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Sid Roth - Get Healthy and Free

Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. My guest Benny Johnson and her husband Bill Johnson have traveled the world, probably seen more miracles than anyone alive. Yet when you go into the average church that believes in miracles and you say, I want you to be honest, raise your hand if you'd like to be physically healed, 98 percent of the hands go up. Something is wrong. God spoke to my guest Benny and told her how to fix it. Are you interested? Me, too. You know Benny, I've interviewed your husband Bill Johnson several times here and I don't know what it is, but I love the story of one night the fire of God comes on him, and he's kicking up and down, and trashing. Then the third night you wake up. What did you observe?

Benny Johnson: When I woke up I saw a man in our waterbed, my husband, kicking and jerking his limbs. He had no control over them. And I looked over at him and just started laughing because it was so funny.

Sid Roth: I mean, he is humiliated.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: His wife is laughing at him.

Benny Johnson: And I lost all control. I just started laughing uncontrollably and then he started laughing, too, as well. It was quite the entertainment.

Sid Roth: But Bill has anointing, a fabulous anointing for miracles and you two were running a renewal for dozens, several dozen years or so.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: And I've seen people that have run a renewal where the presence of God comes into their congregation. They wear themselves out.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: And one day you went to the doctor.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: And it was your wake-up call.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: I imagine you were sleeping very little. You were eating all the wrong stuff. Am I right?

Benny Johnson: You're right.

Sid Roth: So what happened with your wake-up call?

Benny Johnson: Well I went to the doctor. The doctor said, "You have high blood pressure and you know you're going to have to take care of that". And I was also overweight.

Sid Roth: And you also in your family line people died young.

Benny Johnson: Yeah. I have heart disease in my family line. But the thing that really cinched it for me was that I woke up one morning and God spoke to me, and he said, "I want you well for the long haul".

Sid Roth: So you had to start somewhere. How did you start?

Benny Johnson: Well I walked into the kitchen. I said, "Okay Holy Spirit, what are you going to do"? Because he's the one who told me, and that's the great thing about it is partnering with the Holy Spirit. And he said, "I want you to get off of sugar, refined sugar".

Sid Roth: Was that a problem?

Benny Johnson: Oh my goodness, yes it was. I was a sugar addict. I could literally eat a pound of chocolate in an afternoon and love every moment of it. I just said, "Okay, you're going to have to help me". And I started eating better, which always helps curb that craving, a lot of green vegetables and stuff, and it took two months to get off that addiction. And I began to feel better. Things began to happen and it's just been this journey. But what I tell people is in this process I've given myself a lot of grace. And if there are times that I can't eat the way I'm supposed to eat then I make up for it when I'm home.

Sid Roth: You call it partnering with the Holy Spirit.

Benny Johnson: I do, yeah.

Sid Roth: Explain that.

Benny Johnson: Well the thing is, is that we are a body, soul and spirit, and God, I believe, is just as interested in your body being well as your soul and your spirit. We are a temple of the Holy Spirit and the Bible tells us that. And it is our responsibility to cherish our bodies and to take care of us, and we need to learn the tools to be able to do that.

Sid Roth: Many believers don't take care of themselves and they say, well I'm doing this for God, so he'll take care of me. There's something wrong in that thinking.

Benny Johnson: Yeah, there is because God has made us responsible and we need to love ourselves enough to take care of ourselves.

Sid Roth: A woman came up to you.

Benny Johnson: Yeah.

Sid Roth: In a hopeless, helpless state because Benny has been teaching on this area for a while since God spoke to her, and she weighed 450 pounds. What did she say and what did you say?

Benny Johnson: She said, "I'd love to meet with you". She came and we met, and we just sat down. She goes, "I've tried every diet you can imagine". And we know that diets don't work. "Can you help me"? And I said, "Yeah, I can help you". So I told her what to do. But then we started talking about soul issues because we are so connected body, soul and spirit that a lot of times this, our overweight, our obesity problems has to do with the emotional side, our soul, our mind. And when I talked to her about the spirit and the Holy Spirit partnering with her a light bulb went on to her. She goes, "I've never done that. That is a great idea. I'm going to start doing that". And for the first time she started seeing results. And she actually, when I was talking to her, she had started journaling her process and talking to God through this whole process to help her. And that's what I love. I love that God wants to partner with us in this. It's important to him.

