Plant The Seed: Let God Do The Rest

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In my notes about biblical counseling in my last class, the instructor talks about the question of how a Christian can counsel unbelievers.  He said that you really can’t counsel unbelievers, because they have a different world view, and they worship the world, and what mankind tells them.

I do know that talking about our problems with a kind, good listener can help the soul, and it really can help us get through a day where we’ve become stressed by life.  However, the root cause of a anyone’s issues is truly found in the soul.  They are saved, or they are not saved.  That makes the difference in counseling by a biblical counselor.

If you go to a spiritual counselor whose soul is not with the “living” souls saved by Christ, you won’t understand a biblical counselor who talks about sin and how it may be a root cause of their troubles.  God can only work so much through the life of a sinner, who is unrepentant, and who is not seeking Christ.  The instructor said, “The mind set on the flesh is dead”.

Instead of counseling unbelievers, Christian counselors provide more evangelizing.  Unbelievers may take it or leave it, but it may have planted a seed they find useful later on down the road.  It is offered, Christ as the solution to their problems.  God changes the heart to cause the inner, personal transformation.

Our souls must be washed, and we must leave lives of sin once we have become saved.  Our viewpoint about what we should do in our problems must become Christ-centered.  An unsaved person will have the opportunity to seek Christ’s counsel in the bible, through prayer, and through the wise counseling of other believers.  They will want to find answers in worldly ways yet not find our Blessed Hope, with the hope for eternity that gives us such joy.  

They might find temporary helps but the nagging knowing that something keeps going wrong in their lives will always dog them, it seems.  In my life it did.

Know the bible well enough to counsel others and let God do the rest.  He may operate in someone’s life to soften their heart – and then they may come to Christ – but what good does it do if he puts a hand out to ask someone if they will accept his Lordship, and they refuse?  They miss the understanding that to get right with the Lord Jesus Christ means to get right in their very souls.

Some say we have been chosen since the beginning of time, that God knew who would be given to Christ as being saved.  As we don’t have the capacity to understand the ways of God I find that very hard to understand – but I’m blessed that I am one.  I truly believe.

 

 

Prayer

While I was reading from Exodus today, a Psalm came to mind.  I know that many of you are suffering and so I thought I would offer some comforting scripture in hopes that it may support you in your feelings for God and His Holy Word.

Our soul waits for the LORD;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,

even as we hope in you. – Psalm 33:20-22

I also pray that there be peace in the land of Jerusalem today; I pray for our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem, may there be peace in their lives, and in the land.  For all of those who are suffering I pray, let the brokenhearted, poor and suffering be lifted up into the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ who shields them, if they would only call out for His help, generous heart and love.  May you be well today with the love of the Lord in your hearts.

Purpose Of This Blog: Biblical Counseling

So, what happened to my saying that I was going to quit blogging on this blog?  I was saying that my plans were different and at the time of that post about ending this blog I was burdened by a new job with intensive training for six-weeks and also in training to become a volunteer hospice worker.  My seeking guidance from the Lord seemed to indicate that quitting my blog was the direction to go. 

I knew I had talked a year ago about setting up a blog to teach layperson counseling but obviously my plans have changed.  I have scrapped that idea when God seemed to be talking to my heart about the usefulness of my past experiences in the dark realm, and how I had been under attack by demonic forces.

Yes, it was really a terrible time.

But my refreshed mind and guidance seems to come from being guided to my past experiences being useful to others now that I have become a Christian, about four years ago.

God can turn bad things into something useful and good.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

Not only may I talk to pastors about the usefulness of training their people in pastoral counselors to help others, but the past demonic experiences I have suffered can possibly help “targeted individuals” see their way into a better world with God’s help.  I wish to be able to avail myself in these areas.  Possibly an online prayer group with counseling sessions at no cost to others might be a way to go.

