When I typed “Physical Inflammation Can be Rooted in a Wounded Soul” into the title block, WordPress noted “This title is unique.” It is that, and it is time this subject had more light shed upon it. In a recent post I shared two possible scenarios for causing “first responder” inflammatory responses that could lead to persistent inflammation and, unresolved, to serious disease such as cancer. One of these scenarios was a repeated emotional wounding from a verbally abusing boss and most people can grasp that cause/effect situation.
In this article, I am compelled to look at inflammation rooted in a wounded soul from a source not often discussed in a health article. The source is, in fact, idolatry. By “idolatry”, I mean allowing something to become greater than God in our lives–developing an emotional attachment to something “we live for” other than the love of God, family, friends, etc. (as Jesus taught). In Slam the Door on Cancer, I examine the three “royal or pure laws of the universe” and they are love, work, and stewardship. Love, indeed, is a human need and can be perverted into love of some THING. It can be objects such as cars, clothes, motorcycles, jewelry, guns, etc. It can be travel, movies, celebrities, parties, hobbies, sports, medical treatment etc. It can be our career, our own body, a particular loved one we put on a pedestal, and, of course, money. So much stuff in the world can draw us gradually into idolizing it and it can happen so gradually we don’t realize it.
But what can this possibly have to do with inflammation and health? Idolatry is an insidious sin and sin wounds our souls which erodes our relationship with God. God’s jealous for us because He loves us and wants us whole and healthy of body and soul. He says through 3 John 1:2 (MSG)
“ We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! “ We see that there’s a right way to prosper and be in health and God wants that for us, but there’s a damaging way to seek these things and He’s warned us about it. God didn’t make laws to catch us up. His “laws” are not “rules” but “principles of living that lead to health, prosperity and joy.
He warned us “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. “ Exodus 20:3 (KJV) because He knows what makes us tick so to speak. He understands the balance we absolutely need in our lives to keep our biochemistry intact and to avoid damaging stress reactions. Idolizing someTHING unbalances us because it keeps us from the loving relationship we are hard-wired to enjoy. More and more pursuit of anyTHING continuously cycles stress biochemicals because we can never have enough “stuff” to satisfy us. We end up like a dog chasing its tail–emotionally, mentally, and willfully spinning out of control.
Our souls (mind, will, emotions) caught up in idolatry are wounded and highly vulnerable to the enemy of our soul moving about freely to manipulating us. If dark spirits (the enemy of our souls) can legally negotiate our souls, our bodies must follow because, biochemically, body and soul cannot be separated. Does God’s own word say this? King David expressed anguish of soul from enemy attack many times and none more clearly than Psalm 143:1-4 (AMP)
1 “HEAR MY prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, and in Your righteousness. 2 And enter not into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no man living is [in himself] righteous or justified. 3 For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul, he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead. 4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed and faints within me [wrapped in gloom]; my heart within my bosom grows numb” .
We know David (“a man after God’s own heart”) was, of course, not sinless and therefore the enemy had a legal right to torment him. In contrast, we know Jesus was without sin therefore giving the enemy no legal landing strip there. “Remember what Jesus said in John 14, “The prince of this world is coming but there is nothing in Me that is in common with him so he has no power over me.” When we don’t have things in common, we have power over demons. When we do, they have power over us.” (Katie Souza, “Kingdom of the Son” Teaching CD 3, Track 2. I recommend you listen to this entire teaching available at www.expectedendministries.com )
How do we know inflammation is a legal ploy of the enemy of our souls? Deuteronomy 28 lists blessings for living within God’s design and curses when we refuse to follow His precepts. Verse 22 actually gives us the penalty for idolatry : . . . consumption, with fever and inflammation, fiery heat, sword and drought, blasting and mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.” Why would God allow our spiritual enemy to inflict such pain, because sin separates us from Him so that the enemy has legal fight to attack our souls. I realize Deuteronomy is Old Covenant before “jesus became a curse for us”. It is true that realizing our habitual sin, repenting (reversing course) from that sin, and pleading Jesus’s atoning blood in love moves us into His righteousness and the enemy’s legal right to our soul is overcome.
Sometimes we are so wounded in our souls that we need prayer help in walking out our repentance and healing our souls so that our bodies can be in health as our Creator means for them to be. How? As I repeat in Slam the Door on Cancer, “tune into God to find our what is blocking your healing and to find out how to co-labor with him for your healing.” And NEVER doubt that your loving Father wants you in full health of body and soul. Remember what He tells us through Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) ” For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
Here’s a link to an interesting article on the subject of idolatry–in fact I would term it’s subject “unintentional idolatry” and even “accidental idolatry”. The post is entitled “Relational Idolatry” and the post is entitled “Redeemed” at www.josephjpote.com . This is a nice blogsite.