The Most Dangerous Myths of Mental Health

The Most Dangerous Myths of Mental Health
Sometimes, we’re facing battles that no one else can see. Maybe it’s trying to move forward after loss or uneasiness about the future. What do we do when we don’t understand what we’re feeling and hope seems far away? In our new series, Peace of Mind, we’ll learn how to fight our mental battles and find peace.
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We need to stop assuming health and start pursuing health by living intentionally on every level.
Psalms 5:1-3, 12 NLT

O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. 12 For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.

Philippians 4:4-9 NIV

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Rejoice always
Worry about nothing.
Pray about everything.
Thank God for anything.
Find peace in lingering.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

The Most Dangerous Myths of Mental Health
Churches and Christians should avoid the discussion.
You come to Jesus and He fixes everything.
Christians shouldn't struggle with mental health.
God doesn't care about your mental health.
1. Avoid the Myth of Avoiding the Discussion
It's ok to bring up to others what you are going through. We are to bear one another's burdens.

Loving God requires every part of who we are in alignment with every part of who He is.

2. Myth: Coming to Jesus doesn't fix everything.
I need to take small steps each and every day to created the roads that shape the maps of my life.
We need unrelenting awareness and unhindered intention to do the next right thing after the next right thing. I do what I can do and trust God to do what He does.
Romans 12:1 NIV

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Matthew 7:24-27 NIV

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

We shouldn't be surprised by the struggles. We should be prepared.
3. You are not alone. Christians struggle with mental health.
Job 30:16-23 NIV

16 “And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me. 17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest. 18 In his great power God becomes like clothing to me; he binds me like the neck of my garment. 19 He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes. 20 “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer;I stand up, but you merely look at me. 21 You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me. 22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; you toss me about in the storm. 23 I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.

4. God cares about you right where you are.
Psalms 13:1-3 NLT

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.

Psalms 88:1-18 NIV

Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. I am counted among those who go down to the pit;I am like one without strength. I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care. You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them.I am confined and cannot escape; my eyes are dim with grief.I call to you, Lord, every day;I spread out my hands to you. 10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?Do their spirits rise up and praise you? 11 Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction? 12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion? 13 But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you. 14 Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me? 15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death;I have borne your terrors and am in despair. 16 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. 17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. 18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend.

Isaiah 26:3 NIV

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Psalms 40:1-3 NLT

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.Many will see what he has done and be amazed.They will put their trust in the Lord.

Real peace isn't the absence of problems. Real peace is found in the presence of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.