For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
Cold and flu season is just getting started and already I feel a sinus infection coming on. When you’re a mom you know just what to do. Once I feel the symptoms of an achy head, burning throat, or stuffed sinuses, I get my armor on, ready for battle. I work quickly to stop any ailment in its tracks.
I take vitamin C, Airborne, and Zinc tablets. I stop eating any carbs or sugar. I arm myself to beat it down before it starts. I know just how miserable it is to be sick and I will do everything in my power to not let my enemy advance.
Why Don’t I Respond The Same Way When My Spiritual Health Is At Risk?
I spend way too much money to get my hair done.
Seriously, way too much…
I try to get a few miles of walking in each day.
I spend time on my make-up and a dozen other things about my outside appearance.
What if I focused on the inside, my spiritual health today just half as much as I do on my outside?
If You’re Feeling Sick This Might Be Why
Spiritual illnesses such as anger, discontentment, pride,and fear, are just like a cold or flu to our physical bodies. They cause our spiritual bodies to come to a stop for awhile-holding us back from whatever service the Lord has purposed us for. Just like my achy head and burning throat, there are symptoms to warn us of their coming visit. The infection of anger usually begins with small irritations and annoyances. Discontentment begins with an ungrateful heart. Pride’s symptoms are selfishness, while the symptoms of worry and anxiety can become a full blown illness called fear.
Just like the treatment of vitamin C helps my body to defeat my oncoming infection, the greatest elixir for any spiritual illness is the Word of God.
It never ceases to amaze me that when I am suffering from a spiritual illness, how fast these symptoms flee in the face of His word. When I feel symptoms coming on, I fight them by looking up all that God’s word says about that specific ailment. If I am suffering from anxiety I will looking up all that God has to say about them. If I am worrying or anxious, scriptures about anxiety, worry and fear speak straight to my heart, Phil. 4:6a “Do not be anxious for anything…” Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you…” Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Are You Suffering From Anything Today?
Do you feel an illness coming on? Protect yourselves with the battle gear God has given you. His Word is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword to defend ourselves from anything that gets in our way. Check your heart for symptoms before they become a full blown illness. Remember friends, when we get into God’s Word, God’s Word gets into us.
- When was the last time you allowed God to speak a few of His truths into your soul? It might be why you’re struggling today, don’t you think?
- When I spend hours in front of the TV watching people do incredibly dumb and unsavory things what I’m doing is filling my head with garbage. If I truly tried to do everything in moderation wouldn’t I at least take a few minutes for Jesus everyday, too?
- Which truth in His word do you believe was written just for you today?