Missions & World Prayer

The Elijah Company exists to provide all the encouragement, direction and resources we can to help missionaries get to the field. Please visit the Elijah Company website and take advantage of the training in world missions and prayer below:

The Global Prayer Movement
Training in World Missions
Breaking Strongholds Over Cities and Nations
Developing a Sending Base
Elijah Lived with God
Fasting and Prayer in Mission’s Preparation
Good Relationships – A Continuous Ambition
God’s Powerful Light in a Dark World
Intercession – The Strategy for Reaching Nations
Learning to Adapt Cross-Culturally
Knowing God as Father
Looking into the Heart of God for the Nations
Maintaining Your Peace in the Midst of Warfare
Mentoring for Missions
Preparation Through Self-Denial
The Disciplined Life
The Power of Encouragement
The Power to Set Nations Free
The Presence and Power of God

To learn more about the Elijah Company please read:

The Elijah Company – Our Reason for Existence
Going Out in Spirit and Power
Missionary Mentorship




The International School Of Prayer

Welcome to the International School of Prayer Training

This International School of Prayer is presently in the initial stages of construction. It will include several books, e-books on prayer, e-courses, prayers, on-the-job prayer assignments, articles, videos, etc. 

Breakthrough Faith At The Gates

The Dark Night Of The Soul

Dependence – God’s Unlimited Opportunity To Bless

Destroying Personal Strongholds

Fasting The Right Way With The Right Heart

Forgiveness Is A Choice

The Hiddenness of God

History Belongs To The Intercessors

A Humble Heart

Jesus’ Passionate Prayer Life

A Lifestyle of Worship

Prayer Discovers God’s Agenda

Prayer For The Lost

Prayer Is The Strategy of Heaven

Presenting Your Petitions In The Courtroom Of Heaven

The Providential Care of God

A Royal Priesthood – Authority In Intercession

Victory In Spiritual Warfare

The Worship Warrior


Future Courses

Breakthrough Prayer
Deeper Still
Praying God’s Truth – Overcoming Enemy Lies
Secrets to a Deeper Prayer Life










A Letter To Health Arise Subscribers

Dear Friend, 

Thank you for subscribing to Health Arise. I pray that this will be a great blessing for you and that it will encourage you to live healthy as you grow in your prayer life. After just recovering from breast cancer, I realize more than ever how important it is to be healthy for God’s glory! 

I hope you enjoy these monthly e-mails. I will cover many topics having to do with health and living healthy. I have done a lot of study recently on the subject of health. It has been overwhelming for me to realize how many people are sick, and some of them are intercessors. I believe that God wants us to live healthy lives but part of it is up to us. He wants us to have energy to do His will. We need strength in order to pray fervently. The times we are living are increasingly stressful, and healthy, strong bodies are essential to bring in the harvest. People in full-time ministry, especially intercessors, need to do everything they can to preserve strong healthy bodies.

In the course of these e-mails, I will occasionally talk about nutritional supplements. I have found a tremendous nutritional supplement that has helped me very much personally. If you are interested in finding out more about what I am taking, please e-mail me at deb@intercessorsarise.org. 

Thank you so much for desiring to live healthy. May God bless you with increased health for His Kingdom purpose.

Together in the Harvest,

Debbie Przybylski

 Health Arise Articles

  • Fruits and Vegetables in Abundance
  • God’s Peace in a Stressful World
  • Health and Healing Scriptures
  • Health and the Battlefield of the Mind
  • How to Handle Stress God’s Way
  • Natural Health Remedies and Cures
  • Recharging Your Emotional Battery
  • Sowing Good Health in our Family Line
  • Sugars that Heal
  • Understanding Stress in Your Life
  • A Letter for Health Arise Subscribers

Understanding Stress in Your Life

”The circumstances of life, the events of life, and the people
around me in life do not make me the way I am
but reveal the way that I am.”
Sam and Mary Peebles

In the journey of life, most people are not enjoying the trip because of stress and anxiety. In our everyday lives, stress is becoming such a huge problem that is only increasing with each passing day. Learning to reduce the stress in your life can help you to live a more Christlike life. Inner stress and tension has to do with who you are on the inside. It reveals the way you are.

