Dealing with Fear, Anxiety and Stress by Dr Michelle K Strydom

 

All the passages below are taken from Dr Michelle K Strydom book, “Healing begins with the Sanctification of the Heart---No Disease is Incurable.” The fourth edition is published in 2013 and it can be downloaded free in the link below:      

https://free2meebooks.wordpress.com/portfolio/healing-begins-with-sanctification-of-the-heart-4th-edition/

 

Anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs and tranquilizers are not the answer! These include fluoxetine (Prozac), Paroxetine (Paxil), Alprazolam (Xanor – which is a tranquilizer) and Diazepam and many more. These are neurological blockers and calming agents that have dangerous side effects and some are even addictive. These drugs dull the symptoms but they do not deal with the root of the problem. It is merely disease management which is another form of bondage. They are also a poor substitute for the peace of God. Your Heavenly Father wants you to have an abundant life with peace spiritually, emotionally and physiologically. I am telling you with great authority that God wants you totally healed of your disease and complete freedom from anxiety and fear because He didn’t give these things to you!

Freedom from fear, anxiety and stress in your life starts with an intimate love relationship with God the Father. I’m not talking about religion. I’m going beyond the realms of empty manmade religion. I’m talking about a genuine living, breathing intimate relationship with a very real and awesome God. I haven’t a clue how to offer you real, long lasting, inward peace regardless of your outward circumstances and permanent, complete healing of your sickness without God. He is the Source of peace and all healing. Therefore if you do not yet know the Father personally and intimately, and have not yet made Jesus the Lord of your life, there is no point in going any further in this chapter until you have first read through the chapter on page 640.

Who taught you to be afraid? Who taught you to be worried and anxious? Where did you learn this from? Before reading this chapter, please turn to page 84 and read through the section under the heading “Discerning the Source of Your Thoughts” because it will be helpful for you to understand how you developed this mindset in the first place. Once you have read through that section, continue with the rest of this chapter.

There are two kinds of fear that we have to deal with in this chapter. Firstly there are the superficial fears where we are anxious and worried about things such as finances, for example “How are we going to pay off the bills at the end of the month.” We may worry about passing an exam or we may stress about meeting a dead line at work.

Then there are much deeper fears that come from a breach in relationships and a broken heart – fear of man, fear of failure, fear of abandonment, fear of rejection, fear of being vulnerable or trusting somebody again and so forth. We are seeing more serious illnesses come from this type of fear. Most fear, anxiety and stress in disease is not fear of flying or fear of snakes. . . .it is relationship breakdowns.

Let’s first discuss the superficial fears. As you read through the following pages, begin to think about and identify those issues in your life that are robbing you of your peace. What is it that happened that has put that fear inside you? What is it that stresses you out internally? What are you perpetually anxious and worried about?

I have met people that seem addicted to worrying. If they don’t have something of their own to worry about, they imagine and worry about what could happen or they will worry over somebody else’s problem. The devil attempts to steal your valuable time and your life in many ways and one of them is through worry and anxiety. Thoughts of fear, anxiety and worry are what the devil use to distract us from using our powerful minds for the purpose for which God designed it. There are certain things that God instructs you to do with your mind, for example in Joshua 1:8 God said:

 

Joshua 1:8: “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will deal wisely and have good success.”

Proverbs 4:20-22: “My Son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the centre of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.”

 

When you start to think like God because you’re meditating on God’s Word, your health and every other area of your life will prosper. The devil wants to keep you mentally busy with worrying so that this is never achieved. Anxiety and worry are a useless waste of time that we should have been using to serve God. God doesn’t ask us to serve Him for His benefit – He is Almighty God and He doesn’t need our help with anything. He asks us to serve Him because it is for our own good. As we walk in obedience to God, He intends our life to be of such high quality that we enjoy it tremendously.

 

Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief (i.e. the devil) comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”

 

The devil also uses anxiety and worry to suppress our faith so that we don’t rise up and lay a hold of the abundant life that God intended for us. Fear is a lack of faith: fear and faith are opposing spiritual forces that cannot co-exist and both demand to be fulfilled. When fear increases, faith decreases. When fear is dominating in your thought life, you are going to develop a sickness in your body. What does faith mean in a practical sense? The Bible defines it like this: “The leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, goodness and in His Word.” (Colossians 2:5).

If you truly want to get well, you have got to be prepared to let go of the things that are causing fear in your thought life and stressing you out. You have got to learn to trust God with absolute confidence and get into a habit of casting your cares on Him. 1 Peter 5:7 in the Amplified Bible says, “Cast the whole of your care – all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all – on Him; For He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”

Kenneth Hagin told the story of a lady who came to him at the close of a service where he’d just preached. She said, “Pastor, I want you to agree with me in prayer about something. The cares and worries of this life are just too heavy so I can’t bear them”. With that she began to cry. She then went on to say in sincerity, “I want you to pray that either God will give me grace to bear them, or else take about half of them away. I can carry about half of them, but I can’t carry all of them.” He opened his Bible to 1 Peter 5:7 and asked her to read it aloud. Then he said, “I can’t pray that God would give you grace to bear your cares and worries because He doesn’t want you to bear them. I can’t pray that God will take away half of them because He doesn’t want you to carry even half of them. He wants you to cast all of them on Him.” She said, “I can’t do it.” Kenneth Hagin then replied, “God is not telling you to do something you can’t do. He would be an unjust God to do that. You’ve been praying about this for years and have never gotten an answer. That is not the way to solve this problem. You solve it by doing what God said to do.” She said, “But you don’t understand what I’ve got to worry about.” He replied, “But God does – He knows, He understands and He cares about you affectionately and watchfully. He said to cast all your cares on Him. Whatever the Lord asks of you, He gives the power to do.”

