Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Christ Centered Meditation

Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia
A Mindful Perspective or Coming Back to Christ

A new form of treatment for depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain is growing in support and validity in the scientific community. What is being called Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT after only 8 weeks is showing significant improvement in these conditions and reducing the risk of relapse - and it is all without drugs. MBCT is the fancy scientific term for what the layman calls meditation.
A Johns Hopkins University research review of 47 clinical trials performed through June 2013 among 3,515 participants that involved meditation and various mental and physical health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, substance use, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and chronic pain, demonstrated very positive results far beyond what could be classified as a placebo effect.

“A lot of people have this idea that meditation means sitting down and doing nothing,” Dr. Goyal says. “But that's not true. Meditation is an active training of the mind to increase awareness, and different meditation programs approach this in different ways.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, finds that mindfulness meditation may rival antidepressants in easing the symptoms of depression. Mindfulness meditation may not cure all, the research found, but when it comes to the treatment of depression, anxiety, and pain, the practice may be just as effective as medication.

My understanding is that the purpose of the process or practice of meditation is not to think of nothing, nor is it to think of one thing. Rather, as we sit, or lie down to meditate, we are to call our attention or focus back to the anchor we have chosen. One common anchor is the breath. We simply observe our breathing as we inhale and exhale. When the mind wanders, we gently shift our attention back to the rise and fall of our breathing. Some may choose a word, such as OM. By thinking, humming or chanting this OOOOMMMM, it can become the anchor with which to return when the mind goes elsewhere.

We know that this process of calling the mind back when you notice it has wandered or become distracted is what quiets the mind and reshapes the neuronal pathways in the brain. Scientific research has demonstrated that those who suffer from depression, anxiety, insomnia or chronic pain have a thickening in the area of the brain called the amygdala as observed with an MRI. After 8-weeks of meditation practice, participants not only reported improvement in symptoms but MRI follow-up demonstrated changes or a thinning in the amygdala region. It is thought that the thickness of the amygdala has a correlation with the persistence (like a positive feedback loop) of feelings of depression, anxiety, insomnia and even pain.

The study of neuroplasticity teaches us that changes in the brain can be dynamic and we are not stuck with how the brain may be or how it has developed.

Additionally, the new field of Epigenetic teaches us that a mere 5% of our DNA is being expressed at any time and we are not limited with the current expression of our DNA. As your environment shifts and changes, your DNA can adapt changing your brain and physiology to make the appropriate modifications. All of this simply means, we can change our brain, we can change our physiology.

During meditation, as your mind wanders or you become distracted, you may choose to employ another tool called Mental Noting. This is done by naming the distraction that comes to the mind. A general term such as this is a “thought”, “emotion”, “sensation”, or “urge” . You may choose to be more descriptive such as that is a “fear” or dog barking or foot itching. Mental noting gives the thinking mind something to acknowledge by naming it, which makes it easier to pull away and come back to your chosen anchor, rather than leaving the mind to its own devices (for example: escalating worrying).

Learning to control your mind by gently bringing it back is what is meant by mindfulness.
Developing a lifestyle of mindfulness or bringing back your attention can be practiced during all activities of life - at church, a boring lecture, etc. As we train our minds through a mindfulness meditation practice, we achieve better focus and concentration as well as calmness and peace.

Coming Back to Christ
Over the years that I have tried to learn to meditate, I have never found a practice that really resonated with me deeply enough that I have continued with the practice. I went through Deepak Chopra’s 6-day meditation workshop (20 years ago) as well as read books and to be very honest, it was often so immersed in Ayurveda (the traditional health care practice of India) and the religions of India that as a Christian, I somehow felt that I wasn’t being true in my devotion to Christ.

Recently, I have renewed my pursuit of meditation, however with a focus on Jesus the Christ. What I have discovered is called Christ-Centered Meditation. The task is to reflect upon Jesus Christ. Some may choose a particular verse of scripture, others may reflect on his name repeating it as they would the OM sound. Personally, what I am doing is using a document entitled, “The Living Christ”, which is a written witness or testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.

