Serving The Lord Is Healthy

I received Jesus a bit more than 28 years ago. I have been studying the Bible since then. The Lord has given me many wonderful Bible teachers since then. I have been experiencing the blessing of God since then. I know more about the Bible and the blessing of God than most physicians. Physicians study medicine for about a decade and then practice it for many more decades. Physicians know more about medicine than I do. God sometimes heals our diseases without physicians and sometimes heals them through physicians. This article is not meant to encourage anyone to avoid physicians. When I have something physically wrong, I pray about it. Then I make an appointment with a doctor or head for the emergency room. Then I pray some more. If we are living a life of faith, we are more likely to be led to the right doctor with the right solution to our physical malady. God has preserved my life several times through doctors. He also preserves it all day every day by giving me air to breath and food to eat.

There are some facts that doctors and scientists can*t include in their research.

Romans 6:23a: For the wages of sin is death; . . .

It would be difficult to include that fact in medical research. God doesn*t give us a formula for how much sin it takes to kill us or how long it takes to kill us.

Another thing that is difficult to include in medical research is that some die when they are old and sick and full of years. Others die when they are young and strong.

Job 21:23-24: One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. 24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

My blood pressure has been under control for decades but I have been monitoring it more than usual for several weeks. Exercise raises my blood pressure and rest lowers it. My cardiologist believed that one medication lowered my blood pressure too much so we discontinued it. Then I thought I was fighting a cold for about a month. The medications for that didn*t help much. A physician*s assistant figured out that since the cold medications didn*t help, I probably had allergies or asthma. It turns out that some asthma medications help. Many of the cold and asthma medications raised my blood pressure. Both prescription medications and over-the-counter medications did that. After experimenting with them one at a time, I have finally found a couple of them that do not raise my blood pressure. One lets me sleep at night and the other alleviates my symptoms in the daytime. Neither of them raise my blood pressure. I have consulted my pharmacist and other medical people throughout the process. There are no risks or complications from taking them both. One is a capsule and one is a spray.

These are my personal experiences and not scientific medical research: Since I have been closely monitoring my blood pressure, I notice that it goes up when I watch the news, get excited or get angry. I have also noticed that it invariably goes down a few minutes after I have prayed if it was above normal before. There seems to be something about prayer that has had some good physical results. There is something that the Lord brings into balance in me when I pray. There is something about prayer that benefits me. There is something about prayer that satisfies me and gives me peace. There is something about prayer that strengthens me. There is something about prayer that helps me to know the Lord better. There are things about His answers to prayer that help me to know Him better. Because He promises to meet my needs, most of my prayers are for others. My prayers for myself are mostly confession of sin, asking forgiveness, asking Him to clean me up spiritually so that I can be more useful to Him and asking for guidance. Praying unselfishly cannot possibly be my idea. It can only be the Lord*s doing.

2 Peter 1:3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Prayer pertains to life and godliness and it is a gift from God. The Holy Spirit helps our prayers. Without His help our prayers would be useless.

Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

As I study the Bible, when it excites me my blood pressure goes up and when it calms me my blood pressure comes down. It seems to take a little more time to come down after I study the Bible than when I pray. I believe that happens because the Bible stimulates me to action while prayer causes me to wait and watch for God to act. My blood pressure has been higher as I prepare to serve the Lord and while I am doing that. It comes down again after I have served Him. I do not know if my blood pressure was affected by prayer, Bible study and serving the Lord before these few weeks and I do not know if it will continue to do so. Whatever impact prayer, the Bible and serving the Lord have on me will ultimately be good for me. Medical experts have told me that if my blood pressure comes down to normal for any reason, it is not a problem.

Proverbs 3:1-2, 7-8: My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. . . . 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Deuteronomy 4:40: Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.

If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you have heard of Christians that served the Lord so vigorously and faithfully that it cost them their health and their lives. To them, it was worth it. They understood that spiritual life is much more valuable than physical life.

Mark 8:35: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel*s, the same shall save it.

Physicians cannot include in their research the fact that sin sometimes makes us sick. Neither can they include the fact that anointing with oil and prayer help the sick. Scientific research cannot measure the sovereignty of God, the miraculous power of God or His will.

1 Corinthians 11:27-30: Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord*s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

James 5:14-16: Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Again, let me repeat what I do when I have a physical illness. I believe that it is the Lord that directs me in those things. When I have something physically wrong, I pray about it. Then I make an appointment with a doctor or head for the emergency room. Then I pray some more.

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