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How to Fight PTSD and Win!
In this article...
you will find Biblically based solutions to conquer PTSD/PTSS. Practicing these solutions daily will become habit, and you will learn to defeat the effects of PTSD.
Through revelation from The Holy Spirit and The Word of God, we found answers and solutions that really work! Nothing to buy. No drugs to take. No labeling as a mental patient. No one to pay. This information was given to us freely and freely we share this info.
May God bless you and your families adventure to LIFE!
PTSD affects more than 3 million people per year in the US. That's just counting the people who report PTSD symptoms. PTSD may last months or years. Triggers bring flashbacks of memories of the trauma. Treatment includes different types of psychotherapy or counseling, as well as medications to manage symptoms.Which have horrible side effects and seem to make PTSD worse, in our opinion.
PTSD in the past, has been mostly related to going to physical war. But, many people today who have not served in the military have symptoms. Did you know that PTSD also affect many people who have been, or are going through spiritual warfare?
PTSD causes a person who has been through a traumatic situation to relive the trauma or memories. Many who have done drugs suffer from PTSD. Their spiritual eyes may become opened to the spiritual warfare going on around them, without them being aware that is what happened.
Physical warfare and spiritual warefare can lead to PTSD symptoms. And can have the same effects of PTSD.
Certain smells, music, words, names, sounds, or places can trigger or set off the victims thoughts. PTSD is a condition that may cause: anxiety, discouragement, intense emotional and physical reactions ,confusion, nightmares, heightened reactivity to stimuli ( sounds, smells, etc.), depression, and hopelessness. anger, anxiety attacks, hyperventilation, night sweats, night terrors, guilt, shame, embarrassment, flashbacks, depression, oppression, hopelessness, loneliness, withdrawal from family, fear, and can feel isolated. The hopelessness many face from PTSD can also lead to drugs, alcohol, and suicide. These experiences can sometimes be hard to talk about. Suffering from PTSD may also cause embarrassment, due to PTSD being categorized as a disorder or mental illness, and don't want to be made to to feel like they are crazy.
Well don't worry. We know you are not crazy. God knows your not crazy. We continue to pray for all those who suffer from PTSD. We also pray for the families of those who suffer from PTSD.
"Casting your Cares"
One of the solutions we found works is what the Bible refers to as "casting your cares".
First, let's define the word cast or casting.
1) verb: cast to throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction.
synonyms: throw , toss , fling , pitch , hurl , lob ; informal chuck "he cast the stone into the stream"
2) noun: an act of throwing something forcefully.
"he grabbed a spear for a third cast"synonyms: throw , toss , fling , pitch , hurl , lob ; informal chuck "a cast of the dice"
Here are some Scriptures we are referencing:
2 Samuel 22:33
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time,
How do we do this by trusting Him and:
7 casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5: 6-7
With these scriptures we understand that we have the ability to "cast" our cares, worries, and anxieties. At first this seemed really hard. Many people will say " Well, I can't control these thoughts. They just pour in!" Totally understandable. The thoughts will come, but we have the choice of what to do with these tormenting thoughts and how we react to them.This is what we've found to be true in our own lives and experiences with PTSD.
When the Bible stated to us that we should "cast," we to related to fishing. When a fishing pole is cast it is meant to go far out into the deep water. Another technique is taking the video tape, ejecting it and throw it away. Also imagining the thought or scene on a sheet of paper. Balling the paper up, and throwing it in water running beside a curb, carrying it further and further down the stream.
All we have to do isto trust God at His Word, put these words in action, and watch God work. *Remember* He watches over His Word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12
Weapons Against PTSD
What Do You Think?
Have you suffered from PTSD?
PTSD and Understanding Strongholds
A stronghold is a corrupted thinking pattern that has constructed itself into the victims way of thinking. Kind of like a computer drive that needs to be formatted in a way. These strongholds have the capability to affect a persons feelings, thought patterns, and the victims response to diverse situations in life. They also play a large role in the victims mental freedom and spiritual freedom.
Strongholds are built upon lies, deception and error. These errors and deceptions which form fortresses can come from different types of sources, including environment, those around us, traumatic events, or even demon spirits. Through tragedy or trauma, a demon of fear constructs one or more strongholds or fortresses, that must be taken down.
A person who has PTSD/PTSS may find it nearly impossible to tear the torturing thoughts down, and keep the negative thoughts away. This is because PTSD/PTSS (Demon of Fear or Dread) work hard at reconstructing and holding the strongholds in place. The fearful, or self- preservative thoughts, try to counter the person's efforts to tear them down. It seems like hitting a stone wall. Even if there is some progress, it seems as though the efforts are in vain because the thoughts keep coming back. If this is the case, then the person likely has a demon of fear or dread, around which is reconstructing and trying to hold that stronghold in place. These demonic influences can be thrown or cast out through seeking Jesus Christ through The Word of God. ( The Holy Bible.)
We can make Jesus Christ our stronghold instead:
Psalm 18:2 (Amplified)
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and the One who rescues me;
My God, my rock and strength in whom I trust and take refuge;
My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower—my stronghold.
PTSD and Renewing The Mind
The influence of our minds on our spiritual lives is often greatly underestimated. We must constantly be watchful of where the journeys in our minds take us.
