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Mentals Disorder For Christians

I have had depression for years, but mainly anxiety disorder--esp. OCD behaviors. Perfect love casts out fear. How can I know that I am truly saved when I am always afraid? And sometimes I think saying anxiety disorders and depression is a mental illness is a cop out.

Moderator - Good question because I know so many Christians with various mental disorders and I have not seen any healing in this area. Any praise reports I want to know.

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Hi Judy, you're not alone in wondering if you serve God out of love or fear, I've dealt with that too. As far as the other worries, have you considered medication? It helps me--a lot! :) God bless you, Mary
---Mary on 6/25/14

sometimes I do not know if I accept Him out of fear or if I truly love Him. I want it to be the second one. I also have trust and control issues. I am often afraid things will go wrong. I wake up sad. I worry esp about my teen girls. my two grown ones too and their offspring, but esp my teens. I am afraid I will make a wrong decision and fail them.
---judy on 6/19/14

Thanks so much,Yes,it feels good to be happy in a wonderfull healing friendly kind church,they go.out of their way to be kind,understanding full of wisdom even the few who just hear about it and they be mean turn to "sweet hearts" one lady comes about 3 hrs.away on the bus! She really amazes me how the Lord has touched her heart..she is very lovable woman once the holy spirit the love of the lord coming from our pastor's..there are various pastor's all kind.I thank.God for find this place of worship,the children I.have such love and respect from them. They are little angels it seems they are just wonderfully intelligent. It feels like home...
Tappin' my shoes!
Love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 6/19/14

Hi Elena, so happy you found a good church. :) :) Sorry about the stupid comments of others, such as they don't want to talk to a woman with cancer--sheesh!!! I say God bless you and give you even more joy! :) Love and hugs, Mary :)
---Mary on 6/18/14

Elena, I am so happy for you. Doesn't it feel good when you find a place where you fit in? I'm happy you found such a church. Praise The Lord for your prayer answered. I feel like running around the block for you. Love you sister in The Lord.
---Shira4368 on 6/17/14

Hello,Mary,yes,I have to.take this pill not to get tumors,again for at least another 4 yrs. Since I carry the b.c.gene. yeah,no hair hardly at all.
I gotten used to it. I am happy,not having cancer.,they're ignorant here.a guy told me "the problem is they really do not want with a woman who has cancer." They are afraid.
We have a few women and a few men at church,now battling cancer. Keep them in prayer,if you will,Mary.
I quit associating with anybody around here,just the people at church.I find myself happier that of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 6/17/14

Hi Elena, wow that was a scary side effect from abilify, I'm blessed I can take it with no problems. Are you on chemo honey? You mentioned you have no hair, but hey, nothing to get in the drain! :) I was bald too for a loooong time. Anyway people have no right to judge us until they have walked in our shoes--or boots or sandals lol :D God bless honey, love and hugs, Mary :)
---Mary on 6/16/14

Oh,Mary,it's me again (thanks,Mod.)
I get depressed,too..
Had pill call "abilify" it gave me, scary involuntary mouth,jaw,teeth grinding! which is a serious side-effect! I quit taking it!
Lasted for 3 days..wait see doctor,.love of Jesus!.lol
---Elena9555 on 6/14/14

Hello,Mary,happy see you! gone bk to Elena9555,any way yes,I too,take a pill to.not get tumors/cancer again.
pharmacists said "garbage" but,it worked blessed of Jesus,still got to take it,too. Mary, so good to.hear from ya.No hair,but,thank God
I'm alive! love of Jesus!
.:-) agape hugs!
---Elena9555 on 6/14/14

Hi, thank you Lidia, bless you honey. :) Yeah, when I forget my anti-depressants for a couple of days, I cry more! Yesterday, for instance, I was so emotional about my brother, it was maddening! People just don't understand, like I take Tamoxifen to keep from getting cancer again, that's no different than taking drugs to keep from crying lol :D God bless you sweetie, hugs, Mary :)
---Mary on 6/14/14

hi. I too have suffered from depression over the years but anxiety disorder is the one. Asked God to help me to deal or face certain issues and He does but not in the way I quite expected. jennifer
---jennifer on 6/10/14

Hello,Mary you know I suffered alot too,when my mother got killed.It used to burn me up! how people critisize,but they don't realize meds.
have their purpose,I am no longer ashamed.Our family,all in my opinion
must be a heredity gene. It used to bother me,alot.

