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NORMAL DIFFICULTY OR EMOTIONAL ILLNESS?

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2 Corinthians 10:1-18

               1 By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you -- I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

              

02142 zakar {zaw-kar'} THINK a primitive root; TWOT - 551; v AV - remember 172, mention 21, remembrance 10, recorder 9, mindful 6, think 3, bring to remembrance 2, record 2, misc 8; 233

1) to remember, recall, call to mind

   1a) (Qal) to remember, recall

   1b) (Niphal) to be brought to remembrance, be remembered, be thought of, be brought to mind

   1c) (Hiphil)

       1c1) to cause to remember, remind

       1c2) to cause to be remembered, keep in remembrance

       1c3) to mention

       1c4) to record

       1c5) to make a memorial, make remembrance

47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.

Luke 9:47 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, (KJV)

MIND Genesis 23:8-9 8 And he communed <01696> with them, saying <0559>, If it be <03426> your mind <05315> that I should bury <06912> my dead <04191> out of my sight <06440>; hear <08085> me, and intreat <06293> for me to Ephron <06085> the son <01121> of Zohar <06714>, 9 That he may give <05414> me the cave <04631> of Machpelah <04375>, which he hath, which is in the end <07097> of his field <07704>; for as much <04392> money <03701> as it is worth <04392> he shall give it <05414> me for a possession <0272> of a buryingplace <06913> amongst you <08432>. (KJV)

MIND Deuteronomy 18:6 6 And if a Levite <03881> come <0935> from any <0259> of thy gates <08179> out of all Israel <03478>, where he sojourned <01481>, and come <0935> with all the desire <0185> of his mind <05315> unto the place <04725> which the LORD <03068> shall choose <0977>; (KJV)

MIND 1 Samuel 2:35 35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his house, and he will minister before my anointed one always. (NIV)

MIND 1 Samuel 2:35 35 And I will raise me up <06965> a faithful <0539> priest <03548>, that shall do <06213> according to that which is in mine heart <03824> and in my mind <05315>: and I will build <01129> him a sure <0539> house <01004>; and he shall walk <01980> before <06440> mine anointed <04899> for ever <03117>. (KJV)

MIND  92 TIMES   Hosea 4:8  05315 nephesh {neh'-fesh}

from 05314; TWOT - 1395a; n f

AV - soul 475, life 117, person 29, mind 15, heart 15, creature 9,

     body 8, himself 8, yourselves 6, dead 5, will 4, desire 4, man 3,

     themselves 3, any 3, appetite 2, misc 45; 751

1) soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being,

   desire, emotion, passion

   1a) that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the

       inner being of man

   1b) living being

   1c) living being (with life in the blood)

   1d) the man himself, self, person or individual

   1e) seat of the appetites

   1f) seat of emotions and passions

   1g) activity of mind

       1g1) dubious

   1h) activity of the will

       1h1) dubious

   1i) activity of the character

       1i1) dubious

03820 leb {labe}

a form of 03824; TWOT - 1071a; n m

AV - heart 508, mind 12, midst 11, understanding 10, hearted 7,

     wisdom 6, comfortably 4, well 4, considered 2, friendly 2,

     kindly 2, stouthearted + 047 2, care + 07760 2, misc 20; ; 592

1) inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding

   1a) inner part, midst

       1a1) midst (of things)

       1a2) heart (of man)

       1a3) soul, heart (of man)

       1a4) mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory

       1a5) inclination, resolution, determination (of will)

       1a6) conscience

       1a7) heart (of moral character)

       1a8) as seat of appetites

       1a9) as seat of emotions and passions

       1a10) as seat of courage

HEART  762 TIMES; 

03820 leb {labe}

a form of 03824; TWOT - 1071a; n m

AV - heart 508, mind 12, midst 11, understanding 10, hearted 7,

     wisdom 6, comfortably 4, well 4, considered 2, friendly 2,

     kindly 2, stouthearted + 047 2, care + 07760 2, misc 20; ; 592

1) inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding

   1a) inner part, midst

       1a1) midst (of things)

       1a2) heart (of man)

       1a3) soul, heart (of man)

       1a4) mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory

       1a5) inclination, resolution, determination (of will)

       1a6) conscience

       1a7) heart (of moral character)

