How to maintain mental health

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Bible verse and the Spirit of Prophecy insight

Philippians 4:6-8

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

The harmonious, healthy action of all the powers of body and mind results in happiness; the more elevated and refined the powers, the more pure and unalloyed the happiness. An aimless life is a living death. The mind should dwell upon themes relating to our eternal interests. This will be conducive to health of body and mind.

Ellen G. White – The Review and Herald, July 29, 1884 p.31.2

Present day application

There is a global trend of mental health decline. According to Google Trends, in 2021 the world searched for “how to maintain mental health” more than ever before. This does not come as a surprise for those who are familiar with the Holy Scriptures. Jesus Christ has foretold that, in the last days, people’s hearts will be failing them from fear. Contrary to what some people will try to make you believe, the state of the world will not get any better. It is all heading towards that great culmination of the Great Controversy between God and Satan.

Christians should have no fear of the events that will come upon this Earth, which does not mean they are immune to mental health problems. If this was so, Jesus would not need to warn us to take heed to ourselves, lest our hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day comes on us unexpectedly. It is the cares of this life that generate constant anxiety. We tend to worry about so many things and by this; we overtax our brain. The more tired the brain, the lower the level of happiness. It is a downward spiral. I do realise that sometimes it is easier to say than do. Let us admit though, with how many sorrows have we pierced our hearts as a result of our worldly lusts?

When we come to accept the fact that our true needs and wants are pretty basic in our pilgrimage, when we focus more on heavenly things instead of the things of this world, then God will recognise our needs and will provide for us according to our faith. To summarise: focus more on your blessings than on your problems. Remove yourself from the harmful environment, even if it means you will live in poverty. I am speaking from experience, since I have moved to this “wilderness”, my heart is glad and my body feels much better too!

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