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Lesson 3: Man’s Way & God’s Way
Recovering the Bible’s Sufficiency
For Life & Godliness


Twenty-first century Christians are nearing a point where the supernatural work of the Spirit of God
using the Divinely-inspired Word of God has become simplistic and inadequate for describing,
confronting, and ministering to human problems.
We as a culture have slowly accepted as almost Gospel-truth, the monumental stature that the APA
1 DSMIV’s list, of almost 300 mental and personality disorders. It is time to review what the Creator of humans,
and the world in which we live has to say about how we deal with our mental problems and struggles.
Recovering the Bible’s ________________________ for Life & Godliness
Do you think that it is possible that our Omniscient God missed the fact 3,500 years ago, as He began to
inspire His Inerrantly Sufficient Word: that someday people would have PTSD?
Did God Get ______________________________ by Surprise?
Do you think that an All-Knowing God, as He breathed out through His servants David 3,000 years ago,
and Paul 2,000 years ago: that there would be people that were hobbled by OCD, AHD, and BPD?
In fact, do you think that there were no bi-polar afflicted people (BPDs) in the past 6,000 years of human
life on Earth? Have no other generations, except the past two, been inhabited by people who match the
catalogue of disorders now on paper in the APA’s official list of disorders know as the Diagnostic &
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)?
• How about Eleazar (2 Sam. 23:9-10), the one whose hand was stuck to his sword after
killing countless enemies. Did he go through PTSD as he slept in a tent or a simple Israelite
house with no security system, no pistol in his night stand, and no chemicals to calm his
anxious memories of what he had gone through on the battlefield all alone that day?
• How about David in Psalm 13, 56, and 142: unemployed, desperate, running for his life,
fearful for his family’s safety, feeling abandoned by God, and all alone? Was God able to
meet David’s deepest needs simply by faith without a disorder label and with no required
counseling therapy techniques?
• How about Isaiah 57:20-21? When God said that a characteristic that helps us spot the
“wicked” is that they are like the restless sea, that they keep bringing up dirt, and they have
no peace. Is that condition a disorder for which they have no control over, no responsibility
for, and are victims? Or is it a condition that results from sin, lostness, and depravity over
which regeneration and sanctification have life-changing power?
Are Personality _________________________ New Territory for God?
1 (American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV)
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Twenty-first Century Americans seem to think that we have entered into all new territory. To read
current psychiatric studies, it is almost like we have arrived at a place where medical and psychological
sciences have described and told us exactly what our disorders are, and now they are removed a step
away from us, and our behavior is no longer part of our personal responsibility.
Nearly every sin Paul describes in the New Testament Epistles are now disorders and diseases that we
can be diagnosed with. Once a person gets the diagnosis we can comfortably excuse what God has called
sin.
1. Should we excuse sinful attitudes, and unbiblical behavior because the person has a disorder?
2. Was God incorrect in formerly declaring that these were sins?
3. Is it now true that people with these recently catalogued disorders are not exhibiting the sinful
attitudes and activities of their flesh, they just are dealing with a medical disorder?
4. Are these almost 300 catalogued disorders new to modern times?
5. Were these same “disorders” not previously experienced and dealt with in past generations of
believers using only the Word of God and not counselors, plus medicine, plus psychiatric
frameworks?
Both Dimensions are _________________ to God
There is a physical and a spiritual dimension to every human illness, disorder, disease, and trouble. The
physical dimension can and should be addressed by all available and ethical medical means. But, the
spiritual dimension must not be overlooked, ignored, or scoffed at, unless the greatest available cure be
neglected.
Take for instance the fear, depression, suicidal thoughts, and desperation of the mighty man of God
named Elijah in . Used as he was by God, he was still 100% human. Despite prayers that could stop the
rain for three plus years and then restart them, he was still 100% human, and subject to all the spiritual
disabilities prompted by our fallen sinful flesh.
Did God come to Elijah and correct his spiritual errors, unbelief, and sinful feelings while he was
debilitated physically? No. God first stabilized Elijah, and led him through a regimen of retreat, rest,
nutrition, and compassionate care. Is there a place for medical, counseling, and mental health
professionals? Yes. God has always advocated the use of medical means, but never to the exclusion of the
greater, deeper, and most powerful treatments. These are the areas that the medicine, the therapy, and
the doctors are powerless to change, and the realms to which they have NO access. These areas are the
spiritual realms.
Our souls, spirits, emotions, and minds are off limits to the physical world. Only God is the Father of
Spirits. Only God’s Word is able to heal the mind and soul. Only God can bring peace that passes
understanding that guards ours hearts and minds. Only He can keep us in perfect peace by tethering our
mind to His Eternal Presence that dwells within us.
The Real ________________________ Link of Modern Mental Diagnostics
Modern Psychiatric Counseling has left out the first, foremost, and critical axis: corrupt, deceitful, fallen,
sinful, flesh controlled humans. That should be Axis O in the DSM-IV, instead, it is nowhere present. The
single most important axis to understand what is going on in the life and behavior and thoughts of the

