Sid Roth - Many Get Healed When They Do This One Simple Thing with Art Mathias
My guest says that 80 percent of illnesses are tied to an emotional cause. When the emotional crisis is solved people are miraculously healed. Next on this edition of “It's Supernatural!”
Sid Roth: Hello. I'm Sid Roth your investigative reporter. I'm here with Art Mathias, and there is a supernatural link between emotional problems and physical illness. Now Art, you first became aware of this when your own sister got sick with fibroid tumors. I know a lot of women with this condition and it's quite debilitating.
Art Mathias: It's pretty disconcerting for them because of the worry, “Is it cancerous?”, or “Will it become cancerous?” It can also be disfiguring. It creates a tremendous fear for the future, and obviously the ladies would like for the tumors to be gone. And in my sister's case, as she explained it to me, as she worked through emotional roots and bitterness with females in her life - our mother, misunderstandings with mom, misunderstandings with the mother-in-law - the tumors disappeared.
Sid Roth: Now but wait. You say as she worked through, what did she have to do?
Art Mathias: Scripture teaches that if we forgive, then we are forgiven ourselves. And as she forgave mom for the things that in her perception that have bothered her throughout her life, one breast cleared up immediately, but the other one didn't. And the Lord revealed to her that she had things that she was holding against her mother-in-law. And as she worked through those things and forgave her mother-in-law - she didn't talk to mom or to her mother-in-law; she dealt with those things between her and God - and asked God to forgive her for holding the grudges, for holding the resentments, and then forgave herself. And as she did that, the tumors disappeared.
Sid Roth: How do you know it wasn't the doctors' medicine?
Art Mathias: To my knowledge, she wasn't taking any medicine. She had gone and had it diagnosed. But there is no medical cure. Doctors have no way of removing the tumors except through surgery.
Sid Roth: So what he's saying is when she chose to forgive, it opened her up to the healing love of God.
Art Mathias: Amen.
Sid Roth: To totally do away with those fibroid tumors. And as Art was speaking, I saw someone with a hearing aid, and you're taking it right out of your ear because you can hear now. It got very loud. That's what it is. You were just healed by that same supernatural touch of God. Art, you started then getting sick. What happened to you?
Art Mathias: It's an interesting story. In February of 1997, I was in Alaska. We have snow machines. I was riding a snowmobile and I rolled one over on top of me.
Sid Roth: That sounds awful.
Art Mathias: Well yes, it ended up being.
Sid Roth: I mean, it sounds like a car, but you've got little protection.
Art Mathias: No seat belts, no crash helmets, you know, that type of thing. But I didn't realize it, but five days after I rolled the snow machine over me, on top of me, my shoulder and right arm just cramped up. I didn't know what the cause was. Went to doctors, got some physical therapy, the cramping went away. Then in the fall of '97 the cramping and tremendous pain came back. By Christmas of '97, my right arm and right shoulder had atrophied to the point where I had hardly any bicep, no triceps left. Most of my forearm was gone. My hand was thin, and I was scared.
Sid Roth: I can understand.
Art Mathias: And the doctors - I went to them and they said, “well you got something wrong on your shoulder”. Did an MRI on the shoulder; nothing wrong on my shoulder. Finally when someone suggested I see a doctor called a physiatrist - these doctors do nerve conduction studies. So they stick needles in and run electricity between two points. It's as fun as it sounds.
Sid Roth: It sounds - did it hurt?
Art Mathias: Yes, very much, basically. The big blunt needles they stick in and the electricity is very painful. And this doctor told me that there was damage to nerves in my neck, and sent me for an exam on my neck. And the exam showed that I had four discs that were either fragmented or badly ruptured that were putting tremendous pressure on my spinal cord. The doctor says, "You're lucky to not be paralyzed from your neck down, and that the nerve damage in your arm will never come back. You will never regain use of your arm". I had surgery then in January of 1998 to fuse four vertebrae in my neck together. And coming out of that surgery, I was more scared than I was going into the surgery. And as you can imagine that type of a surgery is not something anybody wants to go through. They took bone off my hip and put it in my neck and fused four vertebrae. But coming out of it I was terrified. Fear had overcome me and I became very, very sensitive to everything, to any clothing. Somebody could be four or five feet away from me wearing a polypropylene jacket and I'd have a reaction. I would cramp in my muscles. I'd get a burning sensation from nerve pain. I didn't know what it was. I became allergic to - sensitive to almost every food, almost every clothing. There was over a hundred things that bothered me that had never bothered me before.