Not anymore,I got other things much more urgent to be concern about, thank God we have the meds. If it helps..just like an aspirin helps bad headaches..

God bless you,and your husband at least he sticks with you through your hard time. I will be praying for him.God send christians in his path,whowill not encourage drinking he will be helped thru someone who maybe has walked in his shoes an give godly advice.. we all need help one area or another. Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 3/3/14

Hi all, Lexapro (and definitely the Lord!) helped me with my brother's death. I had been sooooo morbid! There's still grief but not a crushing grief. I am thankful for God, medications, and loving friends! :)
---Mary on 3/3/14

Fear is from satan, I have over came this, depression is a condition that can oppress anyone, I overcame it too, however, particular mental disorders, I don't know about those as I understand all is from either illness or satan, However, through Christ, the word, knowledge in healing scriptures ALL are brought under the POWER through the word. You must have faith believe and trust his word Xx
---Carla on 3/2/14

Hello,Bro.MarkV.all respect to you and just wanted to say thankyou for your prayers. I REALLY appreciate it.
God bless you & your family.

Love of Jesus! Lidia4796
---Lidia4796 on 2/25/14

Jesus was sent to earth as a plan for the fullness of time. The Revised Standard Version also says that He came at the end of the age to put away sin...and in the age to come, eternal life.

When Jesus was being TEMPTED in the desert for forty days, satan could not just show Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world, he had to show them to Jesus from the reference point/standpoint OF TIME. Consider the strong possibility that YOU are not WORLDLY and that you don't PREFER worldly thought...your mind ("His spirit in inner person") is different (meaning that you are truly Godly-minded...just food for thought/understanding).
---faithforfaith on 2/21/14

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Using Theophostic Prayer (TP) facilitators have seen recipients receive peace from Jesus as a result of Prayer. It is not uncommon even when recipients claim depression, fear and anxiety upon beginning Prayer to reach complete peace a short time later. It is nothing short of a miracle, but God is faithful to reach you where you are.
---Doug on 1/26/14

Hi Judy
Romans 10:8-10 is how you know you are saved. I have had periods of anxiety that made me feel like I was having a heart attack. I always asked The Lord to show me the cause and then help me to deal with it. My last major anxiety period was last year. I was sick all the time and did not know why. I prayed and He revealed the cause. I found out have wheat allergies. I am now dealing with the allergies and for now there have been no more anxiety attacks. Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you!
---pg1 on 1/26/14

Rita, you are also in my prayers. Hope you do not miss much here on line. We love you and Lidia, and all others who are having a hard time in the present time. I too miss your post, and hope Mary is doing ok. We have not heard from her for a while. Keep strong in the faith, and blessings and prayers to all who are struggling right now with some kind of illness.
---Mark_V. on 1/26/14

Happy again Sis.RitaH. know you are
loved,appreciated by many here. I am
thankfull you can be here,when you able.I had to go thru a similar pleight
It'took me a while,realize the screen
very hard on the eyes.

Take care of yourself! We love you and you teach me alot on here.You will be alright by the grace of God,I will.pray for your eyes to get better...a special touch from the divine hand of God.
Love of Jesus! Lidia4796
---Lidia4796 on 1/23/14

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Lidia, I am so appreciative of your daily prayers for me. They mean so much. I will be on this site intermittently as my health allows. I think that looking at the screen a lot is not helping me so I am cutting back on internet usage but will "pop-in" now and then.

God bless you and care for you in every way that you need Him.
---Rita_H on 1/22/14

Hello,RitaH. Thankyou,also, today's world like you say lots of chemicals,all kinds of things spoiled our eco- system etc, it' good see you on here.Your always in my daily prayers. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones. Love of Jesus! Lidia4796
---Lidia4796 on 1/22/14

As soon as sin entered the world, which was pretty soon after God created humans, all manner of problems also entered the world.

