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Moving Wounded

Christians do suffer from mental illness, and all mental illness is not a result of demonic activity. Many of us have developed coping mechanisms that allowed us to cope with the negative events that have happened to us in our lives. Some of those coping mechanisms were good some were not. In other words, patterns to include sinful ones can develop because of the sins perpetrated against us. When we are saved, we confess our sins and develop a godly lifestyle that would not be conducive to sin. We pray, fast and trust God. When we are saved, deliverance will come but the manifestations may not be instant. This does not mean we are not saved.

 

And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. St Luke 17:14

 

We believe that in the area of mental health God heals some people instantly and others are healed through medications, therapy or counseling. Because the bible tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the father above we feel that whatever way a person is healed it is still God. We feel that it is god’s ideal plan that Christians would receive healing through his word and that everything we could ever need for our life is in god. When Adam disobeyed god in the Garden of Eden, he attempted to cover himself with a garment of leaves. Sin entered into the world. Sin is an act, violation of, or want of obedience to the revealed will of God. Sin is in our flesh and produces all manner of evil

Desires (Rom 7:8). Sin manifests itself in erroneous concepts (thoughts, ideas) and practices. Gd in his kindness and mercy knew that that garment was insufficient so he himself covered Adam by shedding the blood of an animal. When the men during the time of Moses were killing their wives in order to get rid of them god allowed divorce due to the hardness of their heart. When god’s chosen people continued to defame his name among the gentile’s god declared that he would act because his name was on the line. Whenever we fail to come up to the standards that god has set for us god is so kind and merciful that he provides us with a way of escape. A way that will not allow us to be overcome by the enemy.

 

 In the days of the early church instant healings were common places. In past generations of our church history Saints of god prayed, read the word and walked in the ways of god to an extent not seen today. How many people have you seen instantly healed?  When was the last time you laid hands on someone and they were delivered? Does the problem lie with god and his word or with you? I believe that medications and the field of psychology were not God’s first idea. However because of the sin and mans inability to connect with god in a real way god permitted these things to be so.

 

It is interesting that we can suffer from all types of physical illnesses but cannot believe that the brain could be sick. When the brain is sick it affects our thoughts and feelings. As I said before all mental illnesses/disorders are not a result of demonic activity. Some disorders are due to biological and physical problems. Though there is no doubt that demonic influences, old maladaptive patterns, and the flesh can aggravate the problems.  But a mental illness is an illness that can be treated.



The Problem Is Not Your Symptoms

Our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings are interconnected. So what we think will determine how we will respond or not respond to events in our lives. Uncontrolled feelings such as hopelessness can cause us to act as if things in our lives will never change and give up on our dreams and desires. But no matter how you may feel at this moment, never give up; always remember that situations can change in your life for the better. You do have something to add to the world in which you live, so begin to challenge your feelings of hopelessness with the Word of God. The problem is not your sickness or illness. There is a remedy for your problem. Your problem is how you think. Symptoms are natural manifestations of the disease and are to be expected. Depending on the situation, your symptoms may be mild or extreme. Symptoms may occur once in a while or daily. So don’t let the problem keep you defeated. Your symptoms may slow you down, but they do not have to stop you. Don’t focus so much on your symptoms that you forget to look at the good things around you. There is a plan and a strategy to overcome. You need to find it in God’s Word. Don’t be so upset with the symptoms that you start speaking negative words over your life. Your feelings about the symptoms can feed feelings of depression, sadness, anxiety, and fear. Your feelings about your symptoms and being sick can cause you to live beneath the plan that God has for your life. Jesus Christ knew that you would be ill or be faced with a negative situation. He has a plan for your life.



Living With A Mental Illness

Living With A Mental Illness -Taking Care of You
Seeing a doctor regularly, monitoring your symptoms, regulating stress, bringing your thoughts in line with the thoughts of God, exercising, and eating healthier are all essential keys in your ability to fulfill your God-given purpose for living. Taking medications as prescribed, and seeing a doctor regularly are important strategies for maintaining your health, and living the life that God has for you. In fact, if you have a mental illness or think that you may have a mental illness, seeing a doctor will be the second step in your recovery process. Your first step will be developing or maintaining a relationship with Je-sus Christ.
Seeing a Doctor First Time
When you see a doctor for the first time, he or she will talk with you about your symp-toms. Then he or she depending on the setting may schedule or request that you obtain a physical and blood work. Again, this will depend on the type of doctor you are seeing and the circumstances. For example, if you are seeing a Primary Care Doctor, he or she may request the blood work and complete physical on site. But if you are seeing a Psychiatrist (a medical doctor who specializes in mental health), in his or her office he or she may conduct the mental health evaluation first and then refer or request that you see your Pri-mary Care Doctor. Regardless of when you get it done, obtaining a complete medical physical to include blood work will be necessary.


Stress

Stressful feelings are triggered by our view of a situation or event, not necessarily the event itself. Just because a situation is stressful for me does not mean it will be for you. But when the mind does perceive a situation to be stressful it sends orders to the rest of the body. The body then responds to the orders it receives from the mind by becoming both emotionally and physiologically aroused. Have you ever almost had a car accident? Or have you ever been startled by something that seemed to come from out of nowhere? If so, you may have experienced a sudden increase in your heart rate, sweating and muscle tension. Those symptoms were activated by the mind to prepare the body either to flee or to face the situation that was triggering the response. When the event that caused your body to be aroused was removed, those symptoms diminished. But some of us live in a constant state or near constant state of arousal or stress.

 

 Our bodies and emotions don’t get a chance to relax so we are always on guard. Unfortunately, the longer our bodies are subjected to stress, the more detrimental the impact will be. Ongoing symptoms of stress can trigger a whole host of negative symptoms that include increased sleeping, overeating, depression, muscle tension, ulcers, nervousness, loss of sexual appetite, tiredness and memory loss (Cunningham, 2000).
 

There are many strategies we can use to manage our stress. But there is no one strategy that will work for everyone in every situation. So in order to manage your stress you must look at the specific situation you are facing and choose a strategy that will work best for you. For example, changing jobs, learning how to relax and learning better communication techniques may be appropriate strategies for one situation, but making diet changes, learning assertiveness skills and exercising may be more appropriate in another. While a person can manage stress in many ways, the one strategy we want to focus on here is the strategy of changing the way we think. Face it—we may not be able to change the situation that is causing us stress, but by changing our thoughts we may be able to decrease the impact of stress on our lives. Take a few minutes to review the list of strategies below and pick the one that works best for you.

 

 

Managing Stress—Changing How We Think

 

  1. Face reality. Some things you may not be able to change.
  2. Learn to release feelings of anger in appropriate ways before it builds up.
  3. Evaluate the things that cause you to worry. Instead of letting your mind focus on the problems, spend some time trying to identify ways to solve the things that cause you to worry.
  4. Learn to see a crisis as a chance for change.
  5. Learn to see both sides of a problem. Remember every situation may have three sides: your side, my side and the right side.
  6. Instead of meditating on negative things, meditate on ways to solve your problem using the Word of God and His principles.
  7. Eliminate thoughts that distress you. Challenge negative thoughts that come to your mind. Are those thoughts balanced? Are they accurate?
  8. Think about the consequences.
  9. Have realistic expectations.
  10. Realize you will have to say no sometimes.
  11. Realize you will have to make a decision sometimes.
  12. Realize you will not get what you want sometimes.


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