Sid Roth: Your life was getting very complex.
Art Mathias: Very complex, very much controlled by fear of the present, fear of the future. I didn't know what to do. I went to Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. They confirmed that I had neuropathies.
Sid Roth: Scottsdale, Arizona.
Art Mathias: Scottsdale, Arizona. They confirmed it. I had what they called small fiber neuropathy. The small nerves in my hands and my feet were dying, and it was progressive. It was coming up my arms and up my legs. The prognosis was that, you know, in two or three years it would progress to the anatomic nervous system and then I would die.
Sid Roth: I mean, just from - it started with a snowmobile accident and just kept progressing.
Art Mathias: The snowmobile accident, in reality, and resulting in surgery was the final straw that destroyed my immune system. I didn't understand this at the time. But now looking back at it, I know what happened. Our immune systems are very sensitive to our thoughts and our emotions, and if we live in anger or bitterness, or resentment - I lived in resentment; I didn't even know it. I thought resentments were just a part of life. You know, things happen. We resent those things.
Sid Roth: Can you live beyond that?
Art Mathias: Oh yes, thank God.
Sid Roth: I'll tell you what, we'll be back in just a moment, because I think all of us want to find out the keys to live beyond that. I mean, it's your life. We'll be right back.
Sid Roth: Hello. I'm Sid Roth your investigative reporter and I'm here with Art Mathias. Everything is going fine. He has a snowmobile accident and one thing leads to another, and his whole system - immune system - is breaking down. He's got a death sentence in two years. He's allergic to everything; even nylon socks he's allergic to. He comes close to someone with certain materials or certain things in the air - I mean, he went from being a normal person to being a prisoner, really
Art Mathias: Very much a prisoner.
Sid Roth: Did you try alternative medicine?
Art Mathias: Yes I did. When you're sick, Sid, you try anything and everything that you hear about. I tried many forms of alternative medicine, and some parts of those helped a little bit. Some parts in my case dealt with fear, and fear was one of the biggest causes of where I was at, creating and perpetuating the problem.
Sid Roth: You know, I think it wasn't just a problem with you. I think fear is a problem with many of our viewers right now.
Art Mathias: Yes it is.
Sid Roth: And a lot of people are in denial. But it really is a problem. So the alternative medicine, it didn't solve your problem. Where did you go from there?
Art Mathias: In November of 1998, I learned of a teaching from a pastor through my sister, that we've already talked about. And this teaching taught that what I had was an environmental illness, “multi-chemical sensitivity” is another name for it, and that the root of it starts with bitterness. And in time that bitterness will erode the immune system; the T cells become weak and the B cell proliferates, and out of the B cell is an antigen antibody relationship. And that if we will forgive, if we will release people from the things that they have done to us and release ourselves and forgive ourselves, and ask God to forgive us for the things that we've done that we're not proud of, then the immune system settles down. We speak healing to it. We ask the immune system to be restored. It is restored through that process. Then we commit to the Lord Jesus in dealing with the fears. We ask God to take the fears away from us - the fear of today, the fear of what might happen tomorrow, the fear of the things that are allergens to us. He takes those away from us. And I'll never forget January 7, 1999.
Sid Roth: What happened to you?
Art Mathias: On that day I'm sitting in a condominium room in Hawaii, just struggling through these teachings and asking God, “is this of you? Is there where I need to be going?” And I had been forgiving. I learned that some of the things that I had kept in me was really a root of bitterness, and I didn't realize that. I was “…perishing from my lack of knowledge.” And as I learned this, and I forgave, and on January 7, 1999, I commanded the fear to leave me. I just commanded it to go in the name of Jesus. And it did. And immediately it was like 50 pounds taken off my back, and the allergies were gone.
Sid Roth: So the connection was forgiveness, and then the - commanding this fear to leave you.
Art Mathias: That's correct.
Sid Roth: But you had a death sentence by the doctors: two years to live.
Art Mathias: That as part of the fear - God took that fear away also. He gave me hope for the future. I'm no longer afraid. I'm excited about the future.
