Monday, January 14, 2008

What fruit are you eating?

I've recently had a couple of insights about using EFT and how it ties in to scripture that I wanted to share.

The first one was a few weeks ago at church, we were reading through the 1st chapter of 1 John, in the 9th verse it says:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1Jn 1:9 KJVA)

And in some respects, that's exactly what happens with EFT; we confess or bring to light our negative feelings or behavior and once we've tapped on it and brought the SUDS level to 0, then we are 'cleansed' of it. Now I know some find immediate cleansing or deliverance with prayer or confession. But in some areas EFT helps to allow us to really let it go. Then of course the command to forgive our debtors becomes much easier, but that's probably a topic for another time. To me, it means we don't try to continue hiding or 'stuffing' whatever the issue may be.

Then later, the passages about various fruit of the spirit came to mind, as follows.

(19) Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, (20) idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, (21) envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,[2] (23) gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal 5:19-23 WEB)

And here are the mention of 'fruit' that deal with emotions: hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, envyings (same as jealousies?), love, joy, peace, and self-control.

And the big insight that I had tied that in to the book of Genesis, way back in the Garden of Eden.

(2) The woman said to the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat,
(3) but of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. (Gen 3:2-3 WEB) .

And the passage that prompted me to make the connection, was from psalm 37: Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. (Psa 37:1 KJVA) That's sure easier said than done much of the time, and EFT helps a lot for me to be able to have faith that that instruction will help keep me out of the devil's clutches.

Some of the questioning I've done about using EFT as a Christian, has been because I wanted to make sure that it wasn't unscriptural. But in a spiritual sense, I see the 'works of the flesh' as noted above being in the category of the 'fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden.' So to the extent that EFT is an excellent tool to allow us to do away with the 'evil fruit' (See also Matthew 7:16-18) and then we can more readily cultivate the 'good fruit'; EFT is in fact scriptural.

Beloved, dont imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil hasn't seen God. (3Jn 1:11 WEB)

I know that for me, as I go through the process of pruning away the negative emotions with EFT, it is much easier for me to be sensitive to what the Spirit is saying, particularly as it relates to scripture. What do you think? Please also feel free to contact me to inquire about EFT c

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