Written by Ron Hutchison

One of the greatest problems in the life of each individual is the matter of health. Many people undergo rigorous exercise, difficult diets and costly treatments in a drive to keep themselves healthy physically. Those who are healthy physically are truly blessed and we should be encouraged to keep ourselves as physically fit as possible.

But all of us must realize that spiritual health is far more important than physical health. It is foolish to become so careful about the physical body while completely neglecting the soul.

We should realize that sin is a disease of the soul. The soul that is diseased with sin becomes steadily worse. It is far worse than any physical cancer because it separates us from God.

Modern science has invented no cure for sin. Only the Lord can cure the sinner (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Sin has become more open in recent years. Homosexuals have come out of the closet (Romans 1:18-28); immodesty is displayed more openly (1 Timothy 2:9); sexual sins are generally tolerated if not accepted (Galatians 5:19-21; Matthew 19:3-9); sinful attitudes are often expressed; crime is up and openly practiced even among our leaders (Jeremiah 5:31). These things will destroy our nation (Proverbs 14:34).

There was a question asked in Jeremiah 8:22, Is there no balm in Gilead, Is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery for the health of the daughter of my people? We must recognize that there is a physician to heal this spiritual disease. Jesus came specifically to heal the sick saying, "...Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. (Matthew 9:12). Jesus has the perfect diagnosis of the disease. It is revealed in James 1:13-15.

Jesus has the perfect prescription of medicine to cure this disease of sin. Jesus tells us that we must hear God's word (Rom. 10:17). This hearing of God's word produces faith in our hearts (minds) and shows us how terrible sin is and how we need to destroy the love of sin. He prescribes repentance to destroy the practice of sin (Luke 13:3). When we repent of our sins we turn our back upon sin and practice godliness instead. Peter said, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out..." (Acts 3:19). Jesus prescribes confession of our faith in Christ unto salvation (Rom. 10:9-10; Matt. 10:32-33). Jesus prescribes baptism to contact the saving power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Paul taught that we are baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:26-27; Rom. 6:3-4; 1 Cor. 12:13), and further stated, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor.5:17). Jesus said, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16). Jesus prescribes faithful Christian living to safeguard against being re-infected by this dreaded disease of sin (Rev. 2:10).

In taking any prescribed medicine, we all recognize the need to abide exactly by the physicians prescription. We must take the remedy Christ has prescribed in just the way He has prescribed it. Every requirement must be met. Don't try to change the prescription, for if you do, it will not be effective.

My friends, we may not all be able to have good physical health in this life. We may catch dreaded diseases like cancer. But there is one thing that is sure: WE CAN ALL BE SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY. GOD'S PRESCRIPTION FOR SIN WILL NEVER FAIL! YOU CAN HAVE SPIRITUAL HEALTH IF YOU FOLLOW THE GREAT PHYSICIAN'S PRESCRIPTION IN UNQUESTIONING OBEDIENCE.

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