BY DORAL PULLEY
“Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing ALL manner of sickness and ALL manner of disease among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)
Due to labels and stigmas associated with mental and emotional challenges, there are a lot of people in our communities that are not being healed from mental illnesses. They are not receiving the proper mental health services due to shame and guilt. Nevertheless, healing is available to ALL. It is not too late to be healed. It is not late to be made whole, a state where nothing is missing, broken or out of place.
Healing is not limited to recovery from physical conditions. I AM a witness of mental and emotional healing as well. Over 30 years ago when I was an adolescent, I was depressed and suicidal as result of being falsely accused of cheating in school. I did not desire to live. I had no appetite. I was unable to sleep and was very lethargic.
Through prayer and counseling, I was able to overcome depression and suicide. My joy was restored and my strength was renewed.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.” (III John 1:2) We are God’s children and it is God’s pleasure to give us the Kingdom of love, joy and peace. (Luke 11:32) It is God’s desire for each of us to live a happy, healthy and prosperous life. God is concerned about every area of our lives including our emotional and mental well-being. God has promised to perfect those things that concern us and we have the privilege of casting all of our cares upon him because he cares for us. (Psalms 138:8, I Peter 5:7)
Regardless of our family health history, genetics, prognosis, diagnosis, or the length of time of the condition, if we open our minds today, we can be healed of any sickness, pain or disease. We don’t have to live in depression or anxiety; we can be healed. We don’t have to live with mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and suicidal ideation; we can be healed. We don’t have to be addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, food, sex, shopping, gambling, etc. We can be healed.
The same God heals us from physical sicknesses can also heal us from emotional and mental conditions. God heals us in a variety of ways such as prayer, counseling, meditation, medication, forgiveness, denials, affirmations, etc. “God has not given us the spirit of fear but of love and of power and of a SOUND MIND (II Timothy 1:7).” Anything that God did not give us, we don’t have to have.