Are You Battle Ready? Pt 2

Thanks for joining me as we seek to arm ourselves continually for the spiritual battle we have been called to fight by our Commander-In-Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ. Last week we covered the first part of the armour that we are required to put on daily – the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and upon our feet the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:10 -18).  Now, we continue the Holy Spirit’s revelation regarding the rest of the armour.

Recall that the armour is provided to cover the vulnerable areas of our body. Those areas that Satan targets the most. We can therefore conclude that these are the areas that need the greatest protection as we seek to withstand his attacks.

Next, we have the SHIELD OF FAITH. A shield is used to protect the entire body from the piercing weapons of the attacker. This is an indication of the importance of faith. Every area of our body is vulnerable without the shield. The role of the SHIELD OF FAITH is to quench all of Satan’s fiery darts. The opposite of faith is fear. Intimidation is one of the greatest weapons that Satan uses against us. But we must continually declare to ourselves that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. In essence then, he cannot pierce us once our shield of faith is intact. We MUST build up our faith through vocal declaration of the Word of God. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! Satan plagues us with doubt and unbelief. He constantly asks “Hath God said?” Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. When we know the Word for ourselves, and confess it, our faith is built up. Satan knows that without faith it is impossible for us to please God (Heb. 11:6). One of his greatest strategies is to break down our relationship with God in any way he can. In Mark 9:23 Jesus said to a father who had brought his child to be healed, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” This must be our constant cry. It is interesting to note that this child actually required deliverance from the stronghold of a deaf and dumb spirit that manifested as epilepsy. Satan is well aware that once the people of God begin to believe we have been given power and authority over ALL the power of the enemy it’s all over for him.

The fifth piece of armour is the HELMET OF SALVATION. Salvation is our overall covering. A helmet guards the head wherein is housed our brain which controls all the functions of our body and where our thoughts are generated. Our minds are the real battle field. This is where Satan begins the process of temptation (Jas. 1:14-15). This is why we are told to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5b). We must be constantly tuned into our thoughts and line them up with the Word of God. Our initial thoughts are not under our control, however, once we begin to entertain the thought we now become accountable for it. God tells us further that our transformation into Christ’s image takes place through the renewing of our MINDS (Rom. 12:2). This alone should be an indication of how critical our minds are and why we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12b). We cannot afford to take our salvation for granted. Jesus suffered too much for our sakes for us not to be willing to make the sacrifice of our own lives for His sake. Many of us have fallen captive to the deception of the enemy that we cannot lose our salvation. When I read the Word of God it is clear on this matter (Heb. 10:26-31; 2 Pet. 2:20-22). Through salvation we inherit the kingdom of God. Let us not allow Satan to rob us of our inheritance.

Up to this point, all of the armour has been defensive in nature. Now we come to the two offensive weapons in the armoury – the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT and PRAYER. We will cover these in the third and final part of this series. I hope you have been blessed.

SHALOM

 

 

Are You Battle Ready? (Pt 1)

On November 21st 2017, the Lord told me to sound the alarm declaring this as a season when He is calling all believers to rise up and fight spiritual warfare to push back the forces of darkness in our nations. He has reminded me again of this word and that 2018 will be a time when the Body of Christ is not only to fight the battle on our knees but to go out into the public sphere, into the market place, to stand up for righteousness. This is not the time for believers to keep quiet about the immoral laws and policies that are being implemented in our nation. Many of us are asleep and don’t even know that healthcare workers are being trained to record patients’ gender not as God created them but according to how they perceive themselves. In other words, if a man feels he is a woman and wants to be treated as such when health records staff are registering them they are being required to record their gender not based on biological evidence but on their requested preference. Yes, that is happening right here in Jamaica and this is only one of many issues that are overtaking us as we remain at ease in Zion. This is not the time to sleep. This is time for the sons of God to arise and to speak out with boldness. We need to be delivered from the fear of means faces and the pride of life.

The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. (Prov. 29:25)

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:10)

We must remember that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of darkness (Ephesians 6:12). As we go into battle each day we are to put on the whole armour of God so that we will be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. This is very important. Holiness and righteousness are essential so that the enemy will find no foothold in our lives to undermine our power as we fight. I believe there is purpose in the order the armour has been stated in Ephesians 6:14-18. As I meditated on this, I would like to share with you what the Holy Spirit revealed to me.

