Every Word Counts!

 The power in our words is real and persistent even if we don't mean what we say

The power in our words is real and persistent even if we don’t mean what we say

Are you talking yourself into “dis-ease”?     It’s very common to hear “casual statements like”:

“I’m trying to get the flu….”

“This headache is killing me…..”

“The ‘sore’ on my foot is worrying me to death….”

Many of us do a great deal of negative self talk thinking it is “just words” or, worse, a way to be “humble”; however, our bodies hear and respond to every word we say. This topic is discussed in considerable detail in the book, Slam the Door on Cancer….and lock it out of your life.  The power of words is very much discussed in The Bible in many different places.  The resources mentioned in this post ALL expand the subject of speaking life or speaking death.  Either way, you will be correct.

In  Slam the Door on Cancer, I share an exercise I learned from author and counselor, Gary Sinclair who wrote Your Empowering Spirit. In my seminars, I ask for a volunteer to come forth and try to get one who is confident in their muscle strength. I have the volunteer stretch out their dominant arm to the side at shoulder height. I do my best to push down the arm so it touches their side. I work out regularly so I am pretty strong, but often the volunteer can hold the arm in place against significant resistance. Then I ask the volunteer to envision an imaginary person–not someone they know–standing about 10 feet away. I ask if it’s a man or woman so I know they have a solid “Picture” of the person. Then I ask them to tell the person they are “weak and unworthy” aloud ten times. When they’ve finished repeating these words, I have them extend the same arm again and, without exception, I have been able to push the arm down quickly with two fingers of pressure. THIS PERSON’S BODY HAS BELIEVED EVERY WORD IT HEARD THE PERSON SAY TO AN IMAGINARY PERSON KNOWING IT COULD NOT BE TRUE. THEIR OWN BODY HEARD THE WORDS AND OBEYED THEM.

The wise King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 6:1-2 that “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth.” Charles Capps, in his essential book God’s Creative Power, explains, “Spoken words program your spirit either to success or defeat. Words are containers. They carry faith or fear, and they produce after their kind.” (p4) Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God“. (www.charlescapps.com )

Dr. Caroline Leaf, PhD, in her book, Who Switched Off My Brain?, says, “Words are the symbolic output of the exceptional processes happening on micranatomical, epigenetic, and genetic levels in the brain. The words you speak are electromagnetic life forces that come from thoughts inside your brain. They are influenced by your five senses and result from choices you have made. They reflect your attitude. . . .They contain power and work hand-in-hand with your thought life, influencing the world around you and the circumstances of your life.” (p 93) ( www.drleaf.com )

Dr Leaf admonishes us that this discussion is “much more than just positive thinking…framing your world with words is not just about talking positively. . . .Your words have to be backed up with honesty (what the science of thought calls integrity.” (p93)

In my own “interactive miracle”, I found God’s creative power in His Word by decreeing aloud all of His promises about my health and well being. I lined my own “intent” up with God’s “intent” and no enemy can touch that power. Intent is a key in any thought or word process and we further discuss the quantum science underlying that power in Slam the Door on Cancer.

In her profound book, Discover the Secret Key of the Cross, Margaret Lukasik discusses listening to what you’re saying every day. “You’ll probably find that you’re making confessions all day long that keep you working hard on your own rather than looking to Christ. By changing what you say, you’ll be exchanging words of hard labor for words of freedom and rest.” ( www.lifepurposebooks.com )

Lukasik’s book can free you from fruitless striving to muscle God through prayer and decrees and move you toward speaking His Word because it’s true. We decree God’s promises not to make them happen but because they have already happened and our part of the process is to proclaim them or release them into our very atmosphere.

Check out the Scriptures listed on the resource and reference page of this blog to tune into God’s intent. As Margaret Lukasik says, “We are to operate in this principle (of speaking God’s Word over and over daily) to grow faith for God’s Word, not laboring to be good enough to move God’s hand for us.”

The CD/Scroll set, “Letters From Jesus for Healing” available online is an exquisite way to “soak” in the truth of God’s Word as well. (www.lettersfromjesus.com )I would also recommend the 2 CD set “Soul Soaking In the Midst” by Katie Souza and Janie Duvall which is available through www.expectedendministries.com . Janie Duvall’s anointed soul soaking music is available from the eStore at www.sidroth.com . Listen to God’s promises when you can’t be speaking them aloud and your faith will soar……it can even help repair your DNA which is a topic for a future post on this blog.

Christian physicist/teacher, David Van Koevering, has done a “quantum healing Scriptural audio available at www.elsewhen.com. Van Koevering makes comments between Scriptures to help understand the quantum science revealed in the Scriptures.

“Free Art” Heals Body & Soul

You may think this post is trite.   I assure you it is not.   In this post I’m sharing a critical element of healing

from any “dis-ease” including cancer.   We’ve said before that “laughter is the best medicine”; that moving lymphatic fluid ‘drains our inner swamp’; that deep breathing is an enemy of cancer; and that our body and soul (mind, will, emotions) are irrefutably connected.   Within what I am referring to as “the whimsical” are elements of all these powerful healing practices–without the possible “bondage” of making sure you are doing this right or not forgetting to do that twice a day, etc.    NONE of what I’ve shared with you in book or blog is meant to be “bondage”.   You can be content in any situation (as Paul said he was even in prison) and disease can feel like a prison keeping us from “our lives” ; however, taking the next step to being whimsical may seem “too much of a stretch” for some situations.   It never is because fun keeps you from taking yourself too seriously.

 Just scribble some loops in a sketch pad with colorful markers randomly. NO PLAN IN MIND. Then color in areas again without a plan. You will get "lost" in the color and that's healing.

Yep YOU are an artist. Just scribble some loops in a sketch pad with colorful markers randomly. NO PLAN IN MIND. Then color in areas (again without a plan). You will get “lost” in the color and that’s healing.

I observe that, in many cases, if a wife is being attacked by cancer, husbands will try to fight the fight for them over-acting “the whimsical”.  It’s an idea, I’m sure, rooted in love (and unfortunately sometimes in fear and denial); however, I’ve also observed that ONLY the one actually under physical attack from a disease can initiate “the whimsical”.    The family might “sneak up on the attack” by bringing the “sick person” into whimsical family activity like doodling in tablets with markers or crayons and passing the tablets around every few minutes so that another person is working on what you started and sharing these usually funny pictures once each person has had a turn on each tablet.  (That’s a paper tablet not a computer tablet of course.)  If adults won’t do this with you, find some children.

Simple, whimsical, activities need not tire anyone, but they can distract all involved from trying to act like they aren’t thinking of the “elephant in the living room”–the sickness challenge going on.  The entire family can benefit from the distraction.


