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Mental illness. Demons. Jesus.

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Sue, no doubt it sounds like you have a nice loving “Assembly” I am not against the assembly of God’s people far be it. Have you ever notice, people always tell people you are to find yourself a good church. If a person is lost or saved but “biblical illiterate “ how would they even know what a good bible teaching church is? Would it be the Reformed church on the corner, or the Presbyterian across the street, the “Congregational” next door to it, or maybe the “Episcopalian” just a little south of you, then there is non- denomination beside it, , the Jehovah Witness, my sister in law goes to. Then there is that person at work, the 7 day Adventist, Then there is the “Mormon” church who left me so much information a couple of days ago.
 
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No one lives in a vacume -- you're suggesting that born again or Not -- a person needs to have a good knowledge of Bible in order to find the Correct church. So, you're suggesting that Until a person has a good knowledge of the Bible, apparently on their own -- to not make any decisions about a church to go to. Well --for One thing -- what is that person's background. I, for instance, grew up conservative Baptist in a good Protestant community. People usually come from all sorts of backgrounds and hear the Gospel unto salvation and get into a good, Bible=teaching church. that's how churches grow. And, really, there's nothing Horrible about a Presbyterian church or some of the others -- Reformed for instance. It depends on the preacher. So -- visit with the pastor of the church - 1st. Ask questions.

We already know that a Mormon church isn't going to teach correct Bible doctrine. Neither do the J.W's. And the 7th Day Adventists tend to believe that a person has to worship on Saturday or you're probably not saved.

And, yes, there are a lot of different churches available -- we live in a country of freedom Of religion. People are free to read their Bible and decide what church they want to go to. Or they are free to be curious and go to the church down the block and hear God's Word and decide if they want to continue There or go else where.

And 'we' are free to share the Gospel with 'whomever' and invite them to Our church or Not. And we are free to be in our house reading and reading and learning and learning and associating with not many people. And in the process get side-tracked into some 'different' beliefs that are a bit off. then we Do get into a study group and find other's who find truths in God's Word that we agree or disagree with. So -- we start learning from Others.

I guess 'this' amounts to -- we are always going to be searching for 'just the right fit' in a church. Every church has it's pros and cons. Some people prefer 'Praise and Worship' and some prefer hymnal singing. And some have both Sunday evening and Wedn evening church activities. Some Don't. Some do 'small groups' - some don't. And they can All be teaching good, sound Bible. So , some end up going to a couple of different churches. And Then there are Also Precepts Study groups and CBS study groups.

As long as a group is teach Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that salvation is through Jesus Christ's shed blood on the cross and His rising on the 3rd day and that no good works on our part are needed in addition To the shed blood of Jesus Christ -- and there is a missions outreach. That group is probably a good one to be with. THAT interaction is Needed.

No one is going to 'slip through God's fingers' -- He already knows who will accept and who won't. No one will accidentally get 'left behind'.
 
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This is the counselling forum. Better to use the Bible study forum to work through issues such as the nature of the church.
 
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I have a mental illness. I recently underwent experiences where it felt like the devil or demons were trying to get me to give up my will. Ive also experienced the bible playing out in me but in a negative way. I even had thought Jesus not good when i am in these ill periods. Its like my consciouneess drops to see everything negative. My faith has been rocky since these experiences but im hoping and trusting Jesus will even bring me through this. Im not tturning from him even though i feel fear at the thoughts that come about him. I dont know if they are my thoughts anyway. Anyone experienced similar or can give support or encouragement pls?
I know what your going through i have a mental illness too. I was hopping church to church because i thought the churches were evil. Some of them did talk behind my back and some didnt. I went crazy when i wasnt taking my meds, i wanted god to heal me so start reading bible and didnt know what i was reading, i was having evil thoughts in my mind, i had a bad temper. I was not obeying god, i went to church for all the wrong reason i wasnt searching for god in my heart. I wanted a different life because i thought i didnt have nothing. I realize i have a big family who can help me some reason i felt alone thats when i realize i needed god in my life.
 
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Jesus met the physical and spiritual needs of the people. He knew what they were dealing with and loved them regardless of their need. We live in a broken world where many people need Jesus. Draw close to him especially during times when you struggle emotionally. He is there he understands.
 
