Ever since my feet and hands have been hurting (since April 2014), I have been doing tons of research on Rheumatoid Arthritis looking for alternative natural solutions. I don't want my hands to end up looking like that picture on the left! And I don't want to take pain killers that have awful side effects. I don't want to just cover up the symptoms and stay in disease. I want to find healing. I want to find the root cause and fix it. I have found lots of information on how to treat it. And what I have discovered is that since it is an autoimmune disease, it can be reversed or put into permanent remission by a healthy diet and serious emotional therapy.
Even though I was doing all I could with my clean diet, I knew I would never get well physically if my mind wasn't restored. Praise God that he healed my mind. Because of that, I am confident I will find physical healing in His timing.
God has been putting different people and circumstances in my life to help me in my journey. Just yesterday a friend of mine sent me a book called A More Excellent Way (Be in Health - Spiritual Roots of Disease - Pathways to Wholeness) by Henry W. Wright. In it she flagged some pages she thought I might be interested in. Oh MY! I read it and it was fascinated! Here is an excerpt from the book about auto immune diseases. You don't hear this at the doctors office!
The body attacks the body because the person is attacking themselves spiritually in self-rejection, self-hatred, and self-bitterness. There is a spiritual dynamic that comes in which the white corpuscles are invisibly redirected to attack living tissue while ignoring the true enemy which is bacteria and viruses. As the person continues to attack themselves spiritually, the body finally agrees as the white corpuscles start attacking the body. That is a high price to pay for not loving yourself.
Even though the medical community now associates autoimmune diseases (including lupus, Crohn's, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple schlerosis) with fear, anxiety, and stress, I have come to the conclusion that most autoimmune diseases are primarily the result of an unloving spirit producing feelings of not being loved, not being accepted, self-rejection, self-hatred, and self-bitterness coupled with guilt. In fact, it could be said that autoimmune diseases are primarily a self-hatred disease with a fear-anxiety-stress rider attached to them. pg. 161
Rheumatoid Arthritis p. 178
In Rheumatoid Arthritis, basically there is a proliferation of white corpuscles that congregate in the connective tissue of the skeleton, and like Pac-Man, start to eat away and destroy the material. It is degenerative, and this is so classic that I end up saying it just the way I'm going to say it:
"as the person attacks themselves in self-hatred, so the body conforms to that spiritual dynamic and attacks itself in return."
The only way to be healed from Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases is to accept yourself once and for all and to get the self-hatred, the guilt,the lack of self-esteem and the junk out of your life.
I've been devouring the book to say the least! That was exactly my problem. It sounds like what I was doing to myself before God healed my mind.
Father, thank you for all you have done for me. Thank you for people, places and circumstances you have provided to lead me to healing. Help me to continue to walk where you lead and to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. I denounce the spirit of fear, in Jesus name, and step boldly forward in your goodness and love. Give me words to declare your glory and praise. Give me wisdom and discernment to hear your voice. I do not want to be deceived by Satan ever again. I want to be by your side at all times- even in my dreams.
Below is the song I woke up to this morning, and again God, true to himself, gives me the exact words I need for the moment. (I didn't even know what the song was about) Isn't God AWESOME!!!
Hope in Front of Me by: Danny Gokey
There's a place at the end of the storm you finally find
Where the hurt and the tears and the pain all fall behind
You open up your eyes and up ahead
There's a big sun shining
Right then and there you realize you'll be alright