|Posted on November 24, 2015 at 11:20 AM|
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It is my prayer that you gain knowledge and that you come back again and again. Thank you so much for your time.
Today I will be discussing a very important subject that has do with your overall health, your mental health. Good mental health strengthens and supports our ability to:
- Have healthy relationships
- Make good life choices
- Maintain physical health and well-being
- Handle the natural ups and downs of life
- Discover and grow toward our potential
That’s right all that!!!
What is Mental Health?
Mental health has been defined in many ways:
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines it as: Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
The U.S. Surgeon General has defined mental health as “a state of successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with people, with people, and the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity.”
The Word of God. For the purposes of this blog we will define good mental health as having a sound mind, a forgiving mind, and the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 4:32; Mark 11:25; Matthew 6:15)
Who is at Risk?
Certain factors may increase the risk of developing mental health problems:
• Having a blood relative, such as a parent or sibling with a mental illness.
• Stressful life situations, such as financial problems, a loved one’s death or a divorce
• An ongoing (chronic) medical condition such as diabetes
• Brain damage as a result of a serious injury, such as a violent blow to the head
• Traumatic experiences, such as military combat or being assaulted
• Use of alcohol or recreational drugs
• Being abused or neglected
• Having few friends or few healthy relationships
• Previous mental illness
What does the Bible say about Mental Health?
According to the Mayo Clinic there is no sure way to prevent mental illness. I’ve got good news for you, according to the Word of God there is a sure way. Isaiah 26:3 is just one way, keep your mind stayed on Him. Ok, here we go – "you will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” and 3 John 1:2 states: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” Below are many more sure ways to prevent mental illness. There is a requirement however, one has to be a doer of the word and not just read it or hear about it; check it out:
What is the answer to how to have good mental health?
- Faith in God – Psalms 33:20-22
- Agree with God – Amos 3:3;
- Keep Jesus’ commandments – John 14:15; John 14:21, 23;
- Christ promises that He will give us rest from our problems. – Matthew 11:28
- See a doctor or psychotherapist or a Biblical Counselor - (My Abundant Life Now Counseling Service is a good place to start!):D
- Avoid being alone, force yourself to be with people
- Sing, or play music that makes you feel good. Music will uplift your spirit. (1 Sam. 16:23) (Make sure the music has a good message!)
- Focus on helping someone else
- Laughter! Force yourself to laugh from your belly. (Proverbs 17:22)
- Praise and give thanks. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18. If you can only thank Him for having fingers do that, for your ears, mouth, do that. Study Psalms 42 & 43 to see how David dealt with depression.
- Be honest with yourself. If unbelief is an issue, admit that and ask for help – Mark 9:24
- Lean heavily on the power of God. It is important to know that God is your only sure help. “All of my help comes from the Lord” Psalm 121:2; Psalms 43:5
- Accept Christ’s free gift of eternal life and salvation – Romans 10:13; John 1:12
- When we accept Christ, God gives us a brand-new life and sees us completely holy and righteous. – 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21
- Because of God’s salvation through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, we can have assurance of eternal life with God. – John 5:24
The way to walk in good mental health is to do what is instructed in Romans 12: 1-2, a simple adjustment is to “renew the mind” with good stuff ok!
The first step is to make a decision to follow the course that God has set for you. Matthew 6:33 gives clear instruction: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” Good instruction is given here in Matthew, there is only one thing to do to capture good mental health and see it working in your life; make the decision to renew your mind.
Step two is commit to the decision of renewing your mind. To quote Apostle Fred K.C. Price, “Once the plane takes off you have to complete the flight.” (Ever Increasing Faith 1985) Once you have made the decision to renew your mind keep going. Stopping in mid-air will insure a crash. One of the best ways to stay committed is to do what it says in James 4:7-10 to submit to God and resist the devil, to cleanse your heart and humble yourself and He will lift you up.
Step three is to know what your weapons are. Keep yourself in ready mode with the armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-18 teaches who you are going to fight and what your weapons are – use them!
Step four is to forgive. (Now this is the most important.) Mark 11: 24 gives the instruction to “forgive” while you are praying. Forgiveness is one of God’s greatness defenses against mental disorder. It’s been said many, many time by countless people “forgiveness is not for the perpetrator is for the victim”. Let me introduce and remind some to a secret – God gave forgiveness as a commandment long before any of the countless people ever said it. In fact, He states in Matthew 6:15 that if you don’t forgive neither will he forgive you.
It is not good practice to guarantee any kind of out come in the mental health business, however when you commit yourself to doing the Word of God and not just hear or read the Word of God the outcome is guaranteed SUCCESS and Good Mental Health!
The Holy Spirit by inspiration
The New King James version of the Holy Bible.
Price, Frederick K.C. 1985 Sunday morning teaching at 9550 Crenshaw Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90305
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services hhs.gov (10/2015)
The U.S. Surgeon General www.surgeongeneral.gov (09/2015)