Your Provision is NOW

2018.07.17 Your Provision is NOW

YOU ARE PROVISIONED

The Lord’s ways are truly higher and different than our human ways.  And yet, there are so many elements of our modern life that He uses to teach us more about how He thinks and operates.  Along my professional journey, as I was developing a deeper relationship with Yeshua, there were many spiritual understandings that would be revealed to me through the mechanics and technologies of the products and services I was allowed to represent.  One of those revelations came through my time working with Motorola radio systems and cellular technology.

I was in that industry during the release of early smartphone technology.  When you purchase a new smartphone from a wireless carrier, the language they use for the process of activating your phone is the word “provisioning.”  That is when the hardware, operating system and preloaded software on that phone are connected wirelessly to their main server and the device becomes fully functional.  At that moment the latest updates and upgrades are installed on your device and you can download various applications for improving the performance and experience of the unit.

It was while working in that industry that the Holy Spirit taught me that as with those devices, we were created by Him and invested into the earth, each for such a time as this, with the necessary hardware and operational software built-in.  But not until we let Him “Provision” us through an active, continual relationship with the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer, a.k.a. God) can we become fully activated and walk into the works prepared beforehand and fulfill our unique missions in life.

Take a look at the powerful definition of the word “Provision”…

a : the act or process of providing

b : the fact or state of being prepared beforehand

c : a measure taken beforehand to deal with a need or contingency : preparation

(https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary)

N.O.W: No Other Way

Our God did some extraordinary things in transitioning me from my roles in corporate America to becoming a “rep” working directly for Him as a “Kingdom Consultant” (a.k.a. Ambassador).  He began to teach me about His “Operating System (OS).” He showed me that I was previously living and working out of what can be referred to as the “Babylon OS” (the world’s operating system).  He led me into learning to run His software on my hardware (i.e. brain, heart, etc.) by letting go of what I think I think I know about anything and everything, and let Him begin giving me a complete OS replacement to begin running on His “REST OS”…

And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
1 Corinthians 8:2

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:5

During that time the Spirit of God served as my “transition coach” and revealed several deeper understandings about His will and plan for our day and age as well my own life.  Through a long season of fasting He dismantled doctrinal and eschatological (end time) perspectives that I had forged over the years. But just before sending me out into a “free-lance” responsibility, He thrust me miraculously into the banking industry for about a year and trained me to work by Faith in Him vs. a fear of failure.  By His Spirit I learned to perceive His voice in real-time while relating to C-level executives throughout the U.S. banking industry.

The major lesson He worked into me centered around embracing the NOW, the present moment.  I learned that the Lord, knowing and preparing all things beforehand, had “provisioned” me and that whatever resources were needed to address each assignment and situation would be released/revealed in real-time day-by-day.  My responsibility was to stay presently focused on Him, speak what I perceive and receive what was needed for the task, both internally and externally. I realized that most human beings aren’t living in the present provisional access (relationship) to the Source that was originally intended.  Instead, people live either behind or ahead in their minds, considering the past or calculating the future. He did not promise us provision either ahead or behind in our heads. Even most Believers are not focused on “occupying” their moments in Christ but looking ahead for some future event. He promised His Provision in the open door of the “I Am” that He always is…His very present presence.  We spend much of our life in our heads and not in the Spirit of His Provision. The constructs of our society caused us to be raised this way as children and even educated to operate from this reality. Our cultures have even been built on this sub-standard foundation and it is not the Way of Yeshua.