Sid Roth: All right. What about all of those allergies?
Art Mathias: I was allergic to over 50 foods. I was allergic to almost any clothing; nylon dress socks that made my feet cramp up into hard little balls; it hurt tremendously. It took me a couple of days after January 7th to realize it, but I wasn't allergic to any food any longer. I could eat anything with no pain. God took that, just like that. It took me two months to get enough guts to put nylon dress socks back on again.
Sid Roth: I can imagine.
Art Mathias: They hurt so much.
Sid Roth: With that cramping.
Art Mathias: Yes. I put them on two months later and they didn't hurt. It's a strange thing with fears. I noticed a few hours later that my foot was hurting again. I said, “what's happening?”, and I looked at my foot, especially my right foot and I said, "Fear, I command you to leave me, and pain, I command you to go away in the name of Jesus". The pain went away. And it comes back and attempts to come back. The fear wants to come back. The pain in my life wanted to come back. And as I learned the process, I learned how the fear can come back, recognized it, commanded it leave. It left just like that. And after about six months of that battle, it doesn't battle me any more. It's gone.
Sid Roth: It's almost like a bully.
Art Mathias: That's right.
Sid Roth: And as long as it knows it can bite and get a reaction, it will stick around. But once it finds out it can’t, it goes.
Art Mathias: That's correct. That's how our enemy is in this life. He is a bully or attempts to be a bully. But we have that authority through our savior Jesus not to let Satan be a bully.
Sid Roth: Now tell me just real quick of one person that you taught these same things to, that got healed.
Art Mathias: The person that comes to mind is a lady that came to us - came to me a little over a year ago, actually last October. She was weighed 79 pounds, about 5-foot-5. She was allergic to every food. The only thing she could eat was the little Ensure drink; she would sip on that. She would sip maybe two cans of that a day, and it would give her tremendous stomach cramps to the point that she was getting about two hours of sleep at night. We started working through her. Now this was a lady that professed Christianity, had been a Christian for over 20 years; beautiful Christian woman. But she was perishing because of her lack of knowledge. And as we worked through with her in areas of bitternesses, resentments, her immune system healed. Within 10 days, she was eating over 50 foods and gained seven or eight pounds back. And from October to Christmas, she gained almost 20 pounds, and today her weight is normal. In fact, I teased her a couple of months ago when I last saw her, "You're getting kind of pudgy". And it was a fun time.
Sid Roth: You know, Art, we have a lot of viewers right now and you're suffering from problems. We're going to find out how you can get relief right in this next segment. Don't go away.
Sid Roth: Before we get back to Art, let's go to Janie in the control room and find out who's up next week. Janie?
Janie: Sid, you'll be interviewing an Israeli Jewish man who had an operation that caused him to be paralyzed. The surgeon just happened to make a mistake. And so he tried everything to be healed and nothing worked. But one day he was watching TV and a supernatural power healed him, and he's not paralyzed anymore.
Sid Roth: I'm looking forward to that, Janie. But I'll tell you what, I believe that same supernatural power is going to happen when we go back to Art Matias.
Janie: Oh, there's going to be amazing miracles that will happen.
Sid Roth: Thank you, Janie. Art, I've got to ask you this, will the people that are viewing right now be able to be set free if they follow what you're going to tell them?
Art Mathias: Yes, they will be. Sid, I know someone out there right now is listening; that as we have talked, a person has came to their mind; someone that they have resentment against, someone that they have held bitterness against, someone that they have hated maybe, someone that they have murdered maybe with their words. But I would ask those that are listening if you would simply think about the person.
Sid Roth: I have to interrupt you. When you made the statement, "murdered with their words”.
Art Mathias: Yes.
Sid Roth: Give me an example.
Art Mathias: Any way we put ourselves down or put others down is murder with the tongue. So if I have said horrible things or even little things about other people or myself, that is murder with the tongue, and it carries the same penalty in our lives as physical murder because it kills. It destroys ourselves and it destroys those around us.
Sid Roth: But what if what you're saying is true, but is very negative?
Art Mathias: It is true, but if it's negative, we need to change. We need to do what God has told us to do. We need to say things that build others up.
Sid Roth: And can these things cause us to have illnesses?
