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Can Mental Illness Be Healed

Does God judge the "fearful" people of this world if they're believers but struggle with mental illness? Surely He understands us doesn't He? I'm doing my best to grow in my faith with the Word and prayer--and medication!

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God can cure absolutely anything.He created us.HE can certainly repair us.Take your medicine,pray do everything you can in serving God.Do pray for mental healing too.Your doc may start changing meds etc.Lo and behold he may scratch his head one of these days and say I don't understand it but you don't need medication anymore and if it doesn't happen ? God still love you and you'll be healed in heaven.
---shirley on 10/14/09


Mark is right.

Jesus did not promise to heal our physical ills (nor our financial ills) and He certainly did not promise us an easy life on this earth ... in fact He said the opposite

His promise was to do away with our spiritual death.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/14/09


MarkV: "I also know He could heal everyone but chooses not to do so for a reason."

Why do people always blame God for their illnesses not being healed. God doesn't want anyone to go to hell, but some will surely be there. It's the same for sicknesses. He doesn't want anyone to be sick, but why do they? It's the same reason why people are going to hell. Humans need to blame themselves.

Read: Mark 16:14-20
Promises: Luke 11:9-13, John 11:22, John 14:13-14, John 15:7, John 16:23-33, James 1:5-6, James 4:2-3, 1 John 3:22, 1 John 5:14-15

You people of little faith, why do you not believe what Jesus said? And did you ask the right person?
---Steveng on 10/14/09


Steven G, I don't tend to know the reason He doesn't heal everyone, but I know He doesn't because people are still getting sick and dying. I also know He could heal everyone but chooses not to do so for a reason. Death is still very much in effect. No one escapes it. No matter how much you pray, if it is God's will to take him, He will take him on that day, if not he will continue to live until his time comes, but it will come eventually. Our relationship with God is that we are depending on Him and trusting on Him to do right, and He is always righteous.
---MarkV. on 10/14/09


yes, Jesus is still in the business today of healing and distrributing sound minds.
---Eloy on 10/14/09




MarkV: "He could heal the whole world, but doesn't."

Why?
---Steveng on 10/13/09


Wendi -- I'm curious about your statement
//As far as Down Syndrome and the such, I believe these souls that are so pure are sent to us to learn from.//
What do you mean about their souls being "so pure"?
---Donna66 on 10/13/09


Steven G, God can do what He wants. But doesn't do what He does not want to do. He could heal the whole world, but doesn't. He could do away with sin but doesn't. He could save everyone but doesn't. He could make everyone perfect but doesn't. Yes, we know the power of God, and who He is, His omnipotience, Omniscience, His Omnipresence, His holiness, His righteousness. That does not change the fact that He allows or permits things to happen for a reason we could not come to comprehend with our finite minds. He is infinite and makes the moves He knows are righteous. You and I don't know those things. People are born with defects. Satan is not running things, God is. This is not a battle of who is stronger then the other, God is the Sovereign One.
---MarkV. on 10/13/09


Hopefully all your fearing (referencing) is Christ, because he already owns our soul. Your fine, just keep trusting in God, keep telling him how much you love and trust him, keep reading his word. Every thing you do for God from prayer to reading his word and studying it, brings joy to his heart, Hosea 6:6 God wants our love, not offerings of material things. I've been on strong medicine from a botched back surgery. Yes sometimes its really hard to trust God under these influences but trust me with Christs help you can. Remember Christ is a righteous judge. You already show how much you love God just by being concerned of your situation, That says a lot to Him. He loves you.
---larry on 10/12/09


Do you not believe that God can heal anyone from anything?

If God could manipulate the atoms and molecules to form the universe, don't you think he can manipulate the imbalance of the brain?

If Jesus can ask God the Father to manipulate the atoms of a dead and decayed body to come to life, cleans a leper, heal a paralytic, heal a man with a withered hand, cast out a dumb and blind spirit, cast demons out of a lunatic boy, heal a man born blind - don't you think he can cure ANY illness?

It just goes to show how you KNOW God, but deny his power.
---Steveng on 10/12/09




Mark_Eaton: "If I smoke cigarettes for 50 years and develop lung cancer, is that Satan's fault or mine?"

