The mysteries of God continue to amaze us even how God expects us to care for our bodies. Yes! There is much more to standing on God’s Word for healing.
Through God’s Word, we’ve discovered that there are three distinct activities we must do to strengthen our bodies. Eating the right foods, exercising and resting. In which all three activities must be done in the spirit and the natural.
Standing on God’s Word For Healing
In part 1, we discussed how our healing journey is a process that begins in our spirit.
Today, we’re going to give you practical ways to eat, exercise and rest in your spirit. More specifically, biblical and practical ways to stand on God’s Word for your healing.
*Further in the series, we’ll give you practical ways to in the natural.
Eating For Our Spirit
There is only one diet for your spirit and that is the Word of God.
God’s Word brings life to our flesh, and when we feed our spirit, we feed our hearts.
Proverbs 4:20-22 in the Amplified Classic translation says; My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
When we guard what’s taking place in our heart, healing begins to happen in our spirit, and transforms our soul and eventually our bodies.
Guard Your Heart
To guard our heart, we must watch what we feed our spirit. There are two ways we feed spirit; through our eye gate and ear gate.
A few years ago, we read a study about how our brain can be trained to move in action based on what we visualize. Meaning if you visualize something long enough, your brain sends off a signal to your nerves to get you to act.
The medical term Neuroplasticity describes the change to the brain in a person’s lifetime based on their behavior, environment, thought, and emotions.
Whatever behavior you practice, good or bad, is what your brain will do.
The environment you put yourself in, your brain will adapt to. This is why we strive to keep our environment peaceful. Because we want our mind at peace. If you stay in a place of confusion, strife your brain will adapt to that.
What you set your thoughts to, your brain will adapt to.
Whatever emotions (good or bad) you allow to control your actions, your brain will adapt to that. If you harbor love, your brain will cause you to act in love. Likewise, if you harbor strife, your brain will cause you to go off.
That medical terminology sounds good but that science isn’t new. God created us that way.
When you’re walking through a physical challenge it’s important to visualize yourself healed. Standing on God’s word for healing includes visualizing God’s promises for your life.
Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye (your conscience) is sound and fulfilling its office, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound and is not fulfilling its office, your body is full of darkness.
~ Luke 11:34 (AMPC)
Where are you fixing your eyes on? Are you keeping the word in front of you..what are you reading, watching?
The ear gate is pretty powerful, and probably more powerful than the eye gate.
You can only see what’s in front of you. You cannot meditate on what’s behind you because you can’t see it.
Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it]. ~ Proverbs 2:2 (AMPC)
You can hear things that come from behind you, on the sides of you, or even at a distance. Just ask any mother. She can be in another room but a mother, knows her children’s voices, cry and scream.
What about selective hearing? If you don’t think selective hearing exists, just ask any parent!
Parents, how many times do you have to tell your children to do something until they get it? The fix for that selective hearing is repeating ourselves.
Well, that goes the same for our Spirit. You may have to hear the same message over and over and over until your spirit gets it!
The Holy Spirit begins to work connecting your spirit, with your heart and eventually with your mind. And if you tell your mind to do something long enough it will send communication to your brain to move!
Don’t Speak Contrary To The Word
Remember the Word of God is LIFE and healing to your flesh. You can’t stand on God’s Word for healing while speaking against it. Then think you’re going to experience healing.
The Bible tells us numerous times to avoid contrary talk from God’s Word. That’s because if we speak the contrary to God’s Word there will be consequences to our spirit, heart, and body.
Here are just a few scriptures.
Proverbs 4:24 (AMPC); Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
Proverbs 18:20-21(AMPC); A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil]. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].
Proverbs 16:24 (AMPC); Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.
Proverbs 15:4 (AMPC); A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
If you’re feeling sick in your body, watch your words!
When you willfully go off on people, cuss up a storm, and speak contrary to God’s Word, you break down your spirit.
So don’t let your tongue crush your spirit.
We’re not saying how you feel physically or emotionally isn’t real. The Bible is just telling us don’t let it have power over our heart and our spirit!
When your body is in pain, or your spirit is crushed, meditate on God’s Word through your eye and ear gate. Then speak God’s promises.
If you’re too broken in your spirit, feeling all prayed out, don’t want to read your Bible, and want to skip church, then that means your faith is experiencing muscle atrophy.
Muscle Atrophy is the medical definition used when muscles waste away. The main reason for muscle wasting is a lack of physical activity.
Like with our natural bodies, if you have a particular muscle that is weak, you have to do targeted muscle training for that area.
This means, if you’re speaking and listening to the Word of God and you’re spirit is still crushed, then you need to target your faith muscle with specific exercises for your faith.
Exercising Our Spirit
To exercise our faith we have to put our faith into action by; going to church, praying, confessing our sins, worshipping, and walking in the Spirit.
