A More Excellent Way
Be In Health
Spiritual Roots of Disease
Pathways to Wholeness
Dr. Henry W. Wright
Pathway to Wholeness and Freedom
1. RECOGNIZE – You must recognize what it is.
2. RESPONSIBILITY – You must take responsibility for what you recognize.
3. REPENT – Repent to God for participating with what you recognize.
4. RENOUNCE – You must make what you recognize your enemy and renounce it.
5. REMOVE IT – Get rid of it once and for all.
6. RESIST – When it tries to come back, resist it.
7. REJOICE – Give God thanks for setting you free.
8. RESTORE – Help someone else to get free.
You must recognize what it is
Recognize the problem – have discernment. Isaiah 5:13 says: (God said) my people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge. They had no discernment. Hosea 4:6 says: (God said) my people perish for lack of knowledge. They had no discernment. Hebrews 5:14 tells us: but strong meat belongs to those that are full aged, even those that by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Not just good, you must be able to discern evil also.
Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Isaiah 5:13
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.Hebrews 5:14
You say, “Pastor, I’m afraid of evil.” Shame on you. Where did you get that from? Watching too much of the Exorcist? Why would you be afraid of evil? Are you telling me Satan is greater than God? “Well, Pastor, something bad might happen to me.” Yeah, it might. So what? Why are we afraid of evil?
If I told you that you had a particular disease because you had a root of bitterness against someone and had not resolved it, what would I have given you?Discernment.
If I told you that your Breast Cancer is because you hated your Mama, what would I have given you? Discernment.
All right, so what’s going on if you have hatred toward Aunt Sally? The principality that brought the hatred into play was Bitterness. Hatred is one of the fruits of bitterness.
If you have somebody who is angry and hostile, what can you tell them? “You have a root of bitterness.” If you find someone who has resentment, what could you tell them? “You have a root of bitterness.” When you see that, you can also tell them this: “that if you don’t get this under control in your life, the chances of you getting a disease as a bad fruit of this is very likely in your lifetime.”
Now what have you given them? Wisdom. Knowledge to put into action.
There are two gifts of the Holy Spirit taught in 1 Corinthians 12. One is the gift of Wisdom and the other is the gift of Knowledge. What am I giving you now? I’m operating in the gift of Knowledge and the gift of Wisdom in your life right now. I’m also operating in the gift of Faith, Discerning of Spirits, Knowledge, Wisdom and if needs be I can operate in the gift of Healing and the gift of Miracles.
Do you know that every believer should be participating at some lever in this area? 1 Corinthians 12 teaches that the Church is designed to heal the Church. Ephesians 4 says that, as a pastor, I’m supposed to equip you and bring you to the place where you can do that (regarding the body of Christ healing itself). I first have to be able to demonstrate it. Knowledge ties the past to the present but Wisdom takes the presence and moves it to the future.
We’re taking your past, and bringing it to the present so you can see what in the world is going on in your present state. Then God, through Wisdom, can take you into the future to change your circumstances. Now it’s going to take Faith and the work of the Holy Spirit to do the rest of it, but we have to be able to teach first because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Remember that in Jeremiah 3, God said He would give you pastors according to His heart that would teach you, lead you, and give you understanding.
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15
I am a pastor; you are the sheep of His pasture and I’m an under-shepherd that cares for you just as much as He does. I’m not here to fill your head with a bunch of knowledge. I came here to break the power of the devil over your lives and release you. Your freedom was paid for 2,000 years ago on the cross, and the power of God was released into your life so you can get on with it. He wants you to be free.
I’ve found many people like being sick because it is the first attention they have received in their life. Do you want to be well? Do you want to be sane? GOOD! If I come along and put my finger on that stuff that’s making you sick, those creatures from Hebrews 4:13, what are you going to do with it? You say, “Pastor, that was a nice time, I’ll see you” and you walk out the door and take all those crispy critters with you. It’s a lot of work keeping up with a zoo like that!
