Taking God’s Medicine
Do you know that God’s Word works like medicine and that it can heal your spirit, soul, and even your body? Unfortunately, if you are a typical Christian, your relationship with the Word is extremely shallow. You spend very little time time meditating and renewing your mind in it. And that is a big mistake, because the Word of God contains the power of God that produces health and wholeness. Renewing our minds with the Word is the key to walking in the perfect will of God.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
Jesus underscored the importance of the Word when He spoke to His disciples and said: “If you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will and it shall be given to you.” Notice that Jesus links the power of answered prayer to a relationship with both Him and His Word.
Here is an illustration I shared with you in another blog to help you understand how hugely critical the Word is to you. Suppose you were extremely ill and decided to seek medical help. You went from doctor to doctor seeking a diagnosis and cure for months to no avail. Then someone recommended you see a particular doctor reputed to be the best in his field. You took the advice. He examined you, diagnosed your condition, and prescribed medication for you to take three times a day the rest of your life. He also required you to see him regularly.
You begin taking the medication and it works! It keeps you alive, as long as you take it daily, as prescribed. Now, tell me, what type of relationship would you have with your doctor? And what type would you have with your medicine?
Because you know your life depends on being under the doctor’s care and taking your medication faithfully, you would follow his instructions diligently. You would see him as often as he required, would listen closely to his instruction, and would make taking your medicine three times daily a major priority.
And you would keep your medication near you all the time. The first thing you would do upon waking would be to take your medicine. You would never travel without making sure you had it with you. If you noticed you were without it, you would turn around. And as soon as you noticed your supply was running low, your priority would be to see the doctor for a fresh supply.
Now, this is an apt description of what our relationship with Jesus and the Word of God should be like, if we want to be whole. Our well-being depends on both. Like the doctor, Jesus is our Great Physician. He is the only One who can make us whole. But like the medication, His Words are the means by which He imparts His Life to us and makes us well. (John 6:63). They are the means by which we receive His Life and health into our souls and mortal bodies. Our health and well-being depends on us renewing our minds by hearing and feeding His Words into our hearts and minds consistently.
Listen to the advice of a wise man:
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:20-23 NKJV)
The word translated “health” in the passage above is also translated “medicine” in some versions. His Words are “medicine to all their flesh.”
The wife of a minister was diagnosed with “incurable” cancer and given a few months to live. She decided it was not her time to die and that she would look to God’s Word for life. She began meditating on the Word of God regarding healing and feeding on the healing Scriptures day and night. Her symptoms did not immediately get better, but she kept taking God’s Word as her medicine, speaking it to God and to herself throughout the day. She kept renewing her mind with the Word, rejecting doubt, until she could “see” herself well, according to the promises. Contrary to the doctors’ prognosis, she is alive today, many years later, totally healed, and still serving Jesus! God’s Word is medicine.
Child of God, now that you have received Jesus as your personal Savior, you can rest assured that He is always willing to attend to you and minister His healing power to you. But remember, He can only do so if you are willing to take His medicine, the Word, as prescribed. So, cultivate a strong relationship with His Word. Make it your priority to hear His Words concerning healing continually and meditate on them diligently. The more you renew your mind with His Word, the more His Life and Medicine can work in you. And the more you will experience His perfect will for your life, and that includes healing you of all your diseases. (1 Peter 2:24, Psalm 103:1-5)
If you are battling sickness of any kind, know it is God’s perfect will for you to be whole. As our Redeemer, Jesus took our sicknesses in His body on the cross that we may have a covenant right to enjoy healing and wholeness. So take God’s Medicine daily and as you do, do not be afraid to declare, “He died young so that I may live long!”