Let me begin by saying that I absolutely believe that Christ is our healer and that healing is His will:
Exodus 15:26 – And [the Lord] said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
Psalm 107:20 – He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Matthew 10:8 – Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Cessationism is the position or doctrine that spiritual gifts, such as speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing ceased with the apostolic age.
We are not cessationists.
If Christians are weak and powerless, the problem is with Christians, not with God. Maybe it is a lack of faith or too much sin and carnality on the part of Christians, but God never said, “These signs shall follow them that believe until the end of the apostolic age.”
So Christ still heals today. But I wanted to touch on the notion of nutrition and afflictions that are caused by nutritional deficiencies.
This post is prompted by my personal experience and a spirited debate between a Christian sister and I:
I have struggled with “the blues” off and on, over the years. I basically chalked it up to the notion that some people have more upbeat personalities while others are more melancholic. But in addition to the mild depression, I have often felt on edge, angry, like I was tied up in knots (for the record, I do not like antidepressants. I think they tend to make people’s moods more erratic. Furthermore, I am not keen on taking a synthetic chemical for the rest of my life). At one point, when this got really bad, I started Web searching for information. At some point, I stumbled upon information about omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and its positive effects upon mood.
I ordered some DHA and began taking the supplement and–voila!–I started seeing an improvement in my mood. I could go to work and smile, for a change. And it was not a fake, plastered-on smile; it was genuine. I felt better.
When I noticed some grumpiness in my Christian sister, I suggested that she begin taking DHA. Though she would take the supplement sporadically, she felt very strongly that Christians should not rely on supplements to bear the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23); she felt that Christians should be able to exhibit love, joy, peace, and the other fruit of the Spirit as a result of their spiritual maturity.
While I thought that her position made sense, and I do not totally disagree with her position, I argued that the Lord designed the human body to function in a certain way. Think about nutrient-rich soil, then think about nutrient-depleted soil. Nutrient-rich soil consists of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc, copper, boron, molybdenum, nickel, and other nutrients. Not surprising, the human body needs many of these same nutrients.
When the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7), I am sure the soil was nutrient rich. There were no chemicals or pollution to strip the soil of its nutrients.
Also consider how nutrient rich the food was in the Garden of Eden.
Now think about all of the chemicals and pollution in our air, water, and food. Think about all of the genetically-engineered Frankenfoods we consume. We are not getting the nutrients we need from the foods we consume, because of all the pollution and chemicals in the foods themselves, which strip them of their nutrients; and all the pollution and chemicals we consume from the air, foods, and water further strip our bodies of nutrients.
So, I would argue that if we are grumpy and grouchy because our bodies are lacking nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acids, greater spiritual maturity on our part may be necessary, but we should also supply our bodies with the supplements they need, the nutrients God intended for our bodies to have from the very beginning. The Lord never intended for all of these chemicals and pollution to be in our air, food, and water. He never intended for humans to be nutrient-depleted; that is the work of man (I believe this is by design, the NWO plan of the elites, but that is a topic for another time).
Humans are spirit, soul, and body (1 Thess. 5:23) and the Lord understands that these must work together harmoniously: If a person’s body is out of whack, it may depress his soul, which may negatively affect his spirit. Think about that: When you are depressed, it is hard to pray, it is hard to worship, it is hard to feel loving and joyous. Again, this is depression, due to something lacking in the body, but it negatively impacts soul and spirit.
My point is not everything is an affliction that needs to be addressed supernaturally. As I stated earlier, God designed the human body to function in a certain way; when we violate that design, we run into problems. Humans need oxygen; this is simply how God designed the body to function. Similarly, we need certain nutrients to be in optimal health. For example, if a person is afflicted with scurvy, would it make more sense for me to seek supernatural healing, or simply supply the person with vitamin C? In either case, all glory goes to God since He would be the One supplying the healing and He is the Creator of all nutrients, including vitamin C. So, in either situation, all thanks and glory be to God! But it just makes sense to me that if we give our bodies what they need–according to God’s design–we can be physically healthier and more productive. This is not spiritual immaturity or a lack of faith–it is simply following the Manufacturer’s instructions!
