Mental Health and the Church

Mark 12:30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (GS 2588-kardia meaning heart, thoughts feelings), and with all thy soul (GS 5590 psyche pronounced sue-Kay meaning breath, spirit, vitality), and with all thy mind (GS 1271 dinoia pronounced dee-Ya-noy-ya meaning deep thought, imagination, mind), and with all thy strength (GS 2479 ischys pronounced is-Koos meaning forcefulness, ability, power): this is the first commandment.

Spirit – God speaks to our spirit, our spirit speaks to God

John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do mine own will, but the will of Him who sent me.”

Soul – We speak with ourselves – reasoning

Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Body – We speak with our world around us through our five senses

2 Corinthians 5:5-9 (TLB)5 This is what God has prepared for us, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. 6 Now we look forward with confidence to our heavenly bodies, realizing that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our eternal home in heaven with Jesus. 7 We know these things are true by believing, not by seeing. 8 And we are not afraid but are quite content to die, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So our aim is to please him always in everything we do, whether we are here in this body or away from this body and with him in heaven.

SPIRIT: God speaks to our spirit The spirit he placed in us Before we left heaven
SOUL: Will, Intellect, and Emotions
We have feelings, we make decisions from our own thoughts

 BODY: Delivers/acts on what the soul directs it to do

Romans 8:6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
OUR GOAL: To feed our spirit and starve our soul so that we can live, and move, and have our being in Christ Jesus. Move by the Spirit of God (spiritual), not the spirit of this world or the spirit of man (carnal).

Would you agree that affliction (mental weariness), sickness (physical ailment) originate in the mind?
A. Afflicted – Greek word “kakopatheo” Ka-Keh-Pa-thay-o meaning to endure hardness or suffer trouble. Weary. (mental and emotional)
B. Sick–Greekwordis“astheno”Ahs-thin-neh-o,meaningweakimpotent…physicallyill, physically out of line; physical ailment. From the root word Asthenes, Astheno and astheneia mean to lack in strength physically and mentally. Sickness is an absence of health within a body or thing.
Would you agree that infirmity is spiritual (asthenia) and originates from what we allow in by giving over the authority Jesus gave us to have power over it, and to keep it out?
A. Luke 13:11- And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity [astheneia] eighteen years, and was bowed together (anakupto), and could in no wise lift up herself.
B. Greek word “ astheneia” Ahs-thin-neh-e-ah. It is a wicked spirit, an evil enemy/foe that comes upon an individual to debilitate them, attacking their destiny and purpose from God. The goal of this spirit is to debilitate by blocking, deterring, interfering, distracting, crippling. It desires to force one to live below the privilege and power of our covenant promise from God, which is to prosper and be in good health, and to partner with Him to serve His purpose and do His will.
Daniel 4:27-37
27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity. 28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. 32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. 33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Reason – Hebrew Strong’s 4486 manda (man-Dah) meaning wisdom or intelligence :- knowledge, reason, understanding. Also 4093 – madda (ma-Dah) meaning intelligence or consciousness :- knowledge, science, thought.
Elder Denise J. Anderson,
February 21, 2017