Don’t Worry…Be Happy and Healthy In The Lord and Run With Patience!
Some time ago, while in deep conversation with God, the Holy Spirit shared with me a thing or two about the “Great Physician”. Basically, I came away with this penetrating thought: “Remain in me (Jesus), as I also remain in you.” John 15:4
So, for this week’s blog I want to share with you how to be at peace and in good health in this environment even when our bodies are racked with pain; troubled with disturbing thoughts; and our spirits are questioning our faith on every side.
For your understanding, I will apply certain scripture references that will give meaning to why Jesus used so many examples of life’s emotions to teach on how to be blessed and content when all hell is breaking loose around us.
FIRST RULE OF THUMB: THE PURPOSE
While living down here on earth, those who follow the cross ought always to be salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13) regardless of what physical, mental or material state we find ourselves in. If we are to be disciples of Jesus Christ, our ways and demeanor should bring illumination and savor (preservation) to our fellow man. Thus, living in a manner befitting the atmosphere of the Kingdom of God!
SECOND RULE OF THUMB: THE SCRIPTURE
Our scripture is found in Matthew from chapter 4:23 through 5:12. You will recognize it as containing The Beatitudes. The word Blessed is used quit often and means more than just ‘happy’. It takes on the ultimate well-being and distinctive spiritual joy of those who share in the salvation of the kingdom of God.
So, during my conversation with God, I asked the Holy Spirit why did He use physical human emotions that depict pain and sorrow to define the word ‘blessed’ or in some Bibles ‘happy’. For example:
Blessed are the poor in spirit…
Blessed are they that mourn…
Blessed are the meek… etc.
THIRD RULE OF THUMB: GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S WORD
Why use physical emotions? Because those examples have a deeper longing and infuse more sincere compassion not only for personal righteousness, BUT also justice for the oppressed. Let me explain further; when scripture says blessed are the merciful it means that those souls not only forgive others but also have empathy for them. When you are sensitive to God’s forgiveness it frees you from feeling guilty and brings comfort to your soul.
All of the qualities and emotions mentioned in these scriptures should allow us to bring peace to others. But, it is also a catch 22 situation because it can make us vulnerable to persecution. That’s why Jesus includes blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the Children of God.
Here on earth, our only reward may be to be called “sons and daughters of God”. And we may have to experience God’s kingdom rule while here on earth by becoming a peacemaker thus proving our fitness for the kingdom by suffering down here, but free from such pain in the Atmosphere.
FORTH RULE OF THUMB: REFILL YOUR PRESCRIPTION (*)
Sickness and infirmities can come about through bad habits, weak constitutions, exposure to danger, crimes, accidents, birth defects, etc., but while experiencing sickness it can also reveal attitudes, values and motives which must be transformed if human beings are to be truly in harmony with God. (Reference Matthew 5:19-48)
Note (*)Prescription from the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, MD – 7 times 70 Milligrams
Take One 70 Milligram pill per day
Instructions: Take one tablet per day…that is, examine yourself. Your 70 milligram pill represents your 7 senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, intuition and telepathy. Each milligram has been dimmed by 7 sins: pride, anger, lust, covetousness, envy, glutton and sloth. (All of your aches and pains can be categorized as manifesting from one of your 7 senses or 7 sins. Therefore, take each pill with a glass of water and intense prayer. Name the culprit and pray mightily and daily for those things that so easily beset you and hinder you from receiving good health and intimacy with God. Schedule a follow-up visit with Doctor Jesus in the morning.)
Scripture Reference: “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
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