January 23, 2017

4 Ways to Recharge Your Energy Batteries

Finding Real Energy and Power

by Rob Fischer

Since 1989, the Energizer Bunny® has been beating his drum as a symbol of energy and power. While this now famous pink bunny “keeps going and going,” multiple sclerosis sufferers find their “batteries” getting low.

As you’ve read in this issue of Home Cures That Work, Dr. Scott Saunders refers to MS as “a disease of energy – or lack of it, that is. MS renders the mitochondria in the cells weak and unable to function properly sapping one’s strength and energy. We wonder in awe that something so miniscule could impact us so profoundly!

4 practices to increase your energy Unfortunately, there are other influences at work in our bodies that also deplete our energy and strength. Some of these dark influences include: discouragement, self-pity, depression, and anger. If you suffer from MS or some other chronic disease, it’s totally understandable that you might experience some of these negative emotions—who wouldn’t?

The problem is that negative attitudes and emotions lead to chronic stress that can severely impact our health. We now know that chronic stress often brought on by these negative feelings can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, infections, and cause us to age faster.[1] Especially for a person suffering with MS, this is the last thing you need!

This serves as another reminder that people are integrated, whole beings. What happens in any one facet of our lives profoundly impacts all other areas.

You Are the Boss

We often wrongly assume that we are just victims of our emotions. We are quick to blame our circumstances—or even God for our plight. As a result, we behave as though we can’t help feeling angry, bitter, resentment, or discouraged.

On the one hand, we need to cut ourselves some slack. We are only human after all. We are ultimately frail. From time to time we all feel down and disheartened . . . but we mustn’t live there.

On the other hand, you are not a victim, but the boss of your emotions. You are not at the mercy of the whims of your emotions. Don’t play the victim with your emotions and allow them to sap even more of your energy and strength! Instead, take control.

Let’s take a look at some positive things we can do tap into the power and energy we need, especially when trying to overcome a debilitating disease. We’ll look at some practices to avoid and others to pursue to prevent energy-sapping negativity in your life and bring energy to your life instead.

4 Practices to Avoid

  1. how you will respond to sufferingAvoid comparing your suffering with that of others. This only leads to further feelings of self-pity and other morose thoughts. Dr. Jerry Sitser lost his wife, his mother and his daughter all in the same car accident. In his grief, he wondered whether his pain was any greater than that of anyone else’s who loses a loved one. He concluded that such comparisons were futile.[2] You don’t want spend your valuable energy on things that will further drain your energy.
  2. Don’t push God and others away. Pushing God and others away in our suffering only increases our sorrow and gains us nothing. This behavior is counter-productive and further depletes our energies.
  3. Leave the question “Why?to God. Certainly it’s human to ask, “Why am I suffering so?” But this quickly degenerates to the demand, “What did I do to deserve this?” And more often than not, the answer is, “Neither you, nor God brought this disease upon yourself.” Much of life and what happens to us is a mystery. We often don’t know “why?” The real question is, “How will you respond in your suffering?”
  4. Resist the temptation to focus on yourself and your problems. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it’s not all about you (or me)! Focusing on oneself is very small behavior. Self-focus is energy-depleting behavior.

4 Practices to Increase Your Energy

1. Find strength in God.

For 13 years, David lived as a fugitive hunted by an evil king who wished him dead. Banished from his homeland, he returns from a journey only to find that enemy raiders have burned his home town and carried off his family and possessions and those of his 600 men. And if things couldn’t get worse, his men turn mob-like and speak of stoning him to death! How did David respond? “David found strength in the Lord his God.”[3]

The end result was David gaining back all that was stolen. The hopelessness that MS brings can be very overwhelming, leaving you in a state of grief and nothing to look forward to. Like David, you can take a step to find strength in God and gain back what MS has stolen from you.

2. Have fun with your friends.

One of the surest paths out of depression and sorrow is to spend time with people that are easy for you to be with. Enjoy their company. Laugh together. People who laugh with others generally feel good about themselves and life in general. There’s something energizing and relaxing about laughter. Watch a comedy together, play games, or exchange jokes. King Solomon knew what he was talking about when he wrote, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.[4]

3. Go back to what you know.

Often suffering becomes so distracting that we forget the basics on which we are grounded. What are the basics? Being grounded in what we know gives us strength and energy to continue.

