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Religion How It Helps or Impairs Mental Stability Part 4

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Through Christ Jesus Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Healing is Yours!

RELIGION How it HELPS or Impairs Mental Stability

Part 4


God can help you shift your focus on and what has happened to you, to look now upon Him. Your insecurities of anxiety, fear, not being good enough and or selfishness will begin to dissipate as you get a better handle on your emotions. Worry, anger, rage, and depression need to be addressed as well. What has been does not have to keep you harnessed to depression or fear. Yes, do admit how you are feeling. A little anxiety in life is good it alerts you to check yourself. It is important to deal with issues and situations at hand rather than just continue to sweep them under the rug. You really can work through your unrealistic expectations and lack of discipline. They do not have to become a part of your everyday life. You can discover the necessary tools, therapy, coaching, improved diet, support, meds and aids you may need on your wellness journey. You can build a healthier way of living.



YOU CAN MAKE IT!


There is not a person living that has not been hurt or unhappy. So know you are not alone. But know each one of us is quite different. We all respond differently often at times depending on how we feel. It is important to not be controlled simply by how you feel. Do learn how to be responsible. Always assess the situation and respond accordingly. This is how you develop discipline. This way you are not controlled by remote. Do develop healthy boundaries.



The possible problem with being in the world is not everyone is going to take time to understand how different we each are. Or necessarily care about how you feel. Therefore there are times you are going to feel mistreated, overlooked, disliked and misunderstood. But guess what Christ Jesus who was perfectly flawless in every way was also overlooked, mistreated, disliked and misunderstood. In the Lord you can be confident.




Jesus Christ is Perfect and full of Compassion


The beautiful thing about God is He has made each one of us uniquely different. But loves us all equally the same. Because He is love! What is so amazing is He totally understands each and everyone of us and knows exactly how we feel. He loves us so that He allowed His Son Christ Jesus to leave Heaven and come to earth and overcome sin in the flesh. He made it through all the things that were hurled upon him perfectly. He knows all about pain like no other. And His powerful compassion is extraordinary. Therefore we can look to Him to help us and care for us. Know He is our only perfect flawless example. No one but Christ Jesus is absolutely flawless. We all are here to learn and become better people. Yet in Him you/we too can become perfect in Him. Meaning you can become complete! This is why we all need Him as our Savior & Lord.



This is not to make you feel bad or bring you down. This is to speak forth what you may be thinking and motivate you to start fresh. To shift your downward spiral and change your direction. You will have to learn better how not to be controlled by how you feel. You will have to make some different decisions. Now your goal is that you can look up and onward going forward. To jolt you to move on and now take control of your life and allow the Lord to guide you. Know He has given you the gift of another day. So, mentally shake yourself and get up and get busy! Now begin to think about making some great changes that will help you become free.



You can start today by taking responsibility and doing your part!


No doubt this will be a tedious journey. But you can reset your life with the "HELP" of the Lord. You can become a better you by commtting to push through the difficult moments. Or when necessry reach out for HELP!



Spiritual, physical, emotional and mental healing really can take place. You can work through any of your issues to the degree you are willing. Don’t just let them become an unhealthy insecurity blanket. YOU must believe in yourself! Don't allow anyone to engage you in a pity party. God is bigger than any challenge you face. You will acquire more patience as you take responsibility for your well being. You will also acquire more self control. Stop making excuses and instead make some changes. In other words do not allow yourself to become accustomed to daily dysfunction. God is always as close as a prayer.



Shift your focus!


God really can heal you everywhere you hurt! Since pain and hurting and being hurt has been such a part of your life you will feel like you are at times losing. Well in a sense you are. But you will gain a newer healthier mode of functioning. “Let NOT your heart be troubled…” John 14. But you must be willing to responsively do your part. Instead of using all your energy worrying you must begin to turn to God and seek His principles for resolving any issues as you move forward. You do not always have to be worried, in a flux, or living in an unstable environment. You have the power to create a better environment starting today.



Jesus wants you whole, but you must learn to trust Him and have FAITH in HIM!



FAITH is crucial, and a very important and essential element of being a Christian. Faith allows you to believe that things can change for the better although you can not see how it is possible. Faith is mentioned over three hundred times in the Bible. Faith in the Greek is called Pistis; it means to have a firm persuasion. Faith is based on the promises of God! This is why it is important to know the Word of God for yourself. Our Faith is what unlocks the door to better understanding the things the Lord has in store for us! Whatever you do; Please DO NOT ever let anyone or anything make you doubt the WORD of GOD! His Word is infallible. Hebrews teaches us “Now Faith is being sure of what we Hope for, and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11.



