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moses_snakeGod once told me that healing begins within - then the external manifestations follow. Simply put, what is going on in our soul directly reflects what we see in our physical body. Chances are our physical infirmity may get healed when the wounds within our soul are delivered, cleansed and healed.

Many people seek doctors for their healing needs, and even believe it is God's will for us to be healed through doctors. I wasn't sure about this so I once asked God if doctors were part of His will for us.  This is what He spoke to me: "Doctors are of the world. Doctors fix the physical flesh.  The flesh is of the world.  I can heal the physical body through the soul.  This takes time.  All healing can come through me.  I can also use my natural creation such as plants to achieve this.  Doctors and surgeons are of the world.  It is not my will for doctors to heal you!  It is about faith.  There may be a time when you are lead to a doctor for a specific purpose, so I can outwork something in you, or even them, but it is not my will for healing to come this way". I then asked Him, "Are you disappointed in us when we choose a doctor"? This is what He spoke: "When you are faithless, I am still faithful, I cannot deny myself (2 Timothy 2:13). You will pick up wordly things when you choose the world, but I will not condemn you.  Faith is believing in what you can't see, I am teaching you to live a life of faith.  I want to make you whole, and I do not need doctors to do this. Doctors can treat the symptoms, but doctors cannot heal the root cause of disease and sickness.  When the root of a disease is not dealt with,  it can return.  My will is that My children are whole in spirit/soul and body.  If your physical body gets healed what about your soul?  This remains unchanged!" This was very interesting for me as God had told me a few months earlier that every infirmity I was suffering He would heal.  Every time I went to a doctor for these conditions, I never received healing.  There were even times when strange things happened such as doctors cancelling, hospitals denying my referrals for procedures etc.......I said to God, "I don't think I have enough faith not to go to a doctor when I am sick". God said to me :"I know, that is why I have been removing doctors from you". He went on to tell me that He was going to use my infirmities to teach that all healing can come through him, when we submit to Him and allow Him to heal our many wounds. I believe that God wants to heal our souls and physical bodies in unison. Many of our illnesses are rooted in unforgiveness, hurt, rejection, grief and so on. 

The next part of this article is when I asked God if we need to give up man's medicine (pharmaceuticals).  This is what He showed me ~ Revelations 9:21, NKJV And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. The word sorceries when taken back to the original Greek transcripts of the Bible is φαρμακεια and is translated as Pharmakeia. Pharmakeia and its related word forms pharmakeus, pharmakon, pharmakos and pharmakoi are the words from which we get the modern English words pharmacy, pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical, pharmacist, pharmacopia, pharmacology, pharmaceuticalist and pharmaceuticalism. Pharmakeia according to Strongs is translated as sorcery, witchcraft, 1) the use or the administering of drugs 2) poisoning 3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it 4) metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry. So what this tells us is that pharmaceutical medicine is sorcery. The word occult means hidden - using a supernatural force other than God for revelation and solutions.  How did Pharmaceuticals become occult?  We need to go back to the Old Testament and see how God allowed Moses to construct a snake in the wilderness. Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”  So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”  So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived (Numbers 21:4-9, NKJV). The Isralites because of their disobedience, complaining and unbelief experienced Gods wrath by being inflicted with snakes.  The people started to die.  God instructed Moses to make this bronze snake so all those who looked upon it would be healed which is exactly what happened.  The 'fiery serpent' when taken back to the original Hebrew transcripts is translated as Saraph which means poisonous serpent (fiery from burning effect of poison) 2) seraph, seraphim 2a) majestic beings with 6 wings, human hands or voices in attendance upon God. The snake was eventually put in a temple in Jerusalem and worshipped by Israel by burning incense to it and calling it Nehushtan. God later asked Hezikiah to destroy it because it became an idol. He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan (2 Kings 18:4, NKJV).  This snake Nehushtan is the very same symbol we see on doctors medicines, medic alert bracelets and even the World Health Organisation . Is this statue of the snake god the supernatural power that is still within mans medicine today? Many believe that Lucifer the lightbearer was a Seraphim.  Did this fiery serpent represent the devil and if so is this how Pharmaceuticals became occult and sorcery? The same word 'fiery serpent' is referenced in Deuteronomy 8:15; NKJV Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock. Clearly this was a demonic being that God had used for His purposes. By this we know that there is a supernatural force (other than Jesus) within Pharmaceuticals. The word Pharmaceutical according to Wikipedia is defined as a pharmaceutical drug, also referred to as a medicine or medication, officially called medicinal product, can be loosely defined as any chemical substance formulated or compounded as single active ingredient or in combination of other pharmacologically active substance, it may be in a separate but packed in a single unit pack as combination product intended for internal, or external or for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease. 

