It is very difficult to share how a ‘soul’ (mind and mood/emotion) afflicted persons could seek divine healing just as a physically afflicted person does. Being Christians, we seek healing solutions from what Jesus did and how He treated those humans with non-physical illnesses. I am led to read the book of Mark 1-6 when I asked the Lord. Here is a summary of what Jesus did. Take note that Jesus was interested in healing the sick, no matter what conditions they were in. He did not give different value judgment to any type of sickness.
- Mark 1:23-26 Jesus went into the synagogue and a demon-possessed man suddenly began shouting. Jesus cut the demon short and ordered it to come out of the demon-possessed man. The evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.
- Mark 1:29-31 Simon Peter’s mother in law was sick in bed with a high fever. Jesus went and took her by the hand and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her.
- Mark 1:32 many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and He cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who He was, He did not allow them to speak.
- Mark 1:40-44 a man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed if Jesus was willing. Moved with compassion Jesus reached out His hand and touched and healed Him by speaking, “I am willing,” “Be healed!”
- Mark 2:1-12 Jesus healed a paralyzed man by forgiving his sins. (Mark 2:4)
- Mark 3:1-5 a man with deformed hand in a synagogue was healed by Jesus who told him to hold out his hand and he obeyed.
- Mark 3:10-12 Jesus had healed many people. Evil spirits of those possessed, would throw them to the ground in front of Jesus shrieking, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus sternly commanded the spirits not to reveal who He was.
- Mark 3:14-15 Jesus appointed twelve apostles. They were to accompany Him and He would send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons.
- Mark 4:39-41 Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be stilled!” The winds and waves could hear Him and obeyed Him.
- Mark 5:1-20 Jesus restored a man to sound mind. The man was possessed by a legion of evil spirits. The symptoms displayed: he lived alone in the company of the dead. He could no longer be restrained. He had super-human strength, snapping chains and smashing shackles. He was without clothes. Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones. After Jesus ordered the evil spirits to come out, the man was restored to sound mind, sitting near Jesus, fully clothed and perfectly sane. The healed man even bagged to go with Jesus! He was perfectly healed.
- In the above case, the evil spirits-possessed man saw Jesus, ran to meet Him, and bowed low before Jesus. The legion of demons spoke through the man with a shriek. They begged Jesus not to torture them. They begged Jesus again and again not to send them to some distance place. They begged Jesus to let them enter the pigs nearby.
- Mark 5:25-34 Jesus healed a woman who had suffered for twelve years of constant bleeding. She came up behind Him through the crowd and touched His robe. Immediately the bleeding stopped. Jesus said that her faith had made her well.
- Mark 5:35-43 Jesus raised a dead girl to life by rejecting the death report (v39) and speaking to her and asking her to get up (v41).
- Mark 6:1-6 Jesus encountered unbelief from people in His own hometown. They were deeply offended and refused to believe in Him. Due to their unbelief, He couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place His hands on a few sick people and heal them.
- Mark 6:7 Jesus called His twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.
- Mark 6:12 So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. 13 And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.
Summary of revelations received:
- Jesus treated all sicknesses and all patients the same. He healed them all, regardless their conditions, physical, mental or spiritual. His healing method was the same: He spoke and they were healed and delivered. He did not differentiate or put stigma on anyone. There was only one case here (in the six chapters) which recorded Jesus mentioning the sins of one man being forgiven. The paralyzed man was immediately healed (2:4).
- The sicknesses were recorded here in two forms: physical and spiritual.
- The classifications were based on symptoms. For examples, high fever, leprosy, demon-possessed. Certain behaviors were associated with those described as demon-possessed.
- The healing outcome: the symptoms of sickness or and spirits that caused the symptoms left and the formerly sick and incapacitated persons resumed their normal (sane) function.
- In the case of the dead girl, the spirit of death left her when Jesus rejected the death report and spoke to her to get up.
- In the process of healing (restoring the mind), the afflicted persons shrieked, were thrown to the ground (in convulsion), and the demons actually talked through the persons.
- The demons (evil spirits) and even natural elements (wind and waves) acknowledged Who Jesus was, communicated with Jesus, and obeyed Him!
- Relating to the above, Mark 11:14, 20-23: Jesus spoke to a fig tree and the fig tree responded. Jesus also told the disciples that even a mountain would obey the word of faith spoken to it.
- The same power and authority Jesus had demonstrated were given to His disciples and they had used them effectively, just like Jesus did.
- The only thing that Jesus stated here in these six chapters as having blocked people from receiving His healing was unbelief. Unbelief came when the people felt offended! Beware of taking offense. Offense is a snare in its original word! (Mark 6:3)
_____________We quote below excerpt from “Demon Possession and Mental Illness” (From autumn 1997 – Demon Possession and Mental Illness): In order to answer some of these questions, we need to turn to the New Testament accounts of demonisation. Jesus clearly cast evil spirits out of many people who He met (Mt 4:24, 8:16; Mk 1:32, 4:41). However, we are told about 6 cases in some detail:
- The demon possessed Gerasene(s): Mt 8:28-34; Mk 5:2-20; Lk 8: 26-39;
- A demon possessed mute man: Mt 9:32-34; Lk 11:14-26;
- A demon possessed blind and mute man: Mt 12:22-28;
- The Canaanite or Syro-Phoenecian woman’s daughter: Mt 15:22-28; Mk 7:25-30;
- An epileptic boy: Mt 17:15 -21; Mk 9:14-2 9; Lk 9:3 8-43;
- The man in the synagogue at Capernaum: Mk 1:21-28; Lk 4:33-36
From these accounts. we may see that there is a diversity in the presentation of demon possession. The demon possessed Gerasene showed enormous strength, cried out loudly, engaged in deliberate self-harm, and immediately recognised Jesus as the Son of God. Others were mute, or blind and mute, or epileptic…It would seem, therefore, that the exercise of a spiritual gift (1 Cor 12: 10) would be likely to be more useful than the application of medical knowledge when a person is demon possessed,..Demon possession and mental illness, then, are not simply alternative diagnoses to be offered when a person presents with deliberate self harm or violent behaviour, although they may need to be distinguished in such circumstances, whether by spiritual discernment or the application of basic psychiatric knowledge…However, spiritual discernment is of at least equal, if not greater, importance in such matters. (http://www.cmf.org.uk/publications/content.asp?context=article&id=619)