As a child of God, by His grace you can literally come to the place where you haven’t got a care in the world – not that no cares or problems exist – because they do – but the difference is GOD HAS THEM. God does not promise that you will never have any problems in life, but He does promise to faithfully take care of you and deliver you out of every difficult circumstance. Psalm 34:19 says that many are the afflictions and evils that confront the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all. What does it practically mean to “cast your care” to the Lord? If you look up the word “cast” in the dictionary if means to pitch or throw. You can pitch or throw your problems to God and, believe me, He can catch them. He knows exactly what to do with them. If you are a person who has long term fear and anxiety in your thought life, I want to encourage you to do a little exercise: write down on a piece of paper all the issues, people or problems in your life that you are stressed, fearful and anxious about. Then come before God in sincerity and pray something like this, “Father, I have this and this problem – I hand it over (cast) and completely surrender it to You, and ask You to take care of it and sort it out. If there is a part that I have to play, please show me. I do not know how You are going to sort it out but I am making the decision to confidently trust in, lean on and rely on You with all my heart and mind. I am not going to rely on my own insight or understanding (Proverbs 3:5). I give these problems to You once and for all. I thank You that I don’t have to worry or be anxious about them anymore – it is in Your hands.” Then scrunch up that piece of paper with the list of all your problems on it and throw it into a lake or over a fence or wherever as a symbol of casting your care to God. It is finished! You need not worry, stress, be anxious or fearful about those problems ever again. The problem certainly hasn’t gone away but it is now in God’s hands. When the devil brings a picture of the problem to your mind say, “Yes, I had that problem, but the Lord has it now. Thank You Lord that You are taking care of it!”

Now if you cast your burden upon the Lord – then He has it – you don’t. But if you are going to continue to stress and worry about it. . . if you are going to allow your mind to race around trying to find a solution to your situation. . . if you are still going to try to figure out how you are going to sort it out or how the Lord should sort is out – you are nullifying the effects of your praying and He doesn’t have your care – you do. . . and when you’ve got it, He can do nothing about it. It’s amazing what the Lord can do with your problems when He has them. But as long as you hold on to them by continuing to stress, fear and worry about the problem, as long as you try to figure out how He should solve them or try to help Him work them out, He doesn’t have any of them. You do. As Joyce Meyer says, you may not know how it’s going to work out, but sometimes you just have to be satisfied with knowing the One Who knows.

You may have never thought of it this way but when you worry you have a pride problem. A person who worries somehow thinks that he can solve his problem better than God. To not worry is to humble yourself before God. Joyce Meyer says, “The proud man is full of himself. The humble man is full of God.” The proud man worries, the humble man leans on and depends on God. So start trusting in God more than you trust in yourself. Repent for being a god to yourself. Being a god to yourself means you have control of your life and He doesn’t.

You do need to do your part in a trial, but do not try to do God’s part, the load is too heavy to bear, and if you’re not careful, you’ll break under the weight of it.

 

 Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to the Lord. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

If you are anxious about your finances or material things, you are trusting in your money and possessions more than you are trusting in God. Jesus said in Mathew 6:24-34: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions or whatever is trusted in.) Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?” Jesus said here that there is nothing in life that you are to be worried and anxious about – not a single thing! The great quality of life that God has provided for you includes all those things as well as things that are far more meaningful.

 “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Bird watching may not be your favourite pass time, but I encourage you to take some time to sit and observe them. They literally do not know where their next meal is coming from yet, but have you ever seen a bird sitting on a branch in a tree having a panic attack about it? Jesus is simply pointing out here, “Are you not worth far more than a bird?” Even if you have a low self-esteem, I’m sure that you consider yourself and your life more valuable than a bird, and see how faithfully your Heavenly Father takes care of them. He spared nothing for you – not even His only Son! So if you are that valuable to Him, surely He is going to look after you better than the bird!

“And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?” In other words Jesus is saying - how is worrying and being anxious going to change or resolve the situation that is stressing you out? It won’t, worry and anxiety are a useless waste of time. So then what is the point of worrying? It will not help your situation at all, it will only hinder your progress.

And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry or be anxious, saying, What am I going to have to eat? Or what am I going to have to drink? Or what am I going to have to wear? For the gentiles (in other words those who do not know God) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and all these things taken together will be given to you besides.” Remember that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). Fear filled thoughts are going to translate into fear filled words which will have a tremendous adverse impact on your life and health. Your words are very important – they shape your world. There is the power of life and death in your words (Proverbs 18:21).

Jesus knew how destructive worry can be to your life and health, so He commanded you not to worry. Instead He calls you to look to God’s sure and faithful provision. In the above scripture He let you know that you do not need to have your minds set on money or worry how you will take care of yourself or your family, because He will take care of these things for you.

