Php 2:5 KJV
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Col 3:1-3 KJV
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
I want to tackle a subject that I have strong feelings about, for me it is personal. This subject among Christians is the elephant in the room. At one time some preachers would have called it “demon possession” . I do not!
For those who at one time followed me on social media know that I have spoken about mental health many times. You see, I am bi-polar. In the early nineties I fell into deep depression and I tried to overdose on sleeping pills. If someone around me when I was a teenager/young adult that had some knowledge about this disease they would have recognized that I needed help. For those years I went through manic swings of emotions. I could be feeling tremendously great and within minutes almost raging mad.
Pastors need to aquaint themselves with this subject, it would benefit them greatly in counselling parishioners.
In the King James Bible if you have access to the Strong’s Concordance you will notice that the words ‘mind’ and ‘your affections’ are exactly the same word
God created us in His image, thus like Him we are a triune being. Body, Soul, and Spirit.
1Th 5:23 KJV
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now let me say, I am not a professional counsellor, or an educated psychiatrist, or a psychologist. However, I am speaking out of experience and hope that maybe someone who is experiencing mental health issues will take a step and seek out professional help.
These mental health issues are treatable. I take prescriptions and they have done a world of good for me. Gone are the extreme mood swings, days of not talking to anyone, to feeling like a could conquer the world. Those around me never knew which I would be.
Also, I suffered with panic attacks. One instance a supermarket opened just one block from where I lived and was opened twenty four hours a day. I was having panic attacks so I decided I would wait until after midnight to do my grocery shopping. A very good friend accompanied me. I was almost done my shopping, cart full of food, I had a panic attack so bad that I left the cart and my friend running all the way home.
Panic attacks feels like everything and everyone are closing in on you. I still have mild ones, usually it is when I am slightly tired. I sought help and was admitted to the mental health ward in the local hospital here. Now, I realize for those living in America that this option is not available to you because of costs. While in the hospital over several stays for several years I learned from the doctors and counsellors things I can do to get me through these attacks. One other area that sometimes makes me panic is just riding in a car as a passenger. I know that there are those who think these things are imaginary. Friend, I am saying here, they are very real and they need to be treated.
Maybe you are reading this and you know someone who is having difficulties with depression, panic attacks, suicidal, do everything within you first to understand this problem, give them your support, and if at all possible encourage them to seek help. Maybe, offer to go with them for moral support.
Now, there is a myth out there about suicide that if the person is talking about it they won’t do it. That is so far from the truth that I have no words to bring it home to you.
It is not sinful to seek professional help. Some preachers have not helped the cause with their rhetoric. They talk about faith and that if we have enough faith God will do it for us. Yes, God did it for us by giving some the desire to become physicians, psychiatrist, etc., and they are placed here on earth for our benefit. I have heard some rail against even taking an aspirin that it is a sign that we have weak faith. If you are listening to those, you need to run in the opposite direction. There is no need to suffer needlessly! When we are saved and filled with His Spirit no where in Scripture did God command us to check our brains at the door.
It is a spiritual battle also and the Scripture gives us wisdom and knowledge about these Spiritual laws. Here is what the prophet Isaiah wrote:
Isa 26:3 KJV
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Please, this is mind and it matters!
I know someone with more training than myself, a high school drop out, could go into the meta-physical about how are minds have chemical balance. When it becomes unbalanced then we start to have our problems.
So, lets kick out the elephant in the room and let’s have a conversation about our mind!