Have you forgotten that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places who makes it a smoking addiction. You may believe that it's your body that is addicted, or it could be all in the mind, but whatever the source of addiction you deny from whom it is from. The truth can set you free that...

God the Father IS a healer.
---Steveng on 10/12/09


Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing EVERY disease and sickness among the people.

When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.

At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.

Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."

Glory to God for he can heal any sickness. And christians can perform greater miracles than Jesus.
---Steveng on 10/12/09


I too struggle with the attitude that many Christian seem to teach in reference to Mental Illness. I get tired of people giving Satan way too much credit!! Something just are, just as diabetes controls how our body processes our blood sugar, so does chemicals or lack of controls how we many times decipher our situations.
It is way more complex than even our science and medical world have uncovered. I believe that God does aid us with the ability of these professions in all of the illness of this world.
---Wendi on 10/12/09


I have been diagnosed with Mental Illness and have endured the effects for many years. I have gotten closer to our Savior because of times and situations that have occurred in connection to my actions during these times.
I get angry and frustrated when I hear testimonies of miraculous healing and people who have been able to claim freedom from Mental Illness or something like it. I believe them and are happy for them but I feel as though I am not favored by God in the same light as those people even though I have tried to be diligent in prayer, worship and study. I feel like I can't do enough or the right thing to live according to the scripture says.
---Wendi on 10/12/09


As far as Down Syndrome and the such, I believe these souls that are so pure are sent to us to learn from. We witness first hand what true unconditional love is, we can look to them and realize that some of our problems aren't such a big deal. They have been entrusted to us to care for and to learn from. They are Specially Abled in ways that we can never achieve.
---Wendi on 10/12/09


God bless you Gayla! :) Thank you sooo much, I needed that Word today. I have always wondered if that Scripture meant that--always hoped that's what it meant. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart Gayla. Bless you.
---Mary on 10/11/09


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All illnesses whether physical or mental are Satan's fault.
---Steveng on 10/9/09

Have you forgotten sin? What about the consequences of our sin? We always forget about that.

If I smoke cigarettes for 50 years and develop lung cancer, is that Satan's fault or mine?

Rom 1 teaches us that God makes it plain to all who He is and what His rules are. If we violate them, God give us over to these passions that ultimately destroy our body and soul. This law applies to believers also. I know plenty of believers who disregarded the warnings of diabetes only to have it ravage their body later.

Do not give Satan credit for more than he deserves.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/11/09


I repeat 'If you had, you would not make such a remark as "Mental illness is the result of people thinking one way and believing another causing conflict in the mind"'
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/11/09
Amen to that. In my sisters case the last 48 years have been a living hell for her -- seeing things and hearing voices that are not there. At least with modern medicine the voices and visions are less frequent, but she is still TOTALLY DISABLED and it is an obvious disease not a conflict of thoughts that can be controlled.
---obewan on 10/11/09


Steveng ... I applaud your work with the unfortunate. .... BUT ...

What do you understand by a syndrome?

Met anyone with Downs, or SOTOS or Asbergers? Anyone whose brain has been damaged by meningitis, or epilepsy, cerebral palsy or who is autistic?

I repeat 'If you had, you would not make such a remark as "Mental illness is the result of people thinking one way and believing another causing conflict in the mind"'
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/11/09


Yeah, we shouldn't have deveoped penicillin or sulfa. Many more babies would be dead of pnumonia and, in war, casulaties from infection could exceed those from hostile fire. But we wouldn't have to worry about those few side effects or people that are allergic to it. If we hadn't developed medications for glaucoms, thousands would be blind today. Diabetes would still be a fatal disease and TB sanatoriums would still dot the countryside.

The polio vaccine gave me my childhood back.
When it was developed, my mother let me go to community pool to swim. medications have side effects(that why it takes an MD to prescribe them). I would not be alive without modern medicine and I'll bet many of you wouldn't either.
---Donna66 on 10/11/09


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alan8566_of_uk and Trish9863: "Steveng ... I suspect you have never suffered any mental illness, not known anyone with one, particularly those resulting from syndromes."

