“How to heal your heart and mind and live in perfect peace”
Jesus said, ~ ‘Let Not your Heart be Troubled,’ today we will see how to live free from depression. Depression has become the scourge of modern society, where people are daily forced to confront moral depravity, betrayal, and the disintegration of the family, while being bombarded with a heartless inhumane social dystopia driven by free market capitalism. We live in a cold-hearted ‘dog eat dog’ world, and when push comes to shove it takes its toll in the form a myriad of psychological and emotional disorders, stemming from deep-seated anxiety, and as Christ called it ‘broken heartedness.’ Man was created in the image1 of God, and God is love. Man was not created to live in a world of selfishness, hatred, confusion and deception. The Bible is not silent on this subject. In fact, Jesus included healing the broken hearted and setting the oppressed (depressed) free as two of His five paramount ministry goals. In His first message in His hometown of Nazareth, Jesus preached a short message early in His ministry, which many consider His ‘Declaration of Mission.’
Healing Soul & Spirit
Jesus said, ~ “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4.18). The word ‘oppression’ here must be understood as synonymous with the modern term ‘depression.’ In fact, it would still be correct today to say a depressed person is feeling ‘oppressed.’ Modern science cannot touch the real problem through psychology or psychiatric therapies (drugs) because the issue is rooted in the inner condition of the human spirit and soul, not the mind. Curing depression could accurately be called ‘the healing of the soul and spirit of man,’ which can only be accomplished via the proper integration of the timeless truths of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. ~ “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12.25).
The Liberty of Truth
If the truth will set you free, a partial truth will leave you enslaved and disillusioned. Jesus said He came to ~ “…to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed [depressed]” (Luke 4.18). There is a very simple protocol, which when correctly understood and practiced, any person can live free from the torment of depression. Secular science was at least partially correct in identifying the root of the problem laying in the mind. Enough psycho-therapy and/or meditation will eventually provide some degree of relief; however, freedom and peace will never become real on a daily basis until an accurate understanding of the human make-up is comprehended and built upon. Jesus described the Human state of being as an on-going interaction between four integral parts: spirit, soul, mind and body. ~ “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12.30).
Big-pharma would go broke, depression would end, and all mental illness would become a thing of the past the moment one applies the first and only law God gave to man while he was in paradise, Eden. The only requirement necessary for man to return to paradise is the same today as it was in the beginning. The only thing God commanded not to do was to eat of the ‘Tree of knowledge.’ ~ “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2.17). All pain, anxiety, sickness and suffering are to this day the product of partaking of the mind, the tree of knowledge. Even modern science, meditation and spirituality prove this to be true. The moment one realizes that he is a spirit and begins to shut down the mind, the source of confusion, torment and pain; even if he is not a born again Christian, he will encounter some degree of peace and well-being.
The Serpent’s Den
God told Adam he didn’t need mental knowledge. As long as Adam lived and walked in for superior intellect of his spirit, he had communion with God, abundance and eternal life at his disposal. From the beginning, the serpent’s habitation was in the mind (tree of knowledge), and man was commanded to live and operate in the far-surpassing intelligence of the spirit. We are told to walk and live3 in the spirit, and the only reason a Christian doesn’t automatically do this is because the constant and hysterical hissing of serpent in his mind has hypnotized him and is absolutely and literally driving him crazy. The Apostle Paul puts it this way ~ “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom 8.6). It is not so much the degree to which you’ve been abusing your mind as it is the degree to which your mind has been abusing you. According to Paul, it is literally killing you, death by a thousand lashes, also known as depression.
It takes a bit of practice at first, but the fact is you are not your mind. First, through prayer, silent meditation, and the word of God; begin to distinguish between the mind of the spirit and the mind of the serpent, the liar. Then, commence bringing every thought4 into captivity to Jesus Christ, the word of God,5 and depression will be broken in your life forever.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You [God], Because he trusts in You.
1. Genesis 1.26,1John 4.8
2. Mark 12.30
3. Galatians 5.25
4. 2Corinthians 10.5
5. John 1.14
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