Your life is built upon a foundation, the foundation is what your belief system is. Each day you live, you add to your construction which is – your being. How your well being is, depends solely upon what your foundation is and how you have built upon it. We live in a world where phobia’s and mental disorders are the plagues of today. They have been ushered in as society morally decays like a compost bucket, opening up to the satanic all kinds of rodent, insect and pests to swarm.
In this post, I know I will ruffle a few feathers, this is not my intent but instead to have those who are in the thick of these – to perhaps consider what I write. I am not learned in any psychology or have any credentials to speak of in this area at all. I am speaking out of what I do now up to this point in my life and that is the Lord. It pains me deeply as I see how many who are bible believing, Christ following people caught in the snare of anxiety and depression, not to mention other forms of mental illness. Some would argue with me to their death that it is a chemical imbalance and should be treated like one who has a physical illness. But is this correct? I have learned one thing that is pretty significant and that is – the chemical balance theory, has been refuted BY the psychology community! It is not true, no such thing. See this article Psychiatric Times & Psychology Today
I would like to bring into this very large plague – Christ. Who is He in all this? It was said prophetically that He would be one who
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”
taken from Isaiah 61
Jesus affirms this when He spoke publicly for the first time, see Luke 4:16-21.
What do these words really mean to you, to me in light of this subject?
What about when Isaiah foretold about Him regarding His names;
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
There are also many scriptures that are given to us that reveal principles and truth of obtaining peace such as
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Principle: mind stayed on God (not on the source of problem)
Truth: We are given perfect peace
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Principle: Do not give to being anxious, but instead let your action be to go to God in prayer and give to him your concerns AND be thankful for Him in all things.
Truth: We are not only given peace but such that is confounds the understanding of the world. This kind of peace also guards us against the things that are out there to assail us.
Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.
Principle: To love Gods laws – this means that you must know them, to know them you must be diligent in finding out this – through the reading of the bible. To love the law of God means to practice it in your life.
Truth: Those who love God’s way, will obey Him and will experience great peace and will not stumble
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Truth: We are promised the Holy Spirit –to come into us who will give to us His Peace, so that we need not be troubled or afraid.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Truth: When we go through hard things – they are meant to produce in us fruit that is congruent to healthy growth to our character. Our trials and tribulations are not to be the focus (nor produce anxiety disorders) – but our focus is to be upon Christ. (See also posts: What is the Point? Submission is a good thing! , Beauty for Ashes)
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Principle: Remember that you are no longer living according to your flesh – which includes your mind and habits – tendencies, it takes diligence and your will – through faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done, and provides you.
Truth: Before Christ, we are subject to the powers that sin has over us, which includes the state of our mind. Upon Christ – we are no longer subject to the law of sin and death (mental disorder) but to Christ and His law – which is LIFE, and to live it seated with Him – so we may learn of His richness – and partake in this. We are now His workmanship.
Those who are plagued with anxiety, depression, bipolar, and other mental illness may not realize or understand that they are still living in the ‘old man’ who has been dead and buried – through Christ. Romans 6:6 and that they are subjecting themselves to their flesh – to rule over them – and by taking all the prescription drugs -they are battling in their own strength to what Christ has already battled and conquered in them. They are not living in the gift that Christ has given, which is to be a new creation – which does not contain any mental illness! Am I saying throw out your drugs! No! I am trying to establish who Christ is, in light of this very serious and vast problem – so that it may be handled correctly – according to our faith. But I will say, I believe that 99.9% of those can be free of being dependent upon drugs – as they gain the spiritual understanding in this matter. Although, when one becomes a believer and true convert of Christ – they are not often delivered immediately – but yes, instant deliverance does occur! But it also is a process of walking out who they are which involves the crucifying the old man – and taking up Christ. I find this (sadly) amazing when I speak out about this in Christian circles – as if I am speaking in another language and have a third eye in my forehead! It tells me that many do not understand the freedom that Christ has provided them, nor of what His work on the cross really accomplished.
My encouragement to all who suffer with any mental disturbance or disorder, that there is an answer and His name is Jesus. Instead of first consulting the clinical counselors, psychologists, books, articles, new trends and techniques and taking their prescribed medications and participating in their therapies, I would ask that you call on Jesus in your matter, seek His answers with all your heart. Trust Him to supply your need and cares – you will not be disappointed. When I say this, it means a time for humbling yourself before your God. Go before Him to reveal to you what you need to see and know about yourself and Him. A heart must be humble before it can receive – because usually when God speaks it will require you to repent of something, whether it be of how your think, what you like, do not like, your attitude – you name it. So, I would also add that you be serious, and mean to conduct business with your God – to bring to you the freedom you cry out for. I pray God’s blessing upon each one who sets out to do this – and will be praying for you, Amen!