Vigor: The WORD of the Day

 

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:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-5-is-reiki-really-for-life/

 

All Bible verses in this article came from:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

And

www.biblehub.com/

 

 

 

 

The Occult Practice of Reiki Part 5: Is Reiki Really for Life?

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21, NIV).

 

In this fifth part of this series on Reiki, I will speak life into you. As I shared in part 4 of this series, (see https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-4-my-personal-experience-with-reiki/),

I had some freaky spiritual experiences as a result of practicing Reiki, including demonic dreams and telekinesis. When I repented of practicing Reiki, Satan put the fear into my mind that I would not be able to get rid of it and that I was therefore cursed. My friend/former Reiki master had told me during initiation that once you are attuned to Reiki, it stays with you for life. Before I had decided to renounce Reiki and was experiencing cognitive dissonance about it, I had been afraid to give it up because I thought it was a gift from God. So, I took comfort in the scripture that says that the gifts of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), thinking that if I ever gave Reiki up but still had the ability, then that would be proof that it was really from God. Once I became certain that Reiki is demonic and gave it up, however, I became afraid that it might indeed be irrevocable. That made me incredibly sad because I thought that from then on, I would have to pray for others’ healing without laying hands on them for fear of infecting them. Needless to say, I felt very guilty, ashamed, and contaminated. I was inconsistent about whether I would lay hands on others when praying for healing or not, because half of me wanted to believe that my fear was a lie, but the other half of me believed that it was true.

Up until recently—a few days ago, in fact—I had pushed my fear to the back of my mind and buried my feelings because they were too overwhelming. In the middle of the night, however, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart that Jesus is for life, not Reiki. That truth has given me freedom. Remember that though Satan is the accuser (Revelation 12:10), there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1).

When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus opposed him with scripture, saying “It is written… It is written… It is written…” (Matthew 4:1-11). God commands us to follow Jesus’s example. Ephesians 6:13 says to put on the armor of God so that we can stand our ground when Satan attacks us. Furthermore, verse 17 tells us to use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).

 

If you are a Christian who has practiced Reiki, and particularly if you have had spiritually traumatic experiences with it and fear that you’ll be stuck with it for life, then here are your weapons.

 

It is written: “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).

 

It is written: “Jesus answered, ‘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).

 

It is written: “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive” (John 7:37-39, NIV).

 

It is written: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:28-30, NIV).

 

It is written: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

 

It is written: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13, NRSV).

 

It is written: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).

 

It is written: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV).

 

It is written: “For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29, NIV).

 

These scriptures reveal that, not only is Jesus for life, but He is for eternity! Jesus sacrificed His life for us on the cross as an atonement for our sins so that we may have eternal life. Then, He filled us with His Holy Spirit, His living water, when we believed in Him. Since we now have everlasting life in Christ, Satan cannot snatch us out of God’s hand! Satan cannot undo, whether with Reiki or some other form of spiritual bondage, what God has done for us. You don’t have to worry anymore that you are cursed for life with Reiki, because Jesus took our curses away when He bore them on the cross! Now this is the good and perfect gift of God that is truly irrevocable! Nothing—especially not Reiki—can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ! Reiki isn’t our life force, Jesus is!

 

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy” (Matthew 8:2-3, NIV).

 

Back in Biblical times, no one would dare touch someone with leprosy for fear of catching it, but Jesus touched this man and made him whole! Therefore, fear not! You are not untouchable to Jesus! Once when Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, He referred to healing as saving life (Mark 3:1-5). Therefore, fear not, because Jesus has saved your life from the life-long sentence of Reiki! You are not contaminated, my sisters and brothers in Christ.

 

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:13-15, NIV).

 

If you are not a Christian and have had frightening experiences with Reiki, and you want a way out, then Jesus is your answer! When the first humans, Adam and Eve, fell prey to temptation from the devil and sinned by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this caused humanity to fall from grace (Genesis 3). This brought death, sickness, curses, oppression, and more sin into the world. God gave humanity laws to obey, but it was impossible for humanity to be perfect, so they atoned for their sins by sacrificing animals (Exodus 20). Finally, roughly 2,000 years ago, God sent His only Son, Jesus to the Earth. He was born of a virgin, Mary, as a human (Luke 1:26-38). During His earthly ministry, Jesus showed the Father’s love by forgiving sins, preaching the good news, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead (John 11; Luke 4:18-19; Mark 1:34; Matthew 8:16), but the religious leaders and the world rejected Him and thus crucified Him (Matthew 26-27). However, it had been the Father’s plan all along for Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross as a once-and-for-all atonement for our sins so that we can have everlasting life and freedom from condemnation, sin, death, curses, sickness, and oppression (John 3:16; Galatians 3:13; Matthew 8:17; Romans 6:23). God resurrected Jesus from the dead three days after His crucifixion as proof of our new life in Him (1 Corinthians 6:14; Romans 6:4). When we believe in Jesus and that He sacrificed His life for us and rose from the dead, then we become children of God, born again of the Spirit (John 1:12-13, 3:1-21). If you want Jesus to be your personal Lord, Savior, deliverer, and healer, then all you have to do is confess your sins to Him, pray for His forgiveness, and ask Him into your heart. God gives us the gift of faith, and when we believe in His Son and what He has done for us, we receive His free gift of grace (Ephesians 2:8). God has given the gift, and all you have to do is receive it! Jesus will set you free from Reiki, and from all of your sins!

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:1-18, NIV).

 

Finally, here are some songs to touch your heart and sing life into you:

 

How Can It Be? by Lauren Daigle

Give My Life to You/Our King has Come by Elevation Worship

 

 

Eternal Life by Eric Welch

 

 

Links:

1: Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/