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Post  Admin on Wed 07 Dec 2011, 10:23 am

thoughts for today -Well , Well , Well
by: "Delmar Rux

Well, Well, Well

"When Jesus
noticed him [an invalid] lying there [helpless], knowing that he had
already been a long time [thirty-eight years, in fact] in that
condition, He said to him, 'Do you want to become well? [Are you really
in earnest about getting well?]'" - John 5:6 (AB).

I have a friend
who had polio when she was a child and was left with a physical
handicap. Many had prayed for her healing but she was never healed.
Well-meaning but insensitive Christians told her she didn't have enough
faith, or gave some other lame excuse. It left her feeling insecure for
many years until she realized that God doesn't heal everybody. I don't
know why. In this life we all suffer from ailments from time to time.
Some people get healed and some don't.

Having said
this, I believe that many of us could be much healthier if we lived in
harmony with biblical principles. In Old Testament times (before modern
medicine) Jewish people were instructed by God not to eat certain foods.
This was because these foods were disease riddled. In New Testament
times God's Word gives us two key principles for the healing of at least
some sicknesses.

First, Jesus
said to the invalid, "Do you want to become well?" Modern medicine has
shown that those who truly want to get well are the ones most likely to
do so. They take responsibility for their recovery even though it means
a radical change of lifestyle. In other words, we need to want to get
well badly enough that we will do whatever we can in order to get well.

I had another
friend who had tried to quit smoking for years. He had been criticized
for it and preached at about it. Nothing worked. He came to me hoping I
might be able to help. After he shared his struggle with me I quietly
asked, "Why do you need to smoke?" He gave me THE LOOK ... mumbled a few
incoherent words, turned around and walked away. I think Jim (not his
real name) was looking for a quick fix to overcome his addiction and
save his life. He didn't

want to look at possible causes ... and died of lung cancer not too long after.

Second, many
ills—not all by any means—or diseases are caused either by—or greatly
aggravated by—unresolved personal issues that cause dis-ease. For
example, the first symptom of super-charged repressed hostility might be
death by heart attack. It is also well known that stress can be a
killer. Stress can be caused by any number of pressures—some of which we
may have no control over but many of which we do. For instance,
unresolved guilt, illicit sex, being unfaithful in marriage, dishonesty
in business, impaired relationships, etc.,

etc., can all cause big-time stress, which in turn causes dis-ease, and even early death.

The answer for
healing of dis-ease caused by these stressors is also found in the
Bible. It's simple, though not easy: "Therefore confess your sins to
each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer
of a righteous man is powerful and effective." - James 5:16 (NIV).

Speaking
personally, as I've shared before, I grew up in a very dysfunctional
family and in my twenties suffered from painful bursitis in both
shoulders and with wretched hay fever. When I found myself in a broken
marriage and got into therapy, I discovered that I had an awful lot of
buried grief and anger from childhood days—emotions that I had buried
and was in denial about; but when I faced, confessed and expressed these
"sins of the spirit" and resolved them, I

was healed of both bursitis and hay fever.

God's
principles are not meant to take away our freedom but to give us freedom
from many ills and problems. It's our choice as to what we do about
them. Do we really want to get well, or do we just wish to do so?

Prayer: "Loving
Heavenly Father, thank you that in your Word, the Bible, you give
dynamic principles for wholesome living. Give me a hunger to know what
your Word teaches and the good sense to live in harmony with your will
so that I will be made well. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

God Bless you.
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