For me, this lesson was encapsulated in the understanding that the only way the Kingdom of God can truly “come to earth” is in the present moment…the N.O.W. (No Other Way).  There is a continual open door and the “All Things” promised to us are accessible as we keep our minds on Him in Spirit and Truth…

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 26:3

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an ENTRANCE will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:10-11

IT IS “NOW O’CLOCK”

In the Kingdom of God it is always “NOW O’Clock”.  Each moment of life has been foreseen and prepared by God for us to receive from Him the resources to fulfill His will; and His will is very Good.  He has fully factored in our own Free Will and is waiting on us to look to him each passing moment as King David wrote…

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
Psalm 25:4-5

Waiting ON God and not FOR something from Him is a key to seeing Him release the needed resources. God Himself is actually our Provision and in Him are the All Things promised through our Inheritance, both eternally as well as the Here & Now…

He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
Revelation 21:7

So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
Luke 18:29-30

Our blessing is to get to trust God in helping us receive each element of our predetermined, prepared inheritance at the appropriate time.  I confess that too often in my life I have strived to secure a provision (resources, relationships, revelation) that was either not meant for me, was not yet time for and/or that I was not prepared to properly steward at the time.  There truly is a time for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3). We currently live in the Chronos reality of time on earth (hours/days/months/years) designed by God (Genesis 1); however, learning to live in God’s Kairos (Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment) time in Christ is the Path to becoming an Overcomer.  As a Good Father, He gives us what we need, when we need it and in correlation to our attentiveness to Him.

Stay NOW…Stay in His Spirit…Stay Provisioned…because NOW Faith Is…

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not (YET) seen.
Hebrews 11:1

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Matthew Fleming is the State Director for the North Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (NC-C3). Matthew has a strong vision for the functionality of the Christian community as believers endeavor to operate in unison.  He believes alignment and co-laboring from a united reality will be the catalyst for sustained Restoration in our world. Matthew can be reached at Matthew@nc-c3.org.

The DNA of Preparation

2018.07.10 The DNA of Preparation

FUTILITY: Does anything I do really matter?

I didn’t notice the commotion until a gentleman approached my table and cautioned me to move away from the window. As I looked outside, sure enough, multiple officers faced the adjacent store with sizable guns drawn. Inside the store, an armed robbery was taking place. As I collected my things and moved to a table in a safer location, I observed the patrons around me. Some were ducking, crawling, making phone calls, panicking…As I entered into prayer for the situation and all involved, I was reminded of two things: (1) Futility is eminent in the world and (2) the great gift of salvation by faith through Jesus Christ dissolves the fear of death.

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Romans 8:20-21

A personal motto of mine is, “Never ready, always prepared.” In the case of the event last week I just described, I was not ready for it… But, in a sense, I was prepared. Lessons God has taught me along the way have prepared me to face the futility that exists in the world. Here’s an important example:

In and of myself, I have no power to keep myself alive. In other words, my life, my mortality is not in my own hands. A bullet very well could have come through the window I was sitting by and struck me fatally. Thank God it did not. In this moment, be sure that the breath in your lungs, the electricity stimulating your heart, and the water lubricating your cells is present because of Jesus.

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17

When it comes to preparation, it is important to face futility rather than surrender to it. If we surrender to futility and embrace hopelessness, we question the goodness of God. If we allow futility to produce humility, we affirm the goodness of God by faith.

Now that we’ve addressed the question, does anything I do really matter?, let’s take a look at a few aspects within the DNA of preparation.

FAMILY: Making sense of God’s story…

I was sitting in church recently, listening to the Pastor talk about the repentance in the city of Nineveh (recounted in the book of Jonah).

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
Jonah 3:10

As I contemplated this, it struck me that God had prepared to bring “disaster” to Nineveh. Yet, because of the city-wide repentance, the city was spared. On a personal level, I was convicted to “turn away” from my own evil ways. Then, in God-like fashion, the Holy Spirit gave me a vision which brought me to a scripture:

The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Revelation 6:14

With the Lord, there is always more going on that meets the eye. As a family of believers who are daily attempting to make sense of the story God is telling, I saw the Body like a dark city riddled with unforgiveness, offense, and judgement. But, as we began to repent, our evil ways were “rolled up like a scroll” and replaced with the light of compassion, honor, and gratitude.

Be encouraged, God has prepared all things through Christ for us.

