Pastor Todd Poe continued in our I’ve Been Thinking series, tying mental health to spiritual maturity and recognizing we are a sum total of our emotional, social, physical, mental, and spiritual components. When one aspect of ourselves is unhealthy, the whole suffers. To bring healing, each part of our makeup needs to be addressed. If we are struggling emotionally, we need to examine what we’re eating, how we’re sleeping, our relationships with others, etc. God is active in all parts of our lives. He knows us, what makes us unhealthy, what harms us, what habits and hang ups we struggle with. In other words, he knows we have issues, and he knows what they are. He doesn’t love us in spite of our issues, he loves us in the midst of them.
Renewing άνακαινώσει (anakainōsei): renewing; a renewal or change of heart and life. From anakainoo: renovation
Mind noús–For the believer, noús is the organ of receiving God’s thoughts, through faith.
Key to Symptoms of Mental Health/Spiritual Maturity
1. Insight • An accurate perspective of reality • Awareness of strength/weakness
2. Teachable • Open to feedback • Rooted in humility
3. Engaged in relational connections • With individuals/community • With God