How I Got Healed from Acid Reflux and Stomach Issues

For years I had to take the purple pill to alleviate the pain I experienced while eating the foods I enjoyed. The spicier the better. Being half hispanic, I loved the foods with rich spices, but I also had a terrible time afterwards, often experiencing incredible abdominal pains.

In addition, I inherited what I often call a “Puerto Rican Stomach” that includes a nauseous stomach first thing in the morning. Most usually try to cure this with a cup of coffee and very little breakfast, typically because the appetite is not very strong first thing in the morning. In addition, there was this “nervous stomach” that was also follow me around, where my appetite would go up and down, dependent on what was happening in my life. 

I found out I had acid reflux, where stomach contents leak back into the esophagus, creating a great deal of pain. After a while, the purple pill was not helping, so I ended up going to a stronger medication to help with my regular occurring stomach pain. My trouble with my stomach even landed me in the hospital twice, with such incredible abdominal pain I could not even stand up straight. I was further diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, a condition where part of the stomach sticks upward into the chest. 

I was told after an investigative procedure to simply lose weight and stop eating any of the foods I enjoyed. At the same time, God was doing a deep renovation in my life, healing my heart and delivering me from ways of thinking that were working against my growth in God. I was especially going through becoming free from various works of fear in my life. As God was healing my heart and delivering me from oppressive thinking, I became aware that the stinking thinking I had allowed to infiltrate my life was also affecting my gastrointestinal tract. 

Fear’s Work Against the Stomach

I went before God about the fear issues of my life. I really began to see how fear compromises the health of our digestive system, robbing us of enjoying foods and being able to process the nutrition foods offers. If the nervous system is sensing any lack of peace within us, over time the stomach and intestines can begin to lose the productive jobs they were designed to do. In fact, there is even a separate nervous system that surrounds the stomach called the enteric nervous system. Your body is keenly aware if you fear issues that are going unresolved. 

The Fear Issues I Addressed:

Here are the fear issues relating to my stomach issues. I addressed them with authority and began to take my peace over them. 

Insecurity:

I began to come before God and repent for serving insecurity. I was living in constant performance and perfectionism pressure, but never realizing how much it was affecting my life. My identity was wrapped around what I did and how well I did it. I listened to the thoughts of rejection telling me that I the “pressure was on” when it came to ministry, singing, speaking or putting an event together. Once and for all, I receive the love that Father God had for me and began to take my peace over my identity. I renounced living for approval and instead began to live FROM the approval that Father God already gave me. 

Fear of Failure:

This is a big one if you want to overcome any kind of gastrointestinal issues. I recognized that a fear of failure was robbing me behind the scenes. I would live each day focusing on what dreading events or scenarios were coming my way. I took pride in being able to calculate everything that could go wrong. This was working against me, because I had lost my peace regarding the future and could not enjoy the present. 

Worry: 

Even though Jesus commanded us, “Do not worry about tomorrow,” (Matthew 6-7) I had a hard time walking in that. I had to receive a revelation of the Father’s love for me; knowing that He would take care of me and provide for my every need. I had to renounce that fear of failure, which drove me to strive and put so much energy into avoiding something going wrong. Instead of simply doing my best and taking my peace, I was tormented with the pressures I had allowed the enemy to put on my heart. The worry wart had to be put away. 

Shifting a Generational Pattern 

On top of that, I had to practice taking my peace daily with God and the situations I found myself in. My family line is riddled with worry warts and restless minds, so I knew I was confronting a generational way of thinking. In overcoming this trait, I was not only letting God change my mind, I was giving Him room to even rewire my personality; into a way that was not afraid to fail or be tormented by tomorrow. I was free to enjoy the day that was in front of me. This wasn’t just about my stomach being healed. This was about a new way of seeing life! 

Jesus taught that there is enough to focus on today. We do not need to project into tomorrow what could go wrong. Listening to fear of the future and dread does nothing to help us. Too many live in a private shame of all their worries and fears. They are left to think, “Well this is just the way that I am.” We lose any sight of a better future with health and wholeness. 

Healing Manifestation

As I began to walk this process out of turning from fear, anxiousness and worry, my stomach was healed! No more acid reflux. No more purple pills or any pills at all for my abdominal pain. No hyatal hernia. No one even laid hands on me for healing! I was able to eat what I wanted and take my peace again.

My body came into health as I aligned myself with heaven’s way of thinking. There is no worry in heaven, so walking in that kind of peace gives us the health that God designed us to possess. 

Am I perfect in this walk out? No way! I still have a dump truck of thoughts that God is working out in my life. But I am excited about it, because He is faithful to patiently love us through each stage, so that we become more like His Son Jesus Christ. I am enjoying learning to be an overcomer. My body thanks me for it. 

He is faithful to love the fear out of us and deliver us from all our fears. 

Question: Where do you need to confront fear and allow God’s healing power to come and heal your life? 

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Mark DeJesus has been equipping people in a full time capacity since 1995, serving in various roles, including, teaching people of all ages, communicating through music, authoring books, leading and mentoring. Mark's deepest love is his family; his wife Melissa, son Maximus and daughter Abigail. Mark is a teacher, author and mentor who uses many communication mediums, including the written word, a weekly radio podcast show and videos. His deepest call involves equipping people to live as overcomers. Through understanding inside out transformation, Mark's message involves getting to the root of issues that contribute to the breakdown of our relationships, our health and our day to day peace. He is passionately reaching his world with a transforming message of love, healing and freedom. Out of their own personal renewal, Mark and Melissa founded Turning Hearts Ministries, a ministry dedicated to inside out transformation. Mark also founded Transformed You, a communication platform for Mark’s teachings, writing and broadcasts that are designed to encourage people in their journey of transformation. Mark and Melissa currently live in Connecticut.