  • We have a God who patiently waits for us, that He may show mercy (Isaiah 30:18).
  • We have a God who prepares a table for us in the midst of our enemies (Psalm 23:5).
  • We have a God who has prepared a chosen, eternal family for those who believe in Him (Galatians 4:4-5).

FAITH: Signed, sealed, delivered…  

At the core, the DNA of preparation is faith. As believers in the midst of futility and surrounded by family (whether known or unknown), faith is our foundation, what unites us, the choice we have been given to make.

For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? …it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham.
Romans 4:9-10,16

To prepare for your day, your business, your ministry, your church, your family, and your future, faith is required.  

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Romans 12:3

To foster the faith God has assigned to you, pursue wisdom, stand on the promises of God, seek His face, and go after the Kingdom. These activities will prepare you for flying bullets, faith trials, and the fires of life.

FOREVER: Are you prepared?

God is Lord of preparation. Not only has He made all creation, He designed it to last forever. As you make sense of God’s story, your place in it, and the destiny of all things, remember that Love was prepared for you and you for Love. The big-picture plan is to be with Jesus forever; let’s prepare for that!

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
John 14:3

As we prepare for the eternal reign of Christ, there is much to do in the world; yet it starts in our own hearts. God has promised that the reign of futility will come to an end, the family of God will be wholly restored and united, and faith will prevail forever.

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’”
Matthew 3:3

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

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Lindsay Fleming is the State Administrator for the North Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (NC-C3). At heart, she is a God-inspired expressionist. Her driving passion is expressing revelations of God through prayer, writing, and design. Lindsay’s work can be found at PropheticGrounds.com. Lindsay can be reached at office@NC-C3.org.

Purification for Preparation

2018.07.03 Purification is Preparation

I pray each of you are enjoying a wonderful summer filled with family, friends, a deepening faith and preparing for a wonderful 4th of July celebration. When we think about a quality life of strong relationships with God, family, friends and others we quickly realize that quality relationships do not happen by accident, they require investment of time and intentionality.  Like any worthwhile endeavor, preparation is a critical part of the journey and is why we have selected “The Importance of Preparation” as the C3 theme for July.

 

Preparation is Necessary

Whether we are seeking to excel in sports, career, faith, relationships, hobbies, etc. preparation is a necessary component in our success. Zig Ziglar once said, “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation,” and many times the preparation can come through planning and self-discipline, or through adversity, which many call “the school of hard knocks.” Both can help us to mature and prepare us for life’s challenges.

Jesus is a great example of preparation through planning and self-discipline to pursue His Father’s will, even when it was difficult.  One of the few passages in the Bible that describes His growth as a young man is found in Luke 2:52, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” I appreciate this verse because it reflects a healthy growth pattern of physical, mental, spiritual, and relational health. Growth in these areas is not a passive pursuit, but one that requires discipline. The Apostle Paul also supports the need for preparation in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”

Much of my personal growth has been through planning and self-discipline, but some has also been through adversity.  I used to pride myself in being a graduate of HKU (Hard Knocks University); but the older I get, the more I realize this is a difficult and painful way to get an education. I remember when I first started to read and study the Bible I would read James 1:2 and think this guy is crazy considering trials something to be joyful about. The passage states, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” However, as we continue in verses 3-5, we gain an understanding of the value of adversity as a preparation tool, “because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” However, when the trials come and we are prepared, they help us to grow and mature into the person we were created to be and that brings joy.

 

Purification for Preparation

In recent years I have grown to appreciate the festivals outlined in the Bible along with their timing and significance.  This past February it seemed that everything that I read or listened to had something to do with purification.  I was drawn to the story of Queen Esther found in the book of Esther and how she was used by God to save the Jewish population. She purified and prepared herself before she went before the King to expose the plot of Haman to eradicate the Jews. This holiday is called Purim and was celebrated on February 28th -March 1st of this year. This holiday had never been on my radar so one morning in my quiet time I began to ask why Purim was so important for me during this season. As I sought the Lord,  I sensed the words, purification for preparation.

