Mad vocabulary

There are words in our vocabulary that most do not understand. The words “crazy” and “mad” are particularly difficult to interpret.

They are dangerous words because no one really knows what they mean and people use them according to their own understanding. The words are emotionally loaded and can cause no end of insult or hurt. They also reinforce our personal prejudices towards other people.

The meaning for “crazy” seems to be used as the same as “mad”

Dictionary definition: “mad: especially as manifested in wild or aggressive behaviour.”

“Stupid or unreasonable”

“Insane”

This view is troubling to people who suffer mind illness. Outsiders regard Psychiatric hospital as “the mad house.” People who talk in this way, have views of what the terms mean and imbibe attitudes from the media and films.

Psychiatric hospital is a place of refuge. People sit quietly trying to cope with their suffering and find a way of dealing with the turmoil that is happening inside. There are no cowards in Psychiatric hospital. For many it takes time and for some it is a lifetime of inner conflict and pain. It is a shame that people who are there, are so defamed. It is easy to take up the misnomers and use them without really thinking about what they are.

What is “insane?”

Can someone lose their mind?

What does losing your mind mean?

These questions are kept unanswered for most people, and because of the lack of clarity, that wrong ideas proliferate. It is like an everlasting conundrum that goes on and on. Perhaps because our minds are so unique and so complex, that it may be impossible to make a general statement of meaning. Perhaps it is meant to be hidden and only interpreted for the individual.

This still does not address the massive stigma and the unfair prejudice and insulting speaking that sufferers have to tolerate. The media has accusations to answer.

When there has been a murder reported on the news, some have qualifications attached, such as “the perpetrator was suffering from mental health issues.”

This influences attitudes massively. The qualification sets up the idea that mental health patients murder people. They do so, for sure, but 99% if murders are carried out by the “sane” people. So the reporting is massively scewed. The general population gets the idea that all “crazy” people are murderers.!

If a person suffering from a physical illness does something wrong, the illness would not be reported. For instance, Cancer sufferers would not be portrayed in this kind of negative light. Sufferers of physical illnesses and disabilities, are regarded as heroes and get positive coverage in every situation. This is not enjoyed by the sufferer of mind distress or illness. Therefore, this biased reporting is prejudicial and creates a culture of fear around sufferers. The discrimination suffered by those suffering from mind illness seems endless.

In our present society we have become more used to the idea of “Depression” and what this illness is about. However, this usually is doubled as a description of being “a bit down” unfortunately the facts about the actual illness are less well known. Depression is a painful debilitating illness that can hold people in such a terrible place for extended periods of time. Somehow we are frightened of that, and if we were to find out about it, it might reveal something about ourselves that we don’t want to know. It’s easier to side-line sufferers and keep quiet. Depression is an illness and should be treated as such. As with other illnesses, the sufferer get better.

In recent times the term “manic” has been taken up in popular speaking. When we are busy and doing a lot of things, we say we are “manic.” Manic is used as an alternative for “busy.” This is not helpful. Being busy does not make your mind ill. Some talk about “manic” weather. Weather cannot be manic- it cannot be ill- it is not a person with a mind.

We use the terms for mind illness as if it is nothing at all and assign the terms to trivial things. This is hurtful and excludes sufferers, exacerbating exclusion and loneliness. Some think they are helping and trying to break down barriers that the words hold, but not understanding what it is like for the insider. Sufferers are not consulted and they have enough insight to remain quiet. Who wants their inner life paraded in public, especially with the lack of understanding and crushing stigma that is still felt.

It will take more than royal interest to break this problem open. It should be down to the sufferers themselves to decide how this is played out. There are still too many who think they know but have no direct experience. For the sufferer, the fear of exclusion, keeps the person quiet. Suffering is silent. For many sufferers of mind illness, it becomes impossible to fit into “normal” social settings, because they see things so differently.

Some reach the conclusion that the world outside is “mad” and the place of peace is not there. Some are so sensitive in thoughts and ideas, that a creative outlet becomes very important. To be able to exercise powers and use the mind to solve problems and express ideas, is a powerful use of our highest powers. Many poets, Artists, writers, or any creative people, are sufferers of this kind of illness. People who are mind-sufferers have the ability to operate on that level. This is not always understood either.