I deal with them on a daily basis - helping the poor, homeless, the seniors, and the children. My heart truly goes out to these people who are not able to function properly in daily life. I lead a unusually simple lifestyle and make good money as a technical writer and business owner in which I'm able to help these people by providing food, clothing, and shelter - and comfort as Christ would.
---Steveng on 10/11/09


It's apparent that many of you have this preconceived idea of who I am, but I am not sorry.

Try walking in my shoes for a week and you'll find that my heart goes out to everyone I meet. I couldn't even imagine what Jesus went through when he took the world's sin in himself. I have enough pressure on me daily just working in my community.

You could never know the fruits of the Spirit of another - especially the people on these blogs. Without God, how could you know the love a person just by what is written. Or even the other fruits of the spirit - the joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control - without know the person personally.
---Steveng on 10/11/09


God whould not have man develop medications with adverse side effects - sometime worse than the illness itself.
---Steveng on 10/9/09
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Amen

it is amazing the drastic side effects most are willing to take a chance on to "cure" something else

more than 100K people die every year from taking legal drugs as prescribed ...it takes many deaths to take legal drugs off the market

christians declare "christian faith" but most do not believe God will heal ...with God ALL THINGS are possible

God can HEAL ANY physical ailment ...problem with fast food mentality society is people pray and expect God to be a puppet answering instantaneously
---Rhonda on 10/10/09


StevenG: I would love to see you spend an hour with a psychotic patient. You obviously have never known anyone who was mentally ill, or you would not make such outlandish statements. Also, your lack of empathy is truly not from God, but from Satan. Your mind is more controlled by Satan than you would like to believe.
---Trish9863 on 10/10/09


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Steveng ... I suspect you have never suffered any mental illness, not known anyone with one, particularly those resulting from syndromes.

If you had, you would not make such a remerk as "Mental illness is the result of people thinking one way and believing another causing conflict in the mind"
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/10/09


Mary...yes of course God understands exactly where you are, and he knows how to take you where he wants you to go. One of my favorite bible verses is,Isaiah 42:3 A broken reed, he will not break, and smoking flax..he will not quench. This means he is extremely gentle with anyone that is already struggling. You are safe with him...rest in his love, and let him lead you.Over and over he tells us to "fear not." (((hugs))
---Gayla on 10/9/09


Steveng:

How do you know what kinds of medications God would or would not have men develop? Scripture itself recommends wine for upset stomachs and strong drink for those terminally ill - even though it is also full of warnings of the dangers of drunkenness from the same wine and liquor.

Many plants (natural and not man-made) have beneficial healthy and/or medicinal effects - but many of these also have other side-effects. For example, St. John's Wort can alleviate symptoms of depression, but also may make one more sensitive to sunlight.
---StrongAxe on 10/10/09


alan8566_of_uk: "Medics, psychiatrist and medication are there through God's goodness. Use them with his blessing!"

God whould not have man develop medications with adverse side effects - sometime worse than the illness itself.
---Steveng on 10/9/09


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All illnesses whether physical or mental are Satan's fault. Mental illness is the result of people thinking one way and believing another causing conflict in the mind. Physical illness, like falling into a ravine and breaking a leg, God will surely protect you like he will protect his people during the tribulation.

God can heal ANY sickness both mental and physical, but christians have more faith in man's miracles than God's. In fact, the world is full of weak christians. If this were not so, then all christians would be performing miracles greater than Jesus.

Pray every day that you and yours will be protected from harm especially from the soon to come tribulation. Apostasy comes from weak christians.
---Steveng on 10/9/09


Donna66: I agree that it is no big deal on which words to use. Interestingly, in the mental health field, they still refer to MR as that population. Not the words, but the letters.
---Trish9863 on 10/9/09


Trish--Medical professionals more often talk of Developmental Disability. It is a broader term. The Special Olympics uses the term "Intellectual Disabilities" because they want the public to begin using that term instead of "mental retardation" which carries a stigma.
Both Developmental Disability and Intellectusl Disability are acceptible terms. No big deal.
---Donna66 on 10/8/09


Donna: The use of the word Intellectual Disabilities is used by Special Olympics International. They tend to use the words that are preferred. That is why I used that set of words in my post.
---Trish9863 on 10/7/09


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I wouldn't say that the intellectually disabled...usually called Developmentally Disabled...have an ILLNESS, which would imply a CURE is possible.
They have a condition, including physical disabilities, which almost always require loing-term treatment. That is why the DMS includes them.