Stress is ok when it increases our capacity to act or think or feel. But when it gets out of hand, it is dangerous. Normal tension is followed by relaxation but if the muscles, emotions or brain refuse to relax, it passes into abnormal tension. This is when a person never relaxes. I went through a period on the mission field where I had to take a three-month break just because I could no longer cope with the stress in my life. I did not know how to say “no”, and I was doing too much for too long. I was a young person in my twenties, and I had let my stress get so out of hand until I reached a point where I couldn’t do anything! This is not what God wants for any of us. God used that stressful time to reveal what was inside of me and to change me. I learned to say “no”, and I continue to evaluate my activities on a regular basis.

“For me, the hardest word in the English language is no. I would like to say yes to everyone and everything, but obedience to Christ requires me at times to say no. Like the gardener pruning the vine, I must constantly trim away unnecessary activities if new life is to spring forth.” Dwight Carlson

There are so many things in life that can make us feel stressful. Some of them are emotional problems, Satanic opposition, overwork or bordom with work, disease, wrong attitudes or thought patterns, too many changes, unresolved conflicts in childhood where there was a lack of love and security, unconfessed sin and so many more things. There are few, if any, of us that can escape many of the stresses of life. The symptoms of stress are many – tiredness, loss of appetite, headaches, health changes, digestive disturbances, feelings of worthlessness, irritations, anger, emotional instability, anxiety, lack of sleep, health changes and the list goes on and on.

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down” (Proverbs 12:25).

There are several things we need to realize regarding stress. These are things we need to understand within our own hearts in order to better cope with stress. We must realize the following:

  • Realize that overwork can be a strategy of Satan – When you are tired, it affects everything – your work output, your motivation and ambition, your ability to deal with problems, your restfulness, your mental stability and your satisfaction. See I Peter 5:8.
  • Realize that you will always face stressful circumstances – Everyday you are confronted with stressful situations whether it is with your job, your friends, your future, etc. You can’t get away from it. See I Timothy 1:7, I Corinthians 4:7-11.
  • Realize you don’t have to be a victim of stressful circumstances – Stress is a reaction. We need inner resources to deal with our circumstances. See John 16:33.
  • Realize that God intends for you to do His will – This means that we need to set limits and pray through our activities. We need to trim away that which is not necessary. See Exodus 34:21.
  • Realize that God is sufficient and He has provided for our basic needs – He provides security and significance and the fruit of the Spirit – love (I John 4-8), joy (John 15:11) peace (John 14:27) and comfort (II Corinthians 1:3-4).

The Lesson for today: Stress is ok until you can no longer relax and when it causes many negative reactions. Satan wants you exhausted and overworked, unable to cope. Stress is a part of life but you don’t have to be victims of stressful circumstances. Learn to say “no” and evaluate your life regularly. Stress comes from within. God is sufficient and He has provided all that you need to do His will. Learn to live life in the fruit of the Spirit and not in the flesh. When God controls your life, He produces the fruit in you.

“But what happens to our responses when things begin to go wrong? Our past accomplishments will not sustain us in the midst of trouble. God understands this and has provided the basic essentials of life in the fruit of the Spirit. Some of these ingredients: love, joy, comfort and peace will sustain us in every situation. God expects us to get them from Him. When He controls our life, He produces the fruit of the Spirit in us.” Sam and Mary Peeble

Health Arise Articles

  • Fruits and Vegetables in Abundance
  • God’s Peace in a Stressful World
  • Health and Healing Scriptures
  • Health and the Battlefield of the Mind
  • How to Handle Stress God’s Way
  • Natural Health Remedies and Cures
  • Recharging Your Emotional Battery
  • Sowing Good Health in our Family Line
  • Sugars that Heal
  • Understanding Stress in Your Life
  • A Letter for Health Arise Subscribers

Sugars that Heal – Glyconutrients

“Scientists have recently discovered that our modern diet is missing some very vital nutrients, and surprisingly enough, these missing nutrients are sugars. After years of research, author Rita Elkins has come to the conclusion that the lack of these invaluable sugars in our diet is a major reason for most of today’s diseases; even cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.” Woodland Publishers

Did you know that there are actually sugars that can bring healing to your body? I can promise you that they really work, because I have seen so many improvements in my own health since I started using supplements that contain glyconutrients. I have seen positive changes in my immune system, my intestinal system, my energy level, my eyesight, my physical strength and more. I would encourage all of you to look into this most important new breakthrough in the world of health.

