The Sufficiency of God's Word and Jesus Christ
Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb. 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Heb. 4:14 ¶ Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. Heb. 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Heb. 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
Col 2:6 ¶ Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, Col. 2:7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Col. 2:8 ¶ See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Col. 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
Psychology is a failed profession.
It offers no hope for life transformation; only possible behavior modification at best - and there are no guarantees. The psychological profession will categorically tell you that any improvement upon your current condition will take years of therapy. It will be slow, painful, embarrassing, humiliating; and will leave you drained, questioning, and unfulfilled. For one hour a week (maybe more) the therapist will pretend that they really care about you, offering you little more than pat answers, claiming special abilities to look into your heart and mind, and offer you "salvation" from your problems. But here is the real kicker: they will charge you handsomely - anywhere from $75.00 to $200.00 per hour for their compassion and wisdom. And if you can't afford it or your insurance fails to pay, they will abandon your treatment more quickly than a New York audience listening to Kathy Lee Gifford sing, "You Light Up My Life" at the Apollo Theater.
On a pragmatic scale, you would be better off to watch Bill Murry's psychological comedy, "What About Bob" a few dozen times; feast on some really good Haagen Daaz Black Rasberry Chip Ice Cream, and buy a loveable dog. Pets can be very healing, ice cream very soothing, and "Bob" very humoring. All kidding aside, in reality, those things won't get to the root of any problem... will they? No. But it will save you thousands of dollars that the psychological community wants to fleece from you and in the end you will emerge more "balanced and adjusted" and without any addicting drugs or theraputic habits.
What is the Real Solution?
Here is the anser: biblical counsel from the truth of God's Word effectively, practically, wisely, and faithfully applied to the deep hurts, struggles, fears, and needs of our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Sword and The Swordsman. His Word is enough and He is enough to meet all of our needs. No wonder King David said, "Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors." (Psalm 119:24)
Listen to how the Psalmist further speaks of the complete sufficiency of God's Word:
Psa. 19:7 ¶ The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Psa. 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psa. 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. Psa. 19:10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Psa. 19:11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.Come to the Wonderful Counselor; come to His truth; come to Jesus Christ. You will not be charged a dime; and you will be changed--forever! If you have been lured into the psychological blame game and find yourself trapped in endless counseling sessions that are eating away at your life savings, I would like to invite you to trust in the One who made you; the One who keeps His eye on you; to the One who truly sees your heart and knows ever detail of your life--and still loves you. He will never leave you nor forsake you, and He will even take the most painful, sinful, tragic things that others have meant for evil in your life and He will use them for good. If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, run to no other remedy and find your contentment, rest and restoration in Him.
Through the fellowship of the saints, may other believers in the Lord faithfully walk with you, pray with you, and encourage you to trust in His Word, in Jesus, to run to God, to be filled with His Spirit in midst of your trials and brokenness.
Read the brief article below and may it encourage you today in the sufficiency of Jesus Christ, His truth and His Spirit. Find your rest, hope, healing and strength in Him.
His grace is sufficient,
by Isaac Ambrose
The wounded soul, who is seeking for comfort, should never go for advice to unregenerate men; this is not God's appointed way. Alas! such men will think you mad, for they do not know what trouble for sin means. Why, then, reveal your disease to those who are not physicians? Go to Him who heals all manner of diseases, for so does God direct you. When Paul was converted by divine grace, he did not confer with flesh and blood, but instantly obeyed God. So should you do. Does God, by His ministry, convince you of the danger of wicked ways and of your duty to come to Him for safety and comfort? Obey instantly, and consult not with flesh and blood.
What your sinful companions offer to you is not suitable for the healing of your sorrowful, sin-sick soul. What can idle companions do to quiet your conscience, forgive your sin, support your spirit, or fill you with spiritual joy? Alas! all their joys "are but the crackling of thorns under a pot;" dreams and vanity from their highest mirth. What agreement is there between carnal mirth and spiritual sorrow? No more than between light and darkness. Away with them all; depart from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all your sins.