For me, I needed an anchor that held greater meaning and purpose in my life. As mindfulness or meditation is the spiritual practice of many throughout the world, for me, it is vital that this avenue of spiritual practice reflect my personal and religious beliefs.

This is how I do it. Again, this is just me, Kyle, and I am not suggesting that this is THE WAY you or anyone else should meditate or engage in your spiritual practice. As you engage in a serious practice of this you will discover what works best for you.

I set aside 30 to 40 minutes (with the intention that I want to meditate for at least 20). For me, it’s early in the morning before the craziness of the day begins. I will choose a phrase or sentence from The Living Christ to begin with, such as “He went about doing good, yet was despised for it” or “He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead.” I will repeat in my mind the phrase and visualize it. Soon, usually very soon, my mind wanders - “what’s the dog barking at” - then gently, without any judgment (like, Come on! Kyle focus! - can’t you stay focused for even 30 seconds!), I pull my mind back to my phrase and focus of Christ. I let my imagination take me to the life of Christ - I imagine Him healing the sick, teaching the people, and walking the dusty roads. Then I discover, I am thinking of the itch on my left foot. As soon as I realize I’m no longer with Christ, I gently come back repeating a phrase. Sometimes, I will read a paragraph or two. Sometimes I will repeat a phrase again and again, memorizing it.

I am accomplishing at least two objectives during this practice. Number One, as I continually return my focus to my anchor (Christ), I am retraining my brain so that it enjoys the full benefits of a meditation practice as documented in the scientific literature. As a result, I find a greater sense of calm and focus in my life.

Number Two, I am developing the spiritual practice of drawing closer to God and Christ. I believe that one of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to testify of truth. This means that when a truth is expressed, I will feel a measure of spiritual confirmation of that truth to the degree of it’s importance in my life. For example, if I say “my shoes are brown”, I may feel a subtle impression that says - “well, sure, that’s true”. However, when I say, “Christ will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords.” - I feel the spirit say “YES! That is True!” The resulting benefit is that my faith is strengthened and I feel a greater connection to Christ.

Many who have enjoyed the practice of meditation have reported an experience that is referred to as “the gap” between the thoughts. As the mind fluctuates between the anchor (Christ) and the distracted thought (the dog), occasionally, you can experience a sensation where you are neither thinking or aware of either thought. This is said to be the space or gap between the thoughts. This is often where we experience profound calm or joy or feel at one with God or mankind. It is said that miracles occur in the gap between your thoughts. I know this all sounds metaphysical, but there is truth here. Particularly if you understand that one of the purposes of Christianity is transformation. As Paul put it, to become a new creature in Christ. Or to be renewed, born again or experience a mighty change. During meditation, you can receive deeply spiritual experiences of peace, comfort and answers.

My experience is that the practice of mindfulness (meditation) has more for us than simply pulling us out of chronic depression, anxiety or insomnia. It can become a vital part of our spiritual growth and development.

It can easily be practiced without tools, money or advisors. For example, when I struggle with insomnia, I have decided, as I lie awake, it is time to pray. It’s time to meditate. Heck, I’m not doing anything else anyways. So lying in bed, I gently (without judgment) call my distracted or racing mind back to my anchor - Jesus. When it comes to prayer, it has been said that we have one mouth and two ears. Use them accordingly. In other words, we need to listen twice as much as we vocalize our prayers. Mindful meditation can help us to listen as we call back the mind to our anchor.

Many studies have shown that this type of daily practice is just as effective as pharmaceutical drugs, but without the side effects (which for some are worse than the condition the drugs are taken for).
 8-Weeks Practice
So, if you are up for a challenge and an adventure, commit yourself to an 8-week experiment in mindfulness. Dig around and do some research on your own, but get started. You’ve got nothing to lose and peace to gain. As you experience the positive benefits, you just may want to incorporate this mindfulness meditation as part of your lifelong spiritual practice.

