In last week’s blog we discussed the body, soul and spirit and I left you with the understanding that we would continue looking at what goes on among them, how they function separately as well as together and this sanctifying and preserving of them that Paul says we need in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ..
This week, we will begin taking a look at our physical bodies and some things we can do to take care of this temple for the Holy Spirit and honor God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.
Before I go any further, I have some words of caution and clarification.
The subject of health is very complicated and difficult to discuss fully in a few short blogs. I have been on journey to learn about health and wellness for about 20+ years and I don’t think I have scratched the surface. I work hard to do things for prevention and treatment. Natural things. Natural things that line up with scripture. I want to be perfectly clear that I am not against modern medicine. I am against throwing blind faith into modern medicine. I am against making modern medicine a god.
I do not have all the answers but I have spent a good bit of time trying to understand what God desires for His marvelous design, the human body, and natural ways to take care of it. I ask that you do not take anything we talk about in these next few blogs as medical advice but rather an opportunity to pray and do your own research.
As a child, I was called “sickly”. As it turned out, I had lots of allergies but in the meantime, I was pumped full of penicillin which had been made available to the public in 1945, was scientifically reformatted in 1957 and was supposed to be one of the greatest discoveries for modern medicine. It’s discovery and use has saved lives and cured some diseases. One problem, though, comes from mankind’s ignorance and gullibility. When we find something good, we think more of it is even better, if it’s good for one thing, it’s good lots of things, and if it’s works for one person, it works for all. Penicillin is an antibiotic designed to kill bacteria. Allergies do not originate from bacteria. What we need to know is that our bodies need certain bacteria to function properly – good bacteria in proper balance. Good bacteria aid in proper digestion and therefore absorption of nutrients but they get wiped out along with the bad bacteria when we take antibiotics. Antibiotics upset the delicate balance in our intestinal tracks and without good bacteria, we are left with an environment for the bad bacteria to multiply rapidly. Much like how the weeds in your yard, left unchecked, grow rapidly and seem to be a whole lot more prolific than the grass and flowers. In fact, they can become destructive. Much like sin is for a believer. Like weeds and bad bacteria, sin can take over very quickly and cause a lot of damage. Even what we think is a tiny little sin (there isn’t such a thing, though) can quickly take root and multiply rapidly. The strength and power in bad bacteria and weeds is mind-blowing to me. That’s why prevention is so important. Once bad bacteria start to multiply, once weeds start to take root, getting rid of them takes a lot of hard work and maintenance. There are potential medical remedies. There are potential natural remedies. They may or may not work. Because of sin in this world, there will be disease and illness. There are lots of things we can do to take care of our bodies as preventative measures and to treat them when we do get sick or injured. We can also have the faith of Job, but sometimes we can still get sick. Sometimes we get injured. Sometimes it is totally out of our control. Sometimes God allows healing. Sometimes he doesn’t. Sometimes His perfect plan is to allow us to experience disease and illness to teach us, change us, mold us, and even test us, always for our good and His glory. Always.
There are a lot of things we can consider checking out and doing for prevention and treatment of illness. I have waded through a lot of information over the last 20 years of searching and will share some discoveries I’ve made for me personally. (I ask that you look back at the beginning of this blog and re-read the caution)
Sin, like bad bacteria and weeds, can be powerful. The good news is that while there can be many things we do to get rid of bad bacteria in our bodies and weeds in our yard, the only existing power that can permanently destroy human sin is Jesus’ blood. Power over sin. Power on top of power. The remedy above all remedies. We don’t have to wade through loads of research or go to medical school for that. We can accept and then trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross and the ultimate healing through His resurrection. Our healing on this earth or in heaven comes will come through faith.
It’s a whole lot easier to focus on prevention of bad bacteria, weeds and sin, than it is to try to repair the damage. That old saying is certainly spot on. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Oh no, we are out of time for this week. Won’t you continue with me next week on this journey?