First, I just want to say how excited we are and how encouraged we are at what is happening in Chesterton. We have held 2 services; the first service brought 350 persons with over 15 surrendering their lives to Christ & our second service brought 450 persons with over 25 surrendering to Christ. Many are being touched, healed, delivered, saved, and restored. It is an absolute honor to be a part of this yet we understand the responsibility & will continue to do our best to be great stewards of the souls God entrusts to us.
Our series: Life. There is an App for that is broken into 3 parts that people care about most. Our relationships, our physical & emotional health, & our financial situations. God has given us the greatest app free of charge to help us in every area in life. If we apply his word; it makes Life much easier.
Today, I want to give you a few reasons why our physical bodies break down & how our health can be restored. My prayer is that God will reveal truth to you so that you can experience Life God’s way.
Proverbs 14:30 says that a calm and undisturbed mind & heart are the life & health of the body, but envy, jealousy, & wrath are like rottenness of the bones.
1. Envy = Evil. Period. Envy is a feeling of discontentment for someone else’s possessions or advantages. We see it everywhere. The poor envy the rich. Single persons envy married couples. People without children envy those with children and some parents envy people who aren’t parents and on and on. This in not new; envy is all over the bible. Cain envied Abel. Sarah envied Hagar; & Joseph’s brothers envied him. It is destructive & God warns us that if we continue to envy people we will suffer in our physical bodies. It is like Rottenness to our bones. Wow..and we thought we didn’t have enough vitamin D.
Did you know that you have over 200 bones in your body. Your bones are your foundation; without them, you’d be a ball of jelly. You need healthy bones to have a healthy life. They are your frame-work. They support and protect all the other parts of our bodies. An infection in your bones lead to sickness in every other area. We have to pay attention to what is happening to our bodies; it can tell us a lot!
Nerves! Marrow! Bones! It sounds like God is trying to tell us something. If we will turn entirely away from evil (not just a little, but entirely) and fear & worship the Lord..it will bring health to our bones. That is amazing!God doesn’t want us to only be spiritually healthy but physically healthy as well. He wants what is best for you! He loves you!
2. Half-Hearted = Unhealthy. Health comes from avoiding evil at ALL costs. Practicing evil isn’t 100% the cause for all sickness; but it’s a big part of why we see so much sickness in our generation. We are not walking in the fear of the Lord or chasing HIM with our WHOLE hearts. God has become more of a resource instead of a 1st priority! Being half-hearted opens the door to Satan in our lives and God wants us to slam that door fast & hard.
Remember the garden of Eden? There is good & evil. Well, we know that only GOD is good..so anything apart from Him is evil. We need to be quick to avoid anything that does not have God’s stamp of approval on it.
Psalm 119:37 – Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity (idols & idolatry) & restore me to VIGOROUS LIFE & HEALTH in YOUR ways. Evil here is defined as idolatry. Is God your #1 priority or just convenient when you need something? Whatever has the most focus in your life; that is YOUR GOD. It could be your family, your job, your hobby, social media, etc. If it takes more of your time, energy, focus than God does..it IS an idol. Tough but True.
Even doctors, when we get a prescription tell us to take the whole thing or it doesn’t work. Why do we feel we can pick and choose which part of God’s word we will accept & obey? We have to take the whole thing or it doesn’t work. Doctors Practice medicine; but GOD performs miracles. We appreciate doctors, but when it comes to our physical bodies..we should be consulting our God for answers as well. He is the GREAT physician.
So what do we do if we are having health issues and God has revealed it’s because of envy, jealousy, idolatry, etc. It’s actually quite simple.
3) Keep God’s word in the center of your heart. Proverbs 4:20-22 / My son, attend to my words; consent & submit to my sayings; they are LIFE to those who find them, healing & health to ALL their flesh. Is God’s word at the center of your heart today?
4) Cry out to Jesus! Psalm 107:19 – Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and HE delivers them out of their distresses. Isaiah 53:4-5 says surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses & distresses) & carried our sorrows and pains; yet we considered Him stricken, smitten, & afflicted by God. But, He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt & iniquities; the chastisement (needful to obtain) peace and well being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes that wounded HIM we ARE healed & made whole.
If you are struggling today; cry out to Jesus and begin to chase God with your WHOLE heart. Allow Him to begin to restore health to your body. YOU will prosper in every way as your SOUL prospers. Be blessed today!