Here's another permutation of the concept. Many have reported angst, exasperation and anxiety with even the thought of having to set aside 20 minutes to do anything.  Here’s something that may help.

You don't need to necessarily spend a set amount of time. 2 Minutes. If all you have is 2 minutes - Come Back to Christ for two minutes - understand that your mind will wander 8 times during this two minutes - but the goal and the concept is coming back to Christ - NOT staying focused. Each time you become aware that your mind has wandered off - you bring it back to Christ.  It is the "becoming aware that you've gotten distracted AND coming back" that re-trains (actually entrains - the synchronization of the mind to an external rhythm - in our case Christ) the mind.

Want to super charge the experience?  Take Notes.  I promise you, God will not be offended if you bring a note pad and pencil to meditation or prayer.  Understand that the purpose of all of this - Meditation & Prayer - is to commune with God. Many times have I been given an insight, understanding, directive or revelation and said to myself - "I need to remember that" - and then of course, I forget.  Well take notes.  When I meditate or pray with the question "What Should I do?" answers come (you know for sure the Holy Spirit is speaking to you, when you begin to make excuses or rationalize why you don't want to or can't do what you are being told").  Anyways - take notes, write down your impressions. And yes - that still counts as your meditation and prayer experience. Don’t get caught up in with the clock.

Are you brave enough, Bold enough to try this for 2 minutes?  Two minutes is all it takes to get started and get a taste of this form of communion with God, Christ and the Holy Spirit.


Dr. Kyle Christensen                                                                                                                          2016

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Remedy Workshop Description & Prices

As follows are a brief description and prices for our Remedies in our Herbal Remedy Workshops. 
 Adrenal Recovery  
 Designed to assists with strengthening, building and healing fatigued and weakened adrenal glands. For those experiencing fatigue and chronic exhaustion. Includes a supplementary healing guide.
Cost: $105 makes 2 quarts

Anti-Parasite Formula
This formula is safe and very effective. Parasites are far more common than we would like to think. 
Use for 3 to 4 weeks to destroy and eliminate harmful intestinal parasites.
Cost: $90 - 1/2 gallon 

Anti-Plague Formula  
Based on Dr. Christopher's original formula (before it was changed). Use for a general immune stimulant and builder. Also cleanses, detoxifies and is anti-parasitic. In our Remedies Class we make the 1.5 gallon recipe.
Cost: $185 for 1.5 gallon recipe

   Brain Circulation - Memory Formula
A great aid for mental fogginess, poor memory, stroke recovery or for an afternoon mental pick-me-up. The herbs in this formula promote more blood and oxygen circulation to the brain. The primary herb in this formula, Ginko, is prescribed by more doctors in Germany and France than any pharmaceutical drug
Cost: $80 for ½ gallon

Depression Recovery
 A proven formula of herbs to assists with the recovery of mild to moderate depression (not full blown psychosis).  Includes a supplementary healing guide.
Cost: $85 makes 2 quarts 

Essiac Tea
This is the classic formula that has been used successfully for those treating a myraid of health conditions. Powerful enough for it's classic use of treating cancers, but gentle enough that it is our number one remedy for teenage acne. A great liver builder and detoxifier.
Cost: $60 - enough to make 10 gallons of tea. Standard dose is ¼ cup of tea per day.

Fallout Formula 
This formula was designed for the treatment of exposure to toxins, poisons and radiation exposure. This will not prevent radiation, toxins or poisons from entering your body, but may assist in the elimination of toxins or the harmful effects of a variety of undesirable exposures. See Dr. Christensen's Article on Fallout Preparations - A More Natural Approach for further information.
Cost: $100 for ½ gallon

Female Tonic
This hormone balancing in women relieves PMS and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, bloating, anxiety, depression, vaginal dryness, uterine fibroids, abnormal pap smears, abnormal or painful menstrual periods.
Cost: $90- 1/2 gallon 