Although sickness and many other problems are a result of sin that does not mean that when a person becomes sick in some way that it is their own sin which has caused that specific illness. There is sin in the world and there is sickness in the world - definitely a connection but I don't believe these are all individual punishments. We live in a polluted and sinful environment and all suffer for that reason.

Mankind generally suffers for the sins of mankind generally. We should never point the finger at a sick person and say "you must have sinned". We ALL have.
---Rita_H on 1/20/14

markv, you gave lidia a good answer. you are also correct about sin and illness. those who claim illness is the result of sin is sort of correct since we are all born in sin with a body that is flesh and blood but being ill is not because of individual sin. those same people can't explain how innocent children die from all sorts of illness. if I could heal lidia, I would also go there to help her but I admire your statements. God bless
---shira4368 on 1/20/14

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Bro.Mark,Thankyou Brother! God bless you!
Jesus way sweet,tested,tried.. His
Love is evident DAILY inspite of the ignorance,gossip.
Sometimes who knows? God can be glorified - healing CAN HAPPEN or
later receive a "heavenly body"
He loves me still!
---Lidia4796 on 1/20/14

Sister Lidia, when those people said,
""you got cancer & all for your sins!"
What they are really saying is that you must have sinned real bad, and God brought sickness to you, otherwise you would not be sick.
But that is not true. People are born with some deformity because of sin, and other times they are born with those deformities because of God. Jesus spoke of that. But when I said that the body gets sick and dies because of sin, is true the reason all flesh dies. But what those people said about you is wrong. Peace and blessings to you.
---Mark_V. on 1/20/14

lidia, get some honey and lemon. it will cut congestion that causes us to cough.
---shira4368 on 1/18/14

Shira4368,You sure right bout that! Me too,been sick all my life with one thing or another.thanks!
right now, I can't keep from coughing alot.warm weather then extreme cold. Thanks!
Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 1/18/14

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lidia, the people who blame your illness on sin are not Christians. please don't listen to them. I know and you know we are in a corrupt body that is mortal. I find no where that says anything about a perfect body. the flesh is corrupt. have you ask the people who insult you if they have ever been sick? ask them. I should be dead several times already.
---shira4368 on 1/17/14

Goodmorning! Wonderfull post!
Bro.Mark,all respect to you. Neighbors,mostly the pentecostal folks "whisper" tell others & then it turns into gossip gets bk .. to me

"you got cancer & all for your sins!"

Fact: we live,weget ill,and we will die. Only God knows when.
God bless everyone. Lidia4796
---Lidia4796 on 1/17/14

Sis. Darline, I agree with your answer somewhat when you say,
"I don't believe for one second that it is sin that brings sickness as punishment from God.".
Sin does bring sickness and eventually death. The sinful body we have will get sick and die because of sin. But I don't believe God goes around getting people sick. He does not have to do that. He allows the body to take its course many times and die, other times He restores the person sick or dying. Everyone who is born begins to die, and will die when it reaches the limit God set for each one of us. God heals people when the healing brings Him glory. That is the part we love a whole lot because it answers our prayers, and make us more dependent on Him.
---Mark_V. on 1/16/14

To RitaH. ,re: my blindness, I am legally blind/ way I found out, I complain' found out esp.after my papers stolen,wallet few months- my bills,food help cut.a lady took me ask for help with my electric bill.They turn me down, mercy of God, a man saw my case/ last report
my last eye doctor ( since my insur.plan cut )

Report " She is legallyblind now! " thank God still got some eye sight!! would not have known . If worker had not help,actually they were going to cut me off completely.

my Sister I will be praying for you diligently on /off Line. May the Lord restore, bless and keep you & your loved ones in His loving care.
Love of Jesus! Lidia 4796
---Lidia4796 on 1/14/14

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Happy to hear from you wonderfull Sisters Grandma( thought smile you had given up on me! ) miss you, Sis.RitaH. so good see you here,Darlene1 & Sis.Shira4368 you make me smile very happy, it' lonely,here. My friends NEVER would I leave my meds. I have been bipolar many yrs.

If cut off,I will procure (legal counsel ) petition to be given my meds. For Bipolar & cancer,etc..

