Designed to Succeed

Early in the morning of May 9, the Lord began to speak theses words to my heart:

“My children have been created in My image. They are powerful not pitiful. They have been filled with the power from above. Rise up My people and take your place as My children. Designed to succeed not to fail. Designed to reign not resolved to mediocrity. You have been created for greatness. You have greatness on the inside. Stop criticizing yourself. You are not a failure or a mistake. You have been fearfully and wonderfully made! Look at your body. Is it not wonderful? Isn’t it amazing?”

We were not created to be fearful but powerful in mind, body, and spirit. You and I are able to do much more than we could ever imagine through the power that resides in us. Begin tapping into that power by spending time with the source of that power-The Holy Spirit (Spirit of our Lord Jesus).

The brain is so amazing but it is also a battlefield. What we think and speak is powerful. Words matter weather spoken or thought. You and I do not have to believe everything that “drops” into our head. We can train our brain to focus on one day at a time. We do not know what our neighbor is thinking nor do we know what the future holds, but God said “I know the plans I have for you and they are good”. Something good happens when we partner with God in understanding who we are and that He has already given us power to overcome every obstacle. He has already given us authority over all the works of the enemy. The power is in thinking, meditating, and speaking His Words over every circumstance. Rise up and take your place. Rise up and partner with God through the Holy Spirit. You and I are over comers. Let’s stop making excuses to stay in unbelief or sin. You and I should be going from Glory to Glory. How do we do it? We do it by partnering with God, believing His Word, and obeying it. He is an amazing Father who will not fail us but we must be willing to obey His voice and follow Him. Yes it is painful at times but the joy and freedom we obtain is worth the pain.

Let’s go to Him. He loves us and wants to empower us to succeed. You and I were created to succeed. You and I were created to over come by the power that has been given to us through the Holy Spirit who gives us strength. You and I can do nothing on our own but through the power of the Holy Spirit and right believing we can do all things. Nothing is impossible for those who believe!

What do you believe about God and yourself? The Power to over come resides in you and me as believers in Jesus Christ. Right believing will produce right living. Thinking Kingdom thoughts and allowing them to penetrate deep into our heart, will transform the words out of our mouth. The words out of our mouth have the power to change the Spiritual atmosphere. As a man thinks so he is in his heart. In order to change our words to life giving words, we must be transformed in our thinking. We must focus our mind on things above, things that are excellent, and things that are good. We must think Kingdom thoughts and release Kingdom words to the world around us. When we do this, we will see the power in us, the Holy Spirit, released to a hurting and dying generation. The power that resides in us raises the dead, heals the sick, and cast demons out. As Jesus is so are we in this world. WOW! He walked in power and in relationship with His Father. He only did what His Father instructed Him to do. He is our example.

It is time for us to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and to rise up and learn who we are in Christ and take the authority He has already given us. God is not destroying the world but the world is destroying itself because it has forgotten God the creator of it all. In Genesis, He gave us dominion. One reason things are getting darker is that the children of God have not risen up to take their place as children of God to push back the darkness. We push back the darkness by releasing the love of God to those around us and by sharing the hope we have in Christ. His perfect love cast out fear, heals the sick, and raises the dead.

Let’s rise up and take our place as children of the Most High God. This rising up starts in the secret place of communion with the Father. It takes place in prayer and connecting and communing with Him. It is in the deepening of our relationship with Him, that he is able to trust us with more. Let’s get in the secret place and believe that all things are possible with God!

3 Things To Get Rid of to Experience True Health and Wholeness

Last blog, I discuss 3 steps to health: Thinking the Word of God, Meditating on the Word of God, and Speaking the Word of God. Let’s look at Proverbs 4:21-24 TPT again.

Fill your thoughts with my words
until they penetrate deep into your spirit.
Then, as you unwrap my words,
they will impart true life and radiant health
into the very core of your being.

So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.
Avoid dishonest speech and pretentious words.
Be free from using perverse words no matter what!