Fire & Ice Ointment 
Rub directly into the muscle or joints that suffer from pain or injury. Use for Sprains, Strains, Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, and general aches. Thicken with beeswax for an ointment or leave as an oil. This is a very potent and powerful formula.
Cost: $120 for just under 3 quarts

Garden Tonic
This universal remedy is a must for your next cold, flu or sniffle.  You will be absolutely amazed at how powerful this formula is in attacking that actual problem and not just covering up your symptoms.  Take it straight, in juice or V8, put a squirt in your next soup or salad, there are so many ways you can use it.
Contains: Fresh Garlic, horseradish, onion, ginger and cayenne in a base of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
Cost: $50 - 1/2 gallon

Hawthorn Berry Syrup
This tasty natural syrup is claimed to be a curative remedy for organic and functional heart disorders such as rapid and feeble heart action, hypertrophy, valvular insufficiency sufficiency, and heart oppression. It also happens to taste really good.
Cost: $80 - 3 quarts

Healing Ointment
This powerful healing ointment is based on Dr. john Christopher's classic Bone, Flesh & Cartilage formula. We spike this formula with extra comfrey to enhance the healing effects. This is an olive oil based remedy thickened with beeswax.
Cost: $100 for ½ gallon

Healing Syrup
Our Healing Ointment in a liquid internal use version. Use to heal damaged tissues from fracture, injuries and a multitude of other problems.
Cost: $90 for ½ gallon

Heart of Zion Tonic 
Pure & Strong
Defender of Truth and Virtue
This is a true heart tonic, utilizing Dr. Christopher's Hawthorn Berry Syrup spiked with herbs designed strengthen the heart, lower high blood pressure and give greater mental clarity. This unique formula combines the strength and power of an herbal extract with the healing and tonic virtues of the Hawthorn Berry Syrup.
Cost: $130 - Make 1 Gallon!! 

Herbal Cough Syrup
This is a combination of several cough formulas that we have meshed together into one. Especially for those chronic persistent coughs. This formula has gone through over 20 years of refining.
Cost: $85 for ½ gallon

Herbal Gold Formula Kit
Get to the Root of Healing! The herbs in this remedy are proven to strengthen the immune system and fight against viral and bacterial infections.  Use for colds, flu, sore throats or any other condition requiring the boosting of your immune response.
Contains: Goldenseal root, Echinacea angustifolia root, Lomatium root, Poke root, Cayenne and Lobelia
Retail value $850
Regular Cost- $95

Herbal Snuff
For sinus congestion, sinusitis or any chronic sinus problem. Saved many from sinus surgery.   Like the name implies, you literally snuff or snort these powdered herbs up your nose.  Kind of intense, but it really works!
Cost: $40 - 4 oz 

Immune Syrup
This is an Echinacea-based formula that is a powerful immune stimulant that tastes wonderful. Unlike, the Anti-Plague Formula, children (and adults) love this syrup (it has the taste of cinnamon and maple syrup).
Cost: $110 for ½ gallon

Intestinal Cleanse
Dr. Christopher's classic herbal laxative. We have found it best to purchase Dr. Christopher Fen LB powder and encapsulate it yourself with an efficient capsule machine and empty capsules. It is nice to have a capsule machine and empties on hand for other projects as well. Includes capsule machine, gelatin capsules and Fen LB powder.
Cost: $80  

Intestinal Detox
This formula is used to cleanse, purify and detoxify the colon, bowels and intestines. Intestinal Detox soothes and strengthens the entire intestinal tract. Intestinal Detox is a strong purifier and intestinal vacuum, helping to draw out old fecal matter from the walls of the colon and from any bowel pockets. Intestinal Detox is uniquely formulated to soften old fecal matter for easy elimination. It aids in the removal of poisons, toxins, parasites and heavy metals. It is also used as a remedy for intestinal inflammation such as diverticulitis, colitis or irritable bowel syndrome. This product is also used effectively for diarrhea or food poisoning. Intestinal Detox can be used in powder or capsule form
Cost: $45 per quart

