Today we continue our series of articles that proclaim that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. As the Church prepares to celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, unfortunately many in the world don’t feel much like celebrating. A dark shadow has been cast over the world from an increase in rampant lawlessness to the destabilization of other nations. The stress level of the world’s population is off the scale due to fear of catastrophic natural disasters, impending pandemics, the possibility of world war, or an increase in bloody persecution of Christians. The world is faced with a multitude of problems. In our struggle to walk as children of light in a dark world we have all lost many battles to the old nature and the enemy. Many Christians who are burdened with life’s problems find little accurate and authoritative counsel from others. For many they find little comfort or direction from the Bible which has resulted in a life of bondage to emotional and psychological problems forcing them to the world’s counselors to find a cure. Often times in desperation they have readily accepted the remedy of psychotropic (mind altering) drugs leading to life of addiction, other dependence, and spiritual depression. By God’s grace I want to spare you of that.
We can be assured when we go to God that His divine power is sufficient to meet all of our needs in this life along with everything needed to make us godly. The Bible says: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (II Peter 1:3). This gift is made available to us through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. That is, through the ministry of His Son everything needed was given to us and was recorded in the Bible. Remember what Jesus Christ said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:12-13). And so He did! All of this truth, more than His disciples could bear was written down through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Remarkably after thousands of years these sacred writings were preserved and published as our modern day Bibles. So if we know that’s where the knowledge is located to give us everything we need for life and godliness, then I think we would want to spend an enormous amount of time learning and applying that truth to our lives.
On the other hand, many people in the world seek answers to their problems from the world’s counselors, because they no longer believe that God has the answer. They don’t believe the good news that God’s Word in the Bible is sufficient for all of life. When Satan cast his flaming arrows of depression, anxiety, loneliness, guilt, or many other emotional or psychological problems then we need to get our Bibles out, dust them off, and discover what it says about the problems that we are facing. The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun (see Ecclesiastes 1:9), which tells me people have been having these same kinds of problems for years. Albeit we live in the modern age so the world now categorized our problems, renames them, and puts them into a book that only the licensed professionals can understand. There are over three hundred different (so-called) psychiatric disorders listed in the DSM-IV, which is called the psychiatric bible. The professionals of psychology use it mainly to just explain your condition which now has a new label and then he or she prescribes a psychotropic drug supposedly to cure your condition.
Well, God has His book too! And He calls it the Holy Bible and it has been used for thousands of years to help people overcome their problems not with the help of drugs but with the help of the indwelling Spirit. Why would God not give us a book for all of life and godliness – is He not the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end? (See Revelation 1:8) Do we believe that the stresses of the 21st century really caught God off guard and that He’s not prepared to help us to overcome the problems of our age? Well, I am afraid that a great many people believe that God and His Word are no longer valid for our age. Satan has risen up a counter religion in an attempt to explain man’s bad behavior and his horrific acts of lawlessness. Through many years of indoctrination the world is being led to believe that all bad behavior is an emotional or psychological problem caused by your parents, your upbringing, or your environment.
In the midst of the great apostasy the world is no longer trusting in God to deliver them from their sin, but now turning to the licensed professionals of psychology to solve their many problems. Just look at the statistics: The Surgeon General has reported in 1994, “Consequently, about 28 to 30 percent of the population has either a mental or addictive disorder.” Presently in Marcia Angell’s review of Psychiatry, she wrote: “We are seeing an apparent epidemic of mental illness. 46% of adults are diagnosed with mental illness at some point in their lives.” Here is the tragedy, many of these are professed Christians who have not sought God’s counsel but have lined up at the counselor’s office like the rest of the world believing that God had not given them everything needed for life and godliness.
Are you not ready to put your trust in Him who cares for you? Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Do you believe that? If we do then we need to ask God to help us with our problems. And if we do, He will answer and lead us into all truth. I have done just that in my new book “Stand Firm” Godly Counsel for the Last Days. God’s Word deals with anxiety, depression, loneliness, guilt, and all the other besetting sins that keep us from experiencing the new life in Christ. As a retired Pastor and Christian Counselor I am so convinced that God has given His children everything they need to answer life’s problems that I have joined with the Tribulation Radio to present this article in a series of Broadcast to you. My hope is that this series along with all of my writings will help you escape the old life and begin to experience the thrill and wonder of our new life in Christ.
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