We see in this Proverb that thinking Kingdom thoughts and mediating on Kingdom words will bring life and health to our body and soul. Apostle Paul said in 3 John 1:2 that he prayed that we would be in good health as our soul prospered. I firmly believe that a prospering soul or the “welfare of our innermost being” will lead to a healthy mind and body. Thinking, meditating, and speaking God’s life giving promises over ourselves and others will bring peace and joy. God’s Words are Spirit and Life.

I want to discuss three things that we must get rid of to experience true peace and joy in our innermost being. I believe that the Lord Jesus showed me that fear and condemnation are at the root of illness. Doug Addison, who is an author and prophet, said that there are three things that we need to get rid of to hear the voice of God more clearly- fear, lack of love, and judgement. When I heard Doug Addison speak on these three things, I realized that it correlated with what the Holy Spirit had spoken to me about illness. Condemnation can be broken down into lack of love and judgement either of ourselves or others. Lack of love and judgement are rooted in negative emotions and negative emotions left to brood can affect the very core of our being. Being emotionally stable, leads to a healthier more joyful life. Fear and condemnation are very destructive to our physical and emotional health. We learned from my last blog that negative emotions can cause our telomeres to be shorter and die faster leading to accelerated aging and chronic illness. Again, Proverb 4:21-24 gives us great insight into emotional and physical health. We are told that we are to “guard the affections of our heart for they affect all that we are”.

Affection as defined by Wikipedia is a “disposition or state of mind or body that is often associated with feeling or type of love.” In other words, the “affections of our heart” is our love toward ourselves, others, and God. How does one “walk in love” after being rejected or hurt deeply? Our example is Christ, who after being tortured still had the heart to say “Father, forgive them for they know what they are doing.” The love that Christ showed can only come by the supernatural love that He gives to His lovers or believers. The other piece of this puzzle is loving ourselves. We can not truly love others until we love ourselves. Learning to love who we are in Christ is first and far most the first step to loving others. This can only be done by first accepting the love God has shown us through His son, Jesus. Love is an powerful emotion and it affects all that we are. The love of God is shed abroad through our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). The Holy Spirit is the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead. This Holy Spirit resides in us. We have the power to overcome all things through Him who loves us. Our job is to go to Him for healing of our broken and wounded hearts and not allow bitterness, hate, or unforgiveness to take root. This is only done by accepting His peace and His joy. His perfect love drives out fear, hate, bitterness, and unforgiveness.

Words have power weather spoken or thought. The very last verse of our proverbs tells us to be careful with our words. Hurtful words towards others or ourselves are damaging. You and I were created in the very image of God. Everything He has made is beautiful. Love and mercy are the keys that will unlock the doors of our hearts to love as Christ did. Love covers a multitude of sin and mercy triumphs over judgement. My friends, Jesus is the one who will guard our hearts. Our job is to not let our hearts be troubled. All we have to do is go to Him (Jesus) and allow Him to gives us His peace. Love is a choice and not always easy but the reward is great. I will leave you with this meditation for today:

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([adefinite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

3 Steps to Take Your Health Back

Taking back your health begins with a thought. Everything you do and say starts with a thought. Your thoughts are powerful. Thoughts are so powerful that they can even affect your health. Really you might say. Yes really! The very cells of your body are listening to your thoughts and to your instructions. Nobel price winners, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel, proved this in their research on telomeres in their book entitled: The Telomere Effect. A telomere is a noncoding DNA segment that lives at the end of each chromosome. Telomeres shorten with each cell division and help determine how fast the cell ages and when it will die. Researcher have found that telomeres can actually lengthen promoting longer life of the cell. In other words, aging is at the cellular level and your thoughts have an affect on telomere length. Telomeres actually respond to the information and instruction you give them. The way you live (think or speak) can speed up or slow down the cellular aging process. The food you eat, the amount of exercise you get, how you handle stress, and the level of trust and safety you feel in your environment can affect your telomeres and aging at the cellular level. Again, everything you do and say starts with a thought. What are you thinking and speaking over your life and body today? In reality, Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Epel have only discovered what God has already told us in His Word. He has told us in His Word that the power of life and death are in your tongue. The words out of your mouth start with a thought. Furthermore, he has told us to think on things that are good and note worthy and that as a man thinks so he is in his heart (Philippians 4:8, Proverbs 23:7).

