Did you do something wrong or is this problem just a test?

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Sometimes we are just going through a test.

If we at Wellness Gospel have given you the impression that you will never get sick  if you do  things the way we suggest; we apologize, we have miss-communicated. Sometimes we as Christians are just going through a test!

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The perfect Christian doing everything just right.

From time to time people lump us together with the preachers who tell people that if they have enough faith they will never experience problems or get sick. They are the name it and claim it crowd. When you or I get sick and can’t get well, they blame it on “our” lack of faith. This kind of help isn’t Biblical, it is not nice and it is not true. Let’s get real, not all sickness is a result of doing something wrong or not having enough faith, sometimes it is just a test.

Years ago we had a group of people at our church that were telling everyone that whatever people said was what would come to pass. They told us if you say something like, “I’ll just die if that person doesn’t like me” then you will die. If you say, “this new job will make me rich” then you will get rich. Again, let’s get real, all you have to do is try this to find out that it isn’t true, It is not how God works. If this doctrine were true we  would all be dead and rich! 🙂

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If that doctrine were true, we would all be dead and rich!

We believe that “generally speaking,” if we follow God’s advice we will be healthy. But, that does not mean that we will never get sick or have bad things happen to us.

There are a lot of things in the Bible that are meant to be taken as a generally rule, but not meant to be a formula.

A great example would be Psalm 15:1. This passage says…

  “A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

This is generally true, but not always true. Everyone has experienced a time when they gave an angry person a soft answer and that person just got madder. Generally; it will calm people down, but not always. If we are to be honest and real with ourselves, we know this to be true. We have all experience a time when someone was mad at us and we spoke softly and respectfully and the person was still angry. There are millions of battered spouses who can tell you that a soft answer does not work on truly mean people. Giving a soft answer to a mean drunk won’t stop them from hurting people. This applies to other things in the Bible that people want to make into a formula. Most advice in the Bible is  meant to be generally true.

So what should we do when we get sick?

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When we are sick, the first thing we should do is check to see if we are violating those general rules. Lets get that out of the way first, for example…

  • Are you getting enough rest? You were made in God’s image, he rested on the seventh day so are you taking one day a week to just rest?
  • Are you getting enough sleep? Psalm 127 says that God gives sleep to those he loves and that we are not to rise up early and stay up late eating the bread of anxious toil. We are to work a reasonable number of hours a day, and then trust that God will take care of all our needs.
  • Are you angry at anyone, do you have a generally cheerful heart? God say that a merry heard is a cure.
  • Eating the things God said to eat, (Red meat, milk, eggs, fish, honey, butter, salt, etc) and avoiding the things God said would harm you, (Pork, shellfish, highly processed food, sugar, etc)
  • Walking with God? Are you regularly doing something that you know God does not want you to do? Are you regularly using your God given gifts to advance God’s kingdom.

If you have checked yourself on the above and you can “generally” say you are following God’s advice, then maybe you are like Job in the Bible, you are experiencing trouble because you are one of God’s favorite people and you are just going through a test.

You might be experiencing sickness because, like Job, you are one of God’s favorite people! 

Yep! It is possible that your problem isn’t because you are doing something wrong, but instead it is because you are a child of God and doing something right. You, like Job may be experiencing a test. It has been said that the only time a teacher doesn’t’ answer your questions, is during a test! Job experience this and maybe you are experiencing this now. Be patient, tests always come to an end.

Someone might say that we are not Job, and his story was written in the old testament so it doesn’t apply to us today. But, we cannot say that, because Paul wrote in the new testament that the things in the old testament were written as examples to us, to warn us. They are things that could happen to us. What happened to Job could happen to you or me.  1 Corinthians 10:11 states…

“These things (stories in the old testament) happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” 

So what happened to Job?

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Satan had afflicted job with painful sores. Job is surrounded by friends who are trying to get him to confess what he did wrong.

In a nutshell what happened to Job goes something like this, check it out for your self by reading the book of Job.

