February 9 – Today’s Readings – Exodus 37-38 and Psalms 39

Good morning – allow me to take a break from Exodus today and reflect on the last two Psalms we have read. In these Psalms, King David is obviously in anguish of soul and body. God has convicted him of sin – “Your hand has come down upon me” and “Your arrows have pierced me”. One of the things that made David a man after God’s own heart was the way he dealt with his personal failures. Being a man after God’s heart had very little to do with David’s “sinlessness”, although for the most part, he served the Lord with New Testament zeal and revelation. When confronted with his sin, he consistently responded with sincere repentance – “I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin” – “O Lord, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God.”

It’s interesting to me that David made a direct link between sin and lack of good health. He talked about having no health in his body – a feeling of guilt that was overwhelming – having no soundness in his bones – having wounds that were festering – having a pounding heart and – having his strength fail him.

I read years ago that many illnesses seem to be a direct result of offences that are not forgiven – which then led to bitterness of heart. When a person’s soul and spirit are not right with God, the body too tends to become “sick”. I believe that many mental illnesses and physical illnesses can be healed, or certainly improve when people become “whole” spiritually – receiving forgiveness from the Lord and granting forgiveness to those who have sinned against them. It is little wonder that coming to faith in Christ is directly linked to physical healing in Scripture. “By His stripes you were healed”.

Here is a thought for today – When the Holy Spirit convicts you of dwelling on an unkind thought or saying an unkind word, be quick to respond and repent. Remember, the Holy Spirit is the one who dwells in you to sanctify you.

Ephesians 5:22-25 reads, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

This is probably the best “health food” diet I can think of – eating the “fruit” of the Spirit – walking in step with the Spirit – responding to the Spirit’s voice as He leads us in paths of righteousness. Do you want to walk in health? Start by letting go of unresolved offences – the result will be life changing and health giving.

Questions:

1. Have you ever seen or experienced a “healing” when a person was finally at peace with God?

2. What are some practical steps you can take to have more “fruit of the Spirit” in your spiritual diet?