Anyone can suffer from a mind that tips over into psychosis. This is a very scary word…

It is portrayed in films as violent, out of control and dangerous. This can be true, but not for everyone. Psychosis is a problem if the sufferer does not recognise their own state. This is when behaviour can become a problem. If outside agencies are involved, it makes things difficult for the sufferer who doesn’t understand what is happening. It takes time to sort through the mind and come to an understanding, and to assign events, feelings and thoughts to their right place. It is difficult to relay that to other people, and so the sufferer is left alone and outside the group.

Our society still has work to do in recognising the worth of having mind sufferers around. Indeed, our society has become increasingly unable to understand and accept people who are different. Christian circles are no different. Mind sufferers need to know the Lord Jesus, because He understands everything. He will teach and bless and give amazing strength to people who are sidelined and rejected. He has been there too…..

Treasure

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“The Almighty will be your treasure, and precious silver to you. For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to God. You shall make your prayer to him, and he will hear you. You shall pay your vows. You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you. Light shall shine on your ways.

When they cast down, you shall say, ‘be lifted up.’ He will save the humble person.

He will even deliver him who is not innocent. Yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

Job 22:25-30

Who or what do you consider to be valuable to you?

Usually we think of family, friends or people who have significantly helped us. Does the Lord our God even figure in our response thoughts?

This passage is particularly striking. It stands out because of the out-of-this-world promises it makes to sinful people, as we all are. When we ponder on the disposition of God, it just overtakes our minds at His mercy, and we are amazed at who He is and what He is prepared to do for us.

The Almighty God who has rescued us from certain judgment and eternal death, is, in Himself, our treasure. How He is in Himself, His eternal character and person, is what we like to think on and as we ponder His perfections, attributes and mighty deeds, it lifts us up to worship Him. We love Him because of who He is, and not just what He can do for us. God is our portion and the more we realise that, the quicker we are to draw near in His presence and lift our minds and hearts to Him. We look up continually.

As we look to God, we adjust ourselves to Him and seek His likeness in our lives. When we ask Him for power, blessing and every holy grace, He will answer our prayer and give it to us. Whatever we ask for, we receive. God does not hold back from those who continually pursue Him. This is His purposes for us.

We keep our promises to Him, obey and honour Him in everything. So then His light will be shining on our lives and His favour will remain on us and all we do.

The humble person has the power to command events. When this world would cast us down or bring what we do into disrepute, we will still say “lift it up.” God will not allow His servers to suffer loss, blame or shame. The extent of this is extraordinary. It effects not just ourselves, but everyone around us. The person who is not right with God, will be delivered because of the righteousness shown by the Christian. God blesses people and places, because the Christian is there. Where the Christian is, the Holy Spirit brings blessing to everyone around.

This is a passage that shows the closeness of a true relationship with God. The clean-ness of our hands is the measure of the holiness of our hearts. We must desire the right situation and walk closely with God, asking for big things that will show His glory and bring the petitioner closer to Him.

There is no one like the Lord and to understand that is treasure. The person who is lifted up by God, who has been forgiven by God, has been given the necessary righteousness, so they belong to God, is now become treasure to people around.

May we be like the Lord our God, where our selves are not seen, and He is magnified in all we do.

This man

“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around to listen to Jesus. So the Pharisees and scribes began to grumble: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Luke 5: 1-2

Jesus loves people who fail, and who know they fail. We are all sinners and practice wrong, because of the selfish inclination of our hearts. But those people who think they are important, above the rest of society, find it very hard to admit their fault. This drawback keeps them from seeking Jesus and seeing their need of Him.

Society always has outcasts. We like to put people down in order to lift ourselves up. We want to feel accepted by the people around us. Some want to make a name for themselves, but this is not the way of Christ. His way is the unknown path, the silent service of true love, and the sacrificial practice in a whole life.

Pharisees and jealous leaders will never find it. Only the needy, the disregarded and the people with sins and failures, can relate to the gospel of need, since that is their daily position. So many of the so-called “good” people won’t be there. It doesn’t seem fair to many, but Jesus accepts repentant sinners and brings them into His kingdom. Whatever our status, this is the way. People who live on the street, have a greater understanding of dependency on God. Whereas the wealthy person in the big house and big income, finds that concept more difficult.

