Psalm 38:3 NIRV
3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick.
Because of my sin, I’m not healthy.
James 1: 13-15 NIV
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
The ways of this world are a disease and we are all infected. It courses through our blood streams and begins to cause changes in our minds. It starts with one experience which leads to another, and begins to seep into our thoughts. Then, taking over us and directing our path. It can even be passed throughout generations.
It causes us to fall victim to weaknesses and repetitive destructive patterns. As we begin to form a new identity with this disease, others begin to make incorrect labels and judgments about us and then it furthers the disease’s course.
Frustrated, scared, and alone we begin to self medicate. Fill ourselves with worldly things, people, information, and more diseased experiences. No matter how much we dull the pain of it’s existence, it comes back to greet us in the morning and lingers in the darkness of night.
Sometimes we realize the error of our ways and begin to look for a real cure. We grab the cross and try desperately to hold it, but our fingers can’t clench it tight enough. It keeps slipping and dropping. Out of pure exhaustion, we even resort to allowing someone else to hold the cross close enough to us so that we can feel their healing. But, when they leave, we are alone again dealing with the pain.
If the illness is left untreated for a long amount of time, it just becomes part of who we are and that is what we live with each day. Unfortunately, severe episodes of mental anguish may set in and real help may be needed. Intravenous medication, a hospital stay, and on going pain management.
How do we as Christians find complete healing?
Exodus 15: 26 NIV
26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
Psalm 103: 2-4
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
1 Peter 2:24
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
If we believe God’s word and believe Christ died for our salvation, then we are healed. We are healed by the belief that He will and will always be the one true great healer. If our pains and infections seem too large for God, then it will be too large for God. With strength in Him and the faith of what will be healed in Christ name, we hold the cross tightly so that the white of our knuckles glow in the darkness. In Christ and only Him will we all be healed of every affliction,aliment,and unspeakable sin.
Take up the cross, read God’s word, and walk in His world along side all righteous and holy sons and daughters. For I am free.
Psalm 103:2-5 NIV
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.