Christians wholeheartedly believe in turning to medical care when it comes to a disease or injury of the physical body. In some cases, though, there’s question about how God-loving people should treat and view mental illness. All people sin. All people struggle with psychological concerns from time to time. For those with depression, it can seem as though you are disobeying God and Jesus Christ because of your thoughts. When suffering from depression, you may feel you are disappointing God. Anxiety, you may perceive as a distrust in God’s plan for you. However mental health illnesses, disorders and addiction (which we explored in our last blog post) are not as black-and-white. But God knows your heart.
What Did Jesus Tell Us?
The Bible does not specifically state that depression, anxiety or other forms of mental illness are a sin. However, Jesus provided us with a good deal of understanding not only about the need to turn away from addiction but also to seek out help for such instances. In other words, Jesus told us to turn to God for help in quelling the mind’s worry.
Remember, God gave humans free will. We are free to think and act the way we choose to do so, good or bad. The Bible does not say that mental illness is a choice, though. It says that we can, however, choose to recover from addictive behaviors and mental anguish if we turn and ask for help. We know, from the Bible, that anxiety and depression is a crisis of faith. That does not mean that praying will solve your mental health concerns, but it does mean there is hope and turning to God will help you.
In the Bible, Psalms 50:15 says, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Use this as a starting point for your journey towards recovery.
Like any type of disease, God does not want us to suffer. Jesus Christ, Himself is proof that God aims to cure us, heal us, and restore us. No matter what type of fault we have, whether it is in a lack of trust in God or in a chemical dependency, hormone imbalance, or other addictive behavior, God still wants us to heal and recover so we can turn back to Him and join Him in his Home. For more encouragement regarding verses on depression, see our recent blog post “5 Verses on Depression“.
How Does a Spiritual Christian Overcome Addiction and Mental Health Crisis?
In 1 Corinthians 6:12, we read, “Everything is permissible for me – but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me – but I will not be mastered by anything.” Overcoming anxiety, depression, addiction, and other mental health struggles is possible if and only when you turn to God for the restorative peace only He can provide.
Let’s be specific here.
In order to truly heal and overcome your mental health struggles, you need to first turn to God for the support and guidance you need. Many people must first go through a medical detox program to rid their bodies of toxins from alcohol or drug abuse. This process is a physical one, and one that can often hamper your ability to accept God into your life and into your healing and recovery process. Once you are medically detoxed in a safe manner, clarity returns and you can begin to move forward with treatment.
And, your care goes further as well. You’ll need a supportive environment to heal. Addiction recovery is possible when you turn to God as a guide.
Call us today to learn more about how we can help you do that: (844) 402-3605.
What Can You Do Now?
The first step towards recovering from addiction or mental health struggles is to take the situation seriously. Know that God cares about you and wants to help. He has and is the solution.
Your anxiety, depression, mental anguish, addiction, or other feelings are not an incurable disease. They are a sin in the eyes of God and you can come forward and ask for forgiveness.
You do not have to do this alone. In fact, when you turn to Jesus Christ and you commit to restoring your life to honor Him, you will see that recovery is possible. Remember, Jesus came to Earth as a way to provide people like us with a way to overcome our sin.
This process generally will involve a great deal of time and healing. It requires patience and a willingness to change. However, you can achieve your goals.
Road to Freedom Provides the Avenue to Healing
Fear, anxiety, overwhelming depression, and addiction changes a person from the inside out, but you do not have to live with this type of evil. When you call on and work with Road to Freedom, a Christian-based recovery program, you gain the supportive environment and resources you need to achieve your goal.
We offer both inpatient and outpatient rehab services that provide a faith-based approach to overcoming addiction. Our programs help individuals who want to change but have not been able to do so just yet. We do this through:
- 12-step programs
- Holistic therapies
- Medical detox that’s safe
- Spiritual healing
- Religious based therapy
You’ll find our comprehensive plan is designed to give you everything you need to understand God’s calling for you and your recovery path. Call us today for a confidential consultation: (844) 402-3605. We’re here to help you.