       1a8) as seat of appetites

       1a9) as seat of emotions and passions

       1a10) as seat of courage

2588 kardia {kar-dee'-ah} HEART 762 TIMES NT

prolonged from a primary kar (Latin, cor, "heart"); TDNT - 3:605,415; n f

AV - heart 159, broken hearted + 4937 1; 160

1) the heart

   1a) that organ in the animal body which is the centre of the

       circulation of the blood, and hence was regarded as the seat

       of physical life

   1b) denotes the centre of all physical and spiritual life

       2a) the vigour and sense of physical life

       2b) the centre and seat of spiritual life

           2b1) the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the

                thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections,

                purposes, endeavours

           2b2) of the understanding, the faculty and seat of the

                intelligence

           2b3) of the will and character

           2b4) of the soul so far as it is affected and stirred in a

                bad way or good, or of the soul as the seat of the

                sensibilities, affections, emotions, desires,

                appetites, passions

   1c) of the middle or central or inmost part of anything, even

       though inanimate         

 

2353   Genesis 6:5

               5 The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. (NIV)

2353   Romans 8:6 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (NIV)

2353   1 Corinthians 2:16 16  "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. (NIV)

2353   Philippians 2:5

               5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: (NIV)


Philippians 3:4 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

               If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: (NIV)


NT HEART 2588 Romans 10:6 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, `Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) (NIV)

NT HEART 2588 Philippians 1:7-8

               7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. (NIV)

 

NT HEART 2588 Hebrews 4:12

               12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)


OT HEART  03824  2 Chronicles 11:16

16 Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD, the God of their fathers. (NIV)

OT HEART  03824  Nehemiah 9:8 8 You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites. You have kept your promise because you are righteous. (NIV)

 

OT HEART  03824 Psalm 57:7 7  My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. (NIV)

 

OT HEART  03824  Jeremiah 24:7 7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. (NIV)

 

NT HEART 2588  Luke 8:15 15 But <1161> that on <1722> the good <2570> ground <1093> are <1526> they <3778>, which <3748> in <1722> an honest <2570> and <2532> good <18> heart <2588>, having heard <191> the word <3056>, keep <2722> it, and <2532> bring forth fruit <2592> with <1722> patience <5281>. (KJV)

Like an occasional cold, headache or upset stomach, simple minor emotional disturbances are a part of life for everyone. It is fairly common for a person to be quite upset over some petty annoyance or worried about some insignificant trifle; or feel tense or "down in the dumps" about "nothing at all." Reactions of this kind come, last awhile and then disappear.

But there are disturbances which don't go away, which linger on for days or even weeks, become deep and intense, and affect one's overall behavior, feelings and thoughts. When a condition reaches that stage, it is no longer just an upset or disturbance, but an actual mental or emotional illness.

This kind of disorder has definite causes, upsets the system, and makes it behave abnormally. It should be regarded with the same attitude as we regard a physical illness.

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Most troubled people‑‑people with mental problems‑‑don't start out that way. Each one of us is born with the capacity to be gentle, friendly, loving, and kind. We also have in us the capacity to be fearful, suspicious, angry, destructive, and cruel.

Emotional difficulties develop as a result of early experiences which distort the normal emotional responses, and set up inappropriate and ineffective ways of dealing with life situations. Negative emotions develop in response to life experiences, especially those of early childhood. A mental or emotional illness may be rooted in:

1.A long and wearing siege of trouble, sickness, tragedy or hard luck. This can condition a person to be on a constant alert for trouble, trigger‑ready to run or fight, and always expecting the worse.

2.A constant air of doom and gloom in the home. If a child is surrounded by an air of fretting and complaint, s/he may grow up feeling that the world is basically hostile and no one is to be trusted. These negative, self‑defeating, pessimistic, attitudes will carry into adulthood.

 3.Neglect or rejection in childhood. A child who is ignored or disliked may tend to feel that he lacks the qualities to make him lovable and acceptable. The self‑deprecating child becomes an adult full of insecurity, self‑doubt and fear, lacking confidence and expecting to be hurt, ignored and rebuffed.

4.Constant scolding and criticism. This may give the child an exaggerated feeling of guilt and a feeling he's inferior, worthless and essentially bad. He is conditioned to expect that everyone will find fault with him and punish him.


The negative emotions which grow out of such experiences may serve the purpose of self‑preservation. Confronted by a tense or challenging situation, the person either yields to fear and escapes, or else turns on the source of danger and tries to destroy or overcome it. If the person is made to feel continually defensive or hostile, this kind of response becomes a fixed pattern of behavior, even when no real threat is present.

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