Sisters, I was born underweight,rhaumatic fever & other problems.Age 5 arthritis! trouble walking.

we are just some how mercy of God stronger than most in some cases.
---Lidia4796 on 1/14/14

God certainly wants us to rely on Him for many things, including our health but scripture does not tell us we must not seek help from the medical profession. God does heal miraculously sometimes but He has also given us doctors and other professionals.

I know a few Christians with psychiatric problems and other mental issues. Right now they are in the correct places for their healths sake and, at the same time, Christian friends pray for them.
---Rita_H on 1/14/14

Lidia: Please stay on your meds for bipolar. I am also on psyche meds. I believe that God gave scientists the ability to create medications so that we can be stable, and not hurt ourselves or anyone else in the depression, mania, or psychosis. My Mother has been mentally ill for most of my life. I believe she's not on the appropriate meds, as she is also bipolar, and still cycles terribly through the mania and depressions. Unfortunately, she won't change doctors.
---Grandma on 1/14/14

I don't believe for one second that it is sin that brings sickness as punishment from God. I had Double pneumonia when I was six months old,a Staph infection in both ears at five and was in the hospital for a week. I have had allergies all my life and nearly every fall and spring I get respiratory infections,sick a lot my whole life. I learned from my Mama about Jesus and loved Him all my life. That baby didn't sin and neither did the five year old din't even know what sin was. The simple fact is as the Word says the rain falls on the just and the unjust,we are all biological creatures and it is given to us a short period to live and then we die, just like all biological things on this planet.
---Darlene_1 on 1/14/14

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markv, I know my daughters death wasn't my fault. I was just telling some of the warped people around. I lost my voice to thyroid cancer and one of my "friends" told me I had sin in my life for God to take my voice. she is warped too. maybe God took my voice to get away from certain people I was hanging around and I was using my voice. God knows, not me
---shira4368 on 1/14/14

Hello,thankyou Cluny, all respect you are right.the truth is I am bipolar.It had been so many years terrible depression. My mom got killed,another set bk.The Lord is good,all the same.

I had folks tell me go off my meds. Never would I do that unless, the Lord truly heal me.
We do not live in shame. God does heal people all kinds of illness.

We all going through something. In a human body,we are going to get ill & die. God is sovereign.
---Lidia4796 on 1/14/14

\\Where does your faith lie - In man's healing power or in God's healing power?\\

I realize that your rarefied spiritual sight shows you that God doesn't work through medicine or doctors, but not all of us are on your spiritual level, Steveng.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/13/14

Hello,allow me,add this in the area of like mental illness, give for example panic attacks, for 15 yrs. I had early gone thru, then my dr. Claim " you are cured!" Then I travel went out to a big Opera musical, I thought I was dying,they had to take me,out of there. I know I could not hardly breathe it felt like I was dying! Honest! So,maybe the brain stuff lot harder to "get this healing doctors'seek maybe it's more other spiritual, or genetic, other.
Forgot say " love agape goes out to all.. Lidia 4796
---Lidia4796 on 10/16/13

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Hello,1st let me say a Huge THANKYOU Bro.Mark for your post here about people get healed, or Do not get healed but it God's will.. I love the fact that finally,someone able to explain it,

heavy weight on me a neighbor
has me "upset" in the sense,

I told him, everyone is not going to get healed, does not mean God did not or does not love them.

I am very ill. I am not ashamed -God will either way! Good see you Sis.Shira4368..
Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 10/16/13

I like Sandy's answer :)
---Mary on 10/15/13

Shira, I too am sorry to hear someone said that to you when your daughter was sick. Our faith does heal, but it heals spiritually. Our faith does not stop anyone from dying. When we pray for someone who is sick, we are actually counting on the will of God. Many times people are healed, and with that healing God receives glory. Other times they die, yet God's will is done in every persons life. We are to depend on God no matter what. Sorry to hear about your daughters death. It was never your fault.
---Mark_V. on 10/15/13

patricia, you are wrong about sin and illness. our bodies are corrupt and they get sick. many people die that don't do sexual sin that causes aids. when we are born, we start dying. it is a life cycle and it is corruptable flesh.
---shira4368 on 10/14/13