Many suffering from PTSD also have recurring memories of thing they've done or that others may have done to them. Forgiveness of ones self, and of others that have caused harm, is a big key. Forgiveness doesn't excuse the behavior. Forgiveness prevents bitterness from destroying your heart. Don't worry that God will not forgive you. He says there is none good, no not even one. We all continuously need the help and strength of Jesus Christ to fulfill all that God asks of us. His grace cannot be earned it is a free gift from God, lest anyone should boast. We ALL need Him. We ALL fall short. All we have to do is, humbly come before Our Father through Jesus Christ and ask.
The Bible says in the end times peoples love will wax cold and some may faint. It takes strength to continuously love without offense, resentment, and bitterness. We can do ALL things through Christ Who strengthens us. That's why it's important to ask God, through Jesus Christ to help you forgive yourself and others. Also ask Him to replace your heart of stone with a heart of flesh.That's Scripture. Anytime we use the Word of God, we are using The Sword of The Spirit and communicating to God in a way that He loves to hear. We are also acting in obedience, which brings glory to God. *Remember He watches over His Word to perform it.*
PTSD can also cause fears or worries due the past or present state of the persons life. PTSD may also cause worry of the future.These are called evil forebodings. Which is a fearful apprehension, dread, alarm, suspicion, or trepidation.
Here is a scripture for that:
Proverbs 15:15 (Amplified Bible)
“All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].”
We can also quote this Scripture:
2 Corinthians 10:5 (King James)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
John 16:13-14 (Amplified)
13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].14 He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.
PTSD Solution: Taking Control of Your Thoughts
PTSD, The Mind, and Word Study
Another tip is to Study the Bible. Anytime we empty something, we as humans usually need to fill it with something else," to hold down the fort". Looking up the area we are struggling with in life with keywords is amazingly helpful. There we find the solid foundation of Truth, that we need.
Some words to look up in The Bible are: Mind, renew, thoughts, thinks, double minded, stronghold, foundation, heart, soul, spirit, see, lies.
Our soul and heart are also great keyword. Our soul has a lot do do with our mind. Our heart speaks what is in it.
The Bible also says, " As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.
Some of these statements seem harsh or hard to do. Really it's as simple as trusting Jesus Christ and taking Him at His word. It depends on how you see it. Our Father knows the things that afflict us. He created us an has answers for everything in His Word. A parent, whose child comes to them and asks them to do their homework, usually, is going to get a "you got to do it yourself, so you learn." In the same way God is calling us to put these things in practice so we can stand, and defeat our enemy.
PTSD and The Armor of God
The Helmet of Salvation and PTSD. The whole armor of God is important. However when there are symptoms of PTSD, it's been known to be mostly a mind thing. The fears that come with PTSD are arrows, or fiery darts from the evil one. Knowing that we are saved, through Our Strong Redeemer, provides us with a helmet to guard our thoughts.
Anyone whose been in any kind of war knows you most likely need armor. Also, that at the worlds view of our weakest moments, with Christ Our Redeemer, become our biggest victories.
Holding on Despite PTSD!
Advice for Family Members of PTSD Sufferers
Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. We know it's tough. The best advice given to us was, "To remain in Love". We studied, Love, in 2 Corinthians 13. The love chapter which helped us all to hold on, and how to love the way that requires alot of courage and strength that only The Holy Spirit provides. Don't let the enemy use the lie that, "My family is better off without me."on your family member. Continue to communicate without judgement. Take the things you learned about before God in prayer and ask Him what you should do.That you want to do things His way, and not the way of the world system. Look into things with a heart of understanding, forgiveness, and love. Let them know how much they mean to you.
Satan's strategy is to keep us from The Word of God, and to keep us distracted from prayer. We also have special rights to come before God as intercessors for our loved ones. Job prayed to god to forgive his friends, and God did. Intercessor is someone who stands in the gap for another. Don't worry about perfect prayers or what exactly to say. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us as well as, Our Savior Jesus Christ. Sometimes, those suffering from PTSD will be distracted from prayer by their thoughts of hopelessness. Stand in the gap, and watch Our Redeemer come through.
Look for scripture on: Love, strength, courage, and truth.
Base Prayer Against PTSD
Dear Heavenly Father,
I humbly come before You in The name of Jesus Christ, My Savior and Redeemer, and by The Power of Your Holy Spirit.
I confess that I need You. I need Your forgiveness, and help to forgive. Father even Jesus Christ said," Forgive them for they know not what they do". Help me forgive myself and/or others who have caused me any harm in any way. And\or those that I may have harmed.
Thank you, that You are transforming me from the inside out. Thank You, that You are shining the light of your abiding presence into the darkest areas of my mind. That there is a Truth being seeded inside my mind. Thank You, that as I read Your Word that seed is watered. May newness of LIFE spring forth. May the Holy Spirit lead me into understanding and guide me from this day forward. Putting off the old life and putting on the new. Thank You, for rewriting my story.
You are setting me free from the bondages of PTSD. Renew my mind and put a right Spirit inside of me. Take my hurting, stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh. Your Word says You will guide me into all truth, and I seek Your Truth and Your Love. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that You watch over Your Word to perform It. Help me to truly have a real relationship with Your Son, Jesus Christ. I trust in You, O Lord.
Help me to know your tender mercies. Help me to know myself as loved, and saved by Your Mighty Hand. It is at the heart of prayer, and through seeking Your ways, through Your word, that will renew my mind.
In Jesus Christs Name I pray, Amen.