Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him
Mental Health Benefits
When it comes to reading, comprehending, applying the scripture, it never occurred to me the impact it would have on my mental stability. Many read the bible because we feel it pleases GOD or puts us in good standings with the LORD. The truth is GOD gave us His book so we can have a journey that allows us to have peace of mind, confidence and trust in Him and receive the love He has for us. The bible is meant to transform our life for the better, removing guilt, shame and fear. Guilt, shame, and fear are the root foundation that causes some of us to have unstable minds, plagued with depression and worry.
A recent study, Barna revealed that 6 out of 10 adults who read the Bible said that it has transformed their life.
Barna Group defines a “Bible User” as an “individual who reads, listens to or prays with the Bible on their own at least 3-4 times a year, outside of a church service or church event. 61% of the “Bible users” said that each time they read scripture they realize their need for God. 50% of these people said that reading the Bible increases their desire to know God.
Mental Health Research
According to Mayo Clinical Proceedings, a majority of the nearly 350 studies of physical health and 850 studies of mental health that have used religious and spiritual variables have found that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes.
Our religion and spirituality can greatly impact our mental and physical health. As believers in Christ, the word of GOD aligns us with the Will of GOD for our lives. It is documented that the words associated with the bible give the rooted Christian connectedness, hope, optimism, trust and purpose which boost our mental health. Other powerful words and value systems of the bible such as compassion, forgiveness and gratefulness help empower us mentally. These words help greatly decreased stress and increased resiliency.
Mental Health Stability
When we as Christians truly see GOD as a higher power in control of our destiny it will drive us to seek, read and hear His Word daily, this is when revelations become natural and daily additives in us. Faith does not come by going to church on Sundays but by daily working and walking the word of GOD. Research shows that most who use their religion as a daily tool has a strong internal sense of control. According to Dr. Harold Koenig of Duke University contends that as people pray, and ask God for guidance, they feel a sense of control over their situation and emotions, helping them cope with depression and anxiety. As Christian we must put great emphasis on reading the bible for understanding and direction.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Proverbs 16:32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Romans 5:4-6 And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope 5 that will never disappoint us. All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love. 6 Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful.
1 Peter 5:10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
We can now see that the bible is so much more than a good read, but leads us into positive character, peace of mind and a freed identity. See the bible as a book of process, progress, and prosperity. Begin to understand and apply the scriptures to daily living experience elevation. This worked for me taking me from a place of insecurity to a place of not fearing to dream big.
My name is Bola also Known as Coach Bola. I love uncovering the promises and principles in the Bible. I equally excited about sharing what I have learned to help me become victorious.