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person is absent. Note the premises upon which more and more Christians are operating, it is the basis
for mental health providers across America, and increasingly around the world.
The DSM-IV TR is based on five different dimensions2. This multi-axial approach allows clinicians
and psychiatrists to make a more comprehensive evaluation of a client’s level of functioning,
because mental illnesses often impact many different life areas.
Axis I: Clinical Syndromes This axis describes clinical symptoms that cause significant
impairment. Disorders are grouped into different categories, including adjustment
disorders, anxiety disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders.
Axis II: Personality and Mental Retardation This axis describes long-term problems that
are overlooked in the presence of Axis I disorders. Personality disorders cause significant
problems in how a patient relates to the world and include
antisocial personality disorder
and histrionic personality disorder. Mental retardation is characterized by intellectual
impairment and deficits in other areas such as self-care and interpersonal skills.
Axis III: Medical Conditions These include physical and medical conditions that may
influence or worsen Axis 1 and Axis II disorders. Some examples may include HIV/AIDS
and brain injuries.
Axis IV: Psychosocial and Environmental Problems Any social or environmental
problems that may impact Axis I or Axis II disorders are accounted for in this assessment.
These may include such things as unemployment, relocation, divorce, or the death of a
loved one.
Axis V: Global Assessment of Functioning This axis allows the clinician to rate the
client’s overall level of functioning. Based on this assessment, clinicians can better
understand how the other four axes are interacting and the effect on the individual’s life.
While the DSM-IV-TR is an important tool,
it is important to note that only those who have
received specialized training and possess sufficient experience are qualified to diagnose
and treat mental illnesses
. Clinicians also use the DMS-IV to classify patients for billing
purposes, since the government and many insurance carriers require a specific diagnosis in order
to approve payment for treatment.
Without an absolute standard for measurement in building construction, all of the angles of the
construction will be off. That is exactly where modern psychiatric mental health has brought us to in the
21
st century. Everything is off, and doesn’t line up.
Tonight we are learning how to apply the principles of the only counseling manual, guide, and reference
book that God authorized, personally wrote, and uses on a daily basis in this global network of
counselors.
Our Biblical Counseling & Discipleship Manual is the Bible, and the network of counselors is made up of
all obedient believers throughout all the ages of God’s Word to mankind.
This class this evening is an extension of the Biblical Counseling & Discipleship ministry that God started,
2 http://psychology.about.com/od/psychotherapy/f/faq_dsm.htm
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wrote about, and supports in every way.
All of us are in training to renew or join that ministry. That is why we all signed up to ne a part of this
Biblical Discipleship & Counseling 101 ministry.
Biblical Counselors Need to Be Prayer-Driven,
Word-Filled, and Spirit-Prompted
The Holy Spirit is _________________________ (Principle 5): Only through the power of the Holy Spirit
are you able to live an abundant life (John 14:26, 16:7-14;
Rom. 8:5-11; 1 Cor. 2:9-14; Eph. 1:13-
14, 5:18).
Prayer is _________________________ (Principle 6): Prayer is essential to a Spirit-controlled life (Psalm
145:18-19; Mat. 7:7-8; Eph. 5:18-20; 6:18; 1 Th. 5:17; 1 John 3:22). You are to be devoted to
prayer, according to God’s will, and bring everything and everyone unceasingly before the Lord in
prayer (Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2; 1 Th. 5:17; 1 Tim. 2:1; 1 John 5:14-15).
Please turn to Romans 8:5-11, the central Scripture of principle 5.
1. _______________________________________________: v. 5 the flesh promotes fleshlyliving, fleshly-thinking, and an entirely fleshly-orientation.
2. ______________ = lifeless & restless; __________________ = alive & peaceful: v.
6 lost people can’t obtain the benefits of the work of God that brings “life
and peace”.
3. Lost = ______________________________ to the Truth: v. 7 lost people have an
enmity, or hatred oriented mind towards the operating principles for
mental health that God has laid down in His Word. So how could a lost,
un-regenerated psychiatrist, mental therapist, etc. ever agree with the
doctrines of God that regulate our mental health?
4. Only Spirit-prompted __________________________ are Pleasing to God. v. 8
5. Salvation brings unlimited access and downloads from God: v. 9-11
salvation brings a dimension of life to our spirits, souls, and minds that
lost people have NO access to at all.
Even deeper insights can be found in 1 Cor. 2:9-14 where God says: v. 9-10, only the Spirit can search
deep with a person; v. 11-12, only the Spirit can reveal “know the things” that God has provided for each
discipleship & counseling session; v. 13, beware of man’s wisdom (Rom. 8:5-11) that is hateful of God,
and instead seek God’s wisdom, seeing the spiritual dimension; v. 14, lost people can’t process spiritual
truth, and need regeneration to do so.

