of the many stresses t in life ( mental, physical, emotional,environmental , even spiritual ). Most catholics go to their church every sunday in search for the solace that their souls have been yearning but what can one expect from a 15 minute irrelevant homilies- more frustrations and confusions. My point is continue going to your psychiatrist for the medications but for the emotional and spiritual healing continue attending the services and we’re hoping in the future soon that you’ll be a part of us.
    The problems and all other kinds of adversaries and tribulations in life will always be there but with God’s grace, mercy and love , everything will get lighter and surprisingly will be easy to bear . God certainly can do things that we can’t in our own. And you’ll find a lot of comforts from our brethen and sisters here .

    To Zoennej, same brotherly advise as with Duke

    To Ken , i so agree with Joren post # 26.
    To pinch hopper,
    Going to a psychiatrist would be of most benefit in your case. Attending seminars related to the illness helps but alas is not enough , only a certified psychiatrist can make a proper diagnosis and treatment. But of course aside from the medical treatment ( should you be required one ) ,keep on attending the services – this will make the big difference .

    To God be the Glory !!!

  39. GLORY BE TO GOD. May the peace of the LORD be upon you Bro Eli, Bro Daniel, ministers, workers, members of the CHURCH OF GOD International, and fellow bloggers. I wish and pray that by this time, everything is already fine with the depressed brother. We have to admit that initially, it is easier said than done, but with the guidance of GOD thru HIS Messenger and Preacher Bro Eli, any problem will be easy to handle. Everybody in this world have a problem, some have similar ones like yours,some smaller and some worst than yours. Many failed and many succeeded with varried methods of solution. One thing is sure however, If GOD wills it, nothing is impossible. Woutithout neccessarilly gloryfying myself, I thought I had the worst depression inthis world. I use to be very popular, holding a very high government position in Gloria Arroyo’s administration with having to apply for it. Records will show I did a good job, never before accomplished by people under the same position and circumstances. I joined the CHURCH OF GOD, and for satanic reasons, I was maligned, descredited and even charged with ‘invented’ and false offenses. My spouse betrayed me, I lost many friends, with only my children, brothers and sisters in flesh left by my side. I was at the brink of exacting vengeance and a violent large-scale revenge had I not had the fortune of personally talking with Bro Eli and Bro Daniel. They reminded me of the verses on ‘loving the enemy’, that things may appear bad at first, but actually produce good results in the end. I listened to their counsel in tears for many days and nights. True and real brethrens in the CHURCH OF GOD helped me forgot the depression, and my deteriorating health even improved. In my constant attendance to Thanksgiving, Prayer Meetings, and Worship services, the more that I composed myself and found strenght and hope that everything will turn out right in the end and GOD’s JUSTICE will prevail. I told myself that my problems were only drops of water in a big ocean as compared to the problems of Bro Eli and Bro Daniel, who with GOD’S HELP just keep on going in spite of the worst persecutions, threats to their lives, health and personal comforts. So brethrens, the one secret i know in fighting depression is to be in the right and true church, the CHURCH OF GOD, and continue listening to Bro Eli and Bro Daniel. Thank you so much Bro Eli.

  40. Yeah like Christians have less problems then NonChristians. (being saracstic!) Like Christians and Nonchristians don’t both live on planet earth and experience shit! (being saracstic!) Like something magical is suppose to automatically happen. One day I am depressed, and then the next day presto I became a Christian and became undepressed. Just like magic! I don’t think life works like that. I wish it did, but that is a fairy tale world.

  41. Brother Eli,
    This topic will be my topic in a Bible study in a jail here in Laguna. This is very inspiring and definitely will help people on depress areas like the jail.


    Br Alvin/ Prison ministry

  42. There are so many people, from teenagers to adults to elders who try to escape the scary depths of depression. To most, it’s like a quicksand that will gradually pull you down with every sudden move you make. Without help, which is what exactly this blogpost provided, one may helplessly succumb to it.

    Such an enlightening post Bro.Eli, this is just one of many proofs that you are someone who REALLY CARES. 🙂 Godbless!

  43. In life, we face never-ending challenges or problems. Who among us don’t?

    This take away from this blog gives me a good feeling.
    “The secret is, if we are content because of our trust in what God can do for us in hard situations in life, we will merit His mercy and His loving-kindness.” We tend to feel hopeless most of the time.

    Thanks be to God for so many problems coming on our way!

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