A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. - John 10:10 CSB
“Mental health” is a phrase we hear all the time. But what exactly is it?
In an effort to narrow down all of my preconceived ideas and thoughts about mental health, a quick search on Google brought me this definition:
mental health - a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.
Okay. Simple enough. But what does mental health have to do with God? Everything.
Each of us, whether or not we have struggled or are struggling with a mental illness, are caught in the throes between destruction and abundance each day we walk this Earth. The thief, Satan, mentioned in John 10:10 cannot separate us from the love God has for His children, but he can keep us from living abundantly. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 to “be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” And he is, he does.
So how do we live abundantly, triumphing over the enemy who is out to keep our minds and lives in bondage? We recognize the victory that has already been won for us in Christ Jesus.
This spring and summer has been a challenging time in my life and there have been days where abundance has seemed far off. But, one of the most impactful pieces of wisdom I have received is this: “It’s okay to have those feelings. Acknowledge how you feel, bring it to Jesus and be amazed.”
Sisters, it’s okay. It’s okay to feel whatever it is that you are feeling. But remember as you experience and walk through those feelings to talk to God.
Destruction comes when we believe the lie that we are alone, that we aren’t enough, and that “nobody could possibly understand.”
Abundance comes when we lay down these deep parts of our hearts into the hands of Jesus.
1. What destructive lies are you believing?
2. Write those lies out, giving those parts of your heart to God, or simply tell Him out loud. Ask Him to remove those lies with His abundant truths of love and victory over your life.
3. What is one other way this week you will choose to be intentional in choosing abundance over destruction?
God, thank You for the abundance we have in Jesus. Thank You for Your constant hand in our lives, even in the trenches. Teach us to trust You when we feel consumed and to praise You when joy and sunlight come our way. In all things, in all seasons, teach us to give You our hearts. Amen.