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.
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
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
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
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.
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); working with our amazing immune “system”; and assuring body cells have access to essential fatty acids. 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, you can get 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!