In my book, Slam the Door on Cancer, there’s a small section called “Don’t Forget the Whimsical”.  Here’s that short excerpt with a few added thoughts:

‘Don’t Forget the Whimsical’ (of which “Free Art” is an important part).
I’m compelled to make you aware of the healing impact of “free” art and music in healing. You may not consider

Learn 4 chords on a ukelele and you can play many fun songs. You WILL laugh.

Learn 4 chords on a ukelele and you can play many fun songs. You WILL laugh

yourself an artist – but you are. I recommend you get a small sketchbook and some markers or crayons and spend time doodling.   If you can turn on some music that will flow through your soul without calling attention to itself, it absolutely will emit strong positive vibrations. Just move the crayon or marker and get lost in it.

Begin with no pre-conceived ideas and expect nothing.   Start with drawing a shape or even a couple of lines . . . God will show up. You may “see” things in your “free play” sketches days later– images that help your soul heal.   I’ve know folks to actually realize the probable emotional root that’s allowed the disease attack as they have looked through their “free art pieces”.
If you ever played a musical instrument, maybe you could pick it back up . . . just for you.  Or,you could get your hands on an inexpensive ukulele or harmonica and learn a tune or two for fun. At least, get a kazoo but get two because someone else will want to join you. Breath deeply when you “play” harmonica or kazoo remembering our earlier discussions of its importance.

 Try silly stuff like these things and you will be amazed how healing it is. If the folks around you scoff at silliness, do it anyway. They aren’t the bosses of you and, besides, fun is contagious. Get back to who “you” are by remembering “you” are not your body. You are a spirit with a soul living in a body. God is a fun God always in a good mood. When I learned to play and laugh with God, my healing took an actual “quantum leap”.

Soon we will have a guest post regarding the “Cancer Type Personality” and I think you will find this post underscores the importance of loosening up one’s personality for beating this “dis-ease”.

Lymphatics! Our Secret Soldier!

I apologize to readers.  In my haste to answer the question:  “Please share in more detail what you did in your “interactive healing miracle”, I did not give attention to one of the most critical elements of this victory–lymphatics.    Most people are aware that they have “lymph nodes” and that it’s frightening for doctors to talk about cancer cells being found in them.   Frankly, that’s about the extent of awareness.

Our lymphatic fluid MUST constantly move through filter nodes and return to our circulatory system. It is a 24/7 internal cleansing mechanism.

Like fresh moving water, our lymphatic fluid MUST constantly move throughout our bodies, through filter nodes, and finally return to our circulatory system. It is a 24/7 internal cleansing mechanism.

I do give attention to our amazing under appreciated “lymphatic system” in my book, Slam the Door on Cancer, but I want to march this topic out into the sunlight for its own “awareness campaign”.   We have so many colored “awareness of disease” ribbons which somehow irritate me because I don’t like making any disease a “celebrity” in any sense.    Instead, let’s give something that really deserves awareness and CAN help us NOW individually more than a ribbon.   Let’s give it respect and USE it wisely which costs nothing and tremendously impacts our health.   Let’s drain our stagnant swamps within.

What is the lymphatic system?  It is a network of vessels and nodes (basically filtering stations) that cover our entire body more or less parallel to our blood vessel system.  They have valves similar to veins to guard against “back wash”.  The fluid in lymph vessels is not “pumped” by a “beating heart” as blood vessels are.

Instead they depend on muscle contraction and deep breathing to move fluid along.  The deep breathing, especially compresses

Stagnant water accumulates toxins, debris, and "gums up the works" just like a stagnant lymphatic flow does in our bodies.

Stagnant water accumulates toxins, debris, and “gums up the works” just like a stagnant lymphatic flow does in our bodies.

abdominal organs and the space around them to help fluid not become stagnant.   There are two zones to the lymphatic system.  One includes head, right arm and shoulder and part of thorax (chest).  The other includes the rest of the body.  Both have tiny capillaries picking up wastes and debris at the cellular level then carrying it via gradually enlarging vessels (and passing through filtering and/or “treatment nodes”  then finally “dumping” that filtered fluid into the blood vein just under the left collar bone.

How does this important system work?   The process goes on 24/7 but can be sluggish if not supported by light exercise and deep breathing.   The sedentary lifestyle and habitual shallow breathing that goes with it undermines the critical function of this system.  Chronic inflammation, the root of nearly every disease,  usually results.   The heart will keep the circulatory system “chugging along” up to a point.   The lymphatic system depends on you and me to live in such a way that this waste fluid has no opportunity to stagnate. We cannot afford to take it for granted.

In all my research I came to realize that the more deliberate a person is in cooperating with the amazing “clean out system” we call our “lymphatics”, the less likely that person is to have inflammation get a foothold and disease get a stronghold. Personally, I pursued proper breathing mechanisms integrated with light but comprehensive exercise (whole body involvement).

Two of our best lymphatic strategies are demonstrated well.       I again share a Youtube videoby a physical therapist, Tom Ockler, at https://youtu.be/RJkg9fARLQU  (this links to the first of three in a series) as well as my own exercise video at https://youtu.be/lIWoEaiHEV8 .   I also offer a DVD of these exercises (loosely adapted from Tai Chi) on www.slamthedooroncancer.com.    Some people like the DVD because they can use it with their TV instead of computer and, on it, I repeat the movements several times.  I sell it at my cost.

Frankly, it is easy to learn the movements by memory (from either youtube or DVD) and do all or part of them whenever you have the opportunity throughout the day.  The routine takes very little space and you can pick the ones you are more comfortable with.  It is very helpful to do them upon arising because our bodies do tend to need a “jump start” after a night of stillness.

Regarding deep breathing, here are the basic steps (as Dr. Andrew Weil teaches them).  This exercise has been used for 1000’s of years in ancient and modern medicine.  Remember, cancer is anaerobic but normal cells MUST have oxygen:

  1.  You just sit quietly
  2. Put the tip of your tongue at the back of your upper two front teeth
  3. Breathe in through your nose to a count of 4
  4. Hold the breath to a count of 7
  5. Breathe out with a soft “whoosh” through your mouth keeping your tongue at the back of your two upper front teeth.

Apparently the tongue on the teeth completes an electrical circuit which is extremely helpful because we live in a “body electric” as well as a biochemical body.

Many wonder what they CAN do to enhance their internal environment so that diseases like cancer cannot gain access.  Living with respect to our and awareness of our “secret soldier”–our amazing lymphatic system is THE first step.  I encourage you to work with it!  Obviously, staying well hydrated is essential for the lymphatic system to be able to do its job sufficiently.