 “So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” Worry can be defined as wasting today trying to figure out tomorrow. I wasted a lot of my university days stressing and being extremely worried and anxious about how I was going to study the large volume of work and pass the exams. I used to waste evenings counting the pages and sitting with my calculator working out the hours I had left to study. The more I would do this the more wound up I would get. In a way I would have liked to have those years back and approached them in a different way. However, once you have wasted the time God has given you, you can’t take it back. I look back now and realize that I wasted all that time stressing. Instead of using it as a gift from God and just enjoying each day, I gave it to the devil by worrying. God is faithful! He never let me down one time. He always made a way for me. He always gave me the grace and wisdom I needed for each exam. I could have just enjoyed each day, cast my care to the Lord and not wasted time worrying about how I was going to do it. Instead I allowed my time at university to be one big stressful event. We need to value each day as a gift from God. If we waste it worrying, it is time wasted that can never be taken back. So let’s learn to use our time as God intended. Life will be far more enjoyable. Life is to be lived – today! Unfortunately not many people live each day to the full. But you can decide to be one of them. There is no point is worrying about tomorrow. You have enough to deal with today and that requires your full attention. God has given you grace to handle whatever you have to deal with today. Tomorrow’s grace will not come until tomorrow! So don’t waste today!

 

Take this promise to heart: Psalm 37:3 – 5 & 7, “Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him…”

 

True peace comes from God, not from Prozac, yoga or transcendental meditation. Isaiah 9 v 6: “For unto us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.” Jesus is the Prince of peace. He paid a very high price to give you a life of peace – regardless of your outward circumstances. The peace that Jesus gives is very different to the world’s idea of peace. According to the world, peace is when there are no problems in life. However, that is a deception. If you are waiting until you have nothing to worry about before you stop worrying, that time will probably never come. God doesn’t promise you a care free life of bubbles, honey and a bed of roses. The Bible says that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them out of them all (Psalm 34 v 19). You can have inward peace even though situations around you are in absolute turmoil. You may not be able to change the circumstances causing the stress and fear in your life, but you can change the way that you respond to them. The peace that Jesus gives is one that operates in the midst of the storm, not in its absence. Jesus did not come to remove the storms from our lives, but rather to give us a different approach to them as He takes us through the storm. Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly.”

There are not many things that the Bible tells us to seek: Firstly it tells us to seek God, but it also tells us to seek peace. Peace doesn’t just fall upon you, you’ve got to seek it. And do you know what “seek” means? It means you go after it with everything you’ve got – you’ve got to want it bad! And if you want it bad enough, you’ll make a determined decision not to let yourself worry, panic or fear anything, but in every circumstance you cast your cares to the Lord.

Once you have cast your cares on the Lord you have to trust Him completely with the outcome and results. Proverbs 3:5-6: “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

Releasing that problem and making the decision to trust in God, may initially feel very difficult. It is a feeling of loss of control like stepping out of an aeroplane without a parachute into thin air. But when you lose control and allow God to be in control of your life, you step into thin air and land on a very solid Foundation. When you step out “into thin air” in faith, and make a decision to trust Him, the Lord is always faithful to catch you. He will never ever let you down. The following scripture is wonderful to quote to yourself when you feel a panic attack coming on: Hebrews 13:5-6 is a promise that just blows me away: “. . .[God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will not] (N.B. in the Amplified Bible it really does say “I will not” 3 times!) in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (Relax My hold on you!) [Assuredly not!] So we can take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper, I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?” This is an excellent scripture to use to encourage yourself when you find yourself being concerned about whether or not God will come through for you and meet your needs.

It might not always feel like God is there but He very clearly promised above that He will not, He will not, He will not ever let you down or forsake you or leave you helpless. So say with me, “God’s Word says it, I believe it, that settles it!” The big question is do you believe the God of the Bible or the god of your feelings? You cannot allow how you feel to override what the Word of God says. There is no authority higher than the authority of God’s Word. In fact, the Bible says that God placed His Word above His Name (Psalm 138:2)! So the Word must have final authority in our lives, especially in our thought life. We need to bring every fearful, anxious thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). We can be more sure of God’s Word than we can be sure of the fact that the sun will rise tomorrow. Luke 16:17: “Yet it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law (which is the Word of God) to fail and become void.”

There is a well known writing paper called “Footprints” which has the following message: “One night I had a dream. I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and across the skies flashed scenes of my life. In each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand and, to my surprise I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints. And I noticed that it was the lowest and saddest times in my life. I asked the Lord about it: “Lord, You said that once I decided to follow You, You would walk with me all the way. But I notice that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why You left my side when I needed You most.” The Lord said, “My precious child, I never left you during your time of trial. Where you see only one set of footprints, I was carrying you.” “

Settle it in your heart once and for all that God will never leave you or forsake you, He will not leave you helpless in your problems and He is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Do not be afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]”

 

Conquering Toxic Mindsets Related To Financial Pressures

 

Fear, Anxiety, Stress, Drivenness To Perform

 

When I first started Eagles Wings Ministry, the pressures and responsibilities relating to finances were overwhelming. It wasn’t long before I felt I was suffocating under the stress. During this time I sought the Lord for His wisdom and He began to teach me principles relating to finances from His Word that truly set me free to enjoy His peace.

