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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Two Ditches

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It's time for some self-examination.  As we journey in our walk with God and this path of health, we must be careful of the ditches.  On this road there is one on the right and one on the left.

They are so easy to fall into.  They are not specific to the topic of health, and we all fall into them in some way, in some area of our walk with God.

On the right we have the ditch of pride.  It masquerades as confidence.  You are confident you won’t get cancer, heart disease, have a stroke, because you’re doing everything right.  You have studied, you listen to the experts, and you are taking charge of your health.

On the left we have the ditch of fear.  You try your best to eat perfectly and exercise because you are afraid, deep down, of getting diseases, of premature death, etc.  You may have a certain family history that you don’t want to repeat, so you take your steps and precautions, but you are really living in fear.

Pride


When you are in the ditch of pride you are trusting in yourself and not God.  You may say you trust God, but you are striving and doing all the work yourself.  You will not keep yourself from disease, in your own strength.  We live in a fallen world.  (Matt. 11:28-30)  Christ came and not only paid for our sins, but took all of our sickness, disease, and pain on Himself.  When we strive and work to keep ourselves in shape, we are saying, “Lord, what you did was not enough for me.”  Talk about a slap in the face!  I’m not saying we sit back, with a burger, coke, and the remote.  I’m saying we seek God’s will for our lives.  He knows the end from the beginning; He knows exactly what YOU need to do, for YOU.  He knows your body—He created it!  The big problem with this ditch is when sickness comes your world falls apart.  You fall into self-doubt, because you were doing everything you knew to do and it wasn’t enough.  The devil will beat you over the head and bring you all kinds of bad thoughts and try to get you to doubt God.  But you didn’t have your trust in God in the first place.  God didn’t fail you—you failed yourself.  We will all fail ourselves in our own strength.  Take Christ’s yoke, His burden, instead of your own—it’s easy and light!

Proverbs 28:26 - He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident of his own mind and heart is a [self-confident] fool, but he who walks in skillful and godly Wisdom shall be delivered. Amplified

Fear


The ditch of fear is also a ditch of not trusting God.  God does not give us a spirit of fear, so if we’re making choices based on fear, we’re not making choices God would want us to.  The Bible says there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.  I love the New Living Translation of I John 4:18.  It says, "Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.  If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love." When you don’t understand the perfect love of God, the unconditional love that God has for you, you will live in fear.  You will fear His punishment; you will live in fear of sickness and disease.  When you learn about the character of God, how He loves you no matter what, that He is a good God, who wants only good for you, you will not fear sickness and disease.  Study the work of the cross, study the character of God, study God’s love and you will turn fear out the door!  Learn to put your trust in God and His Word.  How do you know what to trust, you will have to find out what He has promised you!

Philippians 4:6 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

What To Do?


If you have fallen into either ditch, I recommend pulling back from the whole topic of health and starting fresh with God’s Word.  Start a study.  Study healing, study faith, study food (in the Bible), study something.  Don’t do anything else.  Until you get a revelation of what God would have you do.  Stop listening to what everyone around you is telling you to do.  Stop making laws for yourself.  Stop taking action when you feel fear.

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