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Jesus the first Psychologist

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We live in a twisted , evil world. The lives of many are scarred by fear and anger. Loneliness is the constant companion of many people. The psychiatric wards of many of our large hospitals are full to overflowing. The number of anti depressants produced in our world multiplies every year. Suicide is at epidemic levels. Life is filled with hopeless despair. One could ask, "Where is it all going to end?" So many people spend a lot of hard earned money running from one psychologist or psychiatrist to another. Truly people are looking for hope and for reasons to go on living. People crave freedom from despair and hopelessness.

The Bible has much to say about implanting hope into the souls of mankind that are marked by depression and hopelessness. The Lord Jesus Christ can be described as the" World's first Psychologist." Look at some of the statements that Jesus made during His earthly ministry. For example Matthew 11;28-29 " Come To Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." The counsel of the Lord is to come unto Him and the promise is that we will find rest, and tranquility. WE come to Him and He supplies the tranquil peace of mind. The secret is in coming to Him. In John 16:33 Jesus said, " I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace in this world; you will have trouble,But take heart I have overcome the world." The Scriptures counsel us to seek the Lord with all our hearts and we will find Him. Jeremiah 29:13 says " You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." We seek the Lord we will find meaning in our lives and purposes for living.
We live in a world that is fast paced and demanding. Emptiness and hopeless despair confront us at every tern. So many of us want to know tranquility, serenity and peace. The great prophet Isaiah wrote " You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on Thee!" The source of this peace is the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah says, "You will keep in peace". It is the Lord's duty to keep His people. We can't keep ourselves. Life has a way of over whelming us, but He can keep us if we surrender to Him. He keeps us. When I read that verse I picture in my mind an old med-evil castle. It is protected by a great forest on all sides. Standing in front of the castle is a great moat which is occupied by vicious crocodiles and other killer animals. The only safe way to the castle is across the draw brigade. The Lord Jesus is the Bridge between sin and our Heavenly Father.
Isaiah goes on to say the Lord will keep us in perfect peace. It is the Lord's responsibility to keep us. As I read that verse I recall Proverbs 18: 10 , " The name of the Lord is a strong Tower, the righteous run into it and are saved." If we come to the Lord with our troubles and concerns, with our weaknesses, and our infirmities of body, mind, soul and spirit, He will come to us and touch us and heal us and give us peace. He will keep us. Saints of by gone days often testified of being "saved and kept by the grace of God!" Truly it is the grace of God that saves us and keep us.

It is the Lord's responsibility to keep us. But we ,Christ followers, also have responsibility in the matter. The Lord will keep in perfect peace those who trust in Him. Our responsibility is to trust the Lord and commit our lives to Him. The Psalmist David counsels us in Psalms 37: 5-6 " Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." Our part is to commit our way; to totally with out reservation give ourselves into the Lord's hands. We commit ourselves to the Lord and we will find Him ministering peace, and serenity and tranquility to us. Jesus is the "psychologist" that digs deep within us to set us free from the pain and trouble that destroy us. John 8:36 says, "He who the Son sets free is free indeed," O Lord come and set us free. Deliver us I pray.


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