I am not sure yet, but there are those that are out there still suffering, not sure who Christ is and suffering under demonic warfare, who might want to work together in prayer, bible study, or other actions that can be taken to help them.  I know that I was weak under spiritual attack and I know others are out there who need strong Christians who care to come to their aid in prayer and offering a listening, caring ear.  Perhaps some of you want to join me in this, somewhere down the line.  I remain in prayer, seeking Christ’s guidance.

Sick Souls Healed By Christ Only

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I am thankful that God pulled me out of the field of psychology.

After many bad experiences in the field; people who were unsaved, unbelievers who had their own ideas about how we could help people, but often were mean-spirited toward their clients.  I also had problems with them as a coworker, when they were demeaning, prideful, and wanting to harm my ability to practice in my field.  I guess it was a type of spiritual war with satan using people to harm my life.

Not being a true believer but having dabbled in Christianity, I suppose I was marked by “the enemy”, since I expressed an interest in Christianity on and off during my adult life.  I only guess at this, but don’t really know.

Listening to my course recording, I took more notes about Christian counseling.  The instructor, Dr. Jim Newheiser, seems very sober-minded and accurate in his dealing with the issues of why we don’t want to go into secular counseling, but would want to study the bible instead.

The bible is sufficient to train up our children, and teach us as adults, how we are to conduct ourselves in our lives.  I strongly suggest all who come here to this blog to know the value of God’s Word in being our ultimate guide in our lives.  We have our best counsel in the Lord Jesus Christ and not mankind, as it says in the bible.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. – Psalm 1:1

The value in my education and experience in the field of psychology comes in sharing with others that counseling should be biblical counseling, and how the field of psychology of man is not compatible with the biblical world view.  

Some may find it helpful to speak to secular counselors because they can share with someone that is supportive and should refrain from being judgmental or invalidating the reality of what the person says.  Many people are not trained to give time to the person, but interrupt to talk about themselves or give advice where it is not wanted.  They do not have an ability to allow the person who is talking to have space to hear themselves, and process for themselves.  It is an art form, in my opinion.  You know when to interrupt, question something they’ve said to learn more about their view, and then allow them to continue, sharing the journey of self-growth.

But that is not what the Lord calls for; it is belief in Jesus who gives us sound minds and can heal us from within.  We are living souls who need soul-health.

A standard of healing based on man’s understanding of man is not sufficient to heal.  A dying soul needs Jesus to heal them, to redeem them, to mold them into the image of himself.

Our training as counselors may observe man’s behaviors and know the language that the secular counselors speak and teach, but the short-fall is that they don’t have a way to address the soul-sickness of mankind that is not saved.  There is no middle-ground, no compromising the world-view of the Christian. 

Psychology relates to those who’ve rejected Christ and was built around an atheist and secular world-view.  We cannot expect that world view to be of help to a dying, sick, soul.  Only Christ can do that.

How Depression May Be Caused By Moral Choices We Make

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Listening to the sermon about spiritual counseling – and by that I mean Christians providing counseling services – the speaker who might be Wayne A. Mack, author of the book, “Introduction to Biblical Counseling“, made me think about what I had done in the past in the area of providing mental health counseling.  I may have the name of the speaker I am listening to wrong, only because the recording does not provide an easy way to know who is doing the speaking.  I wish they’d made that clear.  

I do know that one of the instructors in biblical counseling that I am listening to online is Wayne A. Mack and the link goes to his book found on Amazon.

The segment that I am listening to today talks about depression.  Having the symptoms of depression in the past, I have come to know the devastation one may feel when they are feeling depressed.  I took notes on the segment in which the speaker talks about the moral values and choices people have and that they may be the underlying reason for why a person feels depressed.

As we know, there may be brain issues going on in something like depression but when clients describe enough symptoms that it indicates to a clinician that they fall under clinical depression by the number of boxes they can check off as a description to how they’re feeling, the DSM can indicate a diagnosis of a serious depression going on.  Medication may be prescribed, but a doctor will not know the level of a person’s serotonin.  They just guess, by what the patient describes, whether they should be diagnosed as being clinically depressed and to the point of being prescribed medication to ease their symptoms. 

