Reconciling Medicine and Divine Healing
Who is Best Equipped to Handle Disease?
There are some in the medical field has claimed that 80% of disease begins in the mind. It goes further than that. It begins in the spiritual dimension.
Spiritually rooted disease is the result of the violation of God’s law of love. It is no accident that Psalm 103:3 links sin and disease. It is not coincidence that records Jesus’ words, “which is easier to say, ‘thy sins are forgiven thee,’ or, ‘take up thy bed and walk.’”
If 80% of disease is spiritually rooted…
and: Spiritually Rooted Disease is the result of separation on three levels:
1. Separation from God, His Word, His Love.
2. Separation from our selves.
3. Separation from others.
Who is best equipped to handle it? Unregenerate mankind or the Church?
Disease Management vs. Restoration
The third leading cause of death in America today is from prescribed medications and adverse reactions to them. Yet, the best any of the following medical venues has to offer is disease management. As we roll up our sleeves as ministers we are fighting not to maintain but destroy the work of the enemy in the lives of those who come to us.
What God saw in the Garden of Eden
When God saw Adam and Eve in the Garden, He saw you and me in them; three dimensional in our creation, yet one in function. We are created to give and receive love in spirit, soul and body. When God foreknew you in the Garden of Eden, He saw someone who is created to freely give and receive love on three dimensions. The good news is, if you look in the mirror and see something that is not love, it can be removed.
The 1 John 4:18 Dynamic
God is our Creator. We are his creation. By design we are built to flow in love. When we flow outside the realm of love, we are flowing outside of our God-given dimension. When we come into agreement with sin we are asking our spirit, mind and body to operate outside of their designed capacity trading our peace for dis-ease. 1 John 4:18. says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment [a state of dis-ease]. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
Ministry vs. Medicine: Psychiatric Disorders
Fear is at the root of Psychiatric Disease. Perfect Love casts out fear, fear has torment. Part of ministry to schizophrenia includes getting the person to see they are accepted at the highest level, so we could bridge the lack of love from their earthly fathers.
We are very chemical in our creation. For every thought we have, our body responds with the suppression or over secretion of certain chemicals, hormones and impulses. When a person is delivered of all the fear and rejection, etc. in the schizophrenia profile, the brain will no longer be over secreting nor epinephrine or dopamine. Doctors will see that and be able to adjust, or eliminate drugs.
Anti-anxiety drugs are not the answer for fear; they are neurological blockers and calming agents with extremely dangerous side effects. Drugs are a poor substitute for the peace of God. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” Jn 14:27
General Questions about using Medical Profession
When do I go to, or refer someone to a doctor? Anytime there is a problem that requires one. Who determines when a problem requires a doctor? Encourage diagnosis or treatment, then minister to them to release them from the situation.
Why do I go to, or refer someone to go to a doctor? We go for treatment of accidents, health crises, diagnosis of condition, or monitoring of a previously diagnosed condition. We use doctors to meet us where we are at, until we can get to where we are going. Doctors are valuable resources when it comes to helping us minister to disease. They are able to tell us what is going on so we can pray according to knowledge. Their findings can help us discover spiritual roots behind a situation so we can lead a person to repentance and restoration in that/those areas.
When do I take medications? Again, we do not play with people’s lives. Medications may be necessary to keep a person alive or well long enough to get the victory on a spiritual level. It is up to each person to decide based on their relationship with God and consultation with their doctor. We do not judge anyone for the medications they take or do not take.
Ministry vs. Alternative Medicine
Many treatments come with ties to eastern religion, cloaked in scientific sounding terms and explanations. Eastern religion believes in manipulating yin and yang — good energy and evil energy. God did not make us “good and evil.” We are created “very good.” Many forms of alternative medicines and therapies try to manage the evil energy. We seek to deliver people from it. In ministry we need to deal with numerous types of occultism and be prepared to lead people into repentance for occultism and deliverance from it. Occultism is a MAJOR stronghold to address at a later time.
Yoga and Reincarnation deny our individuality in God’s sight. We are told to divest ourselves of identity. The truth is however, we were born for relationship, not to be absorbed into a cosmic nothingness for eternity. Jesus wants to give us a perfect peace, for good. It is to be a way of life for us, not a diversion from life.
Nutrition: Supplements and Herbs
Fear will keep your body from absorbing nutrients. Fear of Man, Fear of Rejection, Fear of Failure, Fear of Abandonment, Fear of Food — What are you afraid of? Fear of Disease? Fear of Dying? You can put all you want in your mouth and it just passes through. Deal with the fear and get rid of it. Then our bodies will be able to receive all the goodness God made them to receive when we eat.
1Ti 4:1-7 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
If we are trying to jump start our body in order to bypass the penalty of sin, we have a problem.
We do not tell people what to do or not do with their herbs and supplements anymore than I do with medicines.
1Thessalonians 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The sanctification of spirit, soul and body, when done “wholly” is what removes spiritually rooted disease from our lives. Psychiatry, psychology, allopathic and alternative medicine all maintain a level of bondage to prescriptions, time for appointments and the extra work to pay for them. We know, “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”