Armour is protection and is therefore designed to cover the most vulnerable areas. Based on this, the most vulnerable issue faced by Christians is sexual purity. The first piece of armour mentioned is the girdle of truth to gird up our loins. God’s Word is truth and we must use His Word when faced with temptation to commit sexual sins – fornication, adultery, pornography, masturbation, homosexuality and others. Recall that when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness each time he withstood by declaring “It is written”. It should be no surprise that over recent months there has been the revealing of sexual sin among church leaders. We cannot afford to be ignorant of the enemy’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). We are being bombarded on every hand. We are instructed to be vigilant and sober because the enemy is just waiting for our guard to fall so he can pounce (1 Pet. 5:8). We must pray daily for our spiritual leaders and ourselves as sexual sin is eroding the power of the Body of Christ.

Next, is the breastplate of righteousness. The Lord says we are to guard our heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life (Prov. 4:23). We must always be aware of our attitudes, motives, emotions as these are under constant attack. Included here is our self esteem and our passion for the things of God and for God Himself. We are constantly at risk of loving the wrong persons and the wrong things. God says love of the world is enmity with Him. Love of money is the root of all evil. Idolatry comes out of loving people and things more than we love God. The Lord tells us we must love God and others more than we love ourselves. Love is to be the main motivator in the life of a Christian. The enemy wants us to be lukewarm in our love towards God and towards each other. He is constantly trying to attract us to other things and many of us have fallen prey. It is time to examine our hearts.

The third area of vulnerability targeted by Satan is our feet.  We need our feet to take us to the places God is directing us to go. Many times though we allow ourselves to go to places that are not in keeping with God’s will. Many times also we use our feet for violence and not for the purpose for which God created them. We rob ourselves of peace by not walking in paths of righteousness that God has prepared for us to walk in. We are required to have our feet shod (covered) with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Wherever we go peace is to go with us. Not the peace of the world but the peace that God gives even in the midst of the storm. This means our minds must be constantly focused on God (Isa. 26:3). The conflict we have many times is not with others but conflict within ourselves, which then manifests in conflict with others. Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He accuses us so we will lose our peace. He seeks to rob us of our peace by tormenting us about past sins and making us believe that we have not been forgiven. Romans 8:1 says we are not under condemnation if we are in Christ Jesus and walk not in accordance with our feelings and desires but in accordance with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. With regards to conflict with others, we must not allow the sun to go down upon our wrath. We must be quick to forgive and show mercy towards others even as we desire the Lord to forgive us and to be merciful to us.

Join me next week as we continue to arm ourselves for the battle.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. (Rom. 8:20-23)

Shalom.

 

Whose Time Is It?

Many times when we are taught about being good stewards over the resources that God has made available to us, the focus is usually on money. There is an even more important resource that God has given to us and most of us are guilty of squandering it on useless activities. That resource is TIME!!

If you were to take the time to make a journal of how you spend your time each day you would be surprised to see how much of it is spent doing things that are not adding any value whatsoever to your life. In particular, not adding any value to your spiritual growth. Believe it or not, we are accountable to God for how we spend the time HE has given to us. Yes, it’s HIS TIME to be used according to HIS PLAN for our lives. I wonder how many of us really recognize this? Does this perspective of time make you see the need to change how you use your time? Does it make you see the need to be more critical of how you spend your time? It should!! I know it has made a difference in my own life. I have reached the point now where I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in the use of my (oops, I mean God’s) time. I literally ask Him what does He want me to do next. Sometimes, He leaves it up to me but many times there are specific things if left up to me I probably would not have done. Like writing this blog every Saturday morning 🙂

I have a confession to make. Until a few months ago, I used to spend a lot of God’s time watching series on Netflix and other useless videos on You Tube. I would spend whole nights doing this as some of those series are really captivating! Then, I would feel so tired the following day and not be as productive as I ought to be. I was actually robbing myself of well needed sleep. I even began having headaches and my eyes were constantly burning. It’s amazing what lack of sleep does to your health. It doesn’t have to be specifically watching TV or videos on your laptop or phone, it could be going to social events, parties, playing video games, watching sports – anything that causes us to use extended periods of time in unfruitful activities and losing valuable sleep doing it.

