10 Ways Christianity Strengthens Your Mental Health

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   12/13/2013

The other day I read an article stating that roughly 1 in 5 Americans are on some type of anti-depression medication.

That is a staggering number, considering most of the rest of the world does not have access to anti-depression medications and they get along without them.

I’m not saying that people do not have mental illnesses which they are diagnosed with or that they shouldn’t continue taking their prescribed medications.  Doctors are a gift from God and the knowledge they have acquired is a blessing, which should be followed as directed. 

That said, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that the increase of depression seems to directly correspond with the decrease in church attendance in America.  And it’s not attending church that is important, but hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17) is where strength comes from. New research shows that trusting the Lord leads to a longer life.

The reason that Christianity has the answers to the questions in life is because Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.  He is the answer.  He is the way to live life with full confidence in knowing the truth that comes when you put your faith in Him.     

Here are 10 reasons why Christianity strengthens your mind:

  1. We have the joy of the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10) which is strength, not weakness, that comes from knowing Him.  The more we know Him the more joy we have.
  2. We have overcome the world (1 John 5:4) and everything that is in it including death (1 Corinthians 15:55), because we have come to know Christ while in the world which does not know Him.
  3. We are free from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:6-18), having been bought by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:15), and we have become friends of God (John 15:15).
  4. We will inherit the Kingdom of God as children of God (Romans 8:18), and therefore our labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58) and nothing can shake us (Hebrews 12:28).
  5. All authority has been given over to Jesus (Matthew 28:18), in which he is in complete control of everything in heaven and on earth and we are in his care.
  6. Jesus is a personal God, working everything out for our individual good (Romans 8:28) and because of this we can put our complete trust in him.
  7. We are at peace with God and therefore not anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6-9)
  8. We are not double-minded (James 1:8), because we have been given a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) which has been transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2) and we lack nothing (James 1:4).
  9. God is faithful and just (Romans 8:33), and everyone will be accountable to Him for what they have done (1 John 1:9)(Romans 12:19).
  10. God so loved the world that he gave His only Son so that whosoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life (John 3:16).  Because of this, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

So the next time you are feeling a little down, read this list over and over until you realize what has been done for you and what has been invested in you.  Look up these verses and read about what the Lord has to say.  This information is not easy to come by.  In most places around the world today people are killed just for sharing this information.  

Meditate on these things and talk to God about your life.  Meditation and prayer are acts of faith, and faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1), which is where we gain strength.

These ten things are just a sample of the endless list of what he has done for us and these things are right here for us to learn and share..  

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