Art Mathias: Yes. As we repeat negative things, as we speak in our hearts, as we believe in our hearts about ourselves or about others, that's what happens. Those words become self-fulfilling prophecies. And if we put ourselves down, if we say that we're stupid, then we're going to act like that, and we need to change. We don't need to do that type of behavior because it - when we curse ourselves, we curse our Maker, “And God [made] us in his image”.
Sid Roth: So there are people viewing us right now...
Art Mathias: Yes.
Sid Roth: ...that have put down other people.
Art Mathias: That's right.
Sid Roth: Put down themselves.
Art Mathias: That's correct.
Sid Roth: Have unforgiveness towards people. What can we do?
Art Mathias: Well I would like those people to, if they're willing, to pray through a prayer that we use to lead us to God; to seek his face in these matters. And I believe that there are those, that if they will do that, God will reach into their hearts and heal them, and touch them.
Sid Roth: I'm ready. I'll say that prayer with you.
Art Mathias: Okay. I would like whoever is listening to think of the person that's hurt them the most, the person and the thing they did. Let that feeling come up. I want you to feel that hurt and that pain of what someone did to you, or maybe the thing that you did yourself, whatever that is, and pray this prayer with me: In the name of Jesus and by the power of his blood I ask you, Lord Jesus, to forgive me, or forgive this person; forgive this person for what they did. And by the act of my will I purpose and choose to release that person from their debts or obligations to me. And Satan, in the power of Jesus I cancel your authority over me and this memory. I have forgiven. I have complied with what God has taught. Your authority is cancelled. And Holy Spirit, I invite you to come into my heart and heal me of this pain. And Holy Spirit, speak your words of truth to me.
Art Mathias: And we ask people then just to pause for a moment and allow God to speak his truth into their hearts. And the Holy Spirit is saying to people right now, “You're forgiven.” He is saying, “I love you.” He is saying, “It's over with.” He is saying those beautiful words to people all across the nation as they're listening and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak in their hearts.
Sid Roth: Well Art, I can just tell you what's going on in this studio right now. I can just report that there is a manifest presence. It's very soft, it's very peaceful; of the Shekinah Glory, of the presence of God. And you know where that presence is, there is healing, and I believe that everyone that said that prayer and meant it, you just opened yourself up more to the love of God. Tell me about a few people, specific people - I like to hear about them - that have been healed of - what about women that can't have children? Is there a connection?
Art Mathias: The, yes, there is. And often we find that in an auto-immune response where the immune system is attacking the body, a woman that is unable to conceive or conceives and has multiple miscarriages, that their immune system is attacking the umbilical cord. And as the lady learns to appreciate herself and learns to believe who she is in God, that God has “…written [her essence] on the palms of [his] hands”, that he has chosen her from “…before the foundations of the world”, that she is special, that she's a special creation. And to stop putting herself down, to stop saying words that curse herself. And say words that bless herself, to say words that are God's truth; then that auto-immune response discontinues, the attack on the umbilical cord stops, and pregnancies are completed. It's a miracle what God will do.
Sid Roth: You have found that there are actually roots for specific diseases.
Art Mathias: Yes.
Sid Roth: And when you can get rid of the emotional roots, then the diseases - in fact, you list one disease after another and explain how to attack it, if you will. There's a war.
Art Mathias: It's a war. We are in a war, whether we like it or not, with Satan, and we have the tools to win; they're God's tools.
Sid Roth: Did you hear what he just said? We have the tools to win. They're God's tools, and whatever disease that you have, Art has found that the majority of diseases are connected with things such as unforgiveness, bitterness, judging. You know, the Bible says we'll be held accountable “…for every… word that [we] speak.” That's - you kind of pass over that. But if that be true - and I believe it's true - we better be very careful what comes out of our mouth. We're only supposed to say “…things that are [good], pure… [and] lovely, and… of good report.” Wouldn't the world be a whole lot better if our friends did that, even behind our back as well as to our face? Why don't you become that friend? The only way you become that friend is to know a friend yourself, and that friend is Jesus, “the King of the Jews”. He's real. He loves you. He has a purpose for your life. He has a position that he wants to bring you into to fulfill your destiny, but the choice is yours. He's already chosen. He's chosen you. He has chosen you. Tell him, “I want you, God. I'm desperate for you, almighty God.”