HE IS OUR GREATEST THERAPIST

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In HIS Presence

HE IS OUR GREATEST THERAPIST

Read: Isaiah 43:1-7
Meditation verse:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be
burned, nor shall the flame scorch you (Isaiah 43:2).

‘Exposure Technique’ is a counselling intervention therapy used for patients suffering from a morbid fear of certain things. The assumption behind this
intervention is that when the person is purposefully exposed to the frightening situation, with the therapist by his or her side, they will either realize that their fears are just an illusion or with the support of the therapist develop coping skills
that allows them to tolerate the situation. Continuous exposure in the absence of any direct effect will cause the fear to gradually fade away. By contrast, continuous avoidance of the frightening situation will serve to maintain the fear.

I am minded thinking that Psychologists founded this counselling technique based on the Isaiah 43:2 which says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you”. I used to have a morbid fear for flying in an aircraft. I avoided tasks or activities that required me to travel from one place to another by air. And if I couldn’t avoid the trip, I barely slept the night before. I would suffer panic attacks and visit the toilet several times before boarding the aircraft. Though I have not totally overcome this fear, I have learnt coping skills to help me tolerate the situation.

How did I achieve this? ‘Exposure Technique’ of course. At take-off, I would close my eyes and picture Jesus Christ by my side and then I would recite some of His promises to me. Psalm 91:14-16 is my favourite. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation”.

What is your greatest fear? Do not let it stop you from living the abundant life you were created for. Jesus Christ is our greatest therapist. Talk to Him about it today. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall, I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).

 

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

 

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

 

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

 

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

 

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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