This created an excitement within me since I had sensed I had been in a preparation process for many years and our Heavenly Father was now showing me the significance of purification in the preparation process. Along our journey of sanctification, we have accumulated baggage that needs to be removed to purify and prepare us for the work He has prepared for us. If we do not embrace the purification process and remove many of the strongholds, idols, or wrong thinking that may be revealed to us, we can miss many of the great works He has planned for us. We must release this excess baggage, so we can be free to align with His good, pleasing and perfect will for each of us.

 

The Process

When we realize the importance of preparation and the significance of purification we can embrace the process as outlined by the Apostle Paul so eloquently in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

This process begins with submission to our Heavenly Father, purification as we release the patterns of the world we have accumulated and being transformed through the renewal of our minds by the application of the Word in our lives.  Then we can walk in alignment with His good, pleasing and perfect will and receive the many rewards He has prepared for us.

 

The Many Rewards

The good news is that no matter how many bad decisions we have made or where we are on the journey, our Heavenly Father can use the good, the bad and the ugly for our good and His glory. The Apostle Paul states this in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” So join me today as we allow God to prepare and purify us to do the great work He has prepared for us as we transform our communities for His glory and our good.

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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at jjordan@stravicom.com.

To get more information and join the North Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (NC-C3) movement, go to www.nc-c3.org and become a member today!

 

Called to Lead

2018.06.26 Called to Lead

THE GREATEST LEADER

Jesus was the greatest leader of all time.  He was the 5-fold anointings of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher and walked His assignment out perfectly on the earth.  Sometimes He was moving in His apostolic role; He was the “sent one” and He sent others out to minister and do signs, miracles and wonders.  He stood before kings and rulers as an Apostle carrying the government of God on His shoulders and establishing that government here on earth.  Often, He was moving in His teacher role as He taught the parables, equipped the disciples and spoke to the crowds.  But Jesus was always leading.

Leaders need to be able to adapt to the environment and situation they are in to perform their assignment and advance the Kingdom.  Leading is about laying down your giftings and making room for others and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct you in every situation.  Leading is serving into others and a desired outcome.  As Christians, that outcome should be stewarding the will of God on the earth until “the Kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.”  Revelation 11:15. 

The five-fold governmental order of God was established for His purposes to be fulfilled on the earth. The Christian community need all five roles operating together in unity to accomplish God’s purposes.  The true Ecclesia.  As leaders it is our responsibility to establish and move in this five-fold government as God intended and to establish, once again, the governmental order that the early church operated in.  Jesus led and equipped others to lead so they could go out unto all the world, preach the good news and teach others to do the same.  Those Jesus led all became leaders in their own right, within their designated assignments.

MY UNIQUE CALLING

I have been in leadership positions most of my life and it’s only been in the last several years that I have begun to understand what being a leader really means.   As I have pressed into a more intimate relationship and walk with the Lord He has begun to show me the depth and breadth of His Kingdom and how He has called me to lead.  It’s been an incredible journey that continues into the depths of who He is and who I am in Him.

As I was beginning to learn about five-fold ministry (scripture) and more about the apostolic and prophetic calls in addition to the evangelist, pastor and teacher, I began to understand who God had made me to be and what He had predestined me for.  As I began to understand these leadership roles, it was no wonder I didn’t fit in the pastoral church model!  I was a woman, a business owner, an apostle and, frankly, they didn’t know what to do with me.  Fortunately, God placed some incredible people on my path to teach and equip me for my true calling as an apostle and put a demand on those apostolic and prophetic giftings I carried deep inside.  Finally, everything made sense and everything I did flowed together out of a whole, realized identity.  I am an apostle and everything I do is for building God’s Kingdom on the earth whether it’s through my business, my family or my areas of influence I am an ambassador of His Kingdom sent to govern, guard and build that Kingdom here on earth.