The Pharisees refuse to bow the knee to Jesus. The rich turned away, because they loved their wealth and couldn’t give it up. The road to Jesus and beyond, is for everyone who comes.

We must humble ourselves. See ourselves as Jesus sees us, and recognise we have nothing to give Him. When we take the place off the outcast, then we can we truly enter into all He has stored up for us.. All the things of this life will seem so insignificant and we will grasp better truths of a spiritual life in Christ and the glory of another world. This is the place of repentance and faith. We come to this man and find Him to be our Saviour.

The look of Jesus

“He has no form nor comeliness. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn’t respect him.”

Isaiah 53: 2-3

He was just ordinary looking. If you saw Him, you wouldn’t have any idea who He is. He was not a body builder or tall, good looking or anything special about His appearance. His authority was the Holy Spirit within. He spoke the Word of God, for He is God.

We do not know how Jesus looked, nor should we imagine. The second commandment says we are not to make images, not even in our minds. It creates problems in our view of Jesus and is a hinderance to our walk of faith.

We worship Christ in spirit and truth, not through pictures. Jesus is revealed in the Word of God. He is humble and takes no outward trappings of kingship or His everlasting power. His power is from within. He is the Saviour of all those who see their need and come to Him.

In past history, people had no schools to learn how to read. So, church was full of pictures to try to help people to understand. There was no other way at that time. In recent history, we have school, in many countries and many can learn to read. We must read, because the Word is a written word. God has provided teachers that teach us to read, and this is a precious skill to practice and foster. We draw near to God as we read His precious Word.

We “see” Jesus as we read. Not as pictures, but in the understanding of faith. We see Him clearly in the Scriptures, and through the working of the Spirit of God, we know Him more and more. His character is revealed and His example of perfection and purity.

May we “see” and know Christ in the clear revelation of His Word, without social prejudice or racial slant. He made all people, and is the Lord over all.

The Code according to emoji

🙌🏼🙌🏽🙌🏻🙌🏽praise the Lord with a full heart.

💛 a heart like His.

💙 a heart that needs Him.

🔥 the fire of the Spirit within.

🌿 Spiritual life and growth.

👑 Crown Him with many crowns.

⛺️ We have here no continuing city.

🌍 go into all the world and tell them.

☎️ pray without ceasing.

🍱 Spiritual food- the Word of God.

🕊 The fruit of the Spirit.

🌊 The great wave of blessing.

🏇🏼 run the race set before you.

🏆 run so that you will win the prize.

🗡 The sword of the Spirit- the Word.

🏳️‍🌈 God’s promises.

🏁 the race is finished- time to go home.

📚 study to show yourself a child of God.

⏰ time is short- your tasks many..

🤺 fight with all your might.

🎣 fish people into God’s kingdom.

🍎 yield not to temptation.

✨ the wise will shine like stars, forever.

🍃 nothing but leaves.

🚶🏽‍♀️ walk worthy.

🍞🍷 the table of remembrance

🎹🎻🎸 sing and make music to God

🤩 watch and be ready…

👹 resist the devil and he will run away

🌳 the tree planted by the rivers of living water

⚰️ death is swallowed up in victory

🎁 every perfect gift

☄️ flee from the wrath to come

Dealing with sickness

James 4:14

“Is any sick among you? let her call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over her, anointing her with oil in the name of the Lord:

When Christians are sick we can find ourselves unable to minister to ourselves and to not be able to keep or eyes fixed on the Lord Jesus. When suffering on our bed of sickness and feeling many weaknesses, we can be unable to ask God rightly, or just not be able to focus to the words we need to say. We easily become discouraged and our minds can become negative in aspects of our lives, because of the trial we are going through. There is a remedy provided for our benefit and God instructs us and the church leaders to express this manifestation of the grace of God. The prayer of a Godly person has the blessing of God with it and healing can ensue.

“If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.”

John 15:4

The suffering saint can let it be known that they are finding the way of life difficult to walk. We can call to the church leaders to come and minister to us. This involves the meeting together, praying over the sick person for strength to recover and that the illness will be abated, in the will of God. The will of God is paramount, as it is He who decides our sicknesses and times of suffering. The are times when He requires us to prove His love through protracted periods for sickness. We pray in His name and according to His will. Solomon prays this prayer at the dedication of the temple, and it rings true for us too, as we depend entirely on the perfect will of God.