Meat Decisions Regarding Cancer

Cattle are "wonderfully designed" to turn photosynthesized plant material into a really healthy form of food that a really healthy body can well use in moderation."

Cattle are “wonderfully designed” to turn photosynthesized plant material into a really healthy form of food that a really healthy body can well use in moderation.”

When I was personally faced with “being my own doctor” with a diagnosis of ‘untreatable pancreatic cancer’, one of the most confusing and difficult decisions was whether or not to stop eating meat. I had been a “beef eater” all my life and really wondered if “going vegan–or almost vegan” was that important.   I was, then, unaware of the enormous changes that had taken place in beef production. I now live in a rural area where there is much “beef on the hoof” but mostly these are brood cows with calves at their sides and plenty of green grass to graze upon.   As yearlings, the calves are usually shipped to a large industrial feed lot “out west”.

Recently,a local farmer I respect posted on Facebook that he’d found a sick calf in his herd and he made a remark that caused me to pause. He said something like, “Those of you who don’t want us to use antibiotics haven’t ever seen a sick calf.   We wouldn’t give them antibiotic injections unless necessary as a bottle of the medicine costs $1100.”    I know this man takes great pride in and care of his herds.  Yet, I realized he was unaware of the real issue we who understand we MUST eat “clean food” for our health (really that’s everyone but some of us are “re-building” our bodies) “get”.

He misunderstood the issue of “conventionally raised beef in crowded feed lots who

Most commercially produced meat lives in dirty conditions eating food we don't need passed on to us in their meat.

Most commercially produced meat lives in dirty conditions eating materials we don’t need passed on to us in their meat.

only receive  feeds designed to make them grow fast and stay healthy enough to pass inspection.  Thus they receive massive amounts of growth hormones, prophalactic antibiotics, and genetically modified corn, soy, and (according to “Consumer Reports” Oct 2015) they may also be fed “candy, chicken coop waste, and the slaughterhouse remains of pigs and chickens, ….and plastic pellets, which are used as substitutes for the fiber they’d normally get from grazing on grass” (as God designed them to do).

The “Consumer Reports” article also confirmed the drug information I mentioned earlier.   The article title is “How Safe Is Your Beef?” and provides a nice chart entitled “A Tale of Two Cows” contrasting habitat, diet, drugs, and basic slaughter principles for a “conventionally raised” or “grass-fed” beef cow. (p27 of the article)

The article goes on to explain bacteria including “superbugs” in beef and explaining how to choose, handle, store, and cook beef for best safety.  In a nutshell, the “Labels to Look For” are:  (p 28 of the article)

  1. BASIC:  “No Antibiotics” (If the package says “raised without antibiotics” and also “USDA Processed Verified”, a no antibiotics claim is more trustworthy.   ” Be aware of labels such as “no antibiotics used for growth promotion,” which can still mean that antibiotics were used.”
  2. GOOD:  “Grass-Fed”.   The USDA requires that beef labeled “grass-fed or “100% grass-fed” come from animals that have never been given grain and have access to pasture during the grazing season.”   There are documentation loopholes, however.
  3. BETTER:  A.  “Organic”.  “Cattle are fed organic feed (no pesticides, synthetic fertilizer or genetically engineered ingredientsCattle are fed organic feed ).  They are not given antibiotics, hormones, or other drugs.  Animals must be given access to pasture for most of their lives, but feed-lots and grain feeding during their last few months is allowed.”  B. “American Grassfed Association”.  The animals are never given grain and have continuous access to pasture or a grass-based forage when weather does not permit grazing.  Antibiotics and hormones are prohibited.  The Association verifies those practices. Pesticides and herbicides are allowed on the pastures the animals feed on, and they can also be fed genetically engineered alfalfa.”
  4. BEST:  “Grass-Fed Organic:  “With this combination of labels, you get meat from cattle that have not been fed grain and eat only organically grown grass and forage.  Antibiotics, hormones, and other drugs are prohibited.  If the package also has the Animal Welfare Approved seal, the Certified Humane seal or the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) 5 or 5+ seal, animal welfare standards also apply.”

I am fortunate that some “local producers” have chosen to cooperate with smaller well designed processing plants and sales outlets for beef, chicken, and some pork.    They also work with a small local company who go to Alaska and catch small batches of “wild caught  salmon” processed in Alaska and flash frozen before being carefully flown to our area.   I encourage you to look for such conscientious entrepreneurs in your area.    I also encourage you to visit www.consumerreports.org and read the entire article which is truly packed with information.  One thing is certain.   Eating rare meat–especially ground meat–is potentially very dangerous.   Safe handling of meat is a major challenge and needs to be meticulous–that is kept cold from slaughter through preparation and then thoroughly cooked before consumption.

Personally, when I was beginning my healing process, I gave up all meat and most dairy (except the high sulfur dairy proteins used in the Budwig protocol) for the first three years.   I added a bit of grass-fed beef and chicken I was reasonably sure I could trust after that.   However, I still eat very little meat and feel much better when I don’t.   Too much meat is inflammatory and we know most disease is rooted in inflammation.

It takes much longer to digest meat than plant-based foods and a weakened or challenged digestive system means an over-faced immune system.  Always in healing, we are actually replacing body cells…..all of them fairly often.   We must have a highly operative immune system (which is really not a system but a cooperative effort from parts of every other body system).   In this body re-building, the “raw materials” are nutrients if we want healthy replacement cells.   Why put stress on this innate and critical healing mechanism?    Standard cancer treatments put enormous strain on these essential healing mechanisms because the strong chemicals and radiation kill more “healthy cells” than “cancer cells”.

What’s the issue with antibiotics in meat?  Simply said, antibiotics always wipe out and/or weaken some built in immune system functions.   These chemicals are very strong and they pass right through food animals into the consumer.  The toxin effect accumulate and tricks normal healing functions.  God made our bodies to heal and man-made chemicals don’t figure into the plan.

Why are corn and soy such an issue.  Virtually ALL corn and soy is genetically modified and “read” by the body as toxic material.   We can’t digest it normally and it can damage our own DNA which, of course, figures into the cancer equation.

I urge you to give your body ONLY God-made “raw materials” so His built-in healing mechanisms can do their job.   God IS our health and He didn’t just “mess about” in creating our “wonderfully made bodies”.  That’s certainly been my experience and I’m just an average person.


