About 40% of people world-wide are affected by allergies. Allergies are a mystery to most people. However I am going to give you some insight into the spiritual, psychological and physical mechanisms that produce allergies...and I’m going to trust the Holy Spirit to give you the revelation that you are not really allergic to anything!
The key to allergies
An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction to an allergen that does not cause a reaction in most other people. An allergen is the substance that is considered to be causing the allergy e.g. pollen, bee venom, animal hair (e.g. cats), certain medication (e.g. penicillin), certain foods etc.
Are you really allergic to all these things or did the enemy train you how to react to these things? Let’s find out...
Let’s go on a journey into the Bible and into the physiology of your body, right into your bone marrow because allergies are a bone marrow issue.
What does the Bible say?
There are seven words in the Bible which show an insight into all allergies: Proverbs 17:22: “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Here we see that a broken spirit dries the bones. Now think with me through this: What is drying of the bones? I suppose we could think of osteoporosis which is deterioration or weakening of the bones due to loss of calcium and bone density. In Proverbs 14:30 it says that envy and jealousy cause rottenness of the bones, which is what osteoporosis is – and that is true, research confirms that this is the toxic mind-set behind it. So it is not osteoporosis because we are not talking about rotting of the bones, we are talking about drying of the bones.
So if it is not osteoporosis i.e. if it is not the bone itself, what is left? Bone marrow! Now what is in bone marrow? This is where your blood is manufactured. Your blood consists of red and white blood cells. In allergies you don’t have anaemia which is a lack of red blood cells – the red blood cells are ok. So if it is not the red blood cells - what is left? White bloods cells - which is what makes up the immune system. When you have a weakened immune system you have a lowered number of white cells in your blood. Drying of the bones means a weakened immune system. What weakens the immune system? Proverbs 17:22 doesn’t say pesticides, chemicals or certain foods destroy the immune system – it says “a broken spirit” destroys the immune system.
What is a broken spirit?
In the Bible the word ‘heart’ means ‘the spirit’ or ‘the soul and spirit’ depending on the context that the word ‘heart’ is used. So we could say that a broken spirit is a broken heart. In Luke 4:18 Jesus said that He came to heal the broken hearted. What is a broken heart? A broken heart or a broken spirit can occur in a person’s life spiritually when they were damaged by someone who was supposed to love them and didn’t.
The subsequent relationship breakdown opens the door to fear
1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” In this Scripture we can see that there is no fear in love...and that he who fears has not been made perfect in love. What does that mean?
If we have not been loved, covered or nurtured, but instead have been verbally, emotionally, physically or sexually abused or we are driven to perfectionism because we are loved and accepted based on our achievements...do you think fear is at our door? Oh yes! If you’re afraid of people that you don’t feel safe with, you avoid them don’t you? Do you know that when you have a relationship breakdown with somebody, fear comes in? That fear it is not obvious or easy to recognise because we associate fear with, for example, being afraid of the dark, of heights or of flying.
In a relationship breakdown we don’t experience that type of fear – how it manifests itself is with subtle feelings whereby you no longer feel safe in that relationship because you can no longer trust that person or be vulnerable because you don’t want to take the risk of more rejection and you don’t want to be hurt again. And until you have been delivered of that fear, that fear is not only going to affect you and the person you had the relationship breakdown with, but it is going to affect your relationships with everybody else because you will be projecting all the fear of rejection, disappointment etc into those relationships too.
A natural reaction is to start putting up all sorts of protective mechanisms such as hiding behind a mask and putting a wall around your heart. You back off from people and you don’t allow anybody to come close to you; a spirit of fear has come in and caused you to withdraw from people in fear and now you cannot give and receive love without fear.
Fear stimulates a stress reaction
You have a stress reaction in your body which was originally designed by God as a survival mechanism to help you in an emergency situation. During this reaction, stress hormones called adrenalin and cortisol are released which enable you to react quickly so that you can either fight off that danger or run from it – hence it is called the fight or flight response. Once the emergency is over, the stress hormones subside and you calm down.
However, when you have fear (from a broken heart and a breakdown in relationships) this stress reaction is constantly stimulated resulting in persistently high levels of stress hormones. This causes damage because they were only designed to be present in short bursts – not for long periods of time. There are two main types of white blood cells in the immune system – T cells and B cells. When
cortisol is present in chronically high levels, it specifically kills the T cells. This causes the B cells to become over-active because the cells of the immune system are now out of balance, and they produce high quantities of IgE antibodies. These antibodies then bind to mast cells.
The consequence of fear
When the person is exposed to the allergen, it binds to the IgE antibodies. This activates the mast cells which then release chemicals such as histamine which causes inflammation and the symptoms of an allergy (e.g. runny nose and eyes in hay fever, contraction of muscles in the intestines leading to vomiting, cramps and diarrhoea in the case of food allergies, narrowing of the airways in asthma etc.).
As you can see, you are not really allergic to anything! All you are experiencing is a biological manifestation of fear and the resultant consequences of excessive cortisol release!
How to gain freedom from allergies
If you suffer from allergies, my question to you is: “Who hurt you? Who broke your heart?” Deal with this through forgiveness and the sequence of physical reactions leading to allergies can be reversed and the symptoms will disappear. It is as simple as that!
See www.eagleswings.co.zw for a free book on allergies to learn more how they develop, how to overcome them (including children – where allergies can be genetically inherited) and to be encouraged by testimonies of people who have been healed of allergies without medication or a change in diet but simply through dealing with the fear and broken heart behind it. +
By Dr. Michelle Strydom who founded Eagles’ Wings Ministries. Enquiries for her materials (Books and DVDs), please contact Charmaine: 082 920 7826 / firstname.lastname@example.org. This includes: ‘Healing Begins with Sanctification of the Heart 4th Edition’ and ‘No Disease is Incurable (22hr) DVD set’.