C. S. Lewis said: “We are a spirit. We have a soul, and we live in a body.”[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Spiritual Warfare and Health”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Designed in Canva[/featured-image]
This understanding is crucial to implementing spiritual warfare and health. Thoughts that have a spiritual origin (good or evil) have a way of progressing from the spirit, to our minds, and eventually our bodies…
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I once had a how-to video that was called: “How To Train Your Dog Before Your Dog Trains You” Anyone that’s owned a pet knows how easily this can happen.
We of course have authority over our pets, and have the ability to train our dogs. We are their masters. We should be the ones doing the training. But, somehow they end up getting their way. They end up eating our food, or sleeping in our beds.
How does this happen? Dogs are persistent and will exploit our weaknesses. They overstep their bounds, and train us to give in to their desires.
The same can happen with satan and his demons. We have been given power and authority over demonic activity, but sometimes they win the day because we’ve allowed them to overstep their bounds.
We do this by buying in to their suggestions. When this happens, the consequences are far more devastating than the family pet sleeping in our bed.
By using the power of suggestion, satan and his demons train us to think, speak and act according to their evil, fallen nature. The bible calls this sin. Again, our tendency is to think that it’s only us in our minds, but the bible is clear, not every thought is our own. See Part 3 in this series.
When we choose to believe, and act on demonic suggestions, we take ownership of them. We then suffer the consequences of those choices.[Tweet “”When we believe, and act on demonic suggestions, we take ownership of them.” David Sandstrom”]
Lies believed cause sin. Sin can, and does cause disease. See my post “Can Sin Cause Disease?“. This explains the truth behind Proverbs 3:7-8 where we’re instructed:
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:7-8)
Let me explain how this works. For example: Anger will trigger a cascade of harmful effects on the body. When we experience anger, our stress response becomes active. Stress hormones kick in, revving us up. Blood pressure will rise. Our bodies are preparing for fight or flight. This impairs clear thought, and compromises digestion. Cytokines are released causing systemic inflammation etc. etc.
This cascade of physiological reactions from our stress response is responsible for nearly any health challenge, including: heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, crohn’s disease and colitis, autoimmune disorders, and more.
Is it any wonder God instructs us to get over our anger quickly? (Ephesians 4:26-27) It’s for our own good! If we don’t let it go, we “give the devil an opportunity”. There’s the warfare, right there!
Let’s say someone does us an injustice, or sins against us. We are understandably hurt, and angry. Unresolved anger will lead to resentment. Resentment leads to bitterness. Bitterness leads to hatred. (more stress hormones and inflammation) Health challenges will eventually follow. See my post “How Thoughts Affect Our Health“.
The antidote for all this is forgiveness, to let go of our desire to retaliate. However, the enemy seizes the opportunity and suggests the lie that we should withhold our forgiveness.
When we believe this lie, we conclude that it will be more satisfying, and therefore better to hold on to the anger than to let it go, and forgive the person that has wronged us. This sets us up for chronic engagement of our stress response, and the health problems that follow.
Do you see the progression? It all started with a simple suggestion: “Withhold your forgiveness.”
We can choose a different path instead. We can take every thought captive, (2 Corinthians 10:5) recognize the lie, and reject it. We can choose instead to follow after the law of life in Christ (Romans 8:1-2) and be ready to let it go (Ephesians 4:26-27) and forgive. (Matthew 18:21-22)
When we do, we’ve set ourselves up to enjoy supernatural peace. (John 14:27) Peace brings a reduction in the stress response, and promotes health. It’s really not that complicated.
When we have our health, it’s much easier to fulfill Ephesians 2:10 and walk in the good works that God created for us. That’s how we find abundant life. (John 10:10)[Tweet “”Peace brings a reduction in the stress response, and promotes health.” David Sandstrom”]
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