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YOU WILL NOT SEE ME

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To help us empathize with mental sufferers, think about the disciples facing the fear of losing Jesus. Their security was threatened by the words of Jesus. The one who they had learned to trust was now speaking to them about disconnecting from them. The future suddenly looked very grim. As we process the emotions and thoughts of these disciples, we can see dread and foreboding grief. Let’s use this as a model of depression, anxiety and exaggerated emotional norms. We trusted God but now we are in great turmoil with shrinking hope.


John 16:16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”19 Jesus saw that the…

THE CHRISTIAN WITH A SUFFERING MIND

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Faith is a two-sided coin. One side is having something to reach for and hope in. The other side of faith involves learning to trust when suffering, loss and fear rush in. 


Though, mental illness is often a physical problem rooted in the brain chemistry, it has spiritual symptoms.
Christians in particular often experience guilt, fear and shame when their mind is not working well. Most know that poor eyesight requires glasses and diabetics need to take their insulin. But the maladies of the mind seem to cause us to question God and our faith. It’s a physical problem, but it has spiritual symptoms.
We can all take comfort in seeing the challenges of Bible characters that suffered physically, mentally and in every way imaginable. As Rielly McLaren said, ‘You are in good company.’
Writer and mental health advocate Andy Behrman has suffered with manic depression. He said,
The guilt I felt for having a mental illness was horrible. I prayed for a broken bone that would heal in six weeks. But tha…

IN THE MIND OF LOST SHEEP

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DIAGNOSING BEDEVILMENT

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When it comes to understanding strange behaviour there is plenty of controversial speculation about how the Devil is involved. 




There may be two extremes in this regard—one that does not accept the reality of evil and the other that ascribes too much blame to dark forces.

I remember a man who worked with people with exceptional needs telling me that he thought a particular individual must be possessed to make such strange gestures. Out of his need to explain the unexplainable, he gave the Devil credit.
We see the word lunatic used in the King James Version of the bible to describe some people that Jesus encountered.

Matthew 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

Matthew 17:14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him…

EMOTIONAL BONDAGE

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Doctor Grant Mullen[i] is a Canadian doctor who has worked extensively with mood and anxiety disorders. As he has treated countless people, his own faith has led him to stretch beyond the paradigm of his clinical training.


He describes mental health as being part of a larger connection of influence in the emotional wellbeing of a person. How do we get free in our thoughts when we experience emotional bondage?

There are 3 giant links in this chain that must be broken if one is to come to emotional freedom.
The three links are:
-Physical illnesses of thought control (chemical imbalances)
-The harassment of Satan (demonization)
-Personality injury (woundedness) [ii]

Treating people in the complex matrix of mental anguish requires recognition of all the factors.
Physiologically, chemical and hormonal imbalances can be treated with medicine. If the only issue is of this kind, you may be able to apply medical treatments and achieve satisfactory healing or equilibrium.
Often, medicine must be com…