Tammy Van Rensburg (my ministry partner and co-director in Eagles Wings) and I were led to do an in depth study of the word “meekness” in the Bible. Matthew 5:4 says “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth!” I always understood the word ‘meek’ to mean somebody who is very humble but what it actually means is “everything is Gods”. The moment you become a born again Christian, everything belongs to the Lord – not 10% but everything. 100% of your finances belong to the Lord, everything you own materially is His, your time is His, your spouse and children are His, even your body is His (1 Corinthians 6:20). We often sing songs in church where we say “I surrender all”. It is one thing to say it, but we literally have to do it. The implication of handing everything over to the Lord is that you also hand over the responsibility of everything – along with all the fear, anxiety, worry and stress associated with it - to Him. That means that if your bills are not paid, the needs of your family are not met or your business falls apart tomorrow – that is on the Lord’s hands. But you see, it is not the Lord’s character to allow that to happen. The reality is that when you are into fear, anxiety and worry over your finances, God is not your provider, you are. That is a scary place to be! However if you choose to walk in obedience to His Word, surrender everything to Him and truly trust Him, you will not be let down. Remember His promise in Hebrews 13:5 – 6, “I will not, I will not, I will not in any way fail you or let you down.” Matthew 6:26 – 30 reassures you, “...walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen colour and design quite like it? The ten best dressed men and women in the country look shabby along side them. If God gives such attention to the appearance of the wild flowers – most of which are never even seen – don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?” Message Bible

After gaining this revelation, I made the decision to truly hand over everything to the Lord, the responsibility and welfare of those working for me, our financial commitments, everything. When I did this it felt as though the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. The relief and peace was incredible.

Then as the Lord continued to teach me, He began to show me that behind the money systems of this world is a toxic, disease-making mindset which is the drivenness to perform: we need to work hard in order to earn money to pay the bills, put food on the table and survive. Along with this pressure, comes, tremendous stress, fear, anxiety and worry. However, Romans 12:2 says that we are not supposed to think like the world, God has a totally different way of thinking about finances and we need to think like Him! This may come as a startling revelation to many but we do not need to earn our money! Just as we cannot earn our salvation or God’s love and approval, but are saved by grace, we do not need to earn our money. God is our provider through His grace and unmerited favour.

 

Matthew 6:30 – 33 in the message Bible goes on to say, “What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so pre-occupied with getting, so that you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative and God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

 

I love the way the Message Bible puts it: if you choose not to think like the world, but instead to steep your life and your way of thinking in God-reality, God-initiative and God-provision, then you will not have to be so pre-occupied with getting (i.e. the stress of earning your money) and can respond to God’s giving as He faithfully provides for you.

So if you do not have to earn your money, do you need to work? Absolutely! You may say, “If I don’t need to earn my money, why should I work?” Because, it is, your calling. Ephesians 2:10 says that God had a specific calling, destiny or purpose for your life. Before the foundation of the world He planned good works for you to do. For example, I know that I am called by God to be a doctor and to use my medical knowledge and skill to serve people and build His Kingdom. I don’t do what I do to earn, money, my motive is my love for God and as an overflow of that, a love for people. So if I am helping rich people from Sandton in Johannesburg South Africa where I know I’ll make money or if I am working amongst the poorest of the poor in Zimbabwe who cannot give anything back to me for my service, it truly doesn’t make a difference: God is my Provider and I do what I do for love, not to earn money. I bless people as a loving act of service and worship to my Father. This is a radical change in mindset, but if you can master it, you’ll never struggle with fear and anxiety related to money again. As the Message Bible so wonderfully says, you’ll be careless in the care of God and free to focus on what God is doing or calling you to do.

 

Matthew 6:25 – 26 and 34, “If you decide for God, living a life of God worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God! And you count far more to Him than birds....Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find that your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

 

Since gaining this revelation I can honestly say that I have been free from financial fear and anxiety and have never gone without a need being met! It has been a wonderful experience to see all the interesting and different ways that God has provided.

This discussion about having a Godly mindset about finances would not be complete without discussing a key secret which is the law of generosity because this is where we really see the blessings of the Lord flow. In Mark 4:23 – 25 Jesus said: “Are you listening? Really listening? Listen carefully to what I am saying – be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.” Message Bible

Jesus said, be careful of the shrewd or clever advice of the world that tells you how to prosper financially, the secret is not getting but giving generously. That does not mean that you must just recklessly give away all that you have – you must give as the Holy Spirit leads, convicts and prompts you. “Generosity”, in this Scripture, means, giving beyond reason when it is not earned or deserved. “Giving beyond reason” means giving when it does not make sense to your logical mind. You will find that the Holy Spirit will prompt you to give something away at the most inconvenient time, when your logical mind tells you that you really need it! However whenever you step out in faith and obedience, Jesus said it would come back to you with a blessing and a bonus.

 

Luke 6:38, “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with a bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

 

Bottom line: You can enjoy a life which is careless in the care of God. Exchange financial fear and anxiety for rest and peace as You trust in God for His provision. Rather than being pre-occupied with surviving and earning money, focus on what God is doing and calling you to do. Allow your love for your God to motivate you to serve and bless others with your knowledge and skill in whatever occupational field you may be. Luke 6:38 in the Amplified Bible says that with the measure you use in your giving and blessing others is the measure that will be given back to you. In that light what would be the blessing if you were to give the Lord your all so that everything is His? Well the answer to that brings us back to the point I started with:

 

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth!”

