Monday, November 17, 2008
Do you need to up your meds?
Jim Cymbala, Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, once said, "No matter how rich we are, no matter what kind of health plan we have, there are some antibiotics we can only obtain from God's pharmacy." As you know, antibiotics are used to fight infections. There are infections to which only God has the right antibiotic to fight it off. In fact, there are specific spirits which are mentioned in the Scripture, to which we need to apply the antibiotics from God's pharmacy.
Here are a few of them.
1. 2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. In order for us to overcome the spirit of fear, which cripples us spiritually, physically and emotionally and keeps us from fulfilling God's divine purpose for our lives, we must counter it with the antibiotic of love, power and a sound mind.
What is that power? It is the power of God, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Whenever the the spirit of fear attacks us with negative and bad news, we need to counter back with the good news of the Gospel. Because Christ died, was buried, raised from the dead and is coming again, we need not fear anyone or anything but Christ. Furthermore, He has promised to "keep them in perfect peace whose minds are stayed on thee." As we discipline our minds and let the Holy Spirit renew them day by day, we can stay focused on the good news of Christ, His love and power; and this will give us a sound mind!
2. Luk 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up [herself]. This woman had an evil spirit attacking her with sickness. It was not until she reached up and took hold of the hem of Jesus' garment that she was made whole. Whenever this spirit attacks you or one of your loved one's, you should immediately begin to press through the crowd to get to Jesus! Reach out and claim His miracle working power in you! HE is still the Great Physician! He is still Jehovah-Rapha (the God which healeth thee)! He is still the Great I Am (an ever present help in trouble)! And it is still by His stripes that we are healed! Plead His blood and claim His power on your life!
3. Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Whenever a spirit of heaviness comes against you, it might take many different forms. It could be that it will be an accusing spirit trying to weight you down with the guilt of your past. It could be a hindering spirit, hindering your answer to prayer from coming. It could be a spirit of despair and depression. It could be a spirit of bondage tying your hands and crushing you under the weight of temptation and or the cares and burdens of life. Whatever form it takes, the remedy is the same! The remedy is always the garment of praise! Praise God and rejoice that your name is written in the book of life! Praise God that all your sins are gone! They're in the sea of forgetfullness never to be remembered again! They're as far away as the East is from the West! Praise God that the victory has already been won on Calvary! Praise God that there is always a way of escape from temptation! Praise God that you can cast your cares on the Lord for He cares for you! Praise Him from whom all blessing flow! Praise Him for He is worthy!
And when you do, remember that He is inhabiting those praises; and in His presence, demons have to flee! In His presence, there is fullness of joy! Do you need to up your spiritual meds? Why not go to God's pharmacy today (the Apothecary of God's Word), and get some powerful antibiotics that will cure any problem no matter what it is! Remember, "Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world!" God Bless you!!!