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.Hebrews 4:13
You must take responsibility for what you recognize
After you recognize, the Holy Spirit comes to convict you from discernment and then the second “R” is take Responsibility. Not everybody wants to take responsibility after discernment. It really bugs me when somebody says to me after discernment, “Well, Pastor, bless God, that’s just the way I am.” What happened to the scripture that says, “From glory to glory we’re being changed?” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
“Well, that’s for somebody else, Pastor. If God wants to change me He’s just going to have to do it.” God couldn’t do it if He tried. You won’t let Him.
“Bless God I’m angry, I always have been angry, and I always am going to be angry, and if you don’t like it, I’ll eat you for lunch.” Are you going to lock yourself into, “Well I’ll forgive them if they forgive me first.” What are you going to do?
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.Psalm 51:3-4
Somebody’s going to have to get spiritual. Do you think the other person needs to get spiritual first, or do you need to get spiritual first? Take responsibility.
Repent to God for participating with what you recognize
Repent is the third “R” that you need to be free. Acts 3:19 says:
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19
Do you want the times of refreshing to come from the Lord in your life? Are you tired of the blistering heat of disease? Are you ready for that oasis? You won’t get there unless you go here first – repent.
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Ezekiel 18:30
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. Nehemiah 9:2
Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I will come upon the quickly:
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Revelation 2:5
Repent or else I will come quickly:
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Revelation 2:16
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication and she repented not.
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. Revelation 2:21-22
Remember and hold fast, and repent:
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Revelation 3:3
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous therefore and repent.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.Revelation 3:19
You must make what you recognize your enemy and renounce it.
After you have repented, which means taking responsibility after recognition and discernment, the next step is to Renounce. A lot of people repent but they don’t mean it. A lot of people have remorse but they don’t change on the inside. To renounce literally means to “turn away from.” There are many scriptures in the Bible where God said – get away from idols and heathen practices because they will be your ruin.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? 1 Corinthians 10:21-22
Get away from evil, renounce it as fast as you can. Develop a perfect hatred for evil in your life. Separate yourself from evil. Love yourself, but hate the evil. Love your neighbor, but hate the evil he does. Learn to separate yourself and others from their sin.
#5 Remove It
You must remove bad influences from your life
After we repent we can command all lying sprits, that readily accuse us of being condemned and under the curse, to depart. We cease to participate with their lies. We claim freedom in Christ:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1
We begin to “reign in life”:
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17
Rather than continue to “let sin have dominion over us!”:
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him…For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:9,14
When it tries to come back, resist it
Number six of the 8 “R’s” to freedom is to Resist. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourself, therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
What comes first? Resist the devil and he will flee or submit to God. Submission to God first; then you have power over your enemies, not before.
Remember, earlier I quoted from 2 Corinthians 10:6; “Having a readiness to avenge all disobedience after your obedience is fulfilled.” Do you remember what Samuel told Uncle Saul? 1 Samuel 15:23 – “Obedience is better than sacrifice, for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry.” (Self-will, self-exhortation, witchcraft and idolatry.” That’s a tough scripture isn’t it? “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”
What you have dealt with will try to come back. That is why we need God and each other.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. Luke 11:24
Give God thanks for setting you free
The next “R” is Rejoice. Give God glory for your freedom. Give God thanks that a piece of dust like you could experience grace and mercy from a living God that loves you. He’s worthy of your praise. The greatest song of worship and power and majesty is in Isaiah 35:1-10
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:1-10
Give Him thanks that pieces of dust like us can be redeemed for His glory.
Help someone else get free
Isaiah 42 talks about restoring others. After you have received the blessings of God, the eighth “R” is the fruit of the gospel and that is you helping others; restoring them.
But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. Isaiah 42:22
Part of restoring is bringing the gospel to those you love, instructing those sinners that are being separated from the refreshing of the Lord, discipling them.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Psalm 51:12-13
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Isaiah 58:1-4
The fast we are called to:
Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?Isaiah 58:5
Reach out to a stranger. Make a difference to your family.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Isaiah 58:6-7
Benefits of restoring others:
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isaiah 58:8-12
Bear one another’s burdens:
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Galatians 6:1-3
The members should have care one for another:
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:25-26