I wish I could say that accepting Jesus as your Savior automatically makes you feel overflowing peace and joy, but it doesn't necessarily. Lots of people remain anxious or distressed even after they accept Christ.
I believe that in some cases, the missing link is "truth." If the statement was, "Know Jesus, know TRUTH, know peace," I would like it even more.
"But Doc, I read the Bible. I already know truth and I still feel depressed." Some people can recite Scripture verbatim but they still feel angry, anxious, or inadequate, deep down.
The reason for this discrepancy is what some people call "barriers." When people have these barriers, they may not be able to process the information in Scripture the way God intended, even after reading it a thousand times. It's like the truth is right in front of them but they don't see it and can't receive it.
In my book, Radical Well-being, I talk about the three most harmful barriers that i have identified among my pain management patients and in myself and my friends and family. I also talk about how to overcome those barriers that can block you from receiving the healing truth of Scripture.
In case you haven't already read mu book, I'll tell you those three categories of barriers right now. They are (1) lies (especially lies about your identity) that you internalized in the past; (2) sins that you haven't confessed or accepted forgives for; and (3) refusal to extend forgiveness to those who hurt you.
If you're wondering what's wrong with you---why you don't feel the way "a Christian should feel"--consider reading my book, Radical Well-being, to find your answers. In fact, if you're a book reviewer and want a
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Blessings from Dr. Rita!