What Are The Spiritual Roots of Polyps?

Over the years, we have seen many people healed of polyps, including my husband. What are the spiritual roots of polyps, and how can they be healed?

Where Do Polyps Come From?

Polyps are extraneous growths on a person’s body that have no purpose and do not need to be there. They are typically benign, but some may become cancerous. Polyps can develop in many body parts, such as the colon, nose, vocal cords, uterus, stomach, ears, etc.

At Be in Health, we have studied thousands of cases of different diseases. In doing so, we have discovered when people do not align with God’s Word in an area of their lives in thinking, speaking, or acting, their bodies sometimes manifest a particular illness or disease. In other words, there can be sin issues or thought processes in people’s lives that can make them sick. When we start to see a pattern for similar issues leading to particular diseases, we identify these as possible spiritual roots of disease®. While not exhaustive, this list of possible spiritual roots can be extremely helpful in knowing what could be causing an illness. We have seen when people have addressed and repented of these issues before God, they have been healed!

Possible Spiritual Roots of Disease

We have found the possible spiritual roots behind polyps to be anger, rage, resentment, slander and murder with the tongue, self-bitterness, self-hatred, self-rejection, and guilt. We also have several reports of healing as people have worked through the spiritual roots behind polyps. As people have recognized and taken responsibility for these sins in their lives, repented for and removed them, God brought healing.

However, if not dealt with, in some cases, benign polyps can become cancerous. Colon cancer, in particular, is a serious diagnosis. Our observation is that its possible spiritual roots come from generational slander with the tongue, a generational critical spirit, generational accusation against self, others, and God, fear as in stress and anxiety, a spirit of infirmity, and even a spirit of death. There is a definite generational aspect of colon cancer, which people may have experienced in their family trees.

But if someone desires to change and is listening to God—He can direct them to deal with these issues, and they can be healed!

A Testimony of Healing

Nancy is one of those people who came to us with colon polyps. She had had a colonoscopy, and 24 polyps had been found. Upon receiving this diagnosis, Nancy figured she needed to do some serious inventory with God, specifically about unforgiveness, bitterness, and speaking ill of people who had hurt her. One by one, God brought people to her mind whom she had not forgiven, and He showed her the bitterness hidden deep inside her heart. She was able to hear God’s voice amid this situation.

When she returned for another colonoscopy the following year, she was encouraged to find out she only had 12 polyps. This was a great start, and she went home and got back to work with God. He continued to bring people to her mind whom she had not forgiven and still judged. After all, 60 years of denial takes some time to unravel. But she spent time with God, rested in Him, praised Him, and read His Word. And as she did, she began to understand what was coming out of her mouth was killing her.

Victory in Christ

By the time she returned for a colonoscopy, the doctors only saw a few polyps, and they were no longer dangerous. The doctor told her she did not need to return for another colonoscopy for three years. This was the physical manifestation of the victory she was having in her heart.

The Bible says we perish for lack of knowledge. Perhaps you have never heard that there could be a spiritual connection or spirituality that might be impacting your body. This teaching may be the spiritual revelation you need so you can see these things and begin to work on getting rid of them. Your victory might come as you begin to have knowledge about how to align with God’s Word in every area of your life.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6 KJV

Bitterness Defiles Many

The first thing to examine with polyps is the possible spiritual root of bitterness. What does the Bible say about unforgiveness and bitterness? Hebrews tells us that we are to follow peace with all men. It does not say to follow peace with only the people we love or our favorite people. No, it says to follow peace with all men. For Nancy, she had to put this into practice even with people who had offended her. She had to follow peace with them, even if they did not follow peace with her. She had to forgive those who hurt her.

¹⁴Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: ¹⁵Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:14-15 KJV

If someone fails in the grace of God (His nature, love, character) toward us, we need to be diligent so that no root of bitterness springs up in our hearts. We must be like Nancy, who learned that what was in her heart and coming out of her mouth was troubling her physiology. As she acknowledged her sin, the root of bitterness was no longer able to trouble her.