“Listen to the petitions of your servant, and of your people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: yes, hear from your dwelling place, even from heaven; and when you hear, forgive.”

2 Chronicles 6:21

The suffering Christian is then anointed with oil. This is not necessarily an anointing for healing, but a testimony of the willingness of God to bless and keep, and that He may heal, but all according to His will. As the oil was poured as a blessing on the sick person, it was the reminder that they have the oil of purification from the Holy Spirit, as one of God’s children.

“Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them..”

Mark 11:24

The anointing is in the name of The Lord, so is not valueless or ineffective. It symbolises the grace poured out for all of us by the sacrificial death of Jesus our Saviour. The poured oil must not be forgotten and the implication that we are Queens and Kings of heaven and as such, the future is certain for us, wether we live or die.

“The Almighty will be your treasure, and precious silver to you. For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to God. You shall make your prayer to him, and he will hear you. You shall pay your vows. You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you. Light shall shine on your ways.

When they cast down, you shall say, ‘be lifted up.’ He will save the humble person.

He will even deliver him who is not innocent. Yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

Job 22:25-30

God power is given to His people. The spirit resides within and those who seriously seek God will enjoy that full treasure. Those who are blessed will pray and their prayers will be answered. This should be Christian leaders, but very often, it is not. We can get defensive rather than concerned about our state before God. We justify ourselves and play down the messenger, so that we can carry on in the way we are used to. We will be no help to the suffering, and God will not be seen in what we do.

Are sisters and brothers sick? Are you encouraging them, and pouring oil on troubled lives? This is a measure of our own spirituality. God intimates that many Christians are sick and even die, due to lack of respect and solemnity at the Lord’s Table. (Communion) Our attitude to God’s ways is crucial and we obey Him with humility and contrition. We have nothing in ourselves, and must constantly readjust our attitudes to become more like Jesus our Lord. This is not easy, but we bring comfort and encouragement to each other, as we suffer in this pilgrim way.

‘You ask, and don’t receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures..’

James 4:3

Gods blessing and healing in sickness, is according to His will and our ultimate good, which we may not recognise. The Christian trusts God’s ways and enjoys His closeness and power.

His good pleasure

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:17

It is very easy to get discouraged about life in general and our service for God in particular. God does not ask us to do easy things. When we come to Him, we give Him everything, and we follow his purposes for our life until he brings us to heaven. We can find discouragement everywhere, and often the attitude of other people can make us weary, doubting and weak. We are comforted to know that God’s will always prevails. He will not allow us to finally fail, or let discouragement take a hold.

The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5

No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Our first point of help, is to bring it all to God. We can trust in Him and be sure of His love for us. But we will find ourselves doubting ourselves and wondering if God is really with us. Human help can be thin on the ground, and there may well be lack of any kind of support from the people around us in our lives. This can lead to further uncertainty and often it can be hard to go on.

This verse assures us of the purposes of God and good desires for God are given to the committed believer by God. The fact that you have the desire to serve God and make sacrifices for His sake, is a selfless desire, and in keeping with God’s purposes. As we desire to serve Him, He also gives us the resources, energy and everything we need to do the task He has given us to do.

As we work for God, and desire His ways of working, He will be glorified and He will be well pleased with our sacrifice. No one else might see it, or even acknowledge it, but He will reveal Himself to the faithful believer and the work they have done will produce good fruit.

The verse before, verse 16, calls us to…

“work our our salvation with fear and trembling”

We are called to follow God where ever He goes and where ever He leads. We are responsible for our walk with God and to keep a close relationship with Him. We must prove that we follow Him, and the times we are not able to serve as we would like, we will trust in the precious promises and wait for His time.

God will give us the desire to do whatever He wants us to do and his name will be glorified in us. This is true rest in God. His good pleasure is worked out in everything, and He will help us to pray rightly and be willing to obey His will, whatever it may be.

We don’t need to fret or get down about anything – His grace conquers all our fears.

For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times .. 2 Timothy 1:17

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