  • Chapter 1 God is bragging about Job and what a wonderful person he is. Satan over-hears it and tells God that the only reason Job is so good is because God is protecting him and blessing him. Satan tells God, ” if you just let me take his stuff he will curse you”. God tells Satan, go ahead you will see that you are wrong. Satan does his worst and Job suffers greatly but does not curse God.
  • Chapter 2  God basically says, see you were wrong about Job. Satan says it was just because you didn’t let me make him sick, if you let me touch his body then he will curse you. Once again God says go ahead, he will still not curse me. Satan does his worst, covering Job’s body with painful sores.  Job maintains his integrity and does not curse God.
  • The following chapters are full of “friends” telling Job that he must have done something wrong. In the end God restores Job’s health and all his stuff, times two. Then God rebukes Job’s friends for accusing Job of doing wrong simply because he was sick.

This is what the new testament calls a test!

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

Not every sickness is a direct result of someone’s doing something wrong!

The Bible says our enemy the Devil stands before God day and night accusing us of doing something wrong, (Revelations 12:10). When we submit to God and his advice, when we resisting the Devil and his temptation to give up and get angry with God. The Bible says the Devil, will flee from us.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”      (James 4:7)

“The thief (Satan) comes only to kill steal and destroy, Jesus Christ came that we may have life and that abundantly.John 10:10

So what are we to do when the Devil attacks us and puts us to the test? When we go on mission trips that are going to be incredibly productive for the kingdom of God, we are always met with strong resistance.

Story of a test for teen missionaries in Mexico.

On one trip, just before an evangelistic meeting, one of our leading youth, Tim Ray, came down with all the symptoms of the flu, aches, pains, nausea, vomiting, etc.  We were in the city of Durango north of Mexico City, Tim had a lead part, in a powerful gospel drama, and there was no one to replace him. So what did we do? We prayed for him and he bravely continued on, sick as a dog. Tim actually threw up while waiting for his part in the drama. When we finished the drama and had shared the Gospel, Tim realized that he was completely healed. He had resisted the enemy’s attempt to stop him from ministering and the enemy left him. Tim passed the test by continuing to minister. On that trip, over 3000 people prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their savior.

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Missionaries from our local church preaching the gospel in Mexico.

It is common for veteran missionaries to actually prejudge the effectiveness of a mission trip by how much resistance they get from the enemy before and during the trip, how much testing.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

“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”        Ephesians 6:10-13a   

It is not our wrongdoing it is just a test!

Notice, it’s not our armor, it’s God’s full armor!

It’s not our power; it’s God’s mighty power!

Jesus’ armor gives us the power to resist the Devil, and if we resist him, he (The Devil) will flee.  It is not about you or me, it is always about Jesus.

THE ONLY WAY TO EXCEPTIONAL EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH, IS TO SPEND TIME EACH DAY LISTENING TO THE GREAT PHYSICIAN, JESUS CHRIST AND DOING WHAT HE SAYS.

  • Often people have questions or comments about Wellness Gospel articles, please feel free to send an email to chrisschauermann@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you.
  • If you believe God knows what is best for us, join us and the Wellness Gospel team and spread the word, share this with your friends on social media and may God bless you richly.
  • To keep improving your health, and enjoy this kind of biblical, scientific information, then I would like to recommend three must-read books and the link to Youngevity a wellness company founded by Dr. Joel Wallach. Simply click on the titles below for purchase information.
  1. “God’s Guide to Biblical Health and Healing” by Rev. Chris and Shary Schauermann
  2. “Let’s Play Doctor” by Dr. Joel Wallach
  3. “None of These Diseases” by S.I. McMillen, M.D. and David E. Stern, M. D.
  4. “Youngevity website by Dr. Joel wallach

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Exercise, how much is enough?

Jeanne Calment 122 years old

Exercise less, eat ice-cream and live longer!

Exercise, how much is enough?

Experts are constantly telling us that we need to exercise more in order to live well and long. God’s word says that our strength should equal our days, and that he wants you to live a sickness free and full lifespan. Genesis 6:3 states that a full lifespan is approximately 120 years. Many people in the Bible lived this long, and people today are living this long, so why not you? Somebody is going to live a full lifespan, might as well be you.

Jeanne Calment is one person who accomplished this and it wasn’t because of her genetic makeup. She outlived her daughter and grandson who carried her genetic make-up.  So contrary to what we have been told, the Bible says it is what you do, not your genes, that determines how well and how long you will live.


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Jeanne Calment Did not live to be 122 by strenuous exercise, she was reportedly neither athletic nor fanatical about her health2. She did stay active with varied pursuits like taking up fencing at the age of 85. She went for leisure walks till she was 114. The idea that militant physical exercise is your ticket to a long and full lifestyle is popular but is not biblical, and doesn’t work. So, is exercise necessary and if so how much is enough?

