Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Read 2 chapters and call me in the morning...

When you are physically ill, you go to the Doctor. He looks at you, listens to you, asks questions, does some exploratory work, and then he tells you what is wrong and how to make it right. You have xyz sickness...take abc medicine for x amount of time, and then let's see how you're feeling.

Well, Jesus is often referred to as the Great Physician and in Isaiah we see that "by his stripes we are healed." It was evident in his earthly ministry, that Jesus was intensely focused on healing. That is a whole nutha' issue that has been bothering me. Why isn't physical healing more a part of our ministry today if it was such a huge component of Jesus's? Anyway...more on that later...

As a Pastor, I meet with a lot of people that need significant emotional and spiritual healing. And more and more, I see my role quiet similar to that of a Doctor. I listen, ask questions, examine symptoms, and then prescribe some things. Perhaps something like this:
  1. Take time twice a day to pray and cast all your cares upon God in prayer.
  2. Read the Bible for 30 minutes each day.
  3. Connect to a Small Group.
Once you have done those things for 4 weeks, let's meet again and see how you're doing! (sorry no spiritual quick fixes)

Here's what I am finding: if the doctor prescribes you medicine, you immediately get it filled and start taking it. If a Pastor prescribes you medicine, we are not as inclined to act as fast.

Look, I believe that some folks just need a prescription for a few steps that jump start their spiritual battery. I'm fully convinced that many people just do not know where to start. That's why we are here. If you know someone that needs this type of help, why don't you reach out and make some suggestions into their healing....which comes from the Lord!

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