I would have never discovered the importance of this if I had not struggled with cancer myself. I would have never known all that we are missing from our modern diet. (And I had thought I was eating fairly healthy.) There is so much more to our bodies than we realize. I did not know the serious effect I was experiencing in my immune system due to stress, toxins, and poor nutrition in our diet. Our immune system is so important to keep us from disease. I got cancer because my immune system was broken down without me even realizing it. Yes, I was tired but I never realized how serious my condition really was until all of a sudden, one day I discovered I had cancer.

“Today, six of the ten top causes of death are diet related, and chronic degenerative diseases afflict over 120 million Americans. Miracle Sugars provides valuable information on the recent breakthrough discovery of glyconutrients, which have amazing abilities to maintain and balance your immune system, helping you to achieve optimum health and prevent even the most insidious of today’s killer diseases.” Woodland Publishers

These sugars can prevent cancers and so many other diseases. Cancer is now the 2nd highest cause of death, and it used to be the 10th. But we can do something about it now! We can bring our immune systems into balance and health through the use of glyconutrients. There are 8 essential sugars that we need in order that our body functions properly, but we are not getting most of these in our food! The following are some of the ways these sugars can help:

  • Dramatically elevates disease resistance
  • Slows premature aging
  • Dramatically raises natural killer cells against infectious organisms
  • Activates immune T-cell activity when invaders are present
  • Decreases cell death in chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Acts as an antioxidant compound
  • Decreases inflammation in diseases
  • Helps immune cells recognize invaders 

“The future of Medicine is the sugars that heal” Emil Mondoa, MD

I would have never realized all of this before, but because I was faced with a life and death threatening disease, I saw how important it was for me to take care of my health now. Our body is God’s temple. It is a serious thing to not take care of it. Many are sick because they have failed in this area. But for most of us, it is not too late. I encourage you to take care of your body for the glory of God.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received (as a Gift) from God? You are not your own. You were bought with a price (purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own). So, then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Amplified).

 Health Arise Articles

  • Fruits and Vegetables in Abundance
  • God’s Peace in a Stressful World
  • Health and Healing Scriptures
  • Health and the Battlefield of the Mind
  • How to Handle Stress God’s Way
  • Natural Health Remedies and Cures
  • Recharging Your Emotional Battery
  • Sowing Good Health in our Family Line
  • Sugars that Heal
  • Understanding Stress in Your Life
  • A Letter for Health Arise Subscribers

Sowing Good Health in our Family Line

12366250_1071089526287487_6625486080566621471_n“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:7-9).

You and I reap the good and the bad in our lives. Good health does not just happen. Each one of us must do something to promote good health. If we are eating a lot of sweets and getting no exercise, we cannot expect our bodies to be healthy.

In the Bible there is a law of sowing and reaping. If we take good care of your body, we will in most cases reap health. This includes areas such as eating good food with a lot of fruit, vegetables and grains. It also includes such areas as emotional health by not holding bitterness and anger within our heart. These negative emotions will affect physical health.

We also can inherit bad health tendencies through our family lines. There is the possibility of ill health through our generational line. Carefully pray about this regarding anything in your family line. My family has a tendency toward heart and bone disease. Yours may be different. The following is one way of looking at the possibility of ill health in our body.

“Whenever unforgiven sins exist in our family lines, the legal necessity to reap remains in force.”

Exodus 34:6-7, Numbers 14:18, and Deuteronomy 5:9 are key verses regarding this. We wonder how this can be true. But God is fair, and there is a law of sowing and reaping. We must realize that forgiveness restores our relationships, but it does not do away with the need for discipline.

Jesus reaped the harm of all generational sin passed down from our forefathers (Ezekiel 18:2-5, 9). Only He is righteous, and it is only by His righteousness imputed to us (2 Corinthians 5:21) that we no longer have to reap the sin of our forefathers. God is good, and His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). But even after we are saved, inherited evil does not end. Christians still reap in their own lives the evils their ancestors have committed.

