Sunday, February 16, 2020
Did You Know That You Need a Doctor?
I used to hate going to the doctor. Not because I'm afraid of doctors or needles; that doesn't bother me. I guess sometimes it seemed pointless to go because either what I had would go away on it's own, or they wouldn't be able to figure out what it was. Yet, they'd run expensive tests and prescribe expensive medicines. So, for a long time, I wouldn't go to the doctor when I was sick, much less for just a routine check up when I wasn't. But that was then...
Now, because I have known so many people who've had some serious illness creep up on them without them knowing, I go on the regular. I know people who were walking around with 95% blocked arteries near their heart and didn't know it. Cancerous tumors growing inside and didn't know it. Failing heart valves, and not even know it. All these people were just going through life really, really sick, but didn't even know they needed a doctor. That's alarming to me. So I don't hesitate to go to the doctor now, even for my regular checkups.
You know, there's another kind of doctor you might need and not even know it.
Did you know that we all have a terminal illness that's worse than any deadly disease? It's not a sickness of your body, but of your soul, and it's called sin. It's congenital, that is you were born with it. You may feel just fine spiritually speaking. You feel like you’re a pretty good person, and you probably are. But the Bible says that we “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And though you may have only done some “small sins”, the Bible says that if a person “keeps the whole law and yet offends in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10) So if we are honest with ourselves, we'd have to admit that we are all guilty of sin, our soul is sick, and we need a doctor.
So how do we get cured from this illness?
The Bible says it simply like this. If you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9). Then you do what Jesus told the woman at the well, you “go and sin no more”. That’s called repentance. You turn from your sin and strive to live a life according to what God says in His word. That's the outward evidence you display of the inner work that God has done.
So if you realize that you're sick with this sin, and you want to be cured, and you believe in Jesus and all that the Bible says about Him, then that's the sign the Lord is already working on the inside to cure your soul. The Great Physician is doing His part for you, now it's time to do your part for yourself. Pray this simple prayer right where you are right now, and really believe this in your heart as you pray.
“Jesus, I realize that I am sick with sin. I say, think, and do bad things no matter how hard I try not to. Even if I compare myself to others who may seem a lot sicker than me, I'm still a sinner. But I want to be a better person, I want to be cured, and I want a relationship with God through You. I'm sorry for all the bad things I have thought, said and done. Please forgive me. Please change my heart, take control of my life, and cure me from within. I promise to read the Bible, turn from my sins, and tell as many people as I can about You. Amen!”
If you really believe in Jesus, and that prayer you just prayed came from your faith in Him, then YOU ARE CURED! Praise God! You will still show some signs of the disease, but you'll get better and better with every passing day.
Now, you should tell someone about it. And if you're not a part of a local church, find one as soon as you can. They are like wellness centers for recovering sinners. Don't look for the one with the nicest building or the best choir. Those are fine, but you need to make sure you're in one where clear Bible teaching is a priority. Because that's what will keep your sin in remission.