There is a lot of controversy over the subject of healing as it relates to mental illness. Many well meaning or legalistic Christians believe God should heal every infirmity in our lives. Many people also link mental illness to demonic activity. Nothing could be further from the truth. I would encourage you to read Dr. Paul Meiers book Blue Genes to learn more about this truth.
Let's be clear on this. Do we tell all our friends who are stricken with heart disease or cancer that they need to be delivered from oppression? Do we discourage them from facing their journey though pain by saying God should remove this pain? Do we discredit their testimony when in fact God brings them through and transforms their lives because of the pain?
Pain has transformed our family. Was my husband a candidate for healing? Certainly, yes. Do I believe he has been healed? Yes, I do! Let me explain my belief system to you.
Both Glen and I certainly believe that God can and does still perform miraculous complete healings. However, it is quite obvious from a thorough examination of the scriptures that God does not always will for us to be healed of all our infirmities. I Cor. 12 is a clear treatise on this subject. The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in the flesh of which he begged God to take from him 3 times. God said: "NO"! Forgive my sarcasm, but imagine God telling us NO!
He has the right to do whatever he wants. It's our job to submit to his Lordship and will for us. How dare we shake our fist in his face and demand or stomp our feet and declare we have a right to be free from our pain.
We have grappled with this subject as it relates to mental illness. We finally understand the God heals through many avenues. One is through the process of spiritual transformation. Another is through the use of doctors and medicine. Thank God for it. And another is through learning how to manage our difficulties, limitations, infirmities or weaknesses. For when I am weak, then I am strong! (I Cor. 12:10)
God has healed my husband through the journey of pain. He continues to heal him daily through medications, spiritual transformation and life management. He continues to heal our family as we are willing to walk through this journey through mental illness.
Our view will never change from this! Our hope for you is that you will garner courage and strength for your own painful life experience as you read this post. Hope is available to us all and I believe hope is the by-product of being at peace with your life however good or bad it may be! Our hope comes from the Lord but also through encouragement from the journey of others who have climbed their way through pain!
THERE IS HOPE!