Understanding Godly order is very important in overcoming fibromyalgia. At Be in Health®, we frequently highlight the importance of Godly order in the home. The man was intended to represent Father God in the home; his responsibility is to establish the spiritual and emotional welfare of the home. The home needs to be a place of nurturing, love, stability and safety for all of its inhabitants.
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God. 1 Corinthians 3:11
The woman was created to be a follower of good, strong, godly leadership. That’s what the Bible teaches. It says that the man wasn’t made for the woman, but the woman for the man. That does not give the man the right to become chauvinistic. It means he has a tremendous responsibility to take care of what God gave him.
Husband and wives were created to complement one another in the government of the home. They each bring a dimension of who God is. One does not have more value than the other; they just have different roles according to how God designed them.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 KJV
So what happens when the family isn’t functioning the way God designed it to? What happens when the head of the home doesn’t know how to be a source of love, peace and safety for those under his roof? What happens when the wife doesn’t know how to let her husband cover her? The door may be open to the enemy to come in and bring torment and fear and eventually disease.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 KJV
Fibromyalgia is a prime example of this dynamic. Statistics show that 99% of those suffering from fibromyalgia are female. According to the Merck manual (a Doctor’s handbook) fibromyalgia is a non-inflammatory syndrome that involves pain in the fibrous tissues, muscles, tendons, ligaments and other “white” connective tissues. It often involves constant pain with no biological reason.
The medical community has identified it as primarily a fear, anxiety and stress based disease. In fact, the Merck Manual says, “Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome is particularly likely to occur in healthy young women who tend to be stressed, tense, depressed, anxious and striving.” There is a strong connection between fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, MCS/EI and depression. But even with this information, their ability to treat it is limited mostly to medications and therapies intended to manage the symptoms, with no hope of a long term fix.
According to our observations, the reason that fibromyalgia is primarily a female disease is because females seem to be more susceptible to anxiety at this level than males. From his investigation, Dr. Henry Wright considers fibromyalgia to be the result of separation of a woman from godly male leadership and covering that should be there. Because that is missing, abandonment issues surface, and insecurity and fear come because they don’t feel properly cared for or nurtured.
When we look deeper into exactly how fear and stress affect the body we can understand exactly what is happening. Fear affects the entire physiological and neurological and chemical makeup of our bodies. When we are in fear or stress, various chemicals are released into our bodies by the hypothalamus. These chemicals were designed by God to put our bodies into fight or flight mode in the case of a dangerous situation so that we can react and protect ourselves. When a person struggles with long term stress, these chemicals and hormones continue to course through their body and begin to cause malfunction, imbalance and even damage to certain organs and body systems.
In the case of fibromyalgia, these stress hormones trigger the nervous system to misfire. Normally, when you think to move your arm, your brain will send a signal through your nervous system, from your nerves to your muscles, to trigger the desired response. Nerve signals are also released to cause things like heartbeats, blinking and breathing to automatically function without conscious thought to keep your body alive. A nerve cell can be visualized like an arm or multiple arms with fingers at the end of each arm called dendrites. At the dendrite’s tip is something called a nerve synapse. This is the exchange point between the nerve cells. The nerve cells don’t actually touch but are surrounded by a fluid that can conduct the electrical or chemical signal being sent from nerve to nerve.
Behind the scenes, fear, anxiety and stress are operating to produce a thought that can be beyond our consciousness. We may feel its presence and call it an emotion or intuitive insight. It may cause uneasiness. It can be subtle or very obvious. But the master gland of the endocrine system, the hypothalamus, will recognize that thought. It will then manufacture various different hormones that have direct access to the central nervous system. As the fear, anxiety and uneasiness grows in power, there is a nerve impulse that is released by the hypothalamus beyond the realm of consciousness. It travels down the nerve into the dendrite but there is no corresponding action. It will not connect across the nerve synapse to the receptor that would normally cause a muscle response. Instead it will pulsate at the nerve ending and cause the pain of fibromyalgia.
That is why we consider fibromyalgia to be the result of fear, anxiety and stress. This stress may come when a person feels driven or pressure to perform. They may spend their whole life trying to meet the expectations of others. Perhaps they were abandoned in love or not even loved at all. There may be many door points in a person’s life and circumstances and even in family trees. And with all of that comes the torment that we see in 1 John 4:18, “fear has torment.” That torment is what sets into motion the mind –body connection and the various physiological responses.
At Be in Health®, we consider fear to be a spiritual problem, not just a psychological problem. The Word says this:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
And again in Romans it says:
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15 KJV
As a child of God, we have the opportunity to embrace everything good that He would offer us in spite of the failures of others. When we have peace with God, what is there to be afraid of? He has promised in His Word that He would never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). He will cover us and protect us (Ps. 91:4). He will provide for all of our needs (Matt. 6:31-32). He wants to give us and grant us the desires of our heart (Ps. 37:4) and He wants good for us and not evil (Jer. 29:11). That is love; that is the perfection of love because God is love (1 John 4:16).
The choice rests in our hands; will we choose to believe God’s promises or will we choose to believe the evil that the enemy projects from our pasts into our futures? When we defeat the enemy of fear in our lives and learn to rest in that place of hope and peace in Father God, our body will normalize and come into balance once again and function the way it was created to. Fibromyalgia doesn’t stand a chance against this, neither does any other fear and stress related disease.
At Be in Health® we have many people completely healed of these diseases because they chose to apply this truth to their lives and walk in the wholeness of life that God designed them for.
The Be in Health® Team