Recently I wrote how the Lord healed me from a debilitating disease, and how I actually felt it leaving my body. It’s true; it happened just that way and I’m healed from that affliction. So, why did the oak pollen affect me last week and cause me to lose my voice, run fever, and suffer from pharyngitis/tonsillitis for more than an entire week?! Oak has never affected me. Well, after antibiotics, a steroid pack, nose spray and many Tylenols, prayer and sleep, I’m beginning to feel like reading my bible again. But you know what? When I was sick I did not feel like reading my bible because my eyes hurt, my head hurt and my throat hurt, and everything else hurt, too, and I did not read. It made me think of all the people suffering all over the world in hospitals, nursing homes and even in their own homes. How do they get the Word when they’re sick? Maybe we need to go to them.
1 John 3 reaffirms to us when we’re children of God, we don’t intentionally sin, so it wasn’t sin that caused me to get sick. It really doesn’t matter why I got sick, it’s what I did to help myself be healed. We can’t just pray! We also have to do something!
It is written in Proverbs 3:7-8 “7Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. 8It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.”
I believe Proverbs 3:7-8 above. God does preserve us and protect us. But you know what? The devil wants to kill us, and God created herbs and gave us physicians! Faith without works is dead. Don’t let the lying devil deceive you into thinking prayer is all you need. You need to seek a physician. Seek help to get well.
James 2:17 “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).”
Take a step of faith, and follow up your prayer request with action, believing that your faith in God, through your prayers and petitions, will guide you to the proper authority to promote your healing, by purchasing medicine, seeing a doctor, etc.
James 5:14 “Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord's name.”
We must ask for help. We also must do something for ourselves.
Proverbs 18:9 “He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.”
God created all things good. He created herbs for healing and blessed some of us to be physicians, so we must seek them to help ourselves.
1 Timothy 4:1-5 – “1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.
3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.”
When I went to this doctor at the emergency clinic on Saturday, he did not tell me things I can do for myself. The Lord (in my heart) reminded me that a dry cough needs a humidifier, so I plugged that in. I called a pharmacist to see what I could take for the post nasal drip that caused my coughing all night! I remembered ice chips would reduce inflammation in my throat. When you’re well (or sick) search through books, internet, and ask doctors for more information about your disease, and learn basic health, proper diet, exercises, purified water and proper elimination. Help yourselves!
Hosea 4:6 – “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”
1 John 3 “1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. 5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. 6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.
7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
Love One Another
11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. 13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.
23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.”