We have science, and we have the bible. We’ve been told that science is based of observable evidence (the facts). And that the bible is a bunch of old stories that must be taken on blind faith. There is no common ground. We must choose one over the other.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Spirit-Mind-Body connection”]Image from Shutterstock Created in Canva[/featured-image]
The only trouble with these conclusions is that they’re false. The bible has stood the test of time and held up to untold scientific scrutiny. It continues to be the number one best selling book of all time. There’s good reason for this. The bible is the inspired word of God, and thus useful for instruction. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Why do I mention this? Because the bible has plenty to say about the spirit-mind-body connection…..
All that sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well, don’t get too far ahead of me. I am not advocating name-it-and -claim-it theology. We live in a sinful fallen world. And ultimately, all disease and death are the result of sin entering the world. (Genesis 2:17)
We must remember, not all disease is within our control. Jesus said: in this world we will have trouble, but through it we can have peace. (John 16:33). God can heal, and often does. But, he is sovereign, and he’s not going to perform for us like a circus side show, healing every infirmity under the sun.
God will often use suffering to minister to us in some way that he sees fit. C.S. Lewis said: “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
God is much more interested in our spiritual growth than our happiness, or even our health. Sometimes we need to simply rest in his love and his goodness.
The good news is, that as we grow spiritually, and surrender more and more areas of our lives to the lordship of Christ, we put ourselves in better positions to expect blessings from God. These blessing do include health, wellness, and vitality. We don’t pursue the blessings. We pursue God. When we do, blessings often follow. There are no guarantees, but there are spiritual principles at work. (Ephesians 1:3) (Deuteronomy 28:2) (Galatians 6:7)
God’s perfect will is not to heal us, but that we don’t get sick in the first place. The good news is, the same spiritual principles that bring healing, are the very same spiritual principles that prevent sickness in the first place.
It boils down to this: We are not helpless victims to some cruel game of genetic roulette. We can simultaneously respect God’s sovereignty, and make better spiritual choices to improve our health.[Tweet “”We are not helpless victims to some cruel game of genetic roulette.” David Sandstrom”]
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