Taste and See
Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Mental Health Benefits
When it comes to reading, comprehending, applying the scripture, it never occurred to me the impact it would have on my mental stability. Many read the bible because we feel it pleases GOD or puts us in good standings with the LORD. The truth is GOD gave us His book so we can have a journey that allows us to have peace of mind, confidence and trust in Him and receive the love He has for us. The bible is meant to transform our life for the better, removing guilt, shame and fear. Guilt, shame, and fear are the root foundation that causes some of us to have unstable minds, plagued with depression and worry.
A recent study, Barna revealed that 6 out of 10 adults who read the Bible said that it has transformed their life.
Barna Group defines a “Bible User” as an “individual who reads, listens to or prays with the Bible on their own at least 3-4 times a year, outside of a church service or church event. 61% of the “Bible users” said that each time they read scripture they realize their need for God. 50% of these people said that reading the Bible increases their desire to know God.
Mental Health Research
According to Mayo Clinical Proceedings, a majority of the nearly 350 studies of physical health and 850 studies of mental health that have used religious and spiritual variables have found that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes.
Our religion and spirituality can greatly impact our mental and physical health. As believers in Christ, the word of GOD aligns us with the Will of GOD for our lives. It is documented that the words associated with the bible give the rooted Christian connectedness, hope, optimism, trust and purpose which boost our mental health. Other powerful words and value systems of the bible such as compassion, forgiveness and gratefulness help empower us mentally. These words help greatly decreased stress and increased resiliency.
Mental Health Stability
When we as Christians truly see GOD as a higher power in control of our destiny it will drive us to seek, read and hear His Word daily, this is when revelations become natural and daily additives in us. Faith does not come by going to church on Sundays but by daily working and walking the word of GOD. Research shows that most who use their religion as a daily tool has a strong internal sense of control. According to Dr. Harold Koenig of Duke University contends that as people pray, and ask God for guidance, they feel a sense of control over their situation and emotions, helping them cope with depression and anxiety. As Christian we must put great emphasis on reading the bible for understanding and direction.
- The Word of God Creates and Sustains Life – (John 10:10) – Our roadmap to a better life. A life in which we do not live in anxiety. Knowing we are not alone.
- The Word of GOD leads us to freedom – (John 8:32) – Gives us the assurance that GOD is rooting for us. He desires the best for us. Removing confusion and fret. Living GOD Will for us that takes us from glory to glory.
- The Word helps shape a positive attitude – (Romans 12:2) – Though obstacles may be all around us, knowing that GOD has given victory to those that trust in Him.
- The Word helps us take control of our Feelings and Emotions. – (Proverbs 16:32) – Removing an emotional rollercoaster. The Word of the LORD is no respecter of person, He delights in giving His sons and daughters good gifts.
- The Word permits us to take time out – (Psalm 91:1-2) – The LORD expects us to slow down and smell the roses, after all He made those things for us to enjoy.
- The Word helps us confront our fears – (Isaiah 41:13) –The bible gives many examples of people who overcame their fears and gained abundantly in life.
- The Word helps us avoid dangerous addictions – (Hebrews 4:12) – His word cautions us to the false and temporary things of this earth that eventually will cause us harm.
- The Word of GOD is a support system that has you in mind – (Exodus 15:2) – His word reminds us that He will never leave or forsake those that have a heart for Him. He made everything for His good pleasure
- The Word nourishes and grows your character – (Romans 5:4-6) – Instructs us how to manifest the word in our life. Going from pieces to Peace. Building endurance to victory
- The word encourages you to see the big picture – (1 Peter 5:10) – Change our perspective to be more Christ-like.
We can now see that the bible is so much more than a good read, but leads us into positive character, peace of mind and a freed identity. See the bible as a book of process, progress, and prosperity. Begin to understand and apply the scriptures to daily living experience elevation. This definitely worked for me taking me from a place of insecurity to a place of not fearing to dream big.