So, it’s been a while since I’ve been here, written anything, or even been inspired to do so. Aside from the fact that I have just been busy (tis the season) I’ve been dealing with some “issues” that, to be honest, I’ve given a lot of time and attention to. Focused on. Some weird symptoms had cropped up that I’ve never before experienced, and right on the heel of those symptoms was THE VOICE. It began to immediately diagnose me, giving names to what COULD be wrong. Oh that wretched, hateful diagnostician, always ready to pounce on the heels of any aches and pains, waiting in the wings with a paint brush in hand for just the right moment to begin creating pictures of fear and what-if’s and could it be? Vivid depictions much like a horror movie begin to play and dance across the playground of imagination all the while backed up with fear and panic for good measure, just to solidify his agenda.
Doubting the Word of God. Doubting God’s goodness and promises.
Did God really say? Haven’t we heard that somewhere before???
And I’ve come to realize that these ploys are all just like a magic show….prestidigitation.
Look over here so that you’re not focused on what’s really important: the truth.
The Lord spoke to me through this trial and told me “Daughter, you’re focusing on the wrong things. You’re trying to go after the fruit (symptoms) but what you should be doing is going after that root. You can cut away branches all day long but if you leave the roots, the fruit will always come back.”
Yup, more gardening parables. But He was absolutely right. And what is my root?
FEAR. (Shocking, I know.)
Now let me say something about the “roots” of physical symptoms and illnesses. It’s true. Stress can do so many awful things to your body. It can cause your heart to fail, literally. Fear and panic produces that whole adrenaline “fight or flight” response and if you read about all that that entails, you’ll see just how much these things affect your body.
Dr. Henry Wright wrote a book called “A More Excellent Way: Be In Health” and he goes into great detail about the effects of stress and anxiety and also wrong thinking on a body in every area and facet. He noted that ALL women who presented cystic breasts and ovarian cysts, for example, had “issues” with their mothers. “These conditions come out of a break-up of a relationship between a girl and her mother. Unresolved issues involving a great breach where there is no fellowship. It extends down to the reproductive area. It involves a full issue of femininity.” (page 265) He states that IBS and all gastrointestinal disorders are always rooted in fear, anxiety and stress. “Much of the malfunctioning of the gastrointestinal tract is caused by not having peace in your heart regarding issues in your life, with the exception of Crohn’s disease, which is an autoimmune disease.” (page 211). This book is full of his research on the correlation between operating in these fashions and the negative effects it has on the body. The end of the book is chock full of testimonies of those who received complete freedom and healing from their diseases and disorders from being delivered and liberated by God and His truth.
I also recommend reading “Switch on Your Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf. She goes into great detail about the way your THOUGHTS affect you down to the cellular level and how by changing your thoughts you can actually change your genetics. CRAZY STUFF! Which means we are NOT victims of an unchangeable force like the world would have you to believe but that we can change our lives by our thoughts. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
So, back to my original statement.
God has shown me that my victory comes through defeating that fear personally in my own life. He has already obtained that victory for me, yes, but I am responsible for applying that truth to my own life. That means deliberately, consciously CHOOSING at ALL times to trust Him, even when my feelings say otherwise. It means pushing past the fear, to not let it paralyze me and back me into a corner where I am cowering once again under its shadow. That means getting into His Word (His promises, which for us are yea and amen) and digging deep to find in there what HE says about me, about my situation, about who I am in Him, about how much He loves me and that I should not fear.
The bible says that our minds are renewed how? By His Word. His truth. Not the world’s version of truth, because the world system is under the influence of the enemy, who is the father of lies. And we’re so surrounded by those influences every day: tv, radio, news, books, people! Unless you become a hermit you can’t avoid these things. But it’s taking the time every day to get into that place with Him, to seek and talk to Him, to worship Him, to know that He is with you ALL THE TIME, even when you don’t feel it. One of the biggest lessons I have been learning is that if you are going to walk with the Lord, you absolutely CANNOT go by feelings, which has been one of the hardest things for me to be deprogrammed from. We live in a world that is sense and feeling based. “How do you feel?” “I don’t feel in love with him anymore.” “I feel so angry.” People of the world are SLAVES to their feelings. But faith has no feelings, otherwise it wouldn’t be faith.
When Jesus healed someone He never asked, “So, how do you feel now?” He just said “Your FAITH has made you whole.” And they were. Every time.
Have the faith of God. It’s a gift. Take it.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
“Be not afraid, only believe.” Mark 5:36