Symptoms are messengers with messages to reveal a mess that was swept under the rug. Just because the mess is under a rug, doesn’t mean it is gone; it is only gone from your conscious mind that filters out what you don’t believe or are unable or unwilling to process.
Symptoms can reappear when there are more aspects to a traumatic event or the root cause has not been revealed or addressed. Until you get to the root cause, more symptoms will sprout. If you don’t remove the root, the bitter sprouts will continue to grow and you will eventually get a disease or a chronic condition.
“See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and cause trouble” Hebrews 12:15
Although they are painful, symptoms are your friend. They tell you that there is something that you are not seeing that is out of order. They cause you distress to bring you back to ease instead of dis-ease. Don’t shoot the messenger; don’t suppress symptoms. Find the root cause!
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great, hidden, difficult, and unsearchable things which you have not known” Jeremiah 33:3 (combined translations)
Ice cream is the number one comfort food used in times of distress; but ice cream can never reveal the root cause. The top-selling drug is Abilify which has made $6,885,243,368 up to now. It is used for resistant depression, bipolar depression and psychotic issues. Abilify will never remove the root cause. Drugging symptoms and giving labels will never find the root cause; it just concretizes the emotional, psychological or spiritual disorder into a physical disorder and chronic condition.
“Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them…restore…rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them” Jer 33:6-11
The root cause of all symptoms is separation from God and usually has traumatic childhood roots or generational inheritance of emotional, psychological or spiritual issues. Separation from God means you do not carry ALL the fullness of God in your body. “Know the Love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with ALL the fullness of God” Ephesians 3:19.
If you have not yet received both the Fire of God and the Holy Spirit of God, which give the literal, felt-experience (not the intellectual knowing) in your body of the new birth as a new creation; ask, knock, seek, until you receive. This is not a once and done thing; you must repeat until all is renewed and Christ is fully formed in your body. What Christ did is once and for all! We go through a process to fully receive the fullness. There is always more…
Knowing God is different from knowing about God. Receiving all the fullness of God in your body is different from knowing of God or saying you are a Christian or spiritual. The new birth is different from the process of sanctification and glorification. Without the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire there is no new birth in which to grow into sanctification and mature into glorification; filling with all the fullness of God and Christ being formed in your body.
“Paul found some disciples. And he said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ And they said, ‘no, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ ” Acts 19:1-7.
“Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” Romans 12:2.
A renewed mind is not a once and done situation, although it is in the realm of possibility with God. For most, it is a continuing process as you take EVERY thought captive to Christ. In 70,000 thoughts per day, how many of these thoughts are from the enemy/accuser/destroyer, how many of your thoughts are from the consensus trance or “hive” mind; how many thoughts are renewed thoughts, and how many of our thoughts are God’s Higher Thoughts? Your beliefs and level of consciousness create your thoughts; your thoughts create your feelings; your feelings are the fuel for your words and actions and state of being. Your spirit, your thoughts, your feelings, your words and your actions all work together to create the atmosphere for satan to create disorder and destruction in your life or God to create order, Life and wholeness!
“When anything is exposed by the Light it becomes visible…awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you Light” Ephesians 5:13
Symptoms reveal hidden disorder or dis-ease in the body, mind, heart, soul or spirit. They come to help you turn back to God. The messenger comes to allow you to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the message and guide you so you can return to shalom.
Symptoms reveal another layer is ready to be revealed, or you are ready to let something else go from your past or it is time to make a change or a message you are moving away from God, Truth or Resting in Christ. Symptoms reveal something you didn’t know was in your psyche; something that is ready to be released or healed. Symptoms are your friend! Wholeness/holiness is your birthright when you have received the new birth.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing, can you not perceive it?”
Holy Spirit, reveal the message. Holy Spirit, guide us to the answer. Holy Spirit, help us to move toward God. Holy Spirit, make us one with God again.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; it any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to her and eat with her, and she with me. She who conquers, I will grant her to sit with me on my throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne” Revelation 3:20-21
Symptoms come knocking; what will you do?