What I Did to Put Cancer Behind Me


I am often asked what I did to put cancer behind me. I’ve hesitated to share exactly what I did because no two people can ever do anything exactly alike and really shouldn’t. We are all such complex individuals that it is ridiculous to think we can find a “one size fits all cure”. However, I find myself corresponding with folks for whom time is of the essence so this post if for them. I believe it is critical to turn away from the idea of trying to kill cancer and turn toward absolutely making our bodies a

It’s not a matter of “escaping” cancer but a matter of outsmarting it so it has to go away.
place cancer cannot live. I was blessed to know better than to jump around “trying this new chemotherapy” or that new “alternative cure”. So, I followed the advice of a physician friend and “became my own doctor”.

I did have surgery and, as Dr. Johanna Budwig (eminent cancer researcher and doctor who never used chemo or radiation in successfully treating many late state cancer patients) says, surgery must be considered on a case by case basis. I urge more than one opinion and finding a surgeon who has successfully done many of the type of surgeries you’re considering. Sometimes tumors have such a head start that they are better removed; however surgery ALWAYS causes inflammatory sites in the body and we know inflammation is the root of nearly all disease so an anti-cancer lifestyle post surgery is essential. Check out Dr. Harvey Bigelsen’s book, Doctors are More Harmful than Germs: How Surgery Can Be Hazardous to Your Health–And What to Do About It.

Here is “What I Did”to put cancer behind me (more information about each step can be found in my book and blog posts).

1. I went to God in earnest prayer and surrendered to Him. I found a church that understood James Chapter 5 and was anointed in prayer. At that point I heard in my spirit, “An old life just ended and a new one started.” The tumor remained but the cancer was about to find itself homeless. As James also says, “I submitted myself to God and resisted the enemy so he had no choice but to flee.” Daily, I read aloud the Healing Scriptural Decrees in Charles Capps’ book God’s Creative Power. I’ll never stop this.

2. I quit sugar, period. Sugar is the fuel of a cancer cell–the fertilizer of a cancer cell. Cancer cells do need sugar and do not need oxygen. I replaced the sugar with Stevia (an herb) and used no artificial sweeteners (toxins). NOTE: Fruit has a high sugar content so, other than berries, need to be eaten sparingly and not with meals. Berries are an exception. Eat lots!

3. Quickly I learned that cancer absolutely must have an acidic body chemistry in which to exist so I set about to make sure my body chemistry was slightly alkaline. Note: Our blood must be slightly alkaline or we die; therefore, it will steal bone calcium etc to keep us alive. Calcium from a bottle is generally “rock mineral” and the body doesn’t easily use it (if at all). What then? I found a product I will never go without. Barley Power Tablets from a company called Green Supreme. Check out www.greensupreme.net or call 1 800 358-0777. The ingredients (barley grass leaves) are grown in clean Amish Dutch country in Western Pennsylvania. Tell them if you are a cancer patient. I take 7 tablets upon arising and then 7 before lunch and 7 before dinner. They also sell litmus paper to check your urine or saliva pH level.

3. Because cancer is anaerobic (ferments sugar without oxygen), I made sure I got plenty of oxygen into my body. Breathing Exercises such as taught at: www.tomocklerpt.com .

4. From the beginning of my recovery (with much research), I began to take Beta Glucan, a potent immune system booster that enhances the production of T Cells which literally gobble up cancer cells. Check out this amazing microscopic video from Cambridge University on Youtube at https://youtu.be/ntk8XsxVDiO . I take the 5 mg dose and get mine from www.betterwayhealth.com .  Beta Glucan is either a yeast or mushroom derivative.

5. I dropped meat and most dairy out of my diet for about 3 years and added only grass fed (no GMO feed) organic meat back in gradually. I still eat little meat. In dairy, I only ate organic homemade yogurt (to assure no sugar), cottage cheese, and kefir (in my Budwig recipes) for several years–later adding back a bit of organic cheese.

6. Every single day for three years and still often, I drink a “Budwig Smoothie” with organic Kefir (yogurt milk) and organic frozen blueberries, strawberries and/or raspberries. A good squirt of Barleans organic cold pressed flax oil provides ample omega 3 essential fatty acids to give body cells proper material for healthy cell membranes. AVOID hydrogenated fats which “putty over” cell membranes. The mixture of the flax oil and high sulfur protein in yogurt or cottage cheese is the key.

7. There is a capsuled supplement called CelltraMAX containing flax oil, wheat grass and powdered cottage cheese is available from www.bodygenex.com . The Budwig Protocol is, in my experience, so critical to beating cancer that I don’t want to miss a day and sometimes circumstances make it hard to get a smoothie or salad dressing made. I’ve found CelltraMAX very helpful.

8. Because we can’t be completely sure that even organic produce provides all the vitamins and minerals we need to get ONLY from food, I looked for good “real food only supplements”. Off the shelf “multi-vitamins” etc. are generally synthetic copies and not user friendly in our complex bodies. Vitamin C (important cancer fighter) is a good example. I get mine by keeping organic lemon juice on hand (fresh or Lakewood Organic I order through www.amazon.com where I also order my stevia, Barleans Flax Oil and Coconut Oil (my” butter” and cooking oil). I drink a glass of fresh lemonade made with filtered water and stevia daily for my vitamin C.

9. Clean Water is key. I used a Waterwise countertop distiller for years and then changed to a countertop Zero Water Filter which costs under $70 and comes with a digital tester for total dissolved solids in water. Tap water can legally have more than 200 units per measure of TDS but this filter takes it to zero TDS. I got my unit and order my replacement filters from www.amazon.com.

10. I also take Standard Process Multizyme enzymes from www.standardprocess.com because we have a finite supply of enzymes and they are essential for digesting food. Cooked food kills the enzymes so that it is important to eat raw foods like fresh salads, cut up vegetables, blended fresh vegetables and FRESH MADE VEGETABLE JUICE daily. It is a highly concentrated “multi-vitamin and mineral” and it is “God-Made”. Organic of course! I usually mix 1/3 carrots, 1/3 celery, 1/3 cucumber and drink at least a pint daily. The easiest process I’ve found is to keep an air tight bowl or zip bag of the peeled organic vegetables in the refrigerator and just grab a handful of each to quickly run through the juicer every morning. You could make enough for two helpings and use the other in the evening. I have used inexpensive juicers ($60) and more expensive ones. Now I enjoy a Breville factory reconditioned unit I ordered through www.amazon.com . It gets all the juice and cleans up quickly. You will feel incredibly good when you drink this fresh juice.

11. A few months into my healing journey I learned about cinnamon as a medicinal for controlling blood sugar. Even with 1/3 pancreas, I’ve NEVER taken insulin. Not all cinnamon is real so search “cinnamon” on blog posts here at www.realhealthhope.com to learn more. I used to get cinnamon tablets from www.vitacost.com and I use a lot of “loose Ceylon cinnamon” in foods; however, I also used to get milk thistle (a fantastic herb for liver health and protection) separately. I changed to a product called “Cinnergy” that compounds the two in a concentrated way and only one capsule a day is needed. I get it from www.peopleschemist.com .

