How to calm your mind with God’s word

These verses are perhaps especially relevant for thos with Bipolar Disorder and other illnesses, but they are surely relevant for all of us.. God intends us to have a controlled mind.  He wants us to be disciplined in our thinking, not allowing fleeting thoughts to capture us and lead us astray. “ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV)  How do we do this? We have to be active in our thought lives in renewing our m … [Read more...]

God’s word to the impulsive: Bipolar Disorder verses part three

We continue today to look at Bible verses that address certain specific symptoms people with Bipolar Disorder may exhibit. As said before, people should ask their doctor for advice about medical treatment, these verses are no substitute for that.When manic patients may commit impulsive acts that they would never normally undertake. One of the challenges for family members is that these do not always look like illness to those who do not know the patient.  One of the challenges for patients, i … [Read more...]

God’s Word to the Self Assured: Bipolar Disorder Bible verses part 2

I am continuing to share verses for people  with Bipolar Disorder (see also this post for more information about Bipolar Disorder diagnosis). Today we turn to a specific set of symptoms people with Bipolar Disorder may suffer from.While people are manic it is common for them to exhibit excessive self assurance, over-confidence and increased rate of speech. This can be very disturbing to those around them. While these verses are unlikely to help the individual in the middle of a manic episode … [Read more...]

God’s word for the agitated and manic: Bible verses for those with Bipolar Disorder:

I must stress at the outset that in every case I have encountered Bipolar Disorder has behaved very much like a biological condition. It responds in most cases very well to medications, but it does not seem to respond well to any other methods of treatment unless medication is also used. If you suspect you have Bipolar Disorder go to visit your doctor. If you still have symptoms despite taking treatment ask your doctor if you need a higher dose of medication or an additional or alternate … [Read more...]

God’s word to the suicidal: Bible verses to help prevent suicide

I do want to stress at the outset of this verse that suicidal thoughts should not be ignored. Nor should anyone think they can simply treat them by Bible meditation alone. If you or someone you love is suicidal then you should treat it as a medical emergency and get the professional help and assessment you need.  For those who have lost someone to suicide I refer them to my previous post "Will a Christian who commits suicide go to heaven?"To be quite honest, when someone becomes suicidal it … [Read more...]

God’s word to the depressed: Bible verses on Depression

I have previously written on depression as a mental illness, and how because of the "Four Pillar Approach to Mental Health" we can all be helped by these verses on depression whether we are diagnosed as depressed or not.  Nothing I say here should be taken as discouraging seeking professional help, as to my mind there is no reason why people cannot simultaneously be helped by promises from God's word and the wisdom of doctors who were created by God.  Lets see what the Scriptures have to say to p … [Read more...]

God’s promise of joy to all

In the next post I will share some verses for the depressed. But looking at what the Bible says about joy is surely a good place to start. I am convinced, to use a title of a sermon that I preached a while back, God wants you to be really happy.  The gospel is intended to produce joy in us.  This is not to deny the fact however that Christians can get depressed. We must hold in tension that God promises us joy, with the fact that we don't always fully receive it.  As I explained in another prior … [Read more...]

God’s word for the weary

Weariness comes on all of us sometimes. It is important to discern the reason for this. Sometimes it is simply that we need a good night's sleep. At other times it will be because we have over-burdened ourselves with work, and need to strengthen our four pillars of mental health.Other times there will be a spiritual element to this and we must learn to come to Jesus who is the only one who can give us true rest. At the end of this post is a video sermon that my pastor Tope Koleoso preached a … [Read more...]

God’s word to the fearful

Today I simply want to share some Scriptures with you that tackle fear. Obviously fear is closely related to anxiety. In the passages below I will highlight certain phrases that I think are really important. You may need to meditate on these words for months or years, but in time they will reprogram your mind:“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7,KJV)The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? … [Read more...]

God’s word for the anxious: Bible verses about Anxiety

Anxiety is something many struggle with. As with other conditions the best way to handle this is to tackle it on multiple fronts. Today I want to share some Scripture that will help in the fight against this pernicious enemy. Remember these verses are not a magic wand, instead holding on to these promises is a lifetimes work. I have written elsewhere on anxiety as a medical condition, and for some anxiety seems to have almost a mind of its own.  Even for such people consistent use of the … [Read more...]