I don’t normally write posts about the word of the day because I don’t want to interrupt the flow of the subject that I have been blogging on, which currently happens to be Reiki. However, God has made it clear that He wants me to write about the word of the day today, or more specifically His Word. Therefore, this post will remain on topic with the series that I have been writing thus far.
Basically, vigor means physical and mental strength, health, and vitality. It is all well and good to have vigor, but what about when we get tired, stressed out, depressed, foggy-minded, and so on? Alternatively, what if we have mental and physical vigor but are struggling spiritually? Then what do we do?
Well, the answer depends on the person. Some people turn to medicine, others to sleep, others to therapy, others to exercise, and still others to relaxation. Of course, all of these things are necessary and fantastic ways to renew the mind and body! However, medicine runs out or wears off, therapy must come to a close, the wake-up alarm must go off, and so on. So what about the spirit?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
In Jesus, the Son of God, we have life (or vitality, if you will) that is eternal, not temporary. Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross for us to save our lives. When He died, He took the penalty for our sins upon Himself, and when He rose again on the third day, He conquered sin and death once and for all. Because of this, we are free, forgiven, righteous, and washed clean of all of our sins if we believe in Jesus and receive His gift of salvation.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NIV). In order to have vigor, we must rest. Nothing offered by this world can provide us with spiritual vigor. Therefore, God offered His Son, who is our only true source of spiritual vigor. The world is always telling us to do, earn, and achieve. We are expected to go, go, go until we exhaust ourselves, neglecting our spiritual needs in the busy chaos of society. Thankfully, while the world is works-based, Christ is grace-based. In contrast to the world, God tells us to rest, to trust in Him, and to rely on His grace. On our own, we are weak, no matter how much effort we exert; but with God, we have strength and power simply by resting in His grace.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
You are probably wondering how this relates to Reiki. It has everything to do with Reiki. This energy healing practice is said to promote a sense of peace and wellbeing, as well as health and vitality. The Reiki practitioner, who channels universal life force energy, is said to be allowing the very love of God to flow through their hands to the recipient. Life force energy is said to be warm, soothing, and tingly. That sounds like grace, doesn’t it?
In truth, however, Reiki is works-based. “Okay,” you might say, “but what makes it any different from medicine or therapy?” Let’s use these two as examples. Medicine is used to treat a person physically and psychologically. Therapy involves a professional helping a client with their mental, emotional, social, and spiritual issues. However, neither claim to give a person spiritual life as Reiki does. Yes, the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected, so means such as medicine or therapy can have positive effects on the spirit by benefiting the mind and body. Therapy can even have a direct positive effect on the spirit when spiritual issues are addressed, especially if God is called upon for guidance. In that event, God would be the source of spiritual life, not the therapy itself. Nevertheless, spiritual assistance and spiritual life are two different things.
Reiki, however, not only claims to directly give, but to be, spiritual life; hence universal life force energy. So which is it, then? Is Jesus the way, truth, and life, or is Reiki? Jesus and Reiki are obviously not synonymous. While Jesus is a personal member of the triune God, Reiki is supposedly an impersonal force. Since Jesus is the life (John 14:6), then life is a person, not a force. That being said, universal life force energy isn’t really life force energy at all.
Reiki practitioners believe that they are passively allowing energy to flow through them and that the energy is intelligent, doing all of the healing work. In reality, many Reiki practitioners meditate in the sense of attempting to achieve higher states of consciousness. They use mental exercises in order to receive psychic information. They supposedly manipulate energy by hovering their hands over the recipient for a long time, combing through the auric field with their fingers, and using visualizations to cleanse and balance energies. In other words, they use superstitious techniques, as if these will heal a person. Furthermore, Reiki requires rituals, and often money, in order for a person to gain healing ability in the first place. The Holy Spirit cannot be earned, however, because He is a gift of grace (Acts 8:18-24).
Therefore, Reiki is not of grace, but it is yet another work of the flesh to drain you. By grace through faith we have been saved (Ephesians 2:8), not by works. Witchcraft is a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), so Reiki is witchcraft. Reiki is not of the Spirit, but of the flesh; not of life, but of death; not of God, but of the devil. Reiki gives off an illusion of grace, but in reality, it is a counterfeit gift. When hurting and hungry people ask for bread (life and grace), Reiki gives them a stone (works and death), despite claiming that it offers good gifts (see Matthew 7:9-11). Unlike Reiki, God gives good gifts. He gives His Spirit, life, grace, healing, salvation, and deliverance to those who ask Him in faith. God gives us bread when we ask for it, not a stone!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV). Abundant life is a great description for vitality. Again, Jesus offers us spiritual life. Since Reiki claims to be what it is not, it is a deception and thus a tool of the thief (Satan) who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
“’Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).
By our own effort we can do nothing, but through Christ and by His Spirit we can do the impossible. The vigor (strength, power, health, and vitality) that God offers is far superior to what the world offers. Reiki only creates an illusion of healing by alleviating some symptoms. Even worse, it gives many people frightening demonic experiences. Reiki offers false promises of healing. God is the only one who saves, delivers, and heals, and His promises are always true (see Psalm 12:6).
“I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26, KJV).
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, NIV).
Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to seek an alternative form of healing. He died on the cross to be our healing, salvation, deliverance, life, peace, and our everything! We are to seek Him (not Reiki or any other form of witchcraft) with all of our heart, and we will find Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14, NIV).
Spiritual vigor comes not from temporary fixes or from counterfeits, but from the Spirit of God! Therefore, we must put our hope and trust not in worldly things but in the Lord.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7, NIV).
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV).
And now for some songs, for all of my fellow music lovers out there:
I am the God that Healeth Thee by Don Moen
Strong in Us by Bethel
Our God is Greater by Shane Bernard and Shane Everett
Your Grace is Enough by Matt Maher
Everlasting God by Lincoln Brewster
To go back to part 5 of this series on Reiki and learn more about the life that Christ offers, click here:
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