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February 24, 2012

I have been very interested in mental health ever since I spent four months in a mental institution in 1969. I have discovered over the years that psychiatry is an inexact science. I have also counseled many people who are struggling with mental health issues, just as I have struggled myself.

There is a compelling story about a king going insane in Daniel 4, which is the basis of my sermon this Sunday called, “The Roots of Insanity.” In this chapter, Daniel tells the story of King Nebuchadnezzar losing his sanity and being driven from his kingdom. He had been warned by God and counseled by Daniel to humble himself, but he didn’t listen. Nebuchadnezzar had become deluded by pride. He thought the reason he was the king of the most powerful nation on earth was because he was such a great man. He was driven out of Babylon, his mind became like an animal, and his hair and nails grew long. It took seven years before he was humbled enough to turn his heart to the Lord.

I want each of us to recognize the roots of insanity so we can help others who are struggling with the unsound behavior that can destroy their lives. God does not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). God’s gifts to every believer can include deliverance from evil and good mental health.

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