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Mental illnesses of various kinds afflict many in the world today. The Bible records various people having their sanity restored such as King Nebuchadnezzar, after he had been disciplined by God (Dan 4:29-37). When Jesus delivered the demon possessed man, he sat there, dressed and in his right mind, then later spoke of all Jesus had done for him (Mk 5:2-20). While blaming Satan for every misfortune is absurb, if there has been traumatic events in a persons life, especially in childhood or of a sexual nature there is a possibility of spiritual oppression/possession that may need to be addressed through deliverence and inner healing to restore the mind to a healthy state. One piece of the armour is the helmet of salvation protecting the mind (Eph 6:17).
“You will keep in perfect peace the person whose mind is fixed on you, because they trust in you” (Isa 26:3). Observe the personal responsibility to think about the good, pure and worthwhile things not the negative degrading things, for it is then the peace of God will keep or guard our hearts and minds (Phil 4:7,8). “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is [or becomes]” therefore fill your mind with uplifting thoughts and attitudes then the outcome will be good (Prov 23:7; Mt 12:34, 15:19). Be disciplined in your thoughts for, to a large degree, we determine what we become by the input into our minds (2 Cor 10:5). Focus, aim and work towards what you want to achieve or become, co-operating with God and relying on His enabling to help it become a reality. Keep your mind stimulated by learning and developing new skills; don’t think about your faults or failings, rather focus on the best and be optimistic. Don’t anticipate the worst, or be too hard on yourself when things turn out badly or you fall into sin – work out what went wrong, confess the sin, leave it and move on. Don’t continually think about yourself and your problems as that is a major cause of depression. Worry and fear are counter-productive.
Being a Christian is the wisest and most sane decision a person can ever make for without Christ a person will suffer the penalty for their own sin. As believers we should be the most balanced and emotionally whole people in society because we are vitally connected with Him whom came to give life in all its fulness (Jn 10:10; Act 26:24,25).