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His writing addresses what so many sadly are suffering from in this day and age as well as in the day when our Lord walked the earth. From Borderline Personality Disorder addressed here to a myriad of other maladies people are still suffering from that can be removed when surrendered to the Lord.
Borderline Personality Disorder–Reaching Out to the Depressed–Christ and the Man-Who-Lived-in-the-Tombs-and-Cut-Himself
The other day I happened onto a blog by a person who says she has BPD–“borderline personality disorder and other mental illnesses as well.” As I read her post entitled “I Am Worthless, Pointless, and Hopeless,” I saw how her condition was destroying her. She confessed that she was contemplating suicide and showed photos of her cutting herself with a razor blade and yearning to end her emotional misery through taking her own life.
I immediately thought of the time that Christ encountered “a man with an unclean spirit, who was dwelling in the tombs.” He was “always, night and day…in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.” Christ went on to cast the unclean spirit out of the man, who later was found “sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind.” The man even wanted to go with Him. But Christ told him to “tell them how great things the Lord has done for you, and has had compassion on you” (Mark 5: 1-19).
And so I was moved to write this comment to her post:
My darling girl,
There is another way to end all the pain and misery besides offing the physical body. The death of the old self, the old ego, the old nature that we were born with, that old blue monkey crouched on our shoulder, screaming in our ear to do bad things to ourselves and others–yes, that selfish old adamic nature must die–not the body, mind you–the old heart inside of us, the old spirit that we have always been–that must die.
I searched for 5 years desperately seeking solace and was led to the pits of nothingness. Then, miraculously, while I tripped out on “sillysideburns” one day, it came to me: The old self had to die, not the body…I studied all the philosophies and world religions and did not find out how it is done.
But then, a wise man, seeing my plight, told me, “You need to die with Christ on the cross. Just let all the bad inside of you go, by revelation, up on that cross, and let your old selfish self die. When He died, you died. When He was buried, you were buried, and when you truly believe that He arose from the dead, then you will arise from the dead, too. And you will walk in a newness of life. You can read all about it in Romans 6 in your Bible.”
“Why doesn’t the churches teach this? Because I know they don’t.”
The wise man replied, “Most of them don’t have the truth about real deliverance from sin, which like a serpent, coils around our inner being and has us enslaved. But this truth whereof I speak will deliver you, once and for all. You are enslaved for now. Follow my words and you’ll be free from the bondage you are suffering.”
And so, after reading all the books from the East and the West with no surcease from the emotional pain I was experiencing, I did it. And a complete change happened in my life. The drink, the smoke (of all kinds), the obsession with music, the womanizing, the cursing, the depression, et al, left. And it has never come back in all these 40 years.
I hear your cry, little one. Read more here on my blog,
You are not alone… Wayneman
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In this day and age there are so many titles being given to disorders, that your writing I pray will help those who are suffering!
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. (Matthew 4:23,24), (Matthew 17:15).
May God Bless and strengthen you as you serve Him.
Thank you for your thoughts and for sharing with your readers this story. It has been several years since I wrote to the poor girl. The words given to this vessel by the Spirit are as fresh as when they were written 2,000 years ago. It is the cross experience–not just the cross and the acknowledgement that Christ died on it, although very important. The cross experience has three steps: old self dying with Christ, being buried with Him, and resurrecting with Him. “Buried with him in baptism…risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead (Col. 2:12).
The apostle said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).
I still marvel that now, so many years later, God is using this story. And now my sister Julia, moved by the same Spirit, is sharing that same story that gives the answer and cure for the pitiable mental condition of that girl. And you are right. Romans 6 is the spiritual remedy for all that ails us. Yahshua knew Paul of Tarsus was the person for the job to pen this eternal message of deliverance. He is one of my dearest heroes as an apostle and especially a writer and teacher.
All of His body should be sharing with each other this cross experience. It should be our testimony. It was Paul’s testimony. “Till we all come to the unity of the faith…” I am so grateful that you see its importance to the sick and to the healers that are coming of age.
May Christ keep on using you mightily to get His message of the cross experience to all. Brother Wayne
I’m so Blessed to of come across your website, and I will in the future share many more of your spirit filled writings. I too am fascinated how through the generations the spirit continues to work through His people, as the spirit is ageless and changeless as our Lord is!
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How sad that the downcast and the broken receive the “diagnosis” from the many who know not God nor His power. The words often become self-fulfilling words as they sink deeper into their helpless and despair. The cousel of the world has no power to save… only to condem and confine such to the chemical restraint (a term used in the security industry) of medicines that rob a soul of life.
“He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
Blessings for your fellowship!
Very well said!!! The power of man and his chemicals are no power compared to the true healing power of God. The passage you have given proves “THE WORD” Heals. Blessings.