I believe that the pastoral model has stifled many of God’s children from stepping into the fullness of who they are called to be and leading in the areas they are called to lead in.  All are called to disciple and minster within their calling and giftings, it’s not just the pastor’s job! All are called to do signs, miracles, wonders, greater things than Jesus and lead in their assignment on the earth.  The true apostolic model provides a foundation and framework for leaders to lead in.
 

OUR CALL TO LEAD

Our leadership call is as unique as God made each one of us.  What that leadership form looks like, who we lead and for how long is unique for each one of us.  I believe as God’s children, walking out our assignments on the earth, we are all called to lead in some manner within our predestined calling.  The good news is God knit us together in our mother’s womb with exactly what we need to do what He predestined us for since before the world was formed.

Do you understand the five-fold and how to work together in God’s governmental order as and with apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers all united moving in their giftings to save, equip, send out and make disciples of all the nations?  As leaders we must understand the governmental order God has established for his Kingdom to come to earth.  It won’t come just from the evangelist or the pastor or apostle.  All must be working together for His Kingdom purposes and outcome.

Leadership is about being in your right place, at the right time for the desired outcome.  If one leader is out of place then that displaces another leader that is supposed to be in that position, which throws someone else out of position and so on and so on.  God is a God of order and when we as leaders step into our right position then others are able to step into theirs and line up with God’s assignment and purposes for their lives.

Let’s look at a few examples from the bible.

  • Esther saved a nation in a single leadership moment when she went before the king. Her whole life was preparation for that single and most critical leadership moment.
  • Noah led for years, building the ark and leading his family to their destiny to survive a global flood and repopulate the earth.
  • Joseph went from slave to leader several times throughout his walk until he led an entire nation through a famine. Again, we see a lifetime of preparedness for his leadership role and assignment.
  • Moses was a leader for an entire generation of people, they fell short of their destiny but Moses walked out his assignment as a leader.
  • Jesus led for 3 ½ years and turned the world upside down!

So how and where are you called to lead?  What is your assignment and area of influence?  God has a plan and a purpose for you, just ask Him.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (NIV)

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Wende Jones is the CEO of Agile Business Services, a software development company in Portland, OR.  Wende is walking out her Apostolic calling in her business, region, the marketplace and in leadership roles such as Vice President of Kingdom Congressional International Alliance (kcia.org).  Her assignment is to bring the governmental order of God to the earth by establishing and helping others establish the five-fold anointings of Christ in their organizations and regions.  Wende is an international speaker, teacher and author.  She can be reached at wende@agilenorthwest.com or 866-739-6129.

 

 

Called to Heal

2018.06.19 Called to Heal

My Healing Path—Called to Heal Plants, Pets, People, and the Planet

Growing up on a family farm in the 1950’s, our doors were never locked. I felt safe and loved by parents and community. Hard work, mentoring and education paved the way for me to earn degrees in veterinary medicine, theology and nutrition. I was the first in our family of nine to achieve advanced education and opportunities. It was as if whatever I dreamed was possible…including the twelve years I spent doing community development in the rainforests of a third-world country. The “good old days!”

But my path to healing truly began with the Word of God. It all started in Genesis:

“Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over ALL the  earth and over every creeping thing that that creeps on the earth….Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15

Growing up on an organic family farm, these scriptures spoke to me of stewardship, conservation, creativity, blessing and, above all, love of the land.

As I experienced farm life and grew in my understanding of God’s Word, I learned that stewardship of God’s creation is the key to health. Consider this insight from John 3:16 from the Greek NT: “For God so loved (“agape”: passionately loved) the creation (“cosmos”: all living things) that He Gave….”  “All living things”? This obviously includes the beasts of the field, fruit trees, flowers, mosquitos, birds, bacteria, compost piles, and…..the “crown” of creation: mankind! Christ died to save ALL creation, you ask? Yes!

