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.
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.
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.
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."
forget that . . .
God should be our
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
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
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