Friday, July 11, 2014
July 11 – Healing body, soul + spirit
If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you. (Exodus 15:26 NKJV)
It wasn’t easy for God’s people to get free from slavery in Egypt. It took 10 horrific plagues to break the demonic pride and greed of Pharaoh before they could be let go. But even though they lived in that land of evil and idolatry, they were safe. God only sent those plagues to the Egyptians outside the area of land where the Hebrew slaves lived, an area called the land of Goshen. But as the freed slaves were heading to the promised land, they were fearful of getting sick or dying of contaminated water. But God spoke to them clearly: I am the God who heals you.
Whatever the Egyptians had to go through was because of their unbelief and stubborn rejection of God. But now that God’s people had experienced Him in a big way, they were required to do more. They were expected to obey Him as their God, to do what is right, and to uphold all of God’s ways and laws. If they did, they wouldn’t have to worry one bit about the diseases of the Egyptians or anyone else around them. The protection that had been in the land of Goshen still surrounded them as they traveled through the desert.
God is saying that to us today. If we do what is right in His sight (not by our own low standards) and if we listen and obey His teachings, we are promised healing and freedom from disease. Sicknesses that are a direct result of rejecting God will have no room to work in us if we live in obedience to Him. Healing is possible because He names Himself, “the God who heals you.” What a great comfort that must have been for this multitude of families, old and young, who had just left everything they had ever known to walk through an intimidating desert to find a land they had never seen.
Many ordinary Christians suffer sicknesses that should not be a part of their lives. When you look deeper, you find grudges, unresolved anger, unconfessed sins, hidden doubts, double lives, and the physical sicknesses that accompany each spiritual sickness. Those who are humble and courageous enough to totally submit to God and be honest about their inner turmoil, are able to find healing from God, and protection from any other ailment related to sin.
But those who stubbornly hold onto their spiritual decay, watch their health waste away needlessly. Those who are too ashamed to admit that they have hidden problems and sin are those that don’t qualify for God’s protection and healing. Why would you want to hold onto the decay of your sins and keep doors open for disease to take over your body? Doesn’t that sound like a lose-lose situation?
God is encouraging us to strip off all the falseness, come before Him in humility and allow Him to heal us of everything. His healing is complete, body, soul and spirit.