All means All

February 15, 2015

christ on cross

“Mental illness” is a generalization commonly used to cover the whole range of psycho-neurological disorders. There are those who are truly ill, suffering some type of malfunction due to a brain injury, an inherited illness, glandular or chemical imbalance, etc.  These must be treated by medical science through the means available.

There is, however, a wide area often classified as mental illness which is the result of unresolved carnal attitudes and sinful conduct.

Those affected may display the symptoms of illness, but many times these symptoms are stress related and due to spiritual problems.  At times such people will feign illness rather than face the reality of their situation. They will blame other people and circumstances for their problems in order to divert attention from themselves.  “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God. . .The man said, “The Woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate” (Genesis 3:8, 12,13, NIV).

 

 

It would be a disservice merely to treat the symptoms or excuse such a person just “because of the way he is.” The fact is that he will never feel good until he corrects the problem. The first step in recovery is to assume personal responsibility for his attitudes and actions. “Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13, NIV).  “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12, NIV).

 

 

Change is possible, if such and individual will face reality: lay bare his life before God, repent of what is wrong in attitudes and actions, and confess it to God with the intention of abandoning it in favor of newness of life in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Many lives have been re-directed through receiving Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.  The power of the Word of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, unleashed in a life, have positive effects.

 

 

 

One of the most common causes of non-organic mental illness is guilt. And yet the entire frame of reference for Christianity is forgiveness. 8 out of 10 people that come to see me for counseling claim to be Christian (except prison ministry and group therapy sessions) but because of lack of knowledge God’s people perish, punish and make themselves miserable.

 

 We need to make sure from our pulpits and classrooms, Sunday schools and bible study that we not engage in idle chatter, meaningless messages, spectacular visuals, but engaging messages about how much God loves us and how incredible his grace, mercy and forgiveness is.

 

 

God forgave all your past sins, your sins of today and every sin in future. Like the prodigal son we need to run home to God and realize that he wants us to be in full fellowship and have a glad heart, to not be legalistic and cruel.

 

 

The only unpardonable sin is rejecting Christ as Savior, everything else, and I mean everything else is forgivable, as someone that has just about committed every possible sin there is at one time or another, I mean scorched earth badness, God forgives and loves.

 

 

Come home, come back to fellowship, back with full grace and a pardon for all.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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