Spiritual Acid Reflux

There are spiritual roots to disease. I was startled when the Holy Spirit showed me this one. I had never thought about it before. I do know that unresolved issues seep into our thought process.


What would spiritual acid reflux look like? Let’s take unforgiveness. Though the emotional pain is buried from your conscious thoughts, it is alive and oozing acid. You emotionally trigger if something reminds you of the person who hurt you, or the circumstance that radically changed your life.


True heart forgiveness destroys the record of wrongs, which is a detailed internal list. Forgiveness leaves no painful emotions to fester. The slate is clear. Forgiveness neutralizes the acid build up.


Here is an analogy from Proverbs 18:21. Death words are caustic or acidic. They corrode. Life-giving words are peaceful. They are full of encouragement, acceptance, and love. They are alkaline and therefore impart grace.


Bitterness causes chemical changes in our body. Toxic thoughts drip that ‘acid’ onto our neuro pathways in our brain which corrodes them. Bitterness is poison to our bloodstream. Acts 8:23 says, “For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”


Resentment is like cement that lines the bottom of our heart. Why do I say this? That is how I felt in 1983 when I began my healing journey. I had no idea how deeply ingrained it was until the Holy Spirit showed me. Hebrews 3:13 says, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”


Gossip, that juicy morsel, enters the chamber of our memory. It springs up unconsciously. Gossip taints our view of the person who spoke it, as well as the person who received it. Gossip creates inner defilement.


I hope this gives you something to think about. It did me. I do not want anything hidden that will fester and destroy my health from within. Confession of sin is God’s perfect way.


1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” That is our standing. It will never be changed or altered.


We are responsible to deal with painful issues as they come. That is our state. If we sin, we must confess it. When we acknowledge our sin, we are agreeing with what Jesus accomplished on the cross.

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