The same may be true of a "traumatic brain injury".
---Donna on 10/7/09


KarenD: Mental Retardation is listed as an illness in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual IV TR. That is why people think of it as such. Mental means mind. If someone has a mental illness that means they have an illness of the mind. Well, the Intellectually disabled have such an illness.
---Trish9863 on 10/6/09


Why do some people think that mental retardation is a mental illness?
---KarenD on 10/6/09


There are a whole host of genetic disorders that produce developmental disabilities and neurological disabilities. These are not classed as "mental illness".
Downs Syndrome is an example. It has physical as well as neurological (some might say mental) effects. The cause is an extra chromosome.
---Donna66 on 10/6/09


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Catherine ... I personally know the following folk BORN with these things:

Down's Syndrome
SOTOS
Sciztsophrenia
Autism
Asberger's
Epilipsy
Spasticity

What you are saying is dangerous, even evil.




---alan8566_of_uk on 10/6/09


The aposstles echoed a common misconception that all disease is caused by sin, when they asked Jesus about the man born blind - was it because of his parents' sin, or his own? Yet Jesus said it was neither.

Also another common misconception is that physical illnesses aren't always a person's fault, but mental illnesses always are. We tell people to get over depression by faith and/or force of will, but imagine demanding the same of people with cancer, or telling someone with a broken leg to throw his crutches away and walk on it.
---StrongAxe on 10/5/09


All is caused by sin! If people could live righteous lives, there would be no quote, quote, mental illness.
---catherine

You mean you are going to ignore all those other posts? Do you really think that all those Alzheimers victims are they way they are because they are "sinners"?

You are a sick person yourself. As I said, my very own sister has been legally insane for 48 years. It happened when she was 16, and a BRAIN DISEASE causes it.

Maybe if you were around more mental patients as well as some competent medical professionals you would see reality.

You know barbers once acted as "quack" doctors too and used to "bleed" people to "cure" their ills. You are no different.
---obewan on 10/5/09


Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

God help me here!
Wow!
---TheSeg on 10/4/09


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Catherine,

You are not serious, are you?
---atheist on 10/4/09


Mental illness: All is caused by sin! If people could live righteous lives, there would be no quote, quote, mental illness. But that is impossible without the Blood of Jesus Christ. You get saved, and you see I speak the truth, my friends....Take note>>>Noone is 100% in the mind. So, noone has any right to be pointing fingers at the neighbors. You see this a lot in the media. God hates it. Because He tells us, "none of you are too great". Pride is at the root of all sins.
---catherine on 10/4/09


Mary, you will be fine. Our lives are in the hands of God. That might not be a consolation to you right now because you are so worried and afraid, but it is the Truth. Everyone in the world gets sick and will one day die, and it is not the demons or the devil at work, it is the curse that man is in from the fall of Adam. Sin. For God said, "you will surely die" And because we are forgiven sinners still condemned to die a physical death, we are alive to Christ spiritually and always will be. I pray that your surgery goes good and that you will get over your fear of death. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to die anyway, everyone wants to go on living. Maybe those who are very ill and have been through pain want to.
---MarkV. on 10/4/09


I did, I got saved. I now stay in prayer and as close to God as I can. I now have a sound mind. The way God planned it in the beginning. Noone is born with mental-illness. Some are just more prone than others for his attacks. I would be more worried if Satan was not bothering me, Because it means I am not bothering him. And I just loveeee bothering the devill! I cannot believe the ignorance of society and it's people when it comes to the subject of Satan. He loves to go undetected. You are making him extremely happy. My job is to make the devil extremely unhappy until the day I die, my friend....And God happy. What's yours?
---catherine on 10/3/09


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Mima: If your friend has a low frustration tolerance he should not be reading to Alzeimer's patients in the first place.