Let’s look a little deeper into our cells or our inner being before digging into the Word of God. Dr. Leonard Hayflick a biologist, found in 1961 that human fetal cells were not immortal and would only divide a certain number of times. He also concluded that only cancer cells were immortal. He discovered that the fetal cell doubled about fifty times then stopped. He froze cells at different stages of doubling or making copies of themselves, and found that they remembered the stage of doubling they were in at the time they were frozen. Cells have memory! Cells all reach a stage where they were alive but stopped dividing. Dr. Hayflick called this the senescence stage.

The cells of our body are always renewing themselves. Senescent cells are tired and worn out. If we have too many tired worn out cells, then our health is affected. For example, if your immune cells are not working well then you will be more susceptible to infection. “Senescent cells can leak pro-inflammatory substances that make you vulnerable to more pain, more chronic illness. Eventually, many senescent cells will undergo a preprogrammed death”. (The Telomere Effect pg 9)

Medical science is aware that more than 87% of chronic illness is stress related. Stress ages our cells making us more prone to chronic illness. From the research of Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Epal, we see that aging is at the cellular level. Medical science has also proven that our brain is connected to our immune system through small vessels. Every thought releases a chemical that either affects our body or temple positively or negatively. OUR THOUGHT HAVE POWER!

Proverbs 4:20-24 Healing Words
21 Fill your thoughts with my words
until they penetrate deep into your spirit.
22 Then, as you unwrap my words,
they will impart true life and radiant health
into the very core of your being.

23 So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.

24 Avoid dishonest speech and pretentious words.
Be free from using perverse words no matter what!

You can see from this scripture that we are to fill our mind with the word of God and let it penetrate into our spirit. It goes on to say to ponder or study that word. That is meditation. So by meditating or pondering the Word of God, it will bring health to the very core of your being. Interestingly, meditation was one of the practices that promotes longer telomere length. Meditating on the Word of God is anti-aging! Guarding the affections of our heart is very key to our emotional health. Dealing with negative emotions quickly and not letting them go into bitterness, hate, unforgiveness or self-pity is vital to health. This includes unhealthy thoughts and feelings about ourselves. Negative emotions about who we are are just as damaging to our inner well-being as negative emotion about other people. Our emotional or inner health is so important because out of the mouth the heart speaks. The last verse deals with the words that we speak. Words thought or spoken have power. Your telomeres are listening! Thinking, meditating and speaking the word of God are three a powerful tools or steps to a prospering soul and a healthy life. Turning our heart and mind towards Him and connecting with the Holy Spirit brings such peace and joy. To do this we must understand who we are in Christ. We are new creations, blameless in His sight. The old has past a way and the new has come. Meditation or mindfulness was always God’s idea. It is focusing our mind on things above, or things that are good and wholesome. It is filling our mind with the life giving Words of our Father who has made great promises to us as believers. We are not junk. We are not orphans, nor does he see us as sinners but His children. He has made great power available to us to overcome every difficult situation. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy. Are you walking in this reality? You are righteous by faith in Jesus Christ. He is our peace and our joy. If we are always thinking or worrying, we are not walking in the fullness of the kingdom. This internal war left to run a muck, is causing physical illness. This lack of inner peace, is in actually unbelief and rooted in fear. In Isaiah, we are told a mind steadfast on Him (Jesus) will remain at peace. He has promised to never forsake us and he has promised to protect and provide. He just requires we believe in His love, believe in His Word, and believe who we are in Him. What do you believe today?