12. A little later I found out about the ancient spice turmeric (curcumin) which has shown literally “staggering” effects against cancer cells in highly esteemed labs–so much so that drug manufacturers are trying to make a synthetic form to patent for profit because spices cannot be patented. I prefer “Daily Dose” from www.thepeopleschemist.com because it’s compounded for maximum absorption.

13. Probiotics are important because most of us have decimated the good flora or bacteria in our digestive systems. My naturopath recommended Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics. I take one before going to bed; however, if under stress, I take two. Our immune system depends on the health of our digestive mechanisms and cancer can only keep a hold on us if we allow our immune system to be sabotaged by lifestyle (including intake of many pharmaceuticals). You can find this probiotic at a good health food store or online.

14. Detoxification is much discussed and often misunderstood. I never did a contrived detoxification program even though I’d been “through the pharmaceutical mill” in surgery and hospital. Once I began taking in only good nutrients and enzymes and God’s food, my body began to detox naturally. Once I began to drink lots of clean water and nothing else except herbal teas made with clean water, my body knew what to do. We are built to heal. Nutrition and detoxification MUST be balanced or it can be dangerous. For a while off and on I took “Edible Living Red Dessert Clay Tablets” obtained from www.IamPerfectlyHealthy.com and had good experience with it as far as I could tell.

15. Fairly recently I’ve learned about Fulvic Acid . I have posted on my blogs (this one and www.slamthedooroncancer.com ) about this amazing “material” obtained from ancient organic bogs in remote places. I suggest you do some reading about it and make your own decision of course. I’ve begun to take 4 drops in my morning juice. It absolutely should not be used in fluorinated or chlorinated water–only distilled or strongly filtered water. Of course my juice is “God filtered” through vegetables. Fulvic acid is packed with the densest array of the tiniest molecules and, as one scientist put it, delivers nutrients into body cells and then picks up the wastes and carries them out. Another scientist said it was as if God knew we’d mess things up and left us these pockets of just what we need at such a time as this. Check it out for yourself.  I order mine from Amazon.

16. I live in the country so connection with the earth, thank God, is part of my lifestyle. We are bio-electric beings as well as bio-chemical beings. I refer you to my post on this blog entitled “Healing Touch is More Than a Warm Fuzzy” hoping you will make more effort to deliberately put yourself in a position to absorb more electrons from the earth. A healthy inner voltage is half of healing. In the post I reference several ways to “get” electrons to support inner voltage. Beyond that, I’m continuing to learn how blessed I’ve been to walk in the grass barefooted and sit in the grass leaning against a tree occasionally.

The earth is highly charged with the electrons we absolutely need. I’ve long worn a Q link “necklace” to help neutralize electro-magnetic fields we inevitably encounter. But in a recent visit to my naturopath (www.awesomehealthmakeover.com) just to tweak my program, she told me about “earthing” or “grounding” and specifically about a pillow case from www.earthing.com. I knew grounding was important because a physicist friend invented a device I’ve used and I experienced good results even though I too often neglected to “hook up”. This pillow case has enamored me. I thought I slept well before but now it’s beyond “well” and I’ve noticed I heal very quickly from small cuts etc. I’ve now bought a grounding foot pad to put on the floor under my computer.

Look for your healing and never never NEVER look for your symptoms. You WILL get what you focus on. Along with this, be certain you have let go of any and all bitterness or unforgiveness in your soul. That very thing is likely to have allowed the enemy to land in your soul and set up the “inflammation camp fire” necessary for most disease to erupt.

Above all else, stay in close communication with God–talk with Him as a loving Father and LISTEN because He wants you to walk out the plans He has for you (Jer 29:11).

For Streamlining Health & Healing

I want to help my readers streamline their healing and the stewardship of their health.

"Streamlining health & healing" means getting on track and staying there. Making choices that give us peace in our spirits and creative healing power in our bodies and souls.

“Streamlining health & healing” means getting on track and staying there. Making choices that give us peace in our spirits and creative healing power in our bodies and souls.

Within that mission, I’m keen to provide well documented and powerful resources.As I discuss food, understand that, in every possible case, it must be grown in a way that honors God’s Creation—certified organic and non-GMO (genetically modified or engineered). Please note that organically grown foods and non-GMO foods are labeled in a specific way and I posted descriptions and photos of these labels at:

Then, if you go to the home page of http://www.slamthedooroncancer.com/?p=1703  at   www.slamthedooroncancer.com and click the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, you will find the book appendices there including “Food Nutraceuticals” and “Spice Nutraceuticals”. You are welcome to copy and paste these into a word processing document and save or print out to take shopping with you.

These are the appendices Three and Four of the book and they give you lists of foods that contain molecules known to detoxify, inhibit inflammation, boost immune system, stimulate apoptosis (cell suicide) and/or Natural Killer Cells, inhibit proliferation of tumor cells, inhibit invasion of tumor cells to other tissue, inhibit angiogenesis (growth of tumor blood supply).

The information in appendix three (foods) was compiled from numerous sources including but not limited to the books: Foods to Fight Cancer by Beliveau and Gingras (both PhD’s) and Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life by Servan-Schreiber (M.D. and PhD and long time cancer survivor).

God created us individually and provides materials we can use individually. Our needs for health management in this modern world are not a surprise to Him.

God created us individually and provides materials we can use individually. Our needs for health management in this modern world are not a surprise to Him.

The information in appendix four (spices) was compiled from the work of Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer as the lead writer of a NIH manuscript entitled: “Molecular Targets of Nutraceuticals Derived from dietary Spices: Potential Role in suppression of inflammation and Tumorigenesis”.

Chapter Eleven of my book, Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life, is entitled, “Embracing the Power of Food. The term “nutraceutical” is used to compare the impact of God-made substances to “pharmaceutical” or man-made chemical substances.



Here’s a comparison of God-made & man-made “medicine”

We are designed with the most powerful healing mechanisms within our very complex and ever-changing bodies. God-made medicine adjusts perfectly.

We are designed with the most powerful healing mechanisms within our very complex and ever-changing bodies. God-made medicine adjusts perfectly.

• Nutraceuticals:
o Molecules NATURALLY occurring in food. God-made to match God-Created bodies.
o Selected over the course of history for survival support.
o Synergy or antagonism between molecules by design not accident.
(“Over-dosage” extremely rare or non-issue because food and body are coordinated naturally.)