One morning after such a series marathon, the Holy Spirit asked me, “So, what did you achieve? What great insight did you gain? What lasting reward has that provided for you? How has it equipped you for the work of the Lord to which you have been called? How could you have used that time better?” Of course, I was thoroughly rebuked and convicted of my own sin. After all, when the tyre hits the road, it was all about my will and not the will of the Father. I have discovered that as you submit and surrender God’s time back to Him and find out what He wants you to do with His time He still allows you times of entertainment and relaxation but in the right balance with the time spent building up your spirit man and ministering to the needs of others. Repentance anyone??

Well, 2018 is upon us and I know that this new-found stewardship of God’s time, guided by the Holy Spirit, will indeed be a continuing discipline in my life. There are books to write, ministries to establish, lessons to teach and battles to be fought in the realm of the spirit! I encourage you to join me. I guarantee you will obtain an everlasting reward as you hear the Lord saying to you, “This is My beloved child in whom I am well pleased. Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Abba Father is wanting our TOTAL SURRENDER to Him for 2018. We will be facing perilous times ahead and only those who spend time with God will know God and be strong enough to do the exploits required to gain victory over the forces of darkness.

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Eph. 5:15-17)

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isa. 40:31)

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” (Mt. 16:24-27)

Have a blessed 2018!!

Shalom.

Spiritual Roots of Disease Pt 5

As promised, in this last part of our series, I will be taking us through the steps required for healing of sicknesses that have a spiritual root. Just before we proceed, I want to re-emphasize that not every sickness has a spiritual root. How do we therefore know those that do? Here are a number of indicators:

  1. Diseases that are chronic in nature, that is, that have no cure and physicians say it will be with you for the rest of your life.
  2. Diseases for which doctors do not know the cause.
  3. Disease for which doctors can find no clinical evidence for the symptoms. All the tests are negative yet there are symptoms of disease.
  4. Diseases that have a known generational history. In other words, it runs in the family.
  5. Disease that have fear, stress, anxiety, self-hatred, rejection, unforgiveness, bitterness, shame and other emotional components that require ministry rather than medicine.

Due to the spiritual nature of the root, the cure must be spiritual.

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Cor. 2:13)

The steps for healing of a disease with a spiritual root consist of the “8 Rs to Freedom” proposed by Dr. Henry Wright. These 8 Rs are scripturally based concepts that have been tried and proven very effective.  I was healed of fibromyalgia some years ago and although unaware of the 8 Rs at the time when I reflect upon the process that led to my healing I can recognize clearly the role of each of the 8 Rs in my healing.

The eight steps are Recognize, Responsibility, Repent, Renounce, Remove, Resist, Rejoice, and Restore.  I will provide a very brief summary of each step here. For further details of each step you may visit http://www.beinhealth.com to purchase the book 8 Rs to Freedom.

RECOGNIZE – The first thing you must do before you can be free is recognize you have a problem. You must recognize the connection between your spirituality, your thoughts and your disease. To gain better understanding of the spiritual roots of disease requires knowledge of the theology of disease and the pathways of disease. In this first step, the ultimate aim is to identify the opening in your life where the enemy gained access to you and began to teach you his ways. It could have been generational (past through the blood line), due to ignorance, or due to willful disobedience to God’s word. In essence, we are using discernment.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)

RESPONSIBILITY – It does not matter whether someone defiled you, whether it was your sin, or whether you inherited it, you became one with the root of your disease and you have to take responsibility for it and deal with it. When you agree with sinful thoughts you become one with the sin. You must stop blaming others or blaming God and accept responsibility for the part you have played in allowing the unclean spirit to inhabit your body.

REPENT – Repentance means ‘to turn away from’. The two preceding steps are essential preparation for repentance.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (Acts 3:19)

It is obvious that this scripture is not speaking about repentance associated with initial salvation of the sinner, but rather to persons who are already believers. These are the only persons who can experience times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.

RENOUNCE –  After repentance, you renounce the spiritual root by telling it to go so it can hear. For example, if you recognize that the spiritual root of the disease is fear you rebuke that spirit boldly and command it to go in Jesus’ name. You also speak the word of God against that wicked spirit.

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7)

Repentance does not mean that we have fallen out of agreement with the sin. This is why renouncing is critical. You are formally declaring that you no longer accept or agree with the spiritual wickedness that is making you sick.

REMOVE – You make adjustments in your life so as to remove yourself from further influence by the spiritual root. You don’t place yourself in situations that encourage the influence to gain the upper hand. For example, if you realize you struggle with fear you do not watch movies or participate in other activities that will again encourage fear to gain a foothold in your life.

