Gratitude and Healing…Which Comes First?


In Slam the Door on Cancer, I share the findings of scientist Maruru Emoto who studied the microscopic photographs of frozen crystals from water exposed to various words. Of all his startling findings, one was particularly poignant to me. He found that water exposed to the word “Gratitude” yielded exquisite crystals. Exposure to “Love” also yielded beautiful crystals, but water exposed to both of these words yielded the absolute most exquisite crystals. One of the reasons I remain so fascinated by Emoto’s findings is the fact that our bodies are 70 to 80% water (as is the world we live in). Surely these facts help explain the impact of words upon health which, of course, are referenced many times in Scripture as you will see in my next post on this blog.

In preparation for a recent seminar, I found myself reviewing a tremendous book by Rev. Cheryl Schang entitled Heal Them All. In it, Schang brings Emoto’s quantum science into Scriptural light.  Rev Shang clarifies an important point: . 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” The use of “in” rather than “for”, as Rev Schang stresses, is important because “not everything is from God. So, you’re not going to thank God for your sickness, which came from the enemy. But in spite of it, in the midst of it, you are to thank God.

Take a look at slides of Masaru Emoto’s water crystal photographs:

Turning to Ephesians 5:20, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Schang explains that confusion regarding the word “for” arises in some translations because the original language has been wrongly tweaked. The original word is “huper” really meaning “above, beyond, or over” which brings Ephesians 5:20 in agreement with ! Thessalonians 5:13 as it should be. So the point is “give thanks over, beyond, and above all things”. That would include illness. Give thanks regardless of our circumstances. Is this admonition rooted in more than word root correction?

Yes it is. Schang goes on to teach through David (in Psalms 23:5, 92:1 and 1 Chronicles 23:30) and Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 31:2 as “One of the first things Hezekiah did as king was to reinstitute the particular activity of thanking and praising God twice a day. When he did that, the nation of Israel experienced revival.” (p 209 of Heal Them All)

Then, of course, we know the  situation Daniel found himself in when his sustaining habit of praying to anyone other than the Babylonian king was outlawed. He knew it was fatally dangerous, but, upon hearing the king had signed a decree that request were to be made “only to the king” and certainly not to the God of Israel, David’s solution was to pray giving thanks. Schang reminds us that “When you are thanking God, the lions cannot chew on you.” As we see in Daniel’s “lion’s den experience”.

Paul “picked up on the revelation in Colossians 4:2, “Continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving”. Schang explains that the word “watch” means “to be vigilant, to rise, to stay awake, to give strict attention to, to be cautious.” Paul is warning against laziness. In 1 Corinthians 10:10 he expands to, “Neither murmur, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.” The message is that “Whining and complaining actually attract the demonic. We know what John 10:10 tells us that enemy comes to do. We cannot complain and give thanks at the same time. One invites the enemy and one invites the Lord’s protection.

I challenge us to habitually give thanks above all else in whatever circumstances–finding something always worthy of gratitude in our lives.  When in a Nazi concentration camp, beloved Christian author and speaker, Corrie Ten Boom and her sister had no physical possessions except a Bible they kept hidden for a while.  They had made a deliberate effort to thank the Lord for something in their lives every day even in that dire situation.  One day Corrie’s sister expressed great weariness of their plight, and Corrie actually expressed joy, “But yes, we are blessed to have this Bible.”  Her sister did not make it out, but Corrie did due to a paperwork error.

 If we are seeking a miracle, let’s do it with thanksgiving filled hearts. Let’s start by keeping a list of those things we are thankful for just as author Ann VosKamp does in her amazing book, 1000 Gifts. I found VosKamp’s book enormously inspiring and empowering in the process of my healing and certainly I have seen many lose their healing because they slipped into whining and self pity rather than being vigilant with thanksgiving.

I talk more about the role of thanksgiving in healing in Slam the Door on Cancer, including how Jesus modeled giving thanks when he needed a miracle.  The last blog post offered you numerous Eucharisteo Scriptures….yes the Holy Eucharist comes from that word and it means Thanksgiving.

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