The key words are sure and certain. God called the universe into existence through nothing! He said, said let there be light and it was so…” We can TRUST GOD and HIS WORD! HE is a "SOLID ROCK" foundation! This is how we build a solid lifestyle. Truly having the Lord within your daily life will make all the difference in the world. God wants an up close and personal relationship with each one of us. The Word teaches us that; “Without FAITH it is impossible to please GOD!”




There is only one way to Heaven


Jesus said, “I am the Way the TRUTH and the LIFE; no man comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14. Christ Jesus is the Door. Life without God is nothing more than a mere existence of aimlessly wandering. We can never become a part of His Kingdom without first acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord of our life. We must come into the realization that God is our Creator. If not you are fated for an unfulfilled life of discord, anxiety and probable mental instability. Belief in the Lord provides a solid rock foundation. You will become dependent upon an ever changing society to determine what is right or wrong when you don't know the Lord. We need God in our life to have inner Peace. A prayer as simple as "Lord Help Me!" is a great place to begin. It is within Him you can discover true security & significance!



It is in our nature to desire to want to be accepted by society somewhat. But we must not seek the secular world for approval. Society sanctions life apart from God. Society reinforces the ever changing ways of the world. What God has to say about life and living is often pushed aside. However, as a believer your relationship with the Lord is what is most important. God is our Creator. Without an ongoing growing relationship with the Lord you hinder your own spiritual growth. The grass is not always greener on the other side. It just looks that way from afar. Know grass requires maintenance. For it has to be watered, fertilized, mowed and trimmed.



Stop looking over the fence and learn how take better care of your own yard. Many believers sit on the fence and go in whatever direction the wind blows and follows the way the majority goes... This can create emotional and mental imbalance within you and separate you from whom you are truly meant to be. Don't compare yourself to others. This is where the confusion lies. As a Believer you need to daily seek God's will for your life. You need to get to know God and His Word for yourself. You need to also apply it to your own everyday life.



The Word tells us to “...Keep ourselves unspotted from the world!” This is what true “Pure Religion” is all about.



When we compromise our spiritual convictions to be accepted we step into the arena of sin. As we at times attempt to disguise ourselves with socially acceptable masks to avoid criticism and disapproval we create layers. This does not have to be. Live to please God not people. Know this when you uphold godly principles you will be called some of everything. But when your intention is to bring to the forefront the principles of God the Lord's peace will remain with you. Initially people appear to protect us. But when you expose error you become negative. Nothing can separate us from the love of God unless we allow it. Look closely and study the Life of Christ Jesus. Ask the Lord to illuminate your understanding.




REPENT!


Acknowledging whenever we are wrong is good. It is healthy to embrace repentance. Repentance is when we admit we have erred and are remorseful and want to change and make atonement. We want to draw closer to the Lord. We should welcome His chastisement and seek His direction to keep us on the Narrow Path. You do not have to live a guilt ridden existence. With God in our lives we are never alone. God is omnipresent. It is through longsuffering we can learn and grow spiritually as we go through it focusing on the Lord. All suffering does not come from God....


Know this; You will suffer persecution when you decide to live to please God!


Longsuffering does or can help us to develop our patience and allows the Fruit of His Spirit to mature within us. It is good to know God’s arms are always open to us. Life will always present its challenges. but with the Lord in our lives we never have to go through anything alone. To go through means that you are not planning to stay in. Wherever we are, we can sincerely call upon the Lord 24/7. As a believer, God has given us the gift of salvation by His grace. We inherit eternal life by our belief and faith in the Gospel of Christ Jesus. The promise to never, “Leave nor forsake us” is real. It is up to each individual to believe for themselves! ALL GOD’S PROMISES ARE TRUE!




It is your sin nature that creates the mental disharmony whenever we feel disconnected from our Creator. We need to reattach ourselves to what we know is right. AT TIMES YOU MUST LEARN TO ENCOURAGE YOURSELF WHEN NO ONE UNDERSTANDS. God's Word is necessary essential spiritual food for our mind, body and soul. As we embrace the principles of His Word we can develop healthier boundaries that help us feel safe. This is not a rigid legalistic existence but one of ongoing spiritual growth. We must be willing to relinquish the people, places, and things that hinder our spiritual development. We must learn to "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING" It is a state of mind that keeps us in contact and connected to the Lord. ALL THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY YOU ALSO NEED TO TAKE PRAISE BREAKS AS WELL. This HELPS you to develop your own personal prayer and praise time.



Yes, we interact and exist within the world but we do not look to the world for direction or acceptance. We find security in knowing that we are accepted by the Lord. God has promised; “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus!” Philippians 4. We can discover everything that we will ever need in the Lord. Believing that this is true is key! As we grow spiritually we learn to daily better TRUST GOD more and more. God has promised that if we “Seek first HIS Kingdom and HIS Righteousness, and ALL these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6.