 

When it Comes to the Deeper Fears Coming out of Relationship Breakdowns…

 

The answer to fear is intimacy with the Father – because He wants you to enter HIS REST.

 

 Hebrews 4:3, “For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest…”

 

The Lord wants you to know Him. The more you get to know Him, the more you will love Him. The primary reason that Jesus died was to restore you back into a love relationship with the Father. Love is the antidote to all fear. It starts with an intimate relationship and fellowship with God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

 

1 John 4:18-19, “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of the doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment (the King James Version says that fear has torment), and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. We love Him, because He first loved us.”

 

This is the foundation of healing from all fear, anxiety and stress related diseases, especially the deeper fears that come from rejection and relationship breakdowns is to receive the Father’s love.

 

This is the prayer of my heart for you: Ephesians 3:14 – 19 from the Amplified Bible: “…I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in your inner man by the Holy Spirit [Himself indwelling in your innermost being and personality]. May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your heart! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love], what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically through experience for yourself] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!”

 

Do you have difficulty trusting people? Do you have difficulty giving and receiving love? If you do, you have fear in you… get to know the Father. Exodus 33:13-14, “Show me Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding You more strongly and clearly]… And the Lord said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”

You may have been attending church for years… but you still do not know Him. The only way you are going to get to know Him is to spend time with Him. I’m not talking about 5 minutes here and there, I’m talking about getting serious. I’m talking about setting aside a decent amount of time every single day to just sit at the Father’s feet and fellowship with Him…this involves talking to Him, listening for His voice speaking to you in your heart, getting to know Him though reading His Word, and worshipping Him in that quiet place where it is just you and Him. What is a decent amount of time? Well that’s up to you. It depends how serious you are. You will get to know the Father as much as you want to know Him. Every great man and woman of God that I know about who impacted nations with world-wide ministries, like Smith Wigglesworth, John Wesley, Angus Buchan, Joyce Meyer all spend more than two hours with God every day. “Oh I don’t have time to spend two hours with God.” You are too busy. Busy people are stressed and anxious people. Angus Buchan defines the word busy as “Burdened Under Satan’s Yoke.” Now I don’t want to put a yoke around your neck by making a law out of two hours – you spend the amount of time with God that the Holy Spirit leads you to. The point is you need to get alone with God on a daily basis and get to know Him. If you don’t have time to spend with God, you are doing things that He has not called you to do. You are the one who sets your own busy schedule so get rid of those unnecessary things that are robbing you of your time with God.

 

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” KJV.

 

Power represents the Holy Spirit. Love represents the love of the Father. 1 John 4:8 says that “God is love”. How do you get a sound mind? By washing of the water of the Word (Ephesians 5:26). Who is the Word? Jesus is the Word! (John 1:1, John 1:14 and Revelations 19:11 – 14). Power represents the Holy Spirit, Love represents God and a sound mind represents the Word which is Jesus. So what is the anti-dote to fear? Fellowship and a love relationship with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. When you’re hanging out with God – fear has no chance of taking root in you.

 

Romans 8:15, “For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!”

 

Peace is not something that can be put on you, it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Jesus said that the only way you are going to see the fruit of the Holy Spirit manifested in your life is by abiding in the vine – that means spending time with Him in intimate fellowship.

 

John 15:4 – 5 & 7, “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in Him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. . . . If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”

 

Let’s Begin Your Journey to Freedom through Practical Application of the Word of God

 

At this point in your journey through this book, you have gained knowledge about how and why your disease developed. Hopefully the mystery has been taken out of your disease. Now it is time to apply this knowledge to your life so that you can begin your walkout into freedom. In the following pages you will be referred to several chapters that will highlight areas that need to be dealt with in order to set your healing in motion. Don’t rush through it – carefully and prayerfully deal with one issue at a time.

Remember this is not a ritual or a “10 steps to get what you want out of God” scientific formula. This book has merely been designed to help you practically apply the Word of God to your life. If you are just going to go through the motions because you want your healing for selfish reasons and you are using this as a system or mechanism, you are wasting your time. You need to do the will of God from the heart.

 

Ephesians 6:6, “Not with eye service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” KJV

 

Restore Your Relationships

 

All spiritually rooted diseases that involve fear involve a separation or a breach in relationship with God, yourself and/or others. Therefore the beginning of healing is:

 

• Reconciliation with God – receiving His love and reconciliation with Him as your Father.

Reconciliation of you with yourself – forgive yourself of those things that you are holding against yourself.

Reconciliation of you with others – especially when there is fear from victimization, humiliation, abandonment, verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse. Part of your healing begins with learning to trust again and to be vulnerable. People with diseases rooted in fear don’t want to be vulnerable because they don’t want to take the risk of more rejection and so they withdraw into a world of protective mechanisms. They are afraid to be vulnerable because they don’t want to be severely hurt again. Could you dare believe? Could you dare love? Could you dare be vulnerable again? Yes – by getting to know the Father more.

