There is no doubt that the body, mind, and spirit are connected. The health of any one of these elements seems to affect the others.
Some research shows a connection between your beliefs and your sense of well being. Positive beliefs, comfort, and strength gained from religion, meditation, and prayer can contribute to well being. It may even promote healing. Improving your spiritual health may not cure an illness, but it may help you feel better. It also may prevent some health problems and help you cope better with illness, stress, or death.
Beating Disease God’s Way
“And not only this, but we also glory in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
“And hope does not disappoint…”
Why some people get sick and others don’t, I’ll never know. Be that as it may, I can’t let myself believe that God smites people with disease to teach them a lesson or to prepare them for some great act of service. If this were so, we’d have millions of health crusaders proclaiming their healing and giving God the glory all over the world. Instead, we unfortunately have millions of people who live a life of misery and die never having conquered their disease.
Maybe the reason so many people suffer from disease is because it’s virtually impossible to find pure air, food and water nowadays. Maybe it’s because we live in the most toxic environment the world has ever known, and it’s only by the grace of God that we are all not dead at this point. One thing I am quite certain about is that He has gifted our bodies with the remarkable ability to adapt to their surroundings and to heal themselves under the right conditions, which is why it’s so important that we do our part!
Inspired by Romans 5, my suggestion is that you approach your illness with your spiritual armor on, tightly knitting these words to your chest in the very order that the Bible lays them out:
We must not confuse Paul’s message about boasting in our sufferings to be a badge of honor. Disease is not a burden to bear. The key is to fight through the tribulation, never giving up until you gain the victory!
You need to be prepared to persevere against all odds and never stop until you find the cure the works for you. This experience will develop in you a proven character that will serve to inspire everyone around you; a character defined by hope in God and in His undying care for you and for the love He has for all people.
Following these five steps is critical.
Faith. The first step is to whole-heartedly believe in God’s promises to be your provider, your healer, and your redeemer. Faith is the foundation in which your entire life is built upon. Make sure your foundation is built on solid rock, not sand!
Prayer. Not to state the obvious, but falling on your knees to seek God’s merciful hand is just what the doctor ordered. You’d be surprised to learn about the number of people who literally don’t think to pray for healing or to ask God for the formula to cure their body. Somehow, it either slips their mind or they don’t think God is concerned about their health condition. In addition to the many proven health benefits of prayer including reducing stress inflammation, trust me, it moves God’s heart. Prayer works.
Seek. The third step is to follow God’s leading and to find the solution. Easier said than done, right? I understand that this can be an arduous task for some people, but don’t despair. The key here is to test, research, study and test again. If something doesn’t settle right in your spirit, don’t do it. Barring rare emergencies, you always have time to make a sound decision so you’ll do well to follow your intuition.
Action. The fourth step is to follow the instructions God is giving you. At this point, you should have a better understanding of how the Spirit is directing you to beat this thing. Remember, “faith without deeds is dead,” so you have got to do your part!
Repeat. Make this your new anthem: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken. Healing is a journey for many of us so keep repeating Steps 1 – 4 until you get the victory!
To help you along your way, here are some affirmations that I recommend you write out and tape on your bathroom mirror. Read them every day until they take firm root into your spirit, and make them part of your daily meditation!
- I serve an awesome God who proclaims that He is my healer! (Exodus 15:26)
- I serve a faithful God who promises to never leave me nor forsake me! (Deuteronomy 31:6)
- I serve an unconditionally loving God who says He sees what I do and will heal me anyway! (Isaiah 57:18)
- I serve a merciful God who commits to taking sickness from among me! (Exodus 23:25)
- I serve a gracious God who promises to restore me to health and to heal my wounds! (Jeremiah 30:17)
- I am made in God’s image and He has given my body the ability to heal itself! (Genesis 1:27)
- I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and a sound mind! (2 Timothy 1:7)
- I know that God will perfect that which concerns me to the end! (Psalm 138:8)
Last of all, don’t forget to go to others for prayer. “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 one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” (James 5:14-15)