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  • Stan Doll

    Amazing story of healing! Thank you for being so transparent and vulnerable and demonstrating what the fight looks like! Your story will continue to set others free!

    • Thanks Stan! May people be empowered that they don’t have to remain stuck in what plagues them.

  • Davide Colletta

    Great testimony of God’s power coupled with insight and willingness to address things in our lives. Loved the “Shifting the Generational Patterns” point particularly. That is for sure, one that is often overlooked. Thanks for sharing Mark.

    • Thanks Davide! Appreciate your heart and ministry! I love seeing generational shifts, so thanks for seeing my passion!

  • Zahira

    Thanks Mark! It sounds like you and I are a lot alike. I am reading this way later than you posted it, so you probably won’t see this comment. But currently I am also experiencing stomach issues where there’s a great chance I’ll feel sick after I eat. About a year ago, I had a “freak out” experience to where I was just as afraid of the future and performing poorly as you have described here, and I’ve been sick ever since. I’ve been through many tests, but the doctors have not been able to find anything to diagnose, yet I constantly feel GERD/ indigestion symptoms. I’m sure it’s due to the same feelings of fear and stress. Unfortunately, it’s hard for someone like me who overthinks everything to just live in peace. How did you walk “in heaven’s way of thinking” without trying to do it perfectly, lest you fear it won’t work? This article blessed me, so I’ll keep seeking God in my fear issues! Thanks again!

    • Hi Zahira, so glad the article helped. The key is allowing yourself to “take your peace” in the fullness of God’s love for you. That love casts out fear. Trying to do it perfectly is pressure that is not from God. He does not put pressure on us to do life perfectly. I find that the more I engage in God’s peace, the less I feel I need to overthink. Overthinking is usually a sign that fear is driving our thinking and we are not settled in God’s peace for us. Keep walking it out. I encourage you to check out our podcast show, where we tackle so many of these issues there. You can even submit a question if you like! 🙂

  • JL3

    Oh my goodness! Just yesterday, I was reminding God of the promise He made to our family through a word of knowledge that “one day we would be off all medications”. I was reminding God of His promise yesterday and thinking on this word of knowledge, because I’m paying attention to the work He is doing in my life and thought I’d just boldly ask Him, how is this going to happen? You see, my husband takes the purple pill for acid reflux and also has a hiatal hernia and since he is currently reading your book, “I Will Not Fear”, then perhaps with the encouragement of this awesome testimony of yours and applying the principles of truth in your article, my husband will be healed too! I never heard of a man being healed from the need to take the purple pill, so this is most encouraging.

    Acts 10:34-35 NKJV 34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

    Acts 10:34-35 NLT 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
    What God has done for one, He will do for another!! Amen! So be it! JL3

  • Shelley

    Hello Mark. Thank you for sharing this article and showing God’s power at work in you freeing you of the acid reflux and stomach issues. I am thrilled to hear a great report. This gives me some hope. I am going through digestive system issues as well with a burning like in the throat area. I learnt that it was in the family line with GERD / duodenal cancer / colon cancer on my mother’s side. What I am interested is knowing the step by step process with your taking authority over fears and insecurity and taking your peace. Can you elaborate on that for me? Thank you!

    • Hi Shelley, thanks for your comments. Send me a note through our contact section on the web site and I will send you some great avenues of resources.

  • rina

    Thank you for sharing this. I had gerd since 2010 and it worsened on 2014 and I got hospitalized twice till now I’m still on nexium. I realized the root for it was fear. When it got worst in 2014 and I got hospitalized, my fear changed to fearing God in the bad way. I fear if I don’t pray today or don’t read the bible or if I watch the television, I’m sinning and it is not God’s way. This led my gerd to a worse turn in 2015 and I got hospitalized again and this time I’m also on anti depression meds. It has been two years and it has been up and down for me. I’m still learning on how to put my fears on the Lord and to trust him completely and not think that he is some big judgemental being. I’m so grateful for this article.

    • Hi Rina, thank you so very much. So glad this article was helpful. Please be in touch and let me know if I can be of any further help. 1 John 4:18 has been one of my biggest helps. My Father’s perfect love is the solution. Learning what that love is like is a process. Keep pressing in…

  • Summer Cunningham

    My name is Summer and I’m 26 and was just recently diagnosed with delayed gastric emptying of my stomach that’s causing terrible silent reflux thats causing issues breathing as well as my bowels not moving. It started as reflux and worsened into this asher having procedures to figure out the cause and the doctors just worsened it. I’m praying for full restoration but I feel like when I am getting stronger I say sometging defeating because of the pain and I cancel everything I’ve been working towards. How can healing manifest when fear keeps creeping in.

    • Hi Summer, thanks for writing. I have found one of the biggest ways to cast down fear is to allow love to have its work. And its very important to be loving to yourself, which means being patient and kind to yourself. Fear is always producing pressure, whereas love provides empowerment. It takes time to overcome fear, step by step, so being patient with yourself is critical. Your body will thank you for it.

  • Loretta Rolando Hadwin

    This article nailed it with what’s been going on with me– and my digestive system has suffered immensely for it. Today I’m turning it around! I believe God led me to this testimony to see what has been preventing my healing. Thank you for your honesty– I can’t tell you how encouraging this is!

    • Thanks Loretta! Pray it brings about great fruit. Be sure to check out my follow up to this article with a video I made on youtube.