Proverbs 4:25-27 in the Amplified Classic translation says; Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. 26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright. 27 Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
These exercises of faith will help us build our faith muscle and give more weight to God’s Word than our medical reports.
Going to church is an opportunity for us to encourage one another. This is crucial to our healing.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad. ~ Proverbs 12:25 (AMPC)
When you’re weighed down and don’t feel like going to church, that’s when you need to go and can get an encouraging word.
When you’re weighed down you don’t need to stay isolated. You need to get an encouraging word to lift your spirit!
Fellowship puts us in a position to ask our brothers and sisters to pray with us and for us when we feel weak!
14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. 15 And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. ~ James 5:14-15 (AMPC)
Notice at the end of this verse it says; your sins will also be forgiven. That’s because unforgiveness can hinder your healing. Which leads us to our next faith exercise.
Confess Our Sins
To have a strong spirit we must keep our hearts cleansed from all unrighteousness and confess our sins to God and man. If you’re holding unforgiveness and bitterness in your heart it can hinder your spiritual healing. And remember if your spirit is broken you will not be able to endure bodily pain.
16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
~ James 5:16 (AMPC)
Worship opens the door to God’s Presence and in His presence is where we are reminded just how great our God is and how minimal our problems are.
28 And my tongue shall talk of Your righteousness, rightness, and justice, and of [my reasons for] Your praise all the day long.
~ Psalms 35:28 (AMPC)
Simply stated – don’t miss worship!
Later in the series we will do a deeper dive into worship and how it affects our bodies. That alone is a blog by itself!
Walk-In The Fruits of The Spirit
Of all the exercises of faith, walking in the fruits of the spirit is probably the most difficult. Because our flesh tries to constantly win the war over our spirit.
Galatians 5:16-23 in the Amplified Classic Edition says; But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
17 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.
18 But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.
19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, 20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), 21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].
The fruit of the spirit is the evidence you’re operating in the spirit. If you’re doing the works of the flesh, that that will be evidence you are NOT in the spirit.
There’s no way you can meditate on the Word of God and respond in the flesh. The proof of whether you are in the flesh or the spirit is what you say and do.
As a result, what you say and do can strengthen or crush your Spirit.
If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.] ~ Galatians 5:25 (AMPC)
Rest In Our Spirit
Resting in our spirit has more to do with our mental state of being. And this is critical when we’re standing on God’s word for healing.
Spiritual rest means – relief or freedom, especially from anything that worries, troubles, or disturbs you. A mental or spiritual calmness that’s absent of movement or motion.
We will cease to be disturbed or agitated in our spirit when we choose to rest in God. It is only in Christ that our soul can fully and truly REST.
John 14: 27 (AMPC) Jesus says: Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
Our minds are not at rest when we allow ourselves to be agitated or disturbed.
When we rest in Jesus, we rest in the spirit. This allows us to rest our minds from anxiety, worry, and insecurity.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”Jesus says; “come to me!” That’s not a command, it’s friendly request! He says come to me – from all your afflictions, trials, and troubles in your life and I will give you rest! ~ Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
If your spirit is at rest, there will be peace in your heart. And if your heart is at rest, there will be peace in your mind. And if your mind is at rest, your brain will tell your body to move in peace and rest!
However, if your spirit is restless, there will be no peace in your heart. Therefore, your heart will tell your mind to move in frustration, fear, anxiety, and worry.
Proof To Standing On God’s Word For Healing
A few years ago we researched how Cancer Treatment Center of America managed care for their patients with cancer and found something very interesting.
What makes them stand out from other treatment centers is that they provide Integrative Care. Integrative Care is conventional therapy (chemo, radiation, and meds) plus support therapy. With that said, let’s look at a few of their support therapies.
Spiritual Support – This consists of group prayer, weekly worship, communion services, Bible study, and group support a.k.a fellowship.
Forgiveness Therapy – In a Bible based seminar they discuss how unforgiveness and holding onto anger can lead to high blood pressure, psychological problems, and the inability of the immune system to fight illnesses.
Imagery – This therapy focuses on the use of positive mental images to increase physical and emotional support.
Relaxation – Relaxation Therapy teaches patients to relax through meditation. Which some of us call this resting.
While this approach is unique to them – the approach is not new to us. That’s because we just examined each of these “support therapies” through the Word of God.
The lesson we learned from this was if science has proven what God’s Word instructed us to do, why wait for sickness and disease to come? We can apply these types of therapies into our daily practice of caring for our temple!
Are You Standing On God’s Word For Healing?
To have a strong body, one must be strong in spirit. Therefore, we must learn to strengthen our spirit while standing on God’s word for healing.
If you’re walking through a health challenge we want to leave you with this. How would you rate the strength of your spirit?
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~ Andre & Timberley Gray