Anger and Rage

Anger and rage are other possible spiritual roots of polyps. Some people have anger and rage and resentment coming out of them often. But sometimes the anger is stuffed down, manifesting itself in a disease instead of their personalities. Either way, where does that anger come from? People do not become angry for no reason—usually, it is because they have been mistreated, abused, grew up in an unloving atmosphere at home, or they were bullied. Generally, something has happened, and a person is upset about it.

Then, a spirit of bitterness comes along and does not just want to trouble that person; it wants to defile others, too. This is where the spewing, slander, and angry words come from out of people’s mouths. The problem is that we are held accountable for every idle word we speak because life and death are in the power of the tongue. Idle means lazy or unemployed, words that do not produce good fruit or establish the Kingdom of God. These idle words have the power to bring life or death!

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36 KJV

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21 KJV

It makes sense biologically that what comes out of our mouths affects us on the other end since there is a connection between our mouths and what comes out of us. There is agreement and power spiritually with what we speak out. When we defile with our mouths, the enemy spiritually has permission to get into the rest of that body system. So let us examine our hearts now and repent for any anger, resentment, or slander that we may have participated in so that we do not have to give account on the Day of Judgment.

Guilt Steals Your Joy

Another one of the possible spiritual roots behind polyps is guilt. My husband, Pastor John, had nasal polyps for several years. He did not get a free pass because he believed in and taught about possible spiritual roots at Be in Health. He also had to apply the teachings to his own life to be healed. So when he received the diagnosis, he sought the Lord and began to see that guilt was playing a part in his life and robbing him of joy at times. Guilt was a silent killer. It nagged him and mimicked feeling convicted but in an unproductive way.

He had to get his soul on board, repent for guilt, and find a place to engage with God in the midst of his situation. He worked out his sanctification, got rid of a spirit of guilt, and God healed him. He no longer has chronic sinus infections, and a scan showed there were no longer any nasal polyps!

Self-Bitterness and Self-Rejection

Guilt can be connected with bitterness because when we speak out against others, the enemy can come back and condemn us for saying such a thing. So, guilt can be a breeding ground for self-bitterness or self-hatred. The enemy can also tempt someone to be bitter against themselves when they did not grow up in a loving environment, and children especially start to wonder—what is wrong with me? This is how the enemy turns people against themselves. These are two ways that self-bitterness and self-rejection might come in, which are possible spiritual roots of polyps.

Instead, we want to do the opposite and be people who forgive. The Bible says that whosoever sins we remit, they are remitted unto them. And whosoever sins we retain, they are retained. When we remit a sin, it is forgiven. In the Greek, it means to send away. If we retain a sin, it means to hold, keep, or obtain. We want to remit the sins of others and do this with ourselves, too.

Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. John 20:23 KJV

What Does the Bible Say About Bowels?

There are many verses in the Bible that indicate bowels can be troubled when a person is afflicted emotionally. One example is in Jeremiah 4; when God was hurt deeply, it affected Him in His bowels. He was grieving because His people had accused Him, and it pained in His bowels. Though He does not have a physical structure like ours, we see in these verses He relates to us on an emotional level and it impacts Him deeply. He is our High Priest and He has compassion on us.

¹⁸Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart. ¹⁹My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Jeremiah 4:18-19 KJV

There are also many verses about having bowels of mercy, which is the healing process.

Can we have bowels of mercy for those who have offended us so that our literal bowels can respond? Let us forgive and have mercy as Jesus did. This can be healing for us—and it can also prevent disease from ever coming our way!

¹²Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; ¹³Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:12-13 KJV


Pastor Adrienne Shales


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Bitterness by Dr. Henry W. Wright.   Dr. Wright goes to the heart of the issue; the spiritual root causes behind cancer. Using Biblical insights, he instructs on how you can recover yourself from the snare of the enemy and not only be set free in your spirit but set free from cancer! The Bible has a lot to say on the subject of Disease Prevention and so does medical science. In this teaching on Disease Prevention, Dr. Henry W. Wright explains why certain diseases run in family trees and how by applying biblical principles you could actually prevent them in your life, and in the lives of your children and grandchildren.



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