                 I Timothy 4:8                                                                                        Physical training (Exercise-KJV) is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

 Paul was telling Timothy that there was value in physical training but that it was not the most important thing; that godliness has eternal value. The question then is, should we spend time exercising our bodies when they will not be of any value in heaven? In heaven we will be getting new bodies, so why spend time on them down here?  Paul was letting Timothy know that there was some value if it was kept in perspective.  Jesus gave us that perspective.  He told the disciples that the reason they could not pray with him, but instead fell asleep, was not because they didn’t want to, instead, it was because their bodies were weak.  His statement to them is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 26:41…

Your spirit is willing but your body is weak.”

Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and need to be strong enough to get the job done that God has called you and me to do.  Physical training is of some value.  But it is not the end-all and be-all that many profess.  We are encouraged in Proverbs not to be sluggards or lazy.  In the Ten Commandments we are admonished to work six days, and rest one day.  In Genesis 3:19 we are told that we will work by the sweat of our brow.  There needs to be some sweating.  It is interesting to note that people who live to be over one hundred have engaged in some kind of regular work that kept them physically strong and healthy without overdoing it.

I would suggest that you do something six days a week that gives your body a cardiovascular workout.  That is, it elevates your heart rate and increases your breathing. Walking is great, it’s not only great exercise, but it is relaxing.  Doctor Ogie Shaw, an expert in exercise, says that walking one mile per day will reduce a woman’s chances of getting cancer by half3, wow, that is substantial.

In a study published by Readers Digest April 2005, researchers at the Cooper Institute in Golden Colorado, found that three hours of exercise per week was just as effective in combating mild and moderate depression as antidepressant drugs.  People who exercise just one hour and 20 minutes a week had no improvement.4

Now for some cautions:

We have been sold a bill of goods.  We have been told that the more we exercise, the better our health will be, and the longer we will live.

To quote Dr. Joel Wallach, “That one message has done more harm than all the wars in recent history.” The average athlete, depending on the severity of the sport, lives approximately 62-68 years. That is, they live between 7 and 13 years less than the average American who does very little in the way of exercise.  One hundred thousand athletes die each year during sporting events. According to the Center For Disease Control, these one hundred thousand athletes under the age of 50 died suddenly from cardiomyopathy heart attacks or ruptured aneurisms. Many of these young men and women, boys and girls looked incredibly healthy and had beautiful, strong muscles. So why are they dying by the thousands?  After doing tens of thousands of autopsies, Doctor Joel Wallach has come to the conclusion that most of these unfortunate athletes were suffering from trace mineral deficiencies brought on by regular strenuous exercise without replenishing vital nutrients.5   Our local community went into shock when a 15 year old athlete collapsed during a workout at swim practice. Andrew Nygaard died of cardiac arrest. Mayor Willis Vandusen called him “the most talented swimmer that Astoria has ever produced.6 Andrew, believing the current advice that says, the more you exercise the healthier you will be. His friends said that he was a fanatic about exercise. Is it possible to exercise too much?

Most athletes sweat more in one day than most people sweat in a year. When we sweat, our sweat does not just contain water and salt, it is also rich in 60 essential minerals. If we do not eat foods rich in nutrients, or are not supplementing, we will eventually succumb to some type of mineral deficiency disease. One common mineral deficiency disease is caused by a lack of copper. Another is caused by inadequate selenium intake. A copper deficiency can lead to a ruptured aneurysm. A selenium deficiency can lead to a cardiomyopathy heart attack.  Both are generally fatal and are common among athletes.

Jim Fix, the famous runner, believed that if you ran 10 miles per day, seven days a week that you could live to be over 100.  Note that God said to rest one day a week.  Jim Fix either ignored God’s advice or never heard it. He faithfully took his own advice, running seven days a week for 20 years.  He did not supplement with vitamins and minerals.  He looked as fit as a human could look, but in 1984 at the age of 52, 15 years short of the average American couch potato, he had five heart attacks and died,

                                        According to Dr. Wallach,

                        “Exercise without supplementation is suicide.”

