MGHM Healing Brief, 2/11

Staying on Good Terms with God

Godís will for each of us is a life with all the parts in place and working smoothly. The Hebrew word for this blessed state, shalom (s-l-m), is usually translated "peace," but it covers a lot more than the absence of strife. A life of shalom is one of wholeness, with Godís goodness flowing through it all day, every day.

The modern West doesnít pay much attention to wholeness as such; we tend to think of the body, mind, and spirit separately. Our physical health is addressed by an internist, our mental health by a psychiatrist, and our spiritual health by a pastor or priest.

Obstacles that block the flow

The unfortunate result is that weíve lost our grip on something the Hebrews understood clearly--that human life isnít divided into compartments, and that physical and mental health are all wrapped up with spiritual health. You canít have one without the others.

Now, since we live in a fallen world, itís foolish to conclude that every attack of the sniffles we get is the result of our own spiritual defects. But on the other hand, weíre not going to get our colds cured until we get rid of any obstacles that block the flow of Godís healing power.

In other words, until we get rid of our sins.

"Missing the mark"

The New Testament word for spiritual obstacles is hamartia, "missing the mark." The one-syllable version in English is sin, a term so distorted by traditional piety that modern Christians squirm when itís mentioned. But a sin isnít merely something that God thinks is "icky." Itís any attitude or behavior that damages our wholeness or somebody else's-- rather like "looking for love in all the wrong places."

Itís no accident, then, that the Bible often talks about sin and sickness in the same breath. And the Good News is that we can get rid of our sins and our diseases almost effortlessly--not by some laborious routine of penance, but by turning frankly to the One who was wounded for our transgressions so we could be healed and made whole (Isaiah 53:4-5).

Since the forgiveness of our sins and the healing of our diseases have already been paid for, all we have to do is (a) confess our sins (1 John 1:9); (b) turn away from them; (c) stay away from them, and from the temptations that lead to them; and (d) stop practicing them. And the process is simple and natural, if we do it in the strength that God supplies.

Your relationship with God

And why, in a nutshell, does God insist on getting rid of sin before He gets rid of sickness? I quote from my forthcoming book, Simple Healing (p.99):

"If [God] merely passed out superficial cures, Heíd be in the unacceptable position of blessing sin and disobedience, like someone who gives money to a drunkard. Youíll find it difficult, therefore, to get and keep healing for your asthma or your arthritis if there are pockets of disease in your thought life or your relationship with God. Besides, itís just common sense to be on good terms with your Physician."

                                                                                     óMary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every wayóspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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