Kidney Bladder Formula
Disinfects the urinary tract, reduces edema (swelling). Use for urinary tract infections, or other kidney/urinary disorders.
Cost: $80 for ½ gallon

Kidney Bladder Tea
Disinfects the urinary tract, reduces edema (swelling). Use for urinary tract infections, or other kidney/urinary disorders. This tasty tea can be enjoyed on a daily or weekly basis to maintain good urinary tract health.
Cost: $65 for 2 quarts of dry tea

Liver Detox Tea
Acts to detoxify the liver, stimulate the digestive system and cleanse the blood, skin, liver and gallbladder. As the liver function improves energy will increase. An excellent replacement for coffee.
Cost: $75 for 2 quarts of dry tea

Liver/Gallbladder Formula
These herbs are best known for their ability to stimulate, cleanse and protect the liver and gallbladder as well as rid the body of parasites. Use for any liver concern. Also boosts energy.
Cost: $90 for ½ gallon

Lung Formula
This is natures asthma inhaler. It opens the bronchial passages as well as heals and promotes easier breathing. Strengthens a weak respiratory system. 
Cost: $90 for ½ gallon

Nerve Calm Formula
This form is both a sedative and anti-spasmodic designed to relax, sedate and relieve tension and muscle spasm. For insomnia and anxiety. Can be used with children.
Cost: $100 for ½ gallon

Nerve Repair Formula
This formula helps to wake up the nervous system. It stimulates the nerves to work better and also stimulates the healing and repair of damaged nerve tissues. Recommended for anxiety, panic attacks, nervous tension and degenerative nervous system conditions. Also excellent for nerve pain such as sciatica or "pinched nerve."
Cost: $80 for ½ gallon

Pain Relief Formula
Non-narcotic pain relief, particularly suited for chronic pain. Relaxes and calms nervous irritation. Understand that the best natural herb for pain is opium - which is not a natural option. While this remedy does not have the pain relieving power of opium, it has helped many who suffer.
Cost: $110 for ½ gallon

Pancreas Recovery
Serious about overcoming Type 2 Diabetes? This formula and program can do it. It helps to regulate pancreas function as it relates to blood sugar. A proven herbal combination that when combined with a proper diet can restore the body to health. 
Cost: $110 makes 2 quarts 

Thyroid Recovery
Designed to nourish, build and strengthen thyroid function. A truly unique formula which include 'nascent iodine' to assist in a true recovery. This fast acting formula will deliver approximately ½ drop of nascent iodine per dropperful of finished product. (No guarantees, but others have been able to get of their medication using this formula.) 
Cost: $125 makes 2 quarts 

Stone Dissolve Tea
The success of this herbal routine has been documented with pre and post x-rays and has helped many avoid surgery. For kidney stones, gravel, and gallstones. Make into a tea with apple cider. Comes with instructions. If kidney stones are in your world - you must have this on hand.
Cost: $45 per quart.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Caregivers Guide to Rescuing the One You Love from Depression

A Caregivers Guide to Rescuing the One You Love from Depression
The story is told of a man traveling through the cold Winter snow along a forest path.  He comes upon a man resting against a tree exhausted and near death, freezing. He recognizes his friend there and sets to work to get him moving. His efforts are resisted by his freezing friend. “Just let me die. I am too tired. I don’t feel the cold much anymore. Just let me rest, I will follow along soon.” Seeing the crisis at hand, he takes a stick and begins beating his friend. Roused by the attack, the cold despondent soul begins moving forward down the path toward their village.  Repeatedly he assures his opponent that he is better now, “go along up ahead,  I will follow shortly”. But the friend is unrelenting and drives him forward, stick in hand.  As they finally approach the village with ruddy cheeks and renewed blood flow and circulation, the once nearly frozen friend turns to his savior, embraces him, and with tears of gratitude thanks him for saving his life.

