Submission to God: How it Relates to Mental Health

September 7, 2018 by Amy Holley

I grew up with many of the same dreams as a lot of little girls in America. I have often pictured myself “marrying the prince,” having children’ and a successful career such as a dentist, lawyer, nurse, or police officer. Throughout the years, I have changed those many times and even gained new dreams.

Three years ago, I left the small-town life to pursue a new one in the DFW area. In that short amount of time, God has consistently pursued me as His daughter, to mold and shape me to be like Him and follow in the direction that He is leading me.

I have been finding lately that those things I once dreamed, may not be exactly what God has called me to; at least the way I have always envisioned it. He has been convicting me lately that my first priority as His daughter is to submit to Him. To listen and hear Him through His Word, and be receptive of it.

Our society has come to believe that submission is a sign of a weakness representing a person with no mind to think on their own. I have found through growing in my relationship with Christ brings us the purest and rawest form of His power in our lives to bring victory.

The Christian worship band Hill song sings a song called “Hosanna” in which they write these lyrics:

Heal my heart and make it clean

Open up my eyes to the things unseen

Show me how to love

Like You have loved me

Break my heart for what breaks Yours

Everything I am

For Your Kingdom’s cause

As I walk from earth into eternity

I have been convicted by God that when I fully submit to Christ my Savior, it will make my heart clean, and show me what He sees.

Being submissive to Christ means not only hearing, but also obeying His teaching. I have been reminded that in my willingness to submit to Christ, I have freedom from sin’s grip on me. I have Christ’s power in me to choose not to sin. In regards to mental health, submission to Christ can break some of the chains that I have. According to neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf, 75-98% of mental illnesses come from our thought life. By submitting to Christ, I have the power to transform my thoughts to be like His!

When I am open to learn to love like Christ, it does not mean only towards others. If Christ is teaching me to love like Him, I will learn to see myself as God who created me sees me. I am His! A Chosen Daughter of the High Priest. I am LOVED and BEAUTIFUL. I have a meaning and purpose for this life and His Kingdom. And above all, His grace is flowing freely through me regardless of what I do. I cannot lose God as my Father and friend. And I cannot lose the love that He has for me. That is submission in the purest and rawest form.


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