Please make sure that you have read the background of cancer in general on page 257 of this chapter which has essential background knowledge. Malfunctioning of the adrenal glands is strongly tied to fear because the adrenal glands are intimately involved in the stage 1, 2 and 3 stress response (described in detail in the chapter on page 180). The adrenal gland produces the stress hormones cortisol (from the adrenal cortex) as well as adrenalin and noradrenalin (from the adrenal medulla), among other hormones. A tumor in the adrenal glands often results in these hormones being produced in excess. This causes the following symptoms:
The adrenal gland also produces a hormone called Aldosterone which regulates the amount of salt (sodium) and water filtered through the kidneys into the urine. When a growth on the adrenal gland causes Aldosterone to be produced in excess, it causes high blood pressure. This is because less salt and water is filtered out the kidney and as a result the blood volume is increased. Excess Aldosterone also causes muscle weakness, pins and needles (paraesthesiae) and abnormal heart rhythm due to loss of potassium through the kidneys.
A tumor on the adrenal glands afflicts individuals who are perfectionists that are driven to perform. Their basis of love and sense of self worth is in their achievement. Fear comes in because there is no allowance for failure or weakness. When there is a weakness – and there is – the person goes into guilt, condemnation and self bitterness.31 That self-accusation and the fear and bitterness that come with it allows a tumor/growth to form in a part of the endocrine system that is tied to fear.
I explain how to deal with the issues behind cancer in general below. Your identity and sense of self worth must come from who you are in Christ, not from your achievement or performance. The chapter on page 498 will help you in this area.
Finally pray this with me: “I release myself from performance, perfectionism and meeting the expectations of others. I take authority over the spirit of fear and command you to go in Jesus’ Name! In the Name of Jesus I release myself from fear of failure that drives me to do everything right and which tells me that who I am is what I do. I determine in my heart this day to make an allowance for weakness and mistakes for it written that when I am weak, He is made strong (2 Corinthians 12 v 9) and “Though the righteous shall fall seven times, the Lord will lift them up!” (Proverbs 24 v 16). I release myself from the fear of man and what others think of me. I forgive myself and I release myself from guilt. I take authority over the unloving accusing spirit that accuses me to myself – you are a lying spirit and I break your power in the Name of Jesus and command you to be gone. Father this day I choose to love myself for who I am in Christ and not because of what I do.”
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