Sick body or sick in spirit?

Prov. 18:14. . .”The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?”

Ever known someone who was negative or pessimistic? That’s signs of a broken spirit. Even though your days are ordained by God, a person who is strong can will himself to live or overcome any adversity (even mental problems). Technically it’s actually God who’s giving Him strength whether he acknowledges it or not. And if you’ve received Christ as your Lord & Saviour you have no reason to have a weak and broken spirit by the power of the Holy Spirit. I know I’m guilty of this too sometimes but that’s no way to justify it. If this devotional speaks to you, get up off your mat and Go after God!!! Do whatever He’s calling you to step out in faith and do and quit using your thorn as an excuse. Remember God gives you that thorn so that His grace may be sufficient for you. Whatever the Lord is calling you to do-whether it’s to pursue that godly man/woman you want to spend the rest of your life with, or that business you want to start, or that mission trip you want to go on, or that church you want to plant

Emotional intelligence and the spiritual life

As I reflect on how I lost my ambition over the last ten years, I can’t help but wonder if is a sign of spiritual growth or mental illness.

It has been a whole decade since I made the decision to abandon all conventional medicine. I replaced it with a wellness kick. For a while my wife was into it as well. It was the closest we had been in a short five year relationship.

You might ask if I consulted my doctor before I made that decision. I consulted the Great Physician. I was seeing a Christian counselor. It took me awhile to find him.

If you knew how the healthcare system worked, you would understand what led to my decision. Doctors will never condone a mentally ill person weaning off their medication due to the safety risk and possible loss of license.

Also once you are diagnosed with a mental illness, you may likely never be diagnosed with any physical illness. Any symptoms could easily be attributed to being depressed or manic.

I pretty much lost most of the friends I had then. We pretty much became unequally yoked since they still believed in modern medicine. I just read a verse in one of the books of Chronicles about how King Asa died because he trusted in physicians rather than seeking God for healing.

To sum up the healing process, I learned to value myself more for one thing. I also practiced meditation and staying present. This isn’t a new age term of you are meditating on the things of God in the Bible.

Over time I became more aware of my emotions. I confess I do still have minor episodes. Maybe they are right in mental illness being a lifelong condition.

However through mindfulness meditation I am able to ride out the episodes within a very short period of time. I just have to avoid people so they won’t freak out and contact the authorities.

The fruit of the spirit is self control. In addition to managing the symptoms of mental illness I became more resilient to the pressures of life. This may make me look poor on paper, but it is called discovering one’s true wealth within.

Some scientists have proved the body can heal itself. These scientists can’t figure out why we even have to die in the first place.

Modern medicine was designed to treat symptoms. Most illnesses are rooted in stress, anxiety, and other emotional problems. Many of these underlying issues may never be treated in a profit based system.

The good news is they don’t have to be treated by the system. True freedom is found in a personal and intimate relationship with the Divine. Even Jesus asked the man at the well if he wanted to be healed.

Some good news about bipolar disorder

Anybody that reads my blog and social media posts will probably think that I am heartless toward the mentally ill. This obviously isn’t the case since I have been hospitalized multiple times since 2003. I had a breakdown and beginning to think I may never fully recover. Although I did develop strong coping mechanisms so I wouldn’t have to take medication for the rest of my life. The disorder itself is pretty much lifelong.

I know many are thinking I should see a doctor about getting off of medication. I have had doctors say that if I can manage without medicine then I am better off. But due to the safety risk and possibility of losing their license, no doctor will condone that method.

Sometimes it’s all about knowing yourself and following your conscious. The more you truly value yourself, the more healing you will experience. While modern medicine may be necessary in the short run, for those that know the origins of pharmaceuticals, they know that it is pretty much organized witchcraft; kind of like the Federal Reserve being organized counterfeiting.

Is anything real anymore?

When I first started hearing the word bipolar disorder, I thought it was odd that nearly every other mental patient had the same diagnosis. At first I thought that insurance companies were paying behavioral health clinics more for that diagnosis. That could very well be the case, but. . .

The good news about bipolar disorder is that we are all pretty much bipolar. The nature of life is up and down. Generally speaking, when you see a straight line it just means the person is dead.

How to know what you are? Getting an accurate diagnosis.

Is there a such thing as an accurate diagnosis? I’ve been reading a lot about Adrenal Fatigue over the last year and realized I’ve never heard of this diagnosis or known anyone who was diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance.

From what I’ve read when your hormones are out of balance it can cause depression, anxiety, mania, psychosis, etc. From experience I have been diagnosed with low cortisol but no doctor would do anything for it because of a Bipolar diagnosis.

It seems like the health care system nowadays is too hasty to diagnose mental illness and once you have a psychiatric diagnosis they don’t really do anything about hormonal imbalance. When your hormones are out of balance it can kill you but at least you can get plenty of sleep from the antipsychotics that it seems like are being pushed on people these days.

It is widely known that Doctors don’t treat actual illnesses. They treat the symptoms. So often times when you have one underlying symtom you may only need one medicine but can easily wind up on medicines for every single symptom without treating the underlying cause. Unless you look into Functional or Integrative medicine doctors or a Doctor of Osteopathy or an Orthomolecular Doctor that knows about herbal supplements.

As if that’s not enough most doctors nowadays are afraid of being sued which would explain why they overdiagnose and overmedicate. So where do you go for good service. Look into Do-it-yourself healthcare by reading up on All-Natural ways to deal with illnesses with herbs & nutritonal dietary supplements.

It pays off to be in tune with your own body because you’llknow what hurts under what conditions. For example I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux but I noticed it flairs up when I’m anxious or stressed; then I read somewhere that serotonin is in the digestive tract which is usually out of balanced when one is depressed or anxious. Hmmm. . .again with the hormones being out of balance causing mental health problems?

Power for the humble

2 Cor. 12:9. . .”And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness ‘ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
What weakness are you struggling with? Are you experiencing the power of God in your life? Remember God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. You can only experience God’s power when you truly realize how weak you are. How else can God be glorified? Maybe you have dreams of getting a certain job but have some type of disorder that keeps you from getting it. With God’s help, He will help you to get it in His own timing, and when you do you won’t have anything to boast about because you will have been too humbled from realizing your own weaknesses. Remember God wants to bless you but He has to take you through a fire first so that when He does give you what your hearts desire is you won’t be too full of confidence in yourself.
Maybe your weakness is depression or an addiction and you’re enslaved to some sin. As you realize your helpless to beat it by your own power and throw yourself at the mercy of God you will gradually began to overcome it. Remember what the Lord said to Moses, “my grace is sufficient for you for my power if perfected in weakness.” If you overcome something in life and you’re boasting about it, then God probably didn’t help you through it. So like Paul, boast about your weaknesses so that God’s power may shine forth and nonbelievers will stand in awe of your God-thus opening a door for Him to begin a work in them.