Man absolutely cannot make medicine able to "not do harm" in our complex bodies. Even disease organisms eventually outsmart synthetic drugs.

Man absolutely cannot make medicine able to “not do harm” in our complex bodies. Even disease organisms eventually outsmart synthetic drugs.

• Pharmaceuticals:

o Created in a laboratory—synthetic

o Selected in a laboratory (with profit as part of motivation)
o PROUNOUNCED SIDE EFFECTS (really “other equal effects”)
o Synergy or antagonism due to chance and rarely recognized. Dosage and coordination with other substances often an issue.

In the next post, I will share more about my own protocols but insist that my readers do not copy me unless they tune into God to find out what He “prescribes” for them individually. He assures us through Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans for you to reach your expected end.” Jer 29:11   His plans might or might not include a brilliant surgeon.


If your plan matches God’s, you will move forward in perfect peace. How I wish more people would consult with the Lord BEFORE making treatment decisions rather than jumping into the first thing suggested or prescribed and then hurrying to get on numerous prayer lists. We cannot muscle God into cooperating with something we’ve chosen without consulting with Him first. God is “driving the bus” on our healing journey.

You may also find the current post at www.slamthedooroncancer.com informative.

Prayer and Stewardship

After a three part series on powerful prayer, some may wonder:

“If prayer focusing on God’s grace is THE ultimate element in seeing healing manifest, where does nutrition and lifestyle fit in?  The answer is that prayer and stewardship are a continuum in health.

Prayer, indeed intimacy with God, is THE basis for both obtaining and keeping one’s healing.  God is NOT an “indian giver” but He cares about the details of our lives–and will guide us through each move we make.

God is a good father. He wants to carry us forward in health and joy. He's not merely interested in our obtaining our healing. He is our guide for keeping it.

God is a good father. He wants to carry us forward in health and joy. He’s not merely interested in our obtaining our healing. He is our guide for keeping it.

Of course continued intimacy with the Lord is essential because He IS our health as He assured and proved to the Israelites as literally millions of them left Egypt completely healthy regardless of age and a difficult history as overworked slaves.   Stewardship of our blessings is, actually, yet another form of worship–of praising and thanking the Lord for creating these amazing physical bodies and enmeshing body and soul perfectly for our enjoyment.

Whenever nutrition and lifestyle change is the topic of discussion, many folks dread the thought. They think of the uncomfortable bondage of “diets” and struggling to avoid unhealthy food or habits using their own willpower.    Christians often overlook that self-control or temperance is a fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit and a free gift (Gal 5:22,23).   Being in a close personal relationship with a loving, holy God changes our “want to” so that carnal willpower becomes immaterial.     Instead of struggling to NOT do what we addictively want to, we find ourselves compelled to co-labor with our great Creator in keeping our bodies operating like a well oiled machine (an infinitely complex one at that).   I have seen this miracle many times when a volunteer teacher in addiction recovery.   I never once witnessed victory through human willpower–I saw it happen only through yielding to God’s love and compassion leading to the “gifts of the Spirit”.

Victory is inherent in focusing on moving toward the light rather than focusing on moving away from the darkness.  Faith changes our “want to”.

In my own experience, as I tuned into God through prayer, obtaining and keeping my healing merged into the same process.  In

In this health journey,victory is ALL about trusting our Creator and Lord.

In this health journey,victory is ALL about trusting our Creator and Lord.

persistent and consistent prayer (a brand new experience for me at the time), I began to sense being directed in my physical and mental choices.   I stopped trying to “drive the bus” on the healing highway and began to trust.   TRUST eliminates fear and stressful striving neither of which can succeed in stewarding health.    God gave me a yearning for what my body/soul needed and I began to flow with it.

We need to stay in tune with our Creator constantly and persistently.

I discussed specific aspects of stewarding healing in my book,  I will mention some of those important  revelations regarding stewardship of health below.   However, the foremost precept is that our created body/soul is so complex that no human being has, does, or ever will grasp its makeup and function completely.   We are biochemical and electrical, as we do know, and we have cells of many “types” making up tissues that group into organs that group into systems.  However, organs can function in more than one system, cells can “morph”, and an infinite number of chemical and electrical mechanisms constantly adjust to each other and to the internal environment and external environment.  Neither the human imagination, amazing as it is, nor the most advanced human designed computer could possibly ever register all the processes within the body much less the constant adjustments of every part of these.

Adding man-made chemicals to the mix–designed by human beings in business organizations–aimed at “flicking this or that

Without exception, man-made chemicals have unknown and undesired "other effects" that disturb our highly complex bodies.

Without exception, man-made chemicals have unknown and undesired “other effects” that disturb our highly complex bodies.

chemical or electrical switch” can never do ONLY what the designer intends.  ALWAYS and in every case there are “other effects” marketed as “possible side effects”.   They are not merely possible but probable and no person knows what else is happening that can damage natural processes permanently.   Ingesting a legal man-made chemical is no better “bet” than ingesting a “illegal” one.  We may take an “over the counter” pain relief pill.   It may stop a symptom.  It will never be ingested without unknown consequences and it will not address the cause of the pain.

All this said, never forget that God has the answer for every dis-ease.  He is not surprised by the mess “in the world”.  He created every possible “medicine” (in foods, spices, herbs) to help us maintain these body/souls in absolutely perfect balance chemically and electrically.  It’s a matter of being “in the world but not of the world”.   Yes, what we eat, drink, think, as well as our work, play,  and rest are all part of the health maintenance design of our Creator.   I learned the hard way that our body/souls respond in a healthy way ONLY to food God made and intended for their fueling and sustenance.

If a molecule is present in a particular food (such as ellegiac acid in berries that stimulates apoptosis or suicide

God-made food and medicine as one. Man cannot improve on it.

God-made food and medicine as one. Man cannot improve on it.

of cancer cells) and we happen to eat more berries than we need one day, the overage will simply pass through without becoming toxic.  That is IF the berries are not laced with pesticides or earthly toxins.    Other than some herbs, foods don’t need to come with “maximum dosage labels”.    God builds that into our “want to”.   We lose an appetite for that food for a period of time.

Food is sometimes concentrated into "supplements" that can be very helpful in a world where industrial farming is rampant. Stay tuned into God when considering supplements.

Food is sometimes concentrated into “supplements” that can be very helpful in a world where industrial farming is rampant. Stay tuned into God when considering supplements.

