The Discipline of Taking Medicine

Taking medicine is not always pleasant. In fact, it can be very frustrating. How you have to numb your sense of taste and smell and sight (by squinting) in order to swallow or chew or do whatever you have to do with the medicine can be very discomfiting. But of course, that’s what will eventually bring about your wellness and liberty from whatever ailing condition you had.
Not to talk of injections! Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I had one. The thought of it alone makes you feel the pain.
Now, did you know that the Word of God actually medicine? In Proverbs 4:22, the Word translated ‘health’ is the Hebrew word ‘marpe’ and it means ‘medicine’. So he says, “…the Word is medicine…”
Many a time, the Word can incise very deep cuts in your heart. It’s almost like you’re undergoing a surgery. You can literally sense that you are being worked on and that the Word is meant to discipline you and bring the best out of you. It sounds painful and it’s almost like you’re being bruised and battered…but you must receive it all the same. Why? Because it will produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness: “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” (Hebrews 12:11, NLT)
The key thing I want to emphasize to you is that you do not have to wait for a Sunday message that will cure you of your folly. You must dig into the Word and find such messages for yourself. They may hit you so hard you may feel God is mad at you but it’s actually for your healing. Take the Words of Jesus to the Pharisees, for example (in Matthew 23). We sometimes get into that category from time to time, even though we are born of the Spirit and full of the Spirit. Studying such portions is important because it keeps you in check. It’s not legalism. It’s simply living by the Word. Obtain messages preached by your pastor, fathers or instructors that will minister to you and burn out all the chaff! They will heal you! They will cure you!
Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence and to think on things which are true, pure, lovely, and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).

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