Sid Roth: Now when the doctor told you, you had high blood pressure and heart issues, overweight, he gave you a why, why you should do this.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: I mean, it was life critical.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: But you say everyone should have a why. Explain that.

Benny Johnson: Yes. That is the first thing I will tell people in this lifestyle change because it is a lifestyle change, is that you have to find out why you are doing this. What's your reason? Because those days that I don't want to go to the gym or I'd like to go to get a hamburger and French fries, and a milkshake, I have to remind myself of why I'm doing this, and it's because God told me, "I want you well". And in obedience to God I have to do that.

Sid Roth: Medical science is finally catching up to the Bible. You know, the Bible says, "A merry heart is good medicine". Science has found laughing is good medicine.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: It's unbelievable. Tell me what you found out through your research.

Benny Johnson: Well I had adrenal fatigue. And I went home, and I started researching how to heal naturally from adrenal fatigue.

Sid Roth: What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

Benny Johnson: Depression, exhaustion, totally overwhelming. I couldn't even look at my emails. It's just, you can't deal with stuff. Every day I would come home and put my pajamas on, and that's all I could do. So I just thought I've got to heal. And the doctor said it will probably take you six months to a year to heal. And one of the things that I found that helps heal adrenal fatigue is laughter. And I just love that. I went, well I can do that. And so I started watching funny movies, funny shows, anything to get me to laugh.

Sid Roth: What did you watch?

Benny Johnson: The Andy Griffith Show.

Sid Roth: Okay. I can by that.

Benny Johnson: And I was so sad when it was over, the series was over. I just laughed, anything that I could do to find myself laughing. You know, a child laughs 400 times a day and a 40-year-old adult laughs four times a day on the average.

Sid Roth: And Jesus said, "We have to become like a little child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven".

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: We have to laugh more.

Benny Johnson: That was a loaded answer Jesus gave.

Sid Roth: Yes.

Benny Johnson: That wasn't just become like a child. That is in all aspects. And I hung around with my grandchildren a lot because they know how to laugh. Laughter helps you destress. It releases the happy hormone. It helps your heart. It helps all kinds of things. It's just amazing.

Sid Roth: And you have to tell me about something that's so important, worshiping God.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: And tell me about that invisible clock.

Benny Johnson: Now that was another thing I found in my research only through a friend. I had a friend come in and speak at one of our conferences and I noticed that she was, she would kind of pause every like ten minutes or so. So afterwards, I asked her, I said, "What's going on with you"? She goes, "I have an invisible clock on my pant that I just hook there, and I have it set to vibrate every ten minutes to remind to worship God". And my first thought was, well that's kind of cheesy. I mean, who do I need to be reminded to worship God? Well life gets in the way. You know, we get busy and doing things. So I thought, well I'm going to try it and see if it's going to help with my adrenal fatigue. So I ordered one and put it on, and for three weeks, I wore this thing every day except for when I was sleeping. It was an adoration inside of me, just this worship.

Sid Roth: Just thinking about it.

Benny Johnson: Yes. It's just turning my attention to him and worshiping. I just feel the presence right now just even talking about it. So just turn your attention to the Lord right now and just receive that healing. But it worked really good. And after three weeks, I remember. I remember so much. I stepped out of bed and it felt like something lifted off of me and I was completely healed. And I know that what put me over the edge is worship.

Sid Roth: Well you know, a lot of college students say science is taking them away from belief in God. You say the opposite.

Benny Johnson: The opposite.

Sid Roth: Give me a couple examples.

Benny Johnson: Well let's talk about the blood. Okay. The blood, you have red.