As for the verbal command to stop, I have simply spoken to psychotic patients when they ramble, and they stop rambling. It has nothing to do with evil spirits. It is normal for any person, Alzeimers or psychotic, or just people in general, to stop talking when spoken to.

This is not proof of rebuking an evil spirit. It is evidence your friend should not be working with Alzeimers patients. Anyone who is going to be frustrated that easily should find something else to do with their time.
---Trish9863 on 10/3/09


catherine...Your description of your "attacks from Satan" sounds like mental illness to me. Better get that checked out.
---KarenD on 10/3/09


Here is an interesting side story. My friend was in a nursing home reading to the Alzheimer's patients. One of these patients would not shut up talking, my friend being frustrated verbally commanded the demonic spirit to stop talking. And that is exactly what happened.
---mima on 10/3/09


\\ Mental illness, sanity, and insanity are decribed in many ways.\\

Sanity and insanity are legal concepts, not medical or psyciatric diagnoses.
---Cluny on 10/2/09


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NO ILLNESS is from God but every sickness is satanic
but God has made available for us - prayer as well as medication

A good balance of both with the Holy Ghost empowerment is what we need
so all your posts make sense to me

it's like the story of five visually impaired peopledescribing parts of an elephant
one touches the ear and says the elephant is like a huge fan. the other leans against the legs and says the elephant is like a tree...lol
happy weekend
---patie3447 on 10/2/09


At "spiritual warfare" seminars, I've learned that our minds are often the battlefield. This is true. Satanic thoughts, influences, lifestyles, etc. will often result in Mental Illness.

However, these "spiritual warfare" seminars often seem to ignore that fact that Mental Illness can also result from medical problems, heredity, or some unknown/unclear cause. Some people just seem to be more likely than others to end up sick.

Whatever the cause, Mental Illness CAN be cured. Just like other illnesses can be cured.
---Augie on 10/2/09


Mental illness, sanity, and insanity are decribed in many ways. That description is altered by the viewpoint of the describer.

Another's degree of 'craziness' is judged by how different their 'reality' is from our own. Are their political beliefs different, or do they live in a world of people who we can't see?

Do they here voices? If it is the voice of 'god', is it the same one most adherents think they hear? In that case, maybe they just have their own 'religion'.

But I ask, what if one 'crazy' person is the only one talking to the one true 'god', will he forgive you and those of other religions for the shared mental illness of the belief in the wrong 'god'?
---atheist on 10/2/09


I don't want to make anyone angry tonight.... There is NO SUCH THING AS MENTAL ILLNESS!
---catherine on 10/1/09

Tell that to my family! We are dealing with the fact that my mom has severe agressive dementia that is called frontaltemperal dementia. Its caused by the seperating of the frontal lobes in the brain. It is genetic. It causes one to loose the ability to talk, understand speech, motor skills, bodily functions, and then eventually death. The max life after being diagnosed is 10 years. My mom was diagnosed 7 years ago. Luckily, she can still walk and dress herself, but she can't speak, or take care of herself. She has the mind now of a 4 year old. Do you think the enemy did this? No, and I refuse to give him credit for it.
---miche3754 on 10/2/09


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\\ Oh please!! I don't want to make anyone angry tonight. But I guess I will anyways. There is NO SUCH THING AS MENTAL ILLNESS! There is no cure for quote, quote, mental illness.\\

Just more proof that catherine doesn't listen to God but herself.
---Cluny on 10/2/09


Amen!To those who said there "is" a mental illness,in fact,many types of mental illnesses. To say a person who is mentally ill is demon possessed is straight from the dark ages when they treated the mentally ill horrible and people were ignorant of the workings of the human mind and body and the relationship between tham. With any biological organism in this world there is a possiblity to develop illness in it. The brain is a biological organism. It is sickening to see there are still those who believe everything which goes wrong in a mind or a person is a demon,thank God they are few and far between. What if I believed it is demon possession in them to make them believe such a fallacy? See how twisted that kind of thinking is.
---Darlene_1 on 10/2/09


THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MENTAL ILLNESS?

my uncle was abused & is now a traumatized person all his life. and these self righteous christians will either say 'it is not biblical or it's bec. of sin'. instead of helping, you 'christians' are human dogs bec. you lack compassion & understanding. and there is plenty of christians who behave like the pharisees, & are experts in quoting verses in the bible so they can say they offered a 'christian' healing. and christ was angry with those kinds of people.
---mike on 10/2/09


There IS such a thing as Mental Illness. Just as there IS such a thing as Physical Illness. For any illness, there can be a number of "causes" and a number of "cures".