RESIST – When spiritual root is renounced and removed it is going to come back to check you out. This is why you do not seek to perform deliverance on the unsaved person as the latter state of the person can become worse than the former state. The unclean spirit will return to test the individual.

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also onto this wicked generation. (Mt. 12:43-45)

Resisting the enemy begins first with submission to God.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (Jas. 4:7)

REJOICE – This step involves giving God thanks. An attitude of gratitude is a powerful weapon to help you maintain your new found freedom.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (Phil. 4:4)

RESTORE – After God has met you and set you free, you need to turn your attention to others.

Restore onto me the joy of Your salvation; and uphold me with Your free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Your ways; and sinners will be converted onto You. (Ps. 51:12-13)

Part of restoring others is being a witness to others of what God has done in your life. In this way you help to build their faith to fuel their own deliverance. Restoration also includes sharing the knowledge gained, even as I have in this series of blogs, so that believers will not continue to be destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6). We are indeed our brothers’ keeper (Gen. 4:9)!!

Shalom.

 

 

 

Spiritual Roots of Disease Pt4

As promised, in this penultimate blog in our current series I am highlighting some additional scriptures to support the proposition that many dis-eases have a spiritual root. We know that God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore (Heb. 13:8). He does not change (Jam. 1:17b). Hence, the scriptures we find in the Old Testament are just as representative of the mind and will of God as the New Testament.

Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. (Deut. 28:45)

What were some of the curses listed in earlier verses?

The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart. (Deut. 28: 27-28)

The Lord will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole or your foot to the top of your head. (Deut. 28:35)

Many persons will say, “a gracious and merciful God would not do these things today. These were only relevant for the Israelites who were under the law and not under grace.” The Lord’s requirement for holiness and obedience are no less today than in those days. In fact, I would argue that believers today, because of their access to the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, are in a much better position to fulfill the Lord’s instructions in Deuteronomy 28:45 than prior to Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. The Lord makes it quite clear what He requires and also equips us with the ability to fulfill the requirements.

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (2 Pet. 1:3)

For those of you who may not have read Part 1, I had laid the foundation for the link between our health and the state of our spirit with the overarching scripture in 3 John 1:2.  The soul-spirit connection was also discussed in Part 1. Therefore, I will just give you some additional scriptures and pray that the Holy Spirit will bring revelation.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, (Psa. 103:2-3)

He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. (Ps. 107:20)

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. (Prov. 13:12)

A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. (Prov. 15:13)

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Mat. 4:23)

And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” (Mk. 5:34)

Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring and lay before Him. …………When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” ……….But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. (Lk. 5:18, 20, 22-25)

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (John 5:14)

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (Jam. 5:14-16)

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Pet. 2:24)

I would like to close with a few parting statements.

  • The spiritual root of disease is sin. It can be the person’s own sin or generational iniquity passing down the family’s blood line. We are in sin when we are outside of God’s will and are seeking to do things in our own strength (Prov. 14:12; Prov. 3:5). Remember that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6; Rom. 14:23). Therefore, we are in sin when we have doubt, unbelief, anxiety and fear (Mk. 5:34). These, together with unforgiveness (Heb. 12:14-15), are major triggers of disease. I thought I would emphasize this because I know many times when we think of sin we think only of murder, lying, sexual immorality and other more obvious sinful actions.
  • In the Psalm 103 verse, we note that the forgiving of our iniquities precedes the healing of our diseases.
  • A person with a broken spirit is someone without hope, in other words, a person suffering from depression (Prov. 15:13).
  • The preaching of the gospel of the kingdom preceded the healing of persons (Mat. 4:23). The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). All speak to man’s spiritual condition.
  • Faith is essential for healing – either the faith of the person being healed or the faith of the person ministering healing. However, for healing to be maintained the person healed must be faithful.
  • Confession of trespasses is required for healing when the illness has a spiritual root as seen in the James 5 scripture above.

Join me next week for the conclusion of our series when I will be going into the steps required for the healing of diseases with a spiritual root.

Shalom.

Spiritual Roots of Disease Pt 3

In Part 1 we established the soul-spirit connection and in Part 2 we saw confirmation from Jesus’ statements to some persons he healed that their sickness was due to their spiritual condition. Today, we will be looking specifically at several scriptures that speak about the bones. I have provided most of those relevant to our discussion of dis-ease because the importance of this particular aspect of sickness requires that I be thorough. Although today’s blog is somewhat lengthy, I can guarantee that you will find it worth reading all the way through.