Years ago, the Lord told me that fear and condemnation were at the root of illness. Stress and negative emotion like depression and anxiety shorten telomeres or accelerate cell aging. Interestingly, Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Epel along with their college Eli Putterman, studied 250 low stressed women in regards to the effects of negative mind wandering or not living in the present moment. They found that the women who had the most mind wandering had shorter telomeres regardless of stress levels. In other words, if your mind is a mess your health will be negatively affected. Your telomeres will be shorter and you will be sicker. Our inner environment is so important to our physical health. You could be eating the right things, exercising, taking all the right supplements but if you don’t have inner peace, you will still be more at risk for physical and mental illness. A healthy mind is a healthy body. I believe overcoming fear and condemnation is key to living a healthier life. Love and mercy are keys to healing. In the days and weeks to come, I plan to discuss how to have a healthy mind and body using the keys of love and mercy.

Love: Our Greatest Weapon for Health and Wholeness

Back in October, I posted a blog entitled “Weapons of War”. In this blog, I discussed that love was one of the weapons along with worship, prayer, meditation, identity in Christ, and the Word of God. It struck me that worship, prayer, meditation, identity in Christ, and the Word of God are all rooted in LOVE. As I studied 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter, I realized that the description of love here corresponds to Galatians 5:22-23 about the “Fruit of the Spirit”. In 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, love is described in the Passion Translation like this:

Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.

The bible tells us that God is love. 1 Corinthians 13 shows us the nature of God-LOVE. When we receive the Holy Spirit by faith in Jesus, we receive the nature of God that is expressed through the “Fruit of the Spirit”. Let’s look at Galatians 5: 22-23 in the Passion Translation.

But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.

I really like how the Amplified version expresses the last verse: Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. Who brings charges against God’s people? The accuser of the brethren-Satan. If we are walking in love, then Satan can not bring any charges against us. The love of God will surround us as a shield:

Psalm 144:2 He’s my shelter of love and my fortress of faith, who wraps himself around me as a secure shield. I hide myself in this one who subdues enemies before me.

Love is our greatest weapon. Love opens the door to health and wholeness not only for ourselves but for others. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that without love our actions and words are meaningless. Our goal, I believe, in the journey of life is to learn to love: God, ourselves, and others. Faith and hope are key factors but love trumps them all. Let’s look at Psalms 19:7-8:

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes.

The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether

Verse seven states that the law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the whole person. The law here is not the ten commandments but the New Testament command to love one another as Jesus has loved us. This is a hefty command because Jesus came to serve and not be served. He also gave up His life for us. The Lord’s perfect love makes us whole. Being “whole” means being well in mind, body, and spirit. Verse eight says the precepts, or the ways of the Lord, are right and rejoice the heart. His ways bring us joy. You may remember from previous blogs that when we are happy our heart releases atrial natriuretic hormone that gives us a since of peace and well-being. The command to love brings peace and light to our eyes. You have seen healthy people. Their skin glows and their eyes are bright. Verse nine is referring to worship as well as to the command or authoritative order to love. This is what Jesus commanded us to do– love others as He has loved us. God is love. In order to express this divine love, we must first understand that He loved us first. It is understanding the love of the Father, expressed through His son, that we can love others like we love ourselves. You truly can’t love others until you love who God has created you to be. Love changes everything. It is the love that Christ showed us that leads us to repentance or to a mind change.

I will leave you with this short video. I also have a new podcast on his very subject. Have a blessed day!

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Healthy mind healthy body: Weapons of War https://anchor.fm/allison-rolston-pa-c/episodes/Weapons-of-War-e37s6p

Health: It’s a Mindset

I hope the New Year is bringing you much joy. With the coming of the new year, comes the setting of New Year’s resolutions. The problem is that most of us start out great but return to our old behavior when the new wears off. Why is this the case? I believe that it is because in order for true change to happen, we have to have a change in our mindset. We must set our mind and keep it set on being healthy. Health is so much more than just being physically fit but also include emotional and spiritual well being. 3 John 1:2 says:  Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.