Some sins must be prayed about specifically or else the sin continues through the generations.

How is Generational Sin Passed Down Through the Generations?

“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation” (Numbers 14:18).

There are three ways generational sins pass down through the generations. They descend through physical genes, modeling others’ behavior, and by the law of sowing and reaping. Whatever is sown must be reaped. The devil knows what weaknesses we have inherited in our bodies. He will try to pass these on to us, causing us to reap bad health.

“The descending of generational sins by law is compounded by the fact that Satan understands the principle of sowing and reaping. He knows that not only will our children and their descendants reap the good we have sown; they will also reap the evil. He also knows our ignorance about law, that we think we can just do this or that ‘little’ sin and nothing will come of it! We do not realize there is no escape from consequences – except by grace.”

What unhealthy tendencies have you inherited from your parents and grandparents? What was modeled to you in negative behavior that you have easily adapted into your own life? Some examples are overeating, lack of exercise, eating junk food and the list goes on. What have you inherited and reaped in your physical genes? Some examples are heart disease, obesity, cancer, etc. What about your emotions? Do you easily get depressed, angry or bitter?

All of this will greatly affect our present and future health if we do not stop the law of sowing and reaping in our present generation.

“Innumerable harmful results may descend as a result of previous sin. Tendencies to cancer, allergies, lung problems or circulation disorders may descend from sins in previous generations. Tendencies to sexual perversion, homosexuality, frigidity, barrenness, tragic early deaths, a lack of boys or girls born into a family generation after generation – any of these can descend from ancestral sins. Additional harmful reaping includes depression, bipolarism, mental imbalance neuroses and psychoses, alcoholism and chemical addiction.” Unnamed quotes by John Sandford

How do we deal with all of this generational sin?

The following will help you to know how to deal with the generational sin in your past that was passed down either through modeling, physical genes or the law of sowing and reaping. It is important to realize that some sins come from our present sin and not from our past generations. This is taken from the book Healing the Nations by John Sandford.

  • See the negative health patterns; inquire into your family tree.
  • Look for repeated occurrences in grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.
  • List them. Some examples could be heart disease, cancer, overeating, anger, etc.
  • Pray, first giving thanks for all the good that has come from those forefathers.
  • Pray, placing the cross, through prayer, between your forefathers and yourself or your family, declaring 
that all the destructive patterns inherited from the ancestors now stop on the cross of Christ.
  • Name the patterns, believing that Jesus has died with them on the cross.
  • Repent on behalf of those who have gone before and for yourself.
  • Receive forgiveness.
  • Pray blessing, declaring that the very opposite of the harmful generational pattern will now replace it. Give thanks.
  • Reaffirm the prayer whenever you feel led, keeping at it for at least several weeks. Give thanks, believing it is done.

We can stop the negative, generational patterns and can begin to sow good patterns into the present and future generations. We will reap what we sow. It is time to sow good eating and living patterns into our lives. May God help each one of us to sow good seed, for we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. The following is a prayer renouncing the sins of our ancestors. You may want to pray this over you and your family.

“As a child of God purchased by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, I here and now renounce and repudiate all the sins of my ancestors. As one who has been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear son, I cancel out all demonic working that has been passed on to me from my ancestors. As one who has been crucified with Jesus Christ and raised to walk in newness of life, I cancel every curse that may have been put upon me. I announce to Satan and all his forces that Christ became a curse for me when he hung on the cross. As one who has been crucified and raised with Christ and now sits with Him in heavenly places, I renounce any and every way in which Satan may claim ownership of me. I declare myself to be eternally and completely signed over and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. I renounce (list the curses in your family background) and I receive (list the blessings). All this I do in the Name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.” From The Adversary by Mark Bubeck

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Recharging Your Emotional Battery

”For me, the hardest word in the English language is no. I would like to say yes to everyone and everything, but obedience to Christ requires me at times to say no. Like the gardener pruning the vine, I must constantly trim away unnecessary activities if new life is to spring forth.” Dwight Carlson

Tiredness and fatigue are common problems in most societies. Many people are tired. You know you are fatigued when you are experiencing a lack of energy, a loss of a sense of well-being, weariness, an overall unpleasantness, no ambition, and a loss of interest. This does not sound good! Most of us, if we were to really admit it, are tired of being tired. Stress can produce tiredness and fatigue. Tiredness can be a real enemy because it can bring dissatisfaction, restlessness, irritability, a loss of joy, depression and so many other negative things. But God knows our energy capacity and never requires more than we are capable of achieving. We need to set appropriate limits and learn to say no. We also need to evaluate the emotional gauge in our life.