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. (Psa. 6:2)

For my life is spent with grief, And my years with sighing; My strength fails because of my iniquity, And my bones waste away. (Psa. 31:10)

When I kept silent, my bones grow old Through my groaning all the day long. (Psa. 32:3)

There is no soundness in my flesh Because of Your anger, Nor any health in my bones Because of my sin. (Psa. 38:3)

As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, So let it enter his body like water, And like oil into his bones. (Psa. 109:17-18)

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. (Prov. 3:7-8)

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. (Prov. 12:4)

A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. (Prov. 14:30)

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy. (Prov. 15:30)

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. (Prov. 16:24)

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. (Prov. 17:22)

If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isa. 58:9b-11)

When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, And your bones shall flourish like grass; (Isa. 66:14a)

You may be wondering why the emphasis on bones? Bones are crucial as they contain bone marrow that produce red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells. Red blood cells are filled with a protein called haemoglobin that allows oxygen to be transported to the body to energize the body’s processes and they also transport carbon dioxide to the lungs so it can be breathed out. Platelets are blood cells that help with blood coagulation to help stop bleeding whenever we are cut or injured. They create the scab that is formed over a small cut. White blood cells help the body to fight against infection. These include: lymphocytes, neutrophils, and monocytes that fight against invading bacteria, viruses, or fungi; eosinophils and basophils that respond to allergens that can invade our bodies. Another point to note is that the scriptures tell us that blood is the life of the body (Gen. 9:4; Deut. 12:23; Lev. 17:11, 14).

Therefore, if our bone marrow is compromised in any way there are many sicknesses, including autoimmune diseases, that can arise. There are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases. Some of the more common ones include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (“lupus” for short), Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis), pernicious anaemia, and Addison’s Disease. Doctors don’t know what causes the immune system to misfire by attacking the body’s cells rather than the invading cells. They suspect environmental factors, diet, and the hygiene hypothesis among others. However, based on scripture, we get more plausible insight of the causes of these autoimmune diseases. I won’t list them here (I’ll have more time to do so in my upcoming book), the scriptures above speak for themselves.

It is also interesting to note that women are twice as prone to autoimmune diseases when compared with men. There are also generational and ethnic risk factors that have been identified. This should be no surprise now that we know the cause is spiritual. Women are stated to be the weaker vessel (in terms of fragility in emotions) (1 Peter 3:7) and we are well aware that the iniquities of the fathers are visited on the children to the third and fourth generations (Num. 14:18). We should also be aware that haemophilia, a life-threatening disease in which the blood fails to clot as normal, is hereditary. In fact, we have discovered that most diseases that involve abnormal blood function, not only the autoimmune diseases, have a spiritual root.

I know the ultimate question that arises from this discussion is, “How do we heal these diseases?” In the same way we heal all other diseases with a spiritual root. Next week, we will look at a few more general scriptures to further convince ourselves of the spiritual roots of many diseases. Then, the following week, I will discuss the approach to healing. Patience is a virtue!

Shalom.

 

National Transformation Through Holiness

I am republishing an excerpt from my blog originally published on April 22nd, 2017 in celebration of the National Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance here in Jamaica today and tomorrow.

I believe with my whole heart that 2 Chronicles 7:14 holds the key to the healing of the nations and the so-called ‘revival’ for which many Christian leaders have been praying. However, God is after more than revival, He is after transformation. A total turnaround, change, cultural shift in our nations. God is after nations. When Jesus was giving instructions to the disciples, what we call the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, His focus was on making disciples “of all the nations”.

So, the earth shattering question is, “Why are Christians seeming to have so little impact on transforming the nations?” There are several reasons but I would like to focus on those that are clearly evident in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Throughout the Scriptures there is a premise for every promise. What I call the “if…………then……..” conditions. God says ifyou would choose to do something then this will be the result. In fact, we refer to these as spiritual laws. They are laws because God spoke them and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. His Word does not change based on circumstances or whatever cultural shift is taking place in the world. It is immutable, irrevocable and immovable. What does God say in 2 Chron. 7:14 will result in Him a) hearing, b) forgiving, and c) healing the nation? He lists 4 conditions that need to be met. By who? My people! The Church! You and me! All 4 conditions – humility, prayer, seeking God, turning from wicked ways (being righteous, being holy, set apart for God) – come as a package deal. Now, it seems reasonable to me that if ‘My people’ were meeting these conditions then we would be seeing the effects promised by God in our nations. The only conclusion to be drawn then is that ‘My people’ are falling short of meeting the conditions. We are full of pride and arrogance (insufficient reverence and awe for God), not praying sufficiently or effectively (just look at the number that show up for prayer meetings), we are not seeking God to know His will, and many of us are not walking in paths of righteousness.

