God’s Word is God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. NIV
God’s Word is His breath.
II Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness NIV
Therefore, when I read and speak God’s Word, I am breathing God Himself into my soul. This is why His Word is so effective for mental illness. Because my mind, my mood, my emotions, and my brain are where the problems are.
If I cut my finger, I can apply ointment directly onto the wound. I can’t apply medicine to my mind directly. I can apply medicines — pharmaceuticals or other natural remedies — to my body that have been shown to positively affect my mind, mood, emotions, and brain. But that application is indirect.
God’s Word can be directly applied to my mind by reading it. It goes directly into my mind through my eyes. When I read out loud, or listen to someone else read it, it goes directly into my mind through my ears. And when I speak God’s Word, it not only goes back into my ears and to my mind again, but it has the possibility of creating a feedback loop into and out of my heart.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. NKJV
If I need peace in my heart — my core — then that’s where the medicine needs to be applied. And the medicine is God’s Word. I need to fill my heart with it.
If I need peace in my mind, then that’s where the medicine needs to be applied. And the medicine is God’s Word. I need to fill my mind with it.
God’s Word is not the only medicine He has given us. He created us to think and create as well. He gave mankind the ability to observe nature and apply what we learn. He created science and medicine and psychology. But of all these tools He provided, His Word is the most powerful because it IS HIM.
I am not against medicine — natural or pharmaceutical. I take prescription drugs and I use essential oils. I have altered my diet and modified my behavior. I strive to always think positively and I believe my thoughts and choices affect my circumstances. But what has made the biggest difference in my life, by far, has been applying His Word to my mind, will, and emotions.
Mental illness is just that, an illness. I was mentally ill for most of my life. And I sought healing through different kinds of medicines and treatments. Many of them helped greatly. Some of them kept me alive to fight another day. But God’s Word healed me. I want to offer the medicine of His Word to you so that you may also be healed.
How has God’s Word been like medicine in your life?
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