Spiritual Bondage & Mental Health

Are you seeing Spiritual Bondage or

Mental Health Situations in  Christian Counseling sessions?

The open discussion of personal experiences regarding demonic deception in the mind is a large leap for Christianity.  The sentence sounds incorrect when I write it because supposedly that is who we are anointed to be as Christians.  Christians are the ones who have the power to overcome evil spirits.  Christians are the ones the world turns to for assistance in these matters.  The light of the world has become the blind sided in many areas allowing the scientific theories to overshadow the power and authority returned to the children of faith by Jesus Christ.

Christians have the responsibility to continue in their tireless attempt to apply the proper weapons of our warfare in the spiritual realm.  The instruction and information on perfecting the skill set associated to warfare are invaluable to any prayer ministry’s effectiveness.  Many of the diagnoses mentioned at a recent Mental Health First Aid workshop held identical aspects as referenced in the book Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson.  I highly recommend that every pastor and ministry leader read this book.

The examples used by Anderson deal with an effective way for pastors, ministers and Christian Counselors to identify what they are dealing with in a spiritual counseling session.  We will refer to them as the Rules of Spiritual/Mental Assessment to use as an inexhaustible list to identify whether it is spiritual or deeper mental disorder requiring a mental health professional.  The ALGEE evaluation  is what the Mental Health professionals use as a check list for mental health action to take given the answers to the suggested inquires.

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The religious profession of Christian Counseling is growing by leaps and bounds.  And it absolutely bares our attention, the combination of Christianity and counseling deserve attention at how it is necessarily benefiting the body of Christ.  The Mental Health First Aid Workshop was an enriching experience which peaked the awareness of all the spiritual

leaders in attendance.  A recent tragedy in the body of Christ in Colorado ended with a mentally disturbed person murdering a member of a church randomly.

It is imperative for Christian leaders to have the general knowledge of recognizing the signs of trouble in members or non-members with whom it is the responsibility to minister.

The example they render in handling this sensitive topic of discussion in the church and the professional counseling environment informs us where to draw the line.   Pastor Debbie Stafford and Brenda Clark-Dandridge, MA discusseda great deal of what Anderson illustrated in his writings about demonic forces. They did not encourage the spiritual segment to the diagnosis due to the politically correct and medical professional aspects of the health conscious statements.  Although, I was pleased to read of the identification and discernment from the ministerialperspective of Anderson who offers examples of how to handle these type of episodes if you encounter them in a spiritual counseling session.

Anderson’s reflections offer a counseling perspective of handling the demonic attacks of the mind.  Romans 12:1-2 is most commonly referenced as the reasonable service expected after receiving Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, and identifying the battle of the mind.   The emphasis of instructions to not walk in the same manner as the world but to change our thoughts by renewing how we think, from the beginning of salvation until Jesus’ return is not new.   The weapons identified in 2 Cor 10:4 received a unique review by Anderson.

The first approach we will suggest for seasoned ministry from Anderson comes from chapter 5 Confronting the Rebel Prince. The scriptural truth of power and authority in 1 John 5:18-19 used by Anderson to order any demonic spirit to obey; and Colossians 2:15 “having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”   He reiterates this scripture as the application of igniting the faith in the spiritual leader to walk in our rightful rank of authority and power.

The power and place where we are in Christ and authority placement, He has given us over the principalities we wrestle with according to the 2 Cor 10:3-5. The second approach we suggest from the book is the process of Walking Free as suggested by Anderson.  The fear of walking outside of the political correctness of mental health vs. spiritual attack cannot be a fear we have in our ministries.  There is a level of wisdom to use when stating or identifying the difference between the demonic and the chemical imbalance.

This is where Anderson’s book takes us in our ministries.  He leaves us with additional confirmations of what and how to address the spiritual identification as we strive not to wrestle with flesh and blood.  We are called to this battle therefore avoiding it is not an option.  Jesus equipped us to Take Courage, Stand Firm and Walk Free and I shall while leading others to do the same gleaning the usable nuggets of revelation from this read.  Spiritual leaders please join us!

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