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Some sickness is not caused by our own sin, but other peoples sin. All the chemicals, additives, and food lacking in vitamins and minerals that we eat today can cause all kinds of things from cancer to mental illness. Watching what you eat can really help with all illness. Of course not all illness is caused by what we eat, some of it is inherited, some of it is just because our bodies wear out. This body is not meant to last forever. That is why we get a new one when we go to heaven that will. Hallelujah
---Sandy on 10/14/13

I agree with the original statement of sickness is caused by sin. We are all sinners past present and future. So cancer, aids, mental sickness and all other illness are a direct consequent of mankinds rejection of God. However to take all of that and bring it down to an individual level is ignorant! You are not sick because you did that one sin that God caught you doing. If that were the case there wouldnt be one single healthy soul on Earth. The fact is everything goes through Gods hands first and if he allowed a person to carry the burden of sickness, then it is for a purpose. Everything God does has a purpose.
---Patricia on 10/14/13

Hi Shira, I'm so sorry another believer rubbed salt in your very painful wound. It's not nice but unfortunately it happens fairly often.
---Mary on 10/13/13

I think I told on this site but when my daughter was sick and dying, someone told me I didn't have enough faith or she would not die. I ask her if any of her relatives ever died and she said yes of course. I ask her where her faith was. the person was on christianet too.
---shira4368 on 10/11/13

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Hi, thank you Cluny, I didn't take offense, I know we're all sinners. The only thing that bothers me is when people told me I basically deserved my cancer--one did, and my best friend almost implied it too. Oh and Shira, you explained it very well :)
---Mary on 10/9/13

our bodies are corrupt and it degenerates as life goes on. the people who are saved get disease and die too. it isn't because they are sinners even tho our flesh sins. I hope I have explained it so everyone can understand.
---shira4368 on 10/8/13

Sin is the cause of all sicknesses and problems in the world. Sin is directly propotional to these problems and sicknesses. The more the world sins, or turns their back on God, the worse the world gets. The 1960s were the turning point when sin became progressively worse and sickness and problems becames progressively worse. We are living in the most evil generation since the days of Noah. Almost every country is inundated with wars and rumors of wars (that's including gang related, racism, and class warfare), and protests of one kind or another.

It's really difficult to have faith in this world today, that's why many christians lack the faith to heal ones self.
---Steveng on 10/7/13

\\Why would your sin have anything to do with your cancer?\\

BTW, Mary, don't take this statement as a personal attack. ALL of us are sinners.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/7/13

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Mary, do you remember the blind man of John 9?

Jesus said that sin had nothing to do with his blindness. Why would your sin have anything to do with your cancer?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/6/13

grandma, you don't have to explain anything to anyone. God knows what we all go thru. I have been thru some trying times and I was very depressed.
---shira4368 on 10/6/13

Bless you Grandma! I for one am sick of apologizing to other believers for the illness I have. I also have had cancer and I know that psychological problems are no more sinful than cancer--although someone once tried to tell me I wouldn't have had cancer if I hadn't sinned! Anyway God bless you Grandma :)
---Mary on 10/5/13

WillieC: There are psychiatric diagnoses that have nothing to do with sin in the life of the sufferer. To say that all diagnoses are due to sin is just plain wrong.
---Grandma on 10/5/13

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Hi, Judy (c: How are you doing, now that it has been a while since you posted this blog question?

About any psychiatric thing > I just remembered this > all of us are not perfect. We all are not human. So, we all have sin problems that more or less can mess up our personalities, Judy!

And whatever is sin is what our Father is committed to correcting and healing. So, this we can be sure of, that we can trust God to cure us of whatever is sin in our personalities.

And we all need this. So - - - it says, "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16)
---willie_c: on 10/5/13

Moderator, did you lose or delete our blog about being crowned with God's lovingkindness and tender mercies?

The LORD "crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies," we have in Psalm 103:4.

And this can help us with our mental problems . . . I mean how God's lovingkindness and tender mercies crowns us so we have His love ruling in our minds and we then rule in our lives with lovingkindness and tender mercies. This has been my experience, this works very well against how I have been depressed, suicidal, perverted, immoral, and conceited. God's love alone can cure us.
---willie_c: on 10/3/13

It's really difficult to describe faith using worldly knowledge. It's like a child when he could take a half used pencil with the eraser used up and trying to sell it to another person for a dollar. An adult wouldn't even try saying it's not possible while a child having faith would try.