So here’s the real truth with depression.  If someone you love or care for is struggling with depression, chances are they will not have the strength, motivation, and determination to take the steps necessary to make the changes necessary to heal.  They may express the desire to feel better, but they will lack the motivation or sense the need to make significant efforts to make changes in their life. Too often we hear, well this is just the way I am, or I’ve had a rough upbringing, etc.  The truth is, no one wants to feel bad and be depressed. But negative thinking engaged in over a lifetime can literally change or damage the brain.  Many people really do need to be rescued.

It will be important to get at least some level of consent from the one you care for to help them.  This will be a commitment on both of your parts.  You will have to sacrifice some of your time to guide them through the exercises to educate and heal the brain and its biochemistry.

Here are a few suggestions:
1. It is important to gain a testimony or a spiritual witness of Who You Are In Christ.  This is best done through a study the scriptures. Not simply reading Bible verses, but digging to discover for yourself and within yourself, what they really mean.  I recommend doing this with a scripture journal.  The way I do it is like this:

  • Start with a brief prayer – “Heavenly Father, please bless me as I study your word in the scriptures.  Open my heart and mind to understand what I am directed to study.  I pray for your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
  • Next choose a verse and write it out in your journal (my scripture journal is a Composition notebook from Walmart, cost: 50 cents). There is something about writing that allows the brain to process things at a deeper level.
  • Next re-write the verse in your own words with commentary.  What does it really mean to you at this point in your life?  At this point, I am also checking footnotes and cross referencing to other resources, various translations. Ponder, really study to figure out what it means, pray for insight and understanding.  You can spend a whole 30 or 60 minutes exploring one verse or passage of scripture. Go where you feel inspired or prompted.
  • When you are finished with your session, offer a prayer of gratitude.  This is a prayer of gratitude ONLY. Do not ask for anything.  This was initially hard for me.  But it really is liberating to come to God without the intent of wanting anything, only expressing thanks.

2. Laugh and Sing.  For the depressed soul, laughing, and singing may be hard, even distasteful.  I have found that the easiest way is to go to YouTube and follow along with one of the many laughter yoga or laughing meditation videos. Click on the Image/YouTube link to the above.
Admittedly, this is kind of silly, but understand that laughing will change the physiology of the depressed brain. Our bodies don’t know the difference between pretend laughing and real laughing, and will reap the same positive effects. So go ahead, go online and give it a try. Make it a healthy habit. It is so much easier to laugh with others or a friend.
Sing songs – hymns of praise.  It is much easier to sing with others than by yourself.  If your sad friend doesn’t want to sing – you sing out and encourage them to join in.  Awkward!  But get over it, this is a rescue effort.  We need to get singing again.  Gone are the days when we traveled and did not have radio and sang as a family in the car.  Modern media tends to isolate us.  Go to this online link to listen and learn some hymns of praise:

Laugh at least 10 to 15 minutes daily.  This is Full belly laughter, not just watching a funny video and chuckling at the punch line or conclusion. Join in with Laughter Yoga and you will get the idea.

3. Reaffirm who you are in God’s eyes.  Write an affirmation that applies specifically to you.  Read it every day.  Tweak it, adjust it, re-write it, learn it, believe it and internalize it.  Get a spiritual witness from God through the Spirit of its truthfulness.  If you just read words but don’t feel of their truthfulness then you aren’t getting it.  Drive the truth of your life and your purpose from God deep into your soul.  Draw upon the spirit of the words of prophecy by someone inspired who can reveal to you who you are in God’s eyes.

4. Work to overcome sin, addiction, and negative behaviors. Repentance means changing your heart.  It is not so much of being reproved and admitting guilt, but repentance means coming to God.  Putting off your old self and renewing yourself, it is a process.  You cannot be happy if you are doing things that are harmful to your mind or body. Addiction to substances (alcohol, marijuana, soda pop, etc.), pornography, sports, or whatever form of escape or selfishness that draws you away from God and happiness must be healed.  Determine to make the necessary changes to become sober and out of these forms of bondage.  You cannot be happy or free when addictive urges drive your thoughts.  Healing is a process, but you must work toward getting yourself right with yourself and God.
When negative thoughts, desires, or urges enter your mind, you must cast them out. You may say, either aloud or in your mind, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast out this spirit of lust, (or sadness, or desire for _______). I cast you out and ask God for angels of strength, comfort, and protection.”