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I have a mental illness. I recently underwent experiences where it felt like the devil or demons were trying to get me to give up my will. Ive also experienced the bible playing out in me but in a negative way. I even had thought Jesus not good when i am in these ill periods. Its like my consciouneess drops to see everything negative. My faith has been rocky since these experiences but im hoping and trusting Jesus will even bring me through this. Im not tturning from him even though i feel fear at the thoughts that come about him. I dont know if they are my thoughts anyway. Anyone experienced similar or can give support or encouragement pls?
Read some Ecky. Learn about meditation. Meditate on Psalms and gospel. You can get beyond your suffering which is a baseline of human nature. It is why Christ's suffering resonates for humanity. It has a transcendental element. One of which we all share and can relate to.

God bless.
 
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I know what your going through i have a mental illness too. I was hopping church to church because i thought the churches were evil. Some of them did talk behind my back and some didnt. I went crazy when i wasnt taking my meds, i wanted god to heal me so start reading bible and didnt know what i was reading, i was having evil thoughts in my mind, i had a bad temper. I was not obeying god, i went to church for all the wrong reason i wasnt searching for god in my heart. I wanted a different life because i thought i didnt have nothing. I realize i have a big family who can help me some reason i felt alone thats when i realize i needed god in my life.
Aot of people are afraid. They fear mental health issues because they are afraid of themselves. It gives people a level of superiority by doing so. I am experiencing the same problem but elsewhere.
 
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Whenever you are under demonic attack, follow Jesus example when he was tempted. He rebuked the devil with the Word of God.Get in the Word of God and stay there until it subsides. The spiritual battlefield begins in the mind. Saturate your mind with the Word. If you enjoy music listen to Christain music. Do not allow the devil a foothold in your mind.
 
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I too have mental illness again I felt like the devil and his demons were attacking me, I could hear all their derogatory talk and I knew by the statements that were being made that it was from the evil one. I stupidly tried to fight them alone but only god can do this, I know I was not strong enough. Keep confessing and praying . Jesus is with you and he tells us he will never leave or forsake us . Keep the faith
 
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Blessed be the LORD,
for He has heard my cry for mercy.

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Therefore my heart rejoices,
and I give thanks to Him with my song.

The LORD is the strength of His people,
a stronghold of salvation for His anointed.

Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
shepherd them and carry them forever.

Psalm 28:6-9
 
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I have a mental illness. I recently underwent experiences where it felt like the devil or demons were trying to get me to give up my will. Ive also experienced the bible playing out in me but in a negative way. I even had thought Jesus not good when i am in these ill periods. Its like my consciouneess drops to see everything negative. My faith has been rocky since these experiences but im hoping and trusting Jesus will even bring me through this. Im not tturning from him even though i feel fear at the thoughts that come about him. I dont know if they are my thoughts anyway. Anyone experienced similar or can give support or encouragement pls?
you arent alone, my best friend experiences very similar things. ive seen how hard it is to handle. but the most important thing is too keep seeking Jesus. they will lie to you in any way they can to turn you away from him. but the lord gave me a realization yesterday. Picture Jesus/Love,Peace,Joy on one end, and evil/sadness,fear,confusion on the opposite end. If you are facing the goodness that is Jesus, you can take steps forward and he can guide you closer and closer. even if you take steps back, as long as you are facing him, he can guide you more clearly and effectively than if you turn and face the other direction. I have been craving/tempted to live the way i used to (drugs, lust, self mutilation) cause i used to see those things so beautifully. but as soon as i started looking back at how i used to live, i started feeling so mentally unwell. just as i had back when i used to do those things. i know our experiences arent the same. but you really really arent alone. i hope that this can be helpful for you and others. Jesus loves you, beyond human comprehension. there is nothing that cant be forgiven in jesus' heart, so just keep facing him. (please reach out if you have any questions or doubts. i still need Jesus' help. i am nothing but an instrument of suffering without him. but he teaches me a lot and i would love to help if i can.)
 
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Hello. Don't believe it's mental illness. Demons want you to belive it's that so that you don't seek God.
I've been opressed by demons, possessed(not entirely, they just strugled because the Holy Spirit) but I didn't let them touch my mind nor the image of myself. They tried though force on me to believe I have some sort of mental illness(with forcing feeling), but when they realized they going nowhere with that in that second they stoped that feeling. Only then can make demons to make you give up your will when you are unsure of yourself and you don't have faith in God, or you have an unstable faith.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you(he surely will, he helped me and Jesus to), be sure of yourself, ang go on with your life boldly.

I wish you the best.
 
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