Yes! We must learn to TRUST GOD! When we accurately grasp the idea that we in ourselves can do nothing apart from God, it helps us to reach out to Him in our helplessness. God sees us as HIS children regardless as to our age. But this does not mean that we act childishly nor implusively. We ALL NEED HIM regardless as to how young or old we are… Praise God for His Holy Spirit!




It is by His Grace that we all who are living even have “the breath of life!” This is true whether you believe in Him or not. Without His breath of life we become lifeless vessels made of clay, mere shaped formed dust. When Adam was created God’s Word teaches us: “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 1. God has created each of us for a purpose. It is our choice to discover what that purpose is. Without God's breath of life our bodies return to the dust. For we are mererly walking breathing shaped formed dust without GOD! But as His child our soul continues on live eternally with HIM in Heaven.





Whatever you are going through in life the Lord can make a difference. Invite Him into the messiness of your life. I say messiness because life can get complicated. The book of James teaches us to: Submit you therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your Joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the LORD and HE WILL lift you up.” James 4.



Spiritual Warfare


Know that there is a continual spiritual war going on all about us. Look around you and see all the things that are happening in this world. Weather conditions beyond our control such as earthquakes, hurricanes. typhoons, tsunamis, flooding and hailstorms. Let's not forget the escalating terrorist attacks, numerous heinous crimes being committed throughout the land nor senseless multiple murders being committed. The pestilence and plagues have surfaced again. But know what we are seeing is nothing new. The moral fiber of society is gradually diminishing. Sad to say that some not all spiritual leaders compromise God's Word presenting watered down sermons excusing sin and embracing following after the flesh.



Sin has nested itself within and around GOD'S CHURCH! Just as it took over Judas Jesus disciple. "The WHEAT and the tares are growing together." Marriages and families are constantly being divided and there is an erosion of family values... God's principles for life and living are being set aside and are being seen as mere alternatives... This should not be! Don't fear, trust God even more. For His Word is being fulfilled. Let this motivate you to stay connected even moreso to the Lord. Remember Christ Jesus had made a way for us to overcome. YOU CAN CALL UPON GOD 24/7.




God Created us and always knows what is best for us. Seek Him first above everything!



It is hard for many at times to find a balance. Many have confused tolerance and acceptance with love... No wonder we have so much chaos. Too many are being deceived as evil is being called good and GOOD evil... LORD HELP US! Nations are stumbling and crumbling, many world leaders are just doing what they think is right in their own eyes, wars and wars and rumors of wars no doubt at some point it will end. Things cannot always continue as they are… We never know when it will all end or when we will draw our last breath... But God does. Yet still, In the LORD we can always have HOPE. The WORD of GOD is being fulfilled! We do not have to wait to the end to KNOW who will win. You can be sure of where you will spend eternity today!



There is always HOPE In the LORD!


KNOW now that the battle has already been won! Listen... " they marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of GOD'S people, the city HE LOVES. But fire came down from Heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever..." Revelations 20. The WORD of GOD is quite clear on who wins the Spiritual Battle! J



Jesus Christ overcame sin in the flesh, and rose victoriously from the grave with ALL POWER over death, sin and the grave so we could live better lives while still on this side of Heaven. PRAISE GOD! We are to draw nigh to the Lord daily! We were created to worship the LORD. We can REJOICE in the LORD! There is VICTORY in your PRAISE! Who, when how often and where you decide to worship is your choice. Just make sure when you believe in the LORD, the MOST HIGH GOD you must; Worship the LORD in SPIRIT and in TRUTH!”



We can grow closer to the Lord and become spiritually stronger as we implement His principles within our own personal lives daily. Yes do admit how you are feeling. But don't stop there. Start working on a plan; how to get better! God can heal us from physical, mental and emotional sickness. Remember you are different and unique so it may not be as easy or even harder for you to recover. But you can with perseverance. God can lighten your load as you yoke yourself up to Him! You do not have to live in fear or shame. Get to know God through His Word. There is POWER in HIS WORD. HIS WORD is ALIVE! It is important to spend time with the Lord each day. Follow Jesus Christ not man.




Invite God into the messiness of your life. Once you truly accept JESUS CHRIST as LORD & SAVIOR HIS HOLY SPIRIT takes up residence within you. He is the internal Spiritual Teacher, The Comforter readily available to guide you to ALL TRUTH. Seek Him above all else to discover your purpose Each day is the opportunity to step forward or go backwards. Its your choice. YOU CAN OVERCOME DEPRESSION!