 

Forgiveness Comes Before Healing

 

Your journey of sanctification and restoration back to good health has to begin with repentance where you ask God to forgive you for your participation with sin, in this case fear, anxiety and/or worry. However, God’s forgiveness for you is conditional. He expresses very clearly in His Word that He will not forgive you if you are not willing to forgive others (Mark 11:25 – 26). Unforgiveness is a major block to healing from both a medical and Biblical perspective. So before you come before God to repent of the sin behind your disease, you need to do an exercise where you forgive everybody who has injured, hurt or wronged you whether they are living or dead. You may also have to forgive yourself.

Therefore before you can continue with the rest of this chapter, you must first work through the chapter on page 630 called “Forgiveness, A Necessity For Healing.”

 

Repent!

 

I assume at this point that you have come to the place where you have forgiven God, yourself and others. If you have felt the gentle and loving conviction of the Holy Spirit and are in a place where you are ready to repent, I encourage you to pray this prayer with me:

 

 “Father I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I recognize that I have served the sin of fear, anxiety and/ or worry in my life. I allowed the spirit of fear to train me in my thinking to have this toxic sinful mindset and as I fell into agreement with it, I became one with sin as if it were me. Father I confess my participation with sin, I repent to You for believing the lies of the spirit of fear and I ask You to forgive me. Father in the Name of Jesus I ask You to break the curse of this iniquity so that the power of this sin is broken in my life and in the generations after me. As I have forgiven every single person I know who has hurt, wronged or injured me, I thank You for forgiving me of my sin and for the blood of Jesus that has cleansed me from all unrighteousness. Amen.”

 

After praying this prayer, listen to track 2 on the CD in a quiet place with your eyes closed and allow the Lord to minister to you.

 

1 John 1:9, “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought and action].”

 

Is There a Genetically Inherited Component to Your Disease?

 

Before you go any further in this section, just take a moment to think: Did other family members in your generation and the generations before you have the same disease that you are suffering from? If so, your disease may be genetically inherited. In this case it is important for you to read through the chapter on genetically inherited diseases on page 151 because to receive healing, not only do you have to ask God to forgive you of your sin, but you then also have to ask forgiveness for the sin of fear, anxiety and worry in your fore fathers in generations before you.

 

The Pathway to Wholeness:

 

At the beginning of this chapter I asked you to read through the section “Discerning the Source of Your Thoughts” on page 84 because I wanted you to understand how your enemy had trained you in your mind to be fearful, anxious, worried and tensed up. It is important for you to understand that fear is not just an emotion – the Bible says it is an evil spirit (2 Timothy 1:7). The spirit of fear gave you thoughts in the first person via theta brain wave activity such as “What if this goes wrong? What if this happens? What if that happens? etc”. As you meditated on those thoughts which you think are yours in your mind which is your soul, you built a long term memory or toxic thorn tree of fear in your brain. So what was initially spiritual became a part of your body physically in the form of long term memory. You have become one with the spirit of fear in spirit, soul and body. That toxic thorn tree of fear caused the hypothalamus in your brain to initiate a cascade of electrical, chemical and hormonal reactions that eventually lead to the development of disease. In summary disease develops through the spirit-soul-body connection.

Healing occurs through the same pathway which is sanctification of the spirit, soul and body.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Sanctification means cleansing or getting rid of filth - it is the process of getting rid of sin.

 

Sanctification of the Spirit

 

2 Corinthians 7:1, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” KJV.

 

Paul taught in 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Let us cleanse ourselves of all filthiness of the flesh and the spirit.” If you have a spirit of fear, that is not a clean spirit, that is an unclean spirit by its fallen nature, so you need to cleanse yourself from all filthiness of the spirit. In other words you need to be delivered from the spirit of fear and remove it from your life. You need to command it to leave in Jesus Name because it no longer has a legal right to your life if you have repented. That is sanctification of the spirit.

Jesus gave us authority over the devil and his kingdom.

 

Jesus said in Luke 10:18-20 “I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Mark 16:17, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in My Name they will drive out demons. They will speak in new languages; they will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well”

 

The devil has already been defeated. Jesus is an expert in war and He is an expert in victory. He has spoiled principalities and powers of darkness and He has made a show of them openly (Colossians 2:15). He did it when He was here as Jesus, He did it when He was in hell and He wants you to do the same thing as believers because He gave you the power, He gave you the mandate, He gave you the sonship, He gave you the Holy Spirit and He gave you a command – go do it!

I encourage you to say the following out loud with authority: “I take authority over the spirit of fear as well as inherited iniquity of fear in my family tree - you cannot rule my spirit and mind anyy longer. I command you to go and to be cast out of my life and the generations in my family in the power and authority of the Name of Jesus! I also take authority over the spirit of death and spirit of infirmity. In the Name of Jesus I break your power and I command you to go!

In the Name of Jesus I release myself from the fear that torments me for it is written that fear has torment (1 John 4:18). In the Name of Jesus I release myself from performance, perfectionism and meeting the expectations of others. In the name of Jesus I release myself from fear of failure that drives me to do everything right and who would tell me that who I am is what I do. I determine in my heart this day to make an allowance for weakness and mistakes for it is written that His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) and “Though the righteous shall fall seven times, the Lord will lift them up!” (Proverbs 24:16). I release myself from the fear of man and what others think of me. I release myself from inferiority and I take authority over the evil spirit that accuses me, makes me feel inferior and says that I don’t measure up to somebody else – you are a lying spirit and I break your power and command you to be gone in the Name of Jesus! I release myself from the panic in the projection of things that could go wrong. I release myself from dread. I release myself from horror and the fear of evil now in my life in the Name of Jesus.