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Only Biblical Counselors & Disciplers
Can Deal with the Whole Person
Welcome to perhaps the greatest dimension of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship. This is the dimension
that acknowledges God as Creator, and His Divinely-inspired Word: as the only authoritative and effective
diagnosing and treatment guide for the human mind and emotions. There is no skill more needed, and
more powerful that the Spirit-empowered Biblical Discipler & Counselor.
Now, watch as we compare how the Creator diagnoses and treats various disorders we as humans go
through.

PhysicalDimension
(Body/Organs/Senses)
SpiritualDimension
(Soul/Emotion, Mind/Spirit)
Organic Diseases
(MedicalTreatmentNeeded)
Spiritual Disorders
(DivineTreatmentNeeded)
PTSD Fear,Anger
BPD Depression,
impulsiveness
ADHD Thoughts Captive,
Discipline
Treatthemedical,nutritional,and
environmentalneedsoftheperson.
Renderunto God the things that are God’s: the
spiritual,non-material,mental,andemotional
needs.

Since so much of current attention is focused upon mental disorders, that is disorders that are seated in
the mind: who alone is able to enter and repair the mind? Humans or God, through His Spirit, and with
His Word? That is the key question that needs to be answered as we face the tsunami of psychiatric
brainwashing in our modern culture.
1. Only God can “fix” the mind, repair the soul, cleanse the spirit of guilt and filth, and seal our
spiritual lives from demonic intrusion.
2. The physical body can temporarily overwhelm the spiritual dimension of our lives (sickness,
weariness, chemical interactions, and so on; but only God can restore, renew, regenerate, change,
and keep the spiritual dimension, and that work is eternal, not temporary.
3. God’s recovery program is described in His Word as sanctification.
Which View Do You Follow:
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God’s or Man’s?
There are immense differences between Man’s Way of Seeing Human Problems and God’s Way of Seeing
Human Problems.