Sid Roth: I like to talk about the blood, the blood of Jesus

Benny Johnson: Yes. The red blood cells, the white blood cells and the plasma, and they call it, the blood is called the river of life. That's what scientists call it. And what's so unique about the white blood cells, if you know this, whenever you get sick your white blood cell count goes up, and what it's doing is it's, it will run to the infection and fight the infection for me, for you. And the little, those little cells, they'll squeeze into places that are really hard to get to, to fight that infection. And I just think that's wonderful and you can spiritualize that and say the blood of Jesus is just like that. The blood of Jesus comes and it sets us free. It just sets us free.

Sid Roth: You've spoken about this, but speak just a little bit about it's not just emphasis on the spirit.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: It's not just emphasis on the soul.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: It's not just emphasis on the body. There is a balance.

Benny Johnson: Yes. There has to be a balance. I've been around people that sway way over to the fitness and then they forget about the spiritual. Because we are a tri-human being, body, soul and spirit, it all needs to be balanced. And I think what helps, well I know what helps is depending on the Holy Spirit to give you balance because he's like, he's like the patrolman in your life. He'll say, okay, you're getting a little carried away here, so bring it back to the middle and be balanced. And that's what's so beautiful, once again, the partnering with the Holy Spirit.

Sid Roth: And I was fascinated by just two simple concepts. Very few people understand this, that if we follow it, it would change our health. One is hydration.

Benny Johnson: Yeah. People don't know that how important it is to hydrate your body. Your body is made up of at least 75 percent water and the only way you're going to get that water. And you may think you're sick, but a lot of times it's just because you're dehydrated.

Sid Roth: Now you also talk about the need for moving.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: And I'm going to tell you something. In fact, would you go to our makeshift gym right now and I'm a little worried about this. She's going to teach me weightlifting exercises. And I have to tell you a quick story though. Oh about five years ago, I was walking down the street and I really tripped. I felt like something actually, a demon just pushed me down, and I really hurt myself bad. And then it happened again, and I thought, something is wrong. And I have to tell you, I started going to the gym and just some basic cardio and weightlifting, nothing, no big deal. And it has made, I stopped falling. And I'm going to tell you something, you don't need a miracle. Maybe you need some just practical wisdom. So let's go to the gym.

Benny Johnson: I'm going to show you today three basic exercises you can do with weights. And if you don't have weights at home you can use soup cans. They work just as well. And you always want to start with something that's lightweight. So Sid, come on, you're not going to get out of this. You're going to join us today. I'm going to show you, the first one I'm going to show you is a tricep move, which is this part right here. And this is a hard part to get fit. So we're going to take one of the weights, Sid.

Sid Roth: Okay.

Benny Johnson: And you're going to put this part of your arm hooked to your side. Keep it hooked to your side and the only part you're going to bend is the bottom part. So we're going to bend it this way. I'm just going to do this way, just like that. How's he doing? He's doing good?

Sid Roth: So far, I'm doing good.

Benny Johnson: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Sid Roth: Okay.

Benny Johnson: Okay, so now let's sit down on the chair.

Sid Roth: I thought I was done.

Benny Johnson: Not yet.

Sid Roth: I was saying that's easy.

Benny Johnson: Now I know some people can't stand to do exercises. They may be in a wheelchair or whatever, but they can use their arms. So I'm going to do, you can do this standing or sitting. So the first exercise we're going to do is a bicep curl. So we're going, all we're going to do is bring our arms up like this and we want to come down slow because working that slowly is just as well. Now why do we lift weights? To increase our muscle and what does muscle do? Muscle burns fat. Now I'm going to show you one more. Okay. We're going to do a shoulder one. We're going to bring our weights up like this and then all we're going to do is bring it up and touch it, and bring it down. Now what you want to do is you don't want to do a fast movement. Slow is better. And do about 10 of these, three times and you're set. There you go, Sid. Look at you. Yeah, get it up there. Reach way up high. There you go.

Sid Roth: I'll tell you what, when we come back God has such a sense of humor. Benny was laughing at her husband Bill. Wait until you find out what happened when she started to shake by the spirit of the Living God. Be right back.