If the symptoms seems to get better if they don’t take medication, the instructor said that the doctor won’t know if the moral choices that the soul makes is what has changed the person’s level of depression. 

It is sin we are dealing with in much of what we now can perceive as the reason for a person’s depression in counseling.  Why leave treatment to a man who wants nothing to do with our Lord Jesus Christ instead of look at the person’s morality – whether they choose to live in sin or not.  

A random serotonin event may be caused by whether a person’s morals have changed or not.  We can consider whether they have caused their serotonin levels to decrease by making an immoral choice.

We can’t know why the people who tell us they feel badly are feeling sad or depressed, but they may know the reason why they feel so badly.

They may have made a choice that they feel very badly about that causes them to feel sad, depressed, or lonely.  It may point to the fact that when we choose badly, we feel badly, and making the moral choices that are Godly may make someone feel better.

I hope to learn more from the class I have enrolled in to share with readers of this blog.  I am sure it will help someone along the way, which is my hope.  I pray for each one of you who comes to my blog and I hope to be of support you, in some way of which I am not sure of at this point, but in some way in these days to come.

 

Mental Health Treatment That Excludes Jesus Christ

trees1Psychology is not a pure “science” as we know it.  It is based upon man’s perceptions of what is normal behaviors and feelings, upon their social norms and morals, and what is known about science at the time they are seeking treatments, including medications, for their clients.

The field of psychology cannot explain what goes on in a human brain that leads to a person’s behaviors.  It has been explained in a master’s degree level psychology course that “psychology is a type of science, but is also an art”, because mental illness and brain activity which may cause mental illnesses and behaviors are not truly understood. 

Medications are only testing grounds for the doctors who prescribe them.  They may work for a short time to help a person feel better but may cause them to act out violently or feel suicidal, or may not work at all in helping a person feel well.  Doctors frequently change medications and their doses that only serve to mask symptoms at best.  It is thought that some people may have to remain on psychotropic medications for the rest of their lives in order to function, but that they will probably not be cured.  People are left waiting for the next new drug in hopes of being made well.

Labels are used in mental health treatment which are often given a client in therapy based on their feelings.  If enough feeling-related symptoms are cited by a client they become diagnosed according to the criteria cited in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is the “bible” of mental health practitioners and doctors.

In the courts, unacceptable behaviors get explained away by a description of some earlier life’s experience, such as being mistreated in some way as a child which often times are offered as justifications for why a person did some criminal behavior, in order to sway a judge to hand down lessor sentences.

Behaviors can be explained away by how a person “feels” at the time.  Anger, depression, sadness, can be described as the basis for why a person behaves badly.  Seeking medication can seem to be the “cure” for feelings being expressed, presumably to inhibit further misbehaviors.

These man-man treatments leave out God – Our Lord Jesus Christ – from all equations in treating mental health.  Unless you go to a Christian therapist or doctor you may not find any words about Jesus and the bible included in your treatment in mental health therapy.  Even then, most mental health practitioners are licensed under state laws.  You must pass the exams of the state licensing behavioral boards of science in order to practice, or be working on a license, or have a licensed supervisor who holds authority over what you are able to do in the field.

As we know, state licensed mental health clinicians of any kind do not have to have any experience in knowing Jesus; they do not study the bible to learn anything about Christ, or how he teaches us to obey God according to Scripture.

As I write this post which seems ragged around the edges because I’m sitting in the public library, it is hard to imagine how anyone can be a healer in mental health and offer treatment without any guidance from God; Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Seven Major Flaws Of Secular Counseling

brown book pageI was listening to a Christian pastor discussing our current state of psychology and how secular psychology misses the mark in counseling.  He specifies important differences in the approaches of psychology from counseling from the biblical perspective.

