Series 4 – The Psychology of Jesus

The Half Truths my Heart Still Believes about God

Posted by on March 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

The following is list of common half-truths and outright lies our heart may still hang onto about our Creator.

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My Heart Still Believes this:

Emotions:

   1.    “I am all alone and no one can / will help.”     “I have been overlooked, not needed and no one cares.  There is no one to protect me.  I cannot trust anyone.  No one rescued or saved me.  Maybe God has forsaken me too.”

Abandoned, alone unprotected and devastated, lost, not trusted.

 

   2.    “I am an idiot, stupid because I should have done something to stop it.”  I should have known better, but I kept going back.  It was my fault.  I did not try hard enough to stop them.”    “I caused it by my ….  sex/looks/etc.”

Shame, guilt blame, numb, flawed, broken, useless.

 

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The Nine Family Groups of Emotions

Posted by on February 4, 2013privacy at 6:12 aminternational

For the purposes of our Hearing God series on the Psychology of Jesus, I have combined a list of our emotions – both pleasant and unpleasant – as a way of seeing the complexity of human personality.  Many of these family groups are inter-related; emotions can be found in other ‘cousin’ family groups.  Most of these emotions will also have progressive ‘intensity levels’: irate, annoyed, angry to enraged.

1. The Family of Anxiety – This group is marked by apprehension, dread, worry, panic, obsessions and phobias.  Most anxiety is rooted in past psychological damage.  The challenge is to bring the damage to God for healing.  Denial, unbelief and low self worth are the common barriers for this to happen. 

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4/4 Begin Your Personal Journey through Inner Healing

Posted by on January 26, 2013help at 1:12 am
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A. INTRODUCTION 

In our last post on Hearing God, we have been discussing the Psychology of Jesus and we explored the basics of ‘Inner Healing’.  In a nutshell, the process allows Jesus to heal the pain we have locked away in our ‘unconscious’ or our heart.  My examples were of the wasp’s nest, of Gail’s terror over the scratched car and Marty’s journey to release his emotions after he saw his traumatic event.

Today we will expand this topic by adding the concept of ‘heart healing’.  When Sigmund Freud talked about the unconscious and subconscious part of our personality, I believe he was talking about what the Bible calls ‘the heart’.  We continue now with the actual journey in our next post (4/5) on how to get the healing that we need to begin to grow in a healthy direction again.

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4/3. Jesus is the Great Healing

Posted by on December 16, 2011 at 2:49 am

In our first two posts, we discussed some of the Christian Foundation teachings in The Psychology of Jesus.  We saw how only Jesus introduced Creator God, Jehovah as ‘Abba Father’.  Many people claim to have pathways to God but only Jesus invited us to know God as Father.

Being born in the image of Adam and Eve has guaranteed that we all experience pain on our earthly journey; it is unavoidable.  …..but then, how do we handle this pain when it comes?  Do we continue to use ungodly coping methods or do we find His principles, which lead us to growth?  We want the second option, but how do we get there?

4/2 The Sermon on the Mount – the Seven Beautitudes of Jesus

Posted by on October 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

As we continue with our series on The Psychology of Jesus, we have added a paraphrase of what Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 5 called “The Sermon on the Mount” or ‘the Beatitudes’.  These are seven basic statements about the Psychology of Jesus and His message to the people around Him and to us today.  Read through each verse and comment carefully as those who have ears to ear, let them listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you today:

      1.  Help is promised to those who seek release from the afflictions of life: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

4/1 The Psychology of Jesus & the Problems of our World

Posted by on December 9, 2011 at 2:12 amconditions

A.  WELCOME TO THE PSYCHOLOGY OF JESUS

Multitudes of books have been written on the subject of Christian Foundations and on Psychology, all aiming to explain how and why humans think, feel and behave as we do.  However, the most perfect and concise summary on optimum mental health was set out almost 2,000 years ago in the teachings of Jesus Christ, especially the principles found in “The Sermon on the Mount”.

In this series, we have aimed to set out the foundational views of the Psychology of Jesus.  In our first posts, we will examine Jesus’ view of our personality structure, our instincts and needs.  We will also look at His view of our mental processes, our emotions and resulting behaviour.  Also, Jesus clearly taught that to be truly free, we need to clean out our hearts.

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