“One in four adults—approximately 57.7 million Americans—experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder and about one in 10 children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder. Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million American adults, approximately 2.6 percent of the adult population per year. Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias, affect about 18.7 percent of adults, an estimated 40 million individuals. Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depression or addiction disorders.” (Copyright © Coming Out Of The Dark 2011 | Powered by WordPress | Cyangant theme designed by simplyWP)
Though many of us may not suffer with the extremes of mental illness, we must admit that we all have to overcome mental distress and negative thinking from time to time. Some, though it may be hard to admit, deal with depression, anxiety, and mental anguish. It is negative karma (the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something; a spirit) that lingers over this nation and it affects all people not discriminate of race, class, or gender. But the good news tells us that Jesus came that we might be set free and free indeed from all that ails or binds us and keeps us bound or troubles our mind but we must be open and desperate for healing and not give in to harassing thoughts but seek God and be open for the process of mental freedom and become obedient to the ENTIRE process of freedom no matter what the process looks like or what it costs or how illogical it may seem.
Matthew 4: 23-25 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments (pain, anguish, mental conflict), and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him--from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
He healed one woman who was bound with an infirmity for 18 years by touching her and he healed a dumb and mute man by putting His finger in his ear and spitting and touching his tongue. Then, we may remember that Naaman was healed from leprosy by dipping in the Jordan 7 times. Each of these persons was healed and set free. However, each one of them was set free in a totally different way. Sometimes we desire God to set us free but we may also want Him to do it a certain way, but we should be open to whatever His process. Ultimately, we just want to be free from the pain, the issue, the sickness, the mental trouble or whatever is ailing us. Modalities of healing may come in various forms but we must be willing to go through the process no matter what it looks like.
Some of my testimonies throughout my years as a Christian include: God set me free from a spirit of lust through repentance, prayer, and fasting, and from anger and frustration by casting a spirit of anger out of me. Early in my Christian walk when I dealt with a lack of identity, I attended counseling and was freed from my condemnatory thinking and I began to see myself as God sees me. And just three years ago, God freed me from depression, defeat, and a spirit of giving-up through a healing process of 2 years which culminated with prayer from a friend and counselor. And just recently something happened in my life that was bitter, but I asked God for a miracle because I did not want this sad occurrence to take me to a place of unhappiness; so I applied the word of God and He performed spiritual surgery in my mind and a miracle happened and what could have taken me down forged an immediate change of mind. The mind of Christ became the mind in me. An instant thing was done in me. Imagine if Christ would have been shaken, depressed, or in despair when He was spat on, tortured, embarrassed, harassed, and humiliated but Christ had an unshakable spirit and He did not respond negatively because He knew “certain victory” was coming soon. We, like Christ, should endeavor not to allow the heavy, weightier things in life to take us out or change our positive atmosphere or spirit. Let’s be honest, when things happen, it does affect our psyche but we have to use the word and bounce back and respond like Christ did. Let peace abound, because, victory is certain and we cannot allow the circumstances to overwhelm us but we must use the word of God to overcome the circumstance. As I shared with you how God freed me in an instant, I believe we are in a season of instant miracles and quick shifts. I believe this very strongly, because He instantly shifted my mind just a few of months ago. This belief was confirmed by Prophetess Julia C. Loren, a writer from my newsletter subscription of “Elijah’s list” and she quotes:
“ . . . I heard the Lord say that we are entering into a season of instant shifts, a season of anointing that breaks the heavy yoke, a season that prepares us for the days ahead to shine with the glory of the risen Lord. We are stepping into an outpouring of Unshakable Faith – where the spirit of faith, the gift of faith, is being released to those who will turn their faces to the Lord and receive it. A New Spirit within You. This is the season of Holy Spirit releasing a new spirit within you to get you on your feet again. I encourage you to begin accessing the gift of faith that results in an "Unbreakable Spirit." Isaiah 57:15 (MSG) issues an incredible message to you who feel crushed by the trials of life.”
We are assured that though many deal with mental conditions and the enemy tries to keep us in a state of depression or sadness, we can complete the process that God gives us and see freedom come or we can believe God for the instant shift and receive the unshakable faith that helps us to overcome our present circumstances and look toward the victory that lie ahead.