Man’sViewofMan God’sViewofHumans
Humannatureisbasicallygood. Iamdesperatelywickedfrombirth(Jer.17:9);andonly
bygracethroughfaithcan I be
ForgivenofMyIncredible Mountain of Sin (1 John 1:7),
andhavea New Beginning (Jn. 3)
Peoplehavetheanswerstotheirproblems
insidethem.
IamIndweltbytheSpiritofGod,
whogivesAbundantLife(John7,10)andonlyHecan
explainmytrueproblems(Romans8:5-11)
Thekeytounderstanding andcorrecting a
person’sattitudesandactionsliessomewhere
in thatperson’s past.
Individuals’problemsaretheresultofwhat
someoneelsehasdonetothem.
IamChosenbyGod,IamBelovedbyGod(Ephesians1),
andonly Godcan givemea
NewBeginning(Genesis41:51-52).
Humanproblemscanbepurelypsychological
in nature—unrelatedto any spiritual or
physical condition.
I have been bought by God(1Cor. 6), set free by Christ
(Jn. 8), and need to see thatallevilattitudes and
activitiesstartinthespiritualsideofmybeingGodcalls
myheart(Mark7:21).
Deep-seatedproblemscanbesolvedonlyby
professional counselorsusing therapy.
OnlyGodcandospiritualheartreplacements(Ezekiel
36:26-27);onceIgetthisnewheartIamSealed&Kept
bytheSpirit ofGod(2Cor. 1)
Scripture, prayer, and the Holy Spirit are
inadequateandsimplisticresourcesfor
solvingcertaintypesofproblems.
Godhassaidthatallthingsthatpertaintomylifeand
walk in godlinessthat pleasesHimaretiedtoHisWord,
theScriptures(2Peter1:1-4).
Man’sViewofMan God’sViewofHumans

The Central Lesson of Biblical Counseling: Seeing
Each Person’s Need, the Way God Sees Their Need
The heart of Biblical Counseling is that it is counseling that flows from God’s Way and not Man’s Way.
This month’s lessons have been all about our spiritual orientation and Biblical priority for understanding
and living life.
That’s why we need to work on our mutual accountability with the G.R.O.W. card. This card states that we
are maintaining our daily walk in four areas:
G (My Devotions): Get the Word into our lives on a daily basis. This means I choose to take
over my schedule and plan a daily application of the Word to my life (My Devotions);
R (My Prayers): Reach out for the power of the Spirit by faith. This means I choose to focused,
regular prayers for the grace and power to see God change me, and the others into whose lives I
am called to investing my life (My Prayers);
O (My Sanctification): Open my life to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. This means I
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choose to plan regular memorization of the Word for Spirit-filled meditation, so that He can
change me a little bit more each day (My Sanctification);
W (My Ministry): Willingly opening the Word to others. This means I choose to prayerfully
look for others that God will prepare and help me to nurture and admonish; which are the two
elements of Biblical Disciple making and Counseling (My Ministry).
Conclusion
There is a physical and a spiritual dimension to every human illness, disorder, disease, and trouble. The
physical dimension can and should be addressed by all available and ethical medical means. But, the
spiritual dimension must not be overlooked, ignored, or scoffed at, unless the greatest available cure be
neglected.
Take for instance the fear, depression, suicidal thoughts, and desperation of the mighty man of God
named Elijah in . Used as he was by God, he was still 100% human. Despite prayers that could stop the
rain for three plus years and then restart them, he was still 100% human, and subject to all the spiritual
disabilities prompted by our fallen sinful flesh.
Did God come to Elijah and correct his spiritual errors, unbelief, and sinful feelings while he was
debilitated physically? No. God first stabilized Elijah, and led him through a regimen of retreat, rest,
nutrition, and compassionate care. Is there a place for medical, counseling, and mental health
professionals? Yes. God has always advocated the use of medical means, but never to the exclusion of the
greater, deeper, and most powerful treatments. These are the areas that the medicine, the therapy, and
the doctors are powerless to change, and the realms to which they have NO access. These areas are the
spiritual realms.
Our souls, spirits, emotions, and minds are off limits to the physical world. Only God is the Father of
Spirits. Only God’s Word is able to heal the mind and soul. Only God can bring peace that passes
understanding that guards ours hearts and minds. Only He can keep us in perfect peace by tethering our
mind to His Eternal Presence that dwells within us.

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