In the future, when the Charismatic movement is superseded by a new move of God, we will look back and wonder how Spirit filled Christians tolerated such weak doctrine, such heresy, such indulgence and such a lack of knowledge as that which typifies the Charismatic movement.
It seems the focus of those that are considered leaders of this movement, is almost entirely centered around the very same things that tempted Adam and Eve and Jesus – the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. How much more money can be extracted out of the people, how big a house can be bought, how many luxuries, assets and properties can be gathered without conviction?
Meanwhile, teachings are so weak, the congregation can barely get to the next week without backsliding.. again. Recent studies in the west show that the lifestyles of Christian families and increasingly mirroring those of non believers and no wonder. How often do leaders discuss spiritual matters; the consequence of sin and spiritual warfare? How often are people warned about associations and being yoked with non-believers?
What about even basic knowledge on matters that affect health and consequently the spiritual status of a person? Where are the Christian ministries exposing the consequences of GMO’s, poor diet and lack of exercise? Just about every Church has a large percentage of people that are suffering sickness and ill health and yet the church generally offer little sound knowledge on how to address these problems.
Our suffering is invariably as a result of what we are allowing or putting into our bodies. (Natural or spiritual) Below is a checklist for anyone suffering ill health or disease. In order of importance apply the below for any condition you currently have.
Spiritual assessment: Do you have any unresolved anger, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, hatred, fear? Deal with it before progressing. Fast 3 days on fresh juice (cut out social media/TV/etc) and prayer for revelation about the situation at hand. Once God gives conviction; repent, reconcile, forgive, renounce or whatever He convicts of and move on. This will impact every one of your personal relationships for the better, not just those who are offended by you or whom you are offended by. If there is anybody that you cannot prayer for in love, you have a problem that you need to address. Prayer for that person continually until you can forgive them and love them and then the hindrance in your life will have been dealt with.
Assess your food? What are you eating? How much of it are you eating. The body can quickly become overloaded or experience subtle symptoms of ‘overdoes’ by excessive amounts of the same food and drinks. Older people especially can suffer degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis because of the same food / liquids they consume through habit. The medical establishment hates prevention and would rather treat the symptoms as this is where the money is, which means their advice often has little impact. Some simple advice in this regard is: filter your water (get rid of fluoride and chlorine which are both highly toxic). Where possible rely on organic foodstuffs which do not have pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and other toxic substances added in the growing/production process. Where possible avoid food / drink from large corporations which are purely profit driven. Eat fast food as a last resort and avoid soft drinks. Avoid microwave ovens and GMO foods. Reduce sugar and caffeine. Increase fruit and vegetables. Avoid colorants and preservatives. Take vitamins and natural supplements as the soil in which most of our food is produced is greatly depleted and is not providing us with the nutrition our bodies require for healthy living.
What medication are you on? The west is so medicated that half the ailments people experience are those caused by the medication they are on. Check the ingredients for every medical you are on and study the side effects. Medication is a big killer and this is true even for correctly taken medication. Wean yourself from whatever medication is not absolutely necessary.
Are you breaking God’s rules for Godly living? One of the biggest dangers is being in sexual relationship outside of marriage. The devil gets all sorts of authority into our lives through such relationships and women especially are vulnerable as they are under the spiritual covering of the man. That means whatever spiritual /demonic authority in over your partner has direct access into your life. Spiritual ties develop and the consequences of this can last for up to 3 generations.
Exercise is paramount for a healthy life. Your body needs cardio exercise to pump cells full of oxygen on a regular basis. Cancer cells thrive on acidic and anaerobic conditions and love sugar. Exercise also invigorates all the body’s systems and gets them working optimally; preventing constipation, forcing toxins to be expelled through sweat, building muscle and strengthening bones and joints. Its a de-stressor which resets your worry clock. (and worry itself can cause all sorts of illness) Start off with a walk around the nearest park and build it up over time until you can run for 30-40 minutes at a time. Anyone can do this no matter the age. Alternatively get a bicycle, but ensure the body has a thorough work out at least twice a week.
Fasting is of paramount importance, not just for spiritual reasons, but also for physical. Jesus said we should fast and every Christian should fast at least 1 day a week. Give your body rest for 24 hrs once a week and you will be amazed at how the body starts to revive. The body has it own natural healing capacity but we pump too much food (digestion requires a lot of energy and effort) into it, too often, to ever allow the body a chance to do repair and maintenance work. A 7 day fast on fruit juice will change your life dramatically. For those overweight, eliminate breakfast (this meal was actually introduced to break-a-fast and is not necessary) I advise to rely on two meals a day, one at mid morning and a second at evening. If we start the day with breakfast the body converts the previous night’s meal into fat reserves instead of utilizing and drawing energy from that meal. The body must be disciplined into drawing off its fat reserves instead of prompting one to eat at set times throughout the day.
Be careful what you allow into your body through your natural senses. There is so much demonic and evil ‘entertainment’ out there and we often do not realize the authority we give the devil by what we watch and listen to. Get rid of the evil music and the fear inducing movies and focus on whatever is good, pure, wholesome and Godly. Get rid of the gossip, the judgment, the criticizing of others. Fear and stress will subside and peace will begin to be restored.
If Christians can get these right, most health issues will right themselves. The rest require fervent prayer for revelation as to the cause. Too often people are praying for and commanding healing, but don’t know the cause requires a simple change in habit or behavior. Once God reveals the cause, the matter can be addressed and healing will following. Its just sometimes we are so far from God we can never hear a thing. Spend time in the word, prayer and fast and you will hear from God in due course.