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People who live in the past are depressed and people who live in the future (like Rapture buffs) are angry and frustrated; I have friends like this. The Bible says live in the present taking orders from the Lord. I’ve had bouts of depression and I believe all people do because we cannot turn our minds off. The weight of the world is not your business; you can’t fix everything. Sometimes you can’t fix anything. Speculation goes no where, keeping you busy and unproductive. The answer to depression (or any other question) in this blog is always from one standpoint – what does God think?
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Man is made up of 3 parts – spirit, soul and body.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice the order of the words.
The spirit is intended to control the soul (think, feel, decide) and the soul is to control the body. The spirit is from God and is NOT the soul, a frequent error in dictionaries. If this pattern is observed the patient (person) is of sound mind.
Your brain is a muscle you can control
When either the body or the soul takes over there is an imbalance, hence the church steps in and says that salvation is the way. Because the heavenly truth is not visible, many people miss it for a long time, but it is always there. I am not preaching here, just the facts, ma’m.
The excessive hopelessness (soul part) leads to suicide. The answer for you is to control your mind.
Control your Mind
This is not a Pollyanna thing. It is a direct effort on your part to decide, deliberately and purposefully to think on something else. You can kill yourself with “what ifs” over rejection, and failure, and other useless speculation. People who have fought this mental battle turn on classical music (even if they don’t particularly like it) or read something on a totally different subject, or play a challenging game (not simple checkers) or exercise. My cure is Bible reading; the modern versions are easy and fun to read.
Negative thoughts are easy
Every unsolvable problem, and you cannot prevent the suicide of another person, becomes larger the more it is unwisely contemplated. Prayer helps, but nothing is sure fire because each person makes his/her own way in life.
Uneducated people try to solve their mental issues with drink, parties, sex, even crime. I worked with inmates for many years and they sought excitement to deal with their sense of failure and worthlessness. Educated people should have mental discipline but when it comes to emotional collapse they do what everyone else does.
Being positive takes effort
Multiple marriages or affairs is a favorite of men. Women will over work or pressure others emotionally. If you are a sufferer of depression, work out your own salvation with mental discipline. Continued use of substitutes, like drugs, leads no where.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
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I’ve been asked to comment on obesity.
Obesity is a symptom not a cause.
The “flesh profits nothing” says God but women nevertheless get fat and rush to flesh answers – diets, exercise, mud baths and massages. We know about poor nutrition. Additives, steroids in food and pesticides can cause a host of problems such as allergies, water retention, weight gain etc.
High fructose corn syrup is an additive known to cause obesity. Check your labels and do not buy! Nutrition books can help on this point – what to eat and what to avoid. Here is an example. Avocados have a bad rap. Women say – no, no don’t eat them BUT an avocado has 45 calories and the best fat for digestion. A muffin has 125 calories and nothing much good at all except taste. Know your food facts.
Spiritual causes are infrequently discussed if at all. I was surprised to move to Texas and learn I had two major vitamin deficiencies. Years of living on pasta made a difference. I knew my diet was wrong but I was loaded with debt and I do think excessive debt can lead to overweight – because debt is, after all, added weight.
Fear of poverty This is complex. I have known people who actually were so poor as children that they overate to be sure they would not starve in the future; they store up calories for the day when they have nothing. This is hard to break. One must exercise faith that God will provide. A family does not actually have to be poor to have fear of poverty. My mother used to say if I was not good she would send me to the poor-babies home. So she generated a fear of poverty in me when we actually had enough to eat.
Depression; this is a scripture in Isaiah 61 – the spirit of heaviness or depression. Notice that praising God is an antidote. Perhaps if we spent 20 minutes in praise choruses and prayer instead of eating? I have not tried this. Depression is anger turned inwards. However, you can be skinny and still be depressed.
Self hate – Most hate is not weight-based except self hate manifests itself in a big butt. I learned this working with black women and my teenage daughter who is white.