Emotional Fatigue

“I have now committed myself to installing an emotional gauge in the center of my dash-board and learning how to read it. I take responsibility to manage the emotional reservoir in my life.” Bill Hybels

When we are tired over a long period of time, we must look at the emotional area of our life. We may be emotionally fatigued and not even be aware it. If we want to walk in overall health, we must look at our emotional as well as our physical strength. It is important that we know what activities drain our emotional reservoir. These are tasks that sap us of energy in just a short time. We may be oblivious to the intense drain some activities are having on us emotionally.

It is important to look at three gauges on the dashboard of your life in order to be healthy. The first gauge is the spiritual area of your life. Ask yourself questions like, “How is my spiritual life?” “How is my quiet time?” “Am I praying?” If this area reads normal, then you know you are doing all right spiritually. The next gauge is the physical gauge. Ask yourself questions like, “Am I eating healthy?” “Am I exercising?” “Am I getting enough rest?” “Am I feeling well physically?” If that battery is “ok“, then you know you are doing all right physically.

If these two batteries seem to be “ok” but you know something is wrong, you may be drained emotionally. If you don’t feel like building relationships, if people drain you, or you want to quit ministry or change jobs, something may be wrong. You may need to recharge your emotional battery, but you must realize that this is a slow process that takes time. You may be asking the question, “How do you recharge when you are emotionally drained?” You recharge by doing something totally different than your work or ministry. You may want to go jogging, read a book, listen to music or play golf.

Other keys to emotional recharging is using your major spiritual gifts and learning to wait upon the Lord. This will breathe life back into you and energize you. Working hard in areas that you are not gifted in will drain you quickly. Don’t let people pull you away from using your primary gifts. Don’t let busyness take you away from waiting on the Lord for His emotional and physical recharging. When you minister with the gifts God put in you, you have a new passion for ministry.

“He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength (causing it to multiply and making it to abound). Even youths shall faint and be weary, and (selected) young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for, and hope in Him) shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles (mount up to the sun); they shall run and not be wary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired” (Isaiah 40:29-31, Amplified).

Each one of us needs to learn to live a healthy, balanced life. We can’t work 70 hours a week and last very long. We need to learn to be marathon runners. We must learn to monitor our spiritual, physical, and emotional gauges so that we can minister for a lifetime. Can you run at the pace you are presently living at and still be running 20 or 30 years from now? Take inventory and learn to live a balanced life. Once in a while my husband and I will spend a few days in the country, and it does us a lot of good. I love to work but I am learning to take time out. I encourage you to not neglect your emotional battery. If it is running low, take the necessary time to recharge. You want to finish the race healthy and well-balanced for God’s glory.

“Replenishing emotional strength takes time – usually more time than it took to drain. The best analogy I can offer is a car battery. If you sit in a parking lot and run all your car’s accessories – radio, headlight, heater, horn, rear defogger, power windows – you can probably sap the battery in about ten minutes. After that massive drain, suppose you then take the battery to a service station and say, ‘I’d like this battery charged. I’ll be back to pick it up in ten minutes.’ What would they tell you? ‘No, we’re going to put the battery on our overnight charger… A slow, consistent charge is the best way to bring a battery back to full power.’ Likewise, to properly recuperate from an emotionally draining activity takes time.” Bill Hybels

Health Arise Articles

  • Fruits and Vegetables in Abundance
  • God’s Peace in a Stressful World
  • Health and Healing Scriptures
  • Health and the Battlefield of the Mind
  • How to Handle Stress God’s Way
  • Natural Health Remedies and Cures
  • Recharging Your Emotional Battery
  • Sowing Good Health in our Family Line
  • Sugars that Heal
  • Understanding Stress in Your Life
  • A Letter for Health Arise Subscribers

Natural Health Remedies and Cures

“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see” (Daniel 1:12-13).

