Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hallelujah! I'm Healed!

Photo Courtesy of vongvanvi/freedigitalphotos.net
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.1 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV

As a parent of a child with special medical needs, I have seen medicine work and I have seen medicine NOT work.  As a human being, I have felt medicine work in me, and I have felt medicine NOT work.  But, have you ever been in the situation where you stop taking the medicine, or you stop giving the medicine, because you think the illness is gone?  I know that I have.

I worked in dental offices for nearly a decade.  I can't tell you how many times I heard the doctor say, "Even if you start feeling better, keep taking the antibiotic until it's all gone."  Another notorious quote I would hear was, "Stay ahead of the pain.  If it says to take the pain killer (whatever the brand) every 4-6 hours, take it every four to six hours...don't wait for the pain to start; it only makes it more difficult to stop it."  Of course, most patients listened, but there were a handful who didn't and were they ever sorry!

I've seen myself do the same thing in our home life.  Our daughter has sensory processing issues and we have worked for years to develop a good sensory diet for her in order to quell the vicious meltdowns that can occur if the "sensory issues" get out of hand.  But, sometimes, I would think, "She's been doing so well, and I'm just not in the mood to do joint compressions with her..."  or, "Is it really necessary to take the picture schedule along with us?"  Low and behold, when I would get lazy and think that I could slack off because she was "better", a violent meltdown would sneak in and rob a day of joy. 

Unfortunately, I often do the same thing with God.  I may set a goal to study the Bible more or to pray more, and things really start clicking as I daily get into the Word and spend more time with my Creator.  But, then, winter comes around and it's harder to get up in the morning...surely my rest is much more important...right?  Or I will think, "Hey, I've really harnessed my anxieties, (or anger, or envious spirit) and I don't need to spend THIS much time in prayer...".  

What am I thinking?  Am I CURED because of my remedy or was the REMEDY the reason that my SYMPTOMS were under control?  

Do NOT grow weary of doing GOOD!

Do NOT let the Devil persuade you into believing that YOU are CURED.  

The medicine is what is keeping you well...the blood that was shed through lashings and whippings; hammered nails and gashed side, the soul that descended to and resided in Hell on our behalf...that is the only medicine to CURE us...and it was done ONCE and for ALL...but continues to be required until the end of the Earth.  

Do NOT grow weary of doing GOOD!

Stick with the prescription, no matter what the cost...

Pray:  Heavenly Father, keep the passion in my heart to live for You.  Help me remember that I am weak, but YOU are strong.  Help me to see that, only though Your strength and mercy do I get out of bed each day...help me to never be fooled into believing that I am healed and can let down my guard. Amen.

~Tammie Hefty

3 comments:

  1. oh.my.goodness. Tammie! You read me like a book today. I've always wished I was one of these women that are just flat out consistent all the time. I love that you inspired me to not grow weary. I'm so weary some days. But today, I'm inspired to keep going with God- because He is our cure for everything in this sick world. hugs and blessings!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, Cindy, I'm so glad this spoke to you...isn't it amazing when God puts a message on your heart and you can have it affirmed that it was HIM who used you to speak to someone else and encourage them. xo!

      Delete
  2. Definitely spoke to my heart today. Every Day Seems Such A Struggle. Bless you♡

    ReplyDelete