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Monday, October 21, 2013

Taking Your Medicine

Today finishes up the Recovery and Health part of our study. We live in a fallen world caused by sin.  Jeremiah six and eight shows us the state of Judah's self imposed spiritual disabilities.

In some ways we are all disabled: We are...

(Blind) Spirtually BlindMatthew 23:16-19  16"Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.' 17You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18You also say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.' 19You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

(Lame) Not walking the walk1 John 1:5-7  5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.

(Paralyzed) Afraid to follow or move2 Chronicles 24:20 Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, "This is what God says: 'Why do you disobey the LORD's commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.' "

So what’s the cure?

Open your eyes – Psalm 119:18  18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.  Psalm 121:1  1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Be obedientMatthew 28:19-20 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Trust/Have faithProverbs 3:5-6  5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

The truth is we are surrounded by spiritually disabled people. - Read John 1:1-5

Let’s start by examining ourselves. - Read Psalm 26:2-3

Do you want to get well? - Read Ephesians 4:17-24 about living well as God’s children.

Be wise today and always - make the changes you need to be spiritually well.