Father I release myself from the fear and pain of rejection. It doesn’t matter who has rejected me because You are my source and it’s about time I stopped making them an idol. If somebody doesn’t love me, that’s their loss. God You are my Father and Jesus is my husband and You are all I’ve got 100 years from now so I may as well get used to it now. Father I release myself from my dependency on humans who will possibly never love me. I release a peace inside me that I have never known because I am wanted, and I am loved! Father You saved me, You chose me before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), You made me a son, You made me a daughter. I am the apple of Your eye (Zechariah 2:8), I am engraved in the palms of Your hand (Isaiah 49:16), You have betrothed me as a bride to Your Son and my name is written in the Lamb’s book of Life (Luke 10:20). . . .what more could I ask of you?

I release myself from the fears and insecurities that have come from broken relationships and rejection for it is written in Romans 8:15 that God has not given me into bondage to the spirit of fear but I have received the spirit of adoption whereby I can cry out Abba Father! I release myself from hardness of heart that I have that will not let me trust and be vulnerable without fear. I release myself from the fear of giving and receiving love. Father I open my heart right now to receive Your perfect love which casts out all fear. I release myself to the love of the Father and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ as a work of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, deliver me of all my fears, for it is written in Romans 10:13, “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be delivered” and in Psalm 34:4 it says that You will deliver me of all of my fears. Lord, deliver me! In the Name of Jesus I command my hypothalamus to be at peace. Father I ask You for help. I ask You for the grace, power strength and ability that I need to renew my mind as I begin to meditate on the things I have been taught. Amen”

 

Note: You cannot just think these words above in your mind because evil spirits can’t read your mind – you need to speak it out. Make it verbal so that the invisible kingdom can hear the declaration of your heart – the Word of God spoken out of your mouth is your weapon in spiritual warfare.

It is necessary to do sanctification of the spirit first because you will not be able to renew your mind until the spirit of fear has been removed.

 

Sanctification of the Soul

 

Even though the spirit of fear which initially taught you this toxic thinking habit of fear and anxiety has been removed, you still have a toxic thorn tree (long term memory) of fear in your brain. That toxic thorn tree is able to initiate the chemical and hormonal reactions that lead to disease, even without the spirit of fear being there. Therefore that thorn tree also has to be dealt with and removed through renewing of your mind. That is sanctification of the soul. You sanctify your soul through the washing of the water of the Word.

 

John 17:17, “Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.”

Ephesians 5:26, “So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word.”

 

You set your healing in motion with your prayer of repentance where you asked God for forgiveness for the fear, anxiety and/or that caused the disease. However that prayer is not the beginning and end of it! That is just the beginning - you still have to go through the process of renewing your mind and that is where the effort on your part comes in. Repentance is more than just saying “Sorry God” with words. The original Greek word for repentance in the Bible means “changing your thinking”. You need to renew your mind by changing your thinking to the way that God thinks. You find out how God thinks by meditating on His Word. His Word is what sanctifies your soul.

If you have suffered from a disease that was caused by a fear, anxiety and/or worry, you need to renew your mind and change your thinking. With the help of the Holy Spirit you need to develop a new mindset by purposefully meditating on the Word of God and the transforming truths of the scriptures in this chapter. The Bible says that those whose minds are fixed on the Lord will be kept in perfect peace and the Lord is the Word.

 

Isaiah 26:3, “You will guard and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”

 

At this point please read through the chapter on page 695 called “Dealing With Disease From A Medical Perspective” where I share 10 practical principles on how to renew your mind effectively.

 

Sanctification of the Body

 

As you renew your mind with the Word of God, healthy memories or lush trees are built in your brain. These lush trees will secrete chemicals that will flow through the thorn trees and remove the thorns that were making you sick. 3 John 2 says you will prosper and be in health as your soul prospers. When you develop a new, healthy, Godly mindset, through the mind-body connection your body will also conform to health. This is sanctification of the body – the removal of disease and everything that destroys it. Now you have sanctification of the spirit, soul and body which is true wholeness.

 

Coming back to 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Use Your Weapon to Counter a Fear and Anxiety Attack!

 

When the enemy comes to attack you in your mind with fear, anxiety and worry, the easiest way to interrupt that thought and bring it captive to the obedience of Christ is to start speaking. Start talking so that he can’t get a word in edge ways because you can’t speak and hear his lies in your mind at the same time.

If you are a worrier, you need to make the effort to memorize a few of the scriptures in this chapter by heart. I strongly recommend that you speak out the Word when you feel a worry or panic attack coming on. One of your most powerful weapons to defeat the enemy is to speak out the Word of God. Joyce Meyer says, “You cannot defeat Goliath with your mouth shut.”

 

Hebrews 4:12 says that “the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing and effective]; it is sharper than any two edged sword.”