  1. God loves you and cares for you more than you can possibly imagine.
  2. Your character (who you are becoming) is of far greater importance than what you’re suffering.
  3. Trust in God and He will take care of you. “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”[5]
  4. Be hopeful and pray for your healing. MS can go into remission, or as Dr. Saunders describes, you may be able to reverse it. Couple the diet that Dr. Saunders provides with prayer asking God to give you strength to follow through with it and see your MS reversed.

4. Spend time each day attending to your spiritual health.

Spiritual health doesn’t just happen. We need to take action to cultivate our spiritual health, just as we do our mental and physical health. Attend to your spiritual health by reading God’s Word, the Bible and taking time to talk with God in prayer. Fellowship with other followers of Christ. Listen to music and let its soothing energy wash over you. Once hesitant to do so, the medical community now clearly sees the connection between spiritual health and physical health. Studies demonstrate that spiritual health lowers depression, improves blood pressure, boosts the immune system, offers social support, and improves coping skills.[6]

So, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”[7] Now that’s energizing!

Finally, as you or someone you loves suffers with MS, some other chronic illness, or other great misfortune, let me encourage you with a prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed for the followers of Jesus in the ancient city of Ephesus:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

There is real energy and power to be found in Christ. Trust Him today!

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Rob_FischerRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes writing curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, training courses, workshops, and books. Rob has written for numerous churches, for Burlington Northern Railroad, Kaiser Aluminum, and Barton Publishing. He has also trained managers in effective business writing. Rob holds two Master’s degrees, both focused heavily on writing. Rob has published eleven books and serves as an editor and ghostwriter for other authors.

 

Sources:
[1] Karen Lawson, MD, “How Do Thoughts & Emotions Impact Health?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota, nd, http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/health/thoughts-emotions/how-do-thoughts-emotions-impact-health.
[2] Mark Fischer, When Your Soul Enters the Iron—Finding God to Be Enough When the Pain Doesn’t Go Away (Spokane, WA: Mark Fischer, 2011), p. 29.
[3] 1 Samuel 30:1-6, Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
[4] Proverbs 17:22, NIV.
[5] Hebrews 13:5, NIV.
[6] Kids Health, “How Can Spirituality Affect Your Family’s Health?” August 2014, http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/spirituality.html#.
[7] Philippians 4:6-7, NIV.

Complete Relief from MCS Disease

We often hear some version of the following claim, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything,” or its positive expression, “If you have your health, you’ve got everything.” There is no question that our physical health is vitally important to our overall well-being!

For many, chemical sensitivities pose a real threat to their health—and probably for all of us, even more than we know.

it's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heartBut I’d like to challenge the above claim, not to discredit it or diminish its importance, but to contrast it with a disease and sickness that threatens even more than health itself. In all reality, other physical diseases pale in comparison to the devastating effects of this disease.

The disease I’m referring to results each year in thousands of murders, tens of thousands of rapes, and hundreds of thousands of robberies in the US. But this sickness is not just confined to “criminals.” This disease manifests itself in child and spousal abuse, road rage, bigotry, outbursts of anger, and malicious lawsuits.

This illness destroys families, wrecks marriages, ruins relationships, alienates friends, and divides a nation. Its more subtle symptoms surface as arrogance, greed, cheating, lying, unforgiveness, ungratefulness, vulgarity, profanity, and lack of love, mercy, or self-control.

Not only is this disease horrible in its symptoms, manifestations, and outcomes, but it is terrible in its dominance. There is no portion of the population that has been spared from infection. Contamination is universal.

In fact, as humans, we’re genetically predisposed to this disease. There’s no avoiding it. We may each exhibit its symptoms in varying degrees, but we’re all capable and culpable. We are all infected. We all stand guilty.[1]

In contrast to harmful chemicals, viruses and bacteria that threaten our health from outside of us, Jesus Christ explained, “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”[2] Obviously, I’m talking about the pervasive spiritual disease of sin.