God has been speaking through me and others prophetically for years “that He holds the Body of Christ accountable for the nations”. We are crying out to God to save our nations, to bring revival to our nations, to deliver our nations and God is saying “but I gave you all power and authority in the earth. I am waiting for you my people to be holy as I am holy and take up your rightful positions of influence in the nations. I need to work through you in the earthly realm. I have no legal right to function in the earth except you empower me to do so.” The scripture in Romans 8:19 tells us, “For the earnest expectation of the creation, eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Revealing means “manifesting, activating”. Who are the sons of God? “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).

Many Christians are saved but are still dead in trespasses and sins and are therefore powerless. They need to activate the power that is resident in them. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Eph. 3:20). The things we ask or think, God can bring to pass even in greater measure than we have asked or thought but only when we choose to activate the power He has placed in each of us. That power is made powerless through unholiness. That power is therefore activated through holiness.

The saving and healing of our nations begin with each one of us obeying God’s command to be holy as He is holy. To seek Him and find out from Him what He requires you to do in your sphere of influence. Each one of ‘My people’ has a part to play. Each one not playing that part is accountable to God for the continued devastation that we see in the midst of our nations. It begins with you starting today to make the choice and the determination to become all that God has purposed for you to be. It begins with holiness.

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Shalom.

Spiritual Roots of Disease Pt 2

In this series of blogs, I am sharing scriptural evidence that there is a spiritual root to many of the diseases that afflict us. I have proposed, and there is empirical evidence to support my proposition, that most ‘chronic’ diseases, and diseases for which allopathic medicine states there is no cure, fall into this group of diseases for which there is a spiritual root. Last time, we also discussed the spirit-soul connection, which is very important to understand for healing to take place.

Today, I want to focus our attention on Jesus’ healing ministry and the words He spoke that reveal the root cause of the individual’s disease.

In John 5:13, Jesus said to the man He had healed at the Pool of Bethesda of a disease he had suffered with for 38 years,

See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you. (John 5:13)

In Matthew 17:14-20, a father brings his son to Jesus and declares that he suffers from epilepsy. Jesus rebukes the demon causing the epileptic fits, which came out of him and the child was cured “from that very hour.” The disciples had been unable to cure the young man and asked Jesus why. He told them it was because of their unbelief and in addition that this kind (of demon) “does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” In other words, this type of disease (and many others) have a spiritual root and require deliverance through faith, prayer and fasting for healing to take place. In Mark’s rendition of the same account in Mark 9:17-29, we are provided with greater details of the root of the seizures being a deaf and dumb spirit, which Jesus calls by name and commands to come out of the boy. This healing is also recounted in Luke chapter 9.

In Mark 5:21-34, we are told of the healing of the woman who had been suffering from a bleeding disease for 12 years. She believed that if she could just touch Jesus’ garment she would be healed. Jesus felt power leaving Him as she touched His garment. This was another case of spiritual healing required for a disease that had a spiritual root. Did you ever wonder why Jesus said to her “Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction”? The root of her problem was torment and anxiety, which she needed to retain peace in her soul to ensure that the affliction did not return.

We see evidence of blindness and dumbness (Mt. 12:22-25), lunacy (Luke 8:26-34), and other unstated diseases (Luke 4:40-41) having a spiritual root that required spiritual healing.

Stay tuned next week for further profound scriptural evidence of the spiritual roots of disease.

Shalom.

 

Spiritual Roots of Disease Pt 1

The more I read the Bible the more I am convinced that there is a spiritual component to many diseases. Here, I differentiate ‘disease’ from physical injury. A disease is a condition that puts our body or mind in ‘dis-ease’. The Lord created our bodies to function in a state of equilibrium called ‘homeostatis’. In simple English, this means having a steady state of balance or stability. It is when this balance or stability is disrupted that we have ‘dis-ease’. The prefix ‘dis’ means apart, away, or having a negative or reversing force. Hence, ‘dis-ease’ is a condition that takes you apart or away from, or is reversing the absence of difficulty or effort we have when our body is balanced and stable.

