June 16th, 2018
In His Right Mind
Luke 8:35-36 (KJB) Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.
The people living in this area were well acquainted with this man who was mentally ill. This man had repeatedly acted in a manner that was far removed from the action of others who were in their right mind. Throughout the ages, there have always been people who have been mentally challenged in some way from birth, injury, illness, or stemming from an idiopathic, or unknown reason.
The healing of this man was certainly a miracle, a working of the supernatural power of God. This was a man whose actions and attitude was naturally operating inside the realm of darkness and held by the power of demons.
Mental illness is nothing new in today’s world. However, the outlook and rehabilitation of mentally ill individuals have been altered to fit the common confidences derived by men. It should be no surprise to anyone that most palatable methods of reaching the mentally ill have little or nothing to do with their spiritual heart condition or the presence and power of God. Rather it has all to do with ideas and reasonings of man along with a push for the use of medical concoctions contrived or grown in this world.
In biblical times a person who was ill in this kind of mental manner, like this man mentioned in scripture, he was first brought in front of a priest. Or, as in this case, was brought before Jesus for prayer and the working of spiritual healing. Today the needs of mentally ill patients like this man are often addressed medically. People are hospitalized, institutionalized, and treated with a lifetime of strong medicine in hopes of repairing or stabilizing their minds.
This ancient man presented in these verses immediately went from unstable, uncontrollable, and in need of care to being instantly and divinely relieved of his mental illness through the power and presence of God. He sat clothed and in his right mind. These truths alone should bring into question the viability of modern treatments used in these kinds of illnesses rather than implementing the supernatural power of God.
The supernatural power of healing of God has been proven over and over again to be greater than any illness or sickness at work mentally or physically in mankind, according to the will and way of God, yet these kinds of spiritual options are not often applied to mental illnesses in this world today.
There is no illness; whether it be physical or spiritual in nature, which cannot be relieved by the power and presence of God. Perhaps more mentally ill people would be successfully healed and found to be in their right mind by purposely calling on the power and presence of God rather than implementing the philosophy and pharmaceutical concoctions manufactured by mankind for an attempt at healing struggling minds and bodies.