“A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.” Proverbs 14:30
The condition of the inward man affects the condition of the outward man. Physical health and healing begins with having a healthy inward man. In 3 John 2 we see that there is a link between our physical well-being and our spiritual well-being. It says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper AND BE IN HEALTH, JUST AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS.” Many times sickness and disease is a sign of a deficiency in the soul.
Sickness and disease is not the result of a physical condition, but of a spiritual one. The root cause of sickness is man’s fallen spiritual condition. Before Adam and Eve fell into sin, sickness did not even exist on this planet. This is why medical science has not been, and never will be able to cure humanity from sickness and disease. The problem requires a spiritual solution.
What does it mean to have a “sound heart”? Well, it starts with being born again. In Ezekiel 36:26 God promised that under the New Covenant, sealed by the blood of His Son, that He would give us a “new heart” and put “a new spirit” within us.
But having a sound heart involves more than just being born again. It means that you nourish your inward man by filling it up with the Word of God. Colossians 3:16 commands, “Let the word of Christ DWELL IN YOU richly.” Jesus said that one of the prerequisites to answered prayer was having God’s Word in your heart when in John 15:7 He said, “If you abide in Me, and MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
Putting God’s Word in your heart will not only keep you out of sin, but it will also keep you out of sickness and disease. In Psalm 119:11, the King James Version says, “Thy word have I hid IN MY HEART, that I might not sin against Thee.” Then in Proverbs 4:21-22, it says, “Keep them (God’s Word) in the midst of your HEART; for they are life unto those that find them, and HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH.”
Having a healthy inward man, that is properly nourished on God’s Word will have a positive impact on your physical well being. On the other hand, if your inward man is unhealthy, being filled with envy, jealousy, anger or unforgiveness, it will affect your health in a negative way. Walking in offense and unforgiveness towards other people can lead to all sorts of physical problems.
This is why you should make feeding your spirit man with God’s Word a daily priority. Smith Wigglesworth once said, “Most Christians feed their body three hot meals a day and their spirit one cold snack a week.” This kind of approach to God’s Word will never lead to a sound heart and victory over sickness and disease.
Confession: The Word of God is in my heart and it is working like medicine in my body, curing me of all sickness and disease.