My husband never gets sick. Never. Ever.
His diet consists of frozen pizza, canned tomato soup, Chef Boyardee, bags of chips, sugary cereals, meat, and potatoes. In the summer he will go out on a limb and add strawberries and sweet corn (but only if they are “just right”). If it’s green or labeled in the vegetable or fruit category he will not touch it, especially leafy greens. If a piece of lettuce even touches (and I’m not exaggerating) something he will not eat it because he is certain he can taste it! He isn’t active and thinks healthy eating is a marketing scam. I once read of a man who ate a Big Mac every day for like 30 years and he was skinny and healthy as can be. I just don’t get it.
Then there’s me.
I like Kombucha, essential oils, anything green, and prefer to eat grass-fed meats and organic foods, and can’t stand anything that goes in a microwave or comes out of a box or can. (I do have a soft spot for fried chicken, cheeseburgers, and donuts!) I still try to eat healthy and organic but have to admit that I am outnumbered 2 to 1 in the food arena of our family, and I don’t like cooking multiple meals, so I cave in far more than I desire. I’m certainly not perfect in my eating but I do take my health seriously. I don’t get sick often, and even less so since I’ve learned about my authority in Christ, but today I have been sneezing and fighting the sniffles and aches.
As I was grabbing tissues out of a box, I started thinking about how my husband never gets sick even with his unhealthy habits, but every year I fight off a cold. What’s up with that?!
My husband and I are not in the same place spiritually. Within the last 2 years, I have been reading and meditating on the healing we have in Christ and have recently come to realize we all can walk in divine health because sickness is not from God. I truly believe He has already provided everything we need for complete healing in our lives through Christ. My husband’s perspective is that God heals if it is His will, but that he “doesn’t have the faith for [walking in divine health or miraculous healings]”. I suppose you can sum up his theology as “Que sera sera”. We are just in different places.
So, I wondered why it was that someone who does not take care of their body, and does not believe in the active, healing power of God, and never experiences sickness; while I speak healing over myself daily (and have lots of wonderful testimonies regarding my personal healing), yet about once a year I fight off a winter cold?
Then it hit me:
For as he thinks within himself, so is he.
There is one thing that my husband has said from the day I met him, and when he says it, you can feel he believes it completely: “I never get sick!” He is quite emphatic about it whenever the subject comes up. He is absolutely convinced and resolved that he never gets sick – and he doesn’t!
I thought about areas in my life where I believe something so deeply that no matter what happens or what is said, I never have experienced any doubt. Instantly one idea came to mind: I am a great mother. I don’t care what anyone says, I have made decisions in my parenting that others balked at, but I never waivered because I knew I was a great mom and have continually experienced wonderful insight and revelations about how to parent my son. I had an encounter with the Lord when my son was only a week old resulting in a rock-solid resolve and belief settling inside of me, and I knew, that I knew, that I knew…..God was making me a great mother! I’ve never thought of it in an arrogant way nor based on anything particular, but only because I knew without any doubt, that God, my Father, imparted to me everything I needed to be the best mother to my son. Whenever someone has tried to suggest otherwise, there is a knowing and a resolve that can not be shaken. I may not be good at a lot of things, but I AM A GOOD MOTHER. And my son reflects the fruit of that belief.
My husband’s body reflects the fruit of his belief in that he never gets sick. I am not talking about some weird mystical thinking, but rather pointing out a spiritual law. Just like we have physical laws, there are spiritual laws. Spiritual laws work with everyone. Many times the “world” copies truths of the Spirit. You don’t have to be a Christian to benefit from spiritual laws. However, as Believers, we should have a better grasp of the benefits and laws of God.
I have been trying to understand belief in a deeper way and what the Spirit revealed to me today, through my husband’s example, was a tremendous lesson in the power of belief. The crazy thing is, my husband doesn’t even realize he is exercising the power of his belief. So too, all of us in some way or another do not realize the power our belief has on our lives, for good or bad. If we could capitalize on the understanding of such amazing power in the spiritual realm we could transform our lives.
>>When the thoughts of our mind line up with the beliefs of our heart, amazing things take place.<<
Hmmm…. didn’t James have something to say about that?
But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Can you think of an area in your life with an unwavering resolve…something that is unshakable? Write it down. Maybe you have several areas. Write out what you believe and the results in your life of that belief.
If we can have a deep belief in our heart that is in alignment with our mind, and with the spiritual laws of God, then nothing is impossible for us. That is how a mustard seed of faith can move a mountain!
By the way, my sniffles and sneezes went away and I never did get a cold! PRAISE GOD!