There are some natural ways that we can bring healing to our bodies. Often these health cures are overlooked and rarely prescribed. So many individuals are now considering some natural ways to improve their health. The exciting thing to realize is that these health remedies often work. These can even reduce the risk of serious cancers. The following are a few of these remedies:

  • Antioxidants – Antioxidants enhance the immune system and protect the body from forming free radicals. Free radical cause damage to cells and lead to infection and disease. We recommend that you eat plenty of raw vegetables and fruits and take a high potency, antioxidant-rich multivitamin.
  • Fiber – This is so important for your intestines and normal bowel function. Fiber can help with both constipation and diarrhea. Some foods that are good in fiber are beans, carrots, prunes, baked potatoes, broccoli, apples and all-bran cereal.
  • Green food – These come from highly nutritious whole plants, fruits and vegetables and also such foods as soy and barley sprouts, rice bran, flaxseed, alfalfa and wheat grass. They help facilitate digestion and absorption of nutrients and help to balance the body’s pH that improves overall health.
  • Yogurt – Yogurt contains friendly bacteria which helps prevent the diarrhea, flatulence, and gastrointestinal distress brought on by poorly digested lactose from dairy products. We recommend that you buy nonfat yogurt without added sweeteners, and look for the “live and active cultures” label.
  • Minerals – Minerals are needed for the proper composition of body fluids, the formation of blood and bone, the maintenance of healthy nerve function and the regulation of muscle tone. They enable the body to perform its functions, including energy production, growth and healing.
  • Exercise – Exercise lowers blood sugar and strengthens the heart, reduces body fat and boosts the immune system. Exercise goes hand in hand with a healthy diet. You should exercise at least 30 minutes, three times a week.
  • Vitamin C – A daily intake of at least 10,000 mg. of vitamin C is recommended. Vitamin C helps the body in so many ways. It can even attract to damaged artery walls, caused by “bad” LDL cholesterol, and work to facilitate artery repair.
  • Stop Smoking – Smoking is devastating to your health. More smokers die of hypertension than any other high-risk group. According to the American Heart Association, smoking is the number one cause of sudden death from heart attack.

Daniel tried the natural remedy to health, and he and his men were healthier than all the other young men who ate the royal food at the king’s table. After having cancer in 2005, I have realized more and more how very important it is to eat right and exercise. I still have a way to go, but at least I am on the right track. I am very fortunate because my husband makes the freshest, healthiest salads and fruit drinks that you have ever tasted! The above list is a good reminder for us of some of the things we need in our daily diet in order to stay healthy. A healthy lifestyle using God’s natural remedies will not only help us physically but in so many other ways as well. The prophet Daniel is our example. Test yourself as Daniel did, and you will find this to be true!

“At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand vision and dreams of all kinds” (Daniel 1:15-17).

Health Arise Articles

  • Fruits and Vegetables in Abundance
  • God’s Peace in a Stressful World
  • Health and Healing Scriptures
  • Health and the Battlefield of the Mind
  • How to Handle Stress God’s Way
  • Natural Health Remedies and Cures
  • Recharging Your Emotional Battery
  • Sowing Good Health in our Family Line
  • Sugars that Heal
  • Understanding Stress in Your Life
  • A Letter for Health Arise Subscribers

How to Handle Stress God’s Way

”Take from our lives the strain and stress, 
and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace.”

Although the stress factors in the world are rising at an alarming rate, God can teach us to walk in His peace. There is a way to handle stress God’s way. Jesus always walked in peace. He was gentle, submissive and a humble servant. We can learn the same. It may be challenging to learn to walk in God’s peace, but this is the testimony that will speak to the world loudly. This may sound simplistic but it takes a lifetime to learn. Pray that God helps you to apply this to your life.

“Jesus was subjected to all kinds of stress and strain, yet He never showed the slightest sign of abnormal mental tension.”