Sid Roth: I don't know, I want to take care of my spirit. I want to take care of my emotions, my soul. Does exercise help in way by helping those areas?

Benny Johnson: It helps in all areas. It really does. It releases, whenever I exercise I always feel closer to God. I actually spend time with God while I'm doing cardio on that treadmill and I pray, and I feel closer to God because I'm doing something that he's wanting me to do.

Sid Roth: Okay. Now God turns the tables on you. 1997, you're in Toronto. From what I understand, Bill had this great experience. But you didn't have any dramatic type of experience.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: Until that day in 1997.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: What happened to you?

Benny Johnson: Well we were leaving the meeting, and we were sitting up in front, and I had my arm in Bill's arm, and we were walking and leaving. And we got to the back where the mezzanine is. And I was minding my own business. I wasn't expecting anything and this man that was drunk in the spirit was walking around praying for people. And we made eye contact. And so he came over to me and all he did is he put his finger on my arm. I'll never forget it. And I flew to the ground, literally flew to the ground and I became this rag doll. And for 20, 25 minutes I shook violently. And my husband couldn't hold on to me. He had to let go. And he said, "I have never seen anything that violent before". And he still hasn't seen anything that violent. I knew that it was God. I had absolutely no control over my body at all, but I knew it was God. I didn't know what it was. So the next day we came back to the conference and we sat towards the back. And the speaker got up, and he said one sentence, and I was back on the floor. This time I wasn't shaking. I was sobbing and crying. And I laid on the floor and I said, "Holy Spirit, what happened last night"? I still get really emotional about that experience. And he said, "I was shaking out of you the lies that you believed about yourself". Now let me go back just a little back when I was a little girl. I'm very, I have a very quiet spirit. But when I was a little girl I was told that I was shy, not by my parents, but by other people. I had a hard, and that became a label on me. That actually became a stronghold to where I couldn't talk to people normally. You couldn't have paid me to do this what I'm doing today nor get up and teach. It wasn't me at all, but God knew it was. And so he reached in and shook the daylights out of me and took that lie out.

Sid Roth: Well you know, every one of us, and we don't realize it, the devil is so subtle, maybe from childhood, have believed lies and it's crippled us in one or more areas of our life. I believe that if you pray right now that God would show us the lie and we can get rid of it. And maybe we're not going to shake like you did, but we know how to get rid of it in Jesus' name.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: We just command it to go.

Benny Johnson: Yes.

Sid Roth: Would you pray?

Benny Johnson: So Holy Spirit, we invite you to come right now and we ask that you would reveal any lies that we have in our life that we believed about ourselves, whether we're not worth it, whatever it is, it's so subtle and so awful. And Holy Spirit, I ask that you would reveal the lie right now in Jesus' name. Now just tell him, I will no longer live this lie. I will believe what you have for me, Holy Spirit. Now Holy Spirit, I ask that you would come and you would give them revelation on the way you see them in Jesus' name. Thank you, Father, for your restoration power. Amen.

Sid Roth: You told me at dinner last night there is a special grace on Planet Earth for what you're teaching. Explain that.

Benny Johnson: Yes. I really felt as I began teaching on health and body, soul and spirit that every time I would pray for at a conference or a group of people, I felt the Holy Spirit come and release a supernatural grace, and that's what I just started doing. I started, and I believe that we're in a season for this, that there is a grace. People are hopeless and they've tried everything and nothing has worked. But grace comes along, that supernatural grace that can empower people to walk in.

Sid Roth: You say that health is God's idea. Elaborate.

Benny Johnson: Yeah. He wants us to be vibrant and alive, and to live a long time. And part of that is being healthy.

Sid Roth: Well you know, I'm reminded, Psalm 91, it ends with, "With long life I will satisfy you". So you're not going to be satisfied sitting in a home just waiting to die. With long life you're going to be satisfied. You're going to be whole. You're going to be free and I believe there is a special grace that is being poured out on you now to do what you already know to do. Get in shape because your calling is dependent upon it. God needs you now.
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