It is common for people living with mental health stressors to feel disconnected or distant from God. That "disconnected" feeling is because of the symptoms, not God separating Himself. Having the mind of Christ means, by His Spirit, you always have constant access to the heart and nature of God ... His presence!
His presence is not an emotion. Despite our emotions, He is at rest within us (John 14:20). His presence always comes with His nature to give and bless (try doing a word study on God's "presence"). Thus, why the apostle James wrote that when we endure trials (yes, this includes mental health difficulties) we can still grow and arise from the ashes, "lacking in nothing." The Apostle Paul encouraged us that we can grow (improve) through our trials because we have Him as our Hope (Romans 5:1-5). Additionally, the Apostle John encouraged us that when we feel lonely with no other Christians who deeply understand or there to guide us, we have the Spirit to teach and guide us (1 John 2:27). Ultimately, Jesus said the Holy Spirit, the COMFORTER, would abide and guide us (John 14:16, 26). We can celebrate because God being distant is a myth ... He will never leave us! That's an incredible resource within. Like you, I'm still learning to fully understand the endless majesty and beauty of this!
3. The mind of Christ focuses on new life, not failures.
With depression and anxiety comes lots of self-judging and always trying to disqualify yourself from grace (unfortunately religion rules do that, too). This can lead to constant introspection and trying to work back into God's grace. But the mind of Christ is not for sin-management or keeping religious standards (checklist) to somehow will ourselves "to get right with God" or gain more of His blessings or favor. We already have Christ within - how much more favor or blessings can we get than Christ in us (Colossians 2:8-10)? It is rather KNOWING how right we already are with Him and the comfort and grace we have been enriched with (2 Corinthians 5:21).
This means that the mind of Christ can help guide you through any mental health stressor to help renew your mind (perspective), reconstruct your heart (resilience), and realign your life (with creative strengths) for greater, healthier outcomes.
In fact, He will help guide you to the right and healthy people (community) to be part of your journey (I didn't say perfect people). He won't push or pressure, instead He will ignite a grace desire and energy to match His delight for you (Philippians 2:13)! It should feel simple, yet not without some challenge (wherever you are).
"THE MIND OF CHRIST FEELS MORE LIKE A NUDGE ON OUR HUMANNESS THAN THE HEAVENS OPENING WITH A BOOMING VOICE AND BREAKTHROUGH MIRACLES."
A woman dealing with depression shared that one morning she was feeling the dark and energy-zapping cloud and she retreated back to the bed and could barely move. However, she had this small, inspiring and loving voice guiding her to get up and go outside for a short walk. She personally recognized this as God's Spirit prompting her, because every other thought overwhelming her was dark! She and this motivating thought knew going for walks always helped her relieve the depression. As she took a walk, the depression didn't completely disappear, but she experienced enough relief to carry out her day instead of returning to bed and calling in sick. My friends, I suggest that's what "the heavens opening up" simply look like in the everyday journey!
This is what we often see within our small groups. These curriculums help people discover what grace can look like in their mental health journey - looking through the lens of wholeness and hope, not a "manage the brokenness" thinking.
4. The mind of Christ always reminds you that "you are worthy!"