Let’s build on this. Paul, in Hebrews 2:6-8, rephrases Genesis and Psalms 8 as follows: “What is man that You would even think about him, or care about Adam’s race.  You made him lower than the angels for a little while. You placed Your glory and honor upon his head as a crown. And You have given him dominion over the works of Your hands.  For You have placed everything under his authority.” (Hebrews 2:6-8)

My calling as a physician and healer, is to practice, demonstrate, live and TEACH God’s eternal principles of Stewardship over ALL living things. In my case, this concept gradually evolved from seed to fruit. First, on our family farm–the seed. Second, as a veterinarian–the plant. Third, in seminary and the mission field–the flower.  Fourth, as an author and teacher of eternal Kingdom principles in my family, office and writings–the fruit.

Harvesting Health

At each level along my path, it took time to germinate and gain traction. Along the way, my breakthroughs developed as I began to “believe” deeply. Also, I was mentored (thankfully) by significant people and books, magazines, teaching and preaching continued to validate the science of healing God was revealing to me.

The Lord taught me about nature, His design, and the health hidden in the earth (including our bodies). I also learned that others who felt called to heal had different ideas. Many who are drawn to healing and medicine bonded themselves to the world system and religion of pharmakia: the healing philosophy of chemicals and drugs.

But for me, God instilled Shalom peace in all aspects of my calling as a healer. This peace was nurtured through prayer and relationship in the garden of my devotional life and through the encouragement of other believers.

The fruit of God’s design in my unique calling began to ripen as I practiced healing. Animals regained health when they were fading under orthodoxy. Plants became healthier and more fruitful. Increasingly, the testimony of  family, friends and clients proved I was on the right path.

Eventually, I shared much of my journey in my three published books. The first is titled: WE DON’T DIE: WE KILL OURSELVES: Our Foods Are Killing Us!  Would you agree?  

The Future of Health

I love the healing path the LORD God has set before me. I continue to listening to Him every day. LORD “teach” me and provide my “food/revelation/story/miracle” bread for today. I am still learning and still excited about my calling as a healer and the future of health.

God designed me, you, and our planet with everything we need for complete healing in relationship with Him. Sadly, believers are sometimes the most resistant to inviting God into healing. My biggest challenge and burden has been facing generational traditions that discredit God as healer and rely solely on clinical medicine and pharmacology. Significantly there is a move in orthodox and holistic medicine that academia has failed. Professionals exude head knowledge. In our world “burn out” is endemic. Suicides are increasing at a disturbing rate. Overwhelmed, millions are nutritionally, emotionally and spiritually caught in an inevitable trap. One trap is treating illness by cookie cutter knowledge.  As one professor explained: We treat the lab test, not the patient. One graduation commencement speaker explained: “Half of what you were taught is wrong. Unfortunately we do not know which half!” This, regrettably, typifies the failing ivory tower healing model. This is the world I was educated in. But there is evidence the dry bones are rattling and coming together.

There are awesome answers at hand. As we step back into the original meaning of “uni-versity”, it was unity within diversity. In other words, each subject was understood as part of a whole. In that historical setting theology was the “queen” of the sciences. In 17th century America, doctors, lawyers, scientists, botanists and educators were trained in the scriptures as normal and mandatory. This was holistic education. Back to the basics, right?

As one called to heal, what is my real message? Stewardship of our creation (which includes plants, pets, people and the planet) yields health by design. A wise and related exhortation is: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

A new wind is blowing in field of health. I am encouraged by God’s passion for health and raising up healers and I hope you are too. Our plants, pets, people, and the planet needs it (Romans 8).

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Dr. Roger L. DeHaan is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Certified Animal Chiropractor, Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner (VOM), has a Master of Theological Studies, and is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner. Learn more about Dr. DeHaan’s practice at AHolisticVet.com.  Roger can be reached at Caring Holistic Services: 704-734-0061.