Many Christians get entangled with the idea of medication vs God's healing power-- what did God intend for us? As we search the word regarding Christians and medicine we find the following scriptures to list a few:
Jeremiah 51:8 (NIV): Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her! Get balm for her pain; perhaps she can be healed.
Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV): A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Luke 5:31 (NIV): Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick."
The Bible shows us that God gave us medicine to use as a means of healing, but it is important to seek Him first! In some cases we are able to use the word of God as our secret weapon to prevent illness or help manage it. We can't rely on medicine so much that we forget the source of our healing.
Mental health providers use the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for mental disorders (DSM-5) as a guide when making diagnoses. So let's take a look at the DSM-5 & see how we can use the Bible to combat it!
Let's deal with ANXIETY!
This is an umbrella term with many subsets so we will just focus on generalized anxiety.
Characterized by excessive anxiety and worry that is difficult to control, occurring majority of the time for at least six months, about many different events or activities, and must experience at least three of the following symptoms:
Now what does the Bible say about it??
Phillipians 4:6-7 (NIV): 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.
Psalms 94:19 (NIV): When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
John 14:27 (NIV): Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV): Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.
2Corinthians 10:5 (NIV): We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Changing your thoughts---> change your feelings---> change your behavior (response)
Talk about it
What are your thoughts on taking medicine?
How do you use self-care when you're feeling anxious? Have you discovered any effective remedies??
*This blog does not serve as a substitution for medical care. Do not act contrary to your doctor's instructions, and seek further care if warranted.