5. Forgiveness of past hurt, traumas and negative experiences is critical.  Much of what we struggle with is the result of inherited iniquity.  It literally is the genetically passed down predisposition to feel or act out negatively. Whether you’ve inherited great grandpa’s temper or grandma’s feelings of being a victim, these are things which must be brought to God in prayer to seek forgiveness not just because of their influence in your life, but to break the bonds of sins in the lives of those who have passed on. Forgiveness means to LET GO. As we do so, we can be blessed with the Grace of God and release toxic poisons from our souls and even genetic coding within the DNA can be changed. In the name of Jesus, you may need to cast out the spirit of regret, self-condemnation, self-rejection, self-hatred, unforgiveness and any other negative influence that may be weighing you down. You may need to do this for your struggling friend as they may not have the faith and fortitude to do so themself.

6. Service. In order to overcome depression, we must get out of ourselves. One of lives greatest distractions is not feeling well.  When you don’t feel well in body or mind, it can become the primary focus.  By getting out and doing something positive for someone else, we can be lifted from the problems that ail us. “When you are in the service of your fellow man, you are only in the service of your God. So get out and do something that will bless the life of another.  Take your depressed friend by the hand and pull them along if needs be.

Remember, depression will rob you of your motivation to fight and rise above it.  That is why YOU are needed. As you work with your friend and loved one, not only will they be lifted from their darkness, but so will you.  Daily study time together will be mutually beneficial.  Boy, this sounds like work doesn’t it? Well, it is. But it can be life saving work.

Who You Are in Christ
The best way to renew your mind and experience inner transformation is by knowing, thinking and speaking out loud Who you are in Christ

You’re not just an ordinary person; You’re a child of the living God. You’re an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. You’re not just a sinner; You’re a NEW creation in Jesus. You’re part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. YOU are one of God’s CHOSEN people.

Please feel free to print and copy and duplicate this list! Repeat it and rehearse it and remember it. THIS is who you are in Christ! Use these references as a jumping point to your scripture journal study. Speak out on this daily until your mind is renewed and you’ve develop a healthy self-image.  The following compilation of scripture is to get you started and is not a religious ritual.

 “I am a precious woman (or man) of great value and worth because Jesus, the King of kings, died and paid a great price for me. I am a royal daughter (or son) for I have a crown of glory and honor on my head, and I am wearing Jesus’ royal robes of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10; Psalm 8:5). God accepts and approves of me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139). There is now no condemnation for me in Christ. (Romans 8:1). Therefore I accept myself, and love who I am and the way I am made.

Father, I am who You say I am: I am called by God. (2 Timothy 1:9). I was chosen by God before the foundations of the world to be set apart for Him. (Jeremiah 1:5). (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; John 15:16). I am God’s child. (Romans 8:15 -16). I am born again of the Incorruptible seed of the living Word of God that endures forever. (1 Peter 1:23). I am forgiven of all my sins and the blood of Jesus has washed away my guilt and shame. (Ephesians 1:4 & 7; 1 John 2:12; 1 John 1:9; Colossians 1:14). I am a new creation in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17). I am holy and blameless in God’s sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. (Ephesians 1:4). I am the righteous¬ness of God, which means that I am approved, acceptable and in right relationship with Him.(Romans 8:21). I have full access to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18) and can fearlessly, confidently and boldly draw near to His throne. (Hebrews 4:16). I am blessed and I am God’s favorite. (Galatians 3:9). I am the apple of God’s eye and my name is inscribed on the palm of His hand. (Zechariah 2:8; Psalm 17:8; Isaiah 49:16). I am stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13). I am established to the end. (1 Corinthians 1:8). I am being changed into His image and He Who began this good work in me will bring it to completion. (2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 1:6) I am God’s workmanship, recreated in Christ for good works. (Ephesians 2:10). I am an ambassador for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20). I am complete in Him. (Colossians 2:10). I am the temple of the Holy Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 6:19). I have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).