Matthew 6:30
Matthew 8:26
Matthew 9:2
Matthew 9:22
Matthew 9:29
Matthew 14:31
Matthew 15:28
Matthew 16:8
Matthew 17:17-20
Matthew 21:21
Matthew 25:21

These verse are only taken from Matthew. Search for the word "faith" in a KJV searchable bible.
---Steveng on 10/1/13

I have been diagnosed with "chronic undifferentiated schizophrenia", which I would say meant messed up and mixed up in no specific way. That was true. But I listened to what people said was wrong with me, and trusted God to correct me.

I have noticed how each problem I have had has involved being not loving like God wants. For example, paranoid suspicion is listening to a lie about someone, and even cursing that person with my suspicion, instead of first caring about and blessing the person in prayer.

And it appears to me that some number of people with problems have a problem with loving any and all people. They can hide with people of their own feather, because they do not have strength of love to protect them.
---willie_c: on 10/1/13

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Where does your faith lie - In man's healing power or in God's healing power? Many here would tell you to seek man's medicine, but man's medicine has adverse affects on the body - God's doesn't. Whatever medicines man creates is detrimental to the body, whatever God heals is healthy for the body.

But it your your faith alone that you can be healed by God. Do you have enough faith to heal yourself whether it's a physical ailment, chemical imbalance, or spiritual weakness? Most christians today have the knowledge of God having worldly knowledge, but surely denies his power. I realize it is very difficult to be a christian in today's world. Trust him to take care of you for it is written that God cares for those who truly trust him.
---Steveng on 9/30/13

Very beautiful, jacqui.

ALL healing takes place in God's eternal NOW. For us, while we are still in time, it may take awhile.

But that's OK.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/30/13

My dear sister I understand totally what you are saying. I too have depression and PTSD and I thank God he led me to a wonderful doctor and counsellor who has helped me. Psalm 139 and Psalm 23. The LORD is your Shepherd and He will guide you.

Many blessings to you. I am the LORD that healeth me. Compared with 10 years ago I am a walking miracle and it is all down to Jesus.
---jacqui_julyan on 9/30/13

We have Hebrews 12:4-12, showing how all of us children of God are getting correction.

This includes, "and be renewed in the spirit of your mind." (Ephesians 4:23)

We have our spiritual mind, then, deeper than our physical brain. We need to not allow our physical conditions to control how we are, spiritually . . . as Paul has said > 2 Corinthians 12:7-15. He even took "pleasure" in his "infirmities". But there are mental disorders which are not physical "infirmities". And ones are in denial about this.

In Jesus Christ's peace with His almighty power . . . nothing can have power over us to trouble us > if we are obedient not to allow our hearts to be troubled > John 14:27.
---willie_c: on 9/30/13

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Hi, I think Cluny gave the best answer. I too have panic disorder and OCD and I have finally quit blaming myself and take my medication as prescribed. I thank God for it. Cluny is sooo right on this!
---Mary on 9/30/13

Judy, I don't know enough about OCD to say anything, but I do know that clinical depression is not a spiritual failure or character flaw but a CHEMICAL IMBALANCE.

It is a PHYSICAL ILLNESS, and is usually amenable to proper medicine.

Sometimes, with clinical depression, there is an underlying physical cause which can aggravate it, such as diabetes or hypoglycemia.

If you can get the proper medicine that controls your depression, anxiety, and OCD, then take it in a spirit of obedience to God (remember Naaman's 9 baths in the Jordan?) and in thankfulness for the provision He has made for you.

Probably if you get your depression under control, the others will take care of themselves.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/30/13

Judy, you mentioned, "How can I know that I am truly saved when I am always afraid?" So, who or what are you afraid of?

Hopefully your answer will be God. And if so, there's a likelihood the grace of God has come to your heart, for it is written,

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding." Job 28:28, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:13
---christan on 9/30/13

Judy, I believe all three of your questions - knowing God's purposes, accepting Christ through love or fear, giving out of love or greed - are tied up in Free Will. Being in God's image means we have free will, freedom to make choices, not puppets of God.Our motives measure our faith.
---Geraldine on 9/30/13

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