September 4, 2016

Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?

“I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward a man according to his conduct,
according to what his deeds deserve.”

The fields of Psychology and Psychiatry were developed to deal with the issue posed in verse 9, but any psychologist or psychiatrist who doesn’t know the Lord and depend on His Word and His Spirit is basically feeling around in the dark. The human heart/soul is a fascinating thing in its complexity. The majority of people who who go into the field of the soul (psyche is Greek for soul) do so, at least initially, out of a desire to understand themselves. Investigating such things is not wrong, much less bad, but leaving God out of the equation removes the only possible foundation for real understanding. Paul struggled with this very issue, famously expressed in Romans 7, but he did so on the basis of human sin and God’s righteousness. That gives far more hope for genuine resolution! Modern Psychology and Psychiatry generally deny completely the world of the demonic. That is a major reason for overflowing mental hospitals worldwide. If there is no recognition of the reality of sin, and how sin opens the door to the demonic, there is ultimately no hope. There are indeed chemical imbalances that mess people up, but those are relatively minor. Much is made of “genetic predisposition” to mental illness, but no attention is paid to what the Bible says about generational curses. It is only when we recognize our own accountability before God, as well as our own inability to clean ourselves up, that we can repent indeed and receive God’s deliverance and healing.

I visit patients every week at the Nagasaki Prefectural Psychiatric Medical Center, so I am confronted with this issue constantly. I frankly do not know why more people aren’t delivered through my ministry, but some are. In general, the environment there has had a very negative effect on those who were desiring to depend on Jesus, because the staff treats that as harmful superstition. The level of demonic activity there is very high. Even outside of the hospital I deal often with what is classified as mental illness. Society treats all such problems as things to be medicated rather than repented of and delivered from. That can be tragic. It is my personal observation, not just from people I encounter but also from examining my own soul, that the root of the vast majority of all such problems is self-centeredness. There is a reason God tells us first to love Him and then to love our neighbor. (Matthew 22:36-40) I’m preaching on that this morning! I need to help people understand that if they will repent of their violations of those two commandments, everything else will straighten out. However, I am to be patient and not judging, asking and allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work in their hearts and minds to overcome a lifetime of the devil’s lies.

Father, thank You for this very timely Word. Guide me in how and how much to incorporate in this morning’s message. I pray that Your truth through me would indeed set people free from the lies that have bound them for so long, for their full deliverance and salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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