There are certain times when we absolutely need a supernatural touch from God to address a physical malady, and I believe He will be faithful to do this. But there are other times when we can simply utilize what God has lovingly and mercifully already supplied in the earth, what He initially intended our bodies to have.
Moreover, taking care of our bodies can have a positive impact on our souls and spirits.
On that note, I wanted to emphasize that we have a duty, as Christians, to take care of ourselves. The physically healthier we are, the better we can serve Him:
1 Corinthians 6:19 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Ephesians 5:29 – For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
If our bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost and we do not belong to ourselves (1 Cor. 3:22-23), then, essentially, we are merely stewards over God’s temples, our bodies.
1 Corinthians 4:2 – Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
If we take poor care of our bodies, then we are poor, unfaithful stewards over God’s house.
Another debate my Christian sister and I had was about whether a Christian could basically eat anything he wanted and simply ask/trust God to keep his body safe from anything bad in the food. I believe this is akin to tempting God: If, for example, I am in a foreign country, on a missionary trip, and a meal is placed before me, and I do not know exactly what is in that meal–ingredient wise–nor do I know whether the meal was handled in appropriately sanitary conditions, then I believe I can pray over my meal, and trust God to keep me safe from anything in the meal that might hurt me. But if I know that a particular meal is loaded with unhealthy, dangerous components (like trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, BHT, MSG, etc.), I do not believe that I can just eat these things on a regular basis and trust God to supernaturally keep me physically healthy. Again, God designed the human body to function in a specific way and most of these dangerous additives are synthetic, man-made chemicals; they are used because they are cheap and function as preservatives or flavor enhancers, which boost profits (they are also used by design for the depopulation purposes of the elite, but that is a topic for another time).
Anyway, while I realize that healthy eating is often a rich man’s game, we should all do our best to take care of our bodies to the best of our ability: Use coconut sugar or agave, instead of white sugar. Use spelt flour or another healthy flour instead of bleached white flour. Add a little chicory root to your coffee grounds. Add vegetables (organic, if possible–better yet, grow your own) to your meals whenever possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. And get a good multivitamin (along with your fatty acids).
The physically stronger we are, the better we can serve our Master and be about our Father’s business.
James 5:13 – Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
In no way am I suggesting that we should ever attempt to solve any problem we may have without acknowledging or consulting the Lord. In fact, because I was struggling with the blues and could not seem to get into a good mood no matter what or how hard I tried, I consulted the Lord and I believe the Holy Ghost guided me in my Web search to discover omega-3 fatty acids and their benefits for mood; similarly, when I started experiencing horrible dizziness and near blackouts, I believe He showed me that I was severely iron deficient. Finally, when I was taking evening primrose oil (EPO) and my grouchiness increased fourfold, I believe the Lord, again, led me to the right research to discover that EPO does, in fact, affect many people’s moods negatively.
The Lord has all the answers we need. Sometimes a mean disposition is the result of Satanic influence and sometimes it is not. It is God Who leads us and guides us into all truth (John 16:13). He can help us get to the root of any problem and points us to the right solution to the problem.
And, again, it is Christ, our Creator, Who lovingly and mercifully provided us with so much of what our bodies need in the earth. So if the solution is a natural one, rather than a supernatural one, we still give the glory to God, not nature.
Finally, we should not tempt God by regularly abusing our bodies, His temples, then expecting Him to supernaturally intervene.
Proverbs 14:15 – The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Proverbs 3:6 – In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Because so much health and nutrition disinformation is out there (likely by design, but that is a topic for another time), as Christians, it is our duty to look well to our going. If Christ is our Master, we should acknowledge Him regarding every aspect of our lives–including our spirits, souls, and bodies–and trust Him to direct our paths.