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Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

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Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2 Mental illness brings many challenges, but perhaps the biggest challenge can be coping with the false beliefs of other Christians. Well-meaning Christians lay additional burdens on people with mental illness by telling them things like: “You just need to pray more (or have more faith for healing).” “It’s a sin to get psychiatric treatment or take psychiatric drugs.” “A mental illness is a sin (or God’s punishment for sin) and you need to repent to get well.” Let’s think about this a moment. Is psychiatric treatment any more wrong that other medical treatment? Why should we expect only miraculous healing? Doesn’t God use the medical community, too? Can’t God use modern medicine to achieve His results? Yes, we are spiritual beings, but we are also a body and mind. When it...

Miracle Testimony: God Healed My Skin Problem (Possible Cancer) in an Instant

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If you know me very well, you know I have some seemingly insurmountable health challenges. I’ve been praying for healing for some of my health problems for more than two decades. I’ve even had doctors tell me, “Don’t come back to me for this condition. I don’t know what else to do for you.” So, yeah, it’s been a discouraging situation with my health as one thing after another piles on. And they’re not normal things. I have had a chronic (daily) cough for twenty-five years and doctors don’t know what to do. I have two permanently dilated eyes from a rare neurological disease. I have bipolar disorder. That’s just to name a few. And then . . . About a year ago, a crusty raised bump appeared on the back of my shoulder. I didn’t think too much of it but it didn’t go away. Then a second one appeared a few inches away. Could it be skin cancer from the severe sunburns I had when I was young?...

Breakthrough Healing by Larry Sparks

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It seems like everyone needs to be healed of something. Wouldn’t it be neat if we could pray for other people and they would be healed like in the Bible? According to Larry Sparks, we can. We just need to correct our thinking about supernatural events. I’ve needed healing for multiple things, some for as long as 25 years. Doctors can’t help me. So I’m interested in healing, but I have been confused about differing theologies about healing. This topic is outside my comfort zone so I approached the book with caution. The author made clear distinctions, though, between radical “faith healers” and biblical healing. “Signs and wonders are completely God-focused, while health and wealth is human-focused.” – Larry Sparks, Breakthrough Healing The main point of distinction is that biblical healing is always focused on God. Rather than coming to God for healing, come to God for a deeper...

Breakthrough Faith: Living a Life Where Anything is Possible

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I’ve always coped with difficult life circumstances by saying, “Well, God either caused it or allowed it so either way that settles it.” Yet, I’ve always been uncomfortable with knowing when to accept something and when to press in through prayer to seek healing. I’ve had trouble reconciling the role of prayer in my life, knowing that God’s going to do whatever He wants. “Lazy theology looks at what’s in front of us and assumes that some boundary or some obstacle is God’s will by default.” – Larry Sparks, Breakthrough Faith So when I began reading Breakthrough Faith, I was in for a bit of a jolt. It rocked my boat and made me reconsider faith, prayer, and life circumstances. Author Larry Sparks weaves through the book the biblical example of the paralytic whose four friends lowered him through the roof (Mark 2). They brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus but couldn’t get to him...

Praying for Wholeness but Accepting Brokenness

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I often ask God for healing for my body, mind, and spirit. This actually involves a long list of requests because of my many physical problems. I also struggle with taking medication every two hours all day long. After I take most of them, I want to sleep it off for a couple hours. It’s difficult to be productive when you’re so tired from medication. Working outside the home isn’t really an option right now. I pray for God to heal me, but it hasn’t happened yet. How does someone continue asking in faith for God to heal them and yet live with contentment in their current situation? It’s not easy. Here are three thoughts that come to mind from my perspective. Remember these brief trials are insignificant in comparison to the glory that awaits us. Paul wrote: “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now...