Thursday, July 22, 2010

Directions For Healing - 2 Kings 5:1-17

We have been sharing "Directions For Healing" for the month. The characters in this passage show us multiple ways to move towards healing. The servant girl is the one who knows where true Health comes from. She points the way to the Prophet ( the one who leads to God). The servant girl should represent all servants in the kingdom. God created us healthy. God sent Jesus to take the stripes of pain upon his own body so that we are healed. The way to health is still left in the hands of those who will obey 2 Corinthians 7:14 with its secrets: humility, pray and seek my face, (Return to God), turn from disobedience (wicked ways), And I (God) will heal your land. HEALING IS THE CHILDREN'S BREAD.

Naaman is a great leader. He is renown in his country. He lives his life on the edge. He is sure about his game. But, Naaman has a head and heart problem. He believes his own hype. He thinks too much of himself . Now, make sure you understand that we must think of our selves with grace. We are the sons and daughters of the King. We are progressive kings and queens. But, don't get it twisted. We are great because we come from greatness. We have not made ourselves. We are operating out of gifts that came from the gift giver. Therefore, we humble ourselves before the creator God who created us in thanksgiving for what He has done to, with, through, for, and around us. Naaman's victories have caused him to become callous and arrogant. Naaman lives his life for the cheers of the people, but within he carries dis-ease. Dis-ease will cause us to withdrawn from the mainstream people and in that hibernation we sometimes find ourselves having pity parties.

Naaman's comments about his idea of healing also gives us a clue to why we are sometimes not healed. He is expecting a particular show. Have you ever thought that we deal with surface issues rather than looking for root causes of our dis-ease? We spend billions of dollars for prescriptions that have a million or more side effects. We take medications that will never heal us that leave us dependent upon taking them. We like the idea of discussing with each other our particular medications and illnesses. Even, in the church, we prefer someone grabbing us, hollering and spitting in some dramatical way to command our healings. I believe in the laying on hands. I also believe that we need to drink water. I also believe that we need to check out our diets. Many Christians say that we just have to bless our food. I say, if we are blessing it as God says, then it should not come with a disease attached to it (i.e. high blood pressure, high cholestrol). There is a distinction between blessings and cursings. So is our diet blessed or cursed? God can not lie... so what does blessing our food look like in these marvellous bodies?

When we think of God who is Himself wholeness and healing we neglect to image him. We often refuse to follow his prescriptions for our healing. It is said that a great precentage of healing lies in the one command, FORGIVE! Forgive your momma, poppa, sister, brother, neighbor, husband, wife, child or whomever. UNFORGIVENESS is a direct root to bitterness and hatred which has been known to be connected to headaches, arthritis, heart problems, high blood pressure and a few other conditions. Forgiving on a daily basis is over ruled by, take this pill once a day, twice a day, or three times a day.

Am I suggesting that we should not take medications. God forbid. There are instances in the scriptures for taking medications, herbs, and cleansing potions. I am suggesting that we do not follow instructions. We resist the simple. We want to tell others about the calamities of our situations. We often project sickness unto ourselves so that others will notice us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. It makes sense to ask the Creator of these bodies what to do. He tells us how to live daily. We choose to live in stress. We choose to worry. We choose to speak ill of each other. We make choices that are detrimental to our health.

We give ourselves daily doses of: I am getting old therefore I am supposed to feel bad, My momma died from this so I will probably have it too, Well, we all got to die from something therefore I'll take my own kind of poison, or any number of other thoughts that become true because we believe that it should be so. Do you believe that high blood pressure belongs to you because you are an African American? Listen to your self talk. What are you telling your body about your life in it? We are fearfully and wonderfully made. By his stripes we ARE healed! Command your healing (curing). Search out those attitudes and habits that you have created that are keeping you from your healing. God can not and will not lie. "By his stripes I am healed!"

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