BELIEVE IN CHRIST AND LIVE LIKE CHRIST
Christ is our standard of wholeness. To make us whole in the physical absence of Christ, He sends us His Holy Spirit, who inspired the writers as the breath of God to write the Bible. When we are regenerated we have the indwelling Spirit who speaks to our hearts and we have the written Word who speaks to our minds. Combining the two we have the most powerful therapeutic tool the human race could ever seek for and find. When we believe in Christ, believe like Christ, we will also live like Christ because we will think like Christ and His emotions will become our emotions. This is what changes us from sinners into saints, from worriers into warriors, from losers into conquerors with strong and powerful minds and bodies.
THE ULTIMATE THERAPEUTIC HANDBOOK
God’s Word is the ultimate therapeutic handbook and this is demonstrated by the correlation between the findings of a noted research psychologist with the Bible. Named one of the five most influential authors in Psychology by the Institute for Scientific Information and the American Psychological Society, Dr Prochaska is one of the originators of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and the author of more than 300 papers on behaviour change for health promotion and disease prevention.
A TRANSTHEORETICAL ANALYSIS
According to Dr Prochaska’s original book on Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis published in 1979, there were so many theories in the field of psychotherapy that this encouraged him to pursue his own research. In this book, he did a comparative analysis of 18 major theories of psychotherapy and behavioural change such as consciousness-raising from the Freudian school of thought, contingency management from the Skinnerian tradition, and helping relationships from the Rogerians. Thus, the term transtheoretical.
9 PROCESSES OF CHANGE TO BIBLICAL HEALING
In this search for common principles of change, instead of finding separate change processes in each of the 18 leading systems of therapy, only 9 processes of change, the mechanisms people use, were identified that can be applied to the level of either the individual’s experience or environment to produce the behaviour change: consciousness-raising, social liberation, emotional arousal, self-re-evaluation, commitment, countering – or counter conditioning, environmental control, reward, and helping relationships. He did not realize at the time but he discovered what already has been stated in the Bible namely that the Word of God defines 9 basic steps in the road to Biblical healing or therapy.
KNOW ULTIMATE TRUTH
The validity of the Bible as a therapeutic handbook by quoting another Christian psychologist named Dr William Bacus. In his book titled Telling the Truth to Troubled People published in 1985 by Bethany House Publishers, he makes the following statement:
“The Scriptures teach that we don’t have to be content with relative truth. We can know the ultimate truth about reality. We can even have a personal relationship with God Himself through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we believe this the Spirit of Truth literally teaches us the truth through the Word of God. When a person comes to believe the truth and actually cognizes it (uses it to live by), that person will experience emotional and behavioural consequences which are truly positive and beautiful”.
This correlates well with the sayings of Jesus found in John 8: 31-32 (NKJV):
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.