How to Handle Stress

“Peace, I leave with you; My (own) peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled; neither let them be afraid. (Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled)” (John 14:27, Amplified).

  • Learn to submit to God – Priority must be given to walking in the Spirit. God wants us to walk in total submission. We can commit ourselves to the Great Physician. He is able to restore peace to our personality because His will is that we walk in peace. My personality is a challenge to a peaceful lifestyle because I am a Type A, active individual. But God’s will is that we are restful and peaceful regardless of our personalities or family background. God can get to the underlying causes of tension in our life. But we must learn to submit, be totally honest with God, and wait upon Him. God shows us areas of stress in our personalities where there is conflict or rebellion. As we yield to Him, we can find increasing rest. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1). 

  • Be aware of Satan’s attacks in your life – Know yourself and the ways the enemy attacks your life. He will look for open doors and will attack you in the area of strongholds and false beliefs. Learn to resist him and stand firm in your faith. Stay in the Word of God for this is the way to combat his lies. Satan accuses in order to bring us to condemnation and despair. God convicts so that we can confess and be restored. Satan tries to bring doubt, and he opposes any discovery of stress in your life. Expect a battle when you are trying to deal with the root causes of stress. “In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11).

  • Identify sin and confess it – We have deceitful hearts that do not easily see the truth. We need to confess sin in our life. You can always know the maturity level of an individual by looking at the length of time between sinning and confessing it as sin. Anxiety had been a big problem in my life, and I had to realize that it was sin because I wasn’t fully trusting God. I needed to confess it as sin. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

  • Realize that God only intends that you do His will – Many of us are involved in too many activities and think we have to be busy all the time. We need to set appropriate limits on our activities, and pray through what we are doing. The greatest competitor to yieldedness to Christ is service for Him. God wants us to alternate between work and rest. When I was 25 years old and serving God on the mission field, I did not understand this lesson and finally got so exhausted that I had to rest for three months! We must learn balance. Pacing yourself is a key to maturity. “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13).
  • Realize that God is sufficient – He is sufficient for anything we face in the end times. He is sovereign and can cope with the hidden fears in our heart. Accept your circumstances as being allowed by God and trust in Him. Even if Satan brings something into your life, realize that God has allowed it for a purpose. In 2005 I had breast cancer. God used it in my life to bring me to a new level in my walk with Him, and I am grateful. God has provided all that we need to make it through victoriously. “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:2-3).
  • Take good care of your body – Eat healthy, and get into a good vitamin supplement program. Our environment no longer provides all that we need in healthy food. We need to help our bodies through the use of additional supplements. Exercise regularly even if it seems to take time. You will always gain in the end and you will feel better. If you would like to know of very good health supplements that could help your sense of overall well-being and that can also help to reduce stress, watch the health video in this section. “Dear friends, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 2).

God desires that we handle stress His way. He wants us to walk in peace. Even in the midst of hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorism, and continuous change, we can learn to walk in peace just as Jesus did. Facing the Cross was the most stressful experience there ever was. Jesus has gone before us. He knows what it is like to live in a stressful world. He has provided all that we need.

Lord, we pray that You will teach us to submit totally to Your will and ways in our life. Make us aware of the ways the enemy tries to invade our lives with stress and strongholds. Make us aware of any sin in our life that is keeping us from peace and a deeper relationship with You. Help us to do Your will. Remove the activities from our life that are unnecessary and are not Your will for us. We confess and repent of anxiety and fear. We choose to walk in Your perfect peace. Help us to take care of our bodies through eating healthy and exercising. We know that You are sufficient in every situation, and we accept our present circumstances joyfully. Help us to exhibit Your fruit. You have overcome the world, and we thank you for this. Teach us to be like you, and bring us into Your peace. We choose to rejoice because you have overcome the world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer (take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted)! For I have overcome the world. (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you” (John 16:33, Amplified).

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The Battlefield of the Mind

10469208_968330713230036_3995578248377717720_n“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” (Ephesians 6:10-14)

An important way to stay healthy is to have a healthy mindset. Our thoughts contribute greatly to our physical health. We always have a battle going on regarding our thoughts. We do not struggle against flesh and blood. If you struggle with your self-worth, fears, anger, and a number of other negative emotions and thoughts, it will greatly affect your physical health. These false thoughts that we struggle with are called false beliefs or strongholds. We believe these thoughts on a heart level.