As I’ve said here on this blog, I have several main issues for why I can’t return to secular counseling.  The lecture of the pastor I am listening to describes what I am unable to quite articulate and is very instructive. 

I am now leaning toward becoming proficient in Christian counseling and I think and believe that my role as a Christian would be to spend time teaching and counseling and having a website for these things.

Below are some of the notes I have taken from the pastor I recently listened to in indicating seven, major flaws of the secular counseling perspective of who man is.  It is astounding to hear about how mainstream secular counseling has become a smorgasbord of theories about how to make people well.

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Psychology has gone off the rails.  This field has gone literally crazy in it’s assumption that mankind were fishes that crawled out of the sea, or we developed from amoebas after nothing exploded in outer space so that man eventually walked the earth.   Every  secular college that teaches psychology courses blindly accepts this theory.

Here are seven differences between secular counseling and Christian counseling:

1) The secular humanist line of thinking stems from the belief that mankind is a type of advanced animal that can think and choose for itself.  But the bible says we were created as mankind, as explained in Genesis, that we were created by God and have not evolved from some other species over time, as Darwinian theory posits.

2) Secular humanists say that mankind is inherently good, but we know from the bible that mankind’s nature fell, and we cannot help but sin against God, man’s creator.

3) The secular humanists say that mankind gets to choose right from wrong and makes these choices intelligently, but the bible tells us that that the way man thinks is right leads to death.

4) Secular humanism says that we have no soul and that we are “just a body”.  Electrons bounce around in our brains, that consciousness is just a physical function of your body.  We know from the bible that our souls go to heaven and that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins.  Without His dying at Calvary we would have no hope of continuing life with him for eternity.

5)  Secular humanists refer to psychology as a “science”, but it is immeasurable and more of an art form than a pure science.  There are more than 250 theories about mankind in the study of science, and more are being added according to man’s theories he creates according to how a therapist finds it most effective to treat certain condition.  Christians know that we are created in the likeness of God and that the bible teaches us how to live our lives; praying, reading the bible, caring for our brothers and sisters in the Lord, doing “good works”, helping others, and treats our illnesses compassionately.  He does not tell us that our mentality must be divided into theories of treatment dreamed up by someone in psychology in order to make someone whole.

6)  The premise of secular counseling is that mankind knows best how to heal mental illness, not God.    The father of modern psychology is often thought to be Sigmund Freud who said that the unconscious mind governs behavior and psychoanalysis would bring the unconscious forth to the conscious to enable people to have control over their behavior.  The field of psychology rejects the Father in Heaven and does not believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  

7)  Secular psychology puts man above God.  In counseling, the client is often asked what their goals are while in Christian counseling, people are taught how to deal with life’s issues the way God teaches in the bible.

I’m sure there are those of you who know more differences between secular humanist thought and Christian belief that could be listed here.  Feel free to put them in the comments section.

Although I’ve said that seeking support and seeking someone to talk to is not wrong in my opinion, it may just be a starting place to organize one’s thinking and feel supported to help themselves.   If, however, someone is seeking Christian advice about how to handle life’s problems and on an ongoing basis, a true Christian might be a better choice because you are getting Godly advice; you are in the hands of another Christian.

In either event my hope and my prayers go out to those who need counseling support.  I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ provides a light to your feet, and shows you the way to go.

Fighting Against Spiritual Wickedness In High Places

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. – Psalm 50:15

For those who seem to be suffering under the torment of spiritual warfare, I am sure you will find something in this video to appreciate.   My hope is that it will strengthen your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – knowing that he is the great creator of the universe through the Father in Heaven. 

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12

Jesus Christ is the name above all others.  He provides us with the way to fight the powers of the dark, spiritual realm.  We do not fight against flesh and blood, but the powers of spiritual darkness.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe – Proverbs 18:10.

