Many years ago, a young girl was extremely ill. When her father
learned just how serious the illness was, he spent over $70,000 to
bring a specialist from another country to cure his daughter’s disease.
Even decades ago, that amount of money is beyond most of our personal
financial ability, but what father wouldn’t give his entire worth
for the life of his child?

This incident pricks our own hearts, because we instinctively recognize
that if one of our children had a fatal disease and the family doctor or
local specialist couldn’t help, we would immediately seek help from a
physician with greater experience in the specific area needed. And our
acknowledgement of the need for this person and the urgency of the
moment would be obvious. A good father would not wait to call for
help until a child’s illness was past the point of recovery.

What do you think makes thousands and thousands of people turn
away from accepting the free grace, love, and salvation provided for
the asking from the Great Physician? Instead of receiving healing for
their soul, they turn away to certain death and eternal separation from
God and family and friends who’ve already become children in God’s
immense family.

Why deliberately refuse to call in a specialist for your spiritual illness?

Personally, I think it’s because people don’t realize they are gravely–
fatally–sick in spirit. They don’t realize their illness is an illness leading
to a “forever death.”

Many times symptoms of an actual disease are treated as they appear.
First a couple pills for a headache and fever. Then a capsule for allergies
or a cough syrup for a bad cough that keeps sleep from coming.
Finally, there’s a diagnosis that instead of a cold, the person has
pneumonia and needs an antibiotic and maybe even hospitalization.
By treating the symptoms, some relief came, but the total cure
couldn’t happen until a proper diagnosis was made.

How similar is the spiritual sickness so many endure. The symptoms
are treated sporadically. Heartaches, depression, loss of purpose, confusion,
loneliness; all these can be treated as they occur, but never
really cured because the disease itself is never properly diagnosed.
“Spiritual Unrighteousness” carries with it the prognosis of death. The
death of the body is just the beginning, because the spirit keeps on
living, only without God, it is a death that never stops giving pain,
heartache and loneliness.

In Romans 8:2 and verse 10, the Amplified Bible translation tells me
“The power of the lifegiving spirit–and this power is mine through Jesus
Christ–has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death….Yet
even though Christ lives within you, your body will die because of sin;
but your spirit will live, for Christ has pardoned it.”

How often we see others, adults and children, with spiritual disease
spreading through them virtually to the point that the illness so overtakes
them they no longer see the need for a cure. They become used
to their illness and therefore die with it. How tragic that the mind can
become so crippled it lulls the spirit into thinking no help is needed.

Possibly they think their illness can be stopped by ordinary “symptomatic”
measures. Some small thing they can do, some law to follow,
some amount of money given to charity. Something will certainly cure
their malady.

They never think they need a specialist.

by Cindy Best

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