I believe that God uses a combination of NATURAL healing, MEDICAL treatments, and SPIRITUAL miracles, in curing any illness.

A "common cold" can be cured by the human body's NATURAL defenses. Doctors use MEDICAL treatments of radiation and chemotherapy to cure "cancer". Prayers of believers lead to SPIRITUAL healing of "paralysis".

Just as these Physical Illnesses were cured, Mental Illness can be cured. The timing of treatments, and the results, are different for each illness and each individual.

---Augie on 10/2/09


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There is NO SUCH THING AS MENTAL ILLNESS!
----------------------------------------
I have never heard such an ignorant statement in my whole life.

You mean you have not heard of Alzheimers? What about a stroke victim? What about a person with traumatic brain injury? Have you ever known a person how suffers from migraines? What about retarded people?

My sister has suffered from mental illness and been a ward of the state for 48 years. She is completely and TOTALLY disabled. She lives in a group home. She cannot focus to have a coherent conversation for even 1 minute. She is a Christian and she is NOT demon possessed. The portion of her brain that causes dreams malfunctions and is active while she is awake.
---obewan on 10/2/09


Catherine:

You are not alone in experiencing Satan's attacks on our minds. He comes against anyone who claims Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Some people may require medications to help them deal with these Satanic attacks. It may very well be a "process", long or short, for a person to learn how to resist these Satanic attacks and trust Jesus Christ more. Until that goal is reached, a person may require medications. I've been through that "process", and praise God, I don't need medications any longer.

I know. I know. Today, medications are used to solve almost every problem. We need to find a balance between trusting Jesus Christ and using medications.
---Sag on 10/2/09


Catherine ... You speak nonsense.
There is such a thing as mental illness, and it an bodily illness just as much as any "physical" illness.

Your attitude that there is no such thing as mental illness can only come from either:
You have nevere suffered it

or, someone has fed you the lie that there is no mental illness, and you have fallen for that lie, and so have not been able to be cured
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/2/09


Oh please!! I don't want to make anyone angry tonight. But I guess I will anyways. There is NO SUCH THING AS MENTAL ILLNESS! There is no cure for quote, quote, mental illness. There is, however, a cure for Satan who causes a host of demonic activity in your mind. And that cure is JESUS CHRIST AND HIS BLOOD. Jesus, will not automately heal you on the spot. My whole life I have been proned to Satan's attacks. I Still am. And I suspect always will be in one form or another. Jesus will allow Satan to attack me from time to time in order to keep in prayer. Why should I run to the medicine cabinet when I know it's only the devil?
---catherine on 10/1/09


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Hi, you are sooo right Bill! :) Yes, I do have a real serious problem with fear of death even though I love the Lord--it's just such a painful thing to admit because I'm a Christian. I shouldn't have this problem, right? I'm going to deal with it though. This morning too, God ministered to me in my fear of upcoming surgery with the idea that I've been so afraid of dying, I haven't focused on LIVING, praise the Lord! :)
---Mary on 10/1/09


Something occurred to me today while I was thinking and praying for you.

You are NOT being fearful, but doing your best to take charge of your condition, and not let it control you.

As C. S. Lewis said, a brave man is not one who feels no fear. He acknowledges his fear, and makes a choice to do his duty nevertheless.