I’m hesitant to tell you exactly what I did because we each must go to God in prayer for our own “healing plan–nutritional plan”, but I believe there are universal “musts” and they include overcoming inflammation;  being aware of and eating to balance body pH to a slightly alkaline mark;  exposing skin to sunlight without sunscreens regularly; drinking clean water; sleeping deeply and regularly; laughing and exercising (lymphasizing);  spending time daily “grounded” electrically (more info coming in future posts); and assuring body cells have access to essential fatty acids.  All these things work WITH our amazing innate “immune systems”.   In the book, Slam the Door on Cancer,  and/or visiting www.slamthedooroncancer.com  and clicking on “Resources” tab at the top of the home page, give you more detailed information on foods that heal and their specific anti-disease functions.

Prayer and worship keep our spirits in touch with our loving Creator’s Spirit so that He can “coach our health stewardship”.   It’s a simple matter of asking and listening and responding.   It’s all about trusting God. God sees our TRUST in Him and credits it to us as righteousness just as He did Abraham.   (see Gen 15:6, Romans 4:3, Gal 3:6, Jas 2:23)  We may be “in a mess”, but He’s “on the alert” to lead us to victory in every way.

I’m already working on some more specific stewardship insights for the next post.  God bless!

Our Focus for Powerful Prayer 3 of 3

In post 2 of 3 in this series, we ended with the powerful truth that: “When we see His grace, then He sees our faith. I shared Scriptural situations in which Jesus demonstrated this truth powerfully.   We are looking at Biblical ways to strengthen our prayer.

Still, many of us pray for healing unsure if it is part of God’s covenant promises.
It is impossible to pray effectively for something we have the slightest doubt God wants for us. Sometimes we fear the reason our prayers seem to “bounce off the ceiling” is because we have “fallen from grace” because we’ve sinned. Look here at what the Apostle Paul says about “falling from grace”.

Fear of "falling from grace" is an enemy ploy. He is "the accuser of the brethren".

Fear of “falling from grace” is an enemy ploy. He is “the accuser of the brethren”.

Scriptural Insight: There is only one way to “fall from grace”:

Galatians 5:4 (AMP)
4 If you seek to be justified and declared righteous and to be given a right standing with God through the Law, you are brought to nothing and so separated (severed) from Christ. You have fallen away from grace (from God’s gracious favor and unmerited blessing).

The ONLY way to “fall from grace” or be separated from Christ after you receive Him as your Lord and Savior—that is REALLY receive Him with your whole heart—is to believe you can DO something right enough or good enough to gain righteousness and right standing with God.

Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.” (see John 19:30) He did not say, “I’ve done my part now you get to work to earn access to my work.” It is a free gift because we could never earn it—for hundreds of years after Moses received the law, none could follow it. So God, Himself, in Jesus “fulfilled the law written in stone”. (see Luke 22:37) The law is now written on the hearts of true believers. (see Rom 2:15)

YES, folks who are truly saved have their motivation changed and do good because they want to not out of fear of hell. They DO good works because they ARE righteous and blessed and prayerfully walk in God’s amazing favor. The actions follow accepting the grace of the Lord’s love poured out on the cross, but actions or “works” do not purchase grace and favor.

God's Grace is a free gift and none can earn it...Only believe.

God’s Grace is a free gift and none can earn it…Only believe.

Now let’s look at further Scriptural insight into God’s Grace and Promises that Jesus secured for us without exception if we simply receive:

Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)
8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

Romans 5:2 (AMP)
2 Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God (salvation).

Titus 3:4-7 (AMP)
4 But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Savior to man [as man] appeared,
5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6 Which He poured out [so] richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
7 [And He did it in order] that we might be justified by His grace (by His favor, wholly undeserved), [that we might be acknowledged and counted as conformed to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action], and that we might become heirs of eternal life according to [our] hope. (NOTE: i.e. that we might be “saved by grace through faith”)

There are many instances of “saved by grace through faith” in Scripture. In ALL cases, the original language for “saved” or “salvation” is #4982 “sozo” which means “wholeness of body, soul, and spirit” and not merely “saved from hell”.

We live in the “world” where favor is generally “merited” by hard work. Jesus finished the “work” for our favor. In that “work”, He

God wants to bless His children ALWAYS

God wants to bless His children ALWAYS

gave us what He, a perfect human being walking the earth, deserved and He “finished” what we deserved. He gave us His own righteousness—God sees us only in that righteousness.

We do not earn our salvation (sozo that is)  by works. We do good works because being saved compels us to do them. He gave His body for our physical health. His soul was poured out unto death for our mental/emotional health. He wore the crown of thorns to obliterate the curse of Eden. He gave us access to His spirit at Pentecost after His bodily resurrection when He told us God was “His Father and our Father”. (see John 20:17)

Jesus said we need “just a little faith” or “mustard seed sized faith” but never said: “But strive and workj to have more so Father God can keep His Word.” Jesus said, “Have faith as a little child”. If a good parent makes unconditional promises to a child out of love, does the child need to work on conjuring up ever more faith in the parent’s character?

A child won’t naturally do so. A child will completely focus on the parent’s loving promise. The child will “see” the parent’s granting of “unmerited favor” and a good parent will relish the opportunity to keep a promise—Gracefully keep it. God is a good parent

Never forget John 3:16 even when you encounter confusing preaching or come upon a Scripture that seems to say, “Work or go to hell.” Scripture must be studied in context and Scripture must interpret Scripture. John 3:16 is a foundational Scripture:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus covered ALL the future sin of God’s children……..ALL of our sin was future at the time of the cross. Don’t back away from God’s promised healing.

The Focus For Powerful Prayer 2 of 3

Powerful Prayer Focuses on God's goodness and grace rather than our own faith.

Powerful Prayer Focuses on God’s goodness and grace rather than our own faith.

The first post of this series of three discussed the critical importance of concentrating on the goodness of God when we pray rather than on our own worthiness (apart from Jesus’s finished work) or our own level of faith.   We saw in Scripture that Jesus said we only need faith “as a mustard seed–the smallest seed” to receive what we need from prayer.  This post looks at where we get our mustard seed (and much more) faith so that we enjoy powerful prayer.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God( ( Romans 10:17)



Translation contrasts:    The first is a popular modern translation and the second is Young’s LITERAL translation which word for word considers the original languages Greek for the NT and Hebrew for the OT.  Greek has more complexity than English so that modern translations often oversimplify to the point of missing the true meaning.

Mark 11:21-25 (NIV and many other modern translations)

21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (NOTE: This is before Jesus’s crucifixion/resurrection.)

Mark 11:21-26 (YLT) (from original Greek)
21 and Peter having remembered saith to him, `Rabbi, lo, the fig-tree that thou didst curse is dried up.’
22 And Jesus answering saith to them, `Have faith of God; . . . (also translated as “the God kind of faith)

Faith is a continuous gift from God through His Word (both logos and rhema) or (Scripture and God’s ‘still small  voice in our spirit).   Where does faith come from? Can we conjure it up under our own power?

