Thursday, January 24, 2013

Feed Your Faith, Starve Your Problems

One of our daughter’s family has had one after another with different kinds of sickness since Christmas. Grandchildren with ear infections, stomach bugs, strep throat and more.  Even the adults have had bad colds and stomach bugs. Although none of the sicknesses in themselves have been more than anyone could handle, it’s been a drawn out affair. With the colds come runny noses, hacking coughs and high fevers. One of the old sayings my mother lived by was “feed a cold, starve a fever”. 

The idea of feeding one thing and starving another had some real merit. As believers, we have daily onslaughts of wrong thinking. If that weren't bad enough, if that’s not checked, we’ll find ourselves with wrong responses.  Things can literally go from bad to worse if we don’t do something about it.  What we feed is what where we grow. Unlike colds and viruses, which must run their course, our attitudes and feelings can be checked and the fever of hurts, anger, animosity and worry can be done away with as we feed ourselves on the Word of God. Taking in the Word of God as our daily dosage not only feeds the Spirit within us to make us grow and thrive, it starves the sicknesses that want to take us over and put us to bed every day.

Oh beloved, God knows your situation! He has seen you battling the same problem over and over. He knows you don’t know how much longer you can survive, for the hurts and the sorrows keep coming in wave after wave.  He has the cure! The Lord Who loves you has not left you without medicine for your heart and soul and spirit. He has everything you need to not only survive but thrive! He says to you this morning, Come to Me! I will show you in My Word how much I can care for you, how much I can get you through this temporary light affliction and how much your testimony of My Victorious living in spiritual health can be revealed!

Run to the Medicine Cabinet of God’s Word this morning. Each dose of His Word not only combats the sickness of heart and mind you are going through; it is the vaccination against another onslaught.  What a wonderful Savior is this: He heals us of our sicknesses and gives us a fresh healthy life every single morning! He doesn't just save us, He gives us overcoming victory so that even when the world slings it’s worst at us, we will overcome! Oh how He loves you beloved, oh how He cares for you and oh how He will walk with you, feeding you the Truth which heals all the way to heaven!

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Psalm 121:8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

Proverbs 4:20-22 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

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