Targeted Individuals might be especially encouraged by this video.  Anyone who has unexplainable physical or mental challenges would find it beneficial, I would think.

At about the 30 minute mark is when Pastor Matt Mitchell begins teaching his semon.  The video is titled; “The Invisible War By Dr Matt Mitchell“.  I hope you will enjoy it just as much as I did.

Treasures In Heaven

lay-up-treasures.jpgTodays post is about Matthew 6:19-21 which says; 

 

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

As I was reading these passages today I felt a spark of gratitude for what I have, which isn’t much of earthly value.  It made sense to me that treasures we value would be what we want to protect and our treasures must be things of value to us.  They must fall along the lines of what God would value in humans: to love and obey God, help humankind, and share the Word of God to those who would listen.

I realize there are the “good works” that produce assistance to those in need while on earth which are the fruits of the Spirit of God, so those are also what God would value and what we might want to store in heaven.  Supporting people when they need help is certainly good, I believe, in the eyes of God.

I can thank God today for a job, one that serves military members and their families, in a role that I think cannot conflict with supporting those people through counseling. 

I have the skills to do the basic counseling that might be needed if someone is really having a hard time, to provide the initial support they may need, then refer them on.  I can only say that I am blessed to do this job, and I lay up my treasures in heaven by supporting these people in their times of need while I can.

I’m not doing a counseling job, but my skills must include having a counseling degree and background.

God found the perfect job for my belief; that secular counseling cannot meet the mental health needs of man.

Psychology is an evolving field; almost anything goes.

You diagnose people using a man-made model of health, but it does not value Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It does not talk about sin, and what the ramifications of sin are. 

How can one be truly healed when they still are living in sin?

My prayer, then, is to support people the best I can from where they are at, saying prayers for them – and letting Our Lord Jesus Christ, the only true healer – do the rest.

How Spiritual Truth Is Lost In Dangerous Teaching Of Secular Psychology

good-friday-3243347_640Broadly speaking, I truly believe that in talking with people who are understanding, and taught to take themselves out of the dialogue where they give time to support a person who may seek counseling through them, may be very helpful.  We all need support at different times in our lives so I do not want people who seek therapy to feel discounted by what I write below. 

Much can be said about how people can help one another by just listening, or offering their guidance and support based on their experience and education, some reliable research about brain chemistry and physiological health, and there are many areas of specialty that are called “modalities”, that may be helpful for some but not others.  Having the love from the Father is not present, I believe, at least in my training to become a licensed Marriage, Family and Child therapist as well as from my education in a doctoral program to become a Licensed Psychologist.

My interest in this blog, mainly I think, is in why I don’t want to be a secular therapist because in diagnosing people we don’t ever speak about Jesus, nor what can be done to really help heal a person when there is much more involved in a person’s mental condition than what I’ve been taught in my studies. 

Secular humanism always goes back to the person healing themselves.  The focus is on us and not asking the Lord for His help.  We are able to live in ways that help us stay healthy but we Christians rely on Jesus Christ to help us live in this world daily.  We are not of the world as Jesus said in praying to his Father: 

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. – John 17:16

Psychology practices the belief that goes against the belief in Jesus Christ – it is anti-Christ –  they leave out God completely.   This may be counted as secular humanism and as a Christian believer I think there is danger in this non-belief in all areas of life.

More information about the spiritual realm has been brought to my attention that I think should be followed, discerned and understood.  Factual knowledge from the bible tells us that Satan and his demons are real.  Any of these spiritual beings operate in a realm we do not understand; they are supernatural have been called “interdimensional” by the likes of researcher and Pastor LA Marzulli.

Marzulli’s work speaks to advanced technology of “nephilim hybrids”, and how human DNA could have been carried on into humanity after the flood.  One example of many of his posted works can be seen here:  L.A. Marzulli: Nephilim Hybrids, with host Gary Stearman.  As you may know, Marzulli’s house was destroyed completely in recent California fires, that some have wondered whether they were started by beam technology through the gas and electric company, PG&E.

