HOW TO FIND VICTORY OVER EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS
II Cor. 4:6-18
In our day of no-fault divorce, gay rights, runaway crime and government subsidized abortion on demand; it is good to know that God still cares for His chosen people.
The guilt and pressures of our day have brought increasing emotional and psychological problems. Man’s answer is the pill. He has a pill for everything, but instead of curing the problem, they make matters worse in many cases.
Only the power of the Word of God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit can meet our needs.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”(II Tim. 1:7).
“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”(Heb. 4:12).
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF MOST EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS?
I. THEY ARE A PRODUCT OF OUR SIN NATURE
A. Every person is born a sinner.
1. Every person born into this world since Adam, except for Christ, was born with a sinful nature. Rom. 5:12.
2. Because of
this, all men are under the penalty of death.
Rom. 3:10, 23; 6:23.
3. There are some interesting facts about sin revealed in Romans chapter 5.
a. Sin came into the world by one man.
b. Sin was not in
the world at creation...
“Sin entered into...”(vv. 12, 19).
c. Sin caused death to enter the human race.
”Sin entered into the world, and death by sin...”(v. 12).
d. Sin is universal in its effect.
“Sin passed upon ALL MEN”
B. Man, in his unsaved state, does not want anything to do with the Lord.
1. He rebels against and rejects any knowledge of God. Rom. 3:11.
2. The unsaved sinner is concerned only with fulfilling his own selfish desires. Rom. 1:18-25.
C. This rejection of God by the unsaved causes mental and emotional problems.
1. To rebel against and reject our responsibilities to the Lord, will bring head and heart problems. Isa. 1:5.
2. Israel’s problems came because they turned from the Creator, rejecting Him and rebelling against His plan.
3. Many today have also turned against the God who is their Creator.
a. They try to deny His very existence.
b. They set themselves up as god assuming the right to determine who is allowed to be born and who must be aborted.
D. The Word of God gives us a description of the condition of the world in our day. II Tim. 3:1-5.
- How can anyone expect anything but problems when he rejects the Living and True God?
II. MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS COME FROM REJECTING AUTHORITY
A. The BIBLE is God’s one visible authority.
1. We must accept His Word as the final authority for our lives.
2. The rejection of this authority has resulted in many emotional and psychological problems.
B. Depression is brought on by rejecting God’s authority.
1. Rejection of
God’s authority is an attitude of the heart.
2. This attitude produces guilt because we know we are doing wrong.
3. Guilt in turn produces conflicts between what we know is right and our selfish desire to have our own way in spite of what is right.
4. These conflicts lead to depression.
C. In order to be freed of guilt, we must face our problems, accept personal responsibility for our deeds and words and confess our sinfulness to God. I Jn. 1:8-10.
III. WE FIND SECURITY IN THE LORD
A. God is the Author of every individual. Ps. 139:13-16.
1. The God of heaven created each of us.
2. Every man, woman and child is His by creation.
B. Only those who have RECEIVED Christ as Lord and Savior, however; are His by REDEMPTION. Jn. 1:12-13; 10:27-29.
1. Those who are redeemed have full assurance of their security in Christ. Jn. 10:28.
2. Christ’s protection of His redeemed people will be sufficient.
a. He warned us that we would suffer trouble in this world.
“...In this world ye shall have tribulation...”
b. But He has
also given us lasting encouragement:
“...Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”(Jn. ).
3. God’s purpose will be fulfilled.
a. He has chosen us, called us, and redeemed us to be conformed to the image of His own dear Son. Rom. 8:28-29.
b. He is completely sovereign and in control.
c. It is safe to trust Him in all things.
There is no problem or stress that God does not know about. He is faithful and will provide the answers to all our emotional needs if we will only accept His Word as our final authority and apply it to our lives. I Cor. 10:13.