In this series on Spiritual Roots of Disease, I will be providing scriptural evidence of the spiritual roots of disease. It is essential that if something has a spiritual root it has to be healed by spiritual means. Might I present the hypothesis here that many of our so-called ‘chronic illnesses’ and illnesses for which there is ‘no cure’ are not being cured because we have not addressed the root cause. We are merely treating the symptoms to decrease or slow down the impact of the disease on the body and or reduce the physical manifestations of the disease. Additionally, when you read the medical literature you will find several diseases for which the aetiology or cause of the disease is stated to be unknown. Again, may I hypothesize that this is because allopathic medicine has omitted a very real and critical source, which is spiritual. They have omitted it because they have not understood it. This is not surprising as the Bible tells us that spiritual things can only be understood (discerned) spiritually (1 Cor. 2:14).

So as not to make this blog too lengthy, I will share only one piece of evidence from scripture this week.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2, NKJV)

Note that there is a precondition to be met for health, that is, the prosperity of your soul. Man consists of three parts – body, soul and spirit – even as God is tripartite.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 5:23)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)

As we study Scripture, it becomes evident that our soul is composed of our emotions, mind and will. Many times in Scripture the word ‘heart’ refers to our soul. The spirit is the inner man, where God’s Spirit takes up residence when we surrender our lives to Him. This is the part of man that is reborn or born again at the time of our decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour (Rom. 8:9). Thereafter, the Christian walk consists in large part of submitting our souls (carnal nature) to the control of our spirits (1 Cor. 3:1-3). This is the ongoing battle to become Christ-like and to have the fruit of the Spirit being consistently evident in our lives (Gal. 5:22-23).  Therefore, although our soul is separate from our spirit it is not independent of it. There is an interconnectedness between soul and spirit such that our spiritual state impacts our emotional, mental and behavioural state. In other words, the prosperity of our soul is dependent on the prosperity of our spirit. Therefore, 3 John 1:2 is stating that our health is conditional on the extent to which we are allowing our souls (emotions, mind and will) to be influenced and controlled by the Spirit of God.

Join me next week as we explore this intriguing topic further.

Shalom.

 

Transforming Power

It’s “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zec. 4:6)

As I read through the Scripture and see what I refer to as the “paradoxes of God”, I become increasingly convinced that there is no way that a true disciple of Jesus Christ can be transformed into His image without the supernatural indwelling Holy Spirit. God’s ways are 180 degrees removed from the world’s ways and the only way we can obey His instruction to “be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds” can only take place through allowing His Word and His Spirit to have dominion in our lives. I will just share a few of these “paradoxes” so you get a better understanding of our need for God’s transforming power.

  • God’s strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)
  • Blessed are the meek. (Mt. 5:5)
  • To be the greatest you must become a servant. (Mt. 20:26)
  • To save your life you must lose it. (Mt. 16:25, Mk. 8:35, Lk. 17:33)
  • To receive abundantly you must give generously. Whatever you need more of in life give it away. (Lk. 6:38)
  • You are more blessed when you give than when you receive. (Acts 20:35b)
  • Count it all joy when you fall into trials. (Jam. 1:2)
  • Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. (Mt. 5:44)
  • Be fair, just and honest in every aspect of business. (Prov. 11:1, 20:23; Deut. 25:13, 15).
  • Love unconditionally (1 Cor. 13:4-7)

The next time you feel that you have arrived as a Christian, just remind yourself of these yardsticks. I know I have been weighed in the balances and been found wanting. But let us be encouraged. If God requires it He has also given us the power to achieve it. He has given us His Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17), His Holy Spirit (John 14:16), His armour (Eph. 6:10-17); prayer (Eph. 6:18); power and authority over ALL power of the enemy (Lk. 10:19); fellow Christians (Jam. 5:16). Therefore, let us be strong and of good courage and press on to victory!! If God is for us who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31). He will never leave us nor forsake us. The battle is not for the swift but for those who endure to the end (Mt. 24:13).

Let us cry out to be filled up with God’s indwelling Holy Spirit so that we will be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ and bring His saving power to the nations!!

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Shalom