 

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Dr. Michael P. Artees was a runner in junior high, high school and college.  After graduating from college, he continued to run every day, not taking Sunday off.  Again, it should be noted that the Bible advises us to rest one day a week.  Dr. Artees instead took his own advice instead of God’s advice.  He believed in it so much that he offered a 10% discount to any of his patients that would run with him at least two weeks per month.  So many of his patients took him up on the offer that it was said, “He looks like Forest Gump running down the road with his disciples.” But… at the ripe old age of 38 while running with his followers, he fell over and died of a cardiomyopathy heart attack, a simple selenium deficiency.5

                                                     Proverbs 13:13                                                                  “He who despises the word will be destroyed. But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”

In contrast, Jeanne Calmet of France, a highly publicized centenarian, led a leisured lifestyle, getting regular exercise while pursuing hobbies such as tennis, cycling, swimming and roller-skating,1 Jeanne leisurely rode her bike till the age of 100, she took leisurely walks till she was 114, she did not overdo it.  She rested, and she was regular about her exercise. Consequently, she  outlived seventeen french presidents. She also outlived the 47 year old lawyer who wrote up a reverse mortgage for her when she was 90. He fully expected she would pass soon and leave him with her house after only a few years of payments to her. She lived another 32 years, long after he had passed away, leaving his relatives to continue to pay Jeanne a nice monthly sum till she died. His family eventually paid her many times the value of her home.

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My point? A little exercise is good, but if you are doing a lot of strenuous work or exercise you need to be extra careful to eat Biblically and supplement with vitamins and minerals. My wife Shary and I take American Youngevity vitamins and minerals; they are recommended by Dr. Joel Wallach. We will talk more about vitamins in a future blog devoted to just that, what supplements are best and why.

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Oh, about the ice-cream, I have run out of time this week, but I will share that with you next Saturday. What I tell you about healthy ice-cream will change your life!

If you believe God knows best, join us and the Wellness Gospel team and spread the word, share this with your friends on social media and may God bless you richly.

If you want to keep improving your health and like this kind of biblical and scientific information, then I would like to recommend three must-read books.

  1. “None of These Diseases” by S. I. McMillen, M.D. and David E. Stern, M.D.
  2. “Let’s Play Doctor” by Dr. Joel Wallach
  3. “God’s Guide To Biblical Health and Healing” by Rev. Chris & Shary Schauermann

You can get all these books at Amazon,com  J

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Calment
  2. “World’s oldest person marks 120 beautiful, happy years”. News.google.com. 21 February 1995. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  3. Lecture by Dr. Ogie Shaw, Kiwanis Club of America, Astoria Oregon.
  4. Readers Digest April 2005
  5. Dead Doctors don’t lie, by Joel Wallach
  6. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19980616&id=UUxWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7esDAAAAIBAJ&pg=563

Loose weight and get well while you sleep

rest makes you smarter

Lose weight, boost your immune system and get  smarter while you sleep and rest,    with this one secret.

               Psalm 127:1,2                                                                                          “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stands guard in vain.It is in vain you rise early and stay up late, eating the bread of anxious toil, For he gives sleep to those he loves.

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 According to–Dr. Jeanne Wilson, “Our bodies pull in toxins from the food we eat and the environment around us every single day. And while it is ideal to cleanse your body about four times a year with the Optimal Cleanse, there is also a trick that can help detoxify your body all year long. And it’s easy! Here’s all you have to do: Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. and make sure that you sleep in the dark.  Yes, that’s it! This time is key to a successful sleep, which in turn allows the liver and other organs to fully detoxify the body and improve hormonal balance.

In Chinese Medicine we know that the liver cleans the blood between 1 and 3 a.m. and you must already be in a deep sleep before 1 a.m. to get the full detoxification benefits of the liver energies.  Sufficient rest at the right time and following the body’s natural circadian rest rhythms of sleeping when dark and up with the light is essential for healthy metabolism – and a healthy metabolism helps control weight gain!”2

 God is opposed to us getting up early and staying up late. It is God’s will that we get enough sleep.  In the book “None of These Diseases”, a study notes that 26% of men who had suffered heart attacks had been working over 70 hours a week. Evidently your heart needs sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Researchers in the Netherlands and United Kingdom compared the white blood cell counts of 15 healthy young men under normal and severely sleep-deprived conditions. The greatest changes were seen in the white blood cells”1. What they call normal sleep-deprivation will affect your immune system. Your white blood cells not only fight the common cold and flu, but also destroy cancer cells. I was talking with a woman just this week who told me that her entire family was in shock. Her mother had just been diagnosed with lung cancer and the doctors believe the cancer is spreading throughout her body. The woman told me she and her family were devastated, because their mother never smoked and always exercised. From what they had been led to believe those two things should have kept their mother safe from lung cancer, so what went wrong?

