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If you were sick with the stomach flu this past week, you’d be treating yourself as symptoms arose: stop eating, rest, and as soon as possible begin drinking hot tea or some fluid to replenish your body. If you found out your illness was not just the flu, but something very serious, you’d get yourself to a doctor, maybe even a specialist. If you’ve discovered that your life is in danger of a spiritual death from an illness you can’t begin to cure, you can at once call for the Perfect Physician and as soon as that Healer is allowed into your life, the spiritual malady is cured. There will be no “death” from this disease.

Are you at a point where you need to be assured you are healed from the disease of spiritual deficiency, unrighteousness and therefore, death? Is it all real? Well, I can share what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans so long ago: “Now God says He will accept and acquit us and declare us ‘not guilty’–if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal; yet now God declares us ‘not guilty’ of offending Him if we trust in Jesus Christ who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.” (Romans 3:33-34, Amplified Version)

You know if you are healed of a tumor or appendicitis, or even a decaying tooth, there is pain involved. Healing is not always painless. With spiritual healing there is the painful act of humility–the conscious agreement that you cannot heal yourself. God must perform His miracle in your life in only one way: you must admit defeat in your own ability, your own “cures.” 1 Cor. 1:10 says, “For God says, I will destroy all human plans of salvation no matter how wise they seem to be, and ignore the best ideas of men, even the most brilliant of them.” (The Living Bible)

When the vaccine to prevent Polio first came to the world, we felt so fortunate that this horrible, crippling and killing disease could be halted. People flocked with their children to receive this “miracle vaccine” to protect themselves from this illness. Now there are vaccines for most diseases that used to plague children–and now we make sure our children get them!

What a pity those who are afflicted with diseases of the spirit don’t flock to the One who can provide the miracle of grace as the cure to the release from the crippling effects of a burdened and aching spirit within.

How simple the story of the stricken daughter and her illness seems, and the answer also. The problem was in the discovery of the seriousness of the disease. If you know you or a loved one is suffering from a fatal spiritual  disease, call in the Specialist. There is no cost. Salvation is free and available to all. “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13, Living Bible).

by Cindy Best

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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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