But as is often the case with a diagnosis, one of the initial responses is denial. In the case of this spiritual disease, we express denial in many ways: “I’m not as bad as so-and-so.” Or, “Sin’s not a real disease.” Or, “I’m not a bad person.” Or, “Who says I have this disease?”

Sadly, it’s possible for a person to have their health, but not have much else. After all, what is physical health if we have no one to enjoy it with? What is freedom from illness, cancer, or MCS if our lives are still plagued by the awful effects of sin? Jesus asked, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”[3]

In an article on multiple chemical sensitivities, the author asserts that…[4]

“Most serious health problems come from difficult relationships between people.” Click to Tweet.

Perhaps we’ve all experienced the gut-wrenching torment of a broken relationship and the havoc it wreaks on us physically, emotionally and spiritually. This is sin-induced stress.

I’m not saying that all stress stems from sin, but often it does. Feelings of guilt, remorse, regret, anxiety, fear, anger, envy, jealousy, etc. are often prompted by sin in our lives or by that imposed on us by others. These emotions create stress in our lives and we know that stress aggravates MCS.[5] From this perspective, addressing sin in our lives may help relieve or prevent an MCS reaction.

In fact, until we resolve the issue of sin in our lives, we find ourselves in opposition to God. Our sin creates a rift in our relationship with him, so that we’re estranged from him. Depending on our spiritual sensitivities, we may or may not even be aware of this broken relationship—but it exists.[6]

Fortunately, God loves us too much to leave us guilt-ridden and helplessly “sick” in our sin. The passage below refers to Christ and what he has done for us to remedy our plight.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.[7]

This is why God sent his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus died for our sins. He suffered to pay the penalty for our sins so that we might be reconciled to God.[8] Obviously, if it took the death of God’s Son to break the power of sin, then there’s nothing you or I can do to earn or merit this priceless gift. Instead, Christ offers us forgiveness from our sins and restored relationship with his Father if we put our trust in him.[9]

Trusting Christ for the forgiveness of sin may not heal your MCS, but it definitely can heal the much more deadly disease of sin. Also, in relationship with Christ, he offers love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.[10] These virtues transcend MCS in importance and may even provide some relief and prevention from its ill-effects.

My intent is not to belittle or diminish the suffering you might be experiencing from a physical ailment like MCS. But I encourage you to experience whole-person healing and health—not merely of your physical body, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Christ extends forgiveness of sin freely for all who call on him. Trust in Christ today and experience healing from sin and its ravages.

You’ll also discover that Jesus cares deeply about you and your physical and emotional suffering due to MCS. The comfort and encouragement he gives can give you stamina and tremendous relief.

I can say with conviction, “If you have Christ, you really do have everything.”[11]

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Rob_FischerRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes writing curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, training courses, workshops, and books. Rob has written for numerous churches, for Burlington Northern Railroad, Kaiser Aluminum, and Barton Publishing. He has also trained managers in effective business writing. Rob holds two Master’s degrees, both focused heavily on writing. Rob has published eleven books and serves as an editor and ghostwriter for other authors.
Sources:
[1] Romans 3:10, 23, Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
[2] Mark 7:15, Holy Bible. New Living Translation (NLT) copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
[3] Mark 8:36, NIV.
[4] Curezone, “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – MCS Cause,” nd, http://www.curezone.com/dis/read.asp?C0=83.
[5] CureZone, “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – MCS – Prevention & Curing Protocol,” nd, http://www.curezone.com/dis/1.asp?C0=83.
[6] Ephesians 4:18, NIV.
[7] Isaiah 53:4-5, NIV.
[8] Romans 5:10, NIV.
[9] Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9, NIV.
[10] Galatians 5:22-23, NLT.
[11] Philippians 3:7-9, NIV.

We All Suffer From This Disease

by Rob Fischer

As an American people, we are preoccupied with physical and emotional healing—and for good reason! It’s not just our perception that disease is on the rise. Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer are growing at alarming rates.[1], [2], [3]

The privilege of living out our days free from catastrophic illness is becoming less and less of a reality.

