DEALING WITH OCD AS A CHRISTIAN
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common disorder that causes uncontrollable unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or behaviors where the individual feels the urge to do something to do something over and over again (compulsions).
Repetitive behaviors such as cleaning, checking on things, washing of hands over and over again after touching something dirty with a feeling that the dirt is still there.
These behaviors can interfere with your social life, school, work, and personal relationship, and they are mostly uncontrollable; but you don’t have to worry, God has your back.
As a Christian, even though you are going through all these OCD symptoms, one thing you have to remember is that God promised us peace all around (Philippians 4:7). He promised to always be with us no matter what the situation is (Isaiah 41: 10). So in every of your situation, all you have to do is to turn to God.
Here are some tips for you to deal with your OCD as a Christian
Ask god for his healing power, the grace and strength to overcome. God understands the OCD better than anyone or any doctor. He knows that the situation is distressing and it’s also affecting your spiritual growth. So just tell it to him in faith and he will rise up for your help. (1 peter 5:7)
Let Go Of Your Fear
Let go of the fear that God is actually punishing you for a sin you’ve committed. Even if you feel like you’ve committed a sin, our God is a merciful God, confess your sins to him and he will forgive you. Take your mind of the fear that your faith isn’t strong enough or you aren’t serving God enough. Your faith is what you believe, not what you feel, and feeling are not facts. So take away your fear and look up to Jesus alone, He is the author and the finisher of our faith. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Engage in Praise and Worship
In the middle of the most anxious moments, stop whatever you are doing to praise and worship God. You can even listen to praise and worship music. There is power in praise and worship more than you can ever imagine. Practicing praise and worship in your anxious moments helps calm your mind and soul. Also remember God dwells in the praise of His people. (Psalm 100:1-5)
Meditate On the Word of God
Just like there is power in the name of Jesus, there is also power in the word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Meditate on the word of God and recite the words of encouragement in the scripture. Doing this in the middle of those anxious moments will keep your mind calm and help you stay strong. You can start with Psalms 46: 1-3, Isaiah 41:10, psalms 9: 9-10, Deuteronomy 31:8. The more you meditate on the word of God, the more you get your favorite scriptures you can rely on to help you stay strong.
When anxiety or fear hits, do not obsess over it, just turn to God. He knows all things. He is our refuge and strong tower in times of trouble.