When Headaches Mean Something MoreYesterday I wrote about my battle with chronic headaches. Sometimes a headache is just a headache. Mine had a physical cause (inflamed nerves) and required a physical solution (medicine). But sometimes a headache is a physical manifestation of something more. It's your body's way of saying, "Something is wrong here!" It is possible for chronic pain, patterns of broken relationships, constant fear, ongoing depression, or daily exhaustion to rise as a result of believing lies.
Sarah has been writing to me for more than a year. She's in some serious bondage to beauty lies. She's always worried about being thin, beautiful, accepted, and loved. She tells me that she knows God's truth about her worth, but just can't seem to believe it. All of that stress has her body working overtime. She recently told me she has a headache almost all the time.
In Lies Young Women Believe, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh write about another girl who was experiencing physical changes as a result of a spiritual struggle.
I'm having a very hard time right now. Deep depression and anger and lots of different things have changed in me. I want to end my life or hurt myself really bad, even though I feel the Lord has a special thing for me to do when I get older. I hate my life and my family. It feels like it will never end and I will have to live like this for the rest of my life. We have been to many doctors and no one knows what is causing this ...
This girl was dealing with chronic depression, anger, and a desire for self-harm. Because they couldn't see the lies that gripped her heart, doctors were left scratching their heads.
Nancy and Dannah went on to give this advice:
If you've turned over every rock looking for physical causes to your situation, it may be that you've believed one or more lies that have become deeply imbedded in your thinking and have placed you in bondage (Lies Young Women Believe, 21).
This doesn't work like a math equation. We can't assume that every time we face physical pain or sickness that there is something spiritual going on beneath the surface. But sometimes there is. Believing lies has major consequences and sometimes those consequences show up in our health.
So what should you do if you're body is alerting you that something is wrong? Run to God and ask Him to expose the root lies that are sprouting up in the form of physical pain. He may not automatically download the answer straight into your heart, but keep seeking Him. He wants you to be free from the bondage of lies.
But you can't stop there! You need to replace those lies with God's truth. Doing so may not make all of your aches and pains instantly disappear, but God is able to heal you inside and out. When lies loose their grip on you, you will feel relief in many areas of your life.
Lies Young Women Believe is a great book to learn more about the consequences of lies and how to choose God's truth. We hope you each have your own, well-worn copy! But, just in case you don't, we're gonna give away free copies to five of you who leave us a comment sharing how you've experienced the consequences of lies in your own life.