 We then jump to the Gospel of John where we see Jesus showing us that He now comes to replace the snake.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:14, NKJV). The snake healed the physical flesh but Jesus saves the soul. We no longer should look at the snake for our healing, instead we look to Jesus - the great Physician who heals us in our bodies, souls and spirits. Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV). God allowed man to use the snake and pharmakeia because he is such a good and faithful God to us ~ He knew man could die because of his ignorance, disobedience and unbelief if there was no other source other than Him to heal the flesh. He really has no other alternative to helping His children who do not have Jesus. He gave man a source to prolong life and fix their physical flesh because He loves us - but it does come at a cost.  This source is for the unsaved and maybe even the saved (where there are blockages that prevent Gods supernatural healing) designated for the times when God knows He couldn't or wouldn't heal man because of His own system of justice and righteousness. The main problem with this act of kindness from God however is that man started to look to the source instead of God - people are looking to the doctors for their healing and not God. Note that the acts of Asa, first and last, are indeed written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.  And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign (2 Chronicles 16:12-13, NKJV).  When man uses sources other than Jesus the devil will willingly heal mans flesh - we see it time and time again when man seeks other sources of healing by using things such as witchdoctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, spiritualists, crystal healers etc.... Firstly I believe afflictions and infirmity are demonic so it is very easy for the devil to remove the affliction that he put there in the first place. It is not a true healing as Jesus is the only true healer, it is a counterfeit healing.  Could this be the interpretation to the bronze statue?  First the Israelites are bitten by fiery serpents then a brass fiery serpent is put upon a pole and when they look upon it are healed! Why does the devil do it?  Easy! To turn our eyes off Jesus as the source of our healing and onto other things so we will start to trust and worship them instead.  We have then partaken of 2 sins now instead of one. The first sin being the using of the sorcery, and the second - the idol worship of the god in charge of the sorcery. Result - All forms of healing, apart from the Word of God, the name of Jesus and the natural creation of God, even if there is initially a good result, will always come at a cost. There may be something negative that comes up later as the price you paid for seeking occult sources. Have you ever noticed how pharmaceutical medicine will cause side effects and create a whole new problem?  Also if we ever need an operation to fix or correct a problem, chances are the same problem may rear it's head somewhere else, or a new problem arises from the result of the first one that has been fixed!  This is the price to pay for alternative sources other than Jesus Christ. God is so good that He doesn't condemn us when we seek the world instead of Jesus and the word of God for our healing - He is still faithful to us, He still loves us and dosen't turn away from us. The Bible tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

 God is bringing us to a place where He will remove Pharmakeia and all other occult sources of healing from us.  He will be very gentle as He knows that we have relied upon it for so long. God told me not to give up everything immediately but instead continue to do what I was doing and He would show me what was okay and what was not okay.  Also not all man-made medicines are sorcery - discernment is needed!

Does this mean that doctors are occult and should be avoided? Some like anyone may be active satanists used by satan for his purposes, whilst the majority are innocent and have a specialised knowledge of how the human body works.  God can and does use their expertise to achieve a diagnosis in order to help man.  A Christian doctor would however be the best source as I am sure they would pray each day for Jesus to manifest His power through them.  Always ask God to guide you to the right doctor if you need one.  Our own daughter needed oral surgery to have a tooth removed.  We prayed for God to reveal any root causes and asked Him to remove it supernaturally. This did not happen and God had shown us that she hadn't been in a place where she had completely yielded her soul over to Him so we sought hospital treatment.  We repented to God for using man to heal and thanked Him for this vehicle in which He could manifest His presence through.  We prayed that there would be no side effects from the anesthetic, covered her in the Blood of Christ and bound all demons from entering her from this procedure, and that the operation would be simple which is exactly what happened.  She was only under for ten minutes and the tooth which was believed initially to be fused to the jawbone came out with one pull.  There were no stitches and fifteen minutes after the operation she was sitting up in bed eating an iceblock.  She needed no pain relief for after the extraction the whole entire day either as there was no pain! We had looked to Jesus as the source and had completely trusted God that she was in His hands. Because of this I don't believe in this case there were any negative consequences from choosing this operation. 

 PRAYER: "Dear God I repent and renounce all forms of healing, medicine, cosmetics and coping mechanisms I have used other than Your word, the name of Jesus, Your guidance and commands and Your natural creation.  I repent for all the times these things became an idol as I looked to them instead of You. I want to turn away from all these alternative forms of healing and rely totally only on Your Word, the power of Jesus and Your natural creation.  I give You permission to remove all forms of healing from me that isn't Your perfect will for me. I lay down all things at the foot of the cross I am using and ask for You to help me give them up.  In my own strength I am afraid to do this so I pray that You would gently remove them from my life in Your timing and in Your way.  I pray that You would give me eyes to see so I can see all sorcery and occult things that I and my family are currently using so I can refrain from them.  I pray that You would show me alternative God-given sources so I can completely turn away from all things that are not of You, Amen.

I command all demonic spirits associated with sorcery and idolatry to leave immediately in Jesus name". 

***Please note - Do not stop immediately using things that may be currently saving your life and keeping you well. God has allowed these things temporarily into our live's as a crutch - but He is calling us to eventually throw away those crutches and trust in Him alone. As previously mentioned God is still faithful even when we are faithless. Many of us are not in a place yet to be able to receive Gods supernatural healing through our soul because of things such as unyielded areas which may be blocking such as false beliefs, mindsets, wrong teachings, unforgiveness, continual sin and woundings within our soul that have not yet been dealt with. Until we are at a place in our walk with God to be able to let Him deal with the roots and issues behind these ailments you may need to keep using them. These things may need to be cleared away and can take time.  Rely on the Holy Spirit to show you when and how you can give up these occult sources.  It is very important however if they are still being used to thank God for these alternate resources then pray and ask Him to help you to be in complete submission to Him so healing of the soul and physical body can take place.  When using the medicines always ask Jesus to manifest His power through it and to bless the medicine to His use in Jesus name. I see so many people when using man's medicine who have complete faith in Jesus for their healing through the medicine achieving fantastic results. This is because Jesus will allow His glory to come through when man is trusting Jesus for the healing.  This is too glorify His name which we are calling upon. Taking communion and declaring Scriptures on Healing everyday whilst waiting for your healing is also a very good thing to do.

 See also Occult checklist for other forms of sorcery

By Tania Francis