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Real Help for Your Identity Crisis: Is it possible that you’re Jesus Christ?

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“Could it be that I am actually Jesus Christ?”  This is one of those loaded questions which many Christians will respond to with hostility and scoffing.  But we understand that for some people, this is a sincere and distressing dilemma.  If you are personally hearing voices telling you that you are Jesus, or if you can’t shake a nagging sense of conviction or some strong premonition that you are being called to relive the mission Jesus had and function as a kind of spiritual Messiah, then this post is going to give you the information you need to put this identity crisis to rest, and it will also arm you with some very helpful discernment skills for the future. Read more of this post

Dealing with Distressing Voices & Visions: Validation, Explanations & Hope for Schizophrenics

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Suppose you look down and you see a huge cockroach sitting on your abdomen.  The thing is twice as big as your foot and uglier than sin.  How are you going to respond to this situation?  You’re certainly not going to just stand there calmly.  You’re going to freak out.  You’re going to fly into whatever emergency responses feel most natural to you based on your temperament and your cultural upbringing.

Now suppose that no one else can see that big old cockroach except you.  How does this change your situation?  It doesn’t change a thing.  In the first place, you don’t realize that you’re the only one who can see the thing.  In the second place, you don’t give a darn about what other people do or don’t see because you’ve got a gargantuan cockroach crouching on your abdomen and who knows what malicious plans it’s cooking up? Getting that hideous monstrosity off of your body is going to be your number one priority, and based on the feedback your senses are receiving, it makes perfect sense to you to grab a knife and try to stab the thing to death.  Now because the cockroach isn’t really there in physical form, your knife goes right through it and you end up stabbing yourself in the gut.  But when the pain signals flood into your brain, are you going to realize what’s really happening?  No, because you’re out of your mind with panic at the moment, and you’ll mistake the pain for evidence that that huge ugly creature is starting to eat you.  So while you’re bleeding all over the place, you’re also screaming and waving that knife, and if someone else doesn’t rush to your aid and get that weapon away from you, you just might end up killing yourself. Read more of this post

Can mental illness hinder your relationship with God?

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You are not the body that you see in the mirror. That’s just your earthsuit. You are the soul inside the suit. Your soul is going to live forever. Your earthsuit is just a temporary machine which has only been designed to last a short time. Your soul is not capable of getting out of its earthsuit. God is the one who put your soul inside your suit, and He is the only One who can take you out of it. But He will take you out of it one day, and that moment of separation is what we humans call death. It is only your soul that God will be transferring on to an eternal dimension—either Heaven or Hell. It is only your soul’s response to Him that God will be judging you by, and it is only your soul that God loves. Your earthsuit is expendable. Read more of this post

Mind Wars: Defending Against Demonic Voices in Your Head

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Once we start learning how sneaky demons can be with their impersonations of our thought voice and their use of first person pronouns to entice us into owning their lies, how do we go about defending ourselves from such clever adversaries? In this post, we’ll discuss strategies that you can use against demons, and we’ll also learn how to see through the strategies they will try to use on you. There might be an intense war raging in your mind, but you certainly don’t have to surrender. Read more of this post