Part 3 of the Spiritual Roots of Disease Series
On our journey of understanding the spiritual roots of disease, it’s helpful to understand why we struggle with the enemy and his ways. What makes us so important that he would bother messing with us and trying to ruin our lives? What hinders us from walking in wholeness?
Leaving God’s covering
The consequences of sin and death don’t come because God is striking us for our disobedience. Rather, they come because we have chosen not to follow God and His ways or to pursue Him for direction and wisdom in an area of our life. Therefore we’ve left God’s covering and we’ve chosen to abide in the enemy’s camp and, as a result, we receive his deviant form of “blessings,” (which scripture defines as the “curse”)– disease, torment, and early death.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. John 10:10 KJV
Why does God put such a hard line down between life and death? The Word is clear that to whomever we choose to obey, his servant we are. If we choose to walk in unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, etc., whose ways are we following? Are they God’s ways?
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16 KJV
It’s not you!
For most of us, it’s not that we are intentionally following the enemy’s ways. But there is something in us that makes it seem so familiar that it sounds like our own thoughts. The enemy is right there to tell us all kinds of things about God, ourselves, and others that will lead us away from realizing and believing God’s true ways and His love. These ways of thinking were likely very familiar to our ancestors before us as well.
This is why it is so important to get into the Word of God and to seek to know God and understand His heart and His ways. It’s essential that we learn how to develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father which was made possible by the blood of Jesus Christ which was sacrificed for us.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV
Laying the foundation
We need to have a firm foundation of truth in our hearts so that we can withstand the enemy when he comes to tempt us and to lead us astray.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-18 KJV
Why does Satan hate us?
When we obey the enemy’s ways and his nature, we can expect to receive his “rewards.” Satan hates us, he wants to destroy us. He is jealous of us because we have the right to be sons and daughters of God; a right that was taken from him when he fell and chose to rebel against God.
We also have something else that the enemy doesn’t have. We have the ability to repent and to be forgiven for our sins because of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. And when we have done that, we have the ability to revenge all disobedience when our obedience is fulfilled. That means we can remove the works of the enemy in our lives and choose to be restored to walking in God’s love.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV
It’s all about your heart
This is not about our perfect performance, it is about a heart toward our Father to be like Him as we grow up. This is about us being the branches that are plugged into the vine as the source of every good thing. We can choose to be restored to the image that God created us in before the fall of Adam; God’s own image in the Earth.
What is God’s image?
The Word says it very simply:
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16 KJV
If we are walking in His image and in His ways, we need to learn how to be love too. That is why His greatest commandment is to love God, love yourself, and love others.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40 KJV
Walking in Wholeness
Jesus says in this scripture that when we learn to love on all of these three levels, we are fulfilling the law in its entirety by default! It’s so simple, yet so profound. In order to walk in wholeness in our spirit, soul, and body we need to be completed in love.
The enemy also knows something that we do not. He knows that the moment we realize our identity as sons and daughters of God and begin to walk in the power of His love by the Holy Spirit, the enemy’s kingdom is in big trouble. It doesn’t matter how insignificant we are. The Bible says that it was the ignorant and unlearned men that turned the world upside down.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 KJV
Each and every one of us is valuable to God and His Kingdom. We cannot discount ourselves or others, no matter what things look like now. Jesus chose some fishermen and tax collectors to be His disciples. Look at the apostle Paul, do you think that when he was capturing Christians and consenting to their deaths that the believers of that time would have ever imagined him becoming one of them?
The enemy does not want us to walk in the image of God. Healing comes when we allow God to grow us up in His love. The kingdom of sin cannot thrive where there is love.
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
We need to seek God’s love with all of our hearts. We need to learn how to love Him, love ourselves, and love others no matter what. There cannot be any “ifs”, “ands”, or “buts”. There is no limit to God’s love, patience, and forgiveness towards us, therefore we need to develop that same attitude with the help of His Spirit.
When we find that we’re unable to walk in love in any of these three areas, we can ask God to show us where the enemy has put a roadblock in our lives. Then we can renounce and remove the enemy and his lies so that we can turn and walk again in God’s ways.
A good way to discern whether or not a thought or way of thinking lines up with God’s ways is to hold it up to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 KJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
Blessings to overcomers
In the letters to the churches in the book of Revelation, God says that the blessings will come to those who overcome. To be an overcomer we have to know what the battle is, receive and learn how to use the tools that God has given us to defeat the enemy in our lives, and develop perseverance so that we don’t fall back into it. It is a process of growing up into maturity through practice. We need to have patience with ourselves as we grow up into who God created us to be.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8 KJV
Our mission for your recovery
Over many years of application and experience, Dr. Wright and his team have helped hundreds of thousands of people understand the spiritual roots of their diseases. Be in Health’s® mission is not only to expose those root issues but to restore God’s children to walk in wholeness in relationship with God, themselves and others. Out of these revelations, people all over the world have been healed of every manner of disease. Why? Because they lined their heart up with God’s ways and, as a result, their body lined up with God’s original design. Will you join us in establishing generations of overcomers?
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This article is part 3 of a three part series on the spiritual roots of disease. Click the following links to read the rest of the articles in this series:
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