By His Grace

Healing, Mental Health and Restoration

Posted on: April 10, 2012

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:9 AMP)

The Bible promises Christians a sound mind.  Mental illness, personality disorders and any form of psychological damage may result from childhood trauma, domestic abuse, demonic activity or disobedience to God (Deut. 28:15,28).  Thoughts are jumbled, chaotic and there is an inner turmoil that feels like torture.  A chemical imbalance in the brain can cause mood swings, aggression and depression.  Sometimes medication is needed.  Sometimes therapy, one-on-one counseling or a support group is needed.  But one thing for sure, CHRIST IS NEEDED!

I believe for some people that going to professional secular help is necessary.  It was for me.  Equally important is help from our pastor and keeping a biblical perspective about our emotions and thoughts.  God desires us to be whole.  This would involve every aspect of our life—spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

So how do you get to that point of healing?  Healing is certainly a process.  It can be an ongoing thing, but I also experienced an “instant” healing that changed my life!  I have a earlier post titled The Freedom Of Forgiving Myself .  I will tell you…..I am a hard case.   I don’t know why that is and I wish I wasn’t like this because I could have saved myself from years and years of hardship and suffering if I would have just listened and obeyed!! 

I’m one of those who has to experience everything for myself all the way down to rock bottom before I say “okay, maybe you’re right”.  And in the meantime, I become a self-hater, self-loathing, never understanding why I do the things I do or why I WANT to do the things I do.  Blaming others doesn’t work.  Feeling sorry for myself doesn’t work.  But God’s grace does work!!!

And you know, bottom line is this…..it doesn’t matter what others think you should do or how you do it, or what you do to get well, or how you do it to get well.  What matters is the connection between myself and God.  God is the only One who knows my heart.   He is the only One who knows what I need and how I need it.  So in a sense, for me, being healed and restored involved me being selfish and not letting anything or anyone influence me in the process.  It’s between me and God.  And if my heart is aligned with His heart and my thoughts are aligned with His thoughts, then I am living on purpose and according to His will.

So the healing begins by allowing myself to forgive myself.  To allow myself to put my foot down and say, “this is what I have to do to help me.”  It may seem very self-centered and selfish to those looking from the outside.  But let me reassure you, that once I was able to forgive myself and allow Christ to heal my inner being, I came out a better person and a more likable person.  This opened the doorway for me to get well and stay well for longer periods of time.

I certainly haven’t perfected this whole sobriety thing, but I’m much healthier mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I understand now what God means when He says He wants us to be made “whole”.  And in this wholeness I found inner joy and peace.  I know that God has healed me from the guilt and shame I carried because I am able to open my eyes to things I couldn’t see before.   He has opened my heart to things I haven’t felt before.  He has opened my ears to things I haven’t heard before.  Because of what Christ did for me on the cross, I can be healed and restored.

Kutless – That’s What Faith Can Do

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15 Responses to "Healing, Mental Health and Restoration"

You have bn through a lot and to read this post, you have made it back to where you belong. I know I’m all late with that. Thank You for sharing the post! God Is So Good All The Time! God Bless 🙂

Thank you and yes I’ve gotten back. It’s amazing how God brings out of that darkness. We just have to be willing. Many blessings to you dear sister. I hope you’re feeling well this day. 🙂

The only one at war with you is yourself. Accept the grace you’ve been given, live it, pass it on. Your writing is thought-provoking and so honest. You are so courageous. Living your life in line with your beliefs and values is a wonderful testament to how serious you are in growing through your life. Peace, k

“Because of what Christ did for me on the cross, I can be healed and restored.”

This is such a powerful statement and sums up your whole blog for today. Thank you Jesus!

Thank you my sister! Many blessings to you! 🙂

Healed and Restored – God Bless you
susie

Thank you Susie and God bless! 🙂

Thank You Michele and He is faithful and just in our confessions. Confession forms forgiveness for ourselves doesn’t it. He is our power when we are powerless! Blessings and I hope the jobs are starting off well. He is our rock! Blessings!

Thanks Tom and God bless you my friend! 🙂

We are psychological, biological and, most importantly, spiritual creatures. We can be harmed and helped in all these areas. But really the divisions we make up to understand what God knows… we are one and we are loved.

We ARE loved and thank you Vince for commenting! God bless!

The verse you quote here (2Tim 1:7) is how God spoke to me when I was hospitalized for detox. That one verse changed the course of my life forever! Keep yourself filled up with God so that nothing else can ever hurt you again! God bless!

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! You have an awesome site and I look forward to exploring it. It’s a blessing to have met you and praise God you were able to change your life and how a Scripture such as 2 Tim 1:7 can have an impact like that. Many blessings to you and please keep in touch. 🙂

The moment I discovered you are my sister (in the middle of the night)…I will always be there for you. We are here to hold each other up. God bless! I’m looking forward to combing all your words on your amazing site.
Much love,
Dina

Thanks Dina and God bless! 🙂

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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