Friday, May 12th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 52)
Mind: Out Of It
Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let a beast's mind be given to him, and let seven periods of time pass over him.
Daniel 4:16 (NASB)
They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the 'legion'; and they became frightened.
Mark 5:15 (NASB)
While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, 'Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.'
Acts 26:24 (NASB)
If we decide to believe the Bible, if we think God's Word still applies today, then mental illness is spiritual--even if modern doctors disagree. While my opinion isn't popular,* it is both biblical and personal. Mental illness was my family's plague, and perhaps a generational curse: depression, anxiety, insomnia, evil outbursts, panic attacks, nervous breakdowns and bipolar disorder.
Medical establishment solutions? Pills, shock treatments and counseling sessions. Their effectiveness to solve the problems? As most who endure such challenges know... if they work at all, they're temporary.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider two unusual thoughts others might label 'insanity':
1) Maybe some people think you're crazy for entering a dirty business, which is how media is perceived. Truly, such thoughts are reasonable. But God's reason is higher than ours, and Jesus Himself pre-acknowledged sinners as His target audience. 'I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance' (Luke 5:32). Getting down and dirty was His way to lift the depressed to higher ground.
2) Maybe even devout believers think their minds (or the minds of their kin) are injured beyond the reach of God.** But I refuse to believe such thoughts, in spite of physical evidence. 'Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible' ' (Matthew 19:26). 'Surely the Arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His Ear too dull to hear' (Isaiah 59:1).
To Be Continued...
* I realize my opinion flies in the face of modern medicine and the majority of modern Christendom. But upon personal and biblical study,** upon witnessing and experiencing the exorcism of demons, upon seeing the peace that follows the biblical solution practiced regularly by Jesus and His disciples, it is what I believe. I am not asking or suggesting anyone join my belief. I am not asking or suggesting anyone abandon his or her current medical treatments. However, if you are a sold-out believer and medical solutions for mental illnesses (small or large) have proven ineffective time and time again--for you or someone close to you, I suggest prayer, Bible study and counsel with deep-in-the-Spirit, mature Christians. Perhaps they are or are not within your own church.
** Previous AMTC Devotion, Depression (Part 2), A Personal Story: http://amtcdevotions.org/depression-part-2-a-personal-story
** Previous AMTC Devotion series, Depression (15 parts): http://amtcdevotions.org/depression-part-1-the-facts
** Previous AMTC Devotion series, Deliverance (50 parts):
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.