The Good News About Mental Health

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Just this Christian’s view on being healed.

An Introduction
I have written about my Christian faith in the past. My faith is a major part of my life and so it’s natural for me to speak about it. I’m not in a church 24 hours a day, but do I turn to God often. I don’t claim to be a theologian nor endorsed by any specific church, nor do I have a specific agenda. I write about what I know and that goes for everything that I know, including Jesus. I’m not a perfect human being, nor am I the perfect example of what to aspire to. I’m just being myself.

That said, miracles do happen, people can be healed of diseases, and God can intervene in bad situations. Just thinking positive thoughts is often not enough, although it can elevate your mood.

And you should always seek the truth from the source, The Holy Bible, or get direction from your local church. I just speak from my own experience.

I approach it as a personal relationship with Jesus. He knows my heart and he also knows when I have done wrong. I have made mistakes, sometimes hurt others, and in general, not always followed all the rules that the church spells out. (I was raised in the Catholic Church.) However, I repent from my sins, ask Jesus for forgiveness and then move on with my life to try to do better. I will never be perfect; I’m only human. Only Jesus is perfect. I’m not going to bash myself because I’m not a saint and I won’t let others judge me either. A public trial by gossip is really bad and unfortunately it happens all too often.

So what is a personal relationship with Jesus? Pope Francis explains it this way,

The point of including that introduction is to show why I believe that Jesus both saves and heals.

Through challenges I have had with my mental health, these are my go-tos for survival:

  • Knowing scriptures about healing from the Bible, having faith that I can be healed and regularly attending church services.
  • Taking any necessary medications, adjusting them, or getting off of them.
  • Being under the care of doctors, for physical and mental wellness.
  • At times, going to therapy and/or getting spiritual direction to work through issues that friends and family aren’t equipped to discuss.

I believe that I have been and can be healed of diseases, yet I still seek care from the medical community. There’s nothing wrong with doing both. God’s hands are on everything. God doesn’t do magic though. Don’t expect to read a scripture once and be instantly healed, although I’m sure that can happen. There are instant miracles. Everything happens in God’s timing. I have had miracles happen to me. Nevertheless, I haven’t had an ideal life. I have had dreams that didn’t come true. I’m still very thankful for what I do have and for the blessings I have already received. Whenever I get discouraged, all I need to do is thank God for all he’s done for me, and it puts everything into perspective.

Although I have had mental health challenges, I am way better off than I could have been. There are moments when I feel so good that I say to myself, “I must be completely healed!” I still don’t disassociate from my doctors. I’m still a vulnerable human being. When I’m in heaven, I won’t have to worry anymore because then and there, I’ll be healed for sure.

I will list some scriptures from the Bible with examples of people being healed from mental torment (or demons). What happens in your mind could be related to the malfunctioning of your body, such as your gut health, thyroid, Vitamin D deficiency, or a psychological breakdown, from trauma, stress, or an attack from the devil. I believe all of those are possible causes. These scriptures are applicable to help heal in all situations. Healing is not guaranteed and that’s where faith begins. It’s up to God’s plan but always for good.

Whether you are a believer or not, you must admit, after all these years we still don’t have all the answers. It’s often asked of Christians, “Well, what if you are wrong? What if God doesn’t exist?” As Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries often says, “But what if I’m right?!” And it’s not even a “better safe than sorry” attitude. It’s more like when God touches your life, you know that you know that you know and faith follows.

These are from the NIV Bible version but there are other versions. I heard someone say we should really learn Biblical Hebrew in order to read the Bible without translation errors. But most great modern-day pastors teach from the translated versions very well. God wouldn’t allow language to be a barrier for us in understanding his Word. And that’s also why we rely on pastors, priests, and other wise theologians who have studied the Biblical texts to teach us.

Matthew 8:16–17
16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”

Luke 9:1–6
9 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey — no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Philippians 4:6–7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

And I invite you to find the Bible of your choice for these additional scriptures related to mental healing:

Matthew 8:28–34
Matthew 10: 1–8
Matthew 12:22
Mark 1:21–28
Mark 5:1–20
Mark 16:9
Luke 8:1–3
Luke 8:26–39

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