Facing Seizure Issues 

    In brief, there are at least four sources of seizures: (1) physical malady, (2) demonic activity, (3) emotional trauma,  and (4) habitual means of escape.  Anyone, who has seizures should prayerfully have a physician check for physical problems, such as tumors, some head trauma, fever, or reaction to medications.  One should be sure to inform his physician of all medications that he is taking.  Some tumors may be surgically removed.  Head traumas may take rest and time to heal.  Wrong medications may be changed.  Please note that many medications may have seizure like side effects.  Some personal research may be necessary to discover if or not medications are a problem.

    Often physicians take the medical model approach to controlling seizures through prescribing medications; however, improper dosages of anti-seizure drugs may actually increase the risks of more seizures.  Please understand that such medications may play a part in one's recovery.  However, we should also keep in mind that all seizures do not fit the medical model.  Prayer is the most potent medicine.  A lady who God healed of seizures met a young man who was having four to five seizures per day.  She prayed for the young man.  Immediately his seizures dropped to two to three per week.  The Word of God says that God heals us of all our diseases. "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases" (Psalm 103:3).  This must also include seizure resulting from physical maladies.  We should remember that Jesus healed every kind of disease.   "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people" (Matthew 4:23).  The elders of a church are to pray for those that are sick.  The sick are to be healed.  "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:14-15). This healing is a result of the finished work of Jesus upon the cross.  "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed" (I Peter 2:24).

    Seizures may also be a result of demonic activity.  Please read Mark 9:16-29.  When I was in seminary studies, the common explanation for demonic activity was epilepsy.  This explanation appeals to the intellectual mind.  This explanation was an attempt to rationalize away evil spirits.  We must keep a balance here!  All seizures are not demonic in origin.  However, many seizures are the manifestations of evil spirits.  In counseling, I have seen both.  Spiritual discernment is definitely needed at this point (I Corinthians 12:10).  When evil spirits are involved, God also gives us some answers.  Evil spirits can be bound in the name of Jesus and cast out.  "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19).   "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues" (Mark 16:17).  However, it is extremely important to discover how the evil spirits entered the soul of the individual, cast down the stronghold (II Corinthians 10:5), and shut the door (John 5:14).  Please see: The Open Door.

    Other seizures may be the result of emotional trauma.  As I was working with someone who had grand mal seizures quite often, God gave me a simple illustration for explanation.  It is like sticking your finger into a live light socket.  The electrical charge is more that the body can handle ... the reactions are convulsions.  When we are exposed to emotional trauma more that we can handle, the result may be seizures.  These traumas may reside in us in the form of memories.  Therefore, emotional stress may trigger these memories and/or seizures associated with them.  There may be any number of "triggers" to these memories and/or seizures: a word, an odor, a time of day, a color, or a character image associated with an abuser.

    When seizures are the result of emotional trauma, one can only overcome these through emotional healing.  This may take some gentle, intensive, time consuming therapy.  In fact, when issues become sensitive, the individual may experience even more seizures for a brief time.  However, Jesus came to heal us of all emotional hurts and bruises.  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised" (Luke 4:18).  For a brief outline on emotional healing please see: Healing For The Emotions .  Sometimes it is important for the individual to receive healing for the lesser traumatic issues before he can face and receive healing for the greater emotional issues.  Sometimes, trust issues are involved.  Often, identity issues are also involved.

    Finally, seizures may become a way of life for an individual.  That is, the individual learns, without consciously thinking about it, to use seizures as a way of escape or a way to get attention.  We should note that an individual may have all four types of seizures.  After dealing with one or more of the first three types it may also be necessary to deal with the fourth type.  Trust is a major issue here.  The individual must be able to trust that God can and will work through the counselor. The counselor must face this issue of "getting attention" with the counselee and speak the truth in love (John 8:32).  "Do you really want to be totally free from seizures?  You can be!  How?  You can choose to continue to allow the seizures or you can begin to resist the temptations to have a seizure when you are about to face an issue that you don't feel comfortable facing.  The decision is yours."  Again, the individual must understand who he is in Christ and that Christ will enable him to face whatever issue there is before him.   "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (I Corinthians 10:13).

    If the individual is having seizures to get attention, then it is extremely important that the individual comes to understand their identity in Christ (See Identity Crisis Test), but also understand that the fear of man brings a bondage, and that trusting God brings security. "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe" (Proverbs 29:25).   Again, the counselor should speak the truth in love, but may expect a defensive first reaction from the counselee.  However, love can cause many defenses to fall.