We may say we believe God loves us, but do we really believe it in our heart? We all must battle to maintain truth in our souls. The battles that we face, as the days grow darker, are intense and downright vicious.

How do we hear? Jesus said to His disciples, “The prince of this world is coming but he has nothing in Me” (John 14). We see it as a hand-held remote for any electronic device or toy. There is no actual physical connection between the remote and the device, but there is something in the device that corresponds to something in the remote. A signal is sent which finds a receiver in the device and a response happens.

When Jesus said that the prince of this world had nothing in Him, it meant that the devil could begin to hurtle every imaginable signal in evil speaking, abuse, rejection, danger, worry and unimaginable fears, and they would find no place to rest in Jesus. If anyone ever had a reason for hopelessness, dejection, fear, anxiety, anger or bitterness, Jesus did. He was mocked, beaten, misunderstood, falsely accused and more. Yet Scripture says that for the joy that was before Him, He endured the cross and despised the shame.

Ways to Win the Battle

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Phil. 4:8).

How can we win this battle that goes on in our mind that causes sickness and disease? We can be like Jesus if we put into use what He has provided for us. Below are some ways to do this:

  • Realize that you will be under constant attack in your thoughts – There will not be a day in which you can take off your armor and take it easy. Understand that there is a battlefield in your mind. Ask God to help you be aware of your thought life.
    “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
  • Realize that your emotions are a barometer of spiritual fortitude – If you are defeated by depression, anxiety, anger, bitterness or having any emotion contrary to the peace and joy that comes from your well-being in Christ, then you are under attack. You are not taking you stand against the devil’s schemes in your life.
    “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11).
  • Realize that your weapons have divine power – Think about the fact that we can be strong in God’s mighty power with His armor. It would not be too much to say that spiritually speaking we are coming against an anthill with a nuclear bomb. We have the responsibility to raise the weapons and use them.
    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10).
  • Realize that your thoughts are behind every emotion – We must identify what we are thinking at the time of a spiritual attack and compare it with what the Word of God (the sword of the Spirit) says. The thought that we have allowed to have access is what we are to confess as sin. 1 John 1:9 can be applied.
    “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
  • Realize that the truth will set you free – We must know God’s truth in our hearts, and we must say “no” to the enemy’s lies. We must learn to stand firm with the belt of truth in the day of evil attack. Think of who God is, what Christ has done, and who you are in Him, and this truth will set you free.
    “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist” (Ephesians 6:14).

Imagine a father holding his newborn son in his arms saying, “Son, I love you and I will always be here for you. And the next day he takes the son and says the same thing, “Son, I love you and I will always be here for you.” The next day he says the same. Time passes and every day the same. Into the second year, third, and up to the fifth on into the child’s teen years, “Son, I love you and I will always be here for you.” But one day the young man looks at his aging father and says, “Father, every day of my life you have said, ‘Son, I love you and I will always be here for you. But I was told that you can not be trusted.‘”

How would the father feel?

Our Father in heaven has spoken to us at many times and in many ways. He speaks to us through creation, through the Word and through the death of Jesus. He says, “I love you, I love you. I am with you always. Do not fear.” But in times of spiritual struggle, we allow the thought that contradicts His Word. That is offensive and a transgression. When we confess it as sin, Christ’ blood immediately cleanses and sets us free.

We are in a battle, but we can be victors. We do not have to believe the lies of the enemy. We can win this battle that goes on in our hearts and minds. We can believe the truth about what God says about us. We can stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around our waist.

Your physical health matters greatly to God. He does not want you to entertain negative thoughts that bring negative emotions that then wear down and destroy your physical body. He wants you to live a healthy life and have healthy thoughts and emotions. We must all be aware of our negative thinking patterns and bring them to the Cross. Jesus will give you the victory as you stand firm in His Word.

Let’s together stand strong with healthy thinking.

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers,
stand firm. Let nothing move you”
(1 Corinthians 15:57-58).