I boast in the cross.

I give the credit for my rescue from OCD to Jesus Christ alone, and I believe that CBT and medicine and doctors were the tools He used.

Tonight I listened to a sermon online given by John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church, right here in Minneapolis.  He was talking about something that won’t make sense to some:

“[F]or redeemed sinners, every good thing–[and] indeed every bad thing that God turns for good–was obtained for us by the cross of Christ. Apart from the death of Christ, sinners get nothing but judgment. Apart from the cross of Christ, there is only condemnation. Therefore, everything that you enjoy in Christ–everything you boast in, everything you exult in–is owing to the death of Christ. And all your exultation in other things is to be an exultation in the cross where all your blessings were purchased for you at the cost of Christ’s life.”

Essentially, if I follow the path of blessings back to its source, there I will find the cross–the death–of Jesus Christ.  Because the death of Christ was an act of grace, an act of rescue.

I am grateful and blessed and pleased to be free from the clutches of obsessive-compulsive disorder.  In doing so, I am exulting in the cross of Jesus.

As Piper said, “[Being dead to the world] means that every legitimate pleasure in the world becomes a blood-bought evidence of Christ’s Calvary love and an occasion of boasting in the cross.”

5 thoughts on “I boast in the cross.

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for acknowledging that CBT and medication are tools that the Lord provided for healing in your life. I have struggled mightily with the question of whether I was wrong to seek other help beyond praying and reading the Bible to treat my OCD. I’m so grateful to God for providing relief from such a terrible illness with these tools. I’m also very thankful for an online community of bloggers that provide comfort and camaraderie.

  2. I needed to read this post. I am a believer and recently have been diagnosed with bipolar II, depression and anxiety. I struggle with the concept of taking medication but I appreciated reading your post and it has encouraged me in that aspect. Praise the Lord for Him healing you and I pray the same for me!

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