 

The Word of God is a powerful two edged sword that we can use in spiritual warfare to defeat the enemy in our life. However just as a sword left in its sheath is not effective in battle until you take it out and use it, the Bible on the shelf is not going to do anything for you. Its power is only released when you speak it in faith. Jesus was tempted three times by the devil when he was fasting in the dessert. Each time, Jesus simply resisted him by saying, “It is written…it is written…It is written…” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). That is the way we need to respond to the devil when he tries to tempt us with fear, anxiety and worry.

The flesh can get lazy when it comes to learning the Word and speaking it out to counter the worry attack when it comes. But here is the bottom line – do you want to overcome your habit of worry and fear and enjoy good health or not? God has given you His Word so use it! The Word that is spoken from your mouth, with faith to back it up, is the single most effective weapon that can be used to win the battle against worry and anxiety. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith will defeat fear. Fear and faith are opposing spiritual forces and they both demand to be fulfilled – which voice are you going to listen to?

Personally, in dealing with spiritual roots and struggles in my own life, I have found it very helpful to write out a “Faith Confession” with relevant scriptures, which I speak out on a daily basis until my mind is renewed and I have victory in that area. Below is a suggestion for part of your faith confession in dealing with fear and anxiety:

 

Faith Confession for Fear and Anxiety

 

“I lose my mind from fear and anxiety and bind my mind to the mind of Christ. (Mathew 16:19) God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a calm and well balanced mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) Father, I cast the whole of my care – all my anxieties, all my worries, all my concerns, once and for all on You, for You care about me affectionately and You care about me watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7) Therefore God’s peace which surpasses all understanding is guarding my heart and mind. (Philipians 4: 6 -7) Because I have Your peace, I will not let my heart be troubled. I will not allow myself to be agitated and disturbed. I will not permit myself to be fearful, intimidated, cowardly and unsettled. (John 14:27). The fear of man brings a snare, but because I lean on, trust in and put my confidence in the Lord, I am safe and set on high. (Proverbs 29:25) Father, I thank you for your promise in Hebrews 13:5 “God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will, not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down or relax My hold on you. Assuredly not!” So I can take comfort and be encouraged and confidently and boldly say: “The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm. I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6) The Lord is my Light and my Salvation – whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1) I fear not (there is nothing to fear) for God is with me. I do not look around in terror and be dismayed, for the Lord is my God. He will strengthen and harden me to difficulties, yes, God will help me; yes, He will hold me up and retain me with His victorious right hand of rightness and justice. (Isaiah 41:10) Father as You commanded me in Joshua 1:9, “I am strong, vigorous and very courageous. I will not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord my God is with me wherever I go.

There is no fear in love (dread does not exist), but full grown complete love turns fear out of the doors and expels every trace of terror! (1 John 4:18) Therefore, Father I ask that You would strengthen and reinforce me with mighty power in my inner man by the Holy Spirit (Himself indwelling in my innermost being and personality). May Christ dwell and make His permanent home in my heart. May I be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that I may have the power and be strong to apprehend what is the breadth, length, height and depth of Your love – that I may really come to know practically through experience for myself the love of Christ which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience: that I may be filled through all my being with the fullness of God (with the richest measure of Your Divine Presence and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!) (Ephesians 3:16 – 19 from Amplified Bible) Father I ask that You would give me a love for You as no man has had before. I want to know You Father [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding You more strongly and clearly As I set my mind on You, lead me into Your rest.” (Exodus 33:13-14)

 

You now know from the teaching in this chapter that the antidote to fear is love.

 

Deuteronomy 10:12 and 13:3, “What does the Lord your God require of you?. . ...to love the Lord your God with all your mind and heart and with your entire being.”

 

When the devil drops thoughts of fear into your mind again (and he will try), respond by bringing that thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and verbalizing your love for God: Quote scripture, for example Deuteronomy 10:12, “I love you Lord with my whole heart, mind, soul and strength! I appreciate, prize, love and adore You exceedingly!” If you do that every time your thoughts start to get fearful, the devil will soon leave you alone because he can’t stand you verbalizing your love for God.

 

Take Heart

 

Remember that renewing your mind is not something that takes place over night - it is a process that takes time and your dedicated effort with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is not always easy. Furthermore the manifestation of your healing is not always immediate. You didn’t get into this mess over night and sometimes you don’t get out of it over night. Therefore I recommend that you read through the section under the title “Don’t Give Up” on page 147 which is a word of encouragement for you as you continue your journey to wholeness.

 

Finally

 

Pray the prayer of faith with me, “Father, I have a covenant of divine healing with You (Isaiah 53:5). You forgive all my sins and heal all my diseases (Psalm 103:3). Thank You that I am forgiven for fear, anxiety and/or worry (1 John 1:9). Therefore on the authority of Your Word and in the Name of Jesus – I claim and declare healing and complete wholeness in my mind and body. In faith I declare that I am free and totally healed of (name the disease)!”

 

James 5:14 – 16, “Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. And the prayer that is of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offences, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”

 

When Your Body is Irreversibly Damaged

 

Apart from the example of the prayer of healing above, when there is irreversible damage that is done to body organs or tissue, it is also necessary to operate in the gift of miracles. This is where you speak a creative miracle into being by commanding that damaged organ or part of the body to be made whole and perfect again as God originally created it from the foundation of the world. This is further explained on page 122 under the heading “You Can’t Always Do It Alone.”

 

PSALM 34:4, “I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all of my fears.”  [672-688]