All of us have cancer cells in our bodies but when our immune system is functioning properly our white blood cells will constantly find and destroy these cells. But if our immune system is weakened by a lack of sleep these cancer cells can multiply.

According to the National Sleep Foundation “studies have associated sleep restriction and sleep deprivation with the development of diseases like obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Others have shown that sleep helps sustain the functioning of the immune system, and that chronic sleep loss is a risk factor for immune system impairment.”1

God wants us to get adequate sleep. In Psalm 127:1-2 he says “he gives sleep to those he loves.” He is offering sleep, but are we taking it? Usually, for me it is a lack of faith that causes me to rise early and stay up late. I get into the habit of believing that I can solve all my problems by working longer and harder. At the beginning of the Psalm God says that it is vain or useless to build and useless to guard, if God is not building and God is not guarding. If we listen to God and obey him, by going to bed early and getting up at a reasonable hour, he will build our house and he will guard our city. Science is now confirming that if we get enough sleep, God will build our immune system and guard our bodies from disease.

In the December 2004 edition of Time magazine researchers were quoted to say, “sleep is primarily for your mind.” They went on to say that, “your muscles need only brief periods of inactivity to recuperate, but your mind is another matter altogether. There is an incorrect sentiment that is growing rapidly in our society; it is the belief that sleep is for sissies. In contrast, researchers are proving that our minds actually get smarter while we sleep.  In studies, people increased their ability to solve a problem from 23% to 59% after a good night’s sleep.  They also had some suggestions for a good night’s sleep. “3
sleep2  A) Try to sleep at the same time each night.                                                 B) Don’t drink caffeinated drinks or eat chocolate in the p.m. and try not       to eat anything three hours before bedtime.                                                 C) Warm or hot milk will improve your sleep, while alcohol will do the           opposite.                                                                                                    D) Arguments, computers and TV, less than a half hour before bedtimes,         are detrimental.                                                                                         E) If you are still awake 20 minutes after going to bed, get up. (I suggest          you read your Bible until you get sleepy.)

The Book of Proverbs gives some similar advice for people who have a hard time getting good sleep. In Proverbs 3:21-24 we are told…

My son, let them (Biblical wisdom and understanding) not depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So they will be life to your soul, and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid: yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet. NKJV

 The book of Ecclesiastes also gives some insight that has helped me on numerous occasions. The sleep of a laborer is sweet”, Ecclesiastes 5:12. In other words, regular physical labor or exercise will improve your sleep. If I go through a period of a few days with poor or fitful sleep, it is generally because I am stressed out about something and I have not been exercising. If I start exercising every day and go for a run just before bed time, that will usually do the trick, my sleep is like a baby again.

So how much sleep is enough? According to Dr. Pierre-Herve Luppi at the University of Lyons in France, “If you feel sleepy the following day, if you have episodes of sleepiness or a feeling of major fatigue throughout the day, it means you’re not sleeping enough.”

God loves you and me more than we know, he wants us to trust him like little children trust their parents. While we are sleeping he remains awake and will protect us. Jesus slept in the boat while his disciples were freaking out about a storm. When they woke Jesus from his sleep he said, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”

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Let’s trust Jesus more and ourselves less, let’s get to bed early and take a nap when we are tired. According to scientists, our immune systems will thank us, our waist lines will improve and our families will get to see us live out a full lifespan.

If you believe God knows best, join us and the Wellness Gospel team and spread the word, share this with your friends on social media and may God bless you richly!

If you want to keep improving your health and like this kind of biblical, scientific information, then I would like to recommend three must-read books.

  1. “None of These Diseases” by S. I. McMillen, M.D. and David E. Stern, M.D.
  2. “Let’s Play Doctor” by Dr. Joel Wallach
  3. “God’s Guide To Biblical Health and Healing” by Rev. Chris & Shary Schauermann

You can get all these books on Amazon,com

  1. https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/sleep-deprivation-effect-the-immune-system-mirrors-physical-stress
  2. http://www.eastwestdaily.com/detox-while-you-sleep
  3. December 2004 edition of Time magazine
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