PG&E is said to be owned by the Rothschild’s.  As of today, you can see that listed on the PG&E Corporate Directors page, Roger Kimmel, is listed, also as “Vice Chairman of Rothschild, Inc.”

As is said by Targeted Individuals around the globe and many others including conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones (is he really a conspiracy theorist?), the Rothschild’s are people behind the One World Order, and meet at the secret Bohemian Grove meetings where “globalists” have met for years, plotting their ways about how to reduce the world population, among other topics.

Now, the reason I have gone ahead down this road here is that in my recent studies of “unclean” spirits and the evil spiritual realm, and how they have interacted with humans – and even animals dare I say – is to see the connection between how mankind is evilly trying to reportedly kill off the human race and how evil spiritual entities, having more advanced knowledge and abilities than we humans, can teach humans how to target people and with advanced technology – leaving people unaware that this is happening to people around the world, and that these people are labelled negatively, and are thrown into mental health wards, treated like they are mentally ill and under some unrealized mental traumatization such as being raised by a cruel parent or something to that effect.

I am known for long, run-on sentences.  Perhaps I should use better sentence structure and write in shorter, non-run-on sentences.  

Say that the Nephilim were the hybrids born from the women who were taken as wives by Lucifer’s angels.  The bible says that the flood destroyed the earth because people had become so evil.  But were the spirits of these awful creatures also destroyed?  That is a huge part of what I am saying, that we don’t speak of satan, and demons, as having been destroyed in the flood. This topic is never allowed to be discussed as part of secular education or training in the field of “psychology”.  

I am leaving out huge amounts of information I am learning through the many pastors and researchers online and I invite you to do your own research into these topics of spiritual evil, the Nephilim and who they were, who the “tall Anakim’s” were (Deuteronomy 2:10), Satan, and the boy who was inhabited by demons that Jesus called out of (Mark 9:14-29) as a starting point.  

This is related to the field I have left behind because the spiritual teaching of the bible is left out of diagnosing and Jesus is never mentioned, and I believe the field of psychology has led many people away from learning through the bible and the healing that is offered through the teachings of Jesus as a man who walked the earth, being also fully God, and through belief in Him, and through prayer.

If these evil spirits have technology that mankind can only dream about since they are from the fallen angels that God threw out of heaven, what can they teach mankind who are not believing Christ to harm their fellow man?  How evil can it get against humans?  If Satan and his demons can inhabit, lead and direct humans, it is not a hard concept to understand that this has gotten into the realm of psychology.  That is my fear and that is why I stay away from secular humanistic thought which the field of psychology is based upon.

Again, for people who suffer from strange manifestations, including “hearing voices”, having things or people suddenly disappear, seeing things that are in the spiritual realm, feeling things that touch and even push them physically, feel pain of electricity shot through their bodies, feel inhabited by “other beings” that they know are not part of themselves; these strange manifestations are reasons that I feel the need to explain to the field of psychology why they must open the doors to exploring Christians and their faith in Jesus Christ. 

These psychology professors and instructors in secular psychology are not usually going to have read the bible, nor believe it.  I was one of those.  One may ask, how does the field of psychology resonate with your dreams and auras, after all?  Isn’t that what it directs a person to; finding their own spiritual paths for what will heal them?

It comes down to teaching the Christian faith to those who seek and not everyone will seek to find Jesus Christ, nor to understand the Bible and its history.

I feel it best to share my truth as found in the Bible rather than continue to ignore my faith in the field of psychology.  I cannot continue down this path that I know to be detrimental to so many people’s lives.  Their lives and wellness are at stake. 

I applaud the men of God who explore the biblical teachings referring to the Nephilim.  These people lead us in the right direction, expose the truth about how technical advances may well be led by the spiritual realm, as well as teaching the need for God today.