17 So belief (faith) cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
“word” = #4487 Strong’s “Rhema” (rhematose) or “God’s/Christ’s spoken word” we still receive. )

Two of many Scriptural examples of successful/powerful focus and answered prayer:

I hope you take time to study this woman’s focus which she thought and, some accounts say, spoke.   She prophesied based on her faith and didn’t even realize she was doing it.  Words and thoughts are the most powerful things in the universe that God SPOKE into existence.

ONE: Mark 5:24-34 (NIV)  24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.
25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.
26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,
28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?'”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (NOTE: This is only time Jesus calls a woman “daughter” in his ministry.)

This woman’s focus was NOT on her own faith but on Jesus’s grace. She was a Jew and had been considered unclean by others for 12 years—isolated and discouraged by earthly means of healing. She probably knew Hebrew Scripture and, therefore knew Malachi 4:2 (NIV) 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. Thus she was strengthened by having heard God’s Word  recited aloud throughout her early life as well as hearing of Jesus’s ministry as He walked the earth as her contemporary.

TWO: Matthew 8:5-13 (NIV)  This man understood Jesus’s authority against the enemy and we must remember that Jesus paid for and passed that authority to His followers of which we are members.

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.
6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”
7 Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”
8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.

SEEING God's grace with our spiritual eyes is a constant and consistent prayer regardless of where we are or what we are doing.

SEEING God’s grace with our spiritual eyes is a constant and consistent prayer regardless of where we are or what we are doing.

Neither of these persons seeking healing were focused on their faith. They were totally and completely focused on Jesus and His compassion. Neither was conscious of their own faith but they were aware of His grace—indeed of God’s grace and faithfulness.  “Grace” means”undeserved favor”.   We can’t DO enough to deserve it but Jesus did it for us.

When we see His grace, He sees our faith.

    He loves us and wants to lavish His love and mercy on us.

 He also wants to inhabit our worship of Him.  Worship and praise opens the interface between the earthly realm and the heavenly realm.   

The Focus for Powerful Prayer

Can changing our focus while praying make a difference in God's response? YES! Scripture illustrates it.

Can changing our focus while praying make a difference in God’s response? YES! Scripture illustrates this truth.

The Focus for Powerful Prayer

What is the focus within our prayer that brings the power? Is it our own faith, worthiness, or God’s grace? These questions must be considered as we want our prayer to be effective This post is the first of a several part series on prayer focus.

First let’s look at two common focuses illustrated in the same person having an encounter with Jesus.  Then we will think about why one was not effective and the other was powerfully effective just minutes later.  I’ve used Amplified Translation to draw out the inherent original language and added emphasis to key points.

Matthew 15:21-28 (AMP)
21 And going away from there, Jesus withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And behold, a woman who was a Canaanite from that district came out and, with a [loud, troublesomely urgent] cry, begged, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is miserably and distressingly and cruelly possessed by a demon!
23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us.

24 He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 But she came and, kneeling, worshiped Him and kept praying, Lord, help me!
26 And He answered, It is not right (proper, becoming, or fair) to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs. (puppies)
27 She said, Yes, Lord, yet even the little pups (little whelps) eat the crumbs that fall from their [young] masters’ table.
28 Then Jesus answered her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you wish. And her daughter was cured from that moment.

In verse 22, this non-Jew or gentile woman attempts to approach Jesus in a way a Jew would have denoting Jesus as “Son of David”. We see this phrase commonly used by Jews approaching Jesus as they are seeking healing or deliverance. Scripture makes it clear that Jesus came first to God’s Covenant People so there is an element of “worthy by covenant”–the “Old Covenant”.  We will later look at our “worthiness under the covenant of grace or New Covenant” but, in either, the focus during prayer is key.

Jesus clearly made no response to the Canaanite woman’s feigning a covenant position, and, therefore, positionally deserving of Jesus’s attention and action. The “card” she was attempting to play was “worthiness” and it did not work. The disciples were quite irritated with the woman.  Jesus, in His kindness, explained the covenant position.

In verse 25, however, the woman realizes she’s been “busted” for her charade and “came and, kneeling, worshiped Him and kept praying.” She is humbly persistent and asks for the smallest token of His mercy and compassion—the crumbs of His divine “bread”. Later, at the last supper, we learn that the use of “bread” in this story was prophetic regarding healing. Nevertheless, this gentile woman realizes even the “crumbs” of  Jesus’s great compassion are enough to bring wholeness to her afflicted daughter.

This woman changed her focus from her own “worthiness” to Jesus’s love, compassion, mercy, and grace (unmerited favor). She knelt and worshiped Jesus throwing herself on His mercy. She knew that even the “crumbs” would be powerful enough.   She had no thought of the level of her own faith.

When we are praying for  healing or favor or protection, often we feel guilt or concern that we are unworthy because of something we have done. Or we worry that our faith may not be strong enough to have God’s own promises come true in our lives. Or worse, we may believe that God may not want to answer “Yes and amen” in our particular case because He’s punishing us. ALL of these focuses are lies from the enemy of our souls and they divert our attention from what we must focus on for powerful prayer.

If we are not spending time in God’s Word, we may not be aware of God’s own promises for our lives under the New Covenant of God’s grace (unmerited favor). We may wonder, like the disciples following Jesus, how to strengthen our faith.

Luke 17:5-6 (NIV)
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 
6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

(NOTE: Telling a big tree to move is not a natural event. Faith opens the supernatural realm.  Worship also does this because God inhabits our worship as Scripture teaches.)

Mark 4:31 (NIV)
31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.

Jesus said we only need a tiny amount of faith to have what we SAY (not what we wish or hope for or beg for IF it’s God’s will). NO!

However, every indication in Scripture is that the power to see our prayers answered “Yes and Amen” as God promises—that

Persistence is important in prayer but the focus must still be on God's Grace (unmerited favor).

Persistence is important in prayer but the focus must still be on God’s Grace (unmerited favor).

amazing power we saw in Jesus’s resurrection—that power is NOT  within focusing on our own faith but within focusing on God’s compassion, love, and grace. When we SEE His grace, then He sees our faith even though we have not been thinking about our faith when we pray.

In my next post, I will share Scripture that helps us understand where our faith comes from and also look at examples from Jesus’s ministry illustrating the power of focusing on God’s grace rather than one’s own faith as we pray.

We will also look at some Bible translation errors (examining original language) that will help us better understand the subject of faith and powerful prayer. God wants to say “Yes and Amen”. . . Our prayers are powerful when they line up with God’s own Word.