Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Impossible Healings (Part 10)
But we have the Mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV)
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NKJV)
It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 (NKJV)
So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Luke 11:9-10 (NKJV)
Mental illness is a monster of a problem. Is it caused by monsters, a.k.a. demons? Some people think so. More do not. What about physical illness and injuries? Most people rely on doctors. A few do not.
What about drugs? Undeniably, drugs bring side effects... begging more and different drugs. We can hardly separate cause from effect or action from reaction. Does God intend our primary movement to be from bed to couch, from physician to pharmacist? Certainly not.
But anyone can get hit--even Spirit-filled believers. Should they take to the pill or the pew, the ward or the Word? Should they wait on God to deliver or use the devices of man to function? Regarding mental illness, the church is divided and judgment abounds.*
When we see with complete clarity, we'll be in Heaven. In the mean time, no one should judge. God has a unique path for each of His children. We can't get to the bottom of His relationship with anyone else--but only reach up to Him in our own.
That being said, the enemy's scored big in the area of disease, with the numbers of sick and medication-dependent people higher than ever--especially in America.
Which brings us back to the ask-seek-knock remedy prescribed by Jesus in Matthew and Luke. When we're stricken, we ask God to help us. When we're confused, we seek His Answers. When we see a door labeled 'healing,' we pray before we knock.
As it was then, so it is now: God's treatment plan is personal--and unique to each person. Does modern medicine have the right answers? Only if He supplied them.
To Be Continued...
* 'Mental Illness and The Church' in Christianity Today: http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2013/september/mental-illness-and-church-new-research-on-mental-health-fro.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.