This Man’s Schizophrenia Gone!

I met Tom while he was in the medical unit at the county jail. He had attempted suicide several times, was on medication for schizophrenia and heard voices telling him to kill himself.

We met weekly, speaking through the small pass-through opening in his door. I discovered Tom was highly intelligent.  He prayed to receive Christ and was eager to study the Bible. We would pray together and I urged him to memorize and meditate on Scripture, and he did.

I once said, “There is no mental condition that God cannot heal. Medication could be God’s way of controlling the voices for now, but someday that may change.”  I said it,  but did I believe it?

Tom was transferred to a state prison and I gave him the address to my PO Box so we could keep in touch. He soon wrote that they were keeping him so heavily sedated he had double vision and was unable to stay awake during the day. They refused to cut his dose so he decided he’d refuse his medication.  “I’m going to meditate on Scripture and trust God to remove the voices.”

I wrote, “That is not a good idea. You need to speak with your doctor. Request a different medication or a lower dose.”

I was wrong.  Two months later he wrote and said it was working!  No medication—and no voices!  He was meditating on Scripture instead. Moreover, he had started leading a Bible study for other inmates.

I began sending him materials to share with his Bible study group. I urged him to enroll with Crossroad Prison Ministries, a ministry that sends free Bible study lessons to prisoners. He did.  That was six years ago.

Today he still takes no medication, still hears no voices and still memorizes and meditates on Scripture. He continues to lead a Bible study and is thankful that God is using him to change lives inside prison walls.  Last Easter he sent me the Easter message he’d written to share with inmates. It brought tears to my eyes. It was scholarly, yet simple.  I praise God for what He is doing in and through Tom.

Do I believe memorizing and meditating on Scripture is a cure for Schizophrenia?  Not at all.  Perhaps Tom’s case was mild.  Perhaps it was demonic and his coming to Christ caused the demons to flee.   I don’t know.  However, I do believe memorizing and meditating on Scripture is beneficial to all.

  • For no word from God will ever fail.    Luke 1:37
  • But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.     2 Corinthians 12:9
  • He sent out his word and healed them.    Psalm 107:20a
  • Learn more about Crossroad Prison Ministries: https://cpministries.org/
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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11 Responses to This Man’s Schizophrenia Gone!

  1. Becky L says:

    Your last post reminds me of something we experienced in India. We had vegetable sellers who came to our home every day to sell us veg. for the day. The Lord led me to invite them in for chai once a week and to share a story from “God Guides.” A while later, one day he shared that he was a Believer now! His wife had been on many medications but not doing well. As a result of one of the God Guides stories, he had the idea that maybe God was telling him to throw out her medication and trust Him. He did so, and she was healed! We were thankful that he shared what he heard from God after his obedience, as we thought we would not advise throwing the medications out without medical supervision. Sounds a lot like your experience! God is so good all the time.

  2. R W says:

    In 2010, when I returned from 6 months in a country experiencing political unrest, I was diagnosed as having Affective Schizophrenia Disorder and was given pills. The pills accomplished zero, but I read the Bible everyday and learned to really give to others and trust the Lord – THAT was/is what I needed! I’m doing much better now, thank God!

  3. Matthew says:

    The key element is that Tom had faith that mediating on God’s Word would heal him. Someone could meditate on the Bible, but unless they have faith that it is going to heal them, it will not do anything. Every time Jesus healed someone, faith was an active part of that healing. Of course reading and meditating on scriptures can produce faith that may not be there initially – faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

  4. S .E. says:

    This is the coolest blog I have seen!

  5. Linda Simson says:

    Many years ago after leading a friend of mine to Christ, who was also hearing voices, was very suicidal, and way overdosed on medication, she also gained freedom from mental illness by turning to Jesus. I asked her if the voices were demonic…and she told me she knew they were. After going through Neil Anderson’s steps to deliverance from demon oppression/possession with our pastor I warned her that the enemy might try to return and that speaking God’s Word would help her fend off any attack. The enemy did speak to her again, she used God’s Word and claimed His promise that the enemy had no hold on her anymore. Voila! The voices disappeared never to return. But she was still medicated until one day she collapsed and was rushed to the ER. They took her off her meds and she and they then realized she didn’t need them anymore. God is so good!

  6. Frank King says:

    Great testimony of Tom’s deliverance from schizophrenia. I have also enjoyed the awesome testimonies other readers have shared in their comments. What an awesome God we serve!

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