A well and prospering soul leads to a well body. In today’s podcast, I discuss the power of setting our mind on being healthy. Being in health, incorporates emotional and spiritual health. Let 2019 be the year that you set your mind to be fit physically, emotionally, and spiritually!

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Healthy mind healthy body: Health: It’s a Mind-set https://anchor.fm/allison-rolston-pa-c/episodes/Health-Its-a-Mind-set-e320s0

Health: The Prospering Soul

Beloved friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and that you continually enjoy good health, just as your soul is prospering.

3 John 1:2

Our spiritual health is connected to our physical health. Websters dictionary defines health as the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit. What we are “feeding” our soul is just as important as what we are “feeding” our body. Throughout scripture, we see that meditating or filling our mind with the Word of God is life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body (Proverbs 4:22). I really love The Passion Translation of Proverbs 4:21-22:

Fill your thoughts with my words
    until they penetrate deep into your spirit.
 Then, as you unwrap my words,
    they will impart true life and radiant health
    into the very core of your being.

 

“Fill your thoughts with my words”brings us back to the process of being transformed by the renewing of our mind. The Passion Translations says it beautifully: Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. 

Proverb 4:23 says something very interesting. 

So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
    for they affect all that you are.
    Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
    for from there flows the wellspring of life.

Our innermost being is our spirit and our emotional state can affect our spirit which will eventually affect our physical well-being. I ask you this question: Do you have internal peace or is your inner-self in turmoil? The bible tells us in Isaiah 26:3:  You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].

We learn from this passage that to be at peace in our inner-self two things are required: a mind steadfast or focused on Jesus and TRUST in His protection and promises, both will require FAITH. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Faith also requires an action or persistence on our part.  Google dictionary defines persistence as a firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition”. Being persistent means that you do not give up even when things get hard.  Persistence is actually required for true change to happen in our lives. This is true in any endeavor we undertake. How many of us make a decision to get healthy but when the first hunger pain comes we give in? Health begins when we set our mind to seek the Lord daily. It is the seeking to know Him and meditating on His Word that leads to a prospering soul and divine health. The problem is not food or drink really but the condition of our soul.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of rules about food and drink, but is in the realm of the Holy Spirit, filled with righteousness, peace, and joy. Romans 14:17 The Passion translation. 

As born again believers, we have been made righteous through Christ. Righteousness is a free gift that can’t be earned. Jesus is our peace and our joy. The peace Jesus gives is an eternal peace not the peace that the world gives. The joy we have is the joy of our salvation. The joy of knowing our eternity is in Heaven. We are secure in Him. The problem for most of us is our thinking or our mindset. Do we have a Kingdom mindset or a world mindset? A kingdom mindset will bring the peace that surpasses all understanding. Kingdom peace will bring rest and health. Health begins with a soul that is prospering. Let Jesus bring peace and joy to your soul. Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33). 

I will leave you with this passage:

Psalm 27:14 (TPT)

Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!

Please take time to listen to my interview with Dr. Eric Madrid a family physician from Southern California. He shares his personal story on how stress can lead to weight gain. 

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Healthy mind healthy body: Stress and Weight Gain https://anchor.fm/allison-rolston-pa-c/episodes/Stress-and-Weight-Gain-e2m2ql

“A mans life will be of the character of his thought. His outward life will be as the inner impulse is.” ~ John G. Lake

In today’s podcast, I discuss the importance of a low inflammatory diet. Stress and anxiety also increase inflammation in the body. My hope is that today’s podcast will bring light to the subject of inflammation and how perfect love is the answer to living the abundant life.

Listen to this episode of my podcast, Healthy mind healthy body, Low Inflammatory Diet https://anchor.fm/allison-rolston-pa-c/episodes/Low-Inflammatory-Diet-e2k67e