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God’s Psychiatry

by Tom Brown

 

 Harry owns a salon but it was shut down by the state because of the increase of COVID-19 cases. He is stressed out. He doesn’t know how he will pay his employees and bills. That’s besides his own personal bills he must pay without any revenue. There’s been a knot in his stomach for months. He has started to spit out blood, and he speculates he has an ulcer.

 

 Tom just got diagnosed with COVID. His first night be began to panic when he thought his breathing was being taken away. He had heard horror stories of people just suddenly dying. He thought maybe the virus would take his final breath away. He started to panic. The more he panicked, the harder it was for him to breathe. He started to grow faint. Everything went blurry. Fortunately, his doctor talked him down from his panic attack.

 

 Genevie is only 8 years old, but she is constantly crying. Her momma asks her why, and she answers the same, “I miss playing with my friends. I hate the corona virus. I can’t wait for it to disappear.” Genevie’s mother notices a sadness over her, normally, fun-loving daughter.

 

 Cissy has a difficult decision to make. The doctors tell her that her mother will not live and that she needs to make a decision of taking her mother off of life support. Cissy feels a deep depression. Her chest feels tight. She can’t sleep at night. Why does she have to make this decision, and how will she ever get along without her mother?

 

COVID-19 has not only taken the physical lives of millions, but it has brought untold mental and emotion turmoil to the lives of tens of millions of people. During this crisis, mental illnesses has risen to higher levels ever recorded. It has taken its toll on marriages. Drunkenness is on the rise during this terrible time. People are feeling greater stress and depression and a general feeling of unhappiness. People are more lonely than ever.

 

 People are turning to mental health professionals. While these professionals can help a little, the best Person to help you is the Lord. Jesus is called the “wonderful counselor.” Wonderful means “beyond human ability.” He can counsel you in way that can help your psyche when no other person could heal your emotions.

 

 Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are wearing and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30). He promises “rest to your souls.” Soul is the Greek word for psyche or mind. He promises “rest” for your mind. The word disease means “dis-ease”. Meaning “not at rest”. Mental disease is characterized by lack of rest.

 

 Fear and depression are the leading causes of insomnia. When a person is experiencing mental trouble, they have trouble sleeping. David knew the rest that God gives: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Ps 4:8). He credits only God for his sweet sleep, “for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”

 

 There are two things the Lord Jesus said that you need to do get His rest.

 

 1. Come to Me!

 

First, He said “Come to me.” Many people want mental healing without coming to God Who gives it. There is no point in turning to mankind for help, when they can’t really help you much. You must come to the Lord for your mental health needs.

 

Jesus declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18, KJV). Notice carefully that Jesus claimed to “heal the brokenhearted.” The broken heart is part of the psyche. He can heal the brokenhearted, and, please, observe the means by which He heals, and that is “The Spirit of the Lord is upon because he hath anointed me” to heal the brokenhearted. It takes the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to heal the brokenhearted. How can an unbelieving psychologist heal your heart and mind when they are not even anointed?

 

 To truly get your psyche healed takes God to do it.

 

 2. Learn from Me!

 

 The second thing Jesus said you need to do is “learn from me.” It is not sufficient to come the Lord for help when you are not willing and ready to learn His teachings, which are found in the Holy Bible.

 

 The world has a theory of how to obtain mental health.  Their theory is to “talk about your problems” to a therapist or a group. They think you get better by talking. It is a theory that is not proven. And no doubt most people feel good talking to someone; the question is not whether they feel good at the moment but whether they are getting better.

 

 There are a lot of things we feel good doing, but it’s not helpful.  Some people feel good drinking, but this is hardly a healthy way to deal with anxiety. Others feel good when they mutilate themselves, like pulling out their eye brows and cutting themselves, but I doubt any health professional would consider this a healthy way to deal with depression.

 

 My point is this: simply because you feel good talking about your problems is not proof you are getting better.

 

 Jesus has an alternate method of getting rest for your souls and that is for you to shut up and listen to Him. In other words, healing comes by listening to Jesus teach—not by listening to yourself. What you need to do is open your Bible and start reading the gospels and listening to ordained ministers that are anointed. Let them preach the Word to you and revelation of the truth of God will permeated your psyche and heal it.

 

 Jesus said, “You will find rest for your souls.” To find means you have to seek. Seek the answers to your mental and emotional problems by studying the Bible. Here is how Jesus told us to handled our mental challenges.  If you are worried, Jesus said, “Do not worry.” If you are afraid, Jesus said, “Do not be afraid.” If you have suffered death in the family, the Bible says that “we do not grieve like the rest of mankind that has no hope.” If you are depressed, Jesus said, “Be of good cheer.” If you are struggling with doubt, Jesus said, “Stop doubting and believe.”

 

 At first, these commands seem unrealistic to act upon, but they are not beyond practicing them. If you are born again and have the Spirit, then you have the ability to do what Jesus commands. If are not saved, then you do not have the power to obey. Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” As long as you are a true disciple of Christ, then you can do what He says.

 

 3. I will give you rest.

 

 After doing those two things: coming to Jesus and learning from Him, then Jesus will do this: “I will give you rest.” Jesus will be your psychiatrist. The word psychiatrist come from two Greek words: psyche and iatresia. Psyche means soul and iatresia means to heal. Jesus truly heals the soul. That is why I call Jesus your Psychiatrist.

 David understood that God was his psychiatrist. In Psalm 23 he exclaims, “The Lord is my shepherd…He restores my soul.” God is the restorer of the soul. If the truth be told, no one but God can heal the soul.

 

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king's horses and all the king's men

Couldn't put Humpty together again.”

 

This nursery rhyme talks about the inability of humans to fix us. In the end, human psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors, without the Lord, cannot put us back together again. It takes a supernatural God to fix us—to restore our souls.

 

The reason only God can do this is because “we all like sheep have gone astray.” It is our going astray that has brought our emotional problems onto ourselves. Only coming back the “shepherd and overseer of your soul” will restore our souls.

 

Right now, your soul may be out of syn. You can’t rest. You are nervous. Worried, Filled with anxiety. Fear is your bedtime companion. You don’t know where to turn. At least, you haven’t turned to the Lord, yet. Isn’t it time that you come to the Lord your Shepherd? Let Him give you rest for your soul.

 

“Cast your cares to the Lord, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

I have good new and bad news for you. First the good news: The Lord will take your heavy burdens and anxieties from you. Isn’t that good news? So, what’s the bad news? You have to cast them to the Lord for Him to take them.

 

He is not going to pry your anxieties from your clinching fist. If you want to hold onto them, then He will let you have them. But if you don’t want them, then you have to unclench your fist and open your palms and then throw your anxieties to the Lord. He will take them and work at fixing your problems.

 

Are you ready to cast your anxiety to the Lord? Of course, you are. Pray this:

 

“Father God, I come to your Son, Jesus Christ. I am tired of bearing heavy burdens and worries of life. I’m not meant to carry them. You are the one to take my cares. So right now, I take all my anxieties, all my worries and I cast them to You. They are not my problems anymore; they are Yours! You will give me rest for my soul. I will lie down in peace. No more worries for me. Thank you, Lord, for taking  my worries from me. In Jesus name, Amen!”

 

 

 

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