Isn't this what you're doing?
---Cluny on 10/1/09


Jesus Himself shared in flesh and blood with us, "that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who

through fear of death

were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (in Hebrews 2:14-15)

So . . . "fear of death" can indeed be slavery to Satan. There is fear, then, that is much deeper than just an organic medical problem. Fear of being stigmatized about our problems > this can be a sneaky form of fear of death > fear of losing what stigma could take from our lives. So, do not fear >
"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid," (in John 14:27) but trust God to make us deeply stronger in His love.
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/1/09


It works together praying to the Great Physician & getting with your local physician with some medication.
God Is able heal totally, nothing is to hard for God. God's healing can be in an instant, & or it can also be a gradule healing. It's according to your faith & God's will, how ever He sees.
---Lawrence on 10/1/09


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Thank you all sooo much and especially Bill--that really ministered relief to my soul--thank you! :) I will definitely stick with my medications (especially my new one, Buspar) and most importantly prayer and the Word. God bless you all.
---Mary on 10/1/09


I believe mental illness like any other illness can occur for a certain time period and then pass. However, some kinds like the parinoid disorders or bi-polar may be for a lifetime. Only a doctor can say for sure.

I suffered from depression for a season and took meds which helped. I got better and stopped the meds, and that was over 10 years ago, and I am now depression free.

Depression can come as a result of bad things that happen in life and then pass.
---obewan on 10/1/09


Fellow bloggers let us go before the Lord in prayer for Mary. Certainly we know the Lord can heal mental illness. And I believe he is standing by waiting for us to pray!!!!
---mima on 10/1/09


you are awesome!!! i have been there done that. the all mighty God knows this and its perfectly okay. my mind would race and depression , i couldnt constrate on the word which i had to have .with med it brought me back to normal so i could renew my mind and body. believe me if God wants you many years from now to quit taking your meds he a powerful God, he will ask you then, but right now do the med and start enjoying the living word of God. find any scripture on love and be sure to see only christain counselors
---lo_kolle on 10/1/09


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God knows where you're at in your life. The most important thing is that you love Him very much (LOVE for God changes the whole picture). Instead of only believing in Him, you also trust Him, then you will have a "faith for faith"...(because you wish to 'draw closer', Romans 1:17).

Hebrews 11:6
"that He exists...".....(and ALSO BELIEVE He rewards).

If you truly love Him and His ways (Ephesians 5:8, no matter what your need, Luke 15:7), and you choose to rely on GOD, not man, to help you grow, then He will reward you with the "depths of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10) and a devotion based on "the greatest of these" (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Verses from the RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 10/1/09


Depression is partly caused ... or at least sustained ... by chemical imbalance in the brain, a physical thing that medication can help.

Medics, psychiatrist and medication are there through God's goodness. Use them with his blessing!
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/1/09


Stay with your current treatment plan. What has helped me in my healing journey, and it is a journey, is to be in psychotherapy and a discipleship relationship at the same time. My mentor guides me in my study of scripture, and helps me process what I learn about myself in therapy in light of God's Word.

Do not go off your meds without medical supervision. I work in a psychiatric hospital and see the effects of people not being compliant with their meds.
---Trish9863 on 9/30/09


Take your medicine and lean on the Rock of your salvation
---psalm_91 on 9/30/09


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It is well known that there are many forms of mental illness that are treatable with medication.

For decades I suffered from clinical depression (even from childhood), burdened with the additional lie that "Real Christians aren't depressed, they have Jesus."

Do what I do: Take your medicine and thank God for the provision He has made for you.

The time will come, maybe in this world, but for sure in the next, when we won't need ANY of our meds!
---Cluny on 9/30/09


"fearful" > Revelation 21:8 does say "the fearful" "shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone" > in the earlier King James > my New King James says "cowardly". Well . . . I might back down from associating with a woman, just because she is not good looking or is not accepted socially > I might not be "fearful", but certainly could be *cowardly* to be concerned about what ones would think of me loving her. "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18) Cowardly about loving people God wants us to reach to could be more what this is talking about.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/30/09


Mary,you are doing what you need to which is taking your medicine,smart you,learning your Bible, and praying. God accepts us all right where we are and as he leads and teaches us we become more and more conformed to the Word. Never let anyone cause you any doubt God is with you,he loves you,he comforts you,he supplies your needs,especially Spiritual ones. What God wants from all of us is love,devotion,obedience to His Word,our prayers to Him,fellowship,and our praise to him,always thanking God for our walk with him and what he has given us,salvation through Jesus His son. I was afraid of lightening and thunder as a child but have overcome that with using prayer,faith,and Bible to move those mountains.
---Darlene_1 on 9/30/09


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