God Changes People

Mental Illness is Not About the Label

We naturally want to classify and label the experience through which we walk. Medical and psychological diagnoses can be helpful, but what happens when no concrete diagnosis or provable condition is available to us? In this video, Steve Viars, pastor and biblical counselor at Faith Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries, talks about the sufficiency of Scripture and the power of God to work in our lives and bring about change.

God is powerful enough to change individuals and bring them to know Christ, no matter what they are walking through or what label the world does or does not offer them for their struggle.

Have you ever experienced the confusion of not having a concrete diagnosis for your struggle? Has someone close to you experienced this? Reflect on that time. What was that like?
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Steve talked about removing labels and looking at the characteristics of certain behaviors. How can you begin to reframe symptoms and see what is going on through a biblical framework? What does God’s Word have to say about these behaviors and symptoms?
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How might you apply the gospel this week to your or somebody else’s area of struggle with mental illness? How can the gospel give you hope?
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Our powerful God helps strugglers know Jesus and brings about deep transformation in their lives. May we trust His character and seek His help when walking through mental illness. 

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