Ironically, there’s a different type of disease among us that is even more prevalent and deadly than those listed above. No matter who we are; no matter what our ethnic background is; no matter what genes we inherited; no matter what life choices we’ve made, we all suffer from this disease.

Many of us may not know we have the disease. For many, this disease is even subtler than high blood pressure (the silent killer). Others of us may recognize that we have the disease, but we choose to live in denial or we shove it to the recesses of our minds for a variety of reasons.

Symptoms of Spiritual Disease

spiritual diseaseThis different kind of disease about which I’m speaking manifests itself openly. Its symptoms include:

  • Pride and arrogance
  • Strife
  • Self-centeredness and preoccupation with self
  • Anger and other toxic behaviors
  • Destructive addictions of all kinds
  • Lying and cheating
  • Hatred and refusal to forgive
  • Ungratefulness

“The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.”[4]

Why We Need Healing

We all inherited this spiritual disease at birth and live with its chronic effects. This spiritual disease is also highly infectious and spreads to an ever-increasing degree if left untreated. This disease affects our entire life all the time. In fact, its impact is so profound and pervasive that its healing must take precedence over any physical ailment.

Requires A Different Kind of Healing

This different kind of disease also requires a different kind of treatment. We often mention the fact that pharmaceutical drugs only deal with the symptoms and not with the root cause of a physical illness.

In the same way, our “synthetic” human endeavors and religious activities, while often good, don’t address the core issue, but only its symptoms.

God's prescriptionIn order to remedy this spiritual disease, we need a thorough purging—a cleansing, combined with restorative power.

Our disease is nothing less than sin—going our own way—rebellion against God. We all claim to be “good” people, but by whose standards? We can’t just compare our health with the person next to us and declare ourselves well because we’re not as “sick” as they are.

With diabetes, we cannot say that we’re slightly diabetic. Either we are or we aren’t. The same is true with sin. Whether we’ve sinned a little or a lot, we’re hopelessly infected.

By now, I’m sure I’m losing some of my readers. It’s the same when the doctor tells us we have cancer, or type 2 diabetes. We immediately resort to denial. “Doc, you must be mistaken. I eat right. I take care of myself. I can’t have that disease!”
Denial is a normal initial coping response, but we eventually need to accept the truth and deal with our disease. The same is true with our sin disease. Owning up to our sin and our need for healing is often a first step.We desperately need an antidote. We need to cleanse the infection from our lives. We need God’s forgiveness and restorative power. This is not a disease we can beat with right living, we require God’s intervention.

Fortunately, God loves us so much that he did intervene. He initiated a remedy—the only remedy—for this disease:

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”[5]

What is God’s prescription? How do we apply this antidote? The Apostle Peter explained,

“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”[6]

To “repent” means to do a 180—to turn from our sins and follow Christ instead. Baptism is a public declaration that we purpose to follow Jesus Christ. Jesus died for our sins. He paid the penalty so that we might live. He forgives us and places us in righteous standing before God the Father. And as a seal of his repent and be baptizedwork in us he gives us his Holy Spirit who lives in us and teaches us to follow him and turn from sin.

You can be freed from this dread disease today simply by trusting Christ. I am a recovering sinner. I am trusting Christ to cleanse me and forgive me. I’ve followed him now for over 50 years and I wouldn’t live any other way!

Don’t live with this disease another day. Accept God’s remedy today.

 

Rob_backyardRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes writing curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, training courses, workshops, and books. Rob has written for numerous churches, for Burlington Northern Railroad, Kaiser Aluminum, and Barton Publishing. He has also trained managers in effective business writing. Rob holds two Master’s degrees, both focused heavily on writing. Rob has published eleven books and serves as an editor and ghostwriter for other authors.

 

[1] American Diabetes Association, “Statistics about Diabetes,” 2014,http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/.
[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “High Blood Pressure Facts,” 2014,http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm.
[3] American Cancer Society, “Cancer Facts & Figures 2014,” 2014,http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancerfactsfigures2014/.
[4] Isaiah 1:5, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2007.
[5] Romans 5:6-8, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2007.
[6] Acts 2:38, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2007.

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