I am a joint heir with Christ and He has qualified me to share in His inheritance. (Romans 8:17; Colossians 1:12; Ephesians 1:11). I am redeemed from the curse of the law and Abraham’s blessings are mine. (Galatians 3:13). I am redeemed from the futile way of life inherited from the tradition of my forefathers and am purchased with the precious blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-19). I have been delivered from the control and dominion of the devil and have been translated into God’s kingdom of love.
(Colossians 1:13). I am set free. (John 8:36; Galatians 5:1; John 8:31 – 34). I am dead to sin and alive with Christ. (Romans 6:11; Ephesians 2:5). I am raised up with Christ and am seated with Him in heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6).  

Because I am born of God the evil one cannot touch me. (1 John 5:18). I have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness and I am a partaker of His divine nature. (2 Peter 1:3-4). I am blessed with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer. (Ephesians 1:3). I am firmly rooted, built up and established in my faith (Colossians 2:7) and I have faith that can move mountains. (Mathew 16:20). 

Father, I can do what You say I can do: I am a victorious over-comer (1 John 5:4; Revelations 2:11), a mighty woman (or man) of valor a champion overcoming warrior, who possesses dignity and honor. (Judges 6:12). I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:35). All circumstances are under my feet. (Psalm 8:6). In all things I gain a surpassing victory (Romans 8:37) and in all things God leads me to triumph in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14). Through my union with God, I am strong in the Lord and the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10). I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. (Philippians 4:13). Everything I put my hand to prospers. (Psalm 1:1 – 3). I am the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:13). Greater is He that lives in me than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4). Because I believe in, lean on, trust and rely on God, I do the things that Jesus did, and greater things will I do, for His Spirit within me knows no limit.
(John 14:12 – 14). Therefore I believe that all things are possible and limit not the Holy One within me. (Philippians 4:13). I received power when the Holy Spirit came upon me, so every place I go and all I do, I do in the power of the Spirit: I have power to lay hands on the sick and see them recover (each and every one), and at my command, in the Name of Jesus all demonic powers are cast out and all people are set free; I have authority over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt me. (Mark 16:17–18). As Jesus is, so am I in this world (1 John 4:17) and the immeasurable, unlimited and surpassing power of God is on the inside of me! (Ephesians 1:19). The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in me! (Ephesians  1:20).

Who You Are in God’s Eyes
The best way to renew your mind and experience inner transformation is by knowing, thinking and speaking out loud who you are in Gods Eyes. (This may seem real similar to who you are in Christ, but spend the extra time and do both of these exercises)
Write your own (or use this affirmation) and Repeat daily out loud

God has a plan, not simply a grand scale plan, but a plan for me individually. My Heavenly Father loves me. That love never changes. It is not influenced by my appearance, my possessions, or by the amount of money I have. It is not changed by my talents or abilities. Just as a parent continues to love a misbehaving or struggling child, God loves me because I am His daughter, or his son. He loves me and will be patient with me. He will work with me and never give up on me, because I am His. I have within me the eternal spark of the divine.
In my pre-earth life existence (Jeremiah 1:5) I exhibited “exceeding faith and good works.” I fought with my faith and testimony to defend the plan that was presented by God. I knew the plan was good, and I knew that the Savior would do what He said He would do—because I knew Him! I stood with Him, and I was eager for my opportunity to come to earth. I knew what was going to be required of me. I knew it would be difficult, and yet I was confident not only that I could accomplish my divine mission but that I could make a difference. And as Jesus touches hearts and lives one by one, so too can I make a difference to the one. 

Dr Kyle Christensen
February 2017