Each day is a new day to embrace growing in HIS Grace and allowing the Fruit of HIS SPIRIT to grow within you! Remember God intended that Christianity become a daily lifestyle and He does not intend for you to do it all by yourself. In GOD there is always HOPE in Him you can become whole!



Praise be to the GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST! In HIS great MERCY HE has given us new birth into a living HOPE through the resurrection of JESUS CHRIST from the dead, and into an inheritance that can NEVER perish, spoil or fade – kept in Heaven for you, who through FAITH are shielded by GOD’S POWER until the coming of the SALVATION that is ready to be revealed in the last time…” I Peter 1.



You can become a Better YOU!


You can rise above this. You can be all that GOd intends you to be.

"BE GOD'S CHURCH EVERYDAY & EVERYWHERE!"



"GOD IS MORE THAN ABLE!" The promises of Abraham are upon us. GOD wants to Bless your life each and everyday. You really can have Grace, Joy, Love and Peace in our Lord!


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Comments

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on August 03, 2012:

Schoolgirlforreal, Thank You for sharing! Your transparency will serve to help many. Twenty years is a long time to be on medications! So glad that you are moving forward and your ability to learn has significantly increased! WONDERFUL! In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

schoolgirlforreal on August 01, 2012:

Hey DeBorrah, you may be interested in how medications affect ability to learn AND be spiritual!! https://hubpages.com/health/Learning-While-Medicat...

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on August 01, 2012:

Stars. THANK YOU! I am so glad that this is helpful and you have been encouraged! We cannot change anything that has happened but we can continually move toward the LORD! God really is there for us! We just have to remember to invite HIM into the messiness that is going on about us! He can lift up a bowed down head, encourage a broken heart and or relieve us of anxiety or whatever is trying to steal our JOY! God wants us to REJOICE knowing that HE is the MAKER and CREATOR of each day. Life is complex and sometimes quite difficult but NO matter what we can always TRUST GOD! "GOD IS MORE THAN ABLE!"

Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on July 31, 2012:

Beautiful hub. I always learn so much from you're knowledge, and from the Word of God. The ideas , and wonderful suggestions are extremely helpfull , and are good reminders of what we can do when we are troubled, or challenged by obstacles in life. God Bless You, and Thank You for being here for us all.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 30, 2012:

Schoolgirlfriemd, Thank you! I pray that you have been encouraged! Please do come again. & God Bless You!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 28, 2012:

Teaches12345, THANK YOU! Your powerfully potent and gracious commentary will help to encourage and bless many others! As you have well stated: "GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL and HE WILL SEE US THROUGH!" AMEN! & AMEN!! As always Thank You for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Mercy, Peace & Blessings!

schoolgirlforreal on July 28, 2012:

I like your hub :)

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 26, 2012:

Timothy Donnelly, You are so welcome! & Thank You! It is true we are our brother’s keeper! But it is also the WORD of GOD by which we can keep and help our brothers & sisters best. We must also implement His principles daily within our own lives. Since we are living in a time of constant changing morals & values it is important that we regularly spend time in the Lord’s Word to keep on the Narrow Path and to encourage them to do the same. We can relinquish or surrender them over to the Lord when all else has failed…

As you so well stated: “We must forever trust in God's good graces and inseparable love.” Amen!! & AMEN!! Thank You for stopping by to share your marvelous insight! Please do come again! Peace & Blessings!

Dianna Mendez on July 25, 2012:

This is a very powerful message for today's world. We must remember that even though all is turmoil around us, God is still in control and will see us through. Wonderfully written. Voted up.

Timothy Donnelly from Ontario, Canada on July 24, 2012:

Great Hub DeBorrah K. Ogans with great advice on how to live with the joy of knowing that all of God's promises are true!

When we "relinquish the people, places, and things that hinder our spiritual development", we must never forget that we are our brothers' keeper, and it is through this sacrifice and related suffering that we actually grow closer to God, for he will remember what we have done for his wayward children! Starting and ending every day with a sincere and personal communion with God will help ensure our survival in the non-stop spiritual warfare that surrounds us all, even if we cannot sense it from time to time. We must forever trust in God's good graces and inseparable love.

Thank you for this inspiring Hub.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 24, 2012:

Jenna Pope, WOW! that was really fast! Thank You for being my most gracious and bold first visitor! Having the LORD in our lives truly does make a difference! GOD deserves ALL the Honor & Glory due HIS NAME! Thank you for stopping by to share and please do come again. In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Mercy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!

Jenna Pope from Southern California on July 24, 2012:

We all need to be reminded of God's power to help us live better lives. Good job. Voted up.

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