TODAY’S DEVOTION (Wednesday 12th February 2020)
“For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.” 2 Corinthians 5:4 NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 43rd DAY OF OUR YEAR OF REJOICING
This week’s devotion has been on returning to God’s original plan for our health. Today we intend to continue with the same flow. The effects of the fall on both man and creation are responsible for sicknesses, lack of sound health or diseases. This is a well know truth among Bible Students.
From the eternal point of view, sound health is not just living in a no-sickness realm. It is living in the very realm where Adam lived before the fall – the realm of immortality. That is why divine health is simply the manifestation of a piece of immortality in a mortal man. It is the manifestation of immortality of the spirit, soul and body.
The primary purpose of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is to bring a piece of immortality into our moral bodies. That is why the Bible says “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:11 KJV).
The quickening of our mortal bodies by the Spirit of the LORD is to take it from the realm of morality to the realm of immortality. Adam lived in total immortality before the fall. That is one realm we will not fully come into with our mortal flesh, until after the rapture of the saints.
\Let me share some mysteries with you at this point. Salvation involved the redemption of the spirit, soul and body from eternal damnation.
IT INVOLVES THE REDEMPTION OF THE TOTAL MAN – THE SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY.
While the redemption of the spirit and soul takes place while we are alive here, the redemption of the body will take place in the day of the resurrection of the righteous; also called the rapture of the saints. That is the day that all things that affects our body will be finally dealt with.
That is the day that our body will completely return to the very state Adam was before the fall – the state Jesus stepped into after His resurrection. Oh yes, let all who love the LORD look forward to that day.
Let all those that the enemy may be attacking in the area of health look at him and say, “Satan a time is coming that you will no longer be able to torment my body with sicknesses and diseases. Then there will be no more you! And there will be no more what you are doing now to me” Hallelujah!
Tell the devil you will put on a glorified body that cannot be sick. Remind Him that there will be no more sickness or sorrow, because the body will be exactly the type Jesus raised with when He came out of the grave. The very body we see Him with each time He opens our years to see or our hearts to sense Him.
If you remember, the kind of body Jesus had could eat natural food. Don’t forget Jesus eat with the disciples after His resurrection.
The body could pass through walls, float on water, and cover long earthly distances in few seconds. It is a body that can transport between heaven and earth in seconds. Paul called it as “a body that is sown in corruption and raise in incorruptibly.” Hallelujah!
When we return to this kind of body, we will no longer know what it means to be sick, attacked by diseases, or killed by death. The body we have now can deteriorate because of age, be sick, attacked by disease or killed by death but the one that is coming cannot. Concerning this body Paul, the apostle wrote saying:
“For we know that if our earthly [a]house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our [b]habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as [c]a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 NKJV
WHAT ARE WE SAYING THIS MORNING?
The redemption of the body is God’s finally move that will restore our bodies to the sound health of eternal point of view. It is the redemption of the body that we are waiting for.
No matter how much you serve God, stay very close to Him like Moses did, there will come a time that age will begin to tell on the body. Yes, a time when a health condition described in 2 Kings 13:14 as an illness of which a Kingdom Citizen would die. In this case the kingdom Citizen was Elisha.
We all know that this prophet was very powerful and was not reported sick all his life. But when the curtains closed on his body, he fell sick. In fact, his dead body raised the dead, but the same power could not keep him from falling sick at his time of departure from the earth. Though the illness was obviously not cancer, or any other dreaded disease; it was just the body giving way to time because it has not been redeemed and restored to its immortal state.
This is what our worship of God may not save us from because the appointed time has not come. Yes, some of us may enjoy supernatural health even to the time of death. But the redemption of our body will not take place. It will only take place in the day of resurrection as appointed by God.
Our devotional text today says,
“For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life”.
Our first cloth is this tent – our present bodies. But our future clothing is the body that cannot be corrupted by sin, Satan or sickness. A body that cannot be corrupted at all or deteriorate with time. This is the body that we are earnestly waiting for. It is the very body that will finally shut down all possibilities to be sick or die.
Meanwhile, as we wait for this, we are to follow the Biblical steps to be healthy. Serving the LORD was presented as key in our devotional yesterday.
THE NEXT KEY IS PROPER FEEDING AND HEALTH CARE.
God is not against proper feeding and health care. I saw this in the life of Adam. His food was basically herbing and fruits that can keep the body healthy. The herbs he ate represent proper health care and the fruits proper feeding.
Even in an environment of God’s glory man ate good food and herbs to be sound in health. That is a message.
If you say you are a man of faith and do not feed properly, one dies you will be diseased and die. Proper feeding is one of the keys to sound health. Most Evangelist in the early days of the faith movement died for lack of proper feeding.
If you deny yourself what God created for the health of your natural body because of foolishness, you will suffer the consequence of it. Except in a fast, proper feeding should not be compromised.
Like previous stated, Adam also ate fresh vegetables or herbs to be sound in health. And that was in an atmosphere of God’s glory not the very atmosphere we find ourselves.
There are herbs in my village that keeps the body sound and improves its immune systems. There are some that if the blood is going low, you take them and get everything restored again. God is not against all these things that is why He created them.
But Satan has a way of bringing demonic influence to this by using witch doctors to provide such services. I am not saying you go get herbs from a witch doctor.
Satan is crafty, he will always use what God has created to inject himself into people basically to kill, to steal and to destroy. I am only showing you what God originally put in place in the Garden of Eden for our health.
As you take these truths to heart, may you walk in the fullness of God for your life, in Jesus precious name! AMEN!!
LET THIS SCRIPTURE BE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR YOU TODAY!
“Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 5:5 NKJV