Assumptions do not help
Gluttony – I notice it is common for overweight people to ask for prayer then someone mistakenly prays for gluttony for them. This is the natural man not the spiritual man talking and leads to additional problems for the individual. In your class someday tell your students that there is such a thing as skinny gluttons and notice the squirming! Yes, there are skinny gluttons. Some lucky people have metabolism that processes food quickly. We should never pray for someone without first consulting the Holy Spirit – many ministers do not.
Today we use the term obsessive-compulsive behavior for gluttony which includes every form of over indulgence including hoarding, alcohol, drugs, chocolate, food, spending money, gambling – many things come under the gluttony heading, all intended to make us feel better at some point. Comfort food is a good name, but why does someone need more comfort than his body can take? Why is comfort the goal?
Addictions can apply to anything.
Unfortunately food is cheaper than say gambling or pornography. America seems to be particularly prone to addictions. But the wise counselor looks for reasons.
Search for reasons
Guilt is a heavy load and may manifest itself in overweight. It does not need to be real guilt. Many people do not accept or are unable to accept the forgiveness of God; perhaps other people keep reminding them of past sins. I was in prison work for nine years. So many inmates had family members who were unforgiving and then staff would continually remind prisoners – “you have a record,” piling guilt upon guilt.
Un-confessed sin – it can be real sin or the devil dragging sin out from under the blood. This can be the person or someone in the home. If the husband rags about weight you can be pretty sure the wife will GAIN. A husband who does this may be a control freak and the weight a side issue that keeps her under his thumb which means the fat is really not the issue at all, and never was.
Finally, the Bible says we are to pursue holiness in spirit, soul and body – in that order! (1 Thess 5:23) The spirit controls the soul, the soul controls the body. Diets start at the body which is why they so often fail. Failed diets make things worse. If you are fat, seek God’s word not man’s. You’ll get the truth that way.
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Demons are the smallest, lowest spirit beings in the spiritual world. They are believed to have originated when 1/3 rd of the angels fell with the rebellion of Lucifer who defied the authority of God prior to the creation of the universe, the world and what we know as earth. There are billions of them, but fortunately for mankind, 2/3rds of the angels remain and they are good, God’s unseen spiritual servants.
The first goal of demons is to rule humans by fear. That is the most common method. But if humans smarten up and see that demons are not in control of everything, then demons seek to have humans believe they don’t exist at all. The 1st is the belief of primitive societies; the second belief is found in civilized societies. Either way the demons appear to be either non-existent or harmless. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Demons have only one nature. This is helpful to us. For example, a lying demon will not steal and the whining demon will not be curse. The Bible is filled with these names, scattered about the pages – lust, strife, confusion, evil work, whining, depression, rebellion, religion, false humility, contempt, shame, guilt, jealousy, rage,blame, confusion, pride, presumption, greed, stubborn, controlling, and murder, hate, plus all the disease demons, I could go on, but I’ll leave a scripture list for later on.
Their common goal is to ruin the life of man, spoil our mental and physical health, foul up our decision-making, lure us into witchcraft or the occult, control our behavior and if at all possible keep us both out of salvation for this life and heaven in the next. And this is the purpose of the entire evil spirit kingdom. (more…)
A minister once told me when I asked him about Christian Science, ” It is not Christian and it is not a science.” I thought how worthless that answer really is! He also could have said New Age is neither new nor spiritual with much the same results. Nothing is explained; everything is explained away. People today do not need facile answers to life-and-death questions. Whatever is explained away is still not explained!
New Age Religion, in fact all false religions and spiritual ventures, seeks access to the spiritual world. There are two doors into the spirit world, one through the soul and the other through the spirit. The soul world is based in the Greek word, psyche, and refers to the human soul which is separate and different from